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Ulmaņlaiku Kvass

Brewed by Cesu Alus Daritava (Olvi)
Style: Low Alcohol
Cesis, Latvia


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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.34/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.44   EST. CALORIES: 15   ABV: 0.5%
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Kvass has been considered one of the healthiest beverages for more than eleven centuries. Made using the best traditions, naturally fermented Ulmaņlaiku kvass (Ulmanis era kvass) combines exceptional quality with the delicious flavour of rye bread. Kvass contains 0.5 % alcohol/vol., created through the natural fermenting process. No added sweeteners.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
Grumbo (655) - Suffolk, ENGLAND - SEP 14, 2014
Can from Rasputin’s, Ipswich. Chestnut brown coloured beer with a tan head. Sweet, malty aroma with caramel, syrup and prunes. Very sweet. Thin texture, soft carbonation, sweet finish. It’s ok but sweetness is rather overpowering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
wimpyjoe (4694) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - AUG 6, 2014
Bottle from Continental Food Store, Wakefield. Clear dark amber-red with a carbonation and next to no head. Has a high malt factor with plenty of bread in its taste as well as yeast in the nose. Quite sweet but also soured.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
visionthing (3056) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUL 28, 2014
Pint can from Rimi in Riga. Pours chesnut cloured with a tan head. Malty aroma with rye bread and caramel. Fairly sweet. Bready and a bit watery, but fairly drinkable.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
djoeye (1984) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 27, 2014
One pint can 0.5%abv pours an offwhite head on clear dark ruby-ish body, some lacings. Weird scents, nuts, caramel, leather-gum to the nose. Better kvass in taste, fruity prunes, plums, juicy sweet malts and wort to the tongue. Sweet juiciness and low carbonation on palate, nice. Sweet limonade, fruits, plums, juice in finish. Overall nice. B@Rimi Bauska LV, shared with my mentor Rune in Tromsø.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Rune (8587) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 26, 2014
Pint, can, kindly shared by djoeye. Deep mahogany coloured body. Lasting tan-coloured head. Mid-dry caramel nose with a oat like touch. Taste of caramel malts, bread and dried fruits. Short ending. Alright as a kvass soft drink (Tromsø 26.03.2014).

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Vells (775) - Riga, LATVIA - JAN 23, 2014
Bit overcarbonated for me. Otherwise quite drinkable, bready , rye with some notes of fruits, malts. Mostly sweet with some notes of sour. Drinkable but quite unbalanced

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Marduk (3104) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 22, 2014
1L PET bottle. Dark brown color. Small size head, disappears. Sweet, roast, bready, slightly buttery and raisins in aroma. So bready, nice roast, sweet taste. Bit plasticy notes, but not really disturbed by those. Nice one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
teorn88 (3271) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 28, 2013
Bottle at CBC Clerkenwell, thanks to Jack! It pours an amber body with a small head that sticks around. Aroma is sweet and fruity with some toffee notes. Taste is sweet again with candy sugar and molasses. Not sure I liked it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
chriso (7428) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 22, 2013
568ml can, best before 14.04.13, at tasting on 18 November 2012. Thanks to Leighton the Kvass King for bringing it along. Bready malt and caramel in the aroma. Sweet and sickly. Like diluted malt extract. Not my thing but not entirely unpleasant.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jackl (5063) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2013
Can from the legendary Alytus, shared at Paul’s birthday celebrations @ Craft. The pour’s deep amber with a small head. The nose is strong brown bread, rye, general grain. A bit of honey. The taste is more honeyed oat, rye bread. Slightly nutty. Quite sweet, but eminently drinkable, smooth. Light body, soft carbonation. Overall, for a kvass this is pretty excellent. Eminently more drinkable than most. Impressive.

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