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The Auroch's Horn - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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The Auroch's HornThe Auroch's Horn

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 28 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 04-03-2011

The Auroch's Horn is a modern reinterpretation of ancient ale brewed throughout Europe more than two thousand years ago. Ale was a staple of the barbarian diet, with Roman historians documenting a beverage made with barley, wheat, and honey in Britannia, Gaul, and Germania. The ale was consumed from the horn of the auroch (or aurochs), a now extinct wild bull.
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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 54
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4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chaz
2.92/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dull golden in color topped with an off-white head of average duration. Hazy, as in there's somethin' in this here glass and it ain't kombucha, man. As the head falls there's minimal lacing, and my Boulevard Smokestack tulip is clean, baby, clean as a whistle.

Nose is all sorts of funky yeast and clover honey and bilious malt. Sweet and not necessarily enticing.

BAM! A big, sweet, glop of funky weirdness on the first sip. This bottle is presumably not infected and/or fresh? There's no date code anywhere on the "Belgian"-style 750 mL glass or label, although there is a QR code (how very 2008!), but man, I am still stuck in the stone age with my 3G cellular telephone (I may as well be using a Motorola 'Brick'.)

SUPER sweet, and yet, mildly funky/spicy fruity and interesting on the palate. This beer coulda been a contender, it coulda been a Duvel! And yet, it chose to co off in that corner over there and smoke some low grade shwag and listen to Nickelback, instead. Ah well...

Note: There's a little more sour than sweet on the nose, but only barely, with the Belgian yeast kickin like a deranged mule the whole-damned time...

My final ruling? An under-attenuated, wild yeast-fueled, crypto beast-inspired horse slop* of a beer, and yet (naturally) the beergeeks love it.

I am so, SO out of touch with Craft Beer hobbyists... oh well.

*Five it a year or two n a dark place, and maybe it matures into an erudite, Northern Lights smokin' King Crimson-listenin' confabulation of awesomeness? Time will tell, brothers and sisters!

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3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of robear
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Caged and corked bomber into a tasting glass. Fridge temp at service, cellar temp mid way.

Appearance: What a beautiful beer. Pours clear and golden at first, haze sets in about half way through the bottle. Looks like what it is- a big farmhouse ale.

Aroma- clove, banana, and hops all punch in this amplified Belgian nose. A bit of dankness hidden, especially on the first pour.

Taste: Everything you could ask for in a 10% farmhouse ale. Lots of clove, a tiny bit of banana, but mostly sweetness and tons of Lees give this beer a nice sharp cheddar bite. The hops are present but not distracting. Some citrus. Very juicy.

Feel: Slightly spicy at the finish, great sweet burst at the end. Smooth enough for it's gravity, one of the easier drinking Belgian strong ales I've had in a long time.

Overall: I can't really find any flaws in this beer that would prevent me from buying it regularly. Really well executed. One of the more rustic farmhouse ales I've had, so if clean, clear golden ales are your thing, stay away. This is a big, hazy, tasty beast of a beer.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Kick-ass tangerine color with soft white foamy head. Minimal lacing.

Standard Belgian smack in the face. Clove, spice, almond, vanilla.

VERY sweet. Sugars are red apple high; like a Schmaltz. Dryness is zero. Heat is well faded. Lots of spicy stone fruits. Carbonation is knife like and delightful. Sweetness is sharp and apricot esque. Tons of ripe honey.

Has to be near prime. Heavy light smooth well blended Belgian.

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5/5  rDev +24.7%

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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.