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The Auroch's Horn - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

165 Ratings
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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 29 | 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: 165 | Reviews: 54
Reviews by Bighuge:
Photo of Bighuge
4.87/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Crystal clear regal gold body. Caronbation is visible in the body. Slight white cap leaves sparse lace. Great melange of cakey yeastiness, pear esters, baked bread and light spiciness on the nose. Really strong and enjoyable aroma. Flavor is really top notch. First impression is it reminds me of St. Bernardus Tripel the first time I had it and I thought "WOW". Such nice yeastiness and doughiness, breadiness....liquid bread. Nice pear and apple accents. Sweet malt center, but quite delicate. Slight spice Body is light and the feel is effervescent. Alcohol, for a 10% beer, is barely detectable. This could be a dangerous beer. Very impressed.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter.

Appearance: Mostly clear honey with bubbly, foamy head and great, sticky lacing.

Smell: Extremely dry, slightly musty, with clove, pepper and light banana. Slightly metallic. Just a touch of mead.

Taste: Strongly mead-like, but remains more dry than sweet. The Belgian yeast plays a strong role, with a nice mustiness, complimented by clove and banana. Some other fleshy fruits, such as peach, are also evident, with a finish that is a touch peppery and spicy. Subtle but quite complex.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, body is slightly syrupy but still light and refreshing considering the abv. Fairly dry finish and nicely warming.

Overall: This is a very distinct beer, blurring the lines between a Belgian Strong Pale Ale and a Braggot. Love to see a new Minnesota brewer hit the scene with something utterly unique. Can't wait to see what else they do.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The ale poured from a bottle and had a pale yellow color, with almost a hint of amber to it, and had a normal amount of white head that slowly died. The smell was of sweet tartness with a latent hop aroma. There was taste was similar to the aromas; there was slight tart sweetness that shifted into a slight hop and dispersed quickly from the palate, leaving a clean, crisp finish. There weren't really any lingering tastes; was a nice lager.

Would I buy it again? Yes.

Photo of GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with cork and cage served cold into a goblet.

I picked this up at Wine Theif and Ale Jail when I was in Minnesota about a year ago. I was really excited that a homebrewer was selling bottles at the local bottle shops.

The Auroch's Horn is a pale golden yellow color with great clarity. I can see the lees in the bottle have basically lithified to the bottom. I'm not sure how old the bottle is since there is not a date stamp. The head is thick white foam that sticks to the sides as it settles.

Aroma is a little sweet and definately has hints of honey. The other component is the yeast which is a pleasant Belgian strain. So far, it's reminding me of a tripel / farmhouse blend.

The flavor is sweet up front with that honey coming through here as well. It leads into a peppery yeast character with a little bit of floral hop bitterness. Balance is very nice for such a strong beer. The alcohol is evident but it isn't overpowering. The year it spent maturing was probably worthwhile.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. The alcohol warms but isn't hot.

Overall a really excellent beer and well worth seeking out. Next time I'm back east, I'll be sure to pick up another bottle or two.

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

purchased in St Paul, on a whim suggestion from the Wine Thief and Ale Jail

appearance: really lovely - served in my ale asylum goblet, hazy straw-orange body, big fluffy white head with terrific retention

smell: clean and fresh, light citrus hops, honey, loads of yeast, floral

taste: just a really nice interpretation - brings the whole farmhouse brewery concept to life. Zesty yeast, honey, belgian sugars, citrus hops, bready malts, clove and spice.

mouthfeel: great - refreshing with high carbonation and a dry spiced finish with a touch of alcohol

overall: really impressed.

Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at the Ale Jail in St. Paul. The beer doesn't quite jump out of the glass, but it's an impressive US-made Belgian. For the strength, it seems a touch muted, but there's a wonderful mix of soft pale malt and spicy Belgian yeast. Hops add a mild citrus undertone and balance to sweet, toasty grains. Check this out, it's a great example of a subtle Belgian ale.

Photo of plfahey
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance-Hazy golden orange in color with a tall, dense, fluffy, off-white head. Head shows nice lacing and good retention.

Aroma-Sweet, floral honey is the most prevalent aroma, and a bit of sweet, bready malt. Light pear and peach esters and a hint of peppery alcohol, though the alcohol is hardly perceptible.

Flavor-Smooth sweet white bread with honey and a touch of sugary syrup up front, with pear and apricot in the mid-palate. The finish is mostly dry, with lightly peppery alcohol carrying through the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with high, explosive, effervescent carbonation, which is also soft and gives the bear a rather creamy consistency. Moderate warmth on the palate gives an indication of the alcohol strength.

An impressive adaptation of a Belgian Golden Strong-the honey addition gives it some awesome notes in the aroma, while serving to hide the high alcohol extremely well. Dangerously drinkable, just like a true belgian. Bravo.

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a slight haze. A massive head forms and has good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

The Belgian yeast adds a spice aroma that is complimented by fruity esters and mead. Also has a touch of floral. Definately a lot of honey was thrown into the brewing process.

A lot of Belgian charactor in the flavor. Fruity esters and pale malt gives the beer a Belgian Strong Pale Ale slant but there also is a boatload of honey flavor as well. Just wish it was a little drier as the sweetness is a bit much. Alcohol is not detected.

Robust body and nicely carbonated. The bottle conditioning is very well done.

Very well executed and impressive beer for an initial release. I expect other great things from this brewer.

Photo of GRG1313
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SupboenaDeuces for bringing this over for an impromptu tasting. A brewery about which I was not familiar.

Pours orange amber with a short white head.

Nose is full on Belgian esters - banana, cloves, pear. Big floral tones add to the nose. Nice if you like the real assertive Belgian esters.

Mouthfeel is rich, full, bold and creamy. It's inviting and wel balanced.

Flavors are all Belgian malty ale. Big yeasty, white bread with good malty balance. There are big sweet honey tones which brings out all the more the banana/clove/pear characteristics.

Finish follows flavors with a big yeasty/malty lingering light bitter character. Nice beer. I'd guess Belgian for sure in a blind tasting.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ted & Jeff for making this review possible... cool 750 from a brewery not on the radar. Review from written notes.

Described as a Tripel using 30% honey for fermentable sugars.

Into a small tulip it pours a clear gold with a light haze of yeast and rising trails of visible carbonation. Tight cap of white foam that settles to a ring at the edge eventually.

Banana creme, cloves, Belgian yeast on display here.

Creamy texture, softly floral with notes of Belgian yeast, banana, honey, spicy clove and nutmeg. Utterly smooth and creamy, melllow and not overly sweet. Really a textbook example of the style, and a great first effort from Olvade Farm. Hope to hear more about them in the future...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
10% ABV, no date, "Ale brewed with honey, lightly hopped, unfiltered, refermented in the bottle."

A big thanks to my friend Pete for bringing this one back from Minnesota for me. Close to his hometown, he should be proud of the great brew!

A - Completely hazed goldenrod amber in color with a dense off-white head. Great retention keeps it afloat while thin, patchy lace clings to the glass.

S - Strong Belgian aroma rich with esters that overlap candied sugar and sweet honey. Clay and white pepper spice it up with earthy tones as do the Saaz hops. Pale and Belgian Special B malts provide a hearty base and low notes of solvent alcohol pull through the back.

T - Sweet honey and Belgian candi sugar give the flavor and body a boost while yeast esters spice it up with nice hops on the finish. Mellow honey is reminiscent of a Braggot. Smooth, solvent alcohol warms through the finish subtly showing you it's power.

M - Medium-bodied and sweet with a nicely balanced spicy hop finish with low bitterness. A little too sweet for my liking, this brew isn't really drinkable beyond one glass. Good mild solvent alcohol notes and soft, un-intrusive carbonation.

O - What a great new beer to come out of Minnesota! It's a very nice Belgian-style tripel beer that's nuanced through and through. I'm excited to see what else this Farm & Brewing Co. releases!

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pear gold with a towering mass of paper white head that laces like nothing else... tons of beading that doesn't show itself until the beer warms a bit.

Clove, smooth honeycomb, sweet corn, Belgian yeast bits, incredibly inviting... the honey accents the rest of the beer in a somehow unintrusive way, no discernible booze whatsoever. Classic.

More sweet honey flavors, bready malts, some yeast notes, just a touch of saison spice, very mellow and exceedingly balanced, you could tell me that this one is 6% abv and I'd be none the wiser. Super smooth.

Feel is smooth and sweet, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation, ends dry. Admittedly, the feel varies quite a bit sometimes but 4 out of 5 bottles are spot on Belgian Pale status.

Overall, a really great beer from a really nice guy down there in the farm country

Photo of mwilbur
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear golden hue with moderate carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly white head. Good retention. (3.75)
S: Honey and floral notes up front. Crisp citrus and melon too. Nice bouquet...very inviting. (4)
T: Citrus and soft pine with quite a bit of honey to soften and sweeten. The amount of honey is nearly crossing the line into too much...nearly. Melon emerges with warming. (3.75)
M: Sweet and fairly soft feel. ABV is well hidden. Missing the heft/body/fullness of a typical belgian strong pale ale. (3.5)
D: An interesting brew and I do like the honey component. Can't say I love this one though. Needs to be tweaked and refined (better structure and more complexity) and it could be phenomenal. (3.75)

12/3/14
2014 vintage:
A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention and a hint of lacing. (3.75)
S: Honey and soft citrus. Hint of pine, minerals, and melon. (3.75)
T: Honey, softly sweet citrus, melon, and minerals. Better balance with this vintage. (4)
M: Medium body. ABV is well hidden. Sweet, soft, and creamy feel. Lingers nicely on the palate. Also better here that previous review. (3.75)
D: Definitely some improvements/tweaks compared to past vintage. A solid brew and one I come back to on a fairly regular basis. (4)

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.

Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle

A-it pours a cloudy golden amber color with a nice white thick/chunky head that recedes to a fresh collar.nice lacing

S- is a sweet honey and clove and banana smell mixed in with pale malts and belgian yeast

T-well its superb!..it starts out with sweet honey that gives way to a fruit and slight clove taste ..belgian yeast plays a role in a funky way.. some pale malt are in the background

M- is on the sweet side with nice just right carbonation it is very smooth ..i would like it to be a little more tart and there is some alcohol heat but very little considering it is 10%

O- this is and outstanding braggot?..or a nice BSPA or a belgian golden..it is very smooth and very belgian inspired, very easy to drink .. a supreme 1st offering

Photo of LaCoursiere
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review. It seemed fitting to choose a new local offering.

Appearance is very nice. Poured into a snifter very slowly. The beer quickly formed a one finger head. The color is somewhere between straw and light amber. Lots of lacing. When I finished the beer there was still a thin head left.

Smells of belgian yeast, honey and faint citrus notes. A very strong and pleasant aroma.

Tastes light honey sweetness and clove up front with perhaps a bit of orange zest fading to bready malts with trace hop bitter finish. Notes of clove as well. Very small amount of alcohol warmth as the beer warmed up; amazingly small considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied; very smooth with light carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable . I found myself wanting the next sip even more than the last. Can't wait to pick up another bottle.

Photo of irrgalaxy
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle with champagne-style cork and twist-cap.

A: Clear, gold-red beer with three fingers of head after first pouring. Needed to give it a few minutes to settle down.

S: Floral notes, reminding me of springtime

T: Very sweet - the honey is a strong counterpart to the malty flavors. Almost no hop taste discernable.

M: Heavy on the palate - it's like drinking a dessert beer.

O: Tasty beer from a small MN brewery. I would think heavily about food pairings with this - something maybe either sharper or more neutral to offset the sweetness.

Photo of crossovert
3.28/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle.

It pours a brilliant gold color with a foamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The scent is mostly spices with some orange peel.

The flavor is big and malty. There are some nice fruit flavors and some spices, pretty basic and blunt.

Not bad.

Photo of KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I did not know this was listed as a Braggot on the BA database. The owner of this brewery was kind enough enough drop off a sample bottle at my store, and I was told by co-workers who were present at the time that it was a saison/farmhouse style, which I can understand given the yeast profile of this beer. That being said, it does have a large honey presence, and I guess I can see the it being listed as a braggot, but the yeast profile makes this one unique:

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a large white head that fell slowly, leaving decent amount of lace on the glass. Aroma of grainy malts, honey, lemon, hay, grass, orange blossom, and a light mustiness from what seems to be a Belgian saison strain. Very nice. Oh yeah, honey is much more prevelant in the taste than in the nose. Starts out grainy, with a lemon twist, sweet and full of honey in the middle, which slowly fades into orange again, and finishes slightly dry with a chalky Belgian yeast character. Very interesting and very unique. If this were strictly reviewed as a saison, I'd say it's too sweet, but since it's listed as a braggot, it makes total sense. Mouthfeel is a little too full for a saison, as there's a lot of sweetness for that particular style, but I would classify this a hybrid between the two, and it's done a damn good job bringing forth the best of both styles.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise. The bottle was dropped off out of nowhere and I wasn't expecting much out of a small, upstart "nanobrewery" but this things doesn't fail to impress. The 10% is barely felt and is quite drinkable. I'll be taking note of this brewery and look forward to any future creations that come from them. Until then, this is certainly a SOLID new release and I will definitely be informing others of this in the weeks to come, and will most likely send some to regular trading partners for them to try!

EDIT: I see it's been changed to a Belgian Pale Ale now. This beer is an enigma. One of those that defies all style definitions.

Photo of BMoney575
3.3/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-26-12

Pours a lighter golden color, with an immense, billowy white head. The head sits as a thick layer, leaving behind huge, craggy lacing.

Smell is very light with subtle sweet fruit aromas. Rather simple, but still very enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell, with very subtle fruit flavors and a very light malt character. There is not enough going on, however, to combat the strong abv. The finish is hot with alcohol, with a boozy and acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, thicker than you might expect, but seems to suit the beer.

Drinkability is poor, the alcohol really hurts things.

Overall, good potential, just way too hot. Maybe some cellar time would help to even things out.

Photo of PerHops
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S- Large bottle corked and caged

A- Looks beautiful once the head has receded . Gorgeous golden orange with a little white head.

S- Call me crazy but cilantro leaves seems to dominate! Also a lot of minerals and a little musk.

T- Very sweet at first, but then develops with some spice including coriander and black pepper and finishes slightly dry

M- Honey is definitely present here as it almost coats your mouth. But the carbonation is very nice.

O- I would love to try something else from this brewery. It was an interesting beer and I love seeing my home state brewin good things

Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an orange color that is as cloudy as any beer I've ever seen. The head is two inches of fluffy eggshell white foam that recedes very slowly into thick chunks of sticky lacing. The aroma smells like how rock candy tastes. There is also noticeable honey, and floral components, and some hay and leather. Very intriguing. The taste is very sweet, yet somehow balanced enough by the funky barnyard characters of hay, leather, and pollen that is never gets to be cloying. There is some well integrated heat in the finish, and a nice mellow honey flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with fittingly moderate fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really, really good beer. I've only had a handful of braggots, but this one is clearly light years ahead of the others I've tasted. I'm a huge mead fan, and I really like how the honey character of this beer is almost mead like. I can see myself drinking this beer around a campfire, or as dessert after a big meal.

Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had but have never reviewed. Cold winter night during break between Christmas and New Years. Seems like a good time.
Poured into Chimay goblet after quite a tussle with the cork.
Fresh fruit right away (softer lighter fruit) with the mild yeast qualities following with bits of tartness noted. Light on the spice. Alcohol noted in perfume quality. Malt is more background.
Fizzy not dense white head. Very clear golden body.
Malt more apparent here in flavor. Sweet honey like nectar. Yeast flavors hold spice that blends nicely. Fruit appears at times. Dough like malt.
So nicely carbonated. High carbonation lightens up the drink and leads to explosion with ingestion. Alcohol is well hidden. Really soft and light feel. Dries out very nicely with soft bitterness leaving both satisfaction and a yearning for the next pull.
This is nice. Very complex and interesting in every drink. Light and lively. A real joy. So cool it's made right here in good ol' MN.

Photo of zeledonia
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this one for a while, finally getting around to drinking my bottle. My first beer from this new little brewery, and I'm hoping for good things.

Pours a bright golden yellow, the color of sunshine in the cartoons. Perfectly clear, with a solid stream of bubbles rising up. About one finger of fluffy white head, fades fairly fast, leaves some decent lacing. The color is just really inviting.

Smell is yeast all the way. Potent, pungent, musty yeast, with a dash of pepper and a hint of sweetness. I like it.

Taste is more varied than the smell. Yeast is again quite obvious, but the honey comes through really nicely, as a light sticky sweetness that lends some balance to that dank yeasty funk. Great balance of strong flavors, with some faint notes giving it some complexity. Alcohol is there, but not in a way that damages the flavor - it comes on as a slight pinch in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good as well. Medium-bodied, but with a heaviness from the honey. Good level of carbonation that keeps it from bogging down.

At 10% and a 750, this is too big for one person. Not wanting to get hammered, I drank about half. But I really enjoyed it, and I'll be back for more.

With the powerful yeast presence, the residual sweetness, and the light peppery spice, I think this could age really well.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his place.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Belgian yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with fruity apple flavor and alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.