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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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BA SCORE
90
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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 27
Gots: 26 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 04-03-2011)
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hu5om

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +23.8%

11-14-2011 14:47:38 | More by hu5om
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

05-21-2014 03:21:53 | More by DaftPatrick
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1%

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.

06-08-2011 00:11:48 | More by bsp77
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

12-02-2012 23:15:09 | More by NilocRellim
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dc55110

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

11-20-2011 05:31:11 | More by dc55110
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

03-11-2014 19:17:44 | More by richkrull
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

06-21-2014 21:47:08 | More by acurtis
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GilGarp

Colorado

4.45/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

12-12-2011 03:46:56 | More by GilGarp
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

04-17-2012 00:19:17 | More by Oboogie
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dirtylou

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

07-28-2011 03:47:59 | More by dirtylou
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

12-21-2011 05:05:40 | More by tempest
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plfahey

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

11-20-2011 05:28:18 | More by plfahey
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Hessian257

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1%

04-12-2013 00:53:11 | More by Hessian257
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Sinatra716

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-31-2013 17:39:33 | More by Sinatra716
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joh04587

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

10-07-2012 17:51:20 | More by joh04587
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zonker17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

04-19-2013 20:56:43 | More by zonker17
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Bunuelian

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1%

11-11-2013 18:04:24 | More by Bunuelian
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morimech

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

04-03-2011 19:08:25 | More by morimech
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JamLand

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

03-12-2014 01:21:18 | More by JamLand
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GRG1313

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%

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.

09-08-2011 19:10:55 | More by GRG1313
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1%

10-22-2012 15:55:15 | More by dtx00
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claaark13

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1%

04-07-2013 23:33:01 | More by claaark13
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%

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...

05-24-2011 01:16:37 | More by emerge077
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buzze40

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1%

03-23-2013 22:15:03 | More by buzze40
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +9.7%

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!

06-07-2011 12:04:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.