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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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136 Ratings
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 13.15%
Wants: 27
Gots: 26 | FT: 5
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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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

12-04-2012 23:13:28 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 05:40:42 | More by UCLABrewN84
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

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

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

01-13-2013 21:58:55 | More by spycow
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GRG1313

California

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 19:10:55 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -0.7%

11-25-2011 20:57:44 | More by JAHMUR
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both joshuaseresse and brew3crew for hooking me up with this beer. I actually think this is a gruit/traditional ale made with honey. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A finger of creamy white foam slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving some lacy splotches. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Belgian yeast, white pepper, stone fruits, cloves, some grain character, and not a ton of overt honey sweetness which is appreciated.

T - Bread, Belgian yeast, some clove and spice bitterness in the finish, and surprisingly little alcohol. Again, not anywhere near as sweet as I expected for a honey gruit.

M - Medium bodied, pleasant moderate carbonation, and perhaps a little bit of warming alcohol in the finish. Somewhat dry as well.

D - This was surprisingly enjoyable. I was expecting something overly saccharine, but this was a nice dry Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I wouldn't actively seek it out again, but I'll definitely keep my other bottle to share with friends.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 15:13:28 | More by MasterSki
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Aurach's Horn, Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company, Rollingstone, MN, Ale brewed with honey, lightly hopped, unfiltered, re-fermented in the bottle. 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz., 10% a.b.v.

Here's a brew that came out of the blue. There was no hype train whatsoever, no information machine chugging away, it just landed. Who? What? Where?It does have one of those freaky iPhone code things on the side, so, they've got that going for them. But, I still have no idea what an auroch is, or it's horn.

Well, I finally found a bottle at the Ale Jail, and I'm going to drink it down.

Very hazed, amber-y, copper-ish coloration, large, and lovely white, foamy head.

Aroma: clean, crisp, breezy citric and spicy. Lightly spicy and flowery. Fresh and lively, sweet and lovely. Mmmm.

Taste: Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm. Just right. Tight, And outta sight. Full bodied, long, fruity finish. Very full flavored, flush with fruit, moderate bitterness, some sour in the end. Funkiness in effect. Deliciousness is all over the place. Wow plus Mmmm. It's working.

I love the Aurach's horn. So, why don't I marry it?
Good question. No flaw found here, nothing wrong with this. They're doing good.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 05:03:45 | More by feloniousmonk
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is one of those beers that is of impressive quality, and deserves high marks on all categories, but I just somehow don't like that much. after having the rhubarb version first, which challenged me and inspired me, this one seemed lackluster somehow, although its quality is unmistakable. I always appreciate an estate brew as well. this pours a slightly hazy golden color with a cool whip thick white head that doesn't recede at all. the nose is saison yeast, honey, and something tart. the flavor is sweet from both the malt and the honey addition, and has a unique fruity element as well. the yeast is strong, but has definitely left some residual sugar. the alcohol becomes very intense as the beer warms up too. the body is really dense on this, slowing drinkability, but the carbonation is really happening. overall this is a well made bottle of beer, but one that requires only small doses, for me at least. the combination of the weight and strength with the sugars is a little more than I can handle a lot of, but still a beer of impressive quality.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 16:46:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 05:05:40 | More by tempest
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

12-11-2013 01:42:34 | More by XmnwildX12
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head. Decent retention with some splattered lacing. Color is a lightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Huge honey. Very sweet. Wheat, bananas, cloves, esters, spice, and yeast.

Taste: More sweet honey flavors, bready malts, some yeast flavors, bananas, cloves, spice, and alcohol. Fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a really solid beer for their first offering. I am definitely looking to more that they come out with. Maybe a saison?

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 16:52:38 | More by mothman
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

2.58/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was considering opening this when I noticed I had already reviewed this on ratebeer. Yikes.

The beer is orange with minimal head. The imparts booze, hints of nail polish, odd. The flavor brings sweet nail polish and fruit. WTF? This beer is just weird and wrong. Rhubarb is there but doesn't fit in. Pass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 00:28:38 | More by Huhzubendah
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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-19-2013 03:50:30 | More by drewone
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.89/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2013 03:39:42 | More by Bighuge
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dirtylou

Washington

4.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wisconsin

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 12:04:21 | More by BeerFMAndy
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for this top buzzed tick... milky murky honey gold with a nice white head... nose is very Belgian, Belgian yeast, cloves, and lots of herbs, not bad... the taste is honey, herbs and cloves, a honey gruit beer... not bad, just not my thing

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 22:21:05 | More by jrallen34
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

11-25-2013 06:32:48 | More by HuskyinPDX
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.6%

04-11-2013 18:58:39 | More by ShanePB
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Hazy/cloudy golden...light whisp of white head.

S-Very yeasty...spicy black pepper and overripe bananas...bready malts....sweet/sticky impression (honey)

T-Not nearly has yeast forward on the taste...in fact the honey notes emerge stronger...Store clerk described it as almost a mead...I wouldn't go that far....nice rich honey profile...milder black pepper spiciness...just a little hint of banana as well.

M-You know for as sweet as this is it is not at all cloying....the spiciness really kicks it down a notch and blends nicely. Low side of full bodied....not much harsh booziness, more of a rummy sweeter feel. I'll be happy to finish this bottle but this is definitely a sipper and a treat beer.

O-Pretty unique offering...the 30% honey from fermentable sugars is evident...as are the yeasty Belgian qualities....10% ABV is very hidden....I'm impressed. Will be curious to see what else they come up with as nothing else has been announced...could this be the MN version of Ommegang? Paid 9.99 for a Bomber....a bit steep but it is quality...

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 05:25:57 | More by ZAP
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maximum12

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this recently, a brewery that seemingly came out of nowhere to land on store shelves not long ago. Here's to hoping it's another good local option! 750ML big bottle split into a pair of snifters.

Pour is an unfiltered, brittle fall-weed kind of orange-yellow; big hotel-chain pillowy head, even on a gentle pour. Big yeast in the nose, banana, clove, Scottish highland grasses left out in the sun too long. OK, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

The Auroch's Horn satisfies. That's a good word for it. Up front is a barrage of honey, warm & a touch spicy/smoky, almost like the fireweed honey in Alaska's Perseverance Ale. Fresh bananas follow, along with the inevitable cloves. Peppery. Spare bittering along the sides of the tongue (weird!). One is left with indistinct fruit & a nice dry touch, very clean, aside from the fruit the beer just vanishes down the throat. 10% ABV? Whoa, crapper. Me & my cavity-filled sweet teeth could take a 750 of this down any day.

Interesting beer, like nothing else that's being brewed on the Minnesota scene today. I'll warrant I didn't know what to expect, but this came out well on the high side of my expectations. Great start, great first beer. Excellent. I'll be waiting whatever comes next eagerly.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 01:54:32 | More by maximum12
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2011 20:08:05 | More by KarlHungus
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

04-17-2013 23:07:04 | More by Axnjxn
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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.