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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
THE BROS
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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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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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drewone

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

01-19-2013 03:49:05 | More by Wowcoolman
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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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david131

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

01-13-2013 06:37:30 | More by david131
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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +24.1%

01-05-2013 05:20:30 | More by MN_Beerticker
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:32:07 | More by garymuchow
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King_KongDCO93

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -0.7%

12-19-2012 16:23:02 | More by King_KongDCO93
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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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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great, murky copper color capped by thick bright white head. Lacing remains as thick as the head. Exuberant carbonation combined with the color and head make it a sight to behold.

A great fruity bouquet greets the nose: pears, pineapple, and mandarin orange blend with a little doughy bread for a super happy fun time smell.

Sweet, citrusy fruit melds compliments a malty backbone. The label claims the ale is "lightly hopped", but there is very little to be tasted at all. This stuff is sweet and boozy, plain and simple. A bit of a sour aftertaste...

...and a bit of stickyness too. The abundant carbonation can't keep this ale from being a bit coying.

All in all, an awesome beer even if I wouldn't call it an awesome Belgian Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 22:17:06 | More by KBomb
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of this beer, brewed with honey, is reminiscent of, well, honey. The lively rocky cap of foam billows from the glass. It is very aromatic with honey, yeast, Belgian malt, and earthiness. The beer has a light, nimble texture. The flavor profile begins malty with lots of raw honey. Through the center bitterness builds which culminates in an earthy, bitter ending. This beer is a little rough around the edges, but overall enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 23:32:51 | More by BeardedBoffin
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dtx00

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%

10-22-2012 15:55:15 | More by dtx00
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-20-2012 17:15:44 | More by thebouch01
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Revenant

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -50.4%

10-15-2012 04:56:58 | More by Revenant
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joh04587

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

10-07-2012 17:39:45 | More by Seefeldt
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

10-01-2012 00:51:28 | More by TubbyDullard
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Gamblor14

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -25.6%

09-22-2012 23:31:41 | More by Gamblor14
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +17.9%

09-05-2012 17:59:43 | More by cofeeguru
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light Orange/Yellow with a moderate haze. Still clear enough to make out the light but not the objects through the glass. Thin filmy head that vanishes quickly and there's a good amount of carbonation going on.

Smell - Apples, Honey, Grapes, Pears, Yeasts and Malts. Pardon me for saying this but it almost smells like Sparkling Apple Cider. However the aroma is very crisp and pleasant to the senses, not in a sickly sweet sorta of way

Taste - Honey, Apples, Pears, Cider, Yeasts and Malts. This has an unbelievably strong malty backbone. The aftertaste is a malty/honey sweetness. This definitely starts resembling a cider, but it somehow manages to stay a beer at the same time. This is unlike any strong ale I have ever tasted before, thanks to it's unusual sweet taste and different flavor. Also there is no boozy flavor in here too, which is awesome

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with some moderate but bearable carbonation that adds to the flavor. For an Belgian Strong Ale, this is not only very easy to drink but also incredibly refreshing to drink. On a side note, even though there is no alcoholic flavor, I am getting flushed by drinking this

Overall - Some people may be turned off by how sweet this beer is, but others (like myself) will find a great tasting beer that manages to be something different than what is normally expected and pull it off quite well. Based on having Auroch's Horn, I cannot wait to try more beers from Olvalde!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:01:14 | More by NuclearDolphin
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ATK

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

08-30-2012 22:05:25 | More by ATK
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bbadger

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

08-24-2012 17:36:48 | More by bbadger
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zirkusaffe

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

07-19-2012 21:11:01 | More by zirkusaffe
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jcjerabek

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

07-16-2012 02:20:54 | More by jcjerabek
The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.