The Auroch's Horn - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev -8.4%
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.
05-13-2012 01:51:32 | More by irrgalaxy
3.28/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
02-26-2012 19:55:48 | More by BMoney575
4.38/5 rDev +8.4%
Big thanks to thecoder for sending this jewel my way...
Glows golden in the Duvel tulip... Loads of carbonation to this one...
Huge yeasty aromas... Funky and barnyard-like... I'm getting the honey they used here as well... This is quite pungent... Almost like Duvel, except amped up some which is impressive... Very inviting... Excited about this...
Sweet and malty.... Sharp and yeasty.... The honey is prevalent for sure... Earthiness of the hops and yeast have this one on point... Absolutely delicious... The funk is back in the flavors and rolling thru like a star... I'm impressed with the quality of this beer... Extremely well done...
One was enough as the 10% caught up with me but I had no trouble at all finishing this... Wish this was available locally... A terrific brew...
01-21-2012 21:14:45 | More by Tilley4
4.33/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
01-14-2012 05:03:38 | More by zeledonia
4.5/5 rDev +11.4%
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
01-08-2012 22:31:36 | More by yamar68
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
The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.