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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
outstanding

147 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 12.62%
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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Ratings: 147 | Reviews: 53 | Display Reviews Only:
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2/5  rDev -50.5%

Revenant, Oct 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

joh04587, Oct 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Seefeldt, Oct 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

TubbyDullard, Oct 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -25.7%

Gamblor14, Sep 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

cofeeguru, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

NuclearDolphin, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

ATK, Aug 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

bbadger, Aug 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

zirkusaffe, Jul 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

jcjerabek, Jul 16, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

swooshjtb, Jul 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

Jerhad, Jun 22, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

SaxmanRick, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of irrgalaxy
3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

irrgalaxy, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

Oboogie, Apr 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

BrooklynBrewers, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of BMoney575
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

BMoney575, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

psychotia, Feb 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

bjohn84, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of Tilley4
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Tilley4, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

FeelinSurley, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of zeledonia
4.33/5  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.

zeledonia, Jan 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1%

allouez86, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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

yamar68, Jan 08, 2012
The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.