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The Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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Reviews: 18
Hads: 76
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 9 | FT: 3
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Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: yamar68 on 01-08-2012

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Photo of KFBR392
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 Vintage

Appearance: Pours with a thick bubbly head of about three fingers. The color is darker orange/straw. Very cloudy look to the body of the beer. Average active carbonation while drinking.

Smell: Spicy yeast with plenty of grass and straw aromas jump out first. Mild fruity hops with some semi-sweet rhubarb. Rhubarb not as potent as I expected it to be. Lingering lemon/lime sting rounds this brew out. Nothing overly complex but very pleasant.

Taste: Tart rhubarb and grassy earthy yeast hit first. Creamy, buttery body transitions nicely off the tartness of the front. Mild fruity, medium dry hop tones pop up toward the end of this brew and continue to dry out into the finish. Aftertaste is lingering bitterness with dry yeast tones.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much what you'd expect out of a belgian style ale. Heavy on the dryness, carbonation is prevalent but does not distract away from everything going on here. No sense of the 10% abv.

Overall: A well crafted ale. Quite a bit going on here and all the flavors and aromas play along well together. The rhubarb was pretty subdued on the aroma but was able to shine through with a pleasant tartness. Slow sipper, a really great brew. (1,200 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark golden hue (slightly murky) with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Good amount of lasting lacing too.
S: Fresh and spicy Belgian yeast, fruity esters, toasted grains, and a whiff of honey and rhubarb.
T: Wow...the aroma got turned on its head...rhubarb and honey right up front here. Fruity esters and Belgian yeast. Hint of toasted grains and malt. Surprisingly good.
M: Smooth, sweet, and with a good amount of carbonation to prickle the palate. Surprisingly light body given the hefty ABV.
D: This is one damn good beer! Just about as drinkable as a 10% ABV brew can get. The rhubarb adds a very pleasant layer of complexity and melds well with the rest of the notes. One would think this would hardly be noticeable, but it makes its presence known. (852 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

First batch of this, so note quite two years old. Served in a snifter in the West Lakeview backyard. Think this was also from Josh.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick collar, wispy cap, and splotchy lacework. Hazed orange-yellow body.

S - The taste is somewhat unexciting, and I get the sense this didn't age very gracefully. The spicy yeast found in the base beer seems to have dissipated, revealing more honey and malt sweetness and little else. There's a mildly estery floral hand lotion vibe and negligible rhubarb character at this stage.

T - The taste is significantly more in line with my expectations, and the beer benefits from it. Rhubarb shows up, lending some tartness and vegetal character late. Honey and malt are still fairly present and Belgian characteristics are quite restrained, but there's better balance of flavor here.

M - Smooth, medium-full body, with well-hidden alcohol and pleasant moderate carbonation. Sufficient heft for the ABV, but enough spritz to prevent a heavy or cloying vibe.

D - I probably put off opening this for far too long, as the rhubarb character seems to have petered out. Not bad, but not particularly exciting or enjoyable either. I appreciate the well-hidden alcohol. I'd like to try a really fresh bottle to see how much it differs. (1,292 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2012 Bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy orange. Virtually no head or lacing. Appears a bit under carbed. Maybe a bottle variation. After the pour a miniscule amount of carbonation is noticed.

Smells of fruity and tart yeast and rhubarb. A bit of sugar on the nose as well.

Tastes similar to the nose. Notes of sweet malt and tart rhubarb, a bit of sourness is also in play. Nice balance keeps everything in check. Alcohol well integrated.

Wish this had more carbonation and perhaps finished just a bit more dry. (512 characters)

Photo of cbeer88
2.85/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #8. C&C 750ml poured into Portsmouth tulip.

A: Aggressive pour yields minimal pinky finger of white head. Body is straw golden with a tinge of orange. Lacing is spotty and light.

S: Oak, funk, and some form of citrus-y fruit - maybe peach?

T: Sweet, oak, wheat. Carb is very low. This beer tastes under-attenuated, and I'm questioning if it is really the 10% on the label? (I'll know by the end of the bottle) Definitely a strong fruity element as well - hard to tell if it is the yeast or actual fruit in the barrel - could be peach. Everything about this beer seems like it should be tart, or at least pretty funky, but I'm not getting it.

M: Very low carb, sweet and cloying mouthfeel.

D: Low to moderate. This is a bit of an oddball - it has some interesting flavors, but this bottle is just too sweet.

O: Generally not impressed with this one. I'd be interested in trying a different batch though, as there are some unique flavors in here. (987 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.21/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Heritage Liquors, review from written notes.

Hazy saturated orange, patchy surface skim, random arcs of lace with a thin layer of foam initially.

Big fruity aroma, tart and earthy rhubarb, lightly cidery.

Sweet and tart rhubarb taste, some impression of raspberry and cherry, almost like a toned down version of Weyerbacher Riserva minus the acetic acid. Fruit forward and lightly acidic. Medium bodied, juicy feel, light carbonation. Nicely tart, flavorful. (476 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

***this is a review of BATCH ONE - this score does not apply to subsequent batches***

a - pours with an exciting level of head, appearance of a cider perhaps, golden tangerine with little clarity... strong sparkling head initially, dissipating almost instantaneously

s - subtle bits of tangerine, pear, think Belgian tripel, rhubarb of course

t - fantastic, it's amazing how much character the rhubarb aging brought to the table... again, tangerine... the citrus also seems to hold on a lot longer than it does in the original, essentially brought the focus from sweet to tart

m - the only body here comes from its relatively high carbonation, otherwise it drinks similar to a cider

o - yet another home run from Ovalde, I've never even heard of rhubarb being used in beer but clearly it fits the part, bravo! (814 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

first beer from these guys, and i have to say, while it isnt my favorite, i really appreciate the effort and direction. it pours a flatish looking apple juice gold color with a small and dwindling white head. the nose is very sweet from the honey, quite floral, as well as saison-like from whatever yeast is used here. the rhubarb provides some tartness to counterbalance the honey, but in taste the honey easily wins this tug of war. the taste a general vibe of this one is somewhere between a sweet white wine and a mead. its acidic and also very sugary. the rhubard is a nice touch, and i think does well with the yeast, but the sugar is just too much for this to be a keeper in my book. alcohol is mysteriously well hidden though, and i am a fan of the farmstead thing, local and sustainable, a product of the soil. not quite enough carbonation to keep it moving either. ill have to try other offerings from olvalde, because i have no desire to drink this again, although i am very glad i got the chance to try it because of how odd it is. any other rhubarb beers out there? (1,078 characters)

Photo of THANAT0PSIS
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Olvalde The Auroch’s Horn Aged on Rhubarb

Appearance: After a long struggle with the cork, this beer poured a mostly opaque golden amber color with a brown hue. Sediment is easily visible, but the beer is unfiltered and bottle conditioned, so sediment is definitely par for the course. There is also a pleasant, yet minimal stream of carbonation off the bottom of the glass, which is directly at odds with the nearly complete lack of head. This is a good-looking beer that is above average for the style.

Aroma: There is a sweetness from the honey, which lends an almost mead-like note. As expected, clear notes of rhubarb come through both in tartness and the sweetness that comes from rhubarb pie. Yeast is there, and it comes through in a distinctively Belgian note. Alcohol is also there, just in the back of the smell. Again, the beer adheres to the style quite well, while also throwing a unique spin on it. The only problem with the aroma is the lack of complexity.

Taste: The beer is more complex in the taste than was hinted at in the aroma. There is a fantastic blending of rhubarb, biscuits, and honey sweetness, almost immediately followed up by tartness. The tartness is similar to a wild ale, but not as intense. Then the honey comes back with double the strength it initially had. The odd aspect is that, unlike most beers, there is no real bittering here. Somehow it works here. The transformative nature of the beer from sweet to tart to sweet is very interesting; if only the taste had stopped there… The alcohol that was minimal in the nose is much bigger in the tail end of the taste, and not the pleasant kind. This really seems to vary between drinks, suggesting that the beer may not be fully mixed well and/or may not be a perfect suspension. If not for the prominence of the alcohol, this beer could have been excellent; sadly, it was not to be.

Mouthfeel: The best way to describe the mouthfeel is by comparing it to a tart fruit juice. It is medium, sticky, and causes a tingle all over the mouth. The alcohol makes for that pleasant warming effect, and sort of redeems the unpleasantness it lent to the taste. The aftertaste leaves a very dry feeling in the mouth, again, mead-like. The carbonation is not near as present as it would appear; in fact, the beer is basically flat, which is really unfortunate.

Overall: While this is definitely a passable beer, it could have been so much more. That makes this a disappointment, because of the ease with which the drinker can imagine this beer being if it were just a touch better executed. Perhaps over time, Olvalde will nail this one down and create what could be a real beer to seek out; that would be a real treat for drinkers of every style preference. We can only hope. Also, the bottle is pretty large, and the sweetness gets to you over time; share this one. 15/20 (2,857 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber with a small white head from a heavy pout. The small head disappears quickly. The aroma has rhubarb, yeast, hay, and has a tart smell.

The taste is sweeter than I would have guessed from the aroma, and has rhubarb, honey, pale malt, and green grapes. Very nice flavor to this beer. Has a good deal of sweetness, without any balancing bitterness, but this is not a problem, since the tartness keeps the sweetness under control.

Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes dry, and the alcohol is well hidden for 10.00% abv. A very nice beer from Olvalde I look forward to trying more of their beers. (615 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer.
A little cloudier and a little darker than the non-fruited version. Head was pretty minuscule too.
Aroma held a little fruitiness and vegetal quality with hints of the base beer, esp. the malt character, less of the yeast, in the background.
Nice tart flavor and holding onto an almost lactic quality. Never to excess and blending nicely with the malt character of the base beer. Soft flavors from the yeast.
More than effervescent but a nice smoothness.
Enjoyed this with my T-giving meal and it worked very well all around. I think I like the non-fruited version better, but the tartness was darn nice in this one. (628 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to me sister's friend for the bottle share. Reviewed live. Brown glass bottle with caged cork served into a Dick's Last Resort pilsner glass in me sister's gaff in Minneapolis, Minnesota. I don't know what to expect.

A: Pours a half finger head of beige colour, okay cream and thickness, and bad retention. Body colour is a nontransparent orange; quite murky and hazy. Yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Orange citrus, biscuity yeast, barnyard funk, honey, and lactic notes. A mild strength aroma.

T: Lactic, barnyard funky, some orange citrus, and heavy yeasty notes. Rhubarb. Tasty and crisp. Very clean and balanced, albeit simple. It's not horribly subtle, but it is tasty. No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Clean, smooth, wet, and crisp. Ideal carbonation. Good thickness.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. A tasty little beer in the style. I quite like it; I'd have it again. That said, its simplicity holds it back. A great local beer.

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Photo of seeswo
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blind BIF 7 Review: Review from last night. Bottle #8 opened with my wife because when I tilted it and looked at the color through the bottle, it looked like a sour (plus it was C+C'ed).

That bottle was a beast to get open. Not a ton of carbonation sitting behind that cork. Upon opening and pouring from the bottle, there is a strong, frustrating smell of acetone. My first thought was "kill shot?" The pour is a hazy slightly darkened orange color, with maybe the slightest reddish tint to it (like Strawberry Blonde hair) and a minimal whitish head.
Looks pretty, but low on the carbonation - 3.5.

When you stick your nose in the beer, a very strange thing happens. The acetone flavors that seemed so prominent on the pour become, almost integrated into the smell. This is a very odd thing to suggest, but it was mild enough, once in the glass, that it almost melded with the other smells of a honey-like sweetness and some fruit. My wife immediately said apricot. I got a bit of cherry skin and flesh...and apricot. I'm not saying the acetone was a good thing or went away, I am just saying that it is easy to get past in this beer and doesn't completely ruin it like one might think. - 2.5

The flavor is like a totally different world. The acetone is completely gone and the flavor is great. My wife and I continued to look at each other in confusion over what fruit is actually involved in this beer. The best way I could describe it would be to think about regular Fantome, maybe a touch sweeter from fruit/honey, slightly less funky with a mystery fruit added in a small-moderate amount. So that mystery fruit - I taste apricot, but I don't believe for a second that is what is only in this beer, if it is in it. I taste sweet cherry flesh and skin sitting underneath the whole beer. Don't think kriek or anything crazy like that, just a very nice dash of cherry. I am doubting that someone out there makes a sweet cherry + apricot saison/farmhouse ale. That all said, I found this beer to taste great. - 4.0

The beer has a good body, but is probably a bit under-carbonated. I really didn't mind it at all, though I had no basis for comparison. - 3.5

Overall, this beer is way better than the sum of the above parts. If there was a touch more carbonation and if you pulled out the acetone smell, this beer would be really high on my list of things to acquire. As is, I'd totally drink another. Despite the flaws, there is something really nice in there. - 4.5

As far as guesses go, I have no idea. The only thing I would add to "think regular Fantome, maybe a touch sweeter from fruit/honey, slightly less funky with a mystery fruit added in a small-moderate amount; sweet cherry + apricot saison/farmhouse ale"

The reveal - The Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb - Olvalde Farm & Brewing Company

Woah! I would never have guessed Rhubarb in a million years. I thought this was a really nice beer and I would say that Olvalde is 2/2 in my book. Another great blind beer. Thanks dougofthefuture! (3,004 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

No freshness dating on the bottle but I believe this is the 2nd bottled batch

A= The cork was hell to get off. Pours a nearly flat looking hazy yellow color with a thin sort of hazy head that comes up and whisps away with no retention or lacing.

S= Smells nice and tart with rhubarb as well as some nice strong belgian yeast strain to it. Smells almost a little acetic despite my knowledge that no wild bacteria was used.

T= The taste is a nice strong vegetative rhubard with a nice tartness to it. The original Auroch's horn is well integrated while it seems like a totally different beer. When I saw this the first time around I passed because I figured I could just imagine Auroch's Horn with rhubarb but this is definitally a different animal. There is a nice tartness and no acetic flavor as I noticed in the nose. There is the sweetness that is reminicent of Auroch's Horn however.

M= Lightly carbonated but it is for sure carbonated.

O= This is a different animal despite me prediction. If you like rhubarb for sure check it out. The veggie flavor is a little weird at first but grows on you and this is a fine beer.Another unique offering from Olvalde! (1,165 characters)

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml. bottle, corked and caged, poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: I was a bit worried at first about the carbonation of this beer from what I had heard about about it. Pours a hazy golden hue with a finger of frothy white head. Everything looks fine to me. Retention is good, and sticky lace coats the glass.

S: Rhubarb is definitely present up front, with notes of honey, some floral undertones and cracker.

T: An intense blast of tart rhubarb right off the bat, but well balanced by trademark character of this beer. Honey and biscuity notes are there, along with some other fruity notes brought on by the yeast. Finish is tart, but not mouth-puckering sour.

M: I'm really liking the mouthfeel in this stage. Carbonation is prickly, and gives the beer some lively character. Full bodied, yet very quenching.

O: This beer is amazing! I was expecting subtle rhubarb notes, yet this has so much more. Joe Pond nailed it with this beer! I was hoping to see this beer a bit earlier in the year, but it was definitely worth the wait. Very well-done, and on my top picks list for 2012. (1,091 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.47/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 release.

Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a thin head that receded to a thin skim of suds. Despite the lack of head a surprising amount of lacing gets left behind down the glass during consumption. The brewer admits this needed more time to ferment in the bottle, but still is a flaw.

Rhubarb dominates the aroma. It smells tart with a slight fruity touch. Not much of the base beer is detectable.

How do you brew a tart beer without adding bugs? Use rhubarb of course. Moderately tart with the rhubarb flavor dominating. Hints of the base beer such as honey with some vinous qualities. Some yeast esters along with pale malt. Need to be a fan of rhubarb to really enjoy this beer.

The low carbonation hurts the mouthfeel. A tart beer needs a little life in my opinion. Medium bodied.

A little age would help this beer. The carbonation will pick up and let the rhubarb fade. May need to pick up another bottle and let it sit for a couple of months. (962 characters)

Photo of psychotia
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of joshuaseresse - cheers!

A - A slightly cloudy, golden hue, with a nice, big frothy head initially. Looks impressive.

S - I smell the yeast characteristics; spicy, slightly fruity esters. Understandably, the rhubarb plays a fairly prominent role at this point - my nostrils dry out, almost detecting the tartness of the rhubarb. I feel it takes a bit too much away from the incredible aroma of the base beer; the aroma is slightly muted by the rhubarb.

T - Honey/bread sweetness with an immediate thinning sour twinge from the rhubarb. I'm on the fence with the taste; I like what the rhubarb adds, but I also don't like what it takes away - the light, delicate sweetness that I love in the base beer.

M - While sweet, the rhubarb creates a dry sensation. In fact, I think the rhubarb adds a bit too much in terms of the dry mouthfeel. I would scale it back a bit.

O - Very glad to have tried this. 10 cases? It was gone before I could think twice. That being said, I'm not sure I would seek this out again, simply because I freaking love the base beer, Auroch's Horn. I totally respect Joe for taking a leap and trying something fun, and to an extent, it works. I would have enjoyed this much more if the rhubarb was scaled back slightly to allow the beauty of the base to shine.

Word is this will reappear in greater quantities in the future (per Joe - when he gets the rhubarb, maybe fall or early winter of 2012). If at the same price point, I'd pass for the regular AH. If cheaper, heck I may just have to give it another try! (1,561 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quite the struggle to get the cage unscrewed and the cork out, but I managed to get to the beer. Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a massive head of off-white suds that retain well and cling to the glass all over. Looks as though the bottle conditioning is perfectly done.

Smells like a slightly sweeter belgian golden ale. Effervescent, hay, honey and pale malts.

A rhubarb tartness right on the tip of the tongue to start. Lightly sour from the rhubarb until the flavor turns more to the moderate sweetness and spicy yeast. There is some very subtle rhubarb taste up front, but the fruit mostly just adds a tart component. Warm alcohol is felt in the finish.

Loads of frothy and soft carbonation. Very well done bottle conditioning. Warm and smooth. Pretty close to a full body.

I like this, but I don't love it. I was hoping for more of the rhubarb flavor to go with the tartness. I could see sour beer likers and lovers really enjoying this one. It's a bit reminiscent of wild yeast. An interesting and well made beer for sure, but I don't find it worth the $16 pricetag for myself personally. (1,109 characters)

The Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.