The Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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4.15/5 rDev +4%
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.
02-05-2014 17:32:55 | More by KFBR392
4.44/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
12-10-2013 04:43:09 | More by mwilbur
3.51/5 rDev -12%
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.
11-01-2013 04:58:37 | More by MasterSki
The Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.