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Brynhildr's Gift - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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Brynhildr's Gift
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BA SCORE
87
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 6
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brynhildr's Gift is named for the valkyrie Brynhildr, who, upon being awaken by the dragon-slaying hero Sigfried, gave him the gifts of ale and wisdom. While not a traditional Scandinavian ale, I used rye, juniper berries, and some traditional brewing techniques to create a modern farmhouse ale with character that would be recognizable to the old norse.

(Beer added by: jera1350 on 05-24-2012)
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

05-21-2014 03:21:27 | More by DaftPatrick
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einman

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

04-27-2014 21:22:39 | More by einman
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

03-30-2014 18:33:45 | More by zeledonia
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another one of a kind beer, totally different from anything else out. thanks to drlovemd87 for sharing this special bottle. hazy dark goldenrod color with a lazy but airy white head that lasts reasonably well. it smells crazy, lots of juniper almost like a gin but less citric and quite a bit less medicinal and botanical heavy. the juniper is fresh and wintery more than anything else, with a lighter wheat malt base that must have some spelt or rye or other heritage type grain in it, because its got body and pep that dont usually accompany 100% wheat beers. the flavor too shows some granular spunk, but is flavored predominantly by the juniper. the only off element for me is the yeast, somewhere between saison yeast and ale yeast fermented too warmly, there is a funky almost wine-like vibe to it that doesnt really meld with what else is going on. still, i love how dry it is and how distinct it is, a great use of juniper where i had previously given up on it almost entirely as a suitable beer ingredient. not the most drinkable or honestly pleasurable beer on the market, but it challenges my palate and i dont get that very often anymore. much appreciated strange beer here. all of their stuff has been extremely interesting, but this one may be the most outside the box of them all.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:26:43 | More by StonedTrippin
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dmadsen

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

01-18-2014 19:18:46 | More by dmadsen
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mkf629

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

12-23-2013 03:59:41 | More by mkf629
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

12-22-2013 19:45:40 | More by sgttibbs
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise. 2013 vintage.
A: Opens with a loud "pop". Pours a clear orange-yellow with high carbonation producing a prolific 4+ inch white head. Good retention and lacing.
S: Juniper, mild farmhouse funk, toasted grains, spicy rye. Fresh and aromatic.
T: The saison comes through more here with citrus and farmhouse funk leading the way. Followed closely by juniper berries, soft caramel malt, herbal mint, and a mild rye note. The juniper blends in with the rest of the beer and adds a nice extra element.
M: Light-medium body. Refreshing with loads of carbonated effervescence. Sweetly spicy (mint-like).
D: Definitely an interesting take on the style. The juniper berries take this to another level. Absolutely worth a go. This farm/brewery is really growing on me!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2013 05:26:09 | More by mwilbur
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.3%

12-11-2013 01:42:10 | More by XmnwildX12
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Fluffmeister

Wisconsin

1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

12-10-2013 22:51:44 | More by Fluffmeister
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vikinghorn

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-29-2013 00:01:20 | More by vikinghorn
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TubbyDullard

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

11-20-2013 04:57:33 | More by TubbyDullard
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wonothesane42

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-12-2013 01:41:13 | More by wonothesane42
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Mikevicgates

Kansas

4/5  rDev +2.3%

11-11-2013 02:18:38 | More by Mikevicgates
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

11-04-2013 21:34:03 | More by AnalogErik
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FortKnox15

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.3%

10-31-2013 21:36:44 | More by FortKnox15
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sparx1100

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

10-18-2013 02:59:20 | More by sparx1100
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refractor82

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

09-13-2013 02:15:18 | More by refractor82
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MetricOcean

Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The small batch approach that is taken at Olvalde and the care put into each recipe is noticeable every time I try their beer. This Farmhouse ale starts sweet, but the higher ABV cuts through as well. The rye is more hidden than the juniper, but both were subtly layered in like an art. Well done, as always.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 00:19:51 | More by MetricOcean
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

09-01-2013 22:37:11 | More by Sammy
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DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

09-01-2013 18:58:08 | More by DaPan
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heytomcat

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -23.3%

08-28-2013 02:24:23 | More by heytomcat
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drewfull

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

08-26-2013 01:49:32 | More by drewfull
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kguard

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

07-14-2013 18:04:02 | More by kguard
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Ragnarok88

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

07-13-2013 22:50:51 | More by Ragnarok88
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Brynhildr's Gift from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.