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Brynhildr's Gift - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jera1350 on 05-24-2012

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.
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Ratings: 63 | Reviews: 21
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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750ml Swingtop
Warehouse Liquor's - Duluth, MN

2014 Bottling

Brynhildr's Gift pours still, even when pouring from high. After sitting for a few seconds the cascade effect kicks and and slowly starts forming a head on this beer, strange, interesting. The head does fade back to a slim ring though. The body is highly saturated orange and absolutely glows when backlit. I'd like some more foam but it's a good looking beer regardless.

This guy has a very unusual, interesting nose. Juniper is vibrant from front to back with slightly sweet, but somewhat green, berry qualities. Candied citrus and orange marmalade add another layer of mouthwatering sweetness. A drizzle of caramel, a spicy rye back, and ripe berries make for an interesting overall whiff. Deep pulls release some orchard fruity esters, peach and pear, a little muddled. For the uniqueness alone this beer has my mouth watering.

The flavor profile isn't far from the nose though a little sweeter and not as clean. Caramel lays the base while rye adds spice along the periphery. Juniper berries run front to back, again with that refreshing, bright, green berry quality that borders, but never reaches, tart. Orange marmalade is back and combines with the candied citrus peel. This is a good beer it's just a little on the sloppy side if I'm going to be picky.

The body weighs in a touch above moderate with a smooth sweetness. The bubbles are minimal which makes for a slow moving beverine. A soft herbal bitterness lingers and the alcohol is nowhere to be found. This is an easy drinker, especially when taking the 8.2% into account.

This is the first beer I've had from Olvalde Farm and I really enjoy the uniqueness and the flavor profile, but the nose really stands high. Not many Sahti-style beverages out on the market. I'd pick this guy up again in the future and would recommend it for something totally different, fun, and unique.

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Reading other people's reviews, mention was made of a loud pop when opening the bottle. I was surprised how easily this opened with very little vacuum pressure. I wonder if I got a bad bottle because it was more of a sour beer than I was expecting. I thought I'd really enjoyed this beer in the past so that's why I bought it. It wasn't a typical Belgian. Nor did I get a juniper nose or taste from it, so it just wasn't true to style. Maybe this is because of the extra fermenting that happens in the bottle. I really like the other stuff I've tried from this brewery. I wish I could find it on tap, but so far, all I've found it in is big bottles.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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