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Brynhildr's Gift - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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Brynhildr's Gift
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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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Reviews by mwilbur:
Photo of mwilbur
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!

mwilbur, Dec 19, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +2.3%

DaftPatrick, May 21, 2014
Photo of bsp77
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very bubbly, fiery orange with massive off-white head.

Smell: Belgian yeast (banana, clove), fleshy fruit such as peach, some breadiness, and juniper.

Taste: Interesting mix of banana, peach, bread, and rye. There are some other fruits present as well, which are on the overripe side of things. Overall, a little sticky and borderline too sweet. Then the juniper takes over and it really lingers for a long time, which takes a little getting used to.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, finish is not at dry as I would wish.

Overall: Very interesting and original beer. Definitely enjoyed it, but the mix of sickly sweet fruits and oddly drying juniper just doesn't quite do it for me.

And why is this marked as a Saison? Should be under the catch all Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

bsp77, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml swing top bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge five finger off white head that slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A very yeasty, fruity aroma with a good dose of spice. Belgian yeast with a good amount of farmhouse funk. Cloves, white pepper, and other spices. Hints of banana, apple and pear. Big hints of citrus pineapple, mango, papaya, and passion fruit. Hints of the juniper berries come out as well as Belgian candied sugars. Fairly herbal with some moderate earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid Saison smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a yeasty, spicy, sweet and fruity Saison taste. Belgian yeast and farmhouse funk with a taste of clove and white pepper spice and fruity esters of apple, banana, and pear. Juniper berries and a big citrus presence with notes of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and papaya. Malts and wheat with a bready taste of cereal grains and caramel. Belgian candied sugar adds some sweetness. Light hop presence with some herbal and earthy notes. Taste is on the sweet side but not cloying. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat sticky. Fairly smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Belgian Saison. All the spice and fruity esters you expect from the style along with a interesting kick of juniper.

MattyG85, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of sgttibbs
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

sgttibbs, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of biniek13
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

biniek13, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Sammy, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of Oboogie
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Oboogie, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of nickhiller
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

nickhiller, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, hazy golden color with a massive head that took its time settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma of wildflowers, honey, yeast, and pale malt. Some herbal and earthy qualities as well.

Sweet is the first impression of the flavor. But the complexity just builds with this beer. Another Olvalde Farm ale that is yeast driven. Loads of fruity esters. Other flavors of honey with floral/herbal notes. Wish I could pick out the juniper, but I cannot.

Medium body with a surpisingly low carbonation considering the pour. Smooth, creamy texture that coats the palate.

Probably closer to a traditional Belgian Strong Golden Ale than The Auroch's Horn. Not much for saison qualities but just a well crafted ale. Wish it delivered with the juniper and rye.

morimech, May 27, 2012
Photo of dtx00
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

dtx00, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage, served in a small snifter.
Dark saturated orange, thin layer of foam. Bottle gushed when opened. Lightly hazed with some suspended micro sediment.

Bubblegum aroma, fairly sweet, like Bazooka Joe in wax paper with the little comic.
Not getting juniper, not much of anything besides the yeast esters.

Malt sweetness with some phenolic yeast, clove and bubbleum. Sweetness lingers, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, a bit of a chore to drink. Glad this was shared, a whole bottle would be tough. Too sweet and yeast forward without any discernible juniper character.

emerge077, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of mkf629
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

mkf629, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of yamar68
4.48/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just picked this brand new beer up from Zipps. Joe Pond has surely proven his brewing capabilities by now, I hope this one holds up to the standard that he's set for himself. Poured from 750ml swing top to tulip:

Pours a deep, hazy pear/gold with a swelling soft white head. Precise lacing and moderate, consistent beading. Really a gorgeous beer to look at.

You'll know by the nose that he wasn't stingy with the juniper. Bright juniper notes supported with big yeast, clove, banana, some nutty bits, spicy cereal malts. Lovely, fresh, complex.

The nose gave me high hopes that the flavors surpassed. I'd have to guess that Auroch's Horn is the base beer here. It seems like the juniper really beefs up the beer. Some bitter, malty caramel are thrown into the mix. Sweet bread. Sort of a tangy finish that's hard to dissect.

Overall, this is exactly what I was hoping for. This guy really knows how to brew great beer. I hope he does big things but, at the same time, I wish he would just keep doing his thing because he really has a knack for this.

yamar68, May 25, 2012
Photo of GeezLynn
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

GeezLynn, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of refractor82
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

refractor82, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of cofeeguru
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

cofeeguru, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of MetricOcean
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.

MetricOcean, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of sparx1100
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

sparx1100, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of doucmehu
4/5  rDev +2.3%

doucmehu, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a cloudy bright amber-orange color. The head is a billowy three inches in height, and recedes very slowly into a thick cap of chunky lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass until the beer is gone. This is one very impressive looking beer. The aroma is perhaps the most earthy I've ever encountered in a beer. There is hay, leather, juniper, wet horse blanket, and a rather pronounced rye spiciness. The taste, like the aroma, is full of rye character. There is a firm spiciness through out the sip that raps itself around the earthy, barnyard qualities of this beer. There is also a really nice fruity sweetness from the juniper in the finish that balances of the spiciness very well. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a smooth texture, and appropriately high carbonation. Overall, this is a great beer with a ton of complexity. I notice something new with every sip. I'm not sure a beer can get much better than that.

KarlHungus, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of kguard
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

kguard, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

wonothesane42, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of elec
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

elec, May 27, 2012
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Brynhildr's Gift from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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