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Brynhildr's Gift - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 13.08%
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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Photo of Amy
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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.

Amy, Sep 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

DaftPatrick, May 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

einman, Apr 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

zeledonia, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

dmadsen, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

mkf629, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

sgttibbs, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of mwilbur
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -61.5%

Fluffmeister, Dec 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

vikinghorn, Nov 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

TubbyDullard, Nov 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

wonothesane42, Nov 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Mikevicgates, Nov 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

AnalogErik, Nov 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

FortKnox15, Oct 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

sparx1100, Oct 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

refractor82, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of MetricOcean
3.94/5  rDev +1%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Sammy, Sep 01, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

DaPan, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -23.1%

heytomcat, Aug 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

drewfull, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

kguard, Jul 14, 2013
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Brynhildr's Gift from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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