Brynhildr's Gift - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 19 | Display Reviews Only:
3/5 rDev -23.3%
Swingtop bottle/growler however you want to play the cards. It was either a 750ml or a 1-liter, not entirely sure but that matters not. I shared this one with friends during an extended saison tasting. It appears a copper color with 3 fingers worth of off-white head. Some yellow to green clarity is seen around the edges. Finger-like patches of lace stick to the glass.
The aroma is full of minerals and banana. Some herbal hop inclusion before the onset of funky footy grain. As the brew warms up, there is a bit of stinky cheese aspect going on as well.
The taste is reminescent of banana bread. Phenolic spice like clove sits overtop a toasty buttery grain quakity. Minerals are present with some herbal hops and carbonic quality. Some sticky caramel and toffee sweetness increaes in strength as it warms.
This is a rich medium bodies brew with a modest to higher level of carbonation. Its an interestibg experience but not something I would drink again. The bottle size makes it accomodating for a group setting. I would never want to try and drink this myself.
08-29-2012 19:07:24 | More by stakem
3.43/5 rDev -12.3%
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.
08-03-2012 19:14:06 | More by bsp77
3.58/5 rDev -8.4%
Large swing-top bottle sent from Aaron (thanks man) who does an awesome job of hooking me up with locals. Split into New Belgium Globe's with a friend.
A: Dark gold, opaque from the yeast, with a hefty off-white head with good retention and lacing.
S: Belgian and yeasty, light funk and fruitiness combined with hints of honey, wildflower, soapy/herbal character with light peppery notes...hints of banana and apricot in the fruity notes.
T: Strong malt presence to balance the yeasty component, there even seems to be some caramel sweetness here...notes of spices, hints of grape bubble gum, faint juniper.
MF: Dry, creamy mouthfeel...bottle-conditioned softness...decent carbonation, clean finish.
O: Solid offering. This particular brewery seems to be doing good things. This is not a particular saison I'd revisit though I am glad to have tried it. Cheers Aaron!
09-07-2012 14:55:33 | More by Scotchboy
3.63/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
06-16-2013 00:20:32 | More by emerge077
3.89/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
03-06-2014 23:26:43 | More by StonedTrippin
3.94/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-08-2013 00:19:51 | More by MetricOcean
3.95/5 rDev +1%
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.
05-27-2012 18:48:41 | More by morimech
Brynhildr's Gift from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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