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Brynhildr's Gift - Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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Brynhildr's Gift
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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Ragnarok88, Jul 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

SaxmanRick, Jun 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

JohnSnowNW, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
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 YalovaIA
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

YalovaIA, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of hardy008
4.53/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Dark amber with a 4+ finger off white head with very good retention and lots of lacing. the aroma has Belgian yeast, apricots, pears, juniper, spices, and phenols. Very nice aroma.

The taste is much like the aroma. It is sweet with apricots, pears, Belgian yeast, juniper, spices, and phenols. An excellent example of a Saison. which tastes like it could have been brewed in Belgium.

Medium bodied, smooth, and properly carbonated for the style. Finishes somewhat dry, and also leaves a bit of a sticky feeling in the mouth. This is a really nice Saison. Very nicely made.

hardy008, Feb 25, 2013
Photo of Localdrinklax
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Localdrinklax, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +11%
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
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

dtx00, Dec 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

GeezLynn, Nov 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

plumcrazyfx, Sep 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

nickhiller, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from joshuaseresse. Shared on Freddy's boat and therefore served in plastic cups.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap and a thicker collar, with stray splotches of lace. Hazy dark orange-brown body.

S - Phenolic farmhouse yeast, sharp unmalted grains, light juniper, hay, grass, and some other nebulous spices. Anise? Clove?

T - The taste has significantly more sweetness to it - it's vaguely candi-esque in some ways. Some fruity, berry notes, with mild spice but fairly restrained bitterness. Some grass, earthy, and a vaguely tree bark sort of flavor.

M - Medium-bodied, with active carbonation. A touch grainy, with a semi-dry finish and mild residual stickiness. No perceptible alcohol, although it's hard to know whether that's impressive with no listed ABV.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by how restrained the juniper was, and this was strangely drinkable stuff. A few of us easily finished the 750ml swing-top. Wouldn't trade for this one again, but I'd have it again if I saw it on-tap somewhere.

MasterSki, Sep 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Oboogie, Sep 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +2.6%

doucmehu, Sep 18, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Scotchboy, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

cofeeguru, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of stakem
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

stakem, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smell: sweet, clean, slight soap, bit of honey.

Taste: rich, lightly creamy, ripe peaches, clear juniper (which is awesome). Mild spice. Very . . . herbal. Nice and smooth mouthfeel with a hint of stickiness.

So lightly hopped and "herbal" that it has a sort of gardeny old saison or gruit kind of deal going on. If you told me it wasn't hopped, I would believe you.

The negative is that it's super-sweet and can drag on. I'd split the bottle with a friend, or pair with something.

I really appreciate what they've got going on here. Recommend a try.

CheezyBlaster, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
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 feloniousmonk
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Olvalde Farms Brynhildr's Gift Farmhouse Ale with Junipers

Olvalde Farms' Brynhildr's Gift, Minnesota Farmhouse Juniper Ale, Ale brewed with juniper berries, lightly hopped, unfiltered, re-fermented in the bottle. 1pint, 9.4 fluid ounces. ALC by VOL: ?

Third release from this tiny micro- (nano-?) brewery in Rollingstone, Minnesota, a town I'd never heard of before this brewery, and still, all I know of it is this brewery.
Let's find out if their streak continues, so off comes the cage and the stopper…

Highly hazy, deep amber appearance, under a lush, creamy-toned head, leaves lace and lasts long. Beautiful.

Aroma: large and in charge. Funky Belgian yeast gives off many exotic phenols, very musty and fruity, with a whiff of horse blanket. Apricot, pear, banana, lemon, a cornucopia, indeed, with pepper and straw mingled in. Fresh and lovely.

Taste: Mmmm. Interesting. Full malty flavor, Belgian yeast, and, yeah, the juniper berries really do stand out. Just enough of everything. Minor hops, lush malt, with a spicy/fruity kick. Drinks down delightfully. Yum. Tast-y!

This is an excellent ale to pair with food, and would go well with just about anything. Way to go, Joe, you're 3 for 3!

feloniousmonk, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New breweries, pay attention. This is how you do it. Put out an excellent first beer & follow it up with interesting beers that are under-represented in the market. Hey, you! I said pay attention! 750 ML swing-top bottle split with my wife.

Poured carefully, left a finger or so in the bottom with the spent yeast; Ode's only downfall was the heaviness of the yeast, something I don't want to repeat. Flash of copper & orange. Seriously carbonated, even on the gentlest pour this one swells like a blow-up doll. Nose is serious Belgian yeast with an undertow of earthiness that must be the rye, & a sharp tang that must be the juniper.

Brynhildr's Gift is a bright, sunny smile of a beer. It immediately reminds me of a mid-summer field, & I'm finding it hard to describe. Clean. Very clean. Delightful juniper up front, along with a soft blur of grassiness & yeast. Earthy without being dank in the middle, & the ending is crisp, tangy, & slightly sweet. The mouth is at once pleasing & its weakness. There's a wonderful smooth creaminess to it, but as with Ode, the high level of carbonation is distracting. Stupid easy to drink.

Hard one to judge. Another memorable beer from Olvalde, & really, what more can one ask? I'm going with very good, bordering on excellent. Keep making beer this good, I'll happily keep buying it.

maximum12, Jul 27, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9%

biniek13, Jul 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

HoistinBrews, Jun 17, 2012
Brynhildr's Gift from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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