The Auroch's Horn | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
olvalde.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The Auroch's Horn is a modern reinterpretation of ancient ale brewed throughout Europe more than two thousand years ago. Ale was a staple of the barbarian diet, with Roman historians documenting a beverage made with barley, wheat, and honey in Britannia, Gaul, and Germania. The ale was consumed from the horn of the auroch (or aurochs), a now extinct wild bull.

Added by jera1350 on 04-03-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
179
Reviews:
58
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
Wants:
33
Gots:
29
For Trade:
4
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Photo of jakemn91
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopazoid
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml corked bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge three finger off white head with good retention.

Smell: A funky, sweet, and fruity Belgian like aroma with a scent of honey, spices, and fruit. Belgian yeast with some hints of clove, peppers, and farmhouse funk. Big scent of honey sweetness. Fruit hints of banana, pear, apple, orange, and pineapple. Malt scent of grains, wheat, straw, biscuit, and caramel. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a uniquely funky, sweet, and fruity Belgian like taste with notes of honey, fruit, and spices. Upfront taste of Belgian yeast with some farmhouse funk and spice notes of clove and pepper. Lots of sweet honey throughout. Malt notes of wheat, straw, grains, biscuit, and caramel. Fruit notes of banana, apple, pear, orange, and pineapple. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy and smooth with minimal alcohol heat. Sweet but finishes somewhat dry.

Overall: A very good and unique brew. Big Belgian like yeast and fruit presence with a good dose of honey sweetness.

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Photo of TooGood
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

What a unique and tasty brew. Tastes like a quad and has the feel of a farmhouse ale. The honey adds a nice sweetness to overall flavor. I look forward to trying more beers from this brewer.

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Photo of Ssippisam
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Immortale25
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours hazy gold, 2” rapidly dissipating white foam cap.
S: honey, ripe fruit, some bread
T: More honey, fruit, approaching a nectarine. Maybe a little citrus and a light hop hand on the finish. The aftertaste is some Belgian biscuit, honey and almost like a marmalade with some fruit skin for bitterness. Faint hint of banana and bubble gum.
F: Very creamy and effervescent, above average carbonation.
O: The brewer has nailed the Belgian texture and yeast.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep hazy golden orange with two fingers of off white head. Excellent retention eventually fades to beautiful soapy looking lacing.

S: Sweet malts, wheat, citrus, banana, clove, honey, and some barnyard style funk.

T: Wow. Honey, sweet malts, banana, and clove hit you up front, then citrus, lees, earthy hops and an ever so slight tartness.

M: Mid to light in body, a moderately high level of carbonation is present, goes down smooth and juicy. Very pleasant to drink.

O: This is a great brew. It is something I can say is truly unique. It has everything you could want in a Belgian Strong/Farmhouse style ale while having it's own distinct tastes and charm.

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Photo of stephensinner
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattmarka1
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tyecko
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nmann08
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lynn
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kenai4
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of viers002
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redleg411
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Petcha
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chaz
2.92/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a dull golden in color topped with an off-white head of average duration. Hazy, as in there's somethin' in this here glass and it ain't kombucha, man. As the head falls there's minimal lacing, and my Boulevard Smokestack tulip is clean, baby, clean as a whistle.

Nose is all sorts of funky yeast and clover honey and bilious malt. Sweet and not necessarily enticing.

BAM! A big, sweet, glop of funky weirdness on the first sip. This bottle is presumably not infected and/or fresh? There's no date code anywhere on the "Belgian"-style 750 mL glass or label, although there is a QR code (how very 2008!), but man, I am still stuck in the stone age with my 3G cellular telephone (I may as well be using a Motorola 'Brick'.)

SUPER sweet, and yet, mildly funky/spicy fruity and interesting on the palate. This beer coulda been a contender, it coulda been a Duvel! And yet, it chose to co off in that corner over there and smoke some low grade shwag and listen to Nickelback, instead. Ah well...

Note: There's a little more sour than sweet on the nose, but only barely, with the Belgian yeast kickin like a deranged mule the whole-damned time...

My final ruling? An under-attenuated, wild yeast-fueled, crypto beast-inspired horse slop* of a beer, and yet (naturally) the beergeeks love it.

I am so, SO out of touch with Craft Beer hobbyists... oh well.

*Five it a year or two n a dark place, and maybe it matures into an erudite, Northern Lights smokin' King Crimson-listenin' confabulation of awesomeness? Time will tell, brothers and sisters!

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Photo of taospowder
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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