The Auroch's Horn | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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The Auroch's HornThe Auroch's Horn

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Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Crystal clear regal gold body. Caronbation is visible in the body. Slight white cap leaves sparse lace. Great melange of cakey yeastiness, pear esters, baked bread and light spiciness on the nose. Really strong and enjoyable aroma. Flavor is really top notch. First impression is it reminds me of St. Bernardus Tripel the first time I had it and I thought "WOW". Such nice yeastiness and doughiness, breadiness....liquid bread. Nice pear and apple accents. Sweet malt center, but quite delicate. Slight spice Body is light and the feel is effervescent. Alcohol, for a 10% beer, is barely detectable. This could be a dangerous beer. Very impressed.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours an orange color that is as cloudy as any beer I've ever seen. The head is two inches of fluffy eggshell white foam that recedes very slowly into thick chunks of sticky lacing. The aroma smells like how rock candy tastes. There is also noticeable honey, and floral components, and some hay and leather. Very intriguing. The taste is very sweet, yet somehow balanced enough by the funky barnyard characters of hay, leather, and pollen that is never gets to be cloying. There is some well integrated heat in the finish, and a nice mellow honey flavor in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is full bodied with fittingly moderate fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a really, really good beer. I've only had a handful of braggots, but this one is clearly light years ahead of the others I've tasted. I'm a huge mead fan, and I really like how the honey character of this beer is almost mead like. I can see myself drinking this beer around a campfire, or as dessert after a big meal.

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Photo of hardy008
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy light orange with a 2 finger rocky white head with very nice retention and lots of lacing. The aroma has peaches, pears, Belgian yeast, pepper, and pale malts.

The taste is sweet with peaches, pears, Belgian yeast, apples, and pale malts, with bitterness for balance provided by pepper, and other spices. This tastes every bit as good as some of the best Belgian Strong Pale Ale's I have ever had.

Medium bodied with above average carbonation. Has a lightly sweet aftertaste, and the alcohol is well hidden for 10.00 % abv. Olvalde Farm continues to make fantastic beers. I can't wait to see what they come up with next.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Auroch's horn pours a cloudy hazy golden color with a nice big lacing head. There is a very creamy, spicy aroma, very sweet with good hints of banana. The taste is very creamy, good spice note, with a subtle sweetness, and hints of dry fruits. Great flavors, good creamy aftertaste. Overall a very nice easy to drink and flavorful beer.

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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 yamar68
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pear gold with a towering mass of paper white head that laces like nothing else... tons of beading that doesn't show itself until the beer warms a bit.

Clove, smooth honeycomb, sweet corn, Belgian yeast bits, incredibly inviting... the honey accents the rest of the beer in a somehow unintrusive way, no discernible booze whatsoever. Classic.

More sweet honey flavors, bready malts, some yeast notes, just a touch of saison spice, very mellow and exceedingly balanced, you could tell me that this one is 6% abv and I'd be none the wiser. Super smooth.

Feel is smooth and sweet, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation, ends dry. Admittedly, the feel varies quite a bit sometimes but 4 out of 5 bottles are spot on Belgian Pale status.

Overall, a really great beer from a really nice guy down there in the farm country

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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 GilGarp
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with cork and cage served cold into a goblet.

I picked this up at Wine Theif and Ale Jail when I was in Minnesota about a year ago. I was really excited that a homebrewer was selling bottles at the local bottle shops.

The Auroch's Horn is a pale golden yellow color with great clarity. I can see the lees in the bottle have basically lithified to the bottom. I'm not sure how old the bottle is since there is not a date stamp. The head is thick white foam that sticks to the sides as it settles.

Aroma is a little sweet and definately has hints of honey. The other component is the yeast which is a pleasant Belgian strain. So far, it's reminding me of a tripel / farmhouse blend.

The flavor is sweet up front with that honey coming through here as well. It leads into a peppery yeast character with a little bit of floral hop bitterness. Balance is very nice for such a strong beer. The alcohol is evident but it isn't overpowering. The year it spent maturing was probably worthwhile.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. The alcohol warms but isn't hot.

Overall a really excellent beer and well worth seeking out. Next time I'm back east, I'll be sure to pick up another bottle or two.

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

Very nice orange appearance that’s a bit hazy living up to the unfiltered claim.
Thin wispy head the recedes pretty quick, possibly due to the glass I’m using.

Aroma: Lots of clove, a bit of banana, honey, and some fusels. Aroma is chalk full of Belgian yeast, with loads of clove, and a little banana producing yeast.

Flavor: The flavor is all clove and honey with a bit of pilsner malt as a back bone. Fairly sweet and not too dry at all which I was expecting with all of the honey. I’m having a hard time detecting malt and hops which plays a background role to the honey and flavorful Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is surprisingly medium to full bodied. I was expecting highly carbonated saison type tartness, but I got a full bodied sweet braggot with lower carbonation. I’m not complaining, I don’t believe I’ve ever had a Minnesota beer that I’ve ever enjoyed as much as this.

Overall: This is a great beer, not necessarily something that I could drink every night. It’s like a Belgian Strong ale, mixed with a Belgian Wit, mixed with a Braggot. Or, maybe it’s just a Braggot…I don’t believe I’ve ever had a braggot unless you consider a Saison with Honey a braggot. Fusels definitely start to hit you as it warms up and so does the alcohol as you get half way through the bottle.

I am so frickin pumped to see what else this brewery brings to the market. Can’t wait to visit the Farmhouse brewery on my way to La-X!

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

750 ml bottle split and poured into a Bruery tulip.
10% ABV, no date, "Ale brewed with honey, lightly hopped, unfiltered, refermented in the bottle."

A big thanks to my friend Pete for bringing this one back from Minnesota for me. Close to his hometown, he should be proud of the great brew!

A - Completely hazed goldenrod amber in color with a dense off-white head. Great retention keeps it afloat while thin, patchy lace clings to the glass.

S - Strong Belgian aroma rich with esters that overlap candied sugar and sweet honey. Clay and white pepper spice it up with earthy tones as do the Saaz hops. Pale and Belgian Special B malts provide a hearty base and low notes of solvent alcohol pull through the back.

T - Sweet honey and Belgian candi sugar give the flavor and body a boost while yeast esters spice it up with nice hops on the finish. Mellow honey is reminiscent of a Braggot. Smooth, solvent alcohol warms through the finish subtly showing you it's power.

M - Medium-bodied and sweet with a nicely balanced spicy hop finish with low bitterness. A little too sweet for my liking, this brew isn't really drinkable beyond one glass. Good mild solvent alcohol notes and soft, un-intrusive carbonation.

O - What a great new beer to come out of Minnesota! It's a very nice Belgian-style tripel beer that's nuanced through and through. I'm excited to see what else this Farm & Brewing Co. releases!

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

A-Hazy/cloudy golden...light whisp of white head.

S-Very yeasty...spicy black pepper and overripe bananas...bready malts....sweet/sticky impression (honey)

T-Not nearly has yeast forward on the fact the honey notes emerge stronger...Store clerk described it as almost a mead...I wouldn't go that far....nice rich honey profile...milder black pepper spiciness...just a little hint of banana as well.

M-You know for as sweet as this is it is not at all cloying....the spiciness really kicks it down a notch and blends nicely. Low side of full bodied....not much harsh booziness, more of a rummy sweeter feel. I'll be happy to finish this bottle but this is definitely a sipper and a treat beer.

O-Pretty unique offering...the 30% honey from fermentable sugars is are the yeasty Belgian qualities....10% ABV is very hidden....I'm impressed. Will be curious to see what else they come up with as nothing else has been announced...could this be the MN version of Ommegang? Paid 9.99 for a Bomber....a bit steep but it is quality...

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Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, split

purchased in St Paul, on a whim suggestion from the Wine Thief and Ale Jail

appearance: really lovely - served in my ale asylum goblet, hazy straw-orange body, big fluffy white head with terrific retention

smell: clean and fresh, light citrus hops, honey, loads of yeast, floral

taste: just a really nice interpretation - brings the whole farmhouse brewery concept to life. Zesty yeast, honey, belgian sugars, citrus hops, bready malts, clove and spice.

mouthfeel: great - refreshing with high carbonation and a dry spiced finish with a touch of alcohol

overall: really impressed.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Kick-ass tangerine color with soft white foamy head. Minimal lacing.

Standard Belgian smack in the face. Clove, spice, almond, vanilla.

VERY sweet. Sugars are red apple high; like a Schmaltz. Dryness is zero. Heat is well faded. Lots of spicy stone fruits. Carbonation is knife like and delightful. Sweetness is sharp and apricot esque. Tons of ripe honey.

Has to be near prime. Heavy light smooth well blended Belgian.

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Photo of Mdog
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy yellow-gold, nice carbonation, big head.

Smell: Yeasty, dry, light grass, cloves.

Taste: Nice sweetness, fruit, bubblegum, honey. Not cloying. Some breadiness and yeast too.

Drinkability: Alcohol is well hidden, very tasty.

Finally got to try this new beer from Minnesota. It's a very good Belgian pale or Tripel. Nicely sweet without being cloying. I hope Olvalde puts out some more great beers like this one!

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Photo of OleJohnnieAle
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy golden straw the pour a huge head that reduced very slowly and leaves nice amounts of foamy lacing all down the sides.

S - Pop the cork and you smell the spicy clove scents of the yeast. Som sweet honey scents come through with slightly toasted malts.

T - Light beginning with some nice malts and quickly moves to sweetness which must come from the honey. The yeast is very present in the beer. Finished very clean with little left lingering.

M - Very well carbonated medium to full bodies beer.

O - WOW! Thanks to Mike at Liquor Barrel in Centerville, MN for turning me on to this. Very unique brew and very enjoyable. Not sure how this would age but wanting to pick up a couple more as this is a great beer. Great flavor profile and such a smooth beer!

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Photo of LaCoursiere
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review. It seemed fitting to choose a new local offering.

Appearance is very nice. Poured into a snifter very slowly. The beer quickly formed a one finger head. The color is somewhere between straw and light amber. Lots of lacing. When I finished the beer there was still a thin head left.

Smells of belgian yeast, honey and faint citrus notes. A very strong and pleasant aroma.

Tastes light honey sweetness and clove up front with perhaps a bit of orange zest fading to bready malts with trace hop bitter finish. Notes of clove as well. Very small amount of alcohol warmth as the beer warmed up; amazingly small considering the ABV.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied; very smooth with light carbonation.

This beer is very drinkable . I found myself wanting the next sip even more than the last. Can't wait to pick up another bottle.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to thecoder for sending this jewel my way...

Glows golden in the Duvel tulip... Loads of carbonation to this one...

Huge yeasty aromas... Funky and barnyard-like... I'm getting the honey they used here as well... This is quite pungent... Almost like Duvel, except amped up some which is impressive... Very inviting... Excited about this...

Sweet and malty.... Sharp and yeasty.... The honey is prevalent for sure... Earthiness of the hops and yeast have this one on point... Absolutely delicious... The funk is back in the flavors and rolling thru like a star... I'm impressed with the quality of this beer... Extremely well done...

One was enough as the 10% caught up with me but I had no trouble at all finishing this... Wish this was available locally... A terrific brew...

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have had but have never reviewed. Cold winter night during break between Christmas and New Years. Seems like a good time.
Poured into Chimay goblet after quite a tussle with the cork.
Fresh fruit right away (softer lighter fruit) with the mild yeast qualities following with bits of tartness noted. Light on the spice. Alcohol noted in perfume quality. Malt is more background.
Fizzy not dense white head. Very clear golden body.
Malt more apparent here in flavor. Sweet honey like nectar. Yeast flavors hold spice that blends nicely. Fruit appears at times. Dough like malt.
So nicely carbonated. High carbonation lightens up the drink and leads to explosion with ingestion. Alcohol is well hidden. Really soft and light feel. Dries out very nicely with soft bitterness leaving both satisfaction and a yearning for the next pull.
This is nice. Very complex and interesting in every drink. Light and lively. A real joy. So cool it's made right here in good ol' MN.

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

The Aurach's Horn, Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company, Rollingstone, MN, Ale brewed with honey, lightly hopped, unfiltered, re-fermented in the bottle. 1 pint, 9.4 fl. oz., 10% a.b.v.

Here's a brew that came out of the blue. There was no hype train whatsoever, no information machine chugging away, it just landed. Who? What? Where?It does have one of those freaky iPhone code things on the side, so, they've got that going for them. But, I still have no idea what an auroch is, or it's horn.

Well, I finally found a bottle at the Ale Jail, and I'm going to drink it down.

Very hazed, amber-y, copper-ish coloration, large, and lovely white, foamy head.

Aroma: clean, crisp, breezy citric and spicy. Lightly spicy and flowery. Fresh and lively, sweet and lovely. Mmmm.

Taste: Mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm, mmm. Just right. Tight, And outta sight. Full bodied, long, fruity finish. Very full flavored, flush with fruit, moderate bitterness, some sour in the end. Funkiness in effect. Deliciousness is all over the place. Wow plus Mmmm. It's working.

I love the Aurach's horn. So, why don't I marry it?
Good question. No flaw found here, nothing wrong with this. They're doing good.

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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 KeefD
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First of all, I did not know this was listed as a Braggot on the BA database. The owner of this brewery was kind enough enough drop off a sample bottle at my store, and I was told by co-workers who were present at the time that it was a saison/farmhouse style, which I can understand given the yeast profile of this beer. That being said, it does have a large honey presence, and I guess I can see the it being listed as a braggot, but the yeast profile makes this one unique:

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a large white head that fell slowly, leaving decent amount of lace on the glass. Aroma of grainy malts, honey, lemon, hay, grass, orange blossom, and a light mustiness from what seems to be a Belgian saison strain. Very nice. Oh yeah, honey is much more prevelant in the taste than in the nose. Starts out grainy, with a lemon twist, sweet and full of honey in the middle, which slowly fades into orange again, and finishes slightly dry with a chalky Belgian yeast character. Very interesting and very unique. If this were strictly reviewed as a saison, I'd say it's too sweet, but since it's listed as a braggot, it makes total sense. Mouthfeel is a little too full for a saison, as there's a lot of sweetness for that particular style, but I would classify this a hybrid between the two, and it's done a damn good job bringing forth the best of both styles.

Overall this was a pleasant surprise. The bottle was dropped off out of nowhere and I wasn't expecting much out of a small, upstart "nanobrewery" but this things doesn't fail to impress. The 10% is barely felt and is quite drinkable. I'll be taking note of this brewery and look forward to any future creations that come from them. Until then, this is certainly a SOLID new release and I will definitely be informing others of this in the weeks to come, and will most likely send some to regular trading partners for them to try!

EDIT: I see it's been changed to a Belgian Pale Ale now. This beer is an enigma. One of those that defies all style definitions.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle

A-it pours a cloudy golden amber color with a nice white thick/chunky head that recedes to a fresh collar.nice lacing

S- is a sweet honey and clove and banana smell mixed in with pale malts and belgian yeast

T-well its superb! starts out with sweet honey that gives way to a fruit and slight clove taste ..belgian yeast plays a role in a funky way.. some pale malt are in the background

M- is on the sweet side with nice just right carbonation it is very smooth ..i would like it to be a little more tart and there is some alcohol heat but very little considering it is 10%

O- this is and outstanding braggot?..or a nice BSPA or a belgian is very smooth and very belgian inspired, very easy to drink .. a supreme 1st offering

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Photo of zeledonia
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Been meaning to try this one for a while, finally getting around to drinking my bottle. My first beer from this new little brewery, and I'm hoping for good things.

Pours a bright golden yellow, the color of sunshine in the cartoons. Perfectly clear, with a solid stream of bubbles rising up. About one finger of fluffy white head, fades fairly fast, leaves some decent lacing. The color is just really inviting.

Smell is yeast all the way. Potent, pungent, musty yeast, with a dash of pepper and a hint of sweetness. I like it.

Taste is more varied than the smell. Yeast is again quite obvious, but the honey comes through really nicely, as a light sticky sweetness that lends some balance to that dank yeasty funk. Great balance of strong flavors, with some faint notes giving it some complexity. Alcohol is there, but not in a way that damages the flavor - it comes on as a slight pinch in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good as well. Medium-bodied, but with a heaviness from the honey. Good level of carbonation that keeps it from bogging down.

At 10% and a 750, this is too big for one person. Not wanting to get hammered, I drank about half. But I really enjoyed it, and I'll be back for more.

With the powerful yeast presence, the residual sweetness, and the light peppery spice, I think this could age really well.

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Photo of CPeterson
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A -- A hazy honey golden brew pours into a vigorous four finger eggshell white head that recedes very slowly into a thick froth. Generous foamy lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S -- Hints of toasted malts, floral notes, huge yeast coming through in the form of spices, banana, and clove. A touch of hay, and some mild sweet / sharp aroma toward the end, I'm guessing from the honey.

T -- Lightly toasty on the front, quickly overtaken by the sweetness and yeast presence. Honey to be certain, with hints of toffee, and sweet breads (like King's Hawaiian Rolls). Finishes fairly cleanly, flavors linger for a while without being overbearing.

M -- Well carbonated, full bodied and a mild linger on the palate.

D -- Very solid brew. Easily approachable for anyone that enjoys beer. Worth a pickup (or five). I will be interested to see how this will develop over the course of a few years, the only problem will be not drinking them in the meantime!

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Photo of KBomb
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great, murky copper color capped by thick bright white head. Lacing remains as thick as the head. Exuberant carbonation combined with the color and head make it a sight to behold.

A great fruity bouquet greets the nose: pears, pineapple, and mandarin orange blend with a little doughy bread for a super happy fun time smell.

Sweet, citrusy fruit melds compliments a malty backbone. The label claims the ale is "lightly hopped", but there is very little to be tasted at all. This stuff is sweet and boozy, plain and simple. A bit of a sour aftertaste...

...and a bit of stickyness too. The abundant carbonation can't keep this ale from being a bit coying.

All in all, an awesome beer even if I wouldn't call it an awesome Belgian Pale Ale.

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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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