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:
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5/5  rDev +23.2%

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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
4.06 out of 5 based on 179 ratings.
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