The Auroch's Horn | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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The Auroch's HornThe Auroch's Horn
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The Auroch's HornThe Auroch's Horn

Brewed by:
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.

Added by jera1350 on 04-03-2011

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2.59/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Was considering opening this when I noticed I had already reviewed this on ratebeer. Yikes.

The beer is orange with minimal head. The imparts booze, hints of nail polish, odd. The flavor brings sweet nail polish and fruit. WTF? This beer is just weird and wrong. Rhubarb is there but doesn't fit in. Pass. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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2.92/5  rDev -27.4%
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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle.

It pours a brilliant gold color with a foamy white head that leaves some lacing.

The scent is mostly spices with some orange peel.

The flavor is big and malty. There are some nice fruit flavors and some spices, pretty basic and blunt.

Not bad.

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3.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 2-26-12

Pours a lighter golden color, with an immense, billowy white head. The head sits as a thick layer, leaving behind huge, craggy lacing.

Smell is very light with subtle sweet fruit aromas. Rather simple, but still very enjoyable.

Taste is just like the smell, with very subtle fruit flavors and a very light malt character. There is not enough going on, however, to combat the strong abv. The finish is hot with alcohol, with a boozy and acidic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is good, thicker than you might expect, but seems to suit the beer.

Drinkability is poor, the alcohol really hurts things.

Overall, good potential, just way too hot. Maybe some cellar time would help to even things out.

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Sent as an extra in a trade with tytoandersno...thanks tyler!
Split with a co-worker poured into a globe

Pours a hazy gold with a fairly large head. Smells of yeast and tropical fruit, tastes kind of a sweet fruity with a slight honey and large bread-y presence very belgian. Kind of light on the carbonation for the style and fairly light drinking. Overall good solid beer but not mind blowing.

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3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jason for this top buzzed tick... milky murky honey gold with a nice white head... nose is very Belgian, Belgian yeast, cloves, and lots of herbs, not bad... the taste is honey, herbs and cloves, a honey gruit beer... not bad, just not my thing

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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 180 ratings
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