The Auroch's Horn | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States | website

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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Avg:
4.06
pDev:
11.82%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his place.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, Belgian yeast, and spices. Taste is much the same with fruity apple flavor and alcohol kick on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some solid aromas and flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SupboenaDeuces for bringing this over for an impromptu tasting. A brewery about which I was not familiar.

Pours orange amber with a short white head.

Nose is full on Belgian esters - banana, cloves, pear. Big floral tones add to the nose. Nice if you like the real assertive Belgian esters.

Mouthfeel is rich, full, bold and creamy. It's inviting and wel balanced.

Flavors are all Belgian malty ale. Big yeasty, white bread with good malty balance. There are big sweet honey tones which brings out all the more the banana/clove/pear characteristics.

Finish follows flavors with a big yeasty/malty lingering light bitter character. Nice beer. I'd guess Belgian for sure in a blind tasting.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

this is one of those beers that is of impressive quality, and deserves high marks on all categories, but I just somehow don't like that much. after having the rhubarb version first, which challenged me and inspired me, this one seemed lackluster somehow, although its quality is unmistakable. I always appreciate an estate brew as well. this pours a slightly hazy golden color with a cool whip thick white head that doesn't recede at all. the nose is saison yeast, honey, and something tart. the flavor is sweet from both the malt and the honey addition, and has a unique fruity element as well. the yeast is strong, but has definitely left some residual sugar. the alcohol becomes very intense as the beer warms up too. the body is really dense on this, slowing drinkability, but the carbonation is really happening. overall this is a well made bottle of beer, but one that requires only small doses, for me at least. the combination of the weight and strength with the sugars is a little more than I can handle a lot of, but still a beer of impressive quality.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks Ted & Jeff for making this review possible... cool 750 from a brewery not on the radar. Review from written notes.

Described as a Tripel using 30% honey for fermentable sugars.

Into a small tulip it pours a clear gold with a light haze of yeast and rising trails of visible carbonation. Tight cap of white foam that settles to a ring at the edge eventually.

Banana creme, cloves, Belgian yeast on display here.

Creamy texture, softly floral with notes of Belgian yeast, banana, honey, spicy clove and nutmeg. Utterly smooth and creamy, melllow and not overly sweet. Really a textbook example of the style, and a great first effort from Olvade Farm. Hope to hear more about them in the future...

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head. Decent retention with some splattered lacing. Color is a lightly hazed golden orange.

Aroma: Huge honey. Very sweet. Wheat, bananas, cloves, esters, spice, and yeast.

Taste: More sweet honey flavors, bready malts, some yeast flavors, bananas, cloves, spice, and alcohol. Fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and sweet. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry.

Overall, a really solid beer for their first offering. I am definitely looking to more that they come out with. Maybe a saison?

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.59/5  rDev -36.2%
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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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 MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to both joshuaseresse and brew3crew for hooking me up with this beer. I actually think this is a gruit/traditional ale made with honey. Served in a Cigar City snifter.

A - A finger of creamy white foam slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving some lacy splotches. Hazy peach flesh body.

S - Belgian yeast, white pepper, stone fruits, cloves, some grain character, and not a ton of overt honey sweetness which is appreciated.

T - Bread, Belgian yeast, some clove and spice bitterness in the finish, and surprisingly little alcohol. Again, not anywhere near as sweet as I expected for a honey gruit.

M - Medium bodied, pleasant moderate carbonation, and perhaps a little bit of warming alcohol in the finish. Somewhat dry as well.

D - This was surprisingly enjoyable. I was expecting something overly saccharine, but this was a nice dry Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I wouldn't actively seek it out again, but I'll definitely keep my other bottle to share with friends.

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle at the Ale Jail in St. Paul. The beer doesn't quite jump out of the glass, but it's an impressive US-made Belgian. For the strength, it seems a touch muted, but there's a wonderful mix of soft pale malt and spicy Belgian yeast. Hops add a mild citrus undertone and balance to sweet, toasty grains. Check this out, it's a great example of a subtle Belgian ale.

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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 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 jrallen34
3.33/5  rDev -18%
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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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to LaCoursiere for hooking me up with this bottle:

A: Pours a nice translucent gold. There is a thin white head, but very little lacing.

S: I'm picking up some definite Belgian yeast, some honey and some mild fruits. I also notice some apple juice notes. There is a noticeable alcohol aroma as well.

T: The taste is slight malt, honey, and alcohol. The Belgian yest is unmistakable in this one, and the alcohol is pronounced throughout. At 10%, I'm not exactly surprised either.

M: Nice carbonation up front that quickly fades. The flavors of this beer coat the palate and linger for some time. This is definitely a sipping beer.

O: I'm glad to have tried it, but I wouldn't seek it out the next time I visit Minnesota. It's a good beer and one that might be enjoyed more by someone who loves Belgian Ales.

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Photo of maximum12
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this recently, a brewery that seemingly came out of nowhere to land on store shelves not long ago. Here's to hoping it's another good local option! 750ML big bottle split into a pair of snifters.

Pour is an unfiltered, brittle fall-weed kind of orange-yellow; big hotel-chain pillowy head, even on a gentle pour. Big yeast in the nose, banana, clove, Scottish highland grasses left out in the sun too long. OK, but nothing too out of the ordinary.

The Auroch's Horn satisfies. That's a good word for it. Up front is a barrage of honey, warm & a touch spicy/smoky, almost like the fireweed honey in Alaska's Perseverance Ale. Fresh bananas follow, along with the inevitable cloves. Peppery. Spare bittering along the sides of the tongue (weird!). One is left with indistinct fruit & a nice dry touch, very clean, aside from the fruit the beer just vanishes down the throat. 10% ABV? Whoa, crapper. Me & my cavity-filled sweet teeth could take a 750 of this down any day.

Interesting beer, like nothing else that's being brewed on the Minnesota scene today. I'll warrant I didn't know what to expect, but this came out well on the high side of my expectations. Great start, great first beer. Excellent. I'll be waiting whatever comes next eagerly.

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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 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 taste...in 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 evident...as 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 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 jera1350
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the Olvalde website:

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.

Pours kind of a murky golden orange with a thick fluffy head that is dirty white in color and leaves lots of lacing on the glass. Nice retention of the head here as well.

Getting lots of honey in the nose along with some belgian yeast. Some sweet bread notes and caramel popcorn as well from the malt. Smells sweet and lightly fruity. Maybe a touch of citrus from the hops?

Holy mother of sweetness! To say this is sweet is a bit of an understatement. Extremely sweet and I am a guy who likes sweet beers. There has to be a boatload of honey in this. Along with the honey comes caramel sweetness, a little toffee and some pound cake undertones. Getting some light fruitiness from the belgian yeast that takes a backseat to the honey. Getting some spice as well as I continue to drink. Some noticeable alcohol as well.

Carbonation is quite nice and slightly creamy. Has a medium-full body and is mostly smooth. Lightly dry and somewhat sticky finish.

This is pretty different from anything out there that I've had. Not sure what style, if any, that this falls under. It's almost a braggot/belgian strong pale/quad. This is a sipper for sure due to the alcohol and sweetness. I do like it however and think that the uniqueness will help make it stand out from other beers. I would say job well done to Olvalde for their opening beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden color with a slight haze. A massive head forms and has good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass.

The Belgian yeast adds a spice aroma that is complimented by fruity esters and mead. Also has a touch of floral. Definately a lot of honey was thrown into the brewing process.

A lot of Belgian charactor in the flavor. Fruity esters and pale malt gives the beer a Belgian Strong Pale Ale slant but there also is a boatload of honey flavor as well. Just wish it was a little drier as the sweetness is a bit much. Alcohol is not detected.

Robust body and nicely carbonated. The bottle conditioning is very well done.

Very well executed and impressive beer for an initial release. I expect other great things from this brewer.

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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 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 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!..it 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 golden..it is very smooth and very belgian inspired, very easy to drink .. a supreme 1st offering

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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 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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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.
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