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%
 
 
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33
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29
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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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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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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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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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

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

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

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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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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3/5  rDev -26.1%

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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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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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