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The Auroch's Horn | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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The Auroch's HornThe Auroch's Horn

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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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The Auroch's Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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