The Auroch's Horn | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
179 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
The Auroch's HornThe Auroch's Horn
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:
4
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 179 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Hopstout
3.7/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mdodge8837
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of andjriz
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of bsinger45
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

 1,062 characters

Photo of tswater
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kawilliams81
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml cork n cage bottle into a a Pipeworks snifter.

A- pours a light gold with a 2 finger white head. Big clumps and trails of lacing remain on the glass.

S- huge Belgian aromas, spices, honey, toast, and light pine.

T- sweet honey, pale malts, some citrus, spices and bitter pine.

M- medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable with a slightly dry finish.

O- good beer. Sweet with some spice and citrus.

 425 characters

Photo of mwilbur
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a clear golden hue with moderate carbonation producing a 2 inch bubbly white head. Good retention. (3.75)
S: Honey and floral notes up front. Crisp citrus and melon too. Nice bouquet...very inviting. (4)
T: Citrus and soft pine with quite a bit of honey to soften and sweeten. The amount of honey is nearly crossing the line into too much...nearly. Melon emerges with warming. (3.75)
M: Sweet and fairly soft feel. ABV is well hidden. Missing the heft/body/fullness of a typical belgian strong pale ale. (3.5)
D: An interesting brew and I do like the honey component. Can't say I love this one though. Needs to be tweaked and refined (better structure and more complexity) and it could be phenomenal. (3.75)

12/3/14
2014 vintage:
A: Pours a hazy yellow-orange hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Decent retention and a hint of lacing. (3.75)
S: Honey and soft citrus. Hint of pine, minerals, and melon. (3.75)
T: Honey, softly sweet citrus, melon, and minerals. Better balance with this vintage. (4)
M: Medium body. ABV is well hidden. Sweet, soft, and creamy feel. Lingers nicely on the palate. Also better here that previous review. (3.75)
D: Definitely some improvements/tweaks compared to past vintage. A solid brew and one I come back to on a fairly regular basis. (4)

 1,362 characters

Photo of zonker17
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Axnjxn
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Hessian257
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ShanePB
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of claaark13
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Localdrinklax
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of MNBeer1017
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of buzze40
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of KWMiles
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of yokken
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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.

 557 characters

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of gordavidson
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of MN_Beerticker
5/5  rDev +23.2%

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.

 965 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.