The Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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The Auroch's Horn Aged On RhubarbThe Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb
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The Auroch's Horn Aged On RhubarbThe Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by yamar68 on 01-08-2012

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L: Pours hazy gold with light, rhubarb red highlights under a 2” mousy cream colored persistent foam stand that perches ½ an inch over the rim of the glass and is still around after 5 minutes. S: Has a big tart nose with traces of rhubarb and lemon with some light grains in the background. There is no sign of hops. T: Big and tart with traces of sweet malt, biscuit and honey. Suggests a tart rhubarb lemon marmalade lightly sweetened with honey slathered over a light shortbread biscuit. While the balance is to the tart, the sweet malt cuts off the sharp edges. F: Medium to medium low body, medium to medium high carbonation. O: Very interesting, refreshing beer.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 release.

Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a thin head that receded to a thin skim of suds. Despite the lack of head a surprising amount of lacing gets left behind down the glass during consumption. The brewer admits this needed more time to ferment in the bottle, but still is a flaw.

Rhubarb dominates the aroma. It smells tart with a slight fruity touch. Not much of the base beer is detectable.

How do you brew a tart beer without adding bugs? Use rhubarb of course. Moderately tart with the rhubarb flavor dominating. Hints of the base beer such as honey with some vinous qualities. Some yeast esters along with pale malt. Need to be a fan of rhubarb to really enjoy this beer.

The low carbonation hurts the mouthfeel. A tart beer needs a little life in my opinion. Medium bodied.

A little age would help this beer. The carbonation will pick up and let the rhubarb fade. May need to pick up another bottle and let it sit for a couple of months.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from Heritage Liquors, review from written notes.

Hazy saturated orange, patchy surface skim, random arcs of lace with a thin layer of foam initially.

Big fruity aroma, tart and earthy rhubarb, lightly cidery.

Sweet and tart rhubarb taste, some impression of raspberry and cherry, almost like a toned down version of Weyerbacher Riserva minus the acetic acid. Fruit forward and lightly acidic. Medium bodied, juicy feel, light carbonation. Nicely tart, flavorful.

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Olvalde The Auroch’s Horn Aged on Rhubarb

Appearance: After a long struggle with the cork, this beer poured a mostly opaque golden amber color with a brown hue. Sediment is easily visible, but the beer is unfiltered and bottle conditioned, so sediment is definitely par for the course. There is also a pleasant, yet minimal stream of carbonation off the bottom of the glass, which is directly at odds with the nearly complete lack of head. This is a good-looking beer that is above average for the style.

Aroma: There is a sweetness from the honey, which lends an almost mead-like note. As expected, clear notes of rhubarb come through both in tartness and the sweetness that comes from rhubarb pie. Yeast is there, and it comes through in a distinctively Belgian note. Alcohol is also there, just in the back of the smell. Again, the beer adheres to the style quite well, while also throwing a unique spin on it. The only problem with the aroma is the lack of complexity.

Taste: The beer is more complex in the taste than was hinted at in the aroma. There is a fantastic blending of rhubarb, biscuits, and honey sweetness, almost immediately followed up by tartness. The tartness is similar to a wild ale, but not as intense. Then the honey comes back with double the strength it initially had. The odd aspect is that, unlike most beers, there is no real bittering here. Somehow it works here. The transformative nature of the beer from sweet to tart to sweet is very interesting; if only the taste had stopped there… The alcohol that was minimal in the nose is much bigger in the tail end of the taste, and not the pleasant kind. This really seems to vary between drinks, suggesting that the beer may not be fully mixed well and/or may not be a perfect suspension. If not for the prominence of the alcohol, this beer could have been excellent; sadly, it was not to be.

Mouthfeel: The best way to describe the mouthfeel is by comparing it to a tart fruit juice. It is medium, sticky, and causes a tingle all over the mouth. The alcohol makes for that pleasant warming effect, and sort of redeems the unpleasantness it lent to the taste. The aftertaste leaves a very dry feeling in the mouth, again, mead-like. The carbonation is not near as present as it would appear; in fact, the beer is basically flat, which is really unfortunate.

Overall: While this is definitely a passable beer, it could have been so much more. That makes this a disappointment, because of the ease with which the drinker can imagine this beer being if it were just a touch better executed. Perhaps over time, Olvalde will nail this one down and create what could be a real beer to seek out; that would be a real treat for drinkers of every style preference. We can only hope. Also, the bottle is pretty large, and the sweetness gets to you over time; share this one. 15/20

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***this is a review of BATCH ONE - this score does not apply to subsequent batches***

a - pours with an exciting level of head, appearance of a cider perhaps, golden tangerine with little clarity... strong sparkling head initially, dissipating almost instantaneously

s - subtle bits of tangerine, pear, think Belgian tripel, rhubarb of course

t - fantastic, it's amazing how much character the rhubarb aging brought to the table... again, tangerine... the citrus also seems to hold on a lot longer than it does in the original, essentially brought the focus from sweet to tart

m - the only body here comes from its relatively high carbonation, otherwise it drinks similar to a cider

o - yet another home run from Ovalde, I've never even heard of rhubarb being used in beer but clearly it fits the part, bravo!

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Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter.
A: Pours a dark golden hue (slightly murky) with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head. Excellent retention. Good amount of lasting lacing too.
S: Fresh and spicy Belgian yeast, fruity esters, toasted grains, and a whiff of honey and rhubarb.
T: Wow...the aroma got turned on its head...rhubarb and honey right up front here. Fruity esters and Belgian yeast. Hint of toasted grains and malt. Surprisingly good.
M: Smooth, sweet, and with a good amount of carbonation to prickle the palate. Surprisingly light body given the hefty ABV.
D: This is one damn good beer! Just about as drinkable as a 10% ABV brew can get. The rhubarb adds a very pleasant layer of complexity and melds well with the rest of the notes. One would think this would hardly be noticeable, but it makes its presence known.

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The Auroch's Horn Aged On Rhubarb from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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