Brynhildr's Gift | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brynhildr's Gift is named for the valkyrie Brynhildr, who, upon being awaken by the dragon-slaying hero Sigfried, gave him the gifts of ale and wisdom. While not a traditional Scandinavian ale, I used rye, juniper berries, and some traditional brewing techniques to create a modern farmhouse ale with character that would be recognizable to the old norse.

Added by jera1350 on 05-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
22
Avg:
4
pDev:
12.5%
 
 
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1.5/5  rDev -62.5%

Photo of stakem
2.99/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Swingtop bottle/growler however you want to play the cards. It was either a 750ml or a 1-liter, not entirely sure but that matters not. I shared this one with friends during an extended saison tasting. It appears a copper color with 3 fingers worth of off-white head. Some yellow to green clarity is seen around the edges. Finger-like patches of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is full of minerals and banana. Some herbal hop inclusion before the onset of funky footy grain. As the brew warms up, there is a bit of stinky cheese aspect going on as well.

The taste is reminescent of banana bread. Phenolic spice like clove sits overtop a toasty buttery grain quakity. Minerals are present with some herbal hops and carbonic quality. Some sticky caramel and toffee sweetness increaes in strength as it warms.

This is a rich medium bodies brew with a modest to higher level of carbonation. Its an interestibg experience but not something I would drink again. The bottle size makes it accomodating for a group setting. I would never want to try and drink this myself.

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3/5  rDev -25%

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.31/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of bsp77
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Very bubbly, fiery orange with massive off-white head.

Smell: Belgian yeast (banana, clove), fleshy fruit such as peach, some breadiness, and juniper.

Taste: Interesting mix of banana, peach, bread, and rye. There are some other fruits present as well, which are on the overripe side of things. Overall, a little sticky and borderline too sweet. Then the juniper takes over and it really lingers for a long time, which takes a little getting used to.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, finish is not at dry as I would wish.

Overall: Very interesting and original beer. Definitely enjoyed it, but the mix of sickly sweet fruits and oddly drying juniper just doesn't quite do it for me.

And why is this marked as a Saison? Should be under the catch all Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Reading other people's reviews, mention was made of a loud pop when opening the bottle. I was surprised how easily this opened with very little vacuum pressure. I wonder if I got a bad bottle because it was more of a sour beer than I was expecting. I thought I'd really enjoyed this beer in the past so that's why I bought it. It wasn't a typical Belgian. Nor did I get a juniper nose or taste from it, so it just wasn't true to style. Maybe this is because of the extra fermenting that happens in the bottle. I really like the other stuff I've tried from this brewery. I wish I could find it on tap, but so far, all I've found it in is big bottles.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Large swing-top bottle sent from Aaron (thanks man) who does an awesome job of hooking me up with locals. Split into New Belgium Globe's with a friend.

A: Dark gold, opaque from the yeast, with a hefty off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Belgian and yeasty, light funk and fruitiness combined with hints of honey, wildflower, soapy/herbal character with light peppery notes...hints of banana and apricot in the fruity notes.

T: Strong malt presence to balance the yeasty component, there even seems to be some caramel sweetness here...notes of spices, hints of grape bubble gum, faint juniper.

MF: Dry, creamy mouthfeel...bottle-conditioned softness...decent carbonation, clean finish.

O: Solid offering. This particular brewery seems to be doing good things. This is not a particular saison I'd revisit though I am glad to have tried it. Cheers Aaron!

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3.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2013 vintage, served in a small snifter.
Dark saturated orange, thin layer of foam. Bottle gushed when opened. Lightly hazed with some suspended micro sediment.

Bubblegum aroma, fairly sweet, like Bazooka Joe in wax paper with the little comic.
Not getting juniper, not much of anything besides the yeast esters.

Malt sweetness with some phenolic yeast, clove and bubbleum. Sweetness lingers, light bitterness in the aftertaste. Medium bodied, a bit of a chore to drink. Glad this was shared, a whole bottle would be tough. Too sweet and yeast forward without any discernible juniper character. That said, it does resemble a Sahti I once had that was supposed to be 2 weeks old straight from Finland. It also had overwhelming bubblegum esters to a fault, so maybe it's very authentic in that sense.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Brynhildr's Gift from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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