Brynhildr's Gift | Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company

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67 Ratings
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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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6
Gots:
7
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3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The small batch approach that is taken at Olvalde and the care put into each recipe is noticeable every time I try their beer. This Farmhouse ale starts sweet, but the higher ABV cuts through as well. The rye is more hidden than the juniper, but both were subtly layered in like an art. Well done, as always.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3/5  rDev -25%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Dark amber with a 4+ finger off white head with very good retention and lots of lacing. the aroma has Belgian yeast, apricots, pears, juniper, spices, and phenols. Very nice aroma.

The taste is much like the aroma. It is sweet with apricots, pears, Belgian yeast, juniper, spices, and phenols. An excellent example of a Saison. which tastes like it could have been brewed in Belgium.

Medium bodied, smooth, and properly carbonated for the style. Finishes somewhat dry, and also leaves a bit of a sticky feeling in the mouth. This is a really nice Saison. Very nicely made.

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4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml swing top bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. 2012 vintage.

Appearance: Pours a deep and hazy copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Huge five finger off white head that slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A very yeasty, fruity aroma with a good dose of spice. Belgian yeast with a good amount of farmhouse funk. Cloves, white pepper, and other spices. Hints of banana, apple and pear. Big hints of citrus pineapple, mango, papaya, and passion fruit. Hints of the juniper berries come out as well as Belgian candied sugars. Fairly herbal with some moderate earthy hops in the background. A pretty solid Saison smell.

Taste: Like the smell hints, a yeasty, spicy, sweet and fruity Saison taste. Belgian yeast and farmhouse funk with a taste of clove and white pepper spice and fruity esters of apple, banana, and pear. Juniper berries and a big citrus presence with notes of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, and papaya. Malts and wheat with a bready taste of cereal grains and caramel. Belgian candied sugar adds some sweetness. Light hop presence with some herbal and earthy notes. Taste is on the sweet side but not cloying. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Creamy, slick, and somewhat sticky. Fairly smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on a Belgian Saison. All the spice and fruity esters you expect from the style along with a interesting kick of juniper.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from joshuaseresse. Shared on Freddy's boat and therefore served in plastic cups.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap and a thicker collar, with stray splotches of lace. Hazy dark orange-brown body.

S - Phenolic farmhouse yeast, sharp unmalted grains, light juniper, hay, grass, and some other nebulous spices. Anise? Clove?

T - The taste has significantly more sweetness to it - it's vaguely candi-esque in some ways. Some fruity, berry notes, with mild spice but fairly restrained bitterness. Some grass, earthy, and a vaguely tree bark sort of flavor.

M - Medium-bodied, with active carbonation. A touch grainy, with a semi-dry finish and mild residual stickiness. No perceptible alcohol, although it's hard to know whether that's impressive with no listed ABV.

D - I was pleasantly surprised by how restrained the juniper was, and this was strangely drinkable stuff. A few of us easily finished the 750ml swing-top. Wouldn't trade for this one again, but I'd have it again if I saw it on-tap somewhere.

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3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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Brynhildr's Gift from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company
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