Uncle Olaf
Ursula Brewery

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Style:
Belgian Saison
ABV:
7.6%
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3.83 | pDev: 7.57%
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Notes: "Uncle Olaf" is a recently re-discovered beer style called Norwegian Farmhouse. It is golden/orange in color and has deep subtle flavors like orange peel and citrus, but it's most dominant and fun flavor comes from the massive amounts of juniper branches we steeped in the hot water used to brew the beer. It is traditionally served still (No Carbonation) and we'll be serving it the same way. It's piney and delicious and like Christmas.
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gently cloudy, peach-colored body with a very thick, creamy, and long lasting head; lots of sticky rings and lacing clinging to the inside of the glass. Ripe peach and juniper notes; musky; light barnyard. The taste mimics the smell, perhaps a bit more fruity with a bitter, slightly woody flavor. Heavy body; rich and nearly velvety with a predominantly dry character.

A very tasty Norwegian farmhouse ale brewed with juniper branches per the brewery. It is very eye appealing and has a dank, rustic aroma to it. The taste is definitely farmhouse with a nice balance and subtle complexity throughout. The mouthfeel is full and satisfying. Well made and well worth checking out.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

somehow these guys remain under the radar. i think ursula is doing some of the best beers in denver across a whole range of styles, i was stoked to see these cans on shelves, the first of their beers i think i have seen in this format. its a norwegian farmhouse, i assume meaning it was made with the newly popular norwegian yeast strain that is popping up in saisons quite a bit of late. its also done with juniper branches, and really is complex but drinkable, one of a kind, and of the finest quality. clear golden from the can with a high rising and slowly receding white head, three inches high and leaving peaky wispy lace as it settles back. aroma of a newly opened bottle of london dry gin, christmas tree, a sorachi type lemony hop thats very distinctive and compatible with the juniper, and this yeast, which i can not appreciate as slightly funky, a little vinous, a touch sweet, and even a tad peppery, its lively and unique, and has never in my experience found a context to well suited to it as this beer is! the juniper is awesome, like intense medicinal spruce in the flavor, not overdosed but unmistakable. the hops are awesome, whatever they are, lemony and pungent, just a little bitter and spice there as well, and a simple and clean malt base that must be mostly pils and white wheat. the beer is wintery and kind of hearty, but also dry, effervescent, and poundable at the same time, beautifully complex, perfectly accomplishing its stated mission, and one of the better clean saison types i have had all year. this is a winner, and ill be buying it again. these guys deserve so much more credit than they are getting from the beer nerds... i loved this thing!

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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just a spot of haze on the amber brew, and long-lasting foam in the big Brigand chalice. A little pear and citrus in the nose. Bubbly, creamy mouthfeel is very pleasant.

I have to credit the brewers with making something with juniper branches that doesn't actually stick you in the throat. I wouldn't have thought of anything like juniper. The main sensation is how weirdly sweet this is at first. Gradually some scratchy yeast taste takes over. Really very drinkable and interesting Saison. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Grapevine Liquor on South Monaco.

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3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (no date) to a tulip.

A-The beer is lightly hazed and golden orange in color. The off-white head is very dense and creamy, almost like a nitro beer. Foam is about a finger tall at first, but it fades after a minute to a thin cap and then to nothing at all.

S-The aroma is pretty subtle at first. Hints of juniper give the beer a rye-like spiciness and there is a sweetness that suggests candy sugar and apple juice. I also sniff bread and dough. The juniper scent grows in strength as the beer warms.

T-The taste is a bit stronger with the juniper than the smell, but it is still pretty subtle to start. I pick up apple flavors, bread crust, and a little citrus. As the beer warms up, however, I start to get more of the juniper flavor. It never gets overwhelming, but it is there, and it gives the beer an odd, herbal bitterness.

M-The brewery website says this beer is served flat, but this bottle definitely has some carbonation. The heft is medium.

O-When I bought this beer, I wasn't sure what made it Norwegian, but I like Norwegian stuff, skis, snow, vikings, etc., so I figured what the hell. It makes for a decent farmhouse ale with a little twist, but I don't know that I would go out of my way to drink it again.

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Uncle Olaf from Ursula Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 8 ratings