A couple of nights ago I tried The Auroch’s Horn from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company, whose beers I am just now going through for the first time, and tonight I will try another version of that beer that has been aged on Rhubarb. It looks like it is the same recipe for the base beer (a Belgian Strong Pale Ale), sporting a 10% Alcohol By Volume (ABV) content.
Olvalde The Auroch’s Horn Aged On Rhubarb is a hazy, deep amber colored beer, topped off with a very large cream colored head which trails lots of lacing. Quite a bit of very fine particulate matter is suspended throughout.
The nose has some sweet malts, but is more focused on Belgian spice, lighter fruit notes and a tart rhubarb.
The taste mirrors the scent fairly well, with peppery spice, tart rhubarb and lighter fruity esters taking center stage, following a sweet malt start, accented with honey, with some grassy hops rounding things out. Alcohol spice is well hidden but detectable if looked for. The mouth is fairly full bodied and evenly carbonated.
I have had a couple of fruit wines made from rhubarb, but this version of The Auroch’s Horn is the first beer that I can recall trying which features rhubarb. Overall it nicely complements the fruity Belgian aspects of the base beer, and while I probably would prefer the standard version, The Auroch’s Horn Aged On Rhubarb is another solid entry from Olvalde Farm and Brewing Company.
Olvalde The Auroch’s Horn Aged On Rhubarb : B+
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz