The Olvalde Farm & Brewing Company from Rollingstone, Minnesota, honors ancient brewing traditions & cultures through their farmhouse ales. Additionally, the traditional brewery focuses on the flavors of fermentation (cereal grains, honey, tree saps) - over herbs & spices, which are used only as complements. Their unfiltered ales are warm conditioned and some are modern reinterpretations of ancient brews - or even named after extinct wild bulls. The small yet promising brewery has only been open since 2011 and we're looking forward to sampling what else they have coming our way! Until then, here is our 2 O'Clock Tasting where we sampled two of Olvalde's fine brews - a Belgian strong pale ale and an imperial stout porter!
This Belgian strong pale ale is a modern reinterpretation of a two-thousand year old ancient European ale. The very carbonated ale was originally consumed by drinkers from the horn of an auroch (an extinct wild bull). A golden color with a brown hue adorned the snifter, with a thick, white foam appears on the head. Although we detected a sourness in the aroma, the well-balanced taste was full of honey and reminded us of white grapefruit soda.
A tribute to the brewing legacy Peter the Great, this imperial stout porter has the impression of a classic porter or cola - red hues on the outside with a tan head. The light bodied beer contained the aromas of sour black cherries and a bit of leather. Upon tasting, the cherries came through sweeter with a balanced, malty and piney taste. The aftertaste was similar to blue cheese. Olvalde Farm highly recommends cellaring this porter!
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