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Brewed by HaandBryggeriet (Norway)
Style: Traditional Ale
Drammen, Norway

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RATINGS: 352   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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English: Brewing was very much a part of farm life in old Norway. Indeed farmers were required by law to make beer and could loose their lands if this duty was neglected. Custom called for a specialy hearty but thirst quenching ale at harvest-time. This Hesjeøl- or harvest ale is a recreation of this beer style.

Norsk: Ølbrygging var en viktig del av livet i Norge i gamle dager. Øl ble brygget til de fleste større begivenheter, men også som tørstedrikke til bruk i innhøstingssesongen, da ble det brygget et forfriskende øl. Haandbryggeriet har forsøkt å gjenskape et slikt øl med dette Hesjeølet. Editor’s note: Was 7% ABV, now 6.5%.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TommyFi (83) - ITALY - MAR 4, 2014
Colore aranciato profondo con sfumature rosso rubino. Buon cappello di schiuma pannosa e persistente. Odore di lievito belga, speziato, maltato, di caramello con una leggera affumicatura. In bocca è rotonda, con un buon corpo e un amaro finale leggero e floreale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beertobealive (208) - Stavanger, NORWAY - FEB 25, 2014
Large foamy beige head with some spring and anise aroma. Light copper body with malt and root taste. OK balance between little hops and short bitterness. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1175) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2014
Pours a nice and clear dark golden with a medium offwhite head that leaves really good lacing. Nose is of smoke and black pepper, slightly fruity. Taste is dry and spicy, again some black pepper, and yellow fruits flavors. Finish is spicy and bitter, not harsh but almost. Body is medium, carbonation a bit intense. Not bad at all!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (214) - Fredrikstad, NORWAY - JAN 27, 2014
Batch 578. Cloudy amber color, thick, light golden head. Belgian yeast nose, sweet, slightly earthy and malty with a hint of roasted peppercorns. Taste starts of with aromatic esters, banana almost as in a hefeweizen, caramel, slightly smoked, hint of alcohol. Complex, yet well balanced. Medium body, oily mouthfeel, medium to high carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AaronTDubs (19) - - JAN 22, 2014
Purchased in a bottle from Duty Free in Oslo. Starts a bit sweet. Not much hop bitterness, but finishes with an almost zest or smokey bitterness. Nice and complex, reminds me of a saison in a weird way, despite a lack of wheatiness. Pretty light caramel color.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAgutten79 (470) - Skui, NORWAY - JAN 10, 2014
Utseendet er oransje, lite skum. Malt, gjær, humle og karamell i aromaen. Smaken er gjær, malt og karamell. Medium konsistens, god ettersmak.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (672) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle from Corvallis Brew Supply, Corvallis. Batch 254, bottled 2009.11.29. Pours a medium cloudy brownish orange. Little to no off-white head. Aroma earthy, fruity. Pears, smoke, bacon/sweet. Body very lively, finish somewhat slight, fruity sweetness and yeast. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
torgeir_nes (5) - - NOV 1, 2013 does not count
Funn gylden brun farge. Høyt hvit skum som legger igjen bra lacing. Synes det lukter hvete og bitter humle. Rund litt søt smak.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (1006) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2013
Uklar brun med hvitt skum. Rognebær og litt røkt lukt. Friskt med røyk i ettersmaken, bitter på slutten.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4152) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2013
(gusher) pours hazy light golden with a small white cap, some retention and lacing. lightly toasted and smoked malts - bacony, spices, honeyish and kind of rustic malts, hint of caramel, belgian fruitiness - peaches and apricots, grass, pepper. average carbonation, light body - oily, very hint of a acidity, smoky-grassy-spicy finish. unique and nice.


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