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


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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2521) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Orange in colour with an off-white head, good retention and good lacing. Aroma is musty, some berry skins, some smoke, perfume. Flavour is a bit dirty, some berries, smoke, chocolate, sweet caramel, some yeast. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, malty. Another strange beer from this brewery that I just can’t help but liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4934) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Mild malt, fruit, some hops, a bit floral.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, fruit, spices, some citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3338) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
Brown bottle, 500 ml, lot 632, brewed on 31.07.13, best before 31.07.15, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on October 28 2014; eye: amber, semi-hazy, nice effervescence, nice mocha head that maintains some thickness, light lacing; nose: malt, light yeast, slight smoky, fruity; mouth: malt, light yeast, smoky, fruity, smoky finale with presence of yeast, rather carbonated, lightly silky texture; overall: different FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, 6,5 %, lot 632, brassée le 31.07.13, meilleure avant le 31.07.15, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 28 octobre 2014; œil : ambrée, semi-voilée, bonne effervescence, bonne mousse moka qui se maintient sous une bonne couverture, légère dentelle; nez : malt, léger levure, très léger fumé, fruité; bouche : malt, léger levure, fumé, fruité, finale en fumé avec présence de levure, plutôt carbonatée, texture légèrement soyeuse; en résumé : différente

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
Distinct hoppy aroma with hints of cloves. The taste is odd - some alcohol, a bit of weird malts with hints of figs and a leathery numbness. The aftertaste is weak and numb, I dislike it somewhat. Not surprising that the taste can not follow up the excellent aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cimbasso (362) - - SEP 21, 2014
Purchased at Sola Airport duty-free in a 50cl bottle. Batch number 774. Hazy red-gold colour with a firm white head that clings to the glass, and a fruity, hoppy aroma. Taste is full of rich malts with a very subtle hint of smoke. Also fruity notes of Seville Orange marmalade and hops. The hop taste is well-defined and creates a great balance with the sweeter flavours of malts and fruit. Beautiful long, bitter finish. A really lovely well-balanced harvest beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1746) - Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Has a very interesting quality of smokiness along with a really nice depth of malts, a bit of a brown rice nutty character, some wild berry, a very strange but delicious beer as I’ve come to expect from Haand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
humlelala (1137) - DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
(50 cl bottle from Heinemann Gardermoen; Batch #786; Bottled on July 30th 2014; BBD: July 30th 2016) Pours a clear amber with two finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving thin film and a ring of lace. Aroma is hay and grain with a hint of smoke. Oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation and a lingering, dry and slightly astringent finish. Flavour is aromalike. Not much sweetness, some smoke and a bit of alcohol. Very farmhouse-like yet clean and not funky. Reminds me of a triple but less yeas-defined.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cnesmark (45) - NORWAY - SEP 6, 2014
Smells like harvest. Very suitable after doing garden work. Hint of smoke, tastes like farming.

-- rated with beerbasher/winphone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1795) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a slightly veiled orange-golden very pale amber with a thick, resilient white head. Aroma is cereals, toasty. Flavor is toasty, malty. Finish is rather clean herbal...dry. Lingering herbal hops. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, average to strong carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (2809) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2014
Amber color with a white head. Flavor has notes of spices and herbal traces, with some caramelish hints. Flavor is bittery with some caramel notes. Mild bittery final with a medium presence.

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