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


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RATINGS: 372   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.55   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%.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Abrakarl (354) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
Kind of boring ale, honestly. Well made for sure but nothing that stands out that clearly. Haandbryggeriet might be the 2nd best Norwegian brewery but this effort shouldn’t be anyones first beer from the brewery. Maybe it’s more the style that I don’t enjoy that much. Try their "Dark force" instead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (513) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 24, 2014
500ml bottle at home. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of Belgian style yeast and bread with some smokiness. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
bbertels (136) - NORWAY - JUL 8, 2014
Lots of smoke - good foam head. A combination of a strong, smoky taste and refreshing. Accomplished.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Xavalias (174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle during beer tasting at the Bunker, Copenhagen. Taste of smoke, roasted malts, well balanced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frode (308) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Hazy light brown, off-white head. Sweet, slightly sour aroma, with some malt. Medium sweet, some caramel, dry finish. The sum is more than the parts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fourpack (68) - NORWAY - JUN 2, 2014
Very lovely ale. A little bit outdoorsy tree aroma. Great carbonation. Fizzles throughout the mouth. Easy and no bitterness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (1631) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 21, 2014
50cl bottle. Color is dark gold to orange. Head is medium and white. It’s slightly hazy. Taste is light sweet, high bitter, medium sour. Body is quite carbonated. Aroma and flavour is wood, roasted, smoke, herbs, fruits, wheat and malt.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (8660) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, holzig, rauchig. Geschmack malzig, hopfig, holzig, rauchig, Gewürze.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aaron68 (608) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 13, 2014
500 ml bottle @ home.May 13, 2014.Batch # 728. Beer enjoyed from a tulip glass. Beer bought @ "Vinmonopolet Vika", Oslo. Dark golden to brown in color with a thick beige creamy head and medium carbonation. Aroma is malt,smoke,hop,wood and some grass. Tastes a bit smoky and malty with a bitter and lasting touch and finish. A beer that probably fits food better than drinking it alone.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1030) - SPAIN - MAY 10, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color ambar. Sabor a levadura, malta, trigo.

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