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


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RATINGS: 413   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
orvalgold (46) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2015
The beer is has a dark Amber chocolate apperance with a pillowy off white head. The head retention holds up well. The beer has a metallic rust aroma and a slight wet slate character. A slight smokyness lingers also, and is it warms some bright esters become present . No hop aromatics are present. The beer is highly carbonated. The smoky aro.antics comes out more prevelant in the taste. The smoky taste plays well with the chocolate toasty flavor. The carbonation is a bit higher then desired as the bottle started to foam over even after the first pour. I needs some work but I like the concept.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (1802) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: hazy golden color Aroma: citrus, grass, hay, herbs.. Palate: medium body, smooth carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ERB92 (651) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2014
Fruits, citrus, yeast, lightly roasted notes and a hint of spices in the aroma. Amber with a off-white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a average to soft carbonation. Overall a flavorful and refreshing ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matku (54) - NORWAY - DEC 26, 2014
Rødbrun og klar,med lukt og smak av humle og malt,grei ettersmak,en grei norsk øl

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
asimeow (262) - Sandsli, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
0,5l bottle. Hazy,gold brown,caramel head. Nice aroma of hops, yeast and a hint of pineapple. Really interwoven taste, but mainly sour and heavily astringent. Too bitter for my taste. Overpowers the spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (5389) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Slight hazy bright dark golden with a medium fully lasting off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of herbal/floral presence and smokey notes along light berries, moderate spiciness and hints of caramel. Taste is moderately herbal/floral and spicy with smokey notes, hints of caramel/malt, berries notes and earthy presence. Medium body. Very active bubbles. Light lingering smokey finish. Quite tasty beeer. Nice balance between herbs and smoke. Carbonation level is a tad too high. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sokuzs1 (644) - - NOV 24, 2014
Aroma: earthy, malty, some wilde yeast notes in the background Taste: citrus, earthy, low bitterness, low sourness Very good beer :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (8715) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Copenhagen - pours amber with a off-white head. Fruity and malty aroma and taste, some light smoke, some floral and herbal spice notes. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2686) - 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 (6812) - Huddinge, 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.

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