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


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RATINGS: 402   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 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 (554) - - 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 (1910) - 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 (1188) - 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 (2233) - 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 (3083) - Kaunas, LITHUANIA - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (1507) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2014
quite dense yellowish head. dark amber colour. aroma of rye, junipper berry, spices, leather, smoked malt, peach, peppery saison like. taste like aroma, caramel with a pronounced bitter finish. medium body and carbonation. a lot of flavours going on in this one, but for me it worked. bottle 50cl

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HaakonBjerkeli (44) - NORWAY - AUG 4, 2014
Litt skuffende. Fin topp og farge. Noe røykt i aroma og smak. Malt, jord, gress. Men også en bismak og bildet som minner om såpe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (6735) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie au coût de 9,05$. Arôme: Légère odeur de fumée et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est orangée opaque avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréale fumée avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’orange en arrière goût. (Rating #5657)

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