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


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RATINGS: 369   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RickFifty (441) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
IPAgutten79 (603) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ericdevin (884) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vighals (1391) - Sørumsand, NORWAY - OCT 23, 2013
Uklar brun med hvitt skum. Rognebær og litt røkt lukt. Friskt med røyk i ettersmaken, bitter på slutten.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4678) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StilleStorm (870) - Stavanger, NORWAY - OCT 11, 2013
DWF; Pours cloudy amber with soapy lasting head. Malty, smokey and yeasty, fresh aroma. Taste much the same, add malty with bitter finish and dry mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1853) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle. Mostly clear copper orange with lasting head that starts fizzy and settle in dense. Smoky grainy caramel aroma with a hint of soap. Smoky malty grainy caramel malt and mild sweet fruit with mild grainy lingering smoky finish. Soft mouthfeel. A real complex smokey treat. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arsol (608) - NORWAY - OCT 6, 2013
Uklar oransje farge med flott høyt skum. Lukter fruktig og noe røkt. Lang og god ettersmak. En god øl med masse smak!

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