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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%.


3.7
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.5
   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.

3.4
   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.

3.6
   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.

3.4
   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.

4
   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.

3.8
   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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