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

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RATINGS: 384   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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%.


3.5
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
melush (1307) - SPAIN - MAY 10, 2014
Botella de 50 cl, adquirida en tienda XXXII. Color ambar. Sabor a levadura, malta, trigo.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
angel77 (1392) - oviedo, SPAIN - MAY 3, 2014
Botella de 50 cl. De 1420 tomada en llamas en agosto de 2014. Lote 445 de 13-02-2012 hasta 13-02-2014. Buena, cuerpo medio con 6.5 vol que la hacen bastante fácil de beber. Se podría repetir.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Holmen2 (1787) - NORWAY - MAY 1, 2014
Unclear amber. Off-white head and good lacing. Aroma of hops, barn and hay, with a subdued hint of smoked malt. Refreshing and hoppy taste and aftertaste. The use of smoked malt is discreet and balanced.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luk_ (231) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle 500ml shared two ways. Amber pour with a nice thick white head. Aroma is smoky and meaty with some spices (cloves?). Very tasty and powerful smoke grain and yet very light bodied. As close to Schlenkerla as it can get, very surprised by this one.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pentaz (1255) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours hazy orange with a white medium head. Aroma is wooden smoke, toasted malt, berries, pine, grass and straw. Taste is light+ sweet and moderate bitter. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is moderate. Finishes quite dry and bitter possible with tannins from berries and definitely some lingering wooden smoke. Fine drinkability.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Russo (1868) - Hemhofen, Baden-Württemberg, GERMANY - APR 10, 2014
Slightly copper color with a thick off-white head. Aroma is malty and citrus notes of orange peel. Flavor is quite yeasty and fruity, slightly smoked. Medium body and carbonation sweet fruity finish.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (1279) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - APR 8, 2014
BOTTLE 50CL from gunnar, Thanks a lot! Look: clear copper body with a big light orange head. Aroma: perfume, fruit or berries with a clear somewhat harsh dusty note, which is quite pleasant. Taste: that hard to verbalize „sweet bud dry” body, light fruit or berries, with a somewhat harsh „nordic” character (juniper?), char/ashy (but not smoked or roasted) and bitter finish. Medium-bodied and very drinkable, just as the label says.

Unique and very interesting!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
djoeye (2266) - Tromsø, NORWAY - MAR 30, 2014
Huge off white head, amber-golden body, clear, lacings. Roasted malts and hops to the nose, some hay and flowers too. Roasted malts, grainy hops under, ashy syrup and yeast to the tongue. Alright on palate and suitable carbonation. Slightly mealy finish with the dark ashy malts and some spices. Seems to be more as brown scottish ale than traditional ale, and I assume that beers for harvest may have had less alcohol. Brown 50clbottle 6.5% tapped 250913 #658 B@Vinmonopolet, t@home.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlainG (1506) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2014
Bière d’une couleur cuivrée, voilée, qui est coiffée d’une généreuse mousse qui prend beaucoup de place avant de se résorber, sans laisser de traces. Un nez fruité, herbacé, épicé malté et sucré. Un espèce de mélange à gâteau du terroir où on aurait coupé le sucre du 3/4. On retrouve sensiblement les mêmes ingrédients en bouche, avec une dominante mentholée, qui accompagne un facette amère. Un alcool doux fini par se faire remarquer au fil de la dégustation, sans excès, juste réconfortant. Cette bière n’est pas des plus expressives, mais appréciable. (Batch 632 MA 31-07-15) (1023-230214)


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