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

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RATINGS: 362   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%.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
StilleStorm (753) - 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 (1765) - 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 (578) - 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!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VictorSA (172) - NORWAY - OCT 1, 2013
Ravfarvet med stort flott skum. Fyldig aroma av tropisk frukt og karamell, samt mye gjær. Mye gjær også i munnen, med boe alkohol. Ellers god fylde, med integrert syre og sødme. God lengde. (Jomfruland, 30.09.13)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wischylini (136) - Grimstad, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2013
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2013 Pours a hazy orange colour with a huge, dense white head that lasts for a really long time; pour this one carefully, or you’ll have to wait for the head to settle down. There’s also a lot of bubbles and visible fizziness going on in the glass. This one’s filled to the brim with aromas, but the most prominent is a musty aroma that reminds me of hay and barnyards and quite a bit of fruitiness with plums, or maybe apples. The hops give it a citrus-like aroma in the aftertaste, and there’s a hint of smokiness as well. The taste is semi-sweet with a noticeable dry bitterness, and the mouthfeel is slick and heavy, even with a high level of carbonation.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ads135 (3049) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
Another very good beer from this solid brewery. Golden with a subtle citrus tinge at the end. Lots of caramel and some muted spices. Tried in Oslo in 2013.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lukaduke (2243) - Portland, Maine, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Pours a deep clean copper color with a big frothy eggshell foam. On the nose there a nice complex cacophony of smoky grain, big maltiness, a touch of honey sweetness and a bit of musty farmhouse notes. The palate follows the nose with a nice bit of citrus mixed in to adding a bit of quenching refreshment to the rustic grainy beer. Tasty harvest ale !

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mauritsio (440) - FINLAND - SEP 17, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet Storslett. Hazy dark orange with High thick head. Fruity malty aroma. Bitter some sweety taste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Wolfbass (937) - Firenze, ITALY - SEP 10, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 8, 2014 Direi un gran bel bere, al naso maltoso fruttato, con un bel colore dorato carico e schiuma compatta e persistente. in bocca un tocco di affumicato e gran beva...

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiammanghilla (620) - Genova, ITALY - SEP 9, 2013
Spina @ villaggio della birra. Ambrata con schiuma pannosa fine ed eterna. Luppolata, amara corposa. Ben fatta!


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