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


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RATINGS: 398   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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%.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mickut (276) - Espoo, - JAN 2, 2011
Bottled. Pours clear, deep amber with a white head. Taste is bitterish, and bit of tartness. Palate has a medium body. Aroma is complex with fruits, yeastyness, wool, citrus.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3594) - Radom, POLAND - NOV 11, 2015
Niemal doskonale piwo, mocno metne az przyklejony osad, nie sposob go wymieszac z dna butelki. Piwo o pomaranczowo miedzianej barwie, sporej piance srednio trwalej. Zapach lekko przegnitych pomaranczy brzoskwin. W smaku slodowe lekko slodkie ale kwaskowe ciut ze spora dawka zborzowych wrazen i chlebowej skorki. Polecam to tradycyjne farmerskie Ale

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (1645) - CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 19, 2015
Clear amber body with low head. Aroma has light bacon roastiness, malty, light alcoholic. Taste has medium roasty sweetness, earthy bitterness. Spicy. Body is mediium but dry, high carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (3821) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle at a tasting. Lots of spices in this one, clove, badyan. Really high spice intensity. The finish reveals that some of it has hops origin, also citrusy zesty elements. Then spicy again. Quite a rollercoaster of flavour. But good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rusos (286) - Stupava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Clear golden orange colour, white head. Aroma is spicy, some fruits- apricots, peach. Taste is spicy and fruity too, yeast in taste. Quite dry end. Gold one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (1334) - Vienna Woods, AUSTRIA - OCT 17, 2015
500 ml bottle shared by Rusos at Bratislava Tasting, thanks!
Amber, moderately hazy body, with a medium, creamy, off-white head.
Aroma of moderate smoke, spices, bread, orange zest, citrus, some sweet malts.
Taste follows this, with more sweet malts, like honey.
Medium, a bit creamy mouthfeel, with a lively carbonation.
Finishes spicy, a bit smokey, dry hoppy, a bit malty.

Nice one. Greatly balanced between the smokey, the malty and some hoppy notes. Drinks pretty easy. Not my favourite beer from this brewery, but enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (1300) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 17, 2015
500ml bottle shared by rusos at Bratislava RB Tasting, big thanks. dark orange hazy color, small white head. smells light smoke, sausages, spices, a bit citric, some more fruits. decent smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of light smoke, spices, citric, oranges, also some grass, very lightly sweet. finishes with oranges and spices also some light grassy bitterness. decent stuff, quite like it, taste a bit better than the smell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Simay (73) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 17, 2015
Hazy light orange body with white head. Smells bread, citrus, orange, spices, roasted. Tastes lightly hoppy, smoky, spices, a little sweet, leaves light bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (6600) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle at tasting, Gurthnar’s place. Hazy Orange golden color with small white head. Malty, hoppy aroma. Peach, oranges, tangerines, yeast, spices in taste. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (2525) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle at Joined Slovak&Austian ratebeer session 10/2015. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma of malty, honey, caramel, bread, spicy. Taste is sweet, orange, tangerines, yeasty, malty, peach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrislang (31) - - OCT 16, 2015
Passe fyldig, ikke så lett og friskt som forventet. Ikke noen tørsteslukker. Nydelig hint av røyksmak. Kjempegodt øl til kos. Antakeligvis for kraftig til mat.

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