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


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RATINGS: 385   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, - OCT 18, 2012
Very interesting and intriguing aroma of yeast, smoked malt, spices and herbs. Pours a cloudy orangey golden color with a medium white head. In the flavor, the smoked malt reminds me of smoked herring, there’s a good dose also of herbs and spices and some yeast. There’s mild bitterness in the end. The body is medium with a creamy texture and medium carbonation. This is unique and unexpected, I like that!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mingos (34) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 31, 2015
Pours dark golden and hazy with a 2 finger off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer rather quickly. Aroma is sweetish; light smoked malt, coriander, pepper, bubblegum, hay, flowers, perhaps some juniper fruit. The taste is dominated by spices, with a strong malt base and a nice bitter and sour finish that morphs smoothly into a peppery aftertaste. Medium to low spicy bitterness, medium to high carbonation, medium body. This is a most intriguing beer. It’s something between a Saison, Sahti and Rosanke. Drinkable, thirst quenching, refreshing and yet heavy enough to seem satiating. This is exactly how I picture a harvest ale. Definitely one worth repeating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grima (2195) - Saarburg, Rhineland-Palatinate, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle from Cunningham, huge thanxxx my friend!
Best before date was 2 months ago. Slight gushing. Pours clear, copper colored with a soapy longlasting head. Aroma has very lovely smoked malts and lots of spicy notes. Taste of smoked malts, caramel, spices, some farmhouse yeast. Later, it has some fruity notes, especially pear and peach. Finish has again delicious smoked malts, as well as some peach and spices. Awesome beer, indeed!!!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lukasmh (610) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle. Pours all hazy dark orange with frothy off-white head. Aroma is quite saison’ish, ripe fruits, peach, pear, canned pear, malty sweetness and some subtle rustic bonfire smoke. Taste has loads of fruits, some pear and peach, eatery and slight spices. Malty background. High carbonation and medium body, but dries out by the smoke and bonfire. Really interesting! Slight bitter too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (948) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - JUL 7, 2015
Bottle thanks to Magnus. Pours a deep amber with a big, white head. Aroma has lots of grains, slight smoke, lots of spicy, floral yeast, sweet esters, wool sweater after a night next to a campfire. Taste has more, but a subtle smoke. Sweet malts and lots of grains, slight hoppy finish. Very high carbonation and a crisp mouth feel. Exciting and well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (2583) - Shrewsbury, Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 11, 2015
500ml bottle, many thanks to Gunnar! Pours a hazy deep amber with large white head. Fresh spicy aroma. Taste is fresh saison yeast with a floral sweetness and a curious herbal character all of its own. Very nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3368) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 8, 2015
Bottle sample at a tasting at Ariel’s place. Thanks tomer. Cloudy amber, white head. Stale, limestone, a little smoke and banana aroma, sweet and spicy taste, a little sour, a little bubblegum. Medium body, very drinkable, spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (2253) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - JUN 4, 2015
At a tasting, thanks Gunnar, fluffy bubbly small stable head, hazy deep orange color, yeasty rubbery aroma, with a hint of citrus, fruitiness in the back and some shrubs, light yeasty flavor, light biscuity maltiness and some fruit, mrdium bodied, quite malty and lightly sweet, but with a pleasant bitterness. Good and satisfying.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scirtes (174) - POLAND - MAY 27, 2015
Bottle, bb 29.09.2016, batch 795. Amber, a bit cloudy beer with dense, creamy, beautiful white head. Aromas of spices, some saison and floral notes. Medium bitterness. High carbonation. Interesting, refreshing beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tandembrauer (618) - Stavanger, NORWAY - MAY 3, 2015
UPDATED: MAY 12, 2015 Bottle at home. Pours cloudy amber with big, but long lasting white head. Aroma of hay, smoke, spices, honey. Taste sweet with dry finish. Bitter-sweet aftertaste. Smoked malt quite distinct. High carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7712) - NUNEATON, TOP, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - APR 14, 2015
500ml bottle, probably from Bergen duty free quaffed at home watching Lillyhammer. Hazed orange capped with a narrow white drum of foam. Big waft of sahti/weizenbock esters imitating banana, clove, TCP and juniper. Quite a sniffer. Peppery spice, juicy wheat, banana and clove flavour straddling the imaginary Bavaria/Belgium border- could be anything in there; caraway, coriander, clove, juniper, just a shedload of demented yeast whipping the wheat into an aromatic frenzy. Knowing nothing of traditional Norwegian farmhouse ales I’m still pretty convinced this is an authentic approximation. Lovely stuff.

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