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

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RATINGS: 402   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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%.


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3.8
   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!


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mike_77 (4580) - Breda, NETHERLANDS - FEB 2, 2016
Dark blond colour. There’s a light smokiness in the aroma. Flavour is very floral and herbal. Light body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heman (408) - Tychy, POLAND - JAN 28, 2016
(butelka warka 702, dp: 07.01.2016) Piwo jest przegazowane i nalewa się z bardzo bujną i grubo-pęcherzykową pianą, która cieniutka warstwą pozostaje do końca picia. Barwa bursztynowa, piwo jest mętne. Aromat jest średnio-intensywny i kojarzy się ze skisłymi słodkimi cytrusami. W tle pojawia się zapach wyprawionej skóry oraz delikatne nuty miodowe i przyprawowe. W smaku piwo jest mocno wysycone. Słodkie pieczywo, po chwili przykrywane są owocowymi posmakami (brzoskwinie, morele). Finisz lekko przyprawowy, cierpki i delikatnie kwaśny. Przypomina posmak niedojrzałych jagód.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
superdahl (19) - - JAN 24, 2016
Midlebrown colour, unclear/Unfiltrered. tick texture. Spacey and smoked aroma that dominate the body of the taste. Fresh head and smoky end. Will taste again:-)

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
aleksander9 (1059) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 31, 2015
Hazy copper with white head. Smoked bacon, bread and caramel. Light, herbal, malty, sweet and light hoppy finish. Overall: Great aroma and light palate.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Grzesiek79 (3692) - 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

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mmahut (1696) - 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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gurthnar (4103) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rusos (377) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Saeglopur (1439) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (1577) - 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.


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