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

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RATINGS: 350   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   SEASONAL: Autumn   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 (3490) - 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!


2.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
bbertels (24) - NORWAY - JUL 8, 2014
Lots of smoke - good foam head. A combination of a strong, smoky taste and refreshing. Accomplished.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Xavalias (49) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 19, 2014
Bottle during beer tasting at the Bunker, Copenhagen. Taste of smoke, roasted malts, well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frode (176) - Oslo, NORWAY - JUN 2, 2014
Bottle 50 cl.
Hazy light brown, off-white head. Sweet, slightly sour aroma, with some malt. Medium sweet, some caramel, dry finish. The sum is more than the parts.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fourpack (56) - NORWAY - JUN 2, 2014
Very lovely ale. A little bit outdoorsy tree aroma. Great carbonation. Fizzles throughout the mouth. Easy and no bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
andregoncalves (1332) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - MAY 21, 2014
50cl bottle. Color is dark gold to orange. Head is medium and white. It’s slightly hazy. Taste is light sweet, high bitter, medium sour. Body is quite carbonated. Aroma and flavour is wood, roasted, smoke, herbs, fruits, wheat and malt.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerhunter111 (6879) - Hasborn, GERMANY - MAY 16, 2014
Bernsteinfarbenes Bier mit schöner Schaumkrone. Geruch fruchtig, holzig, rauchig. Geschmack malzig, hopfig, holzig, rauchig, Gewürze.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Aaron68 (542) - 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 (517) - 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 (788) - 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 (682) - 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.


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