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


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RATINGS: 360   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%.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (2942) - montréal, Quebec, - DEC 13, 2012
500ml bottle, batch 438, honey gold color, with a thick pillowy white head, with an earthy grainy pale, toasted, caramel, smoked malt nose, with a yeasty doughy, faint bananaish, ripe apple, apple sauce esters, and a kind of ashen note, with a light floral citrus, leafy, grassy hoppy aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, doughy, fruity, earthy flowery leafy, grassy, tobacco, tea leaf, piney hoppy character, with some pale, toasted, caramel, bread, smoky maltiness, meaty smoked bacon, ham flavours, and with a zesty, citrus, lemon, grapefruit peel undertone, leading towards a yeasty, doughy, leafy, citrus, grassy, earthy tobacco, tea leafy hop bitterness finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1381) - Florida, USA - SEP 14, 2014
Has a very interesting quality of smokiness along with a really nice depth of malts, a bit of a brown rice nutty character, some wild berry, a very strange but delicious beer as I’ve come to expect from Haand.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
humlelala (984) - DENMARK - SEP 6, 2014
(50 cl bottle from Heinemann Gardermoen; Batch #786; Bottled on July 30th 2014; BBD: July 30th 2016) Pours a clear amber with two finger white head that dissipates quickly leaving thin film and a ring of lace. Aroma is hay and grain with a hint of smoke. Oily texture, medium body, soft carbonation and a lingering, dry and slightly astringent finish. Flavour is aromalike. Not much sweetness, some smoke and a bit of alcohol. Very farmhouse-like yet clean and not funky. Reminds me of a triple but less yeas-defined.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cnesmark (16) - NORWAY - SEP 6, 2014
Smells like harvest. Very suitable after doing garden work. Hint of smoke, tastes like farming.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VT (1413) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
500 ml bottle. Pours a slightly veiled orange-golden very pale amber with a thick, resilient white head. Aroma is cereals, toasty. Flavor is toasty, malty. Finish is rather clean herbal...dry. Lingering herbal hops. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, average to strong carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (2224) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 24, 2014
Amber color with a white head. Flavor has notes of spices and herbal traces, with some caramelish hints. Flavor is bittery with some caramel notes. Mild bittery final with a medium presence.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (921) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - AUG 7, 2014
quite dense yellowish head. dark amber colour. aroma of rye, junipper berry, spices, leather, smoked malt, peach, peppery saison like. taste like aroma, caramel with a pronounced bitter finish. medium body and carbonation. a lot of flavours going on in this one, but for me it worked. bottle 50cl

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HaakonBjerkeli (29) - NORWAY - AUG 4, 2014
Litt skuffende. Fin topp og farge. Noe røykt i aroma og smak. Malt, jord, gress. Men også en bismak og bildet som minner om såpe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (5761) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2014
Bouteille de 500 ml obtenue via Importations Privées Bièropholie au coût de 9,05$. Arôme: Légère odeur de fumée et de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est orangée opaque avec une moyenne densité de bulle. Présence d’un mince col mousseux avec une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Léger goût de céréale fumée avec une pointe de caramel. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement onctueuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Légère présence d’orange en arrière goût. (Rating #5657)

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Abrakarl (309) - SWEDEN - JUL 27, 2014
Kind of boring ale, honestly. Well made for sure but nothing that stands out that clearly. Haandbryggeriet might be the 2nd best Norwegian brewery but this effort shouldn’t be anyones first beer from the brewery. Maybe it’s more the style that I don’t enjoy that much. Try their "Dark force" instead.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GuideDogSaint (302) - Epsom, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUL 24, 2014
500ml bottle at home. Pours hazy golden with a white head. Aroma of Belgian style yeast and bread with some smokiness. Sweet finish.

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