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

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RATINGS: 381   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bernts (14) - - DEC 1, 2012
Not so much "farm house" as expected, good carbonation clear, golden, in the glass light sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, I think this beer will be best served chilled in the summer..


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
minutemat (2415) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kerenmk (3206) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (2134) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
scirtes (126) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tandembrauer (549) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DruncanVeasey (7633) - NUNEATON, CONF N, 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ogniskowicz (401) - POLAND - APR 9, 2015
Aromat: sporo nut zbożowych, w połączeniu z fenolami i owocowymi. Wygląd: złoty, zmętniony, bardzo przyjemna piana Smak: na pierwszym planie zbożowość, z napierającą po niej przyprawowością (wręcz lekko saisonem zajeżdża). Dość niskie wysycenie. Finisz owocowo - kwaskowaty. Bardzo pijalne piwo.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
axl (172) - Lund, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2015
500ml bottle. Deep apricot brown liquid with thick lasting two finger white head. Sweet fruity aroma with clear elements of wheat such as a sligt bana smell. Equally sweet flavor with elements of wheat, ripe fruits and smooth malts. Light smooth mouthfeel with low carbonation, refreshing.

2.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
orvalgold (40) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2015
The beer is has a dark Amber chocolate apperance with a pillowy off white head. The head retention holds up well. The beer has a metallic rust aroma and a slight wet slate character. A slight smokyness lingers also, and is it warms some bright esters become present . No hop aromatics are present. The beer is highly carbonated. The smoky aro.antics comes out more prevelant in the taste. The smoky taste plays well with the chocolate toasty flavor. The carbonation is a bit higher then desired as the bottle started to foam over even after the first pour. I needs some work but I like the concept.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Florya (784) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: hazy golden color Aroma: citrus, grass, hay, herbs.. Palate: medium body, smooth carbonation.


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