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

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RATINGS: 363   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6830) - Enghien, - MAY 7, 2013
50cl bottle courtesy of and shared with 77ships. BB 30-07-2014, batch#502. Orangée-ambrée trouble, col blanc moyen. Arôme offre un bouquet subtile qui tire sur des notes fumées, nez grains et houblonné renfermé sur un fruité modéré. Le tout garde un signe proche d’une bière belge surtout au niveau de la levure. Palais est fumé modéré le tout garde un côté saison belge avec ce profil grains distinct. Fruité tirant sur la pêche et abricot et fini levure.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3030) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 28, 2014
Brown bottle, 500 ml, lot 632, brewed on 31.07.13, best before 31.07.15, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on October 28 2014; eye: amber, semi-hazy, nice effervescence, nice mocha head that maintains some thickness, light lacing; nose: malt, light yeast, slight smoky, fruity; mouth: malt, light yeast, smoky, fruity, smoky finale with presence of yeast, rather carbonated, lightly silky texture; overall: different FRANÇAIS Bouteille brune, 500 ml, 6,5 %, lot 632, brassée le 31.07.13, meilleure avant le 31.07.15, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 28 octobre 2014; œil : ambrée, semi-voilée, bonne effervescence, bonne mousse moka qui se maintient sous une bonne couverture, légère dentelle; nez : malt, léger levure, très léger fumé, fruité; bouche : malt, léger levure, fumé, fruité, finale en fumé avec présence de levure, plutôt carbonatée, texture légèrement soyeuse; en résumé : différente

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
PsychoGunnar (200) - Bergen, NORWAY - OCT 12, 2014
Distinct hoppy aroma with hints of cloves. The taste is odd - some alcohol, a bit of weird malts with hints of figs and a leathery numbness. The aftertaste is weak and numb, I dislike it somewhat. Not surprising that the taste can not follow up the excellent aroma.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cimbasso (132) - - SEP 21, 2014
Purchased at Sola Airport duty-free in a 50cl bottle. Batch number 774. Hazy red-gold colour with a firm white head that clings to the glass, and a fruity, hoppy aroma. Taste is full of rich malts with a very subtle hint of smoke. Also fruity notes of Seville Orange marmalade and hops. The hop taste is well-defined and creates a great balance with the sweeter flavours of malts and fruit. Beautiful long, bitter finish. A really lovely well-balanced harvest beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1436) - 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.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
humlelala (1015) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cnesmark (25) - NORWAY - SEP 6, 2014
Smells like harvest. Very suitable after doing garden work. Hint of smoke, tastes like farming.

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3.4
   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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
teddybeer (2252) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (949) - 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

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HaakonBjerkeli (44) - 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.


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