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


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RATINGS: 369   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sebletitje (6895) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
asimeow (114) - Sandsli, NORWAY - DEC 13, 2014
0,5l bottle. Hazy,gold brown,caramel head. Nice aroma of hops, yeast and a hint of pineapple. Really interwoven taste, but mainly sour and heavily astringent. Too bitter for my taste. Overpowers the spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tom10101 (3102) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 24, 2014
Bottle (500 ml). Slight hazy bright dark golden with a medium fully lasting off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is a nice mix of herbal/floral presence and smokey notes along light berries, moderate spiciness and hints of caramel. Taste is moderately herbal/floral and spicy with smokey notes, hints of caramel/malt, berries notes and earthy presence. Medium body. Very active bubbles. Light lingering smokey finish. Quite tasty beeer. Nice balance between herbs and smoke. Carbonation level is a tad too high. Well done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
sokuzs1 (47) - - NOV 24, 2014
Aroma: earthy, malty, some wilde yeast notes in the background Taste: citrus, earthy, low bitterness, low sourness Very good beer :)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Desverger (2386) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 21, 2014
Bottle from Den Nordiske Ølhandel, Copenhagen - pours amber with a off-white head. Fruity and malty aroma and taste, some light smoke, some floral and herbal spice notes. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radiomgb (2388) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
500ml bottle purchased at Knightly Spirits in Orlando, Florida. Orange in colour with an off-white head, good retention and good lacing. Aroma is musty, some berry skins, some smoke, perfume. Flavour is a bit dirty, some berries, smoke, chocolate, sweet caramel, some yeast. Sweet mouthfeel, medium body, medium carbonation. Finishes long, sweet, malty. Another strange beer from this brewery that I just can’t help but liking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AndySnow (4079) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 2, 2014
How: Bottle.
Where: SMÖF 2014.
Appearance: Amber colour with an off-white head.
Aroma: Mild malt, fruit, some hops, a bit floral.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, fruit, spices, some citrus.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GRM (3084) - 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

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cimbasso (249) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HonusWagner (1629) - 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.

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