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


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RATINGS: 416   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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oobawa (1925) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 15, 2018
Wasn't sure what to expect, what with this Harvest Ale being harvested over two harvests ago, but damned if it hasn't matured into an interesting, complex bottle, a smoked malt-forward classic ale with enough hop bite to prevent any cloying sweetness or weird overdeveloped fruity esters. Caramel and damp malt form a solid base, while smoke, grass, and mild notes of apple and vanilla-toffee float around the edges, leading to a semidry grassy finish with a firm charred fade. Nose is rather dull and lager-ish, but the pour's a gorgeous orange with a fluffy white head and tons of lacing (tons of particulate swirling around the pint as well). Thick, oily, full texture brings to mind the hefty creaminess of a well-aged barleywine. Surprisingly good pint.

VDuquerroux (2001) - Airvault, Haut-Poitou, FRANCE - SEP 19, 2017
Bottle, 50cL. 6.5%. Purchase ("Craft Beer Shop", @Angers, FR). Home. A golden orange clear beer witha big off-white foamy head ; good retention ; ok lacing ; beautiful ! Smoke, fruits (citrus), herb, heather, light clove, light cereal. Light to medium sweet, medium spicy, light dry bitter lasting ; refreshing. Medium body ; thin silky texture, good carbonation, floral spicy lasting finish. Overall, great ! Maybe a bit too harsh spicy... to be awesome.

Jyrsa (1029) - - AUG 15, 2017
Bottle from OSL. Semiclear amber with strong nature white head. Sweet aroma with herbs and malt. Smoked with honey, hebs, some hops. Medium body and an oily palate, somewhat flat. Solid and different.

rami_pl (4995) - Warszawa, POLAND - APR 23, 2017
Rami Rami is drinking a Hesjeøl by HaandBryggeriet at Jabeerwocky Sporo slodu, troche chleba, ciut ogniska, nieco przypraw, niemalo ciala, slodkawe... dziwne ale mile

Korcz (3388) - Warsaw, POLAND - JAN 28, 2017
Backlog, ocena przepisana z untappd, w ramach uzupełniania profilu na ratebeer. W pół drogi między saisonem i weizenbockiem, ciekawe piwo.

adamnowek (3609) - Brussels, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2016
Traditional, indeed. Slightly hazy copper colour. Nearly no head to speak of. Strong aroma of fresh grains (especially rye) and grass. Moderately bitter taste with a mineral element.

BlazerT (1352) - Sosnowiec, POLAND - DEC 7, 2016
Bottle. Sensoric. Medium amber to dark brown, moderately hazy large, frothy, off-white head. Good lacing and moderate head retention. Aroma is moderately malty (pale, caramel), also smoked - some kind artificial, woody. Light to moderate spicy, yeasty (earthy), dried fruits and leather notes. Lightly hoppy - some pine needles, fruity. Moderately sweet taste with light to medium bitterness, which starts from the middle and becomes moderate even to heavy. Medium body, oily texture, rather soft carbonation, finish is semi-bitter, long, mineral with grassy and herbal hoppy notes. In general another unconditional beer from HaandBryggeriet with strong, harsh nature accents - woody, smokey, leathery, earthy. One again big complexity of aromas and flavors, nicely combined with malts, moderately drinkable.

alex_leit (5361) - Minsk, BELARUS - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle. Unclear, dark honey color. Aroma: lightest smoked malt, honey, herbs, spicy. Taste: smoked bacon, malt, mild hops bitterness, wine, unusual, but good.

nicola5555 (12) - - AUG 17, 2016

tderoeck (10983) - Gent, BELGIUM - JUL 30, 2016
4/VII/16 - 50cl bottle from Bierhalle Deconinck (Vichte) @ Adam Jackson Tasting Without Adam Jackson - BB: 14/I/17 (2016-728) Thanks to Erwin for sharing the bottle!

Clear orange beer, big creamy off-white head, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: malty, soapy, floral, bit fruity, honey, rather sweet. MF: soft carbon, medium to full body. Taste: pretty smoky start, sweet malts, sugary, soft bitterness. Aftertaste: smoky, bitter, malty, grains, hay, meh.

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