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


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RATINGS: 413   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Werckmeister (2458) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 17, 2015
500ml bottle shared by rusos at Bratislava RB Tasting, big thanks. dark orange hazy color, small white head. smells light smoke, sausages, spices, a bit citric, some more fruits. decent smell. full body, soft carbonation, slick mouthfeel. tastes of light smoke, spices, citric, oranges, also some grass, very lightly sweet. finishes with oranges and spices also some light grassy bitterness. decent stuff, quite like it, taste a bit better than the smell.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Simay (75) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - OCT 17, 2015
Hazy light orange body with white head. Smells bread, citrus, orange, spices, roasted. Tastes lightly hoppy, smoky, spices, a little sweet, leaves light bitter after taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cuso (7979) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle at tasting, Gurthnar’s place. Hazy Orange golden color with small white head. Malty, hoppy aroma. Peach, oranges, tangerines, yeast, spices in taste. Good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MisoW (3356) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle at Joined Slovak&Austian ratebeer session 10/2015. Pours golden color, white head. Aroma of malty, honey, caramel, bread, spicy. Taste is sweet, orange, tangerines, yeasty, malty, peach.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
chrislang (32) - - OCT 16, 2015
Passe fyldig, ikke så lett og friskt som forventet. Ikke noen tørsteslukker. Nydelig hint av røyksmak. Kjempegodt øl til kos. Antakeligvis for kraftig til mat.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kokkenrolv (318) - Bergen, NORWAY - SEP 30, 2015
Bottle, batch #900. Aroma is hay, grass, flowers, herbs, some belgian yeast-notes. Dark golden amber, hazy, small off-white head. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness, taste is light malts, biscuits, bread, bread crust, yeast, floral notes, herbal notes. Light/medium body, average carbonation, long bitter finsih. Nice farmhouse ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SvanteL (353) - SWEDEN - SEP 22, 2015
Bärnstensfärgad, rejält disig med medelstort vitt skum som lägger sig snabbt. I doften finns massor av gräs, blommor och örter plus en liten fruktighet och aningen rök. Smaken är lite kärv med mycket gräs och örter, liten rökighet, liten fruktsötma av mogna äpplen, avslutningen är kryddig, lite pepprig men den bra beska. Lagom kolsyra, fin munkänsla. En riktigt läcker slåtteröl!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puren (775) - Starogard Gd., POLAND - SEP 13, 2015
cimnopomarańczowe, wpadające w brąz, bardzo zmętnione, piana obfita, ale mydlana, szybko opada do nikłej obrączki, koronka symboliczna;
nuty dzikie, skórzane, drzewne, ale też słodkie owocowe, głównie przejrzały banan, czarna porzeczka i pomarańcza oraz słodkie przyprawy;
ciało wysokie ku średniemu, nasycenie średnie, bardzo gładkie, finisz goryczki karmelowej, solidnie wykleja podniebienie;
jałowiec, drewno, alkohol w połączeniu dają lakierowaną boazerię, ale w przyjemny sposób, jest też sporo słodyczy owocowej, przyprawowej, herbatnikowej i przyjemna karmelowo-alkoholowa goryczka;
fajne piwo, złożone, zbalansowane.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mingos (64) - Gdańsk, POLAND - JUL 31, 2015
Pours dark golden and hazy with a 2 finger off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer rather quickly. Aroma is sweetish; light smoked malt, coriander, pepper, bubblegum, hay, flowers, perhaps some juniper fruit. The taste is dominated by spices, with a strong malt base and a nice bitter and sour finish that morphs smoothly into a peppery aftertaste. Medium to low spicy bitterness, medium to high carbonation, medium body. This is a most intriguing beer. It’s something between a Saison, Sahti and Rosanke. Drinkable, thirst quenching, refreshing and yet heavy enough to seem satiating. This is exactly how I picture a harvest ale. Definitely one worth repeating.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Grima (2230) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - JUL 27, 2015
Bottle from Cunningham, huge thanxxx my friend!
Best before date was 2 months ago. Slight gushing. Pours clear, copper colored with a soapy longlasting head. Aroma has very lovely smoked malts and lots of spicy notes. Taste of smoked malts, caramel, spices, some farmhouse yeast. Later, it has some fruity notes, especially pear and peach. Finish has again delicious smoked malts, as well as some peach and spices. Awesome beer, indeed!!!

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