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

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RATINGS: 417   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.56/5   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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3.4
tandembrauer (1488) - 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
DruncanVeasey (8226) - NUNEATON, 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
ogniskowicz (968) - 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
axl (878) - 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
orvalgold (49) - 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
Florya (2023) - Oslo, NORWAY - JAN 12, 2015
How: Bottle Appearance: hazy golden color Aroma: citrus, grass, hay, herbs.. Palate: medium body, smooth carbonation.

3.5
ERB92 (739) - Bergen, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2014
Fruits, citrus, yeast, lightly roasted notes and a hint of spices in the aroma. Amber with a off-white head. Medium sweet and medium bitter. Medium body with a average to soft carbonation. Overall a flavorful and refreshing ale.

3.6
matku (54) - NORWAY - DEC 26, 2014
Rødbrun og klar,med lukt og smak av humle og malt,grei ettersmak,en grei norsk øl

3
asimeow (268) - 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.

3.7
tom10101 (6087) - 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!


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