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Hesjeøl - HaandBryggeriet

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89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 8.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The name translates to "Hay Pile Beer".

Made from 3 grains, barley, oats and rye and fermented with our special wild house yeast.

28 ibu. 21 ebc colour
Serving temperature 8 - 10 C or 46-50 F

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 02-03-2010)
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

07-08-2012 13:37:54 | More by BeerTruck


3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

500ml bottle. Wine glass. Enjoyed on jul´12. Orangish amber color, quite crystal clear appearance. Off-white, brief crown. Mildy toasted caramel malt hues, floral aromas & subtle peat malts to the nose. Crystal malt flavor, bitter & fruity touch followed by smoky bacon-like notes. Light to medium body, moderate to high carbonation. Spicy palate. Oily slightly watery texture. Dry astringent finish.

07-05-2012 23:36:06 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

07-03-2012 14:50:37 | More by Florya
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

06-23-2012 20:43:40 | More by hawkon
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

05-29-2012 01:36:14 | More by flayedandskinned
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Ontario (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Bottle in Duvel glass on May 19, 2012

Appearance 3.5

Amber red hazy body w white one inch head that quickly fades

Smell. 4
Soft biscuit malt with notes of smokey roasted and typical Belgian yeast spicy beds. Quite enjoyable

Taste 4.5
Initial crisp grassy hops with peppe, lemon, and slight smoky roasted malt .Then later melded w a more biscuit malt with notes of Belgian yeast spines and fruity esters. Like a combination of a hefeweizen and faint notes Belgian dubbel with more of slighter crisp finish and less sweet. Smoke presence is not the main focus by any means, but detectable in the background, especially in the finish

Mouthfeel. 4
Mild to mod thickness with soft slight creamy carbonation. A contrast of the dry hops vs the slight sweet and roast malt. Reasonably refreshing.

Overall. 4.5
Great complex aroma and flavours with that makes a interesting robust tasting beer that still has a slightly lighter crisp body. Very easy to drink. Good in warmer weather.

Smoked presence is very very subtle. Faint and with incorporated Overall I really enjoyed this beer and found it was not too brash and instead well polished. imagine would go great w food
Recommend to try

05-26-2012 13:36:26 | More by EnemyWithin
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured in a goblet

A - Pours somewhere between a copper and a brown color. Strong head formation, dirty white in color. Bubbling seems light.

S - Malty, sweet, salty, almost like maple syrup.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, only a little bit of malt. Rather understated. Mid-stream brings on a bigger malt flavor. Oddly my first thought is bacon - smokey and salty. Not overwhelming, but clearly the smokiness is dominant. Finishes with a sticky sweet/salty flavor.

M - Moderate body, stronger carbonation. Carbonation comes through in a stingy and biting way. Alcohol is well hidden.

O/D - This is a unique beer. Bacon beer? Has a big time fall feeling to it. Bacon is good with everything, and it seems to be good here (at least in spirit). I'm good with this beer, but I don't know if i could go with more than one.

05-16-2012 16:48:27 | More by katan
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-28-2012 18:42:13 | More by aztraz
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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

04-28-2012 04:12:17 | More by Njstoutlover23
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New York

4/5  rDev +2.8%

04-09-2012 20:22:59 | More by smithmd4
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

04-04-2012 22:00:30 | More by getbehindthemule
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New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

500ml bottle. Pours a cloudy brownish amber with medium beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, yeasty bready notes, some dark fruit, dates, plums. Taste is sweet lightly toasted caramel malt, yeast, dark fruity flavors of plums and dates, lightly hopped. Palate is a medium body with a slightly thick texture, with some mild carbonation. Finish is sweet lightly toasted caramel malt, yeasty with some dark fruits of plums, raisins dates followed by some light hops bitterness to balance the sweetness. Overall a very good, tasty brew, very much enjoyed this.

03-24-2012 23:42:36 | More by Samp01
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-17-2012 16:06:16 | More by rhhjr
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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%

500ml. Cloudy orange pour with quite a bit of carbonation throughout. Off white head, pretty good retention.

Aroma, quite herbal and grainy. Some malty toffee, pine like hops. Very faint smoke/toasted malt.

Taste, Caramel, a little fruitcake at first. Changes to a spicy rye and carraway seed like flavor. Very nice herbal woody smoke, not so much a meaty smoke.
These guys have the best brewing spices.

Somewhat lively carbonation, just left if medium bodied. Drinks very easy. Really pretty unique, I can see this being a love hate, like most good smoked or rauch brews.

03-12-2012 02:12:46 | More by Bung
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

03-10-2012 23:33:14 | More by chickenm
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

03-02-2012 03:36:40 | More by FishPondManager
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

A little ageing did not hurt this 500 ml. harvest ale. Mild smoke aroma. A bit of an overflowing foaming ale. Rye, smoked wheat, edgy and more complexity and mouthfeel body than a smoked lager. Good drinkability with food. Satisfying. On the bitter side without a lot of hops, yet no too bitter.

01-30-2012 00:40:28 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

01-22-2012 15:52:15 | More by MoFro
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

01-09-2012 02:14:19 | More by GRG1313
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

Purchased from Leura Cellars.

Pours a lovely hazed but bright orange golden colour, with enough clarity just to keep the light shining through. Head is filmy and insubstantial. Body has a bit of heft to it, while staying fluid. Looks very decent.

Nose is wonderfully weird and interesting, with nice mixtures of smoke, juniper, hay and green cut lucerne. Something sharper to it as well, with a pleasant spicy character. Really nice.

Taste actually improves on this complexity, adding a soft sweetness on the palate, and a really nice wholesome grain character. All of this is layered pleasantly with the sharp juniper, the rustic smoke and even a touch of eventual acidity to clear it out. This is all aided by the feel which is smooth at the start, but peppered with a fine carbonation—it mirrors the soft malt/sharp green characters in the flavour.

Really nice beer: as well as having interesting complexities, it has a really well thought out and well executed balance to the flavours. I'm really loving what Haand does—this one may be the finest of theirs I've tried to date.

01-04-2012 04:07:30 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +0.3%

500ml bottle. The label depicts a nice story about Norwegian farms formerly being required to make their own beer - just like the Norwegian Wood offering from the same producer. I also like the wraparound finger and thumb prints on the label - they just miss fitting my hand by a size or so.

This beer pours a cloudy, chunky sediment-strewn dark golden brown hue, with two fingers of tight fizzy pale beige head, which settles fairly quickly, leaving a low slinking band of lace around the glass. It smells of lightly smoked, meaty biscuity malt, mild fruity citrus, and some earthy spice. The taste is toasty pale malt, some spicy, biscuity graininess, a subtle ashy note, and earthy, somewhat musty hops. The carbonation is quite average and unobtrusive, the body medium weight, and everyman smooth. It finishes off-dry, the multifaceted roasted grain still holding court amongst a bit of fruitiness and lingering earthy hops.

A surprisingly easy to drink ale, the mix of grains making for a down-home, rustic elixir experience. Was a hit in my family home.

12-24-2011 23:24:50 | More by biboergosum
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3/5  rDev -22.9%

12-24-2011 08:31:43 | More by jophish17
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Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +1%

500ml bottle poured into tulip 20/12/11

A hazy dark reddish amber with a three finger tan head that falls to a thick film rather quickly leaving a few patches of lace

S sorta smells like a hoppy campfire, one whiffs all smoke then the next one's citric hops with some caramel different but good

T some fruit peeks through the smokey hops but only for a moment, some tobacco and apple I didn't smell and the finish is smokier then when the liquid's in your mouth

M a little lighter then expected but decent carbonation almost on the brink of turning too foam, long aftertaste

O interesting stuff with well concealed booze and a flavor that evolves as you drink it

I was expecting a fresh hopped ale and found some smoke, different but worth a try

12-21-2011 03:53:17 | More by wordemupg
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3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Nice color, copper, burnt orange. Head is 2 fingers, reduces nicely to a thin head. Very nice lacing.
Smoked smell, not too strong. Taste the smokey flavor not over bearing, nice balance between smoke, barley and hops.
Mouth feel is medium. A nice light after taste of hops, that goes from back of throat to the tip of the tongue.
Well crafted beer. I would drink it again.

12-08-2011 11:22:24 | More by Granhaugen
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-01-2011 18:50:50 | More by kjkinsey
Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
87 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.