Hesjeøl | HaandBryggeriet

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Style: Smoke Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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

Added by GbVDave on 02-03-2010

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Photo of SSGCujo
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of i4ourgot
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice auburn red in color. Little head but off white in color. Nice malt profile, wiTh some pepper to it. Not to sweet with some smoke as well. A little bit on the drier side for such a malt forward beer but it’s really nice.

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Photo of Dentist666
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Briskly gushed out of a bottle. Extremely hard to pour.
Pours only off-white head, ah, ok there's some beer down, hazy copper/amber, long retention.
Smell - smoked, honey, cereals.
Taste - smoked, orange hues, oats, moderate hops in the finish.
Creamy, queerly silky, medium body, medium to high carbonation.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Many thanks to Ani and Erland for bringing this back from Norway. Per the Shelton brothers website:
"The brewers at Haandbryggeriet are proud to offer beer that’s very Norwegian and the Hesjeøl is no exception. It’s a recreation of a traditional Norwegian farmhouse harvest ale. Just like the saisons and biere de gardes of Belgium and France, farmers always served up refreshing harvest ale’s for thirsty workers. Hesjeøl is a refreshing fruity and floral ale with a slight smoky and spicy flavor."

Made from 3 grains, barley, oats and rye and fermented with a special wild house yeast.
Style: Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 7.0%

However, at the breweries website they state the specs as being ABV: 6%
IBU: 25-30.

At any rate, pours out to a crystal clear light copper, forming a creamy light yellow head with beautiful retention and solid sheets of lacing, owing in part to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose is akin to a saison, with some belgian esters, spice, phenols, tropical fruit and pepper. The mouthfeel is crisp, spritzy, medium bodied. The taste is quite unique...it opens with lots of tropical fruit...I get papaya, mango and pineapple, followed by a very nice soft smoke note, then some pepper, a mild but well balanced bitterness, and ending bone dry with lingering hop bitterness.

This is an interesting brew. I've never had a farmhouse ale with a smoky note, but it works, and is a testament to the craft of the brewers. These guys make good stuff.Definitely worth trying for fans of saisons.

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4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IckyT2012
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat61
4.44/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours copper gold with a slight haze under a dense rocky cream colored foam collar. S: Light fruit, grains, malt, and a light smoke aroma and a slight funk.
T: Big malt flavors carry an assertive hop emphasis with citrus, grainy spice, lemon, and smoke in the background.
F: Very smooth creamy texture with a slight oat slickness housed in a medium body and average to slightly above carbonation.
O: An interesting and very drinkable beer with a light touch on the smoke and a creamy wild yeast texture.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had at the lost abbey down in Horsham along side some wound up Brazilians.
A highly drinkable and quite flavorful brew.
The appearance was kinda lacking in that there was very little head, but did have a nice brownish amber color.
Aroma was sour dry and smokey. And that"s just what the taste was. Dry malty with some smokey hightlights.
I like it, it was very good even if there was nothing but soccer on the tele.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(at Khyber Pass Pub - served in a fluted goblet)

burnt amber color, mildly hazy in appearance... bit of a gummy lace

flavors and aromas of bubblegum, phenolic smoke, vague honey, bitter wood ash... pretty dry and bitter... thin, barnyardy-grainy malt foundation

fairly light-bodied, moderately frothy

I don't know if I would sit on this one... I'd try to drink it as fresh as possible... this seemed to have a little age on it, however, I suppose that's to be expected as this was a tap takeover of Norwegian beers - probably had to sit on a few kegs while building stock for this.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Luk13
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle 500ml shared two ways. Amber pour with a nice thick white head. Aroma is smoky and meaty with some spices (cloves?). Very tasty and powerful smoke grain and yet very light bodied. As close to Schlenkerla as it can get, very surprises by this one.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle, Batch 363/6. Updated from a 3.75 'Had' score.

A - Gusher!! Beer has some haze to it and is a light brownish-orange color. An off-white head stays alive at about a finger, continuous bubblin'.

S - Good amount of smokiness here, not overpowering at all, melds well with grain, bread and spicy tones, along with some light orange fruitiness.

T - More well-rounded and complex. Grains, rye bread, spice, brown sugar, light pepper, coriander, apple, grassy hops. Smoke/ham is definitely on the lighter side here appearing mostly in the finish.

M - High carbonation and kind of a thin feel. No real alcohol presence, light for 7%, other than the carbonation level it's pretty drinkable and enjoyable.

O - Pretty good, smoke is definitely on the tame side for a 'smoked beer', but it mixes well a nice array of flavors. Think rye beer/lightly smoked German lager/saison, if that makes any sense.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%

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Hesjeøl from HaandBryggeriet
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 100 ratings