Beer review: HaandBryggeriet Hesjeøl

And now for another beer from HaandBryggeriet. This time I’m reviewing a traditional Norwegian farmhouse harvest ale with an ABV of 6.5%.

I have enjoyed this beer on numerous occasions, and it usually differs a bit from batch to batch (with regards to the amount of smoke present). This bottle is batch #465, and was brewed the 17th of April 2012.

HaandBryggeriet HesjeølLooks

Dark orange / light brown in color with a thick off-white head. The head laces nicely on the glass.

Aroma

Nice and gentle smoky hint up front. There are also some spicy notes present.

I’m also getting some hints of tart green apples and some citrus.

Flavor

As in the aroma the amount of smoke is nice and gentle and blends nicely with the other flavors.

I’m getting much of the same in the flavor as I got from the aroma. I’m also getting some hints of wood and earth, which I think fits perfect with regards to the style of the beer.

This particular batch feels a bit more balanced than many of the other batches I have had, where the smokiness is usually a bit too prominent.

The mouth feel is full and the carbonation level is a bit above medium, and it feels quite sharp. This also makes the beer feel more refreshing.

Finish

Up front the finish is quite bitter. There is a smoky character in the finish as well, but it’s not overpowering. As it fades out I’m getting some citrus hints.

Rating

This is a really interesting beer, and one I keep coming back to. This beer feels really nice when coming back home into a warm house after spending hours outside in the cold and wet weather we usually have in the autumn here in Norway. Score: 4.1/5.

HaandBryggeriet Hesjeøl

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