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Pelforth Brune - Brasserie Heineken

Pelforth BrunePelforth Brune

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BA SCORE
81
good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 75
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Heineken visit their website
France

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerResearcher on 03-24-2003)
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Reviews by BattleRoadBrewer:
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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one has been on my wants for a long time, then I came across it at a gas station in St. Genis-Pouilly, France; it's common around here, brewed in Marseilles.

Pours with quite a bit of fizzy foam that settles quickly leaving little lace. Appearance of cola, basically. Crystal clarity.

Nose is sweet, toasty and malty. Not picking up any hint of hops or yeast.

Good balance of bitterness and carbonic mouth feel. Sweet and malty. Goes great as a lunch beer with sausages or pizza, not rich or complex enough for a bigger meal.

Drinkability is excellent. Overall it's a good everyday beer, and a nice alternative to the vast majority of the beers on shelves in France: either malt liquors or blondes.

Serving type: can

05-17-2010 08:51:43 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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bhindbluis

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

03-30-2014 01:05:21 | More by bhindbluis
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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in a shop near Gare du Nord, Paris, just before jumping onto a Eurostar train back to the UK. Coming in a 500ml can, BB 11/2014, served lightly chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

A: pours a dark ruby brown colour, coming with a dark beige foamy head and fairly light carbonation.
S: jammy and caramel malty upfront, coming with preserved berries, raisins, sweet root herbs, brown-bready and chocolaty malts as in a dark lager. Between the maltiness and fruitiness, a light trace of acidity is clearly felt.
T: quite sharp at first, the foretaste is lightly gristy, hazelnut-ish, slightly chocolaty, leaving the sugary impact and mild acidity lagging behind. In the aftertaste, the prune/preserved-berry-ish fruitiness catches up, but soon gives way to a lightly bitter, herbal but at the same time rather clean mouthfeel lingering in the end.
M&O: refreshing but in general medium-bodied, coming always with a sugary palate but at the end of each sip it is the subtle bitterness and a clean-ish mouthfeel that balances off the sugary feel upfront. All in all, not too bad, I’m glad this can of beer brought back from Paris doesn’t disappoint. Would I ever call it an “English Brown Ale” though? Not a chance.

Serving type: can

02-02-2014 21:42:48 | More by wl0307
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Schmoog

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3/5  rDev -15.3%

01-17-2014 13:05:38 | More by Schmoog
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pipinmalikonj

Croatia (Hrvatska)

2.5/5  rDev -29.4%

11-21-2013 11:41:08 | More by pipinmalikonj
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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle served in a pokal glass.

A: Pours a dark amber color forming a big creamy and bubbled beige head. Good retention and some soapy and persistent lacings formed and left in the glass

S: Sweet caramel in the nose. Strong notes of caramel malts, roasted malts, toffee, flowery hops. A bit fruity and a bit bready too

T: Slightly sweet upfront. Toffee, caramel malts, crystal malts, roasted malts. Citrus Heineken-style hops. Good hops bitterness in the end

M: Light body. Good carbonation. Roasted malts (slightly sweet) aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Quite nice for a French beer

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 17:34:30 | More by eduardolinhalis
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GRUUMSH

Belgium

3/5  rDev -15.3%

09-01-2013 10:28:55 | More by GRUUMSH
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-18-2013 12:05:33 | More by shauncav
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andylipp

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-09-2013 12:54:57 | More by andylipp
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hishoosh

Washington

3/5  rDev -15.3%

07-09-2013 23:11:09 | More by hishoosh
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videofrog

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

06-26-2013 18:41:00 | More by videofrog
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Florida

4/5  rDev +13%

06-17-2013 19:05:28 | More by DuffDaddy
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mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in France, at the hotel in Paris. 33cl poured into a pilsner glass, best by 01/14.

a - Pours a deep reddish brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, bready malts, caramel malts, and toasted malts. Light fruity malts as well, and lightly sweet. Nice nose.

t - Tastes of sweet fruity malts, more caramel malts, bread, toasted malts, nuts, and sugar. Sweeter than the nose and more fruit and caramel. I like the nose slightly better.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink.

o - Overall a solid brown ale; better than some of the other stuff I had early in the trip. Swete fruit, especially in nose. Not the best but better than 1664.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 17:18:33 | More by mdfb79
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

330ml bottle

A- Brown/reddish colour, something maybe a little darker than burgundy. Off-white head, a couple of fingers, holds very well throughout the whole tasting

S- not a strong aroma but quite pleasant: sweet malts, slighty toasted with a bit of a soft nutty character. Maybe some sweeter caramel notes

T- A bit more vivid than the aroma but still very much on the delicate/soft side. Slight toasted but still very delicate malts, with yeast and probably sugar giving them a mild/soft edge. Notes of liquorice, toffee, caramel. Found no specific notes in the sweet but still clean/simple finish

M- Medium body, light carbonation bringing a bit of life, but beer is still very soft and creamy on both tongue and palate

O- A rather simple brown ale (or maybe belgian dark ale?), but still decently flavourful, pleasantly creamy, and overall perfectly balanced

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 13:52:28 | More by Cozzatoad
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Radome

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 65 cl Grolsch-top bottle into a goblet.

A - Medium brownish red or even burgundy color. Crystal clear. Off-white head is made of tiny bubbles; initially fluffy and thick and then a thin coating.

S - Muted graham cracker malt notes; faint floral hops. Maybe a hint of prunes and brown sugar. No off-notes; very clean, but not overly complex.

T - Clean and balanced blend of dark malt and gentle hops flavors. Soft and gentle all around; little complexity. Some brown sugar; some grainy notes like pilsner malt. Alcohol flavor shows up late in the palate.

M - Medium body. Low but smooth carbonation. Faint alcohol presence. Low hops bitterness. Slight mouth-coating sweetness.

O - Soft and gentle and easy to drink. Not overly complex, but nothing offensive either. For me this is a good beer (and well worth trying), but not great.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 21:10:59 | More by Radome
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Beerman1977

Austria

2/5  rDev -43.5%

12-30-2012 17:15:26 | More by Beerman1977
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cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +41.2%

11-15-2012 02:38:42 | More by cfalovo97
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bonbini26

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

09-06-2012 03:51:11 | More by bonbini26
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PancakeMcWaffles

Germany

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark reddish brown, thin frothy head, decent lacing;

S: Pungent sweetness, malt followed by sort of a rather fruity aroma, reminds me of cassis;

T: Quite similar to the smell, starts malty, then turns into a sweet fruity flavour (red berries) little tart in the end, nice sweet and hop flavour remains after the finish;

M: Low carbonation, yet a thick mouthfeel;

O: Sweet malty brew, interesting fruit flavours, hops are very well hidden, very drinkable, lovely aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 18:41:31 | More by PancakeMcWaffles
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

08-24-2012 14:10:48 | More by Bobhoya
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warpedrevolution

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

08-07-2012 13:58:34 | More by warpedrevolution
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

07-11-2012 21:19:25 | More by rolltide8425
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rarbring

Sweden

3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A clear chestnut brown brew with small bubbles, a warm yellow-white high head that leaves little lacing, but good curtains.

Smelling malty, molasses, fudge and syrup.

A sweet brown bread ("vörtbröd") and porridge start, brown syrup. A hint of oranges.

Little carbonation, soft and thick texture, a big body and a slightly dry finish.

A malt bomb, a bit too much maybe.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 18:52:40 | More by rarbring
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small 25cl/250ml bottle brought to me from France

A - Pours a clear brown body, with a pretty nice caramel-coloured head. The lacing is quite nice and the head retention is decent.

S - The aroma isn't particularly intense: a touch of caramel, some bread, and a faint hint of chocolate.

T - Starts out malty and sweet, with caramel and dark chocolate notes and some toasted bread. Then you get more sweetness and some hop bitterness. There is also a slight nuttiness to it and a little bit of that grainy macro taste (it is brewed by Heineken after all). The after-taste is bready, somewhat bitter and a little sweet. Overall, this is rather tasty.

M - Medium body to it. The alcohol shows quite a lot, which is a bit disappointing, considering it's 6.5% and not 8-10%.

O - This was a little better than I expected. I would call it a cross between a brown ale and a doppelbock, though it is a little more generic-tasting than some better examples of those styles. This beer has enough body and drinks pretty well, but the taste of alcohol gets in the way a little bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 00:43:00 | More by NightINgale
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pin

Australia

3/5  rDev -15.3%

05-16-2012 03:19:26 | More by pin
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Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
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