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Pelforth Brune - Brasserie Heineken

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BA SCORE
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103 Ratings
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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 14.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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France

Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerResearcher on 03-24-2003

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 50
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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.34/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice bottle with a great top. Coffee with caramel base. Very little head. Great color. Bright red hues, deep ruby. Needs more coffee and a bit more caramel. Very MILD! Sweetish with a mildly bitter finish. Drinkability and appearance are tops, the rest is dull.

Photo of Billolick
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

50 CL can, with dating on the bottom 29/05/09 (best before?) Pours dark amber, mahogany, fairly clear, under a medium tan head, that shows moderate retention, and then decent lace left behind. The nose is of a slight nuttiness and some toasted malt. Notes of light bready malt, with a hint of rum, figs and raisins. Nothing special, but worth a try if in France and you are looking to try a decent everyday kinda French offering. I was able to find this stuff in several markets both in the south of France and in Paris.

Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Les Distilleries Ideales in Nice.

Pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown color with a half-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy caramel malts with hints of dry toastiness. As it warms it dries out even more as the sweetness fades.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Mildly sweet caramel malt flavors up front segue into hints of nuts and toasted malt flavors midway through the sip. The ending is mildly bitter. As with the aroma the sweetness subsides as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is OK. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation is a bit on the harsh side.

Drinkability is alright. I finished my glass with no problems however I'm not sure how much I want another.

Overall this beer just didn't seem very refined. It's not a bad beer but it's just not very well done.

Photo of sloejams
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seeing it on the shelf and curious, I grabbed a can of this at the local convenience shop in the Bastille area of France. I poured into a wine glass as it was the most appropriate glassware at the flat I was staying. Colorwise and aromawise - everything was fine, basic Belgian brune qualities. The taste was - I guess it tasted like a Heineken maker making a brune. So I wasn't surprised to see that they were the owners of the Marseille brewery. One was enough; Leffe, Affligem and Grimbergen were readily available and much better at this type of beer.

Photo of Mar02x
2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this beer in France when I was there on holiday in 2011.

A - A brown clear beer with an off white head.

S - Old malts, not really fresh smelling.

T - Watery, like a Porter with some sweetness. Not a good brown ale.

M - Low to medium carbonation, light sticky.

O - A standard, light in body, brown ale.

Photo of sfprint
4.04/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A: Fairly dark brown, but not Guiness dark. Almost no head.

S: Smokey and heavy, but there's also a listerin tinge to it. Unique for sure. Very Porter-like.

T: Porter-like but lighter. Quite pleasent, like a cross between an amber and a porter. Very pleasing flavor.

M: Nothing special and barely carbonated.

O. Really excellent beer. Best of both porter and amber worlds.

Photo of Beertracker
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pelforth Brune pours up with ample carbonation that creates a small, brief tannish-white head that tops the bright reddish-chestnut brown body. The grainy malt aroma shows some candied nut character e.g. pralines, peanut brittle, turtles, etc... with hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Some fruitiness. Maybe a hint of diacetyl? The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness that gives way to a toasted biscuity character. Mild chocolate roastiness. The bittersweet finish is a touch cloying with some warmth. Medium bodied with a moderate creaminess & textured sharpness. Pelforth Brune is a mild, satisfying beer that would pair nicely with some Coq à la bière or Duck à l'Orange.

CHEERS! Beertracker

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark brownish-red but clear color w/light brownish-red head, okay retention.

S-Bits of fruity esters: red apple, raisins, fig, sweet roast malt.

T-Like aroma. Blend of esters w/sweet malt, and bits of bitter hops in the finish offer a little balance, but the aftertaste is still a tad sweet.

M-Little on the sweet side, restrained carbonation, light and smooth but slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

D-A good, satisfying drink. This is not my favorite style, but it's still pretty decent, and it matches up pretty closely with style guidelines, although personally I could use a little more hops.

Photo of Joss
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Nice bitterhop and caramel nose.

Appareance: Lovely chestnut brown color , low but stable head.

Taste: Sweet dark malt flavors, a bit too dominating perhaps. A bit more balance would have done wonders.

Mouthfeel: Smooth velvety texture, rich body.

Quite nice Dunkel, a lucky find in Strassbourg.

Photo of ThaCreep
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Roasted malt nose but no other noticeable flavor. The mouth is still highly diluted and it feels like to drink flavored water, slightly bitter. This bitterness is also to forget unless you like the artificiality. Not really tasty and little to enjoy. In the same style of beer, the English models are light years away.

Photo of VoodooBrew
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

250 ml bottle poured into a chalice. This bottle came to me via France.

Hints of cereal malt on the nose are revealed more fully in the flavor, which also adds caramel and honey notes. The finish is long and sweet, perhaps a touch too sweet. An average to slightly above-average beer.

Photo of AmberMan22
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Had this at La Phare, a bar in Paris. First french beer I've tried here, and I'm pretty pleased.
Poured from a 33cl bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a nice rich brown color, not cloudy, just delicately clear like a nice EBA should be. The head disappears too quickly, and the lacing is very runny. Once the beer warms there is nothing left to stick to the glass.

S: I love the smell. It smells nutty, of sweet and pale malt, slightly of alcohol.

T: While the taste doesn't quite live up to the smell, taking a whiff of the Pelforth before sipping enhances the flavor to a very acceptable level. It does taste much akin to a Heineken Dark, though noticeably more pronounced in every category. Nice nutty, malty flavor -- though the hoppy taste is nowhere to be found.

M: Due to the lack of carbonation, the beer feels deliciously creamy and rolls easily over the tongue. It basically encourages you to drink more by being so smooth in this essence. But...

D:...the alcohol taste is not well disguised. This beer is 6.5%ABV and you can taste it. Kind of unfortunate, as other darker beers of this kin are far smoother. Like I said, the beer encourages you to drink more, especially as it warms a bit, but its just too strong to enjoy for an extended period.

Photo of stingrayvr6
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Malty and floral aroma. Hints of caramel. Cream colored head that dissipated quickly. Strong carbonation, malty and slightly citrusy taste, also with a bitter creamy finish, caramel present in the finish. Not a bad brown ale, nothing too complex or special, but great mouthfeel and very drinkable. Not special but quite good and simple.

Photo of EmperorBevis
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%

very dull beer
can catch grasps of flavour now & then just plain weak

Photo of Cozzatoad
3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Photo of rarbring
3.21/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised not to see this beer rated a little higher. Well, here's my take on it.

The pour produces massive amounts of sticky and tight milky tan head. The body is dark amber and color, and is quite clear. Head retention lasts a good while, and eventually dissipates into a fine ring.

The aromas are faint, but detectable. I notice hints of toasty malt, which are somewhat sweet and chocolaty. There is also a faint hoppy/metallic presence here too.

This tastes sweet with toffee and cola like flavors.

The overall mouth feel is a little syrupy and oily.

This is one of the finer brown ales that I've ever had. It makes a decent cold weather beer, with its complexity and warming effects.

Photo of mdagnew
3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Falstaff, Paris, March 2006....

Poured a deep mahogany red colour with a brown tinge... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy and faded to a nice thin layer...

Aroma - Sweet and roasted malts, toffee, figs, chocolate hints, brown sugar, slight vanilla notes...

Taste – Malty, toffee, dark fruits, slight sweetness, treacle, spicy, slight aniseed hints, bitter aftertaste...

Feel - Quite smooth with only a slight sharpness. Medium body. Pretty drinkable....

Overall - A pretty good beer.... Definitely worth a try...

Photo of Umbra
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at room temperature as part of pre-game before going out for the evening in Paris. Dark amber with a hearty off white head. Decent lacing and retention. Very bready aroma that was slightly sweet and fruity
Banana, bread and coffee flavors within a light carbonation. As with the white, had a medium mouthfeel that was thicker than expected.
Overall, not bad.

Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to einweizenbitte for sending me some CANs that were totally foreign to me. I really wish that I had initiated The CANQuest (TM) while I was still on active duty in the Navy.

This was a CAN for the aesthetes among us. A BRUSHED (!) aluminum CAN with raised (!!) pressed lettering and symbology! Holy over the top, Batman! This looks like a piece of modern art. Needless to say, it will NOT be getting recycled. This is a keeper.

Come to think of it, that may be another reason to leave aesthetics and CANs separate. If people begin to hang onto their beautiful CANs, the recycling chain will be irreparably broken! Go Green, make your CANs as ugly as possible!

Bock? Really? Color me dubious, especially when other reviewers have compared it to Newcastle Brown. Change Request sent.

The Crack & Glug action resulted in a rocky finger-and-a-half of mocha-tan/brown head with moderate retention. Color was a deep-brown with ruby highlights and NE-quality clarity. Very pretty! Nose was extremely sweet, bordering on syrupy. Wow, time to check the glucose/blood sugar level. This could put a diabetic in a coma, much less a self-professed hophead. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a pronounced malty sweetness on the tongue. Ho! Well, now that my heart was pumping at an all-new rate, it was time to settle back and enjoy the ride. 6.5% ABV seems low for a bock, but the intensity of the sweetness fits. I still lobby for Brown Ale, though. I feel like Lennie in "Of MIce and Men", rubbing my fingers all over the CAN. He really had something, though, with that tactile fixation. I, too, like to touch stuff and this beer was reaching out and touching me. Dang, I never even heard of these guys before this CANTrade, but both were solid beers. Finish was super smooth, running down my gullet (looking at Mr. PeliCAN) as quickly as I could lift it to my beak. Zounds! This could lay me out! Another back and bottom of the cooler CANdidate. A full day of this and you might feel like you could fly away.

Final thoughts: "The Peli[CAN]" by Ogden Nash. Behold the peli[CAN]. His bill holds more than his belly [CAN].

Navy adendum: Don't be a peli[CAN]! Only take what you [CAN] eat. You [CAN] always come back for seconds. Mess Decks Masters-at-Arms will deal with offenders!

Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My good friend Ellen brought this bottle back from France with her and shared it with me.
The beer pours a rich mahagony color with some ruby tints mixed in. There is a finely packed soft fluffy beige head of about 1 cm in my snifter.

Aroma is malty almost like a lager, but also has a definate fruitiness to it. Plums and raisins. This reminds me of a belgian brown now not english. More complex than I expected.

First sip reveals a smooth textured brew with very fine carbonation. Flavor is similar to the nose. Malty wiht ripe fruit mixed in. A little bit of alcohol bite on the swallow.

Quite a tasty brew I think. I am happy to have shared it with a good friend.

Photo of jdhilt
4.33/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes 6/15/07 pours a two-finger light tan head that fades slowly, leaving some lace. Deep mahogany color. Malty nose. Light carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Flavor is malty and nutty, clean finish. Nice to have a decent French beer for a change. Best by Jan 26, 2008. €4.00 ($5.48) 330ml green bottle at Hotel Mercure Lyon, France.

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown but allows light to pass through. Thin head but the lace is sticky and leaves spotty bubbles after each sip.

The aroma is a combination of brown malts (crystal and chocolate) but I can also detect a slight amount of Belgian sourness.

There's a strong cherry start but finishes with a near lambic-sour finish. Moderate to full body, similar of to skim milk with good carbonation.

This beer is very easy to drink and it doesn't fit neatly into any particular expectation. It's too conventional to be a lambic, yet it isn't ordinary enough to simply be a typical brown ale. My notes before seeing the English Brown Ale categorization: "tastes like a cross between a mild brown ale and a Kriek."

Photo of tjd25
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I don't know how I feel about the "good for a French beer" comment in the previous review...

Pelforth was apparently the first "brown beer" introduced in France back in the days. The beer was initally called Pelforth 43 because PELican was the name of the brewery, because the beer was FORTe (strong in French) and the TH is from thames, like they got ingredients from London, but I forgot the exact story. 43 was from the number of kilograms of malts used in the brewing process (for every hectoliter I believe), far higher than for other beers at the time. They changed the name to just Pelforth after the war cuz 43 sounded too much like the years of war.

The head was dense and foamy and didn't fade too quickly. The body had a nice dark mahogany color. The smell was malty, nicely nutty and slightly sweet. The taste is extremely malty and the roasted coffee aspect was a bit over the top for me.It has some character, but it's kind of harsh on the palate. Similar to the Adelscott brewed by Fischer. Quite chewy, with hints of sourness too. Mouthfeel is creamy at first, and a bit sweet and soda-like after, although the beer is not overly carbonated. Not quite drinkable. Not (too) bad, but I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
80 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.