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Pelforth Brune - Brasserie Heineken

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80
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92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.38%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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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

Cozzatoad, May 28, 2013
Photo of Boto
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33cl bottle: This was a pretty good beer. I thought it had somewhat more Belgian characteristics than that of a Brown Ale. The beer was a nice amber color. It was fairly clear with a generous head. The aroma was somewhat caramel/malty sweet. There were similar notes to the taste. Smooth. Not bad for a common "Supermarket" beer in France!

Boto, Jun 13, 2004
Photo of Dayman766
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Derekg, Jun 26, 2014
Photo of andylipp
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

andylipp, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Bobhoya
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

Bobhoya, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

rale, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of brandon911
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

brandon911, Mar 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +6.8%

rdespain, May 02, 2012
Photo of TheSarge
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

TheSarge, May 06, 2008
Photo of TheBrewo
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We pop the swing top on this guy and pour a beer of rich maroon-brown. It holds an initial head of one and a half fingers of tightly packed mocha colored bubbles. The head recedes at a medium pace, leaving little lacing as it goes. There is clarity throughout, but that is hindered a bit by the darkness in color. No sediment is noted and carbonation looks to be low to medium. The aroma presents with pronounced malts, which are slightly toasted and on the darker side. There is a rich caramel sweetness, and a boozy, coffee like breeze, from time to time. The bready yeastiness noted takes on a cool vanilla-like aroma. We also detect a tinny metallic bite in the second glass poured from the bottle. As we sip dark and roasty malts hit up front. The grain, here, seems lightly infused with fresh coffee bean. Mild metallic notes are detected throughout, again, at the front of the second glass. Moving through the middle we get a sweet wash of vanilla flavoring, which is quickly compacted down by malts, pushing forward. The finish is of grain, and with a mineral saltiness. The last flavor to leave the tongue is more sweetness, of a sugary caramel origin. Tinny darkened malts and fusel alcohols breathe through the aftertaste. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium to high. The latter is actually quite palpable far back near the tonsils, at the end of each sip. The mouth is left more dry than coated, and there is a basic frothiness about it. The abv is appropriate and is hidden well until the very end, making for a brew that drinks easily enough.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the richness in flavor. The malts were highlighted nicely, with their toasted darkness really shining through. At the end they were a bit salty, which was actually not at all unpleasant. What did become a bit suspect was how metallic certain aspects of the tasting were, which is primarily where this brew lost a few points.

TheBrewo, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

mdfb79, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of watchnerd
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 ml can, picked up at a Paris supermarket in the 15e arrondisement.

A bit better than the Pelforth Blonde, I'm not sure I'd call this an English Brown, but perhaps the style is appropriate as it does bear a bit of a resemblance to Newcastle Brown.

Overall, a pretty good and drinkable brown. Not exceptionally great or anything to knock your socks off, but a quite agreeable with French and Belgian dishes like moules frites.

watchnerd, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of AmberMan22
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

AmberMan22, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Umbra
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

Umbra, May 31, 2007
Photo of NightINgale
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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.

NightINgale, May 29, 2012
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.

Billolick, Aug 28, 2008
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.

BoitSansSoif, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Radome
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Radome, May 25, 2013
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.

glid02, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of EatsTacos
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a fizzy dark brown with a soft light head. The head dissappeared pretty quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

The aroma is quite sweet smelling, almost totally dominated by malt.

Sweet tasting, some slightly roasted malt character, without any real bitterness or hop profile. I like my EBAs to have a roasted nut flavour which I don't find here.

Highly carbonated and pretty thin bodied.

EatsTacos, May 13, 2009
Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Griffith, Jul 21, 2014
Photo of BKotch
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

BKotch, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of emincems
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

emincems, Aug 13, 2014
Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
80 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.