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Pelforth Brune - Brasserie Heineken

Pelforth BrunePelforth Brune

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BA SCORE
81
good

76 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.3%


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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Umbra

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 18:51:35 | More by Umbra
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AmberMan22

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 20:40:34 | More by AmberMan22
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
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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watchnerd

California

3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: can

10-09-2008 08:48:04 | More by watchnerd
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mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
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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TheSarge

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 18:21:27 | More by TheSarge
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 02:15:52 | More by TheBrewo
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Boto

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 15:09:48 | More by Boto
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Cozzatoad

Italy

3.81/5  rDev +7.9%
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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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
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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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is an unusual Brune (brown) ale. Heavy brown in color with a thick, almost syrupy malt. A trace of chocolate and caramel can be detected. Higher quantity of hops than what is normally expected in the brown ale family. The aroma is sweet with noticeable hop and some alcohol scent. The hops have a tea-like and mild citrus bitterness. It's a well-made brew with lots of separate flavors to ponder. Great beige head. The alcohol kick is sneaky. Overly expensive!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2003 13:35:48 | More by BeerResearcher
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PancakeMcWaffles

Germany

3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
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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harsley

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be sweet release in France. Being so close to Belgium I figured there would be a ton of good beer but they just don't seem to drink a lot of it. I asked once and the waiter said "no, we have French beers" and brought me a Kronenbourg 1664...

I was happy with this. It poured a dark brown with a huge head so it took two pours to get it all from the bottle. Smelled of malt, caramel and some yeastyness. Tasted nice with malt and toasted flavors and some phenols from the yeast. Went down smooth and I had another.

I drank mostly wine in France but if I needed a beer this was my go to when I could find it. Perfect for the Fall which was when I was there.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 12:18:22 | More by harsley
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2004 16:45:48 | More by sulldaddy
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2006 09:42:42 | More by mdagnew
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khiasmus

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful mahogany with a single finger of light tan head that, sadly, dissipates quickly.

S- Malt. Tons. And a bit of grain, not much else. Good and to style. Very faint hop aroma.

T- Initially rich and malty, with a good bit of roastiness following quickly. No hop balance, but a hint of roasty bitterness to balance the malt. Has a distinct grain flavor, like that of grains being steeped for brewing. A hint of mild cigar tobacco, and a bit of caramel.

M- Creamy, chewy, fairly highly carbonated. An almost perfect mouthfeel for the style.

D- Quite good. An excellent high-end session beer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 05:03:00 | More by khiasmus
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 10:00:14 | More by woodychandler
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sfprint

Germany

4.08/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 03:18:04 | More by sfprint
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
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."

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 23:34:13 | More by smcolw
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malmquna

France

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Definitely brune, a very lovely clear dark brown chestnut poured out of the glass. A generous head yields to a thin lace over the liquid after a few minutes. Smells toasty, hints of caramel, maybe some subtle hops.

Taste is toasty as well, with a certain sweetness balanced with an appropriate amount of bitterness. Actually reminiscent of Newcastle, just slightly darker in flavor. The alcohol leaves a bit of a dry finish and is therefore certainly detectable. That doesn't distract from the moutfeel or drinkability.

This is a well done beer, very worthy of trying. Get a couple more than you think you'll want, because you will want some of this around.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 18:43:46 | More by malmquna
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2007 00:45:49 | More by jdhilt
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