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Pelforth Brune - Brasserie Heineken

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Reviews: 48
Hads: 112
Avg: 3.5
pDev: 22.29%
Wants: 1
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English Brown Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerResearcher on 03-24-2003

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured chilled in ale glass, imbibed and discussed with buzzlitebier

A: dark amber, good head, small carb bubbles, lacing-conducive
S: sour smell, not much else
T: malty; Euro dark/strong (and resembling something between a porter and Scotch ale); few hops; simple, straightforward flavor; bit of fig and plum

Not bad, but not great.

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Photo of wl0307
3.46/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.5/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
3.64/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of Radome
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of PancakeMcWaffles
3.87/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.21/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of NightINgale
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Dutch pint glass somewhere in Paris out of a bottle.

Pours a brownish color with some light carbonation. Maintains a ring throughout the sitting at the top of the glass. Contains an unfiltered look, but overall looks pretty decent.

Smells very grainy and malty, as expected. There's some notes sweetness around the edges, and other notes of bitterness. Kind of a clash between coffee beans, dark bread, and dark fruit. Mainly, however, this is far more on the breadier side than anything else. For an unfiltered beer, it definitely smells funkier than I expected.

Taste manages to be pretty grainy and malty as it smells, but far more on the bitter side than the sweet side. Interesting, as darker beers tend to be sweeter on premise alone. However, this holds up quite well in its apparent double malted result. The alcohol is barely noticeable, and it retains a smoky, woody taste that keeps it interesting. Manages to stay creamy enough, and the interesting variation of bitterness and smokiness makes it a very drinkable beer.

While not the most impressive brown ale I've had, this holds up well, especially in terms of flavor and drinkability. While at times it can be kind of brittle, it manages to be bitter and funky enough to hold long enough interest to drink several times throughout the evening.

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Photo of stevoj
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite French beers. Smooth for a dark beer, flavor is bittersweet and mouthfeel is just right. Some fruit and nut character with the dark grains thrown in for good measure. Magnifique!

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Photo of Mar02x
2.31/5  rDev -34%
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.

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Photo of ThaCreep
2.86/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of harsley
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev +16%
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!

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of sfprint
4.04/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured with a large, foamy, frothy, light tan head and lots of lace. Color is an amber brown. Aroma is malty and dark bread dough. Flavor is about the same plus a little bit of funk. Body is super smooth with light carbonation. Finish is malty, slightly roasty, and sweet. Could do better, could do worse.

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Photo of malmquna
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of AmberMan22
3.57/5  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.

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Photo of EatsTacos
3.52/5  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.

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Photo of jspruit
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this 25cL bottle from family taking a trip to France-enjoyed it in Ireland.
Smells fine, but nothing spectacular, and a bit sweet like raisins and caramel.
Has a little more than a finger light tan head on a brown body that appears a bit like a cola. There is a fair amount of carbonation too that dissipates quickly as the drink goes down.
Tastes sweet with caramel, raisins, malts, and a bit light chocolate too.
It is nicely balanced but not too filling. Goes down smooth and has a slightly dry sweet finish.
A nice brown ale, but nothing spectacular. I'd be interested in trying their other beers before coming back to this one again.

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Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
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