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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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no score

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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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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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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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Billolick

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2008 00:12:38 | More by Billolick
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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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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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.46/5  rDev -2%
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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glid02

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 04:04:56 | More by glid02
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at Le Carrousel cafe in Paris. Murky dark brown color with a thin beige head and thin slippery lacing. The aroma is very malty. Syrupy body with a strong malt flavor that is borderline malt liquor. The finish is cloyingly sweet. Probably the best French beer I have tried thus far, but still not great.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2004 18:22:56 | More by Dogbrick
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.08/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 08:37:31 | More by drpimento
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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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rarbring

Sweden

3.23/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

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

France

3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sorry but this following comment is in french :

Appearance : bière spéciale de fermentation basse, robe acajou, mousse crème
Smell : notes caramélisées
Taste and mouthfeel :bouche vivace, bon équilibre sucre amertume
Drinkability : bière correcte mais sans plus

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2007 10:38:56 | More by thierrynantes
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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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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 01:10:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
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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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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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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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eduardolinhalis

Switzerland

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
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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atis

Finland

2.93/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours clear dark brown with large tan rocky head that fades rather fast, some patchy lacing. Aroma is low toasted malt, some nuts.

Taste is stronger roasted bready malt, slightly sweetish, alcohol is rather evident, especially towards the end of the glass. Dry finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, medium carbonation.

Overall, average Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 21:25:23 | More by atis
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magictacosinus

California

3.45/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 22:05:08 | More by magictacosinus
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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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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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tjd25

France

3.03/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: can

08-28-2004 23:14:05 | More by tjd25
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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-08-2011 17:15:49 | More by ThaCreep
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Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
81 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.