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Pelforth Brune - Brasserie Heineken

Pelforth BrunePelforth Brune

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BA SCORE
81
good

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%


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 +1.1%
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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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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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VoodooBrew

South Carolina

3.33/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2006 02:51:35 | More by VoodooBrew
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LarryKemp

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought this litle green bottle of brune while in a grocery store in St. Barths.

I think I detected a bit of skunk when I poured. It was not overpowering and went away quickly. What remained was a faint smell of malt

The beer poured a deep caramel brown. Clear and remarkably few bubbles even though it had an ample off white head that lasted a long time.

The taste was totally malt. Very sweet but without a lot of side notes. No special characteristics.

The mouthfeel was full and bordering on creamy. There was a little carbonation bite on the tongue.

This is a nice beer. Nothing makes it stand out. Next time I am in St. Barths, I probably won't buy more of these to bring home.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2005 02:15:29 | More by LarryKemp
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev +11%
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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Boto

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Joss

Germany

3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2003 22:10:57 | More by Joss
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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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wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.46/5  rDev -2.3%
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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ThaCreep

Belgium

2.85/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

Serving type: nitro-tap

08-08-2011 17:15:49 | More by ThaCreep
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
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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BattleRoadBrewer

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +8.2%
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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BoitSansSoif

France

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: can

10-10-2009 17:25:32 | More by BoitSansSoif
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watchnerd

California

3.6/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Billolick

New York

3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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."

Serving type: on-tap

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

California

3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-26-2007 21:48:37 | More by sloejams
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.95/5  rDev +11.6%
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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tjd25

France

3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
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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jed

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Presentation: Poured from a 50 cl can into a tulip glass, served at cellar temperature.

Appearance: Light, chestnut brown/mahogany with tons of bubbles. Two finger head w/average head retention, lots of lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, prunes, and nice smokiness. Smells like a Scotch ale, but with less peat.

Taste: Overpoweringly sweet dark malt flavors dominate the nose. Slight hint of hop bitterness, but nowhere near enough to balance the malt. Also a tiny bit of fruit (prunes?) in the flavor. Slightly unpleasant alcohol flavors in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, almost completely lacking in body.

Drinkability: Weak — this beer is too thin and too sweet to have even average drinkability.

Surprisingly disappointing, so much so that I'd almost be willing to chalk it up to a bad sample. Lacks anything to balance the overpowering malt. I may give this one a try on tap, but I'm definitely steering clear of the cans.

Serving type: can

01-26-2004 12:39:14 | More by jed
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Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
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