Pelforth Brune | Brasserie Heineken

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Heineken
France
pelforth.fr

Style: English Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerResearcher on 03-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
132
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
15
For Trade:
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Photo of mcpat1993
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I thought it had a very good, full flavor. Nice darkish color but not super dark.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Review: big 65cl bottle of Pelforth Brune: ABV: 6.5%

Coming in a pretty nice looking 65cl bottle with a swing cap

The appearance was of a nice enough dark brown colour with ruby red highlights that had a head which reduced dramatically in size.

Some decent lacing but overall nothing special to look at.

For the aroma I got a sweet initial smell of caramel malts but overall not a whole lot on the nose, very faint and not a lot going on.

On Taste got a very smooth drink, very easy to drink, nice mouthfuls, very smooth.

Not strong tasting, but did gets hints of caramel and plums and other fruits, but overall, truth be told, I struggled to get any real taste, some malts…….not much else, and no presence of hops.

Dark chocolate as well. A Coca cola style taste, lots of malts but no alcohol.

Very smooth, pleasant and nice to drink, but for me it doesn’t taste at all like a beer but more a strong version of coke with added sugar. Bland and disappointing all things considering.

Some critics have compared this to an English ale, particularly Newcastle Brown Ale, while some even have found a likeness to porter. For me I just cant see these comparisons at all, yeah perhaps in appearance but definitely not in taste. The Pelforth Brune, for me, is just too sweet, far too sugary, too smooth and flavourless, and nothing at all like an English ale or porter. Disappointing.

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Photo of Dazka
3.41/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FCox143
2.89/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of scottfrie
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle into matching glass in Paris.

Pours a clear copper color with quarter inch of tan foam. The nose is full of tons of caramel with an almost a soda like caramel scent. Not much else going on, maybe a touch of bread. Slight mint? More caramel and slight bread crust in the flavor with a strange minty and peppery hop finish. Lingering spicy hops in the aftertaste. Flavor is mostly caramel. Medium body, fairly crisp but still sweet. Drying though. One denominational and mediocre at best, but not offensive or necessarily bad.

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JakeScully
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love this brown ale and will buy again. Cheers!

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Photo of DJoe
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rihup
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WDJersey
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
1.85/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

33cl can from a Monoprix in Nice, France.

D- / AVOID

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pounder can into a shaker pint.

Nice amber color and very clear. Thin head.

Lots of caramel malt in the aroma. Not much in way of hops.

Taste is very malty lots of malt syrup taste to it.

Beer really falls apart in the taste. To bad.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Color: brown ruby ​​red, clear. Fine-bubble foam, beige. Quite durable and decently adorned with glass.
Aroma: Caramel and fruits, cherries, sweet with a slight sourness.
Taste is a copy of flavor with a slight shift in the direction of caramel.
Gentian: only light, stone. Saturation medium, as appropriate for me. Alcohol gently out on the occasion of bitterness over what resembles a tincture of cherries.

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Photo of Nunya
2.77/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of shadyside
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bruno74200
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of jmg480
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ant777uk
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Could this be the first ever French beer I like..? I am not sure why they cannot make good beer, considering they are next to Belgium, speak the same main language, have much more space to grow things, and have many more people...

Beautiful brown ruby colour. Good head that goes down quite fast.

Aroma is quite unique. Very bready and yeasty.

Usually I am not a huge fan of Belgian browns, though this French one actually has a full, balanced flavour, quite chocaletey and camarelly, and goes down well. Kind of like a Rolo.

Needs to be a bit stronger with more hops, to be truly good. Great effort though from France, will certainly order this when I have no Belgian options or Guinness.

I drank from the fridge, perhaps it is different at room temperuture.

20 minutes later:
As it warms up, it tastes less watery, and improves considerably. Definitely drink this after at least half and hour from the fridge.

So yes, this and Gavroche are the only 2 French beers I like. Plus there are some really good organic ones...

As it warms more, it improves. Try at room temparuture, assuming you are not the devil, an escimo or a scorpion...

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Photo of byronic
3.02/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bustersuess
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EMV
3.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of millelacsmark
3.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of risenz
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ystazi
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edhizdeid
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
3.44 out of 5 based on 132 ratings.
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