Pelforth Brune
Brasserie Heineken

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Brasserie Heineken
Brown Ale - English
Ranked #135
Ranked #27,986
3.44 | pDev: 14.83%
Aug 28, 2021
Mar 24, 2003
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Photo of BucBasil
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by BucBasil from Rwanda

Bought in Kigali, Rwanda. Poured from the tall can into a pint glass. The beer is a deep dark red with a slight haze. Head is off white and jumped up quickly.

Smell was caramel and brown sugar malt with a bit of a clean finish. Mostly sweet.

Taste was similar. Oddly sugary with caramel and cola notes. Toast is in there. Sweet with some dark fruits. Finishes with an odd kind of medicinal taste but then is quickly covered by that sugary taste again.

This was an OK different find here in Rwanda. I think if I weren't here I wouldn't go out of my way for this, but a good change of pace from Euro pale lagers here. Not my favorite but not bad.

Aug 28, 2021
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by RaulMondesi from California

First things first, the beer is old - not J-Lo old, but a bit old that the flavor was probably still affected a lil. That being said, it was a fine Brown like Dustin winning the cup for the Kings a second time in 2014. Yes, Raul, I know it’s 2021, but one can still remember fond memories, right?

Aug 11, 2021
3.34 by Campodog from Spain on Feb 12, 2020
3.5 by TrojanRB from Texas on Jun 21, 2019
Photo of ewpass
3.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by ewpass from Canada (PE)

Arras 2019, Clear chestnut brown with a good head. Sweet, mild malt nose. Sweet caramel and honey to taste. Very smooth but too sweet for my taste.

Apr 16, 2019
3.96 by Wontonst from California on Dec 17, 2018
Photo of RichardLeahy
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by RichardLeahy from Australia

Tried this in Paris. Didn't see a lot of dark beers and so this was welcome. L. Deep reddish brown colour, modest pale head that fades to lacing. S. Not a lot, some caramel/malt/dark fruit. T. Solid caramel/malt flavour with a hint of fruit that fades to dry, slightly bitter finish. F. Medium body with moderate carbonation. O. Better overall than the above might suggest! A very enjoyable, drinkable brown ale.

Oct 23, 2018
Photo of Harrison8
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Harrison8 from Missouri

Pours a dark burgundy-brown that is clear when held up to the light. Head formation is khaki in color and retains fairly well. Aroma is caramel, with a touch of honey and a kiss of bitter coffee. Overall, it comes off sweet, with the coffee balancing it out well. Flavor profile is more caramel and honey on the sweet side of the scale, with coffee balancing it out nicely. Mouth feel is a touchy fizzy, but it still carries a velvety feeling that lends itself well for a medium thickness. Overall, a delightful beer that balanced sweet and bitter.

Served in a 12oz snifter. Reviewed from notes.

Jul 11, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

Brasserie Heineken "Pelforth Brune"
50 cl can, "À consommer de préférence avant fin : 05/2019 10:55 L8 123 F"
1,77€ @ City Paris Batignolles, Paris, FR

Look: Brown body with a ruby sheen beneath a short head of tan foam. Average head retention and lacing.
Smell: Sweet golden to medium dark caramel, cocoa powder, doughy bread, light hints of dark fruits.
Taste: As the aroma suggests. Lots of sweet caramel and cocoa powder. Moderate bitterness.
Feel: Medium bodied and smooth with a moderate carbonation level.
Overall: A very smooth, easy to drink brown ale that borders on becoming sweet but never does.
Review# 6,100

Jun 26, 2018
3.77 by Technosmith from South Africa on Oct 22, 2017
3.49 by HopBelT from Belgium on Jul 29, 2017
4 by Rymish from Colorado on Jun 26, 2017
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3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by mcpat1993 from Pennsylvania

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

May 30, 2017
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1.78/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5
by Thisdrinkinglife from Switzerland

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.

Feb 17, 2017
3.41 by Dazka from Italy on Oct 19, 2016
2.89 by FCox143 from England on Oct 03, 2016
Photo of scottfrie
3.09/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by scottfrie from California

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.

Aug 17, 2016
3.5 by paulish from New York on Aug 03, 2016
Photo of Shanex
3.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Shanex from France

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

Jul 05, 2016
3.51 by DJoe from Massachusetts on Jun 30, 2016
3.5 by Rihup from Illinois on Jun 16, 2016
3.48 by WDJersey from Colorado on May 31, 2016
Photo of Jugs_McGhee
1.85/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

33cl can from a Monoprix in Nice, France.


Apr 18, 2016
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3.44/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
by Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

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.

Mar 04, 2016
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3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by PlutonowyManiek from Belgium

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.

Jan 18, 2016
2.77 by Nunya from Ohio on Dec 30, 2015
3 by shadyside from Georgia on Dec 12, 2015
2.69 by Bruno74200 from France on Nov 09, 2015
3.64 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania on Oct 23, 2015
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3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Ant777uk from England

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...

Oct 09, 2015
3.02 by byronic from Canada (ON) on Oct 09, 2015
3.66 by Bustersuess from New York on Oct 07, 2015
3.69 by EMV from Pennsylvania on Sep 17, 2015
3.52 by millelacsmark from Minnesota on Sep 11, 2015
2.88 by risenz from England on Aug 08, 2015
3.54 by ystazi from Illinois on Aug 02, 2015
3 by edhizdeid from Washington on Jul 31, 2015
3.5 by BostonJustin from Massachusetts on Jun 29, 2015
3.47 by Whatup14 from Canada (QC) on Jun 09, 2015
Photo of Rivoire
1.98/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by Rivoire from France

The best of the Pelforth collection. This is the only one to have at least a small taste and a feel on the palate.

May 25, 2015
Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
Beer rating: 79 out of 100 with 144 ratings