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:
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Added by BeerResearcher on 03-24-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
134
Reviews:
54
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
15.41%
 
 
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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of thierrynantes
3/5  rDev -12.8%
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

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Photo of GRUUMSH
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of dfaranha
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -12.8%

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

Photo of Roland45s
3/5  rDev -12.8%

decent brown ale

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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 tjd25
3.07/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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 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 KentCstrait
3.1/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of sloejams
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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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 Dogbrick
3.2/5  rDev -7%
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.

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Photo of rarbring
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
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 safaricook
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Sspeer1
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Dmmflys
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of bezakjon
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of videofrog
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Beertracker
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pelforth Brune pours up with ample carbonation that creates a small, brief tannish-white head that tops the bright reddish-chestnut brown body. The grainy malt aroma shows some candied nut character e.g. pralines, peanut brittle, turtles, etc... with hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Some fruitiness. Maybe a hint of diacetyl? The flavor starts off with a caramel sweetness that gives way to a toasted biscuity character. Mild chocolate roastiness. The bittersweet finish is a touch cloying with some warmth. Medium bodied with a moderate creaminess & textured sharpness. Pelforth Brune is a mild, satisfying beer that would pair nicely with some Coq à la bière or Duck à l'Orange.

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of VoodooBrew
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of Tdenham
3.32/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pelforth Brune from Brasserie Heineken
3.44 out of 5 based on 134 ratings.
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