Pelforth Blonde ~ 25cl
Pelforth Blonde is a pale ale first brewed in 1963. The traditional ‘Bière de Garde’ (‘Beer to Keep’) from this region are top fermented ales with notable malt character, fruity, spicy notes and medium to high alcohol.
Brewed in Mons-en-Baroeul, near Lille. its home region of French Flanders has longstanding cultural ties to Belgium, but a brewing tradition that is far from a mere imitation of its neighbour and Pelforth has been influenced by British beers.
Pelforth was originally called Pélican and this strong brand image remains to this day. The new adopted name derives from Pelican ‘Pel’ and ‘Forte’ meaning Strength.
Pelforth Blonde is a classic bistro beer with a clean, thirst-quenching taste with touch of malt and vanilla and a delicate profile that belies its strength.
About the Brand
Pelforth was established in 1914 in northern France and was originally called Pelican – a brand image that still features to this day. The new name derives from a bit of Pelican ‘Pel’; a lot of French character ‘forte’ and finishing with a typically English ‘th’.
The traditional ‘Bière de Garde’ (‘Beer to Keep’) from this region are top fermented ales with notable malt character, fruity, spicy notes and medium to high alcohol. The brewery became renowned for this style of dark beer, Pelforth 43: the ‘43’ referring to the 43kg of malt used in each mash. First brewed in 1937 and using an English top fermenting yeast (as opposed to bottom fermenting lager yeast) this was, and still is, France’s number one dark beer.
Brewing was halted during the Second World War and restarted in 1950. In 1963 ‘Pale’ was created and in 1991 this and the ‘43’ beer were rebranded Blonde and Brune. Pelforth now produce twenty two different beers, including seasonal ones, but are still best known for their Blonde and Brune.