We’ve already cycled into the second match day for the group games and there hasn’t been a game thus far that has remained goal-less. Drama aplenty has featured and VAR has been used on more than a handful occasions, without it hindering the overall flow of the game. I’m off work today, so I’m definitely ready for kick off!
Mandatory “Pelforth Blonde” Facts
- Untappd Rating: 2.9 (at time of writing)
- Country of Origin: France
- Brewery: Heineken
- ABV: 5.8%
- Style: Lager
- Serving: Torp, 2L, sampled in a 250ml glass
“The Sub” is a wonderful creation. I can get authentic draught beer at home. No gimmicks or fuss, with a very easy set up. Pelforth was originally brewed by the Lille Brewery Brasserie Pelforth, prior to it being taken over by the European giant Heineken. The label has a pelican on the front which features as part of the beer name: “Pel” from pelican and “forte” from the French meaning “strong”.
The beer poured a transparent amber colour, with a beautiful, true, fluffy draught head. A subtle malt scent was noted on the nose. On tasting, the beer maintained the light integrity associated with a lager, but had a predominant malt-fuelled base, giving a deeper edge to it.
Rating: 3.0/5. ‘Pelforth’ doesn’t have great complexity, but that doesn’t necessarily make it inferior: some beers have too many flavours competing, which can result in the beer falling flat… These brews promise the world, but subsequently under-deliver. It may be a mass-produced beer, so I understand if some craft beer lovers would intentionally avoid this. For me, I’ll happily revisit a beer if I think it’s good, independent of how “big” the brewery is. On this occasion, I was able to have draught beer in the comforts of my own home, served perfectly at 2°C on a hot summers day, whilst watching the World Cup – a wonderful combination!
Unfortunately I was unable to source a Peruvian beer for this match…
Football: France 1 – Peru 0. Another win for France on the football field and an “uncontested victory” for Dr Beer’s “Beer World Cup”. France may not have been particularly dominant during their two performances thus far, but they have got the necessary points to make them one of the initial teams into the knockout stages. We’ll certainly be seeing more of France as both competitions progress!