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Corne De Brume - À l’abri de la Tempête

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 88
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
À l’abri de la Tempête visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: 3Vandoo on 03-18-2006

La Corne de Brume est une Scotch ale à 9,0% d’alcool. D’un brun profond aux reflets de rubis, elle se coiffe d’une mousse aux aspects de moka. C’est en bouche que la Corne de Brume révèle toute sa profondeur. Un mur d’arômes caramélisés se dresse devant nous et nous enveloppe chaudement la langue. Cette danse caramélisée et lascive se lie avec une amertume sourde pour former une valse où se côtoient fruits sauvages et malt capiteux. Quelque temps après, l’amertume relâche son emprise sur nos papilles pour lentement nous ramener à la réalité. Bière à fort potentiel de vieillissement.
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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 88
Photo of dragonWhale
1.68/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from Feb 10. The cap twists off..uh oh. We'll see how this held up. Dark amber and with a lithe and disappearing act for a head. Lookin a little flat. Smells like sweet malt and a little cardboard. Some oxidation in the hole. Little bit of roast, too. Kind've gross though. Taste is just as gross. Like licking cardboard boxes off the sidewalk. Little bit of sweetness and no alcohol. With only a year on it this should be a much more drinkable beer if it was to begin with. This disaster is about to end.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.39/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottles on date of December 2010. Poured in to Founder's Tulip.

A - Poured a very slightly translucent ruby/amber colour with a half finger of khaki coloured head.

S - Slightly sour/funky nose makes me wonder if this one has spoiled. Behind the funky aroma are some notes of brown sugar, maple syrup and slight woody notes that are reminiscent of a scotch ale. Unfortunately, the sourness distracts the nose and the other aromas are very muted.

T - The funky sourness is noticeable right away and is somewhat dominant and very distracting. There are notes of sweet brown sugar, maple syrup and caramel present as well along with a very slight wood flavour. The tart funky flaovur becomes even more prominent as the beer warms up with soy flavours coming through as well. Definitely seems spoiled/oxidized.

M - Medium body, light to moderate carbonation.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the pour had me fooled as the deep and dark brown looked very nice to me, with its light and compact head, but looks can be decieving as was the case here. aroma was all over. some off dark fruits that were misplaced as were some caramel malts that were no where near strong enough. flavor was wrong, with plums dominating a wet hay and mud like flavor that i just simply coul not take. had a touch of tartness to it in the finish with a healthy dose of grass and a dry finish.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Arrived from a friend during the summer, was just waiting for the colder months before cracking it open. Bottle on date of Feb 1, 2010

Pours a dark copper color with a thin covering of head. Head quickly evaporates. No lacing.

Sweet malty caramel scent is present, though fairly light.

I should have expected a weird taste based on the Corps Mort. However, while the Corp Mort was weird in a good an interesting way, here it is not weird in a bad way, but just weird. Some light caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavoring up front, very subtle drop of alcohol in the middle, along with a bit of spice. However there some mineral quality at the end that leaves a slightly chalky flavor in the mouth, that lingers for a few minutes. End is also very dry, which enhances the end unpleasantness.

The whole chalk like feel puts a damper on the entire experience. Friends of mine mentioned something similar earlier this year at a brewery festival. I guess it just isn't to my taste, which means I will be giving this a wide berth in the future.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bouteille brune de 341ml au prix exorbitant de 6,99$

nouvelle étiquette

9,0% alc/vol

bière qui a une belle robe rouge brique foncée, nez fruité un peu sucré, bouche alcooleuse, piquante, agressante. la longueur y est. manque d'équilibre.trop forte

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Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of papat444. Served in a Darkness snifter. Bottled September 2009.

A - A finger of tan foam sizzles to some wisps and a collar, leaving behind spotty lace. Murky reddish-brown body.

S - Very strange Scotch Ale - big savory notes, spices, peat, roasted grains, sweet oxidation, lightly salty.

T - Savory, salty, and smokey barbecue sauce, perhaps a hint of soy, some sweet caramel and brown sugar malt backdrop. Mild bitterness in the finish. Positive - you can't taste the 9% at all. Didn't get much of the oak mentioned on the label.

M - Pleasant active carbonation, smooth body, chewy and sticky, minimal heat, with a strangely juice-like quality to it.

D - A very strange beer - it's got a savory barbecue sauce and apple cider flavor going on. I've never had anything like this, but it's not a great beer for drinking. Would probably make an excellent steak sauce though.

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Photo of mcann2pu
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle date is Feb. 2010.
Appearance: dar red-ish brow in color with an extremely thin tan head.

Smell: an earthy malt smell with a strong spicy aroma of clove and nutmeg, maybe cinnamon,

Taste: dark strong sweet caramel malt backbone with the spices coming through,

Mouthfeel: medium kind of mouthfeel it wasn't bad, but I would have preferred it to be heavier.

Drinkability: it seems to be a unique perspective on this style of beer, fairly drinkable.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pour yields a very dark-bodied brew with a half-finger light tan head, which quickly recedes, falling into a thin collar. The nose pushes forward with a very nice malty sweetness, reminding most of a combination of molasses and brown sugar with a hint of caramel thrown in for good measure. A slight amount of booze backs that up. There is a light earthiness to it as well.

The flavor is a bit of a departure from the nose, and not in tye best way. The mingling of elements is gone, leading instead a medium body containing merely a good dose of sweet malt. Not quite cloying, but not super-enjoyable considering how one-dimensional it is. There is a bit of light earth and booze in the finish as well. Low carbonation. Pretty decent, but not something I would come back to.

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Photo of badbeer
3.46/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the first bottled batch, shared by iowaherkeye. Copper color, tan head, good lacing, retention was OK. Aroma was predominantly of malted milk balls, maybe a little bread coming through. Taste was malted milk balls, sweet caramel, brown sugar, and some sherry. Medium carbonation and body. Decent, but I wouldn't go nuts trying to obtain.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is #49 on the "Top Beers - Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a wine glass, thank Mike.

Beer is dark brown and clear with a nice tan head, thin, low retention, low lacing, some carbonation but low.

Aroma is smoky, peat, malt, mild caramel.

Beer is a little odd, a little too smoky, odd finish, a little salty almost, the peat and the caramel come through but not necessarily a repeat for me.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Goldorak for generously offering a bottle of this straight from la belle provence. Comes in a 341 ml brown bottle.

Pours out a deep brown nearly opaque hue, nice translucent mahogany when held to light. A couple of fingers of spongy off-white head.

The aroma is closely akin to a Winter Warmer, toasty, nutty, sweet cinnamon and nutmeg.

Warm spicy flavour, nutmeg and cinnamon, toasted and burnt malt, woody and a bit smokey, finish has an astringent bite to it, woody in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied yet on the fuller end of the spectrum, fairly smooth with light carbonation.

Quite mild all things considered, yet well contained and somewhat refined as well, a very approachable interpretation of the style. Doesn't leave much of an impression on me however as far as wishing to revisit it.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.6/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 28th, 2009. Revisited in June 2011.

Mine says 9.0% ABV, not 8.0%.

A: Beer pours as dark brown, slightly reddish on the edge. The head is quite good but disappear very fast. Slightly sticky to the glass.
S: Very hard to discern the different things. Average intensity aroma. Mainly fruits, dark fruits. A hint of alcohol? Maybe. Something as caramel malts in there too.
T: No bitterness. The intensity of the taste is strong. A very complex beer for my taste buds. Raisins and dark fruits with a hint of caramel. June 2011: Get some bitterness at the end. Good taste wise, but not great or exceptional. I've had better tasting Scotch Ale.
M: smooth.
D: Well, easy to drink. I wouldn't get 2 per drinking session. However, one goes down quite well.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 2010.

Beer is dark, murky brown. A small beige head dissipates fairly quickly.

Brown sugar, toffee, herbs, wood, dark fruit and berry in the nose. Rich.

Taste is a letdown after the smell. Burnt toffee, wood, some peat, herbs. A bit salty. Fairly sweet. Unusual. Not bad but I the quirks work more against it than in its favour, in my opinion.

Surprisingly thin considering the big smell and abv. Light carbonation. Sticky.

Overall, interesting but not something that I would come back to again.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Marche Omni QC for 5$

Appearance - Brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, peat, light smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dark fruits, and some smokey notes. There is also a peat flavour and some grainy metallic notes. It ends with a malty slightly smokey aftertaste.

Overall - My first beer from this brewer and it's pretty decent. This isn't my favourite style of beer but I can tell that it's well balanced and the booze is well hidden. Price is a little high for what you get, but maybe it can be found cheaper elsewhere.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thank you flipper2gv

an interesting one that has a accent... a bit of the earthier side but still quite fruity. nose is beet sugar and plum. belgian hints. still quite savory for a wee heavy in that its quite herbal. palate is pepper dry. my even be pepper added is to dry on the tongue. dextrin, a slightly higher IBU then most. lavender finish. very small head of about a finger.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to papat444 for this (in person) trade!

341mL brown glass twist-top bottle. Label declares "Bottled Since: Sept 01 09."

Appearance: A fairly clear red-brown with almost no head (tan).

Nose: Lots of nutmeg, caramelized sweet malt and a thin hop back.

Palate: Fairly dry and dusty bitter with spices spices and more spices! Cinnamon, nutmeg, sage, white pepper, etc. Finish is dusty-dry and astringent.

Notes: I'm slightly confused by this brew...it tastes like a winter warmer. I feel like it would be silky smooth after 6 or 8 months. Tasty but not sure I'd seek it out again other than to age it.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, big thanks to clockwerk for grabbing me one of these.

Pours a clear dark red, a touch of orange in the corners, thick slightly off white head forms, settles down to a thick ring and thin layer, some lace spots stick to the glass.

Smell is neat, very sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, a very neat spicy root vegetable sweetness, like fennel or parsnips, some alcohol, almost a cinnamon/nutmeg character, pretty cool.

Taste is interesting, very heavy biscuit/toast character, very fruity, weird iron like character with raisin character that is pretty strange to me, a bit grapey, some alcohol, again a spicy root vegetable like character that I'm not sure of.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty drinkable for the weight if theres a bit of warmth going down. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of sitarist
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brow with a red hue. About an inch of off white head falls quickly leaving a dusting and small ring. It leaves minimal spots of lacing.

It is sweet, earthy, with hints of fruit, and spice. I smell brown sugar, caramel, sarsaparilla, raisins, ouzo, and peat. Its aroma is mellow.

I taste burnt caramel, sarsaparilla, peat, over-ripe plums, bitter-sweet coco, and coffee grounds. It has an underlying spiciness...anise?

Medium to full bodied with light carbonation. It is slightly sticky and dry.

Good, but one is enough.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Perfectly translucent brown/red color with a strong creamy tan head with good retention. Has an impressive amount of lacing.

S: Very sweet and fruity. Has a solid malty/bread backbone. Has tons of caramel and toffee. Molasses are strong too. Some licorice. A bit of sweet beets maybe? Also, a lot of dark fruits like raspberries and black cherries. Cinnamon and nutmeg too. Interesting but somewhat weak.

T: Taste is dominated by strong flavors of malts. Lots of beets actually, which is kinda strange. Lots of toasted bread like taste. Caramel and molasses are very present, toffee and licorice being more hidden. The fruits are much more hidden than in the smell, barely present. Still spicy with the cinnamon and nutmeg. Kind of a lot of mineral in this beer. Like the other brews from this place, for from being the prototype of the style, but still very interesting. A bit too much vegetable feel to it nonetheless.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Wish it could have been a bit heavier.

D: It's balanced, not too much alcohol and quite easy to drink.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from January 16.

A - Pours an amber colour with a small cap of head and very little carbonation. Bright.

S - Dark fruits with some booze and a sort of flemmish sour note making it sweet and sour.

T - Same with an interesting sour character. Dark fruits, a hint of booze and a sour cherry thing going on.

M - Little carbonation, medium body.

D - Tasty but nothing special. A good beer but lacked in secondary categories, weakening the score alot.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention. Aroma of sweet malt with a subtle touch of peat is quite interesting. Taste of caramel, molasses and a subtle peat finish. Body is a bit thinner then expected but has a nice creamy consistency. Alcohol is very well hidden and provide a nice warming feel tot his beer. I find it hard to rate this beer while trying to remember some good (and bad) memories of the previous example of this beer. Very good for the style but not sure it is worth that much.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a tumbler at Church Key.

Super carbonated off the pour, with a nice dark opaque amber. Head is tight kind of soupy looking, very dense, off white color I would say but supper solid. Real sick lacing on this glass in sheets while drinking, and the had has stupid saying power just... sick.

Ok... I am not sure what the deal is with this beer, but this is the most ambushed smell I have EVER smelled on a scotch ale in my life. you ready... Mint tea. That's it. I mean did someone use my glass for a mojito before the poured this? This is MINT big time! What the heck?! HOW?! Just glancing at the reviews of others this beer is all over the map as far as smell, but I don't know how anyone could not pick this up. It's so big it smells like mint tea. Ok, I really dig it, this sort of thick herbal mint smell, but seriously what?

Taste again... faint mint and herbal qualities with a quick hop punch. This isn't malty at all and slightly wet and a very masked abv.

Seriously I like this but what the heck is this? Is this a Scotch Ale it doesn't feel anything like one whatsoever. Wickedly strange and good. But overall for this style I have to give it a low score overall because it is nothing like the style what so ever and not what I would grab for.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very few things are as good as hyped, so I was pleasantly surprised that this hit the spot even though many of the style do not do it for me. It was quite drinkable, a bit on sweet side which also makes it very quaffable. Barley, scotch and carmel taste. Some fruitiness. Rich solid mouthfeel.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought this beer from the recommendation of the guy at the convenience store.

341ml bottle poured into a À l'abri de la tempête glass.

A : Brown color with some red reflections. Good head with some orange color feels to it. Good retention and nice lacing.
S : Caramel smell, some alcohol notes, herbs and we can smell also the oak barrels.
T : Complex taste. Sweet, caramel taste, we can also taste the oak in this. Really good scotch ale.
M : Enjoyable, stays in mouth long enough.
D : Really easy drinking for this type. I put on a less good note because of the price (6,50$ for a small bottle) which is a bit pricey. If you want to buy a 6-pack, it can goes down to almost 30$. Otherwise it is a great beer. Won't buy too often but one in a while could be possible!

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Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/4/12 thanks papat444 for sending me a long standing want

A looks dark brown but has a deep maroon glow when held to the light , short lived beige head leaves a few random patches of lace

S I pick up on ketchup chips of all things, a little smokey molasses and woody toffee

T not as much ketchup potato chips and more smokey peat and some dark fruits work well for it, not sure where the booze is hiding there's just a faint hint

M medium bodied with enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, not a whole lot of heat for 9% and a nice dark toffee aftertaste

O decent beer with well concealed booze, the Ketchup is undesired but a minor flaw IMO

I liked it but I wasn't blown away, I guess I just had high hopes for a beer that's spent 3 years on my want list, a big cheers to papat444 for ending the drought

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Corne De Brume from À l’abri de la Tempête
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