Corps Mort - À l’abri de la Tempête
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Reviews by Ralphus:
3.25/5 rDev -16.5%
WTF - a beer that Northyorksammy hasn't had? Impossible!
Pours an attractive amber orange colour. Crystal clear and leaves ample spider lacing down the glass. The head is just a brief ring of foam however.
The smell is an odd mix of raisin, pungent chutney or inkey smell, some sweet fruit and a hint of smoke. Not what I would expect.
The taste is just as odd. Initially there is the sour pungent chutney like taste which transitions to sweet malts wiith caramel and raisin coming through. The smoke is there as well. It's complex, but bizarre at the same time - and not really what I expect a barley wine to taste like.
Mouthfeel is good.. very smooth and refreshing and even though the taste is a bit all over the place, from sour to sweet to smokey - it does drink a bit better than you might think it would.
08-27-2010 01:55:46 | More by Ralphus
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -6.7%
Sea salt is significant. Orange body, white head, some lace. Brewed October 2009. Some carmel taste, peaty, a tad boozy,a little sugar in the finish. OK drinkability.Doesn't need much carbonation and fortunately it is not there. Average mouthfeel.Jon's bottle.
01-19-2011 02:18:31 | More by Sammy
3.75/5 rDev -3.6%
Poured into a sniffer, this beer revealed itself with a surprisingly light appearance for a barleywine! Yellow/tawny in colour, nice white head at pouring but faint quickly leaving a small ring around the glass. Carbonation is good for a this type of beer as it bubbles-up quite nicely from the glass surface.
Nose: Faint smoke at first, this tends to fade away rapidly. Then sweet caramelized malt comes up. Honey, apple and alcohol nose are perceptible.
Mouth: As it look like, you can really feel the carbonation of this beer in mouth, which is quite different of the barleywine I drank before. It is not as heavy as expected. Bitterness is well balanced with a solid malt backbone. Again, this one feels lighter in mouth then most of the barleywine a drank so far. Smoke taste is like the nose, not very pronounced and just the right level. This is really appreciated. No taste of smoked herring in mouth or nose as stated on the label.
Aftertaste is fruity and slightly bitter. Alcohol warmth is recomforting.
Overall, this is a good barleywine, really worth trying.
10-22-2009 01:19:44 | More by blaje
4.15/5 rDev +6.7%
I've had two different offerings from A L'abri De La Tempete so far, one was one of the best beers I've ever had (Corne de Brume) and the other was really not very good (Terre Ferme). I'm hoping Corps Mort will give a better idea of whether this brewer is capable but inconsistent or just got lucky with Corne de Brume.
Bottled September of 2009, making it six or seven months old. Poured into a snifter, the beer is opaque and dark-amber in colour. A good initial head fades to a film of off-white and ring around the glass. Some lacing. Really nice colour.
I had to up the rating after if warmed a bit. Wild flower honey, wheat, yeast, lactic (in a good way), quite smoky. Similar nose to Corne de Brume actually. They both have this distinctive lactic/fresh country air quality. Very fresh smelling. The alcohol exposes itself more as it warms.
This is a lot more smoky than any barley wine I've had, with smoke standing out above anything else. I'm into it though. Some caramel, butter, slight hop bitterness, bit of wheat (especially on the finish). Light on malt for a barley wine, though I don't think it detracts in this case. There is a slight saltiness, but I think it ties in well with the smokiness (the label does say "May contain traces of smoked herring!", but I'm assuming they're joking). It's certainly not over-salted for my taste, as a few others have found. Fairly balanced, not too sweet for being 9%. The ABV is very well-hidden, with only a slight warming on the finish. Some definite similarities to Corne de Brume. I'd rate this 4.25 if I could, but it's not as good as 4.5.
The feel is awesome. Thick, sticky medium body and light carbonation. Somehow, it actually comes off as light and full simultaneously. Really nice.
I don't know what's up with their Terre Ferme. This is one of the better barley wines I've had; a really solid and fairly unique example of the style. I'm really enjoying the smokiness. I'd definitely drink this again. Worth checking out, even though it's on the pricey side. Make sure to let it warm a bit; I started drinking it too early and it got a lot better as it warmed. I could see this pairing amazingly with smoked fish as suggested.
03-19-2010 08:57:46 | More by eat
3.73/5 rDev -4.1%
Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malt with very thin notes of salt. Taste is not as complex as I had hoped with some caramel malt and not much help. The smoke notes that was supposed to be present is very hard to distinguish and the salty notes are also very hard to find. Body is about average with good carbonation with no alcohol appearance. Not bad but not worth the price tag.
01-17-2010 04:22:21 | More by Phyl21ca
4.58/5 rDev +17.7%
A: Pours a nice clear amber with medium white head that laces lightly down the side.
S: Smells of amber, smokiness, smoldering wood, leather, caramel, tobacco, and a slight fishiness.
T: Strong smoked wood and leather taste, medium hop bitterness, slightly saline and sweet, with just a hint of herring, like the label says.
M: Slightly carbonated, and smooth; a bit like a good scotch. This one was complex! And it was great to sip and discover more and more layers of flavor.
06-25-2010 04:09:41 | More by thekanna
3.53/5 rDev -9.3%
12oz Bottle from Marche Omni QC for 5$ - Bottled Nov 2011 listed at 11% ABV
Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy beige coloured head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes.
Smell - Malts, dark fruits, butterscotch/caramel, smoke, peat
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts mixed with some caramel/butterscotch. There is also a bit of a dark fruit taste and peat and a lot of smokey notes. It ends with a buttery/malty aftertaste with a lingering smokiness.
Overall - I'm not a huge fan of smoked beers.. and I find myself wishing this beer didn't have that aspect to it. I can tell the barley wine flavours are delicious, but the smoke ruins it for me. It's far from undrinkable, and I can appreciate how the smokey flavours give the beer an interesting taste,
10-30-2012 00:30:25 | More by spinrsx
3.13/5 rDev -19.5%
Bottle 341 ml. Smokey, salty aromas some celery salt too, sea-like. Pretty sweet taste a little smoke and very well hidden alcohol. Pretty good but a little unidimensional, hard to drink and really expensive for what it is, I would not try again. Only Corne de Brume is worth it.
01-17-2010 21:11:37 | More by Luk13
3.68/5 rDev -5.4%
another one courtesy of Viggo. thanks eric!
12oz bottle. sampled march 25/2010.
pours crystal clear reddish orange with a small dense off-white head. the head quickly drops to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of spotty lace.
aroma is a little wacky. smoke and citrusy american hops. orange and grapefruit. bit of lemon. maybe a touch of peat? light alcohol. caramel and toffee. slightly ashy.
taste is neat. definitely more smoke than barleywine. caramel and toffee. light alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. bit of biscuit and cracker. bit of orange and grapefruit. medium-low bitterness level. slightly earthy.
mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. medium-light carbonation level.
drinkability is pretty good. nice balance. the smoke is a bit odd at first, but it grew on me a little. not a whole lot of barleywine in there though, except possibly more english than american.
03-26-2010 01:30:53 | More by grub
3.85/5 rDev -1%
Bottled November 2010. Bottled listed as 11%.
Beer is a cloudy dark orange, somewhat caramel. Smallish off-white head. Dissipates quickly.
Big toffee/caramel malt scent. A bit of dark fruit- plum, date. Some smoky notes.
Taste has the toffee and caramel, but there are some herbal notes as well that surprised me. Date and fig there as well. Like the nose, a bit of smoke. Alcohol is quite noticeable. Very rich and big. While I don't think that I would have noticed if not for the label mentioning it, there is a bit of a salty taste as well.
Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Alcohol is obvious. A bit oily.
Overall, pretty good. Not a great barleywine but enjoyable.
06-06-2012 02:02:01 | More by jrenihan
4.23/5 rDev +8.7%
I picked up a bottle of this today. I've had this before, but wanted to revisit it on a day when it wasn't 100F. Bottled Nov 2009, this is a salty, smoky barleywine, one that comes with the warning that the bottle might contain bits of smoked herring.
A hazy copper with a dense, off-white head that recedes to a ring, this looks pretty good. Lacing is minimal. The nose is complex and rich. Smoky and meaty, there's also some caramel, honey as well as a little oxidation. The smoke character is mild, though noticeable, lending a great accent to the malt complexity. Definitely salty, this is unique stuff.
The palate opens with a blend of caramel, honey, toffee along with a touch of salt and smoke. I can't say I taste any herring here. The honey-like sweetness is excellent, mildly floral and mildly fruity. There's also a little bit of butterscotch, and this character lingers on into the finish. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, the finish is quite beautifully balanced with a blend of toffee, honey and butterscotch along with a bitterness from burnt sugar. However, this is a little slick in a way I don't completely enjoy. Oxidation is minimal, especially on the palate. Excellent stuff.
**Edit 28 April 2012**
Drinking another bottle, from Oct 2009.
Only thing to add is a touch of a seaweed-like character to the nose, unique and enjoyable. A little less salty, a little thinner (age?). Salt and smoke have subdued here. Very nice.
01-30-2011 02:32:53 | More by DefenCorps
4.43/5 rDev +13.9%
Bottle poured in a glass.
This is the third bottle i buy of this delicious barleywine even though it's a steep 6.49$ for a 351ml bottle. Labeled at 11% this one.
This is not your typical barleywine but keep an open mind while tasting this as you all should with every beer.
You can taste the alcohol in this one as well and some salty and smokey flavors. It's rather sweet and the malt taste is also very present.
Overall this is one delicious barley wine and i would buy it a lot more if it wasn't this expensive. The next bottle will be staying in the cellar for a while. Supposed to get better with time.
11-24-2011 00:37:23 | More by oldp0rt
4.33/5 rDev +11.3%
341 ml bottle. Bottled on November 2010. Bought at the butchers shop at Cap-aux-Meules, where you can also but the fish smoked alongside the barley used for this beer. The recipe seems to have changed a bit, as it is now an 11% barleywine.
A- Cloudy amber with a frothy orange-tinged head. Highly effervescent.
S- Salty, smoked aroma reminiscent of the smoked herring that is smoked alongside this island beer's barley.
T- Thick malt with a good bitter hops punch. Noticeable saltiness. Good smoke flavours. Quite original. Alcohol well hidden considering the strong %. Notes of scotch. Has a hot spicy finish. Very good, but I would prefer a touch less salt and heat.
MF- Creamy, but not as thick as I might have expected. The mouthfeel suits the beer.The warm spicy heat of the finish is a little weird.
D- A strong sipping beer. Good for such use.
09-09-2011 02:09:29 | More by JOaikido
3.55/5 rDev -8.7%
12 oz bottle, picked up at Peluso in Montreal.
Pours a clear bright orange, some golden highlights, very nice colour, medium sized off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, good retention, some lace spots stick, real nice.
Smell is neat, nice smokiness, lots of sweetness maltiness, corn syrup and caramel, golden raisins, biscuits, some vanilla, a bit of plastic, pretty boozy, more smoke, almost scotch like, neat peatiness.
Taste is similar, pretty neat smokiness, raisin, grains, caramel and honey, maple, pretty boozy through the middle, some spiciness, scotch, peat, light vanilla, waffles, more smoke, pretty balanced finish, lightly sweet, really coats the tongue.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, some heat going down, definitely a bit of burn. This is a pretty neat beer. I dig the smokiness.
03-26-2010 01:20:30 | More by Viggo
4.13/5 rDev +6.2%
Bottle courtesy of Dyan, thanks! Poured into a snifter.
A: Appears a very attractive orange tinged dark red with an inch of beige froth that fades in a minute. Great clarity.
S: Rich toffee melds with caramel, date, and a little fig. Earth meets a dash of sherry-like oxidation and notes of plum and prune. The malt profile is complex and rewarding. As the beer warms up baked bread becomes apparent and I detect a touch of smoke.
T: Lightly smoky with a restrained savory quality, toffee accompanies caramel, bread, and a little honey. Bitterness is faint. Esters are reminiscent of plum and raisin, and earth is pervasive. Alcohol is well hidden throughout, only appearing to impart palate warming in the rich smooth finish. There's a subtle vegetal character that is mildly detracting, taking this from a 4.5 to a 4.0 as I make my way through the bottle.
M: Full in body with lower medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth and sticky.
Overall: Somewhere between a Barleywine and a Belgian Strong Dark, the beer is good overall with a very good aroma.
12-22-2011 05:00:23 | More by HopHead84
Corps Mort from À l’abri de la Tempête
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