Corne De Brume
À l’abri de la Tempête

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #66
Ranked #12,016
3.98 | pDev: 11.81%
À l’abri de la Tempête
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
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Notes: 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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

À l’abri de la Tempête "Corne De Brume"
341 ml brown glass bottle, coded "18.05.16 413930" and sampled on 05.10.14

Notes: À l’abri de la Tempête is located on a small island north of Prince Edward Island in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the name "Corne De Brume" translates into English as foghorn. It's a dark brown with ruby highlights beneath a medium tan head that steadily drops to a wide collar leaving only spots and splashes of lacing behind. The aroma is malty with notes of caramel, dark almost-burnt sugar, and background dark fruit. The flavor is malty as well, but also spicy, chocolatey, woody, and herbal. The alcohol appears once it warms a bit. Moderately bitter. Bock-like in a way, although clearly a Scotch ale with dark-skinned fruits and some berries. Earthy... almost briny. Interesting. Medium-bodied with a dextrinous side, so leaning medium-full. Median carbonation. Outside on a slightly chilly overcast afternoon in Montréal I don't know that I could have asked for a more intriguing, fulfilling, entertaining, and warming beer to match the weather.

Mar 01, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Best before: Oct-23-2016

Pours rubyish and sort of clear but is opaque in the glass. Half finger of fizzy beige head settles to film with poor retention and little lacing. (3.75)

Spicy dried dark fruits. Oak, vanilla, raisins, leather, dried cherries, dark bread. (4)

Similar to nose, less sweet. Dark bread, baking spices, doughy yeast, rich dark fruits, cocoa powder, musty wood. (4)

Crisp but full, medium bodied, noticeable-but-tame carbonation, sweet but by no means sticky, lingering leathery, woddy dry sweetness. (3.75)

This is a tasty scotch ale and is very drinkable for 9.5%.
It smells big and malty sweet and tastes about the same. The flavor is definitely woodier but there is a strong presence of slightly astringent black tea, fruity and earthy almost pumpkin-like sweetness throughout. All-in-all it is fairly dry, which makes it really drinkable. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Would have again; worth grabbing if you come across the style or want a scotch ale that is a little less dauntingly malty than some. (4)

Apr 02, 2015
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SebD from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 bottle courtesy of Jean-François Gibson (Dépanneur Chez Gibb) from his private cellar after I won a guess the beer in the glass contest.

Appearance: It has a nice deep brown color to it with some ruby hues shining through. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some dark fruit (cherries & raisins), vanilla and perhaps some cinnamon.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a tone of sweet caramel and toffee, followed by brown sugar, some cherries and raisins, faint vanilla and it finishes with an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. Solid beer. Thanks alot JF for hooking me up!

Mar 04, 2014
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laituegonflable from Australia

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at Délires du Terroir in Montreal, gifted to BA @lacqueredmouse for his birthday, who was then kind enough to share the bottle; served to me blind.

Pours a dark brown with Hellish red edges. Head is beige, large bubbles. Specks of lace. Nice colour, otherwise pretty bland looking.

Smells dark-fruity to the max. Lots of raisins, currants with cinnamon, clove and other pie spice notes. Dried pineapple, paw-paw, pomegranate seeds and a touch of cedar wood. Delicious, homey aroma. Quite the winter treat.

Taste is more of the same. Lots of fruit mince pie characters, with currants, raisins and a touch of fig, plus cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, banana and dried apricot. Touch of coffee roast on the finish, to dry it out slightly as well as grounding it. It's a big, delicious mélange of heartwarming fruits and spices, made into a very tasty beer indeed.

Little thin on the feel. In fact quite thin. Bit of presence late, but texture is almost entirely absent upfront.

Very nice blend of 'additions' to this beer. The base is kept pretty simple but not to its detriment, as it allows all the tasty, homey, warming flavours to dictate the palate.

Aug 13, 2013
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml brown screw-top bottle purchased for me in Quebec by @LaitueGonflable, who I shared it with, along with @tobeerornottobe.

Pours a deep brown hue with a ruffled crest of pale taupe. Lacing is excellent forming persistent leopard spots on the glass. Body is heavy, but muted a little by the relatively light edges. Carbonation is fine. Looks good.

Heady, spicy aroma. Plenty of cinnamon and clove, like pumpkin pie spice, with a deep sweet richness backing it up. There's a sharp, slightly medicinal, slightly peppery tone that weaves its way in as well, providing a sharpening counterpoint to the sweet spices. Extremely pleasant stuff.

Taste is similar to the nose, but more integrated: the spices and sweetness become one coherent whole while the peppery tone provides a slight dancing lightness to the palate. More pie spices come through on the finish, along with the first hint of true darkness: a faint mild roasty tone that punctuates the finish. Mouthfeel throughout is relatively light, despite a persistent sense of rounded sweetness that pervades the palate from start to finish.

Overall, this is a really nice beer. Spicy, but restrained, and putting all of its components to really good use. It ends up being a pretty complete and well constructed package. Nice stuff.

Aug 03, 2013
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ThePorterSorter from Oregon

3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear, dark brown/amber with no head or lacing. The nose is dominated by candi sugar, pit fruits, and tobacco, which carries over into the beer's flavor profile. This beer reminds me more of a Belgian strong ale more than a Scotch ale, but I suppose I detect a touch of peat smoke in the aftertaste - which I may be mistaking for tobacco. It's a heavy-medium bodied, caramelized sugar forward ale with great fruit character and touch of alcohol. This isn't my favorite representation of a style I don't particularly enjoy (comparatively), but I must admit that they've made a beer worth drinking.

Apr 15, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

341ml bottle. I had no idea where in Quebec this brewery was from - wow - that's some remote part of Canada, and the name (Foghorn, in English) makes more sense now. Thanks to papat444 for enabling this bit of cultural enlightenment!

This beer pours a clear dark ruby hue, with three fingers of puffy, caked beige head, which leaves a few minor forms of wavecrest lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of lightly toasted caramel malt, dark vinous fruit, a wavering sweet pumpkin meat vegetal character, brown sugar, softly grainy and somewhat soused wood, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is more roasted caramel/toffee malt, uninoculated red wine must, further edgy black fruit, singed demarara sugar, a subtle barrel woodiness, and a wee hint of acrid booze.

The bubbles are lean, not so mean, and mostly just structural, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually rather smooth, with a nod toward a nascent creaminess. It finishes on the sweet side, the caramelized fruity malt barely tempered by understated wood, hop, and alcohol.

A rather enjoyable, well-made Scotch ale, made all the more interesting due to the fact that it seems to come from a little part of French-speaking Canada of which I had no prior geographical knowledge.

Apr 09, 2013
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Rutager from Canada (BC)

4.17/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Deadbolt82!!!

Appearance. Pours a deep red-brown, little light getting through and topped with a thin khaki head.

Smell. Brown sugar, dark fruits and raisins with a little molasses, fresh wood and caramel malts. Smells like it's going to be a big beer.

Taste. Caramel and demerara sugar with some lightly smokey grains. There's some raisins and a bit of wood in the fairly clean finish. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with medium+ carbonation.

Overall. Not as big tasting as the smell led on, but very easy drinking and enjoyable.

Dec 01, 2012
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spinrsx from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Oct 11, 2012
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jrenihan from Canada (ON)

3.62/5  rDev -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.

Jul 31, 2012
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wordemupg from Canada (AB)

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
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

Apr 25, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
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 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.

Apr 13, 2012
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep merlot and chestnut, light tan head, very thin ring of retention, shows a little leg.

Big alcohol aroma that's somewhat sherry-like. Field berries, roasted nut, dark caramel, sponge toffee and a little oak. Plenty of depth and very enticing.

Black berry, raspberry, roasted nut and caramel, light smoky spice, with plenty of prune in the aftertaste. Modest bitterness, some alcohol warmth.

Light residual sweetness with a drying alcohol finish.

Well-crafted; nice sipper.

Jan 14, 2012
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BBP from Canada (ON)

4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chestnut hue with slight head and decent retention. There's a smidge of lacing as well.

The aroma may just be the highlight of this drink. It's really surprisingly nice every time I get close. It smells of definite funk, while sending a steady stream of scotch notes in my direction.

The taste is quite intricate and really quite two-tiered. In the beginning some funk hits you and it almost seems like there's much more fruity qualities in this than malt.

After that a lot of hop spiciness and scotch come at you. The aftertaste is full of peat and a bit of smokiness. This really doesn't make a lot of sense to me. It seems like a wild scotch ale. Perhaps it's infected. Regardless, it still tastes quite good.

The body is fairly heavy, although fairly thin. Carbonation does help it out a bit, but is a bit overdone. The finish is moderately dry and very sticky.

The drink was very intricate and really not like any scotch ale out there. It wasn't what I was expecting, but it was different in a good way. The 9% was hidden quite well, and drinking this was very easy. I'm not sure if it was supposed to taste how it did for me after reading other reviews, but I quite enjoyed what I had.

Oct 28, 2011
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada (ON)

2.39/5  rDev -39.9%
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.

Oct 08, 2011
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime (I believe?), 341ml into a tulip. Bottled September 2010. Translated, the name means "Fog Horn."

Pours mahogany with a tight thin tan head, of no more than a finger. Falls to a collar and a thin film and remains that way for the duration of the glass. Nose of overripe grapes, light vinous notes, some figs and nuts as well. A hint of oak, although I'm not sure this was barrel aged. Some oxidation evident, damn you twist off caps!! Taste follows the nose is some respects, more nuts, carmelized figs and other dark fruits, and some vine notes; a touch of spice as well. More oxidation, but not as prevalent as the nose - bit of wet cardboard. Some sweet brown sugar, light grape skins and alcohol on the tail end - not harsh, but still evident. Finishes with the alcohol and a similar spice note as per the nose (cinnamon/light allspice?). Medium mouthfeel, with a medium low carbonation, good for what I enjoy in the style. Good drinkability and a nice scotch ale, I think the oxidation does more harm than good. Gets substantially better with warmth.

Oct 07, 2011
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brokensail from California

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottles, Dyan!

A: The beer pours a hazy mahogany color with a finger of khaki head.

S: Lots of sweet, toffee and brown sugar aromas to start off. Very strong dark fruits notes, especially raisins, cherries, and plums. Toward the back end, there is a bit of vanilla and some oak as well.

T: Like the aroma, quite sweet. The vanilla character is strong, but there's still plenty of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. A little bit of toasted bread with just a mild booze note. Sweet raisins and plums are also present.

M: Medium in body with low to medium carbonation.

O: Perhaps a touch too sweet, but overall quite nice. And I'm not usually a big Scotch Ale fan.

Sep 09, 2011
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Sept. 2010..

Appearance: A reddish-brown body, nice healthy 3 finger head that thins out to less than a finger.

Smell: Meat, wood, peaty a bit with some smokiness.

Taste: Barbecued meat, wood, hickory a bit with low peat. Has a sweet tinge to it. My wife tastes banana bread. I do taste some breadiness but more towards the spices is what i'm getting.

Mouthfeel: Really smooth, no heat and a pleasure in the mouth.

Overall: I really dig this one. Ease of consumption and unique flavor puts this one right up there.

Sep 03, 2011
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nickd717 from California

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Birch & Barley.

Pours clear deep dark brown with a slight tan head on the beer.

The aroma is that of a well-done Scotch Ale, with caramel, nuts, vanilla, roast, and peat smoke.

The flavor has big caramel malt and nuttiness, considerable malty sweetness and peat. Tasty.

Medium-full bodied and smooth with softer carbonation.

A very good Canadian Scotch Ale overall.

Aug 25, 2011
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Jul 16, 2011
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rtepiak from Poland

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Jun 18, 2011
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Jun 14, 2011
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dragonWhale from New York

1.68/5  rDev -57.8%
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.

May 21, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Apr 05, 2011
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich and nice wee heavy, malty, sweet... with a nicely rounded fruity touch to it.

Presentation: 12 oz brown screw top bottle. Bilingual label with an illustration of a beach in soft ocher colors with character logo with two barrels covering body and head. Narrative notes inspiration, and main characteristic, neck adds a claim to an emphasis on sustainable/low impact practices by the brewery. Shows notched date of bottling (F 10 1) Notes 9.0% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a snifter.

A - Very dark ruby brown pour with brown edges, short 1/4" head, moderate to low retention, fair surface memory,

S - Malty with a dark fruit and caramel sense to it. Rich, with a nice balance.

T - Some roasted notes, plums, toffee, caramel sweetness under the hefty malty fruit compact sense, which insinuates very faintly a peaty/smokey note

M -Medium to medium/full body, with soft/minimal carbonation, smooth ride with a tiny sour hint at the slightly dry end.

O - Very likable, coming together as a nice wee heavy.

Notes: I did quite like it a bit, one of the better wee heavies I have had setting aside some barrel aged versions. Worth picking up and keeping an eye out for this brewery. BTW, pricing seems all over the place for this, I've seen tremendously overpriced singles that would have made it look poorly, middle of the road sixers, and even a pretty generous promotion to reach this one that made it seem like a gift...

Apr 05, 2011
Corne De Brume from À l’abri de la Tempête
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 90 ratings