Corne De Brume | À l’abri de la Tempête

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À l’abri de la Tempête
Quebec, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by 3Vandoo on 03-18-2006

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Reviews by Ralphus:
Photo of Ralphus
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was given to me by a friend, codfishh. Many thanks! - there is no better gift than beer.

Pours a dark opaque brown with mahogany highlights. The head is light but creamy and leaves some spotted lace down the side of the glass.

Black licorice, raisins and earthy spice can be found in the nose. The taste has all of the above but with very nice caramel and coffee elements blended in. I'd be interested to see what a proper lab would determine the alcohol content to be - my suspicion is that it is not the 9% rated on the label. There is no alcohol taste and even on an empty stomach it didn't hit home that hard.

Mouthfeel is nice.. smooth with a light crispness from the carbonation, and drinkability scores well, as one could easily have another.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of badbeer
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
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 chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Pour from a 500mL bottle. Deep French salted caramels, with gentle cold-aged yeast esters and a mouthful of sea-salty oats and sweet grain sugars. Nice cherry brown pour, with tannic-tinged head. Rich deep cream malt, of unparalleled intensity. Alcohol shows as wanted warmth and assistance. Characters well-rounded, beautifully blended and nicely melded. Nothing particularly individualistic, save for stunning all-around quality and finish. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled September '09

A- Beautiful cherry wood is noticeable as it comes out of the bottle. I actually said "Ooh" as I poured. Light beige head went quickly. Spotty lacing.

S- Right away I thought Barleywine. Sweet boiled beets. Brown sugar and caramel. Tomato juice. Red licorice and chocolate as it warmed.

T- Much like the smell. Caramel malt. Woody hops. Alcohol all the way through. Good hoppy aftertaste.

M- High carbonation and full mouthfeel.

D- Very good. Every sip is pleasant.

I'm not saying much, because this didn't really move me. I'm certain I can find something similar or better for half the price.

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Photo of Orrshow
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in CanBif from Goldorak. Thank you again man.

Appearance – Pours a deep brown with red characteristics. There is one centimeter of off white head which dissipates a bit but stays throughout. Lots of lacing is left though.

Smell – Quite nice. Slightly fruity with some Scotch aromas which bring about alcohol. There is some brown sugar and lots of caramel malts all over. There is a wood smell in there as well with just the smallest hint of chocolate.

Taste – Wow. There are tons, and I mean tons of malt in this. Scotch and alcohol are strong here as well. Caramel is prevalent as expected with brown sugar too. There is a buttery flavor which arises as well. Peat and wood appear too and the finish is slightly toasted. A great overall effect

Mouthfeel – Thick as hell which a toned down carbonation. Great.

Drinkability – Very good. This beer is big and very drinkable. Had to show some restraint for sure.

This is another amazing Scotch ale to add to my repertoire of beers tasted. Glad I tried this and hope to get my hands on it again.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark red, almost burgundy color with a smooth and thick tawny head.

Taste: Dark fruits mixed with honey and molasses. A slight smokey overtone.

Taste: Starts sweet with strong malty character of dark fruits then quickly a scotchy like smokeyness takes over followed by hop bitterness which melts away into a scotch-like aftertaste. Very fascinating.

An excellent beer, very surprised highly recommended.

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Photo of eat
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shining amber-brown in colour, thick creamy head with copious sticky lacing. The head on this almost looks like head from a cream ale.

Big smells of honey, wheat, roasted malt, caramel. Sweet and delicious like a dessert.

Delicious! Dulce de leche, roasted malt, grain, honey, yeast with dark hop flavour on the finish. The sweet aftertaste is a flavour all its own. This tastes like what I would imagine a Belgian honey brown to taste like, though I'm not sure that even exists. The 9% ABV is not noticeable at all. Sweet but not too sweet, strong but smooth as hell. Fresh tasting, unique, excellent.

Medium-full bodied. Creamy, sweet caramel sticks to the tongue. Light on the carbonation, which works well with the creamy consistency.

Unfortunately, this is very drinkable. I paid $6.29 for a 341ml of this stuff which, even though it might be worth it, is out of my price range for something to drink regularly or in large quantities. This is one of the better beers I've ever tried. Hopefully I'll have some extra cash kicking around soon and will go buy a six-pack of this ($35...ouch). This seems like a beer that would probably age well.

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Photo of elricorico
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cola red with a finger of tan head. Looks near black in the glass. The head has plenty of staying power and leaves substantial lacing.

The smell is alcohol laden and reminds me of and American Double Stout in that aspect. Rum soaked raisin and caramel with a touch of peppery spice and a woody aroma mixed in.

This is quite the malt bomb, it is toasty and full of buttery toffee up front, with a bite of spiciness in the middle. Alcohol is apparent but not overpowering. The finish is laden with butterscotch, a totally unique quality to the finish from what I've tasted.

The beer is smooth in the mouthfeel, it has a bit of slickness to it. The carbonation is quite subdued making it very comfortable.

I am a fan of this style, and I would say that this offering holds its own against some of the greats. I could see the buttery flavour becoming a bit much with multiple glasses, but this is still a top notch beer.

Thanks to orrshow for splitting his bottle with me.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Beer was highly anticipated by all of the Québec Beer-lovin' community. To make a long story short, the brewer used to make this Beer at a defunct brewery called au 4 temps in St-Hyacinthe, but closed shop about 6 years ago. He re-opened a brewery on the Magdelein Islands, way, way out where the St-Laurence river meets the Atlantic ocean. Being that far away, he basically has to grow his own hops, barley, etc. because shipping everything over would be too expensive. After many years of being pestered by everyone who's ever had the original Corne de brume, he finally caved in and made another batch, and it finally made it to our doorstep. Expectations were high on this one.

Appearance: Lovely scarlet/ruby red and quite translucent, with a very nice compact, greyish head.

Smell: A big fat dose of caramel up front in the nose, followed by a surge of sticky sweet strawberry tart smelling hops that I just adore, with alcohol slowly creeping up to mellow everything out with pleasing fusels.

Taste: A big ol'malt Bomb! If it were richer than that, you'd have to drink it with a fork. A real avalanche of caramel malt, smooth but present carbonation, warming alcohol finish who's bitterness prevented the Beer from getting too cloying from the massive malt.
Just a great sipping Beer, and was worth the wait.

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Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
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 TheSevenDuffs
2.39/5  rDev -39.3%
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 Smakawhat
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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 ZorPrime
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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 mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
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 IronDjinn
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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 3Vandoo
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

She came back!

A red deep burgundy with some shades of golden strikes, good foamy head that stick to the glass.

Grass smell you can witness at first, followed by a shy hoppy touch, with a good strawberry jam flavours coming from this beer.

Her taste is quite heavy, heavy malted touch, caramel and toffee flavours come in with a smoked grass touch. Floral hops come in the dance too and ends with a shy alcohol warm.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz acquired in a trade from Pier-Luc I believe, thanks man!

Pours a pretty amber, hints of ruby, a good finger plus of sticky head that slowly dies down, leaves a few small patches of lace on the glass.

Nose is dominated by raisin and toffee, just a hint of earth and spice.

Pretty spicy version of a scotch ale, alongside a nice toffee, caramel, some ripe dark plum sweetness, bread body, hint of cocoa, light earth and peat, not dominant, real subtle. Light hopping, comes out in a nice dry finish. Balanced sweetness and dryness. Like the dry finish though as it warms the sweetness asserts itself more.

Medium body, not overly big. Hides the ABV really well, makes it pretty drinkable for a big scotch ale. Very nice.

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Corne De Brume from À l’abri de la Tempête
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