Corne De Brume
À l’abri de la Tempête

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #67
Ranked #12,282
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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joe1510 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml Bottle

Bottled 11/07
9% abv

I get the chance to sample this hefty Wee Heavy thanks to northyorksammy, thanks again! As I pour this Canadian Scottish Ale my glass fills with a garnet liquid that borders on brown but glows mahogany when backlit. The body has a slight touch of haze with tiny, barely visible particles suspended throughout. A beige head easily grew to two fingers before slowly settling to a skim coat with a thick collar. Staggered lacing sticks to the glass after each drink.

The nose on this beer is excellent. Clean barley up front brings a solid graininess before rich toffee takes over with a little sweetness. There's a layer of sugary dates and prunes that I can't get enough of while oakiness comes through in the back. I'm not sure if this was barrel aged or not (can't read French) but the nose sure dictates that it is. I can't pick out much smoke from this beer like what's found in others of the style but it's just right where it's at. I have a hard time pulling my beak out of the glass.

The big rich toffee gets things started on the tongue with ghost-like hints of barley flashing through here and there. The middle brings sugary dates and prunes with the sublimely rich toffee. I can't find any oak in the flavor but that clean alcohol seems to bring out pipe tobacco. There's some bitterness on the finish from caramelized sugars that I really enjoy. This beer reminds me a lot of an English BW, without all the sweetness, and I can't get enough of it. There is a lot of depth and complexity in my glass right now.

The body is on the larger side of medium with a mellow carbonation. The carbonation being on the slower side keeps this beer in the mouth long enough to let every flavor pop. Mild bitterness grows on the back of the tongue.

I feel myself catching a little buzz from this brew and it's from the sheer drinkability. I don't want to sound cliché but at 9% this beer is dangerously drinkable. My glass is gone as I type this and I find myself very sad.

Wow! This beer really surprised me. I was hoping for something good but was met with something great. The complexity never takes its toll like with others and the toffee & caramelized sugars are incredible. Big thanks for this one Sam, send more ASAP!

Dec 07, 2008
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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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3Vandoo from Canada (QC)

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Mar 18, 2006
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, ruby red body with a small, bubbly, white head.

Smell: A peaty aroma with a slight nuttiness and notes of caramelized sugars, grain husks, and stewed fruits.

Taste: Grainy, dry malt taste with the sweetness of caramelized sugar and an underlying peat character. Hint of nuts. Juicy plum fruitiness. More grains. A pop of balancing hop bitterness. A continuing graininess overlooks the peaty, drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent, well-made scotch ale.

May 23, 2008
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

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

341ml bottle acquired in trade with Sammy (thanks!).

Poured a deeper amberish/copper color with a huge sized off white head. Aromas of smoke, earthiness, caramel, and I was getting some spices in there too (cinnamon and maybe some ginger). Tastes of the same spiciness, toasted caremel, some brown sugariness, and earthy. Alcohol content hidden.

Aug 09, 2009
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elricorico from Canada (AB)

4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Jul 18, 2006
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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!

Jul 21, 2007
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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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Orrshow from Canada (AB)

4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Jul 15, 2006
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grub from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another that Viggo shared. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled jan 16/2010.

pours crystal clear deep dark red, appearing mostly brown until held to the light, allowing the ruby and garnet hues to emerge. a small layer of fine tan head forms, dropping quickly and leaving spotty lace.

aroma is wacky. spicy root vegetable notes - beets, parsnip, and fennel. maybe some cedar? caramel and toffee. lightly warming alcohol. biscuit and multi-grain bread.

taste is quite similar. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit. the parsnip/fennel thing is definitely coming through again, less so on the beet side. lightly warming alcohol. some caramel and toffee, though not a ton of sweetness. just under medium bitterness level. touch of dark chocolate.

mouthfeel is good. medium-large body. fine medium carbonation level. touch of astringency.

drinkability is good. nice balance. it's really wacky and unexpected for the style, but interesting.

Jan 17, 2010
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SFLpunk from Vermont

3.67/5  rDev -7.8%
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 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.

Dec 31, 2009
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badbeer from Iowa

3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Dec 28, 2008
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Visited the brewery on the lovely Magdalene Islands in July 2007. I think we drank at least a bottle a day for a week of this wonderful elixir! Only downside...the bottles were unlabeled and couldn't be sold to take out of the brewpub so I came home with none...:-( I just got word that they have bottle 5,000 units (11/13/07) so hopefully some will make it to the mainland!

A - Dark ruby red and nearly transparent, with a lovely dark tan head. The head reduced as the beer sat and warmed.

S - Lots of caramel up front in the nose. A dark berry scent also occurs with alcohol slowly creeping in towards the end, especially as the beer warms.

T - BOOM! If caramel malt was a nuclear bomb this beer would be Fat Man or Little Boy! If this beer was any richer you might have to get out a spoon. This beer became more and more fantastic as it warmed...and went extraordinarily well with a beloved local snack...smoked herring sticks.

M - Big and rich with a lovely alcohol burn....but not in a bad way at all.

D - A fantastic brew....we would go into the pub and order a bottle of this and then get a pint of something on draft while this sat out and warmed. One of the best beers I have ever had....and I am a true hop head....for a malt bomb this beer is about as perfect as it gets!

Nov 14, 2007
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deereless from Colorado

4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A solid three inches of head to one inch of beer from a hard pour, tightly packed light brown foam, color is deep ruby red to rust, nice sticky lacing along the sides of the glass - 4.25, S: Profusely sweet aromas, huge malt presence imparting a toasted caramel, lots of prunes and golden raisins, also some candied pecans, this beer smells like the essence of a world class scotch ale - 4.75, T: The flavor follows the nose, intensely sweet, hints of molasses and pureed raisins, hops are present but almost lost under all the layers of malt, caramelized brown sugar rounds off the palate - 5.00, M: Thick and heavy, the consistency of a warmed syrup - 4.50, D: Scotch ales aren't generally my style, but I can appreciate a good one and this one is exceptional, this beer was born in Oct. 2007 so with almost two year of cellaring it is hard to know how this positively/negatively affected the beer, regardless - this is a big success - 5.00

Jul 29, 2009
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tegelaar from Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark reddish brown, looks like molasses with a dark tan head that settles down to a film. Almost no lacing. Smells of slightly burned sugar, smoke and a dash of sea salt. Taste is really smooth and not harsh at all. A wonderful malty blend with ample sweetness. I taste figs and a rich smoky taste. Wonderfully complex. This one is on the heavier side but it works for the style. Drinkability is amazing considering its 9% alcohol. This is the best beer from this brewery by far. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

Feb 16, 2010
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jrob21 from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 02, 2015
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Pencible from Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Feb 11, 2012
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

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

12oz. bottle into half pint on 6/6/08. Special thanks to Deuane for hooking me up with one of these rare brews!

A - Clear deep copper/amber body with one-finger foamy beige head and sparse amount of carbonation.

S - Complex aroma with obvious bourbon, oak and chocolate notes, as well as less prevalent hints of vanilla, beef jerkey and mild soy sauce. Aroma is big on malt.

T - Flavor accompanies the aroma profile, with the most obvious flavors being chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, with less pronounced woody notes (courtesy of the oak) and a bit of smokiness in the back. Minimal bitterness, but tons of malty goodness.

M - Smooth body with soft carbonation. Warm and beefy texture. Finish is mildly bitter on the tongue.

D - Not too heavy on the bourbon, which adds to the drinkability for me. Sweet notes of vanilla also enhance the flavor and aroma of this brew. For 9% ABV, this is an easy drinker.

Jun 08, 2008
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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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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

Jul 17, 2014
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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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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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t0rin0 from California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Aug 11, 2012
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2010, I picked this up tonight. At $7, it wasn't cheap, but this brewery brews some incredibly unique beers.

Brilliantly clear ruby red, this beer is capped with a dense, light brown head with good retention and nice lacing. Looks on par for the course, but it smells nothing like a typical wee heavy. Caramel, toffee and brown sugar are present, but there's also a unique herbal character with a blend of spruce, juniper and some spice - cinnamon? mace?. A little smoke and a little cola round out the nose. Unique and wonderful, this is like a hybrid of a wee heavy and a gruit.

The palate replicates the flavors of the nose for the most part, but this is wonderfully structured. Starting with a grainy sweetness, flavors of brown sugar, dark fruit and molasses take over, along with a blend of plum and cola-like sweetness. Balance is provided by the botanicals, with the spruce/juniper character lending a little bite. Hop character is low here. Towards the finish, cocoa appears, drying and mildly dusty almost. The herbal character lingers on the finish, one that's absolutely stunning with the flavors of brown sugar, molasses, smoke and just the right touch of spruce. A whisper of alcohol is present as well. Medium in body with a soft, gentle carbonation, I couldn't ask for more in this department. Combine the finish and the palate, and you have a winner. As an after dinner sipper, this shines, a 11.2oz bottle is barely sufficient.

Nathan, I am in your debt for recommending this beer to me. Thank you, friend!

Dec 12, 2010
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timtim from District of Columbia

4.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is definitely the most interesting scotch ale i've ever had, if not the best. dark, relatively clear mahogany color with an orange-hued tannish head. gorgeous. nose is layers upon layers of soft and subtle scents including strange fruits/dark fruits, wood, peat, a touch of smoke, a hint of hop, seaweed/seashell, earth, leather, mushroom and more on top of caramel. it seems like i can smell the sea and a wooden boat that has been floating on it. almost like being able to smell a ship that's been out to sea for a long time, covered in moss and seaweed and barnacles. the minerality imparted by the native ingredients here is just fantastic. taste is silky with just the right amount of heat and a very good sweetness that rounds things out and stays far from cloying. extremely well-balanced and defined. long finish that hits the palate in all the right places. really an amazing scotch ale that just seems familiar to me. this beer really turns my gears. like most beers i drink from quebec, this one is traditional and avante guarde at the same time. really highly recommended.

Apr 22, 2010
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 90 ratings