Corne De Brume | À l’abri de la Tempête

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Brewed by:
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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Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
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!

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Photo of deereless
4.77/5  rDev +21.1%
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

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Photo of fortierv
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of timtim
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

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 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 bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of clesius
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of jpchamberland
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%

Photo of MacDomer
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to Channan for hooking me up with this one as an extra!

Have been waiting a while for the right night for this one. Poured from the 341ml bottle with new label into my Duvel snifter. Label says this was bottled in Nov 2007.

Looks real nice, dark maroon with red highlights. Big fluffy tan head, massive amounts of stickly lacing just drip from the glass.

Aroma here is really nice. Loads of caramel malt, dark fruits, some light wood notes with a hint of warming alcohol. Just a hint of what you'd expect from barrel aging, but I don't believe this is actually barrel aged.

Taste is as nice as the smell. Rich, malty goodness. It's clean, nicely nuanced with dark fruits, toffee, barley, and caramelized sugar. Tiny bit of bitterness on the finish prevents it from being too sweet - it is as sweet as you'd expect from a scotch ale. Man, this is rich and layered. Just delicious!

Mouthfeel is good, but I could stand it being just a tad thicker. Still, it's unctuous and smooth as heck. Minimal carbonation.

Drinkability is high - this is delicious, and I'd love to have another. Unfortunatly, this is my only one. Overall, this is easily in my top 2 or 3 scotch ales.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of joe1510
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
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!

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a gorgeous cola looking beer with a reddish tan head. Very lively and inviting. Head retention and lacing are at a bare minimum.

At first blush this almost smells like a pumpkin beer in that it smells spicy. Like nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, whatever else they put in pumpkin pie. This subsides as things go along and towards the end I'm left wondering if I imagined it. Mostly it's very fruity, like fresh peeled red grapes.

The taste is choclatey and grapey at the same time, a very interesting, very winning combination. Very nice indeed. Raisiny and a little roasty. Some caramel. Just a smidgen of grassy hops underneath. Finishes nicely dry with a hint of sherry and alcohol lingering in the aftertaste. Alcohol is warming. It all works very well together in a wonderously complex way. Really just a unique and enjoyable flavor profile going on here.

Mouthfeel is smooth and works well to deliver the flavors of the beer. Really just spot on.

It's delicious and easy drinking for a stronger beer. A nice contemplative fireside beer without being too heavy.

I got this from papat444 through the first (and hopefully not last) Canadian Content BIF. Thanks Patrick! This is some seriously good shit.

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Photo of ZachT
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 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 brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, dated Nov. 2007, and a different label than shown.

Pours perfectly clear cherry mahogany.
A beige head of medium to thick density built to a inch-plus, before settling into some remaining errant whisps on the surface.
A few threads and ropes of lacework stuck around for the duration.
Aromatics are laced with bright and clean malt. Loads of malt and scorched kettle.
An alcohol presense makes itself known as well as a hint of smoke.
The mouthfeel is crisp, creamy, and sticky. Residuals stay tacked to the tongue.
The pallet is malt-forward, to say the least.
Loads of ripe barley, caramel, and a whiskey- like alcohol note.
Bitterness is subdued, as is all other hopping.
This brew is all about clean malt character and substantial strength.
Finishes with lingering malt, warming alcohol, and a hint of smoldered barley.

I was told that this brewery makes thier own barley, but the label has plenty of cryptic french, so I cannot confirm.
I was ready to be let down by this obscure small bottle that cost $6.99 in Quebec, but wowza!
Probably the best Scotch ale I've ever had.


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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 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 Krakpoff
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of tegelaar
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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!

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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 hopdog
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Corne De Brume from À l’abri de la Tempête
Beer rating: 73.6% out of 100 with 91 ratings
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