Corne De Brume | À l’abri de la Tempête

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Brewed by:
À l’abri de la Tempête
Quebec, Canada | website

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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Ratings:
89
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
13.99%
 
 
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Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +21.4%
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 +21.4%
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 timtim
4.6/5  rDev +17%
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 eat
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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 +14.5%
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 MacDomer
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
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 +12.5%
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 +12.5%
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 +12.5%
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 Orrshow
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 +10.2%
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 +9.9%
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.

Word.

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Photo of jbonapar
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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 tegelaar
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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 +6.1%
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 +6.1%
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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Photo of BBP
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 papat444
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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...

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Photo of WorldWideStout
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: All those stouts I drink look the same, and when I finally get an interesting, new appearance, I can't adequately describe it! It pours a reddish-orange, collecting in the glass with some brown added in as well. The body is redder than copper, but not red enough to be the color of a ruby. Absolutely beautiful dark red highlights. Head had a slight orange tinge to it, and settled around two fingers until I took a few sips, after which it dissipated.

S: Initiall smell has dark chocolate and bananas, fairly similar to Divine Reserve #9 actually. Towards the end of the whiff, I get some saltiness and mineral scents.

T: Banana and pumpkin are first, followed by the dark chocolate. Between the middle and the end, the salty, mineral aspect comes into play, but the more I drink the beer, the less I notice it. Finish comes back to the chocolate, which lingers on the palate for a good 20 seconds afterwards.

M: Great. A little carbonation to keep the beer from weighing down too heavily, but not enough to stop you from enjoying all the flavors. A little chalky? near the end, though I think I sometimes erroneously associate a dark chocolate flavor with chalkiness.

D: After my first few sips, I would have said fairly low. As the mineral, salty taste went into the background, however, the drinkability drastically improved. I don't think I could have five or six in a night, but I don't think two or three would be a problem.

As others have said, this was an interesting, unique take on this style. I liked it, but didn't think it was complex enough to warrant the ridiculous price I had to pay for it. It will be interesting to see what some aging does for this beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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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Corne De Brume from À l’abri de la Tempête
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.
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