Corne De Brume | À l’abri de la Tempête

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
À l’abri de la Tempête
Quebec, Canada
alabridelatempete.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
69
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.96%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
8
For Trade:
1
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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
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 TheBierdimpfe
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Almost opaque dark brown/deep red color with a copper hue. Slightly creamy and bubbly light brown 2-3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, not much legs, average lace, light swirl effect. Flavors of liquorice, cherries, dark berries, molasses, dark grains, coffee, chocolate, oak, toffee, herbal spices. Thick fruity and malty sweetness, with balanced bitterness. Soft creamy, and slick, medium body with crispy carbonation. Medium to strong strength finish, slightly leathery and dry, moderately spicy, light vinous dark ester fruits, herbal and bready, soft woody whiskey feel that lingers for a while. Not the bold type of scotch ale, but well intensified, nor overly spicy. Good freshness while highly warming. Very good taste, quickly dominated by a nice barrel feel. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KJ2013
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Triat00
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Service: Bottle
Best before: Oct-23-2016


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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lgmol
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of jpchamberland
4.48/5  rDev +14%

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of SebD
4.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of ZachT
4.4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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 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 Krakpoff
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Beersquad
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of biboergosum
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 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 spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Marche Omni QC for 5$

Appearance - Brown colour with an average size fizzy beige head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, dark fruits, peat, light smoke

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, dark fruits, and some smokey notes. There is also a peat flavour and some grainy metallic notes. It ends with a malty slightly smokey aftertaste.

Overall - My first beer from this brewer and it's pretty decent. This isn't my favourite style of beer but I can tell that it's well balanced and the booze is well hidden. Price is a little high for what you get, but maybe it can be found cheaper elsewhere.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

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