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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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 69
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 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 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 Thorpe429
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pour yields a very dark-bodied brew with a half-finger light tan head, which quickly recedes, falling into a thin collar. The nose pushes forward with a very nice malty sweetness, reminding most of a combination of molasses and brown sugar with a hint of caramel thrown in for good measure. A slight amount of booze backs that up. There is a light earthiness to it as well.

The flavor is a bit of a departure from the nose, and not in tye best way. The mingling of elements is gone, leading instead a medium body containing merely a good dose of sweet malt. Not quite cloying, but not super-enjoyable considering how one-dimensional it is. There is a bit of light earth and booze in the finish as well. Low carbonation. Pretty decent, but not something I would come back to.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

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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 womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the bottles, Dyan!

A: The beer pours a hazy mahogany color with a finger of khaki head.

S: Lots of sweet, toffee and brown sugar aromas to start off. Very strong dark fruits notes, especially raisins, cherries, and plums. Toward the back end, there is a bit of vanilla and some oak as well.

T: Like the aroma, quite sweet. The vanilla character is strong, but there's still plenty of toffee, brown sugar, and caramel. A little bit of toasted bread with just a mild booze note. Sweet raisins and plums are also present.

M: Medium in body with low to medium carbonation.

O: Perhaps a touch too sweet, but overall quite nice. And I'm not usually a big Scotch Ale fan.

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Photo of imbibehour
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 liamt07
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from ZorPrime (I believe?), 341ml into a tulip. Bottled September 2010. Translated, the name means "Fog Horn."

Pours mahogany with a tight thin tan head, of no more than a finger. Falls to a collar and a thin film and remains that way for the duration of the glass. Nose of overripe grapes, light vinous notes, some figs and nuts as well. A hint of oak, although I'm not sure this was barrel aged. Some oxidation evident, damn you twist off caps!! Taste follows the nose is some respects, more nuts, carmelized figs and other dark fruits, and some vine notes; a touch of spice as well. More oxidation, but not as prevalent as the nose - bit of wet cardboard. Some sweet brown sugar, light grape skins and alcohol on the tail end - not harsh, but still evident. Finishes with the alcohol and a similar spice note as per the nose (cinnamon/light allspice?). Medium mouthfeel, with a medium low carbonation, good for what I enjoy in the style. Good drinkability and a nice scotch ale, I think the oxidation does more harm than good. Gets substantially better with warmth.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At the time of this review, this is #49 on the "Top Beers - Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy" list on Served in a wine glass, thank Mike.

Beer is dark brown and clear with a nice tan head, thin, low retention, low lacing, some carbonation but low.

Aroma is smoky, peat, malt, mild caramel.

Beer is a little odd, a little too smoky, odd finish, a little salty almost, the peat and the caramel come through but not necessarily a repeat for me.

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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 bigred89
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Derek
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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 wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 24/4/12 thanks papat444 for sending me a long standing want

A looks dark brown but has a deep maroon glow when held to the light , short lived beige head leaves a few random patches of lace

S I pick up on ketchup chips of all things, a little smokey molasses and woody toffee

T not as much ketchup potato chips and more smokey peat and some dark fruits work well for it, not sure where the booze is hiding there's just a faint hint

M medium bodied with enough carbonation to give it a creamy feel, not a whole lot of heat for 9% and a nice dark toffee aftertaste

O decent beer with well concealed booze, the Ketchup is undesired but a minor flaw IMO

I liked it but I wasn't blown away, I guess I just had high hopes for a beer that's spent 3 years on my want list, a big cheers to papat444 for ending the drought

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.06/5  rDev +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 bylerteck
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Notes from January 16.

A - Pours an amber colour with a small cap of head and very little carbonation. Bright.

S - Dark fruits with some booze and a sort of flemmish sour note making it sweet and sour.

T - Same with an interesting sour character. Dark fruits, a hint of booze and a sour cherry thing going on.

M - Little carbonation, medium body.

D - Tasty but nothing special. A good beer but lacked in secondary categories, weakening the score alot.

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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 Viggo
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, big thanks to clockwerk for grabbing me one of these.

Pours a clear dark red, a touch of orange in the corners, thick slightly off white head forms, settles down to a thick ring and thin layer, some lace spots stick to the glass.

Smell is neat, very sweet and malty, caramel, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, a very neat spicy root vegetable sweetness, like fennel or parsnips, some alcohol, almost a cinnamon/nutmeg character, pretty cool.

Taste is interesting, very heavy biscuit/toast character, very fruity, weird iron like character with raisin character that is pretty strange to me, a bit grapey, some alcohol, again a spicy root vegetable like character that I'm not sure of.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, pretty drinkable for the weight if theres a bit of warmth going down. Thanks Jason!

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Photo of rspauldi
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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