Corne De Brume | À l’abri de la Tempête

Corne De BrumeCorne De Brume
91 Ratings
Corne De BrumeCorne De Brume

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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of jrenihan
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled November 2010.

Beer is dark, murky brown. A small beige head dissipates fairly quickly.

Brown sugar, toffee, herbs, wood, dark fruit and berry in the nose. Rich.

Taste is a letdown after the smell. Burnt toffee, wood, some peat, herbs. A bit salty. Fairly sweet. Unusual. Not bad but I the quirks work more against it than in its favour, in my opinion.

Surprisingly thin considering the big smell and abv. Light carbonation. Sticky.

Overall, interesting but not something that I would come back to again.

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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 CliffBrake
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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 chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of clesius
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Photo of Pencible
4/5  rDev +1.5%

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 fortierv
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BBP
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 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 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 papat444
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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 nickd717
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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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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 rtepiak
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thank you flipper2gv

an interesting one that has a accent... a bit of the earthier side but still quite fruity. nose is beet sugar and plum. belgian hints. still quite savory for a wee heavy in that its quite herbal. palate is pepper dry. my even be pepper added is to dry on the tongue. dextrin, a slightly higher IBU then most. lavender finish. very small head of about a finger.

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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 dragonWhale
1.68/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from Feb 10. The cap twists off..uh oh. We'll see how this held up. Dark amber and with a lithe and disappearing act for a head. Lookin a little flat. Smells like sweet malt and a little cardboard. Some oxidation in the hole. Little bit of roast, too. Kind've gross though. Taste is just as gross. Like licking cardboard boxes off the sidewalk. Little bit of sweetness and no alcohol. With only a year on it this should be a much more drinkable beer if it was to begin with. This disaster is about to end.

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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 Daniellobo
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 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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Corne De Brume from À l’abri de la Tempête
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 91 ratings
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