Corne De Brume
À l’abri de la Tempête

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #66
Ranked #10,179
3.98 | pDev: 11.81%
À l’abri de la Tempête
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 69 | Ratings: 91
Photo of deereless
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
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 ZorPrime
3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted on June 28th, 2009. Revisited in June 2011.

Mine says 9.0% ABV, not 8.0%.

A: Beer pours as dark brown, slightly reddish on the edge. The head is quite good but disappear very fast. Slightly sticky to the glass.
S: Very hard to discern the different things. Average intensity aroma. Mainly fruits, dark fruits. A hint of alcohol? Maybe. Something as caramel malts in there too.
T: No bitterness. The intensity of the taste is strong. A very complex beer for my taste buds. Raisins and dark fruits with a hint of caramel. June 2011: Get some bitterness at the end. Good taste wise, but not great or exceptional. I've had better tasting Scotch Ale.
M: smooth.
D: Well, easy to drink. I wouldn't get 2 per drinking session. However, one goes down quite well.

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Photo of eat
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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 MacDomer
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
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 badbeer
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was the first bottled batch, shared by iowaherkeye. Copper color, tan head, good lacing, retention was OK. Aroma was predominantly of malted milk balls, maybe a little bread coming through. Taste was malted milk balls, sweet caramel, brown sugar, and some sherry. Medium carbonation and body. Decent, but I wouldn't go nuts trying to obtain.

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Photo of joe1510
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
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 ffejherb
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into half pint on 6/6/08. Special thanks to Deuane for hooking me up with one of these rare brews!

A - Clear deep copper/amber body with one-finger foamy beige head and sparse amount of carbonation.

S - Complex aroma with obvious bourbon, oak and chocolate notes, as well as less prevalent hints of vanilla, beef jerkey and mild soy sauce. Aroma is big on malt.

T - Flavor accompanies the aroma profile, with the most obvious flavors being chocolate, vanilla and bourbon, with less pronounced woody notes (courtesy of the oak) and a bit of smokiness in the back. Minimal bitterness, but tons of malty goodness.

M - Smooth body with soft carbonation. Warm and beefy texture. Finish is mildly bitter on the tongue.

D - Not too heavy on the bourbon, which adds to the drinkability for me. Sweet notes of vanilla also enhance the flavor and aroma of this brew. For 9% ABV, this is an easy drinker.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev -2%
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 brewandbbq
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
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 rodenbach99
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bouteille brune de 341ml au prix exorbitant de 6,99$

nouvelle étiquette

9,0% alc/vol

bière qui a une belle robe rouge brique foncée, nez fruité un peu sucré, bouche alcooleuse, piquante, agressante. la longueur y est. manque d'équilibre.trop forte

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Photo of Deuane
4.77/5  rDev +19.8%
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 CharlesDarwin
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed March 31, 2007. Pour from a 500mL bottle. Deep French salted caramels, with gentle cold-aged yeast esters and a mouthful of sea-salty oats and sweet grain sugars. Nice cherry brown pour, with tannic-tinged head. Rich deep cream malt, of unparalleled intensity. Alcohol shows as wanted warmth and assistance. Characters well-rounded, beautifully blended and nicely melded. Nothing particularly individualistic, save for stunning all-around quality and finish. Thanks Mike!

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
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 elricorico
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
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 Orrshow
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Beersignal
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very deep chestnut colour drawing on burgundy highlights. Stunning and limpid reflection of light reveals a fine bead which supplies an initially generous cap of sand coloured foam that slowly fades to a sparse film. Really a very attractive brew, worthy of a 5, and the visual admiration of any enthusiast who uncaps the bottle.

Aromas are powerful and rich with deep notes of malt and molasses striking a chord right away. Firm aromas of dried fruit (plums and dates and raisins...) emerge from the maltiness, surrounded by a mild peat character that lends complexity to the brew.

Flavours are firm, malty and drier that expected (when the crushing malt aromas are considered) but still exhibit roundness and balance. Notes of caramel surface from the maltiness followed by the same fruitiness found in the aromas. Vinous notes trail closely behind the fruit as an alcoholic bite sneaks in and balances the strong malt backbone. Just as pleasing and flavourful as I remembered it.

When I heard Corne De Brume was being re-issued I couldn't wait to see if it had retained its former glory and it has. However, I have to take issue at the astronomical price the brewer is asking for this. I do realise that it is a ''premium beer'' and the ingredients are more costly. I also understand that the brewery is located in one of the most remote regions of Canada (other than the arctic) and shipping is more expensive but $7.99 for a pint of this beer is highway robbery. I can get 750 ml of Moinette for $7.40 which is shipped from Belgium and has to be put through customs... which is why I would expect to pay less for Corne de Brume.

Still an outstanding Scotch Ale


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Photo of Goldorak
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
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 3Vandoo
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Corne De Brume from À l’abri de la Tempête
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 91 ratings