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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Scotch Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Thistle

bottled
common

on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 667   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Équinoxe du Printemps (French for "spring equinox") is the quintessential marriage of two great traditions: beer brewing in Scotland, and maple syrup production in Quebec. At the first draught, the mouth is overcome by woody, malty flavours, sustained by a discrete touch of sweetness. The aftertaste brings about the flavours of maple, which are sufficiently present to be appreciated, but never overwhelming the typical flavours of a Scotch Ale.

Equinoxe du printemps is brewed only once a year in January. It is aged for two months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting March 21st, until stocks last.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hackobock (3082) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
January 1, 2015. Bottle, notched 1 and 5, probably bottled january 2015 (?).
Murky reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity and light boozy with toffee, apricot, maple syrup, hints of cinnamon and light earthy. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter. Finish is malty and a bit fruity with toffee, peach, pear, herbal, light spicy and an earthy slight harsh touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Good but there is a light disturbing touch of higher alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2600) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2015
Flaska. Mörkbrun öl med ett medel mot litet beigt skum. Dofter och smaker av karamell, torkad frukt, nöt och sirap. Alkohol sticker igenom i eftersmaken. Medelstor kropp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokestereo (267) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
Pours hazy brown with a very thin line of white head. Aroma; dades, caramel, dried fruits and apricot. Flavours; sweet dades, maple syrup, dried fruits, caramel, honey and herbal tones.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (610) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
A: Dark brown, thin lacing N: Dates, caramel, apricot, candy T: Dates, caramel O: Very complex! Sweet and bitter at the same time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4403) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2015
(Dieu du Ciel Équinoxe du Printemps) Bottle 341 ml from free beer week. Served into a snifter, ABV 9.1% Deep red brown colour on the body, with a good sized, thin, beige head on top, with average retention. Aroma of malts, caramel, spices, maple syrup. Sweet taste, with malts, light caramel, apples with honey, maple syrup, hints of spices, light wood, warming alcohol. Medium body, good carbonation. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (1020) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, subtle maple, slight metallic, smells a lot like an old ale. Appearance is ruby, light tan head. Taste is balanced, not a lot standing out, but might caramel and toffee, sweet malt, very malty finish. Mouthfeel is light for the style, medium body and carbonation. Overall, I keep expecting great things from them and keep being disappointed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (1857) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2015
12 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a murky dark mahogany color with a thinner, soapy, light tan head with some spots of lace as it falls to a bubbly collar. The aroma is strange. There is a little metallic tendency present. The maple does come through on the back but it's light, and an accent piece at best. There is a sweet malt undertone and a light scotch ale sweetness. The malts are nicely balanced by the maple sweetness. Not a lot of caramel, which is typical, but it's serviceable. The flavor is all dry roasted malt. There is an off putting sweetness and a light metallic that sucks, to be frank. There isn't any maple, and it's heavily disappointing. The mouth feel is thin and light. There is a decent carbonation and a lingeringly weird and sweet malt finish and a blandness that I'm not feeling at all. This is just not good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
SaintMatty (6509) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 17, 2015
355ml Bottle - Brown with red tinges. Caramel, popcorn, maple syrup and biscuity malt in the aroma. Fruity, malty and moderately sweet taste with toffee, maple syrup, biscuity malt and caramel popcorn standing out. Easy to drink considering its strength and very tasty but I am not sure if it would become very sickly after one bottle. Having said that, the strength means that one bottle is enough!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hopmaestro (1141) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 16, 2015
Aroam is nice and dark fruity with a slight hoppy touch. Taste is malty and sweet syrups. There’s some raisins in here with a toffee and autumn fruit sensation. Good finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (5242) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2015
11.5 oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip. Bought in mid-2014. Dark reddish brown with half a finger of beige head. Aromas of dark fruit, light booze, caramel, nutty notes. Tastes of dark fruit, caramel, some cherry. Medium body with a dry finish. Well hidden alcohol for 9.5%. Nice scotch ale.


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