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


on tap

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RATINGS: 675   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
yourilevesque (1359) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2016
En fût à la brasserie dans une dégustation comparative avec la version vieillie en fût de Cognac. Voire cette dernière pour l’évaluation complète.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (2973) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - FEB 28, 2016
Pours dark brown with a moderately sized tan head. Aromas of muscovado sugar, raisins, dates, caramel, caramellized apple. Taste is jam fruitiness and molasses with a strong malty backbone. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky and medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Good stuff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
leghorn99 (229) - Livorno, ITALY - FEB 20, 2016
Di colore ambrato, con riflessi rossastri; forma un collare di schiuma beige chiaro, poco persistente. Al naso si percepiscono note iniziali di amarena, prugna, prugna rossa e di datteri. Un tocco di liquirizia, malto dolce, fruttato e speziato. In bocca si annuncia per quanto percepito al naso: ciliegie, zucchero di canna, note di caramello ed acero, che evocano brownies alla francese. La consistenza è morbida e liscia, note dolci di vaniglia qua e là, che si fondono con tocchi erbacei e di spezie per un buon equilibrio. L’alcool è potente durante tutta la bevuta, per un persistente calore che perdura anche nel finale.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
djd07 (10002) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle thanks to Paul. Pours a hazy copper with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is a bit oxidized and wood. Medium mouth, dark fruit, figs, spice, boozy finish, good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (1348) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2016
Bottle. Murky, deep coppery honey color, creamy beige head with very nice retention lace. Nose is malt, brown sugar, wet leaves. Mouth is sticky, full bodied, sweet up front, malt forward, lots of dried fruit (figs, dates and raisins), maple sugar, toffee, with a pleasant bitterness kicking in mid-range. Finishes a hint warm. Very tasty. Slàinte!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bouteille 341 ml de Hyperboissons - Doubs (F). Scotch classique, rouge foncé à courte mousse, avec des arômes très maltés, caramélisés avec du sirop d’érable et une note boisée. La bouche est grasse, sirupeuse de malt fruité et biscuité. Notes d’érable, sucre brun, épices et bois. L’amertume est terreuse, enveloppée d’alcool bien chaleureux. Divin.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lightbias (452) - USA - JAN 14, 2016
The aroma is malty, warm and full of peat and sweetness; very inviting. The ruddy, hazy brew is full of sediment and capped with a a thick, frothy foam, latte in hue and somewhat akin to the cap on a root beer float. Visually delicious! - The flavor is somewhat anchored to the aroma, and the maple adds a sweetness to the already sweet malty backbone. The body is respectable, but not overbearing, and holds a level of carbonation that carries the flavors and aroma to a mild, and very quaffable end. At 9.5% this should be a booze bomb, but instead, from crack of the cap to long after the swallow, there is nothing but a mellow, drinkable beer. Not amazing, but certainly a beer I would drink again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (2535) - - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle shared. Maple syrup is nicely integrated, mouthfeel is so smooth and soft that it feels like marshmallow with pleasant plum/fig fruitiness, gentle warming finish with a touch of cinnamon. Delicious brew, great for early winter, definitely will chase other aged versions.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hackobock (3482) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2791) - 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.

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