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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 558   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lliams (193) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2013
Bigger than I expected... Nose has sweet maple, little orange and spice. Taste is big, robust malt supported by the maple that builds nicely. Slick body, nice length. lol. Great brew

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbastard (639) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - SEP 16, 2013
11.5 oz. bottle that pours cloudy amber brown. Malt, maple and caramel nose. Smooth roasted malty sweetness with a slight bitterness, followed by some maple in the background. Alcohol is well hidden, somewhat flat and dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jjgmd (1229) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Bottle. Pours a deep muddy brown color with no appreciable head. Nose is sweet and fruity with nice caramel toffee. Taste is sweet and fruity with pleasant whiskey notes. Finishes nicely with a sweet palate. A very nice scotch ale. Quaff Score 8 / 10

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zgaier (1187) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Pours a muddy brown with a brown head and aroma of wood and fruits. Taste is sweet, with wood notes, fruits, whiskey, caramel, and light maple syrup with a long, warming finish. Delicious brew

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2013
The aromas were of caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. The taste was a melange of the above...sweet, rich, satisfying. The mouthfeel was very full, almost chewy...and the drinkability was excellent!

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (466) - Portland, Maine, USA - AUG 16, 2013
Pours a dark rich mahogany brown. Medium cream colored head, fades somewhat quick. Nose is strong of sweet figs, raisins, heavy notes of licorice. Mouthfeel is creamy, malty, smooth. Taste is dark bread, sweet, raisins, boozy. A little medicinal for my taste. Lingering sticky finish with waves of rustic fruitiness and bits of maple creeping in. The maple could be dialed up a notch. Couldn’t drink many of these. A good beer for Fall in New England. Well crafted and hearty but not my favorite DDC offering. Worth trying to fully understand the personality of this brewery, but they have better.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (6369) - Illinois, USA - AUG 12, 2013
A full-on brew. Huge caramel notes that hit you over the head and don’t stop until your done. I like being a masochist once in awhile.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3023) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Very nice, especially for style. Very well-balanced ingredients, they come together well. Slight woody barrel sense. Cloudy red with mocha-coloured head. Some lacing. Average carbonation. Bittersweet finish. Bottle from Delires du Terroir.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radarsock (824) - Vermont, USA - AUG 6, 2013
$4.99 for the 11.5 fl.oz bottle purchased from Hunger Mountain. To snifter, it pours a light brownish rust color; accompanying the rust is its suds and bubbles, but nothing that would indicate this has a colossal head. Aromas of maple bark, almond liqueur, shortbread, ginger, mint, and tapioca. Taste follows suit--not nearly as a concise maple profile, however. By swallow, it’s hinting at earth, bitter hops, and caramel. A slight yet profficient oniony burn only subsided by the aforementioned caramel. It’s okay.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BMMillsy (1153) - Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2013
Pours a murky dark reddish brown with very small yellowish brown head. Aroma of maple, dark fruits, figs, raisins, candy sugar, alcohol. Flavor is maple, brown sugar, fig, and pears. Surprisingly high and prickly carbonation. Medium sticky body. A bit dry. Not my favorite, but not a bad beer.


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