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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 650   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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chinchill (3590) - South Carolina, USA - SEP 25, 2015
11.5 oz bottle served at a temperature of about 50F. Appearance: The body is hazy with a dark brown color that has reddish highlights. It has a good tan head that soon dies down to a full top coat and leaves decent lacing, Aroma: dark, yeasty bread,alcohol esters with notes of sweet dark fruits (raisins, blackberry), molasses, and, perhaps, a hint of maple syrup. A bit boozy but in an acceptable way. Flavor: Like the aroma, it has dark bread, yeast and some dark fruit, including dates More earthy hops here than the aroma suggested. Hints of smoke and maple/toffee sweetness, and grass/hay. Mild bitterness. The complex, lingering aftertaste is a highlight. Mouthfeel: Full, creamy body with medium-low carbonation but with more heat in the mouth from the alcohol than optimum. Overall: Initially disappointing, it remained somewhat disappointing but not much, as I adjusted my expectations.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NordicV (1576) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - SEP 23, 2015
Lätt dimmig mörkt kopparfärgad öl med ett lättare smutsvitt skum. Doft av mörk frukt, jordtoner, maltighet och mörkt socker. I smaken tillkommer viss sötma från alkohol och lönnsirap. Men det tar inte övehand utan det smakar som en bra scotch ale.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Vignale (2852) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 21, 2015
Flaska från SB. En riktig rustik maltbomb. Söta kraftiga smaker, kola med kaffesmak, en söt träig smak, lönnsirap, pepprig råg, läkerol special, röda bär. En kryddig beska balanserar maltsötman bra. Elegant och rustik på samma gång. En scotch ale med bw-kvalitéer. riktigt gott

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JimmyBoy74 (493) - Örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 20, 2015
341ml systembolaget. En riktig liten pärla som är mycket god. Ska bli spännande att pröva syskonet som står bredvid.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lillunken (61) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - SEP 15, 2015
Flaska från systembolaget. Doftar maltig, söt lönnsirap och kola. Detsamma i smaken, men det blir aningen tunnt.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jb (2701) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Exceeded expectations. On draft at Tap and Mallet. Goblet, dark, clear, dark color with dark orange highlights, thick head and retention. Sweet candy, and boozy nose with caramel and maple and plums. Tart start then sweet and complex. Thick and decadent with a dry finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beer_est_deus (1024) - örebro, SWEDEN - SEP 11, 2015
Grumlig, röd-brun, litet och brun-orange skum. Doft: Färsk fruktsallad, kola, skumbanan, örter, mörka bär marmelad. Smak: Fruktkola, fruktlikör, alkohol, örter, skumbanan, malt, lite quad smak.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
berntholer (1507) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - SEP 10, 2015
beige head. brown colour. aroma is esters, dried fruits, dades, spice, pepper, pancake syrup. smells like a liquid lacmans (type of waffle). taste like aroma, but with a rather astringent long bitter finish like burnt sugar, bummer. quite dense body, pours like syrup, medium carbonation. bottle / bd mar-2015

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
andrepintado (2259) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - SEP 6, 2015
Bottle from saveur-biere.com. Dark red brown color. Thin beige head. Medium sweetness, medium bitterness. Medium body. Flavour is chocolate, malt, fruit, wood, spices, pepper, alcohol, mushrooms. The beer is good, I’m just not into scotch ales that much.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mikeyo1 (521) - Linköping, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2015
Bottle @ home. Pours dark amber to dark red with a nice, lasting tan head. Sweet and fruity aroma with distinct syrup notes on a malty sweet base. Notes of caramel, marmalade, dark fruits, tofee, wood, flowers and herbs. Really nice. Smooth texture with medium carbonation. Initially the taste is sweet and deep malty with tofee, marmalade, red fruits, bergamot, syrup and dark bread. Duration is medium with an adrupt transition into a quite dry and bitter finish with lingering wood, grapefruit and bitter orange zest. Aftertaste is spicy with lingering bitterness and some booze. Really nice but will probably get better by mellowing out with some additional aging.


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