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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 566   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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
high_on_hops (588) - Burlingame, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Pours a brown color with a tan head and lots of lacing. The aroma is rich malt and some scotch and toast with a matching flavor that has a maple syrup background and sweet finish over a medium body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (6070) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Pour out of 11.5 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, nice smoke, hint of maple in there with a touch of vanilla, oaky notes in there, nice and rich with a hint of dark fruit. Taste is a mix of dark fruit, vanilla, maple, some hints of oak into a slight booze, earthy, spicy note, some caramel, toffee, finishing sweet, slightly bitter.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cargo150 (535) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 23, 2013
Couleur brune avec des beaux reflets orangés. Nez complexes de caramel, de sucre et de bois. En bouche pratiquement le même mélange. Un peu mal balancé et trop sucré. Bonne scotch ale tout de même, ce n’est pas dans mon top mais un bonne bière quand même. Un peu décevant pour DDC par contre!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ametras (336) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2013
[2012] 341ml bottle. Pours murky reddish brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is maple syrup, caramel, wood, spices and tobacco. Taste is maple, molasses, toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits, wood, alcohol with some peaty and roasty notes. Medium body, soft carbonation, sticky and chewy texture. Sweet, woody and roasty lingering finish. Great beer, a personal favorite of mine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3281) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2013
Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn tap ($10): Pours dark brown with a brownish loose head. Aroma is wood, loads of dark fruity, a touch of booze, and, of course, sugar. Taste is rather sweet and woody. Not as much sweetness, especially that gross cloying kind, that is found in some Scotch ales. Loads of fruity fun. Hella malty, of course.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pumpkinhead2 (301) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 20, 2013
UPDATED: JUN 24, 2014 Bière brune foncée, d’un rouge obscur à la lumière, bien voilée d’une multitude de particules, à travers lesquelles l’effervescence est plutôt difficile à observer, mais celle-ci ne semble pas nécessairement bien soutenue faible, et surmontée d’un col couleur moka pas très large, mais mousseux, dense et résistant. Arômes dominant de caramel, avec de la pâtisserie et de la levure à pain. Effluves également de fruits foncés séchés (datte, pruneau, raisin sec…) et céréale rôtie, alcool évident au nez, et on perçoit même quelques subtils arômes épicés (anis, piment de la Jamaïque, muscade…). Le sirop d’érable est bien sûr également présent au nez, mais il est loin d’être dominant, formant plutôt comme une agréable trame de fond liant ensemble des diverses odeurs émanant du breuvage. Très beau nez, très bonne intensité, très belle complexité. En bouche, pétillement plutôt faible sur la langue, onctuosité intéressante, c’est rond et légèrement moelleux au palais. Au goût, c’est très intense! Mais il y a beaucoup d’alcool cependant, probablement un peu trop, sa chaleur envahi les joues et la gorge. Sinon on retrouve en bouche une belle harmonie de céréale légèrement grillé, de pâtisserie, de caramel, de sirop d’érable et de subtils fruits foncés séchés et d’épices chaudes. Mais, c’est loin d’être trop sucré, au contraire. De plus, un léger houblon herbacé et aromatique semble se pointer en fin de bouche, menant vers une finale à l’amertume bien sentie. Encore une fois, c’est très intense! Belle complexité également, intégration des différentes saveurs un peu difficile cependant, c’est un peu trop corsé sur le plan de l’alcool. Excellente bière néanmoins!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
574deadzone (994) - North Central, Indiana, USA - OCT 21, 2013
If I’m reading the bottle code right, this was produced in January 2011. Pours an opaque auburn with a fair khaki head that settles to a ring and leaves some spotty lace. Nose involves lots of dark fruit, cherries, raisins, dates, figs, some clean orange notes, maple, butter rum, fruit cake, some suggestions of herbal hops, and some twizzlers. Really sweet, fairly bitter. Fuller bodied, soft carb, syrupy, with a lengthy surprisingly dry bitter and slightly tart finish. Complex, very malt driven, deep in character, pretty damn nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hawthorne00 (2367) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 13, 2013
Bottle. Deep bronze with a lasting pale beige head. Brooding aroma of dried fruits, dark sugars, hard spices. Sweet with layers of fruit and singed flavours. Maple registers as a woodiness to the sweetness at the end. Dries out very gently so that the finish lingers and the sweetness gradually gives way to wood and a lick of booze. Nice balance, didn’t find it cloying but wanted those malty and fruity flavours to open up a little more.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
lliams (196) - 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 (673) - 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.


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