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


on tap

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RATINGS: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
remice2 (151) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
Très bonne scotch ale.Dégusté à Saint-Georges Hiver 2013.Drafts de caramel,boisé un peut , quelques traces de bananes ,sirop d’érable également , quelque touche fumé subtiles, ont perçois ce coté sucré d’ès le départ.En bouche c’est très liquoreux,bien balancé,touches de bananes érables,un petit coté terreux , très intéressant ronde,sucré,facile. Très intéressante comme scotch ale.Taux d’alcool honnête et très bien dissimulé. Un autre classique Dieu du ciel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2600) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - NOV 5, 2014
Thanks Tommy for this one. I actually had forgotten about this bottle in my beer fridge and was excited to rediscover it today. Dark brown body with brown head, though not much retention. Lovely aroma of vanilla, dried fruit, cola and a touch of maple. Taste is rather sweet, kind of like a belgian, caramel, molasses, bubblegum, banana. abv well masked. This is a really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (6923) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
"a little overly sweet from the maple syrup, but quite unique at the same time. not very well balanced, but quite tasty. mostly malt and sweet with little hop presence. great, full bodied and smooth."

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
unclemike (2527) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 7, 2014
Large tan head that quickly fell into a brown body full of ruby at the edges. Malty maple aroma, very sweet. Sweet and full bodied with a creamy almost syrupy mouthfeel. Some alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1543) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2014
34 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy brown with a lot of sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, alcohol, dried fruit, and liqurice - with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (2507) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2014
From old notes, tasted with Curtis and some friends in Nashville, probably some time near the summer of 2012, from a 330mL bottle. Pours clear amber with a thin white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is sweet caramel, maple, bread malt, and some lightly bitter toast. The flavor is much more caramel and maple malt up front with some toasted bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long caramel and lightly bitter finish. Simple but good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (742) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
(On tap at the DDC tap takeover @ barVolo, Aug 23 2014) Pours a hazy black tea colour with a small yellowish tan head and no lace. Aroma quite sweet and iced tea like when cold. Maple sugar sweetness and yellow raisins and prunes. On the palate, sweet maple sugar dominant at first, stewed dark fruits, on the finish it dries out with a moderate resin bitterness, faint nuts, more maple sugar, bit of alcohol heat. Body medium-full, slightly syrupy with moderate prickly carb, This was a pretty nice sipper, maple-forward and perhaps better suited to a cooler day or a later position in my tasting rotation away from the wits, sours and IPAs. Quality is there though, would like to try the barrel version as I can see it being ideal for that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arondee (598) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours a very dark blackish brown with 0 head. It almost looks like a very dark. There’s a decent amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is sweet candied sugar, maple, and caramel. The taste is huge malty sweetness and alcohol, followed by an aftertaste of maple syrup. This is a big, thick, beer and I don’t think I could have more than 1 bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (1328) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. A: Dark mahogany worthy of Ron Burgundy. Off-white head. Good lacing. N: Smoke, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, some oxidation, charcoal, plenty of bready malts, and bubble gum. T: Smoke and big Scotch sweetness. M: Thick and sticky. Moderate carb levels are appropriate for the style and heft. O: Maple adds a nice element to this one. I always want to like the beer more than I do, however, especially as Peche Mortel is one of my favorite beers out there.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (238) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Wow this thing has all kinds of aromas. Vanilla, cherries, wood and the maple syrup shine beautifully. Pours a musty brown with little flakes of sediment. Taste tightly composed with more cherries, sweet malt, maple, toffee and leather. Not much in the way of the classic peat from a Scotch ale, but that is a good thing in my opinion. Wonderfully balanced and full flavored. Another great beer from this brewery.

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