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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 556   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (2026) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 22, 2013
Bottle - Whiskey and maple syrup and a bit of booze. Cloudy reddish brown with a rich brown small head. Chocolate, maple and the whisky notes. Finish is back to maple and cocoa and lingers nicely.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (5025) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2013
11.5oz bottle. Numbers notched look like a 1 and a 1, not sure what that means... 2011 vintage? Totally hazy brown / red color. Lots of particles in the body. Looks cool, but thin off-white / khaki head doesn’t retain well, fades to a minimal ring around the edge, leaves no lace. Not much in the nose aroma. Caramel, light maple syrup, and some hints of oxidation. Light spice. Definitely not as potent of a flavor as I expect from Dieu du Ciel. Bit of chocolate. Moderate sweet taste, nothing cloying. Light sweet hint of alcohol. A light bite. Moderate bitter. Bigger body. Smooth, light carbonation. Dry texture. Not bad, I know it ought to be better... Definitely tastes past it’s prime. Which is unfortunate, because this is supposed to be a fresh delivery.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (2686) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUL 16, 2013
On draft at 1702 in Tucson AZ. Pours a cloudy dark amber with a creamy ecru head. Malty nose. Sweet caramel flavors.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
AdamJackson (2100) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 10, 2013
Caramel red. Nose is very sweet with maple smells like a scotch bomb Very sweet. Tons of maple. Burn throughout. Boozy and sweet. There’s this lingering cough syrup taste. Ugh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 5, 2013
Maple syrup, raisins, and tobacco in the aroma. Flavor is sweet with maple, brown sugar, and a fair amount of alcohol. Alcohol dries out a sweet maple finish. Not something I’d want to drink every day, but pretty good.

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
AirForceHops (2717) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 4, 2013
12oz. Bottle. Deep brown pour, no head. Nose is molasses, maple candy and tree sap. The flavor is colying. Maple syrup, burnt sugar, thick caramel malt. Texture of the brew is sticky. Maybe if they had some sort of bit teeing hop or herb this would turn out better. Just entirely too sweet.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2706) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Beautiful copper pour with a small eggshell head. Maple, butterscotch, caramel, toffee, and molasses. All things sweet. Don’t get a lot from the barrel. Missing the woody notes.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bulldogops (1028) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 24, 2013
341mL Bottle. 9.5%. Dark brown/black pour with a bubbly tan foam with medium retention. Aroma is roasted malts, toffee, rich maple syrup. Taste is quite sweet at first, prolonged maple notes malt and toffee, full bodied. I enjoyed this beer more as it started to warm. Lingering sweetness of maple domineers the palate a little. . Simple, sweet, and delicious.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Imaena (1703) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 20, 2013
GCB: Bottle. Super sweet and molasses flavored. Heavy gear. Definetly worth a try.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (575) - California, USA - JUN 18, 2013
12oz bottle pours a coppery brown without much head. Full flavored malty scotch ale.


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