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


on tap

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RATINGS: 671   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Bottle shared with the guys at the Inglorious Emergency Tasting. Pours a clear red with just a minimal ring of clearish head. Nose of alcohol burn, peaches, maple, nutty, molassis. Not nearly as much alcohol in the flavor, but very good maple syrup. Awesome beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 30, 2009
Pours a lasting ring of beige head with a copper-ruby body. Alcohol, candi sugar, bubblegum. Flavor is alcohol, yeast rolls, candi sugar, little raisin. Sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sebletitje (9033) - Enghien, BELGIUM - AUG 29, 2009
pours copper, beige head. Aroma hints of vanilla, maple seems to come across as full, caramel and malts. Flavor, boozy, definitely a good scotch presence, some toffee, plenty of caramel and maple syrup. Seems to have a nice thick vanilla mouthfeel with the maple. Another amazingly well crafted brew!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 28, 2009
(bottle - 330 ml) Deep copper color with a fizzy tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with hints of maple syrup, apples, cinnamon, and some vanilla. Flavor is sweet and syrupy at the beginning with hints of dry hops, apples, toffee, and a nice mapely finish. Smooth and velvety and the alcohol is well hidden.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
playitbybeer (118) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Looks like the amber that the bug was lodged in in jurassic park. Smells like flowers, syrup and pancakes, vanilla, and flowers. Light mouthfeel almost velvety. Lightly sweet with syrupy taste and floral hops. Warming and lingering alcohol with a dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 28, 2009
Intense nose of toffee scented solvent, pepperidge farms orange milano cookies, and musty maple syrup flavored pez. Burnt amber with a halo of off-white. Toffee drizzled french toast flavors, hottness abounds though..dry, hot finish. Flavorful beer but abrasive, dry, and french toasted cardboard notes seem to come to light after a while. It tastes a little like brandy as well...but in a thin way.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dalekliz (907) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber-brown with a thick foamy off-white head that lingers. Rich aroma, of malt, wood, brown sugar, cognac, and maple. Taste starts with cognac, malt, and alcohol then picks up a lot of maple syrup sweetness. Lingering sticky maple-malt sweetness. Very tasty and rich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10840) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - AUG 25, 2009
Bottle. Brown pour, small tan head. Aroma of honey, maple, golden raisins, booze and juicy fruit gum. Flavor is a bit too hot but the nice sweetness and flavors of maple syrup, honey and caramel are nice. Good carbonation. This one would really, really be good in a year or so.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JulienHuxley (5541) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 27, 2010 Bottle. brown pour with a thin head. Bubble gum aromas with a bit of dough, raisin, cinnamon, alcohol prickliness. It’s in the mouth that you get the maple syrup, strong sticky malts, very sweet, liquory and a good alcohol presence. This is geting better and better everytime.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 13, 2009
Dark murky brown with reddish tint; medium beige head. Aroma - quite sweet, maple syrup, some alcohol, walnuts?, raisin bran? cookie dough? jhumphries69 notes bubblegum, I would agree with it. Opens up your sinuses like a real scotch. Very tasty, full bodied, malty, maple syrup, oak. Moderate carbonation gives a texture of some dry patchy bark. Potent and very well put together beer. Not supremely complex but very classy, very satisfying warming and tasty.

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