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


on tap

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RATINGS: 640   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cavie (4043) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2009
Bottle courtesy of bu11zeye. Reddish orange pour. Tons of sweet notes. Fresh and new. Very sweet, lots of maple. For a scotch it’s very different. The taste is thick and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours rusty orange with a small off white head. Very sweet nose of apple and maple. Flavor was very sweet with apples, maple and candy sugar.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bullit (4285) - Burgos, SPAIN - JUL 1, 2009
Bottle @ kloneo. Hazy amber-red colour, off-white head. Aroma of ripe fruits and caramel. Flavour: sugar, caramel malts, syrup.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Nose is strong of caramel, candi sugar, and maple syrup. Poured brown with ruby highlights with a tiny tan head. Taste is maple across the boards, very boozy, caramel apple, and brandy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUN 29, 2009
light walnut pour. aroma is malty with a touch of peat. Mouth is boozy, nice sweet malt notes. Caramel, toffee, maple. the sweet finish imparted by the maple syrup is fantastic

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
craftycarl21 (2306) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Brown pour with a small cream colored head. Aroma definitely betrays the presence of maple, and also has notes of booze, wood, and apple. Flavor is quite nice, heavy with sweet maple, molasses, caramel, toffee, and alcohol is present on the finish. Not too complex, but delicious. Another great beer from DDC.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 29, 2009
Dark brown pour with modest beige head that lingers nicely. Decent lacing sticks well. Aroma is caramel malt with some slight boozy notes and hints of maple syrup and toffee. Flavor is very syrupy and sweet. Maple syrup is very evident, as is caramel and gratuitous malt character. Palate is medium bodied and sticky, leaving a bitter malt dryness and lingering sweetness on the palate. Very nice indeed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
badlizard (5535) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 28, 2009
Tasted at the San Diego International Beer Festival. Copper brown with a creamy tan head. Sweet floral and maple aroma and taste. Another fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (3048) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 27, 2009
Woody and nutty aroma. Fruity molasses & plum flavors. Full bodied and decent sweetness. Touch of spice in the flavor, mainly clove. Looks like flat cola and the flavor i snot quite what I am used to from my scotch ale experiences. Closer to a lightly hopped barley wine to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SFLpunk (134) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUN 26, 2009
11.5oz brown glass twist-top. Label has numbers, but none are marked. Appearance: Rough pour turns up on this off-white head which leaves minimal spotting. Cloudy amber brown. Nose: Lots of booze up front, reminds me of fine seve or sortilege...and turpentine. Hmmm. That’s hard to get passed. Palate: Paint thinner up front, yikes, but that gives way to rich and luscious scotch malty-smokey goodness and then slides out to the sweet, slick maple syrup finish. Grade B or so. Medium bodied and sweet, low carbonation. Notes: Well, that turpentine/mineral spirits thing is hard to get passed. If that was gone, this would be a sweet dessert beer. Drinkability suffers big time. EDIT: After reading other reviews, I agree there’s definitely a bananas foster thing going on here. Nice catch.

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