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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Christian (11805) - Odense, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
Clear brown with a small off-white head. Fruity aroma with lots of dates. Sweet dried fruit and caramel flavour. Spicy pepper finish.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BigBeer45 (1336) - Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2009
Bottle, has a hazy red-ruby (raspberry & rose colors) pour with rust brown at the sides, has generous effervescence and gave a one finger high off-white and tan colored bubbles to form a ring and slight cover after colapsing, bottom of the bottle has a covering of dark sediment, big malt aromas, caramel, brown sugar, syrup and honey sweetness, has faint alcohol on the nose, I thought I got floral hops in the aroma which appeared to be out of place for this drink, has a good nose, Scotch brew with the Maple Syrup seems to go together well on the nose, flavor of caramel, dark malt flavors, dark fruit, brown sugar, alcohol flavor and it is medicine like, a bit too much alcohol for my liking, the alcohol flavor did not increase much as it warms but it is still there and it is more prevalent than what I prefer in a Scotch, mouth feel is about medium, not over carbonated, and alcohol gives a little bite / sting on the tongue with each sip, this is an ok Scotch Ale.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7904) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle. Pours with a small, tan head over a pretty ruby colored body. Aroma of dark fruits, maple and raisin. Taste is smokey and peaty with caramel, dark fruits and fermented maple. Syrupy mouthfeel with light bubbles.I was looking forward to this, but feel a bit let down.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2958) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2009
Bottle from SL, perhaps the best maple-incorporating brew ever, very well, done. The aroma was caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup. The flavor was caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, some fruity esters, faint roast in the finish. This melded together well, mouthfeel was a tad sticky, but I was shocked to see this maple thing work out well. Nice job, DDC, a brewer that has nailed some winners for me!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5616) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 1, 2009
12oz bottle from Crown Liquors in Carmel, IN. Cloudy amber pour with a medium tan head. Boozy aroma with some sweet malt and pear. Bourbon flavor with bready malt and sugar. Pretty disappointed with this one. DDC typicall makes great stuff, but this one was too boozy to be truly enjoyable.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - JUN 1, 2009
blurry brown-orange, thin off-white head. mild aroma, malty and very sweet, maple syrup and brown sugar mostly. extremely thick and chewy, with minimal carbonation. it’s pretty much syrup, but in a good way. sweet, almost cloying flavor, but nice, and balanced with some woody dryness and alcohol. this is a pretty crazy beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4875) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 1, 2009
Pours deep amber into a tulip. Molasses, syrup and alcohol aromas. Spritzy with sweet maple upfront and a lasting raisins soaked in alcohol finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gypsy19 (726) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2009
Pours a cloudy medium brown with just a little lacing forming. Aroma is mainly of banana, with a little caramel backing it up. Flavor is very different and difficult to explain, but I’ll try: There’s a lot going on here, maple indeed, banana again, but this time in a nail polish remover sort of way. It’s just slightly scotchy, and the alcohol is very well hidden. there are some other things that I can’t quite nail down. Pleasant flavor though. Not a session beer. Mouthfeel is medium, slightly sticky, with good carbonation. An oddball that everyone should try for themselves. I could see some people being turned off by this and others going crazy over it. I like it. Enjoyable, though I’ll probably forget about it eventually. Overall, good plus.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12595) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 30, 2009
Bottle from Ledger’s. Clear ruby copper pour with a decent foamy beige head. Aromas of red roasted malt and maple. Med. body with frothy carbonation. Hits me as sweet with astringency. The maple is subdued, but unavoidable. Maybe a touch of smoke. Rather unsticky for a Scotch ale. Swear there’s a touch of banana in the finish. A worthy finish to an evening.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (8347) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Bottle at Copenhagen beer festival. Poured an amber gold with an off-white head. Aroma consisted of sweet malts. Flavor delivers on what the aroma was.


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