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


on tap

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RATINGS: 616   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4826) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bhensonb (12459) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
deyholla (8123) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1223) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Murky brown pour with a thin head and decent lacing. This was a Jim recommendation after speaking to him about the Founders Canadian Breakfast Stout which will be hitting the twin cities soon. Aromas of maple syrup, apple, caramel. Quite sweet. The flavors pretty much perfectly mimic the aroma, with a slight alcoholic bite noticed. A slight bittering finish which actually enhances this by not making it overly cloying. Small peated note as well in the finish. I guess this was on the good side for the experiment.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (5673) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of maple syrup, caramel, raisins, and alcohol. It pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small off-white that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel, maple syrup, and fruit. The finish has light-moderate raisin and faint alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oakbluff (432) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
12 ounce bottle via Glouglouburp- pours a murky chestnut with a lively beige head. Nose- Sweetness from the syrup and malt is predominant. Taste- nutty, cookie dough malt, with extra kick of maple sweetness and brown sugar. Finish dries out and is quite boozy. HInt of smoke and oak on the finish as well.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle. Aroma medicinal and boozy with a huge sugary/artificial banana presence. Flavor is, well, regrettably the same. Mouthfeel is thin and syrupy. I really couldn’t find anything to like about this one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Ehh, aroma and taste of either banana laffy taffy or banana nut cheerios (those new things). Not sure if this is what they mean by maple syrup flavor, but I’m totally getting banana....but sugary candy banana.

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