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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: 604   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1067) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 Bottle. clear copper with a huge foamy mocha head with great retention and sticks well to the glass. . Aroma is maple syrup, caramle, roasted malt, wood, herbs smoke and plums. Flavor is maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt, wood, herbal hops and smoke with a bitter and seet finish. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel and average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
11.5 oz bottle. Clear brown with a smooth, thin head. Nose is scotch and carmelized bananas. Silky body with a light tingle. Noticeable alcohol but not intrusive. Taste is more scotch, less banana, with caramel and maybe maple. Dry peaty finish with sweet pine sap. Nice to sip.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroSpud (1834) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Tasting at a beerfest [Disclaimer: This was tasted along with many, many other beers during a tasting at Julios. Some of the details are a little hazy]. Really good but found the alcohol taste to be too strong.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Copper, no head. Smells like maple, peat, and apple or pear. Flavor is maple, as expected, and a big bourbon flavor, too. Notes of mollassessand brown sugar. But there is also an alcohol burn that really detracts from the overall experience.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2009
11.5oz bottle. Pours a glowing dark but see-thru red tinted brown with medium light tan bubbly creamy froth. Standard Dieu du Ciel fruity yeasty aroma, rich and phenolic. Flavor follows, very one-dimensional, rich toasty sweet malts, fruity Belgian yeast, maple syrup, light bananas, pretty hot, boozy, phenolic, some maple syrup but I wouldn’t have guessed that without being told. Medium/full bodied, a bit sticky and syrupy, fluffy carbonation. eh...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 11, 2009
From a distance I did smell maple syrup. When held to the nose, heavy caramel, fortified wine, stewed prunes and raisins, esters and heavy sap and wet fresh maple wood.. Umber color with a diminished ecru head. Sweet start with a bit of syrup. Woody flavors filter in. Strong feel to this one. A boozy sort of syrup. This does need to set a bit before it comes to life. Caramel and light toasted malt enter in remind me of the scotch ale origins. A bit too sweet at times, but still a nice relaxing, sipping brew.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
notalush (5319) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 10, 2009
Pours a hazy brown/rust color, with a few soapy bubbles on top - nose of maple syrup, raisin, plum, alcohol, light peat/scotch earthiness - low carbonation, medium body - the beer succeeds in being high in maple syrup flavor, without being cloyingly sweet - however, the highly apparent alcohol and peaty character that balance it don’t really work well with the syrupy qualities, and create a nearly medicinal character at times - a bit of damp wood and spicy alcohol in the finish - meh - a rare letdown from a mostly consistent brewer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2009 11.5oz bottle, from Capone’s (Norristown, PA). Chestnut pour, capped with a thin off-white head. Aroma of brown sugar, maple, vanilla, wood, and brandy. Peat and maple are the primary flavors, with highlights of toffee, wood, dark fruit and alcohol. Medium bodied, with some sticky sweetness clinging to the lips. Alcohol and maple syrup hang out for a long finish. This was a bit too sweet for me.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2009
Bottle pours deep burnt red brown with small head, no lace. The aroma is maple and boozy, perhaps some plastic. The flavor is wood, maple (and a lingering maple - never had a beer trail with a maple syrup flavor). The palate is rich yet alive. Overall, nice to try!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - MAY 8, 2009
This was much lighter than I expected. Nice and drinkable. A hint of smoke and some sweetness. Pretty good.


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