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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle, bought in Ølbutikken in September 2008, drunk on the Spring Equinox, 2009. Mid brown with a firm creamy head. Soft toffee, maple and caramel taste. Maple dominates the nose (wonderfully). Well balanced palate, no hint of the alcohol. A nice beer that doesn’t try and do too much but which is a treat for sweet-toothed maple syrup lovers like me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3474) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to Gouglouburp!
Pours ruby-mahogany, small white head. Nose has vanilla, caramel, and dark malt. Flavor is very balanced, great stuff: maple, dry wood, earth, and alcohol. Sticky and slightly salty, the palate is big without being cumbersome, some nice maple balanced with wood through the finish. A controlled, balanced scotch ale, which doesn’t seem to be easy, but this one succeeds, especially in the flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elihapa (1529) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle, $2.75 in Montreal. Pours brown with a wispy white head; classic Scotch Ale. Aroma is herbal, earthy, and a touch caramelly. Flavor starts with rich caramel and dark fruit, then reveals soft maple syrup. Some soft roasts in there too. Aftertaste is long, warming, and complexly sweet. Good beer overall, though it doesn’t quite capture a balance of flavors the way some of the best Scotch Ales have.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (15170) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle at home from Copenhagen ... light brown ... small off white head ... almost no nose but a light malt ... over fizzy ... rich toffee malts ... light hop... quite prominant alcohol ...Id not have guessed the Maple syrup but it can be identified once i knew it was there ...

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
grandgenie (259) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 16, 2009
Acheté au paradis de la bières et dégusté dans un verre de fin du monde. Apparence brune ambré caramellisé avec de léger dépôt et une mousse tenace. Arômes d’érable, de noisette, de caramel, de vanille et de levure fraiche. Goût de sirop d’érable et de caramel avec une petite touche de canelle et de muscade, encore une fois très léger. Une bière merveilleuse.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gr0ve (2156) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2009
341 ml bottle. Dark ruby red brown colour. Medium-sized white fine-laced head. Rich and rounded malty aroma with lots of caramel. Sharp hop bitterness in the background that balances the otherwise rich malts. Finishes with a sharp hop bitterness. Overall a great and complex beer that is very enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle 341ml. @ home.
Light light unclear dark amber orange color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, fruity - spicy, maple syruo, licorice, sweet burnt sugar, light alcoholic. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20081022]

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JK54B (1539) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 29, 2009
A bottle tasted at Pikkulintu 24-1-09. Syropy soft nose. Thin pale head. Slightly hazy pale brown colour. Soft taste. Average carbonation. Slightly coffeish taste with som raisins. MIld hoppines? Slightly barleywine like taste.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (4794) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JAN 27, 2009
(Bottle -- shared with T.J. Uominen, thanks -- at Pikkulintu, Helsinki, on 2009-01-27) Red and cloudy. Small white head. Malty and sweet nose. Full bodied and dry palate with medium carbonation. Malts, sweetness, light roastedness, bitterness in taste. Malts and bitterness in aftertaste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7404) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 25, 2009
341 ml bottle. Finland. AW09. Dark amber colour. Flavour is very sweet. Dark, caramel/toffee, syrup (can’t say if it’s maple). Even a bit too sweet.


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