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


on tap

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RATINGS: 631   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 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adrian910ss (2434) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Pours a dark sandy brown caramel with a small beige head. Aroma of candied malts, sugar and maple syrup. Taste of candied malts, maple syrup, caramel and toffee. Has a syrupy maple aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmschefke (576) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Pours a cloudy deep brown with tan accents and medium tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, alcohol, slight tartness, and caramel. Flavor matches with the addition of slight sweetness, maple syrup, but then it’s dominated by the taste of raisins and cinnamon. Taste lingers longer than I would like with a not so pleasant aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajbitt (47) - , Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Aroma: Slight burnt caramel, molasses. Alcohol definitely present. Strong apple cider! Aroma significantly opens up with decanting. Appearance: Deep amber, light whispy white head. Flavor: Watery scotch ale, almost a piney taste, caramel, big apple, slight maple finish. Once decanted, heavy maltiness comes out with sweet molasses, caramel. Palate: Watery - much less viscous then expected. Soft, smooth and lingering caramel finish. Overall Impression: Not bad an unique scotch ale. Again, I get more apple than maple and the watery palate leaves me a bit disappointed given the style. I was expecting big maltiness and maple and was left with little of each.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3361) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 18, 2009
2700th rating, 12oz from the foodery! Pours amber dark brown with a tan head. Taste is sweet, malty, maple syrup. Taste is sweet and malty rich maple syrup. Nice warming mouthfeel yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jgb9348 (5168) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Deep copper coloured body with an amber glow and a nice sized, fast-dying light brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, raisins, caramel, banana, yeast and more sweet malt - everything sweet tucked in here. Medium to Full-bodied; Sweet, strong, pungent malty flavours with caramel, vanilla and a touch of oak noticeable. Aftertaste shows alcohol, vanilla a touch of the maple syrup and oak - more of a barley wine finish than a scotch, but definitely complex. Overall, a good and strong beer, perfect for the chilly hiver de Montreal and even valid during the chaud en ete de Washington DC, which I’m currently drinking. I sampled this 341 mL bottle purchased from Depanneur Peluso (Bonisoir) in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on 09-April-2009, sampled at home in Washington on 16-June-2009.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 13, 2009
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a low off-white head. Sweet malt aroma with light maple, caramel, and light fruit. Rich caramel flavor with light maple and light yeast. Fuller bodied. Caramel/toffee lingers with light maple. Well balanced. Maple adds a nice note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3325) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUN 11, 2009
pours copper with a tan head. notes of sweet malts, caramel, candy, maple syrup, lollypops, brown sugar, and whiskey. too sweet, but interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 10, 2009
From the bottle pours a hazy, dark, burnt-orange to sienna brown colored body. A quickly fleeting head of smooth, beige tinted foam leaves behind a soapy, foamy wash that mostly rejoins the body, save for a few wet spots. The aroma is mostly sweet, with big caramel, maple, and vanilla notes dominating the somewhat boozy nose. Hints of oak and cereal grain poke through, as do traces of very lightly bitter, floral hops. The flavor is substantially more grainy than the aroma lets on, with wheat and even some rye notes encroaching upon the sweet caramel and maple. Vanilla sugar and hints of toasted wood are once again present, both lingering for a while on the finish. Quite boozy and syrupy, the palate isn’t really something that appeals to me. I tend to prefer chocolaty or smoky scotch ales, and this is neither. Overly sweet in my book.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2009
Pours a rich auburn color with little head. Aroma is of maple and sugars. Kind of like waking up to waffles on a Sunday morning. Taste is very smooth and somewhat sticky sweet, but not over poweringly so.

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