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

bottled
common

on tap
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RATINGS: 573   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (14700) - 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 (2141) - 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 (35220) - 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 (4640) - 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 (7034) - 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
FatPhil (9407) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - JAN 25, 2009
341ml bottle (Pikkulintu, Helsinki, American Weeks 2009)
Sweet malty aroma, spicy and almost cakey. Very sweet taste. Sugary palate and some alcohol burn. Caramel, some coffee cake. Pleasant hops leave an OK finish (that’s the only thing that stopped this sugary nonsense from being given 2 for palate), but it remains a bit alcoholic. Horrifically sweet, and nothing at all to do with "Scotch Ale". It appears Canadians have as much difficulty understanding European beer styles as Americans do.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7154) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Bottled. Poured clear deeper garnet with a short cap of off-white head. The aroma was sweet, fruity, and slightly smoky with a bit of a syrupy complexion.. very enjoyable. The flavor had a heavy dark fruit and lesser caramel presence at the core with just a touch of smoked peat around.. finished strong, but it held itself together. Thicker-bodied on the palate with low carbonation.. malty overall with low bitterness.. well done overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - JAN 15, 2009
Dark red colored with little yellow head. Sweet toffee in aroma with spices and thin alcohol, some wooden vanilla also present. Medium bodied. Flavor also starts with same toffee and caramel, same wooden note here with slight vanilla too. Aftertaste turns to mildly alcoholic with toffee still. Excellent beer.


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