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


on tap

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RATINGS: 632   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 15/20
Trev (2019) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAY 3, 2009
Pours amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is woody/light floral, sweet malty sugary. Fflavour has strong maple sugar sweetness, biscuity and caramel maltiness, thin malty/bourbon-ish woody sourness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 29, 2009
12 oz bottle - pours a hazy deep amber color with smallish light tan head that leaves fairly nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, loads of caramel, notes of rose water, light cherry, vanilla bean, and maple that serves as a kind of background note to the beer, definitely present, but subdued, not at all over powering as I was worried it might be. Flavor has chewy malts, oak, vanilla, hint of burbon, faint touch of maple and bay leaves, with a faint astringent/metallic note that is difficult to place. A good brew overall, really does the maple thing well, but just seems a bit rough around the edges - not quite as clean as it could have been.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Fred82 (2119) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 26, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2009 341ml bottle. Pours real dark amber with a nice caramel-coloured head. Aroma is sweet, caramelish, fruity. Fell some bitterness on the finish and some warmth. Taste is spicy, sweet. Hints of maple syrup. It is quite a big beer, much sweetness, much alcohol, I would not drink two of those in a row. This is however very well made, nice complexity, well balanced. Rating #103

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MatSciGuy (907) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2009
[Bottle] Pours a hazy deep amber with a small beige head. Aroma is stone fruits and lager yeast, with some sweet malty and maple syrup notes. Really no smokiness to be found. Flavor is moderately sweet, with the maple syrup character evident, significant fruity yeast, and an oily, sticky mouthfeel. I think that this beer is better shared between two people. It tastes great, but the sweetness is just a little too much for my palate. The finish is quite nice, with all the complexity of the beer becoming evident.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2009
341ml Bottle (at 9.5%ABV): Sweet aroma of fruit, light alcohol, maple syrup, light wood, and grainy malts. Poured deep amber/orange in color with a tiny, off-white that barely lasted around the edges. Cloudy. Sparkling. Full of small and medium-sized particles throughout. Light to medium sweet flavor. Tastes of maple syrup, wood, slight alcohol, slight medicine, slight cherry, malts, slight caramel, and a hint of raisin. Light to medium body. Thinish, slightly syrupy, lightly dry texture. Soft carbonation. Woody, lightly sweet, moderately dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 21, 2009

Name: Equinoxe du Printemps
Date: April 10, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Five Points, Athens
Appearance: clear dark blood red, wispy off white head, thick and viscous on the glass, sudsy drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma, lots of caramel sweetness, spicyness, light earthyness, faint fusel alcohol
Body: sticky body
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, dark caramel sweetness, warming alcohol, light earthyness offers very little balance
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.2/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
NomDeBeer (414) - Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2009
Pours a thin brown color with no head. The aroma is wonderful - vanilla, maple candy, and those orange peanut candies (whatever they are called). Taste is caramel, peat, maple, nuts, and a little alcohol – slightly medicinal. With cellaring this beer could be dangerously smooth and sweet. Mild earthy bitterness in the finish. Mouth feel is a bit syrupy, but still good. Low carbonation. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 11, 2009
Oh there’s maple! Sweet caramel malt plays in perfectly. Clear tawny, dense tan head. Taupe? Initial heat gives to more caramel sweetness, but returns in the finish. Too hot.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
SSSteve (3991) - - APR 10, 2009
murky burgundy color with no head. slightly sour, alcohol, wine, syrupy caramel malt with a hint of maple. flavor is malty with caramel. peanuts and a very thick body. nice maple finish. palate is somewhat lifeless and syrupy. not really into this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nbutler11 (1267) - Rota, SPAIN - APR 9, 2009
Bottle brought back from Montreal. Pours a murky brown color with a fleeting tan head. Smells of maple and red licorice. Contains a suprising amount of wheat. Tastes predominantly of sap with a note of barley and faint orange rind. Very strange, especially for a scotch ale.

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