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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 598   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (14774) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 29, 2008
UPDATED: APR 27, 2009 Bottle at the European Beer Festival, Copenhagen. A clear amber pour leaves a beige head of moderate size. Spiced, sweet and caramel-ish nose with some alcohol notes. Malty-sweet flavor with caramel, some spices and a little alcohol. Full-bodied and warming. Nice carbonation level. Long sweet, slightly spiced finish with a pleasant warmth. A really pleasant one. Rating: 8-4-8-4-16-4. (080912)

Bottle. It pours a reddish dark brown body, slightly hazy, with a small, creamy, beige head on top. The aroma is malty sweet, with some beef stock, toffee, alcohol, syrupy sweetness and prunes. Slighlty spiced too maybe. It’s warming and creamy effervescent in the mouth, and has lots of malty, syrupy sweetness, a quite generous hoppy bitterness to battle the sweetness, dried fruits, prunes and sultanas, beef-stock and a little spicy touch. A good dash of toffee too. Lasting, warming finish with lots of sweetness. A big beer almost screaming for a snack. Tried some sausage, gouda and mustard, which was nice. (090427)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KnutAlbert (6349) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 28, 2008
Cloudy brown beer. Cocoa & spices. Carob pods. Spice, herbs, malty body. A hint of soft fruit, peaches maybe.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jonas (6019) - Garching b. München, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2008
Herbal, brandylike and wooden aromanotes. Cloudy brown to amber, low head. Fairly wooden nutty start, light smoke, roasted notes, fruit as from belgian yeast medium body, light sparkly mouthfeel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2008
11.2oz from Glouglouburp - thanks, Dany! Dark, slightly cloudy amber. Very powerful malty smell, a barely detectable trace of pungent herbs, almost like mint with lamb, and a spicy note in there as well. Slight smoke, but cools out somehow – maybe a menthol sharpness is more accurate. Sweet as it warms, but not sticky. A hint of booze, but nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Maria (10187) - Thisted, DENMARK - NOV 2, 2008
It’s incredibly beautiful, slightly hazy dark red with a creamy and lasting head. The aroma has a light sweetness and it’s very aromatic. It has notes of roasted malt and syrup. The flavour has sweetness and notes of roasted malt with a light, roasted bitterness, loads of caramel, maple syrup, raisin and other dark/dried fruits. It’s very well composed and harmonic, but a little too sweet in the long run, but perfect for sharing.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Plovmand (6810) - Helsinge, DENMARK - OCT 27, 2008
Bottle. Poured reddish brown with creamy beige head. Fruity and malty with notes of caramel, strawberry and spices. Lots of sweet malt, fruits and spices in flavour end up warm and malty. Body is creamy and soft.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pinball (11070) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 25, 2008
ar: sweet and fruity, honey, sweet fruits, app:clear browen, no head. flavor: dark fruits, raisin, syrup, caramel. very sweet, well balanced but real sweet.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10285) - FAROE ISLANDS - OCT 25, 2008
Botella. Unclear dark brown. Malty sweet caramel bit spiced aroma. Quite sweet bitter deep malty spiced dark fruity flavour. Bitter sweet malty alco finish.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2008
bottle by way of glouglouburp.... rich looking hazy amber pour with a small tan head. the aroma is quite sweet... like butterscotch candy mixed with caramel, malt, faint maple, bubble gum and a touch of sour-ish earthiness akin to root vegetables fresh out of the garden. the flavor is pretty much the same with a bit of alcohol and and a kick of spiciness on the finish. there’s a definite note of wood and maple in the aftertaste. medium to full body with a stickiness which coats the lips. this is usually off putting but this has enough acidity, spice and alcohol heat so that it doesn’t get overbearing...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Dark brown color; the medium head reduces quickly. It has a strong caramel aroma, and light aroma of vegetables, spices, liquorice. Medium body, with strong caramel flavor, medium sweetness, and a mixed touch of spices and vegetables (cinnamon and carrots for example). Low bitterness; in the final the alcohol is a bit too much evident. It reminds me some young and recent Fuller’s Vintage ones, but simpler.


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