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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: 605   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.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ughsmash (7354) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bedainedebiere (505) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2009
UPDATED: APR 18, 2009 2,49$ at BDF, you probably paid more than that and that’s because a lot of profit was made on your wallet... Third rating of this beer. The 2008 version, fresh, was very enjoyable, aged 10 months, turned slightly sour and was not as good, and the 2009 is now 9,5 %, powerful flavors of caramelized malt with the maple syrup turning this year in an almost unpleasant sourness. I’d rather have a real scotch ale from DDC than one with maple syrup.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beer4000 (5046) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - DEC 27, 2008
Bottle @ EBF 2008. Amber with a thin beige head. Aroma is caramel malt, notes of spices and some alcohol. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, brown sugar, a bit spicy and alcohol. Quite nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
martin21 (155) - Quebec city, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2008
Caramel et sirop d erable. Legerement trop sucrer a mon gout. Mlagrer tout c est une bonne biere. Caramel and maple syrup. Lightly too sweet in my opinion. Still a good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cheeta (1181) - Langå, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2008
Moderate fruity aroma.Huge frothy, light brown head. Excellent lacing. Mostly lasting longevity. Clear amber body. Moderate sweet with notes of prune. Long finish duration. Medium palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsga (6680) - Oslo, NORWAY - DEC 1, 2008
Big light brown head. Hazy deep barely translucent red-brown body. Sugary vanilla cocoa aroma with fruity spicy notes. Dry-sweet intense malty raisiny taste with vanilla, coca, and alcohol notes. Soft, round aftertaste. Fullish body. Dry spicy licorice and vanilla aftertaste. Excellent! (0.341l bottle, Ølbutikken, København.)

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yngwie (15194) - 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 (6377) - 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 (6081) - 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.


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