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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 621   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.


2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 6, 2009
This is what I had. I don’t know why I thought something with maple syrup would be enjoyable given my extreme dislike of said syrup. I should have just burned my $5.50. Aroma of maple syrup, and an over ripe fruit quality that almost reminded me of garbage. Poured somewhat muddy brown with no head. Strong over ripe almost rotten fruit followed by maple syrup sweetness in the finish. Way too sweet, no balance, unpleasant garbage notes. I more or less choked this one down... note to self, remember you hate maple syrup. I should have just popped my 02-06 Schlitz Bull Ice.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Draft at brewpub. Rich amber color, minimal white head, sweet aroma. I don’t usually like maple beers, but this one was not half bad. The maple malt balance was spot on giving the lightess maple taste to a spaicey beerJust a tad to sweet for be, but excellent none the less.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
finol (2525) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2009
Bottle. Brown with a hint of plum. Smells of hops, butter, malts, wine and fruits. Short taste, heavy and intense. Smooth when it was cold.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 28, 2009
Bottle from Quebec, land of the Scotch Ales (at least this season). Steady carbonation but minimal head. Dirty orange colour but clear enough to see the shadow of a finger on the other side of the glass. Syrup blends with the malt to create a sweet malt aroma with maple notes and some Christmas spice scents. As it warms the aroma evolves to a maple fudge blend. Flavour: Sweet start, dark malt, molasses cookie, maple beer and hops finish. Feeling while drinking is more sweet molasses and beer. Maple comes up stronger in the finish and is light enough with enough hop contrast that comparisons to a bottle of table syrup do not arise. The alcohol is well hidden unless you bring it near room temperature and then the alcohol mixes into a delicious maple scotch. Perhaps my favourite maple syrup beer but not one of my favourite Scotch Ales.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hirigalzkar (2569) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2009
Bottle. Look: Brown plum. Smell: Butter, spices, flowery, citrus, raisin. Taste: Chocolate, plum, some hops. Not much of an aftertaste. Overall: Vinous and spicy beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle, bought in Ølbutikken in September 2008, drunk on the Spring Equinox, 2009. Mid brown with a firm creamy head. Soft toffee, maple and caramel taste. Maple dominates the nose (wonderfully). Well balanced palate, no hint of the alcohol. A nice beer that doesn’t try and do too much but which is a treat for sweet-toothed maple syrup lovers like me.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MrChopin (3726) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle thanks to Gouglouburp!
Pours ruby-mahogany, small white head. Nose has vanilla, caramel, and dark malt. Flavor is very balanced, great stuff: maple, dry wood, earth, and alcohol. Sticky and slightly salty, the palate is big without being cumbersome, some nice maple balanced with wood through the finish. A controlled, balanced scotch ale, which doesn’t seem to be easy, but this one succeeds, especially in the flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
elihapa (1533) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - MAR 13, 2009
Bottle, $2.75 in Montreal. Pours brown with a wispy white head; classic Scotch Ale. Aroma is herbal, earthy, and a touch caramelly. Flavor starts with rich caramel and dark fruit, then reveals soft maple syrup. Some soft roasts in there too. Aftertaste is long, warming, and complexly sweet. Good beer overall, though it doesn’t quite capture a balance of flavors the way some of the best Scotch Ales have.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cgarvieuk (17647) - 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.


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