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

bottled
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RATINGS: 556   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (5798) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 6, 2008
My bottle (12oz) shared with HogTownHarry -- courtesy of Viper666. Pours a hazy ruby-brown with an average size diminishing off-white head. Aroma of caramel malt, maple syrup and a bit of cola. Flavour of caramel malt and there’s some alcohol there -- there’s not much maple syrup at first but it later shows. Average bitter finish. Medium bodied. It’s a little sweet for my liking and the alcohol’s a little more prominent in the flavour then necessary but I like it better then the Bieropholie Scotch Ale we had earlier tonight. I don’t love it -- just petty good.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (3637) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2008
Great zinging carbonation. Big malty, sweet profile, with some subtleties in the fruit and spice dimension. I didn’t have the details on this beer when I drank it and I thought it was a Belgian double--am I wrong in thinking this could pass for it? Excellent. (on tap at Mondial de la Biere, 2008, Montreal)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
pforei (338) - USA - JUN 2, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2008 Bottle. Dark clover honey amber color with big head. Malty aroma and syrupy/sweet taste with underlining alcohol and mild blended scotch taste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sammy (8094) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 28, 2009 Enjoyed on-tap at Mondiale 2008. Creamy orange colour with a bit of head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste is malt and alcohol, with tart fruit finish. White lacing. Above average mouthfeel.Aged in wood, complex, a sipper that reminds me of an oaked barleywine.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HogTownHarry (5984) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - MAY 29, 2008
Bottle (341ml). Shared by blankboy. Hazy light ruby pour, average creamy-frothy beige head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, maple syrup, hard candy and some floral bitterness. Taste follows, slightly grainier with herbal notes, light to medium alcohol. Sticky mouthfeel, average body, a whisper of dry astringency - I really get the maple in this one .... nice.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (2744) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2008
341 ml bottle from Trappe a Fromage, shared with Brauman, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass. MA24/08.

App.: Cloudy deep orange-copper, small tan foam. Aroma: Lots of bubble gum esters, raisins, molasses, caramel, toffee, cherries and betters, hints of smoke and maple. Palate: Medium+ body, soft effervescence, a bit slick. Flav.: Cherries, berries and fruits, a bit of scotch peat smoke, a bit of wood; raisins, licorice and molasses, a touch briny; a little tang, somewhat sweet, nice amount of bitterness and a bit of warming alcohol.

Lovely stuff that makes it wish it was always spring!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4494) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 23, 2008
Bottle: Poured a light hazy brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of light maple notes with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some medium sweetness with light maples notes and good caramel malt notes. Nice creamy body with good carbonation. I think this beer could have been improved with a more pronounce maple taste but still very good nonetheless.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stine (1453) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 19, 2008
Garnet red-brown pour; furious bubbles, no foam. Peppery, heated sweetness on the nose; green peppercorns and plain alcohol, maple syrup and peat, a particularly green type of leafiness. Seems to betray an obese weight of sugar and a thin body. False. Flavor is gorgeously textured, sticky, and chewy; prominent creaminess of a vanilla, maple and brandy nougat sweetness. Raw maple sugars are really noisy but fully authentic, seemingly, giving rich tones of candied almonds, licorice, raisins, pears and fresh red berries. That lively sweetness has a curious refreshing quality about it that doesn’t seem fitting for such a heavy body, although this isn’t a distraction in any way; rather it’s somewhat reminiscent of the sophisticated and deservedly snobbish balance of delicate and imposing that many strong belgian offerings effect. Really pleasant to drink; palate is medium to heavy, generous and smooth; alcohol licks the middle a bit with a solid spirit sensation as a good scotch ale often does.

Eventually, while the maple syrup presence is very well-integrated and clearly a high-quality embellishment that never makes the beer seem cheaply sweetened, malt flavors seem ovewhelmed. I want a more substantial bit of chewy cinnamon and cocoa wheat bread or doughy french toast to sit under all this fanciful syrup and fresh fruit. Finishes rather short, showing some raspberry, pear and alcohol. An interesting and overall good experience with a confectioner’s scotch ale. Thanks Dany!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2008
App.: Dark amber poor, THICK foamy beige head... good lacing.

Aromas: Nutty, thick creamy caramel. brown sugar and a very natural maple syrupy aromas on a tart’ish finish

Palate: Medium body, alcohol, balanced sweetness, sticky, very slightly overcarbonated, long lasting creamy bitterness.

Flavors: Brown sugar, caramel, dates... alcohol notes again...

Notes: Successfull bottled brew from DDC once again!

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 16, 2008
Francois gave me the beer for free on his vacation trip to San Diego. Thanks! Pours a dark amber color. Reminds me of some beers I’ve brewed before. Malty, somewhat sweet. Some higher alcohols. Nice.


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