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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: 576   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
╔quinoxe 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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Ruddy brown color with very little head - a ring of light tan head. Sweet aroma, rich malts, not much of a spice component. Some maple detected, light peat. Rich, almost tannic malts on the taste, nice finish, tinged by the maple syrup. Very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Grovlam (4157) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 13, 2008
Bottle. Large thick rich foamy beige head that mostly lasted. Good display of lacework. Somewhat cloudy copper-amber like color. Aromas of smooth toasted malt, light grainy feel, hint of fruit and light alcoholic nose as well. Some underlying caramelized notes. Over the palate came and unexpected explosion of harmonious notes of mainly malty notes, but also fruit and almost raisins, light vinous, nutty; particular walnuts, spice and maybe a hint of smoke in there somewhere. Full bodied with a soft carbonation and quite smooth thick and alcoholic texture. Moderated to heavy sweet flavor with good counter bitterness. Lingering nutty and light spicy warming alcoholic finish. This was quite an impressive and surprisingly good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6723) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 12, 2008
[1509-20080704] 341mL bottle. Sweet heavy fruit and sugary malt aroma. Clear, dark red brown body with a quick creamy off-white head. Sweet honeyed figs and malt flavour. Medium-full body. Nice and sweet.
(w/ jerc, manuchampions, tupalev)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MiP (13798) - S°nderborg, DENMARK - AUG 12, 2008
Bottle, 8%. Weak marcipan aroma. Cloudy dark red brown colour. Small light brown head. Good malty flavour, some yeast. Roasted, some brown sugar.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dmac (4209) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 8, 2008
341 ml bottle from glouglouburp, thanks Dany. Pours a slightly thin looking burnt orange/brown with an average size fizzy light beige head. Aroma of peat, toffee, alcohol, rotten fruit. Medium bodied that is on the syrupy side with fizzy carbonation and a large dose of alcohol warming, especially for only being 8%. I know the site says 8.5% but I’m going with my bottles listing of 8%. Flavor of toffee, brandy, alcohol, sherry notes as well. Not really getting any maple syrup in the aroma or flavor though. Sorry DdC but this is the first beer I have had from you guys that didn’t blow me away, just a little to boozy especially for something that isn’t even over 10%. not really getting the maple syrup that the commercial description speaks of).

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (21509) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 1, 2008
Bottle. Clear orange red coloured with a small beige head. Sweet aroma of caramel and dried fruits with notes of liquorice, alcohol, butterscotsch and spices. Sweet flavour of caramel, dried fruits, liquorice and alcohol with notes of spices and maple syrup. Spicy and burning alcoholic finish. The alcohol is too dominating.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
Courtesy ChzMan. Dark amber/brown with a small, off white head. Toasty malt, caramel/toffee, light smoke and peat. Straightforward scotch ale. Medium/full body, balanced carbonation. Solid.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ekstedt (5630) - G÷teborg, SWEDEN - JUL 20, 2008
Bottle (34 cl) from ělbutikken, Copenhagen, Denmark. Hazy amber with a creamy medium tan head. Rich malty aroma with dried fruits, fudge, and spicy hops, and warming alcohol. Medium bodied and smooth. Very well balanced.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (32032) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUL 20, 2008
12 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy deep orange to amber/brown and with a collapsing tan head. Mild floral and spiced aroma. Flavour is spiced and mild malty. Light caramel malt lurking through a solid bitterness mixed with spiced notes. Ends spiced and bitter.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Defreni (2649) - Husum, DENMARK - JUL 19, 2008
Flaske. Lidt skum pň en mudret r°dlig brun °l. Duften er meget diskret af malt, imens smagen er meget kraftig alkoholisk, med en del peat til at begynde med der minder meget om en single malt. Siruppen kan jeg ikke kende, medmindre det er den jeg smager som den kraftige alkohol, der er meget gennemtrŠngende og brŠnder en del pň tungen.


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