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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: 650   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pailhead (6142) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle: The aroma consists of maple syrup, caramel, raisins, and alcohol. It pours a transparent reddish-orange with a small off-white that quickly fades to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with caramel, maple syrup, and fruit. The finish has light-moderate raisin and faint alcohol.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oakbluff (434) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
12 ounce bottle via Glouglouburp- pours a murky chestnut with a lively beige head. Nose- Sweetness from the syrup and malt is predominant. Taste- nutty, cookie dough malt, with extra kick of maple sweetness and brown sugar. Finish dries out and is quite boozy. HInt of smoke and oak on the finish as well.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
Bottle. Aroma medicinal and boozy with a huge sugary/artificial banana presence. Flavor is, well, regrettably the same. Mouthfeel is thin and syrupy. I really couldn’t find anything to like about this one.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 11/20
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Ehh, aroma and taste of either banana laffy taffy or banana nut cheerios (those new things). Not sure if this is what they mean by maple syrup flavor, but I’m totally getting banana....but sugary candy banana.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10409) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Thanks to sliffy for sharing a bottle. This brew pours a tawny amber color with a medium light beige head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Light malt, pears and maple in the nose. Medium body with flavors of malt, caramel and vinous fruit. Simmering alcohol that is reminiscent of model glue behind it all. The finish is fruity and malty with sweet maple left over. Pretty good beer overall, although I’m not sure about the mashup of maple with this style.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
LilBeerDoctor (3581) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle. Pours a dirty brown with a small tan head. Aroma of alcohol, banana laffy taffy, medicinal nastiness. Flavor is sweet, definitely syrupy, with more laffy taffy notes as well as sweet caramel. Boozy. Flavor is better than the aroma, but when the aroma is that bad...it’s hardly meaningful. Ick. 4/3/5/2/8 (2.2/5)

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Diogène (1070) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 18, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 4, 2011 Bottle. clear copper with a huge foamy mocha head with great retention and sticks well to the glass. . Aroma is maple syrup, caramle, roasted malt, wood, herbs smoke and plums. Flavor is maple syrup, caramel, brown sugar, roasted malt, wood, herbal hops and smoke with a bitter and seet finish. Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel and average carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3663) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 18, 2009
11.5 oz bottle. Clear brown with a smooth, thin head. Nose is scotch and carmelized bananas. Silky body with a light tingle. Noticeable alcohol but not intrusive. Taste is more scotch, less banana, with caramel and maybe maple. Dry peaty finish with sweet pine sap. Nice to sip.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BroSpud (1946) - , Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Tasting at a beerfest [Disclaimer: This was tasted along with many, many other beers during a tasting at Julios. Some of the details are a little hazy]. Really good but found the alcohol taste to be too strong.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5766) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Copper, no head. Smells like maple, peat, and apple or pear. Flavor is maple, as expected, and a big bourbon flavor, too. Notes of mollassessand brown sugar. But there is also an alcohol burn that really detracts from the overall experience.


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