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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 585   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
2002 bottle at the DDC 10th Anniversary Party. Very sweet, fishy aroma, some booze. Some nice sweetness in the flavor, a bit of maple, brown sugar. Good, thick body. Doesn’t taste too old. The maple adds a nice touch. I’d like to have this fresh.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gnoff (8035) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2008
(341 ml bottle, thanks to oh6gdx!) BB 1/3-2010. Labelled 8% ABV and "Danish Beerhouse". Hazy reddish copper color, tan dense head. Malty, toffee, butter, sweet, grainy scent. Salty, sweet, smoked, malty taste. Medium mouthfeel, low bitterness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TBone (13216) - Pori, FINLAND - SEP 16, 2008
Bottled, Ølbaren
Dark ruby color, small off-white head. Plums, dark fruits in the nose. Dark fruity, alcoholic, plummy. Thin finish. Very Belgisch brew, although it was said to be "Scottish".

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
2002 bottle, shared by willblake @ DDC 10th Anniversary Party. Thanks, Jon! Pours a bright, clear honey-edged amber color; light-tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Very generous aroma: plenty of dried fruits, honey, and red fruitiness; dates and raisins; some supportive oxidation. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy dried fruits, dried caramel, and viscous, sweet honeyed notes; very enjoyable, very generous scotch ale; some butterscotch, restrained sweetness, nicely composed. Lengthy finish: caramel, dried fruits and plenty of honey-tinged sweet malts; pleasantly sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Habanero (2856) - Tranbjerg, DENMARK - SEP 14, 2008
Bottled. Pours hazy deep amber with a little off-white head. Sweet caramel nose with malt. Sweet flavour with malt, wood and ahorn syrup. The finish is more dry with some alcohol bite. Full bodied. Nice and blanced.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sayravai (4673) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 12, 2008
(Bottled) Hazy red-amber with a small head. Toffee-caramely aroma. Flavor of toffee-syrupy malt, and some warming, barley-winous alcohol. Maple syrup clearly feels in this one, but fits in pretty well. Medium-bodied with lowish carbonation. Somewhat alcoholic overall.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thewolf (11297) - Kolding, DENMARK - SEP 6, 2008
Bottle, bought @ Vinens Verden, Odense.
Pours deep, hazy red-brown with a small, unimpressive, fizzy, off-white film head. Good fruity aroma, some berries, a good dose of caramel, some toffee, lightly roasted. Medium carbonation, impressive, oily mouthfeel. Great flavour. Lots of dryish chocolate, some roasted malts, toffee and caramel. Some fruitiness again. Good hoppy finish with a generous dose of spiciness. Great beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Marsiblursi (3045) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 22, 2008
(Bottle) Pours deep red with a small sand colored head. The aroma is sweet with tones of maple syrup, dried fruits like prunes, tobacco, roasted nuts/almonds, wood, light chocolate, ripe bananas, ripe apples, vanilla, toffee and candi sugar. Good alcohol warmth is present with notes of brandy, liquor and old port. Hints of hops and maybe a whisper of lingonberries and raspberries. The flavour has a harmonic sweetness that brings tones of nutty and toffee-like maple syrup, dark dried fruits and caramel. Undertones of spices and hops. The finish is light bitter and numbing with tones of cocoa, hops and alcohol. The mouthfeel is full, soft, smooth and light velvety. The beer leaves an oily coat on your palate. Medium to full bodied.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hansen (7051) - Assentoft, DENMARK - AUG 16, 2008
Dark brown-red colour. Has an off-white head, mostly lasting. Aroma has port, spice. sweet fruit. Flavor is harmonic, finish moderate bitter. A bit astringent. Lively carbonation. Warming alcohol.

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.


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