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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 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (33333) - VestJylland, DENMARK - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle 341ml. @ home.
Light light unclear dark amber orange color with a large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, fruity - spicy, maple syruo, licorice, sweet burnt sugar, light alcoholic. Flavor is moderate to heavy sweet and bitter with a average to long duration. Body is medium to light, texture is watery to oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light alcoholic. [20081022]

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (29687) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ungstrup (28448) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
[January 2005 version - sampled July 2005] A hazy deep red beer with a small orange head. The aroma is sweet with lots of wood, but also some maple sirup. The flavor has the maple syrup running in the cheeks, while the wood dries out the tongue - add to this notes of cherries, and You have a wonderful beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25094) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUN 12, 2008
(Bottle 34,1 cl) Courtesy of Storm. Pours a hazy, dark amber golden with an off-white head. Aroma of caramel, fruit, nuts and some alcohol. Rather full-bodied with sweetish, burned caramel and overripe fruit. Warming alcoholic finish with a short, dry bitterness. Delicious. 060608

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
oh6gdx (20004) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 28, 2008
Bottle (From Ölkonsortiet, Aalborg). Deep amber colour, mediumsized brown head. Aroma is caramel malts, hops and mild notes of alcohol and spices. Flavour is fruits, yeast, raisins and some slight leathery notes. Aftertaste is mainly yeast and hops.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (19647) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
omhper (18957) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 29, 2010
Bottled at Black & Brown Inn, Stockholm. Hazy dark brown,near no head. Rich caramelly nose. Sweet with clean mouthfeel and medium body. Spicy, grainy and caramelly. Mildly warming with lots of caramelly malt. Light resiny bitterness. Good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (15543) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish woody malty caramel aroma with hints of maple. Sweetish malty caramel and sugary maple flavor with hints of dark fruit, Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with some hints of maple.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fiulijn (13533) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
Dark brown color; the medium head reduces quickly. It has a strong caramel aroma, and light aroma of vegetables, spices, liquorice. Medium body, with strong caramel flavor, medium sweetness, and a mixed touch of spices and vegetables (cinnamon and carrots for example). Low bitterness; in the final the alcohol is a bit too much evident. It reminds me some young and recent Fuller’s Vintage ones, but simpler.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dedollewaitor (13390) - Odense, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2008
34,1 cl bottle. Bought @ VinensVerden, Odense: Pours hazy amber with a creamy head on top. Nose is sweet malty roast with plenty of caramel, sugar, syrup & hints of dark fruits such as plum & resin. Palate is smooth & filling. Warmth from alcohol. Lovely beer!


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