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

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RATINGS: 566   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.


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3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theydon_Bois (7898) - The ’Sham, Surrey, - NOV 13, 2012
Bottle on Amtrak Train 27 - The Empire Builder ( from Binny’s South Loop) - 05/11/12. Murky mid brown with a thin off white head that soon clears to a small pond and the edge of the glass. Nose comprises malt, syrup, toffee and a little paint fumes. Taste follows nose, a touch of plastic, best element of this beer is that the 9.5% alcohol is pretty well disguised. As with other DDC beers I’ve had - largely a let down, all hype no delivery!


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (163) - Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Wow this thing has all kinds of aromas. Vanilla, cherries, wood and the maple syrup shine beautifully. Pours a musty brown with little flakes of sediment. Taste tightly composed with more cherries, sweet malt, maple, toffee and leather. Not much in the way of the classic peat from a Scotch ale, but that is a good thing in my opinion. Wonderfully balanced and full flavored. Another great beer from this brewery.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
degbert (1060) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy brown with extremely rich red highlights and a smooth, lacy cream-cinnamon head. Nose is maple sugar candy, vanilla, toast, warm wood, earth, and mushrooms -- a real mingling of aromas. Dry and rich on the tongue, with the earthy mushroomy substantialness predominant; the maple echoes its way in towards the back of the mouth, not as sweetness but as more of an aromatic note, adding a subtle roundness to the roasty coffee and black tea elements. Finish is long, a little boozy, and silky, with that maple ghost continuing to hang around and tie the whole package together. Pretty darn amazing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (3742) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2014
Aroma is malts, toffee, Scotch ale yeast and a hint of the maple syrup. The flavor is maple syrup, malts, fruit and a medium sweetness in the finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (112) - CANADA - MAY 26, 2014
Pours a murky brown with a short tan head diminishing rapidly to nothing, no lacing. Nose is distinctly maple, dark fruits, and candy sugar, with a distinct alcohol edge. Taste is maple, brown sugar, and figs, with a distinct alcohol warming. Mouth feel is slick and heavy, with low carbonation. Not a big fan of Wee Heavies, but this one’s pretty good. The maple flavour works well, and though it’s one the heavy side, the sweetness isn’t cloying. The ABV’s not well hidden, though, giving the ale an abrasive edge that doesn’t unreservedly work.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (1965) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 19, 2014
I just lost my rating so here is the short version: malty, sweet, wood, light stickiness, light bitter finish. good beer, not so good scotch ale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bacterial (1372) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2014
Brown reddish pour at Prohibition Pig. Light tan head that disappears pretty quickly. Slight peaty and roasted malt nose. Really nice taste, complex with a subtle maple finish that intensifies and lingers.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NeuroPliny (140) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 8, 2014
Poured from a 355 cc bottle into a stem glass. Pours dark reddish brown with a tan head leaving generous lace. Aroma is dark dried fruit, brown sugar, caramel apple, maple syrup, and malts. Flavour is complex dark malts, scotch ale, subtle maple and molasses. Very well balanced. I was scared the maple syrup might be too dominating but this is not the case. Great combination.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
fhoublon (312) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Bouteille de 341 ml achetée au Dépanneur Grand Duc à Longueuil au coût de $3.29. Dégustée le 21 juin 2010 (thistle). Bière brune foncée trouble. Mousse peu, col mince et éphémère, beige foncé. Très effervescente, grosses bulles. Odeur de brûlé. Très douce au départ, très sucrée, assez amère. Saveur de sirop d’érable bien présente mais pas trop marquée, alcool ressort en finale. Au départ, goût un peu boisé (scotch/brandy) et vanille, fruits secs (pruneaux). Très bien équilibrée, pas trop sirupeuse, assez complexe. Très bon dosage de sirop d’érable, ce qui n’est pas évident. Goût sec en finale sans que ce soit désagréable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (820) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 21, 2014
Bottle to tulip Caramel, alcohol, and apple aromas. The colour is a cloudy dark amber and it has a thin off white head. Taste is reminiscent of a scotch ale but once the alcohol taste fades, the maple starts to shine through. It’s not overpowering like other maple based ales I’ve had, just a subtle aftertaste and I’m digging it. Great job.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stephane_Houle (74) - - APR 20, 2014
Un Scotch Ale à l’érable extra-forte qui n’est malheureusement pas disponible à l’année longue. L’Équinoxe du Printemps offre de légères notes d’arôme d’érable au nez alors qu’ils prennent d’avantages d’ampleur au goût, sans devenir écrasant. La parfaite balance quoi!


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