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

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on tap
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RATINGS: 570   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 (8759) - 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!


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Yorker (1211) - Herning, DENMARK - SEP 23, 2014
34 cl bottle @ home. Pours hazy brown with a lot of sediment and an off-white head that leaves a little lacing. Aroma and flavour are caramel, alcohol, dried fruit, and liqurice - with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
wedgie9 (1990) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 10, 2014
From old notes, tasted with Curtis and some friends in Nashville, probably some time near the summer of 2012, from a 330mL bottle. Pours clear amber with a thin white head that leaves a thin collar of lace. The nose is sweet caramel, maple, bread malt, and some lightly bitter toast. The flavor is much more caramel and maple malt up front with some toasted bitterness. The body is medium with average carbonation and a long caramel and lightly bitter finish. Simple but good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (415) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 29, 2014
(On tap at the DDC tap takeover @ barVolo, Aug 23 2014) Pours a hazy black tea colour with a small yellowish tan head and no lace. Aroma quite sweet and iced tea like when cold. Maple sugar sweetness and yellow raisins and prunes. On the palate, sweet maple sugar dominant at first, stewed dark fruits, on the finish it dries out with a moderate resin bitterness, faint nuts, more maple sugar, bit of alcohol heat. Body medium-full, slightly syrupy with moderate prickly carb, This was a pretty nice sipper, maple-forward and perhaps better suited to a cooler day or a later position in my tasting rotation away from the wits, sours and IPAs. Quality is there though, would like to try the barrel version as I can see it being ideal for that.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
arondee (565) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours a very dark blackish brown with 0 head. It almost looks like a very dark. There’s a decent amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Aroma is sweet candied sugar, maple, and caramel. The taste is huge malty sweetness and alcohol, followed by an aftertaste of maple syrup. This is a big, thick, beer and I don’t think I could have more than 1 bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sarlacc83 (766) - Oregon, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. A: Dark mahogany worthy of Ron Burgundy. Off-white head. Good lacing. N: Smoke, toffee, caramel, maple syrup, some oxidation, charcoal, plenty of bready malts, and bubble gum. T: Smoke and big Scotch sweetness. M: Thick and sticky. Moderate carb levels are appropriate for the style and heft. O: Maple adds a nice element to this one. I always want to like the beer more than I do, however, especially as Peche Mortel is one of my favorite beers out there.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Weezel (198) - 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 (1131) - 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 (3897) - 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 (223) - 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 (2157) - 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.


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