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

bottled
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on tap
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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.


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4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidnyc29 (6) - - APR 25, 2013
Very interesting beer. Maple not overpowering, and adds a nice complexity. Had on cask.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rand (1410) - SWITZERLAND - JAN 17, 2016
Bouteille 341 ml de Hyperboissons - Doubs (F). Scotch classique, rouge foncé à courte mousse, avec des arômes très maltés, caramélisés avec du sirop d’érable et une note boisée. La bouche est grasse, sirupeuse de malt fruité et biscuité. Notes d’érable, sucre brun, épices et bois. L’amertume est terreuse, enveloppée d’alcool bien chaleureux. Divin.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
lightbias (397) - USA - JAN 14, 2016
The aroma is malty, warm and full of peat and sweetness; very inviting. The ruddy, hazy brew is full of sediment and capped with a a thick, frothy foam, latte in hue and somewhat akin to the cap on a root beer float. Visually delicious! - The flavor is somewhat anchored to the aroma, and the maple adds a sweetness to the already sweet malty backbone. The body is respectable, but not overbearing, and holds a level of carbonation that carries the flavors and aroma to a mild, and very quaffable end. At 9.5% this should be a booze bomb, but instead, from crack of the cap to long after the swallow, there is nothing but a mellow, drinkable beer. Not amazing, but certainly a beer I would drink again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
biirusaikou (1928) - - JAN 5, 2016
Bottle shared. Maple syrup is nicely integrated, mouthfeel is so smooth and soft that it feels like marshmallow with pleasant plum/fig fruitiness, gentle warming finish with a touch of cinnamon. Delicious brew, great for early winter, definitely will chase other aged versions.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
hackobock (2768) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 1, 2016
January 1, 2015. Bottle, notched 1 and 5, probably bottled january 2015 (?).
Murky reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is malty, fruity and light boozy with toffee, apricot, maple syrup, hints of cinnamon and light earthy. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter. Finish is malty and a bit fruity with toffee, peach, pear, herbal, light spicy and an earthy slight harsh touch of alcohol. Medium bodied, soft to average carbonation.
Good but there is a light disturbing touch of higher alcohol.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mzaar (2412) - Varberg, SWEDEN - DEC 10, 2015
Flaska. Mörkbrun öl med ett medel mot litet beigt skum. Dofter och smaker av karamell, torkad frukt, nöt och sirap. Alkohol sticker igenom i eftersmaken. Medelstor kropp.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokestereo (155) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
Pours hazy brown with a very thin line of white head. Aroma; dades, caramel, dried fruits and apricot. Flavours; sweet dades, maple syrup, dried fruits, caramel, honey and herbal tones.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
linusb (353) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2015
A: Dark brown, thin lacing N: Dates, caramel, apricot, candy T: Dates, caramel O: Very complex! Sweet and bitter at the same time.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (3995) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - DEC 2, 2015
(Dieu du Ciel Équinoxe du Printemps) Bottle 341 ml from free beer week. Served into a snifter, ABV 9.1% Deep red brown colour on the body, with a good sized, thin, beige head on top, with average retention. Aroma of malts, caramel, spices, maple syrup. Sweet taste, with malts, light caramel, apples with honey, maple syrup, hints of spices, light wood, warming alcohol. Medium body, good carbonation. Nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ebone1988 (774) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20. Aroma is sweet malt, caramel, toffee, subtle maple, slight metallic, smells a lot like an old ale. Appearance is ruby, light tan head. Taste is balanced, not a lot standing out, but might caramel and toffee, sweet malt, very malty finish. Mouthfeel is light for the style, medium body and carbonation. Overall, I keep expecting great things from them and keep being disappointed.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
koleminer20 (1495) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2015
12 oz bottle shared by ebone1988. The pour is a murky dark mahogany color with a thinner, soapy, light tan head with some spots of lace as it falls to a bubbly collar. The aroma is strange. There is a little metallic tendency present. The maple does come through on the back but it's light, and an accent piece at best. There is a sweet malt undertone and a light scotch ale sweetness. The malts are nicely balanced by the maple sweetness. Not a lot of caramel, which is typical, but it's serviceable. The flavor is all dry roasted malt. There is an off putting sweetness and a light metallic that sucks, to be frank. There isn't any maple, and it's heavily disappointing. The mouth feel is thin and light. There is a decent carbonation and a lingeringly weird and sweet malt finish and a blandness that I'm not feeling at all. This is just not good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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