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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 573   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.


4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 13, 2010
Welcome to complexity. Pours a dark brown/ruby/amber holding a thin head. Aromas ofsweet caramel, sour, slight alcohol and a bit of earth and wood, Taste is very well balanced between sweet malt and caramel against a sour backdrop. The maple syrup isn’t too noticable until the finish. The taste coats your mouth after the swallow. I’m really impressed. Clearly a special beer.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RSRIZZO (1855) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2009
11.5 oz bottle, label states that it has 9.5% ALC/VOL. Color is a hazy brown with a touch of amber. Carbonating is very good with a thick tight off white head that clings to the sides my glass with beautiful lacing. Aroma is a sweet maple scent with yeast and alcohol showing. Taste is clean, smooth and a little sweet. Starting with a medium body it goes down easy with a smooth clean feel. Finish is just amazing with dried fruit flavors coming out and a nice Belgian yeast taste then a gentle maple and I think a little orange drifts by near the end. After taste is a little more citrus with the Belgian flavors riding along for a bit and the alcohol showing to cap things off. Holy crap this is a good brew, one of the best Scotch Ales I have ever, and the best brew with Maple I know of. It’s big and complex yet easy to drink and comes off clean. The Sky God put heaven in a bottle.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 21, 2010
Dieu Du Ciel Equinoxe du Printemps Wow. This is really nice. Pours copper with a thick creamy head and excellent retention. Strong aroma of malt, alcohol, toffee, maple and wow. Taste is sweet malt, maple syrup and a warming alcohol finish. The mouthfeel is lovely and warming with an oily feel. This was a great beer for the Equinox. God damn, I want another one. I think this may have sat for six months before we drank it. I wonder if it did it some good. Excellent!

4.6
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 29, 2010
341ml bottle from 4 pack. pours a murky dark brown with a thick creamy off white head. aroma is sweet malts, caramel, butterscotch and cabane à sucre. taste is sweet, with a nice hops balance and a maple syrup aftertaste that lingers perfectly. full bodied yet refreshing in the spring time. this is a wonderful beer, one of my favourites from Dieu du Ciel. at $9.39 for the 4 pack, it’s an absolute bargain!

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dirkules (629) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 9, 2006
Bottled. This one is a smooth drippy sweet amazing beer! Rum butter and barley sugar candies abound in this malty murky beer. The perfect blends on scotch and ale breadiness. A masterful rendition of the best ingredients.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
reliantkcar (102) - USA - FEB 8, 2010
caramel, dough, clove, brown, hazy, minimal head, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, paper napkin, full body, slick feel, flat, long finish, maple

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrhoppy (1285) - Santa Clara, California, USA - MAY 14, 2013
From one of the best breweries in the world. Aroma of fresh pine needles and orange peel. Obvious notes of maple toffee in the taste but the bourbon notes are much prevalent over anything else. Notes of dried fruits and vanilla, with a quite intense leafy hoppiness like a sweet pine esters. Beautiful beer. Wow!

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5365) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2005
RBSG 2005... Poured a reddish brown color with a thin, light tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of light fruits, maple syrup, scotch, oak, cherries, yeast, and alcohol. Taste of maple syrup, caramel malts, cherries, light bitterness, and a touch of alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopscotch (9242) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2005
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 Bottle... RBSG 2005... This beer rocks!... Hazy copper ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Very good retention. Notes of brown sugar, light smoke, maple syrup (maybe more from the power of suggestion, though), caramel and oak in both the aroma and flavor. Medium to full-bodied with a lightly oily mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Lengthy, bitter-sweet finish. Have I ever mentioned that I like scotch ale?... a lot? Especially this one. Reminiscient of Alesmith Wee Heavy Scotch Ale... but it’s difficult to beat perfection.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tripplebrew (777) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2011
Pours a hazy nutty amber with thick frothy tan-tinged head. Aroma is largely caramel, maple sugar and alcohol. Flavor is largely caramel, roasted nuts, and maple. Body is light yet creamy with a lot of active carbonation.


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