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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: 589   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   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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3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
josarah (111) - Hinesburg, Vermont, USA - MAR 30, 2009
Draft at brewpub. Rich amber color, minimal white head, sweet aroma. I don’t usually like maple beers, but this one was not half bad. The maple malt balance was spot on giving the lightess maple taste to a spaicey beerJust a tad to sweet for be, but excellent none the less.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Franckg (248) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 18, 2015
Robe d’un brun trouble typique de scotch ale. Aucune mousse se forme et la faible effervescence n’aide en rien. Arômes de cassonade, citron, eau d’érable, carré aux dattes, fraises et alcool. En bouche, les saveurs sucrées ne se font pas attendre. Le goût de cassonade et de malt envahit le palais suivit par des saveurs plus fruitéss rappellant les jeunes fruits rouges. Le goût d’érable est subtil mais se fait tout de même sentir par son côté sucré et soyeux. Des saveurs plus amère s’installent, faisant penser à une crème brulée entremêlé de zeste d’orange. Le taux d’alcool se fait sentir à la toute fin alors que des effluves plus épicées et d’anis se dévoilent et disparraissent tranquillement avec des relants de sirop d’érable cristallisé. Faible carbonation et corps moyen. Les saveurs se complètent et s’amalgament très bien.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
swannycellars (16) - Swanbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 11, 2015
Happy to have this at swanbourne cellars. Murky brown with some sediment. Smells like burnt sugar, honey, vanilla and prunes. Taste is earthy, toffee, maple syrup, liquorice, bit of alcohol heat. Lovely syrupy mouth feel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manuelMTL (215) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
Pours a brown liquid with no head. Nose is dark fruits, malt sweetness, and notes of alcohol. A hint of marzipan too. Taste is sweet with a perceptible maple syrup note and a lot of prunes flavors. Great Scotch ale with lots of maple syrup character!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jannick13 (114) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 9, 2015
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a ruby translucency and thin dissapating tan head. Aroma of roasted malts, cooked sugar and candied fruit. Taste of brown sugar, candied fruit, caramel, maple, alcohol and a hint of smoke. Medium body. Low carbonation. Nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Stoned99 (321) - Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2015
Bottle, thanks Jo. Aroma: caramel, sugar,nuts, licorice. App: hazy brown-murky with nice small frothy beige head. Taste and palate: full body, smooth, finish is sweet and warm from the alcohol. Overall: As expected, I didn’t smell or taste the maple like most of the beer with maple syrup but it was still pretty good. Really enjoyed the warm finish. At half of the beer, I paired it with ham and it was so delicious. A perfect pairing that I’ll try to do again in the future.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremyh70 (831) - Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2015
2013 bottle. Pours a murky brown color with very little head or lacing. Aroma of roasted grain, brown sugar, hint of maple and some alcohol. Taste has a bit of brown sugar sweetness with a burnt caramel and banana flavor, a touch of maple, grainy roastiness and bitterness and a fair amount of alcohol. Finished with a mild roastiness. Mouthfeel and body were somewhat light and aqueous with low carbonation. Good flavor even though the appearance left something to be desired. Nice twist on a scotch ale and the flavors complimented each other nicely. Would like to try a fresher bottle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jahshuwuh (466) - USA - FEB 24, 2015
A muddy dark brown color with no head. Smells of banana, caramel malt, apple, candied pineapple, a little of the maple. A sweet malty taste, caramel, brown sugar, and a good amount of maple. Some tanic tea like qualities as well. A smidgen of hop bitter in the finish with more maple and caramel. Overall a malty sweet maple flavor with other typical scotch ale flavors, alcohol somewhat apparent, needs to be sipped. Enjoyable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
packers188 (36) - - FEB 15, 2015
Style: Scotch ale a lerable Ibu: - Description: belle biere brune, peu de mousse/ nez alcool erable/ une notre caramel en bouche avec une finale alcool et une legere touche erable parfaite

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardbeerman (213) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 8, 2015
Pours a hazy deep copper topped by a finger or so of tanned head showing some retention and lacing. The nose is sweet malts, dark bread, maple and a nice floral presence of the hops. The taste brings the maple up front with caramelized malts offering yet more sweetness to pair up with the floral hops coming through nicely. The yeasts do shine with a good earthy feature giving more depth to the blend. Mouthfeel is round and ample and the brew has a nice roasty sweet finish where a mild bitterness comes forth. Cheers!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kambei70 (740) - - JAN 31, 2015
2015 bottle. Pours a muddy brown color with large yeast particles floating around. Had a nice fluffy light tan head. Aroma is a light malt with a fair amount of bright, fresh hops with just a hint of the maple. Big mellow malt taste with a little sweetness. Maple flavor is subdued in the middle and there's a nice herbal hop bite at the end. Little alcohol presence. Medium full mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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