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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Scotch Ale
Montreal, Canada
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RATINGS: 558   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, - APR 27, 2008
Very hazy amber body with nice lasting light tan head. Aroma is very malty with maple and light wood. Flavour is rich with underlying maple sweetness to the finish. Nice cover of the higher abv.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dfearnley (766) - 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 (4) - - APR 20, 2014 does not count
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!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (426) - Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2014
Aroma is a very sweet malt body with some slight smokiness. There is some subtle fruitiness here aswell. Taste is a sweet roastiness and fruitiness on the tip. It finishes with some slight bitterness and warm alcohol finish. Body is a murky amber with a thin beige head that retains fairly well.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RickTheRick (202) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 7, 2014
J’ai longtemps boudé cette bière car moi et l’érable ne font pas très bon ménage. J’ai enfin décidé de lui donner une chance et je ne regrette pas mon audace. Brune aux reflets acajou subtils, elle ne mousse que très peu. Un nez fort aguichant de cannelle, de cassonade, d’érable et d’alcool fort nous remémore qu’on boit bel et bien une scotch ale. Tout d’abord, c’est le caramel qui est perceptible en bouche, la rondeur du malt venant rehausser le tout. Une finale d’érable est ramassée par une vague alcoolisée pour nous réchauffer le palais une dernière fois avant l’arrivée très attendue de la saison chaude.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MunBro (135) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 21, 2014
Aroma of malts and alcohol. Taste is of wood, malts, caramel, spices, and a nice maple finish. Way better than I was expecting to be honest!

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
NatKadaw (93) - Alberta, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Had this many previous times and quite enjoyed it but the brand new batch seems to suffer from a great deal of oxygen - borne cardboardiness. Heavy wet cardboard flavor. My review would typically be much better because this is a solid recipe!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BiereLuc (772) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2014
Bière brune très foncée, trouble, aux reflets cuivrés rougeâtres. La mousse est modérée et elle laisse une fine dentelle au bord du verre. Le nez offre des sensations sucrées; le sirop d’érable est facilement décelable. En bouche, les saveurs douces et sucrées de l’érable se mêlent à des notes torréfiées plus amères et à des . J’achète au moins une bouteille (sinon plus) de cette bière chaque année, à sa sortie. Ma première gorgée ravive toujours le même souvenir d’un hiver trop long qui tarde à finir. Heureusement que la bière est bonne pour nous permettre d’oublier un instant.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1534) - USA - FEB 3, 2014
Reddish to caramel brown in color... Aroma of cider, scotch malts... Flavor is slightly cidery, notes of peated malts, smoke, especially on the finish... Mouthfeel and pour is fairly syrupy, hints of maple in the flavor... As advertised, well done... Like this brewery ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2014
Rated on 02-22-2010 (Bottle) When poured, this beer has a small fizzy bege head that mostly diminishes, transparent orange body, fizzy, lively, fast rising carbonation, and virtually no lacing. The Aroma is caramel malt, sweet, wood, fruity, and alcohol. The Taste is sweet, spice, caramel malt, fruity, some maple, and some alcohol. The Palate is tingly and this beer is medium bodied. Overall, this is a good winter beer and worth trying. It has an enjoyable maple flavor in the finish. A beer I recommend and a beer I would drink again. I enjoy drinking and rating a good Scotch Ale!

4.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
vodka4blood (78) - Milton, Vermont, Vermont, USA - JAN 31, 2014
Excellent scotch ale. Definitely not over-mapled, and it’s strong but not excessively boozy….. how do they do it?? Have not had a less-than-outstanding beer from this brewery yet.


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