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


on tap

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RATINGS: 685   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours cloudy copper/amber. Aroma is malt, sugar, maple, and fruit. Flavor is malt, maple, caramel, fruit, vanilla, and alcohol. Rather sweet, with a medium body. Sweet in a good way, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (25572) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a small off-white head. Has a sweetish woody malty caramel aroma with hints of maple. Sweetish malty caramel and sugary maple flavor with hints of dark fruit, Has a sweetish malty dark fruit finish with some hints of maple.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheJester (2542) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 21, 2009
341 mL bottle. A lovely shade of ruby-brown with a medium beige head that fades, but never quite disappears. The aroma is sweet, almost candy-sweet, with some wood, berries, and caramel malt. A little alcohol at the end. The maple finally arrives in the flavour, where it is a subtle but pleasant influence on the caramel, brown sugar, marmalade and mint that share its space. Doesn’t have the burnt caramel of most scotch ales. Body is quite full. Low carbonation. A unique take on one of my favourite styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
330 mL courtesy of Glouglouburp. Pours a cloudy red/brown with a small, tan, rocky head that fades fairly quickly. No lacing. Aroma is big bubblegum (?), lots of tannins, big malty presence, vanilla extract, alcohol, hints of maple. Taste is similar: big malt, some vanilla, not much maple. Lots of cloying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMUcrew7 (577) - Mason, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2009
Pours opaque deep brown color with almost no head. Strong alcohol is immediately noticeable on the nose, followed by maple syrup, caramelized sugar and some banana, reminds me of bananas foster pancakes. The flavor is intense, at first earthy woody malt, followed by the strong maple syrup, the alcohol is well hidden in the flavor. The aftertaste is one of the strongest I can remember, I can taste it for several minutes after each sip (a good thing). Very interesting beer, best enjoyed slowly as the flavors evolve nicely and the sweetness can be a little much if consumed quickly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
skortila (5662) - Baarn, NETHERLANDS - SEP 9, 2009
Bottled. Aroma has sugar, malts and some sherry. Hazy, brown coloured beer with a creamy, lasting head. The taste is sweet has sugary and caramelly maltiness, syrup, fruits and some sherry. It is really quite sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - SEP 7, 2009
Dark amber brown in color. Smells like honey, maple syrup, pear. Tastes richly sweet but not cloyingly so. Nutty and yummy. I would have a hard time drinking more than one though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
markwise (5414) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Thanks kiefdog for the share. Pours yellow-brown with an off-white head. Nose is booze, maple, honey, banana, clove, and floral hops. Flavor is maple, banana, booze, cloying sweetness, and lingering banana-clove. Light-medium body and lots of boozy sweetness. Borderline too sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bu11zeye (13015) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - SEP 3, 2009
( 12oz bottle ) Pours an amber body with a small white head. Aroma of peat, maple, nuts, dried fruit, and toasted grain. Flavor of maple syrup, caramel malt, raisins, peat, herbs, and wood.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2009
11.5oz bottle from Knightly Spirits (Orlando, FL). Pours a generally clear amber brown with tan white head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of banana, clove, wheat, grain, nuts, boozy, light notes of spice. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of ripe dark fruit, banana, grassy wheat, hops, light floral fruit, Generally medium body with a pleasing malty boozy finish.

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