Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 235
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 30
Gots: 45 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: francisweizen on 05-02-2003

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.

The Equinoxe du printemps was born in our Montreal brewpub in February 1999.
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Ratings: 465 | Reviews: 235
Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red crowned by a quickly fading tan froth. Has a simple aroma of maple syrup, spice, sweet bread and plum. Tastes of brown bread covered in maple syrup, grain, plum and a hint of black grape. Medium-to-heavy in body with a flick of alcohol at the very end. Sweet all the way through but never cloying and just as balanced as you could wish for.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In a snifter the beer was a very dark brown, almost black, color. There was a light tan head with a bit of lace.

Sweet malt aroma. Woodsy.

Toffee taste. A lot of maple syrup.

This was just sweet enough without going overboard. The alcohol (9,5%) was very well hidden.

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank a bottle that had been aged a year. Fantastic.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Feb-15-2015


A:
Pours a cloudy honey brown with ruby highlights, from the bit of light it lets through, and two fingers of tan head that settles to a tight little cap. Good retention; even flecks of lacing. (3.75)

S:
Dark fruits, fruit leather, earthy sweetness (syrup, of course), brown sugar. (3.75)

T:
Big, boozy, rusty. Fermented syrup, earthy astringency, hard water in an old dirty tin can. (3.75)

M:
Medium body, sticky, thick, bright carbonation, lingering feel, obvious alcohol. (3.5)

O:
Okay beer but I don't know that I would get it again.
She smells pretty enticing with a lot of scotch ale-y-ness to it. The flavor though tastes pretty dry (but sticky), boozy and mineraley. It drinks alright, but it definitely would benefit from cold weather of some sort.
Not bad, not really my cup of tea, it is definitely not among my favorites in the style. (3.75)

Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky honey brownish orange color. Can't speak to the head because I used the tasting glass. Tan foam. Fell fast. Left a pencil thin ring. Nose is fruity with a good earthy peat to underlie that. It's not heavy to the nose though or too much. Taste is lovely. This is a beautiful mouthfeel first of all. Medium but put together very well. travels the palate with an almost whimsical bearing. The alcohol adds to the overall balance and does impart a soft sweetness and a bit of pepper of it's own. The beer is fruity but also has brown sugar, brown bread and a soft roast. The finish brings a hint of maple, a touch of spice, toffee and that fabulously light peat. Wonderful!

Photo of Benish
3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label stated it's scotch ale brewed with maple syrup. I tasted absolutely no maple syrup, even as it warmed up a little. Did not pick up any complex aromas or additional flavors. To me, it's just another scotch ale.

Photo of fscottkey
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [3.5] Deep ruby color to almost brown. The beer pours with a scant head. The bottle lists the ABV 9.5% and there is a notch system. But I am not sure what date it is telling me.

S: [2.25] I hate to say this but I get a strong alcohol smell that comes across like a paint solvent.

T: [2.50] Fortunately this does not follow the nose exactly. It has the peat taste of a Scotch Ale then a weird overly alcoholic taste. I am not getting any of the maple syrup.

M: [2.50] The beer has a strangely over foamy feel that makes it too light on the tongue.

O: [2.50] This beer is all over the place (no of those places is good). I have had 2 other excellent beers from this brewery - but this one is a misfire. The nose is plain bad. The taste is in the ok range and the mouthfeel is also bad. I keep sipping and hoping for a different outcome.

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.34/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(relatively new-looking bottle, notched at 1 and 1 on the label - not sure if this is a bottling date, best by, or batch number)

L: somewhat opaque, reddish-brown liquid... not much head on the (rather soft) pour into a teku glass... does actually leave small strands of lace... this is a twist-off, bottle-conditioned beer?! haven't seen that outside of SN

S: not the least bit potent, surprisingly... caramel cake icing... floral booze squashed underneath... even straining, nose at various points around the glass, not much poking out

T: very thick malt... hard candy, with a nip of spicy black pepper... not all that sweet though - quite dry... mellow booze and yeast bite in the long mid-finish follow through... alcohol is quite well woven in (hidden)... no apparent presence of maple

F: actually, pretty thick mouthfeel - soft texture and flow... tiny bit of heat through the finish... not terribly carbonated, which isn't necessarily a bad thing

O: best drunk at cellar temp, or warmer... yes, it has the requisite foundation of a North American take on the style, however, it comes across extremely dull, whether due to it being old or from a hitch in the bottle-conditioning... I'd be curious to try this again on draft, but I'm not going out of my way to find a bottle

Photo of MatChar
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Perhaps the most disappointing DDC I've had. Nice reddish dark brown body with decent thick foam which disappears rather quickly. Smell is thin, lacks wee heavy character and maple aromas (gets slightly better as it warms). Taste: at first, balanced roasted caramel with nice residual sugar then, it gets dubious: maple taste emerges as off-tasting, almost wrong/artificial.

Photo of Gotti311
3/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a really off nose, almost like a plastic smell. Maple doesnt come through. One of the first misses I have had from DDC

Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter 3/4/2015.

A- Dark amber-brown body, minimal white head, no lacing. Has some decent legs on this... if you let it sit in the glass, it seems like there is table sugar lining the glass. Weird.

S- Brown sugar, molasses, a bit of maple, but overall smells like plastic. Kind of like Twizzlers but without any substantial fruit or other flavours.

F- Very sweet beer that has that sweeter, less spicy scotch ale yeast flavour. Molasses, brown sugar. I don't taste the maple syrup a whole lot here, but presumably it fermented out completely to make this a very sweet beer.

M- Thick bodied, slightly syrupy. A bit old ale-like. A bit too sweet and cloying for me.

O- Eh, not one of DDC's best beers. The concept is solid, but the amount of sweetness really ruins it for me.

Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with small tan head. Rich aroma of dark bread, molasses and maple. Medium bodied, but lighter flavor than the aroma suggests. Smooth up front with the same flavors as the aroma mixing into a sweet, smokey taste, with hop bitterness and alcohol combining for a little bite on the back end. The maple's prominent, but not at all overpowering; a nice addition.

Photo of Greggio
4.49/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really likes this one. Solid head with moderate carbonation.
I could taste some maple and a descent amount of honey in the aftertaste.
The taste was very pleasing and one of my favorites.
Would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.86/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found I couldn't taste any maple (as labeled) as the brew was intense and somewhat bitter on the tongue.

It's definitely not a session beer, and you'd have to be the type to like brews that hit the tastebuds hard for this one.

Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%

Pours a hazy, dark brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-tan color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, sweet malt, slight cherry, hint of syrup, and alcohol. Fits the style of a Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of alcohol, sweet malt, hint of roasted malt, cherry, slight syrup, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, decent aroma and feel, but too much cherry and syrup in the body.

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Picking up a bunch of the maple syrup. A solid sweetness. Light on the Scotch ale flavor though.

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle picked up locally me and enjoyed from a DDC 15th anniversary wine glass.

Brew pours a deep muddy brown with a thin bubbly head that doesn't hang but leaves bubbly lace streaks all over the sides of the glass.

Nose is gooey caramel with some boozy heat.

Taste matches the nose. Fairly lush decadent l,I quid caramel. Brown sugar. Maple syrup.

Fairly full bodied and chewy, but easy drinking.

Overall, a really nice scotch ale and the male syrup fits like a glove. Not quite better half but very well could be if aged on bourbon.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, earth, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, brown sugar, toffee, wood, and slight maple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of sweet sugary and earthy characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of mtomlins
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with 1 year of age.

Beautiful copper color with 1-2 fingers of a light tan head with decent retention and some lacing. Nice nose, caramel, toffee, brown sugar. It is very similar on the palate, toasted grain, toffee, caramel with some subtle bitterness in the finish. Nice and round with enough carbonation to keep it drinkable.

Photo of byronic
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours almost opaque brown with hints of amber. A very thin pale head

A nice aroma of malt, toffee and a hint of maple.

Very nice taste, sweet with caramel and some fruit, toasted malt. Really fantastic maple finish that lingers until your next sip.

Smooth and a touch creamy. The alcohol is masked very well

Being a fan of a wee heavy this one took me by surprise. A very nice variation on a wee heavy. The addition of maple really works and the hint of sweet it creates in the finish sets the beer apart. I would definitely like to have a few of these on hand.

Photo of babaracas
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a turbid red tinted brown with zero head, and a few small dots on the glass. Smell: sweet, backed apple, maple syrup (I'm primed by the description; not terribly strong), mild earthiness. Taste: soft cooked red apple, tons of caramel, date bread, mild earthiness, syrup sugariness towards the finish. Medium bodied, mild carbonation with a diluted syrupy feel. Sticky finish. Sweet. Enjoyable, but that's about all.

Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red brown in color. Very cloudy. Poor head retention. Head is tan in color.

Aroma is of toffee and caramel.

Beer tastes very sweet. A little cloying. Some notes of toast. A little bitter in the finish

Full bodied and thick.

Overall an interesting beer, I do not really pick up any of the maple flavor. A little to bitter in the finish, either from roast or hops.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.

This beer poured a deep chestnut brown with a thin one finger head that disappeared fast leaving little behind but memories. The smell is toffee and caramels with leather and some spices. The taste is not as aggressive as some wee heavies I've had, and this works. Much of the nose carries over in taste, with maple jumping in and out of the flavor profile. There was a full body and a medium carbonation.

I enjoy a wee heavy. I find them nice sippers and pleasant cold weather beers. I was surprised by this beer and how light it felt compared to others of the style. A nice change. I also like the use of maple in this beer.

Photo of mrfrancis
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky amber with a creamy beige mousse that recedes quickly. Chunks of yeast are noticeable in the liquid even after the beer settles.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, leather, nougat, brown sugar, hazelnuts, almonds, maple syrup, and mild, earthy ale hops are present on the nose.

T: Notes of earthy hops, leather, caramel, toffee, heather honey, maple syrup, hazelnuts, almonds, nougat, praline, brown sugar, dark bread, plums, figs, dates, and raisins blossom on the palate. The finish is long and sweet with pronounced flavors of caramel, nougat, maple syrup, and earthy, herbal hops.

M: Full in body and velvety. Carbonation is firm, active, and prickly, avoiding the stickiness of many ales brewed in the Scottish style. Alcohol is incredibly subdued, making this beer very easy to drink despite its formidable strength.

O: A really solid Scotch ale. I was a bit surprised that the maple syrup merged so well with the sweet, nutty malt flavors the brewers presented so well. I also appreciate the fact that the hops were noticeable, but not overpowering. Unfortunately, many North American brewers seem to be under the impression that Scottish ales should be made hoppier. Though this is not exactly a traditional wee heavy, it is a very good example of a North American take on the style that manages to be quirky and individualistic, but does not break entirely with tradition.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark reddish brown with very small yellowish brown head. Aroma of maple, dark fruits, figs, raisins, candy sugar, alcohol. Flavor is maple, brown sugar, fig, and pears. Surprisingly high and prickly carbonation. Medium sticky body. A bit dry. Not my favorite, but not a bad beer. I really like a bit more body to my wee heavy brews, and I find everything thus far from Dieu Du Ciel to be extremely light on the palate for the styles.

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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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