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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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433 Ratings
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Ratings: 433
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 28
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
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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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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 UWBadgerFan4Life
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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 pagriley
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of HoppySeb
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greggio
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
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 Nat1975
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kjkinsey
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Derek
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HELMAD11
4.6/5  rDev +18.3%

Photo of hooliganlife
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of AlvinLin
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Tone
3.72/5  rDev -4.4%

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 leroybrown10
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.