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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Équinoxe Du PrintempsÉquinoxe Du Printemps

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BA SCORE
87
very good

401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 05-02-2003)
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Ratings: 401 | Reviews: 219 | Display Reviews Only:
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ToasterChef, Apr 19, 2013
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Blue Monk last night.Came to the table in a goblet a burnt orange infused chesnut brown with a thin head atop.Brown sugar,dark fruit,maple,and lightly roasted nut in a rich nose.Thick and chewey the mouthfeel is everything you would want in the style.Dark fruit and brown sugar malt flavors with atinge of mable,as it warmed sweet alcohol cameinto play.I really enjoyed this warming wee heavy.

oberon, Sep 21, 2011
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 9/24/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16 oz Harp glass. Firm pour yields the thinnest of heads the evaporates very quickly. Very spotty light lace. Color is interesting, almost cider like, a very murky, clouded light brown.

Nose- Sour, sweet, and malty. Sour, almost rotting green apples. Interesting as I thought the maple syrup would come through.

Taste- Wow. Very different then the nose. Some dark fruits, cherries and dates, apple pie. Lots of firm malty caramel backing. Burnt caramelized sugar, a pleasant maple finish. Very warming in finish.

Mouthfeel- Thin and dry but not cloying

Drinkability- Very nice but strong, and I am only half way through.

Kraken, Sep 25, 2009
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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Equinoxe du Printemps, a Maple Scotch Ale, smells quite a bit like beer mixed lightly with cognac. The toasted grains and clean-but-light hoppiness of an ale are still present, but joined by strong vanillas and maple sugars, and just a hint of oak.

On the tongue, the beer is incredibly complex and bursting with flavors. In fact, it's hard to nail down exactly what's going on, so varied are the flavors that run across the tongue. Maple syrupy sugars are present, yes, but joined by orange notes that would seem more fitting in, say, Cointreau (or a similar orange liqueur). Huge banana and vanilla blasts trumpet the background, as well as a chorus line of bourbon or whisky-like alcoholic high kicks. Many of the main flavors of the brew are actually more liqueur-like than beer-like, and if the ale has one weakness, it's that it possesses an overwhelming alcohol taste that even the 9.5% ABV can't quite explain. Despite this, the brew maintains a relatively light mouthfeel.

Overall, while the taste of alcohol does prove detrimental, Equinoxe is a great beer. I only wish I didn't have to drive to Montreal every time I wanted one.

jondeelee, Aug 06, 2011
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: chocolate brown with a red hue; hazy, looking like a Belgian trappist ale

Aroma: sweet & rich, hint of maple and some caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel: finely carbonated, light on the tongue; not overly sweet which is surprising; maple shows up after a few seconds and grows slowly, but never becomes too strong

Overall: reminiscent of a good Belgian ale with a perfect malty flavour; very drinkable. Only fault is that the promised maple is just a bit too subtle

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3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split with fellow BA infi for my birthday night of drinking! Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance is a translucent reddish-orange that fills the glass easily. Head is about a quarter-inch thick and lightly colored, dissipating slowly and leaving a substantial amount of lacing. The nose is full of malts, malts and more malts. Really sweet smelling, especially with the slight wafting of the advertised maple syrup at the end.

Taste is sweet and malty right off the bat, as expected. Bitterness is almost non-existent, just a light tinge in the middle of the sip. Finishes off with the touted maple syrup flavoring, with a light aftertaste that doesn't linger too long. Definitely a sugary-tasting brew, one of the sweeter kinds I've had. The hefty 9.5% ABV is only detectable after letting it warm up for a bit. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, doesn't weigh down the tongue too much and has the faintest bit of carbonation. Goes down easy and smooth.

An interesting and flavorful brew to say the least. Drinkability is only slightly impaired by the weighty ABV. Given the right situation, I definitely could have knocked down another one. Not bad for my first wee heavy. Will have to try others of the same style to compare!

r0nyn, Aug 26, 2010
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - spring has decided to turtle once again, here in late May, so I drink this ode to it with muffled irony.

This beer pours a murky, dark brownish orange colour, with three fingers of thick, puffy, and creamy beige head, which displays very good retention, leaving some decent sudsy chainlink lace around the glass.

It smells of woody maple, biscuity caramel malt, tanned leather, a further toffee sweetness, an oily nuttiness, reduced brown sugar, and some sedate oaken alcohol. The taste is big caramel/biscuit malt, still isolated hard toffee, semi-sweet maple sap, a hint of vegetal smoke, dark earthy fruit, more gritty leather, ethereal savoury spice, and a heady, but well tethered, enveloping booze warmth.

The carbonation is quite low, and almost invisible at times, the body a prominent medium-heavy weight, thick, viscous, somewhat oily, and creamy - a sledgehammer of pleasure on my palate. It finishes well off-dry, the complex malt offset by the lingering besotted fruitiness, and some late-arriving earthy, leafy, and slightly perfumed hops.

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biboergosum, May 29, 2010
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Mondiale 2008. One of several maple offerings. Creamy orange colour with a bit of head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste is malt and alcohol, with tart fruit finish. White lacing. ABove average mouthfeel.Aged in wood, complex, a sipper that reminds me of an oaked barleywine.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a a dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head. 

S- The aroma is very sweet with a lot of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup and booze.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out very sweet and malty. Hints of toffee and caramel come in next with a boozy finish. A little on the sweet and boozy side for me, but not bad.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin fizzy carbonation in the finish.

D- Like mentioned above, the sweetness and booziness limit the drinkability of this brew for me.

cjgator3, Jul 17, 2009
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3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Équinoxe Du Printemps pours an attractive nut brown color. It's hazy, but when backlit reveals a very attractive scarlet tint. A foamy head sits on top and stands about a finger and a half tall. It quickly receded to a thin layer covering the surface and held there for quite a while. Lacing was thin, but the lined the glass nicely.

The nose is full of caramel malt and toffee aromas. It smells very sweet. There's obviously a bit of maple syrup though it's not overly strong. Much to my surprise, banana seems to have a large role (at least in smell). Oak and wood chip scents are notable. They're more of a secondary feature, but add a nice dimension overall. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly strong. All in all, it's pretty good. It just seems a little jumbled and results in an above average nose.

The flavor profile is consistent with the nose. If nothing else, it's the most interesting Scotch Ale I've ever had. It's very malt heavy and has a pretty nice, sweet caramel/toffee flavor up front. There's definitely a banana component. It's not bad, but it is out of place and comes across as...well...weird. It features a distinct maple flavor (obviously) that's sweet and adds quite a bit of character. It's unique and works well with its malty character. Oak is easily noted. Honestly, it doesn't really seem to add much, but doesn't negate anything either. Alcohol is noted and runs a little warm. It finishes sweet and a little boozy. It's far from bad, but it's not quite as good as I'd hoped.

Its body is medium and relatively smooth. Carbonation seems a little high and prevents it from accomplishing more. Drinkability is above average, but limited by its (slightly) weird flavor, abv, and warmth. My bottle indicates abv is 9.5%. It's definitely a sipping beer that takes a while to get through.

Équinoxe Du Printemps is a very interesting and unique Scotch Ale. At the end of the day, it's an above average beer that didn't quite live up to my expectations. I like the maple syrup and oak aspects of it. But, I really don't like the banana flavor. It's weird, misplaced, and throws the overall experience a little. That being said, it's pretty good and definitely a unique experience. Worth checking out.

As a side note, I'm curious about the profiles here on the site. This beer has a distinct oak flavor and I'm left wondering if there's really an oak aged version of this beer that's different. I've got a hunch that this is the same beer. My bottle even indicates the abv is even higher on this one. Just throwing that out there. Carry on.

prototypic, Apr 23, 2009
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3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Some chill staffer bought it for me at the brewpub. 9.5 instead of 9.1 in bottled form.

A- Dark red brown. Nice thin head that disappears but comes right back with a swirl.

S- So sweet. Maple syrup, yeast and malt.

T- Maple syrup is so much stronger, or rather noticeable than in bottled form. Still similar to the bottled serving. See my other review for details.

M- Almost full. Medium carbonation which I'd consider high for the style.
It got much lower during the hour it took me to drink this though.

D- Low. This tastes very good but just drinks slow. I love the taste but am just not very eager to take another sip.

Good quality beer.

Yoonisaykul, May 03, 2010
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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.