Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by bamadog:
4.28/5 rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
I've been sitting on this bottle for about 2.5 years, so I figured it's about that time. Pretty pumped about drinking another one from this brewery - if it's anywhere nearly as good as the other one I've had from them, it should be far from disappointing. Review is from notes taken on 7/19/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.
Appearance: Pour is a dark, caramel color -- reminds me of old rust, but not in a bad way or anything; starts with a one finger head that is a light tan in color, and it fades quickly to a nearly complete, yet uneven head; body is pretty murky, and there seems to be a few floaties around the edges bubbling around with what looks to be still solid carbonation; just a few strands of web-like lacing linger on the sides.
Smell: Lots of caramel malt, a touch of wood and some peat malt, and then a lot of sweet, sweet maple in there; for being just under 10% ABV, the alcohol is completely buried in there; not a ton going on here, but what there is, I'm in love with -- smells fantastic and it's making my mouth water.
Taste: Moment of truth -- this beer is fantastic, and I'm surprised that its average isn't higher. It tastes like candied maple and butterscotch with just a touch, and I mean, JUST a touch, of an earthy bitterness, perhaps a very light coffee ground like flavor that has a touch of acidity to it; alcohol, while invisible in the nose, is certainly present in the taste, but not overwhelmingly so, but more "right sized" - provides a decent burn and it helps balance out the sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Body is a tad over medium, approaching heavy; carbonation is solid, still bubbling and foamy and lively; gums and belly are left warm and tingly from the carbonation and warming alcohol; a thin and very sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth, and the teeth feel a touch gritty; solid overall, and it really lets you know you're drinking something with some substance behind it.
Overall: I think it's great, and I hope this review and score helps bring up the average on it. Great flavors, and would make for a solid dessert on its own. Definitely a sipper, but hey, with everything going for it, I'll sip it all night.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2012 01:02:46 | More by bamadog
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
12-30-2013 14:50:45 | More by mrfrancis
3.5/5 rDev -10.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-11-2013 01:33:14 | More by BMMillsy
Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.