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Équinoxe Du Printemps | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Équinoxe Du PrintempsÉquinoxe Du Printemps
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by francisweizen on 05-02-2003

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Reviews: 256 | Ratings: 537
Reviews by cratez:
Photo of cratez
3.52/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 341ml bottle into a snifter. Cinnamon tan body with an off-white head, which quickly fades away. Bad retention and no lace. Smell consists of fruity esters, pungent alcohol, and maple. Lots of yeast, with hints of brown sugar. Taste is bittersweet whisky malt, prunes, alcohol, and dryly malted wheat. Boozy and clean, but too big! This beer is overly dry and the alcohol is far too prominent. Also, I would have liked more maple flavour in the taste. Not very drinkable.

EDIT: tried a second bottle at the DDC! Meet & Greet at Chancey Smith's and it was tasting much better. The head lasted longer, I got some nice floral, resinous aromas on the nose, and the maple came through a lot more in the flavour. It was also far less boozy than my first sample. I've upped the score accordingly.

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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.

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Photo of oberon
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of jondeelee
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.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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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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.

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Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of alarmclock314
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5oz bottle, 1 and 5 notched on side of the label. Pours hazy reddish amber with a below average sized head. Smells of mostly caramel and sweet bready malt with some peat and spice; even better after it warms up. The taste follows closely with caramel, malt, peat, rich maple syrup, and some light char and wood; complex. Fairly sweet finish with moderate dryness. Above average body and below average carbonation. Overall, this beer is very well done, complex, and fitting of the style. A fantastic Scotch Ale if you can find it on the shelf.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Kraken
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppySeb
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz bottle served at a temperature of about 50F.

Appearance: The body is hazy with a dark brown color that has reddish highlights. It has a good tan head that soon dies down to a full top coat and leaves decent lacing,

Aroma: dark, yeasty bread,alcohol esters with notes of sweet dark fruits (raisins, blackberry), molasses, and, perhaps, a hint of maple syrup. A bit boozy but in an acceptable way.

Flavor: Like the aroma, it has dark bread, yeast and some dark fruit, including dates More earthy hops here than the aroma suggested. Hints of smoke and maple/toffee sweetness, and grass/hay. Mild bitterness. The complex, lingering aftertaste is a highlight.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy body with medium-low carbonation but with more heat in the mouth from the alcohol than optimum.

Overall: Initially disappointing, it remained somewhat disappointing but not much, as I adjusted my expectations.

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Photo of JIMTRK16
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of Reappropriated
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of r0nyn
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!

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Photo of JonnyBeers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 fluid ounce bottle into a snifter. Where'd that other half ounce go?

Pours a deep brown and amber...in the glass it's brown. Head is a bit thin, but sudsy and oatmeal-colored. A healthy pool of lace settles over the body. 4.25

Quite the sweet monster we have here. Tons of sweet bready malt that remind me of a doppelbock and the added sweetness of a tangy, fruity maple syrup. It's interesting how the maple has all of these dimensions of fruit to it. On top of all this I note some brown sugar, floral bouquet, and caramel. It's pretty rich all around. 4.25

I'll again remark how much fruitiness this scotch ale has. I'm finding a citrusy element that's pretty foreign to me as far as scotch ales but it's a great attribute here. Of course, this is big on the malts and they show their stripes with a dark bread flavor like a dunkel, some caramel and butterscotch, and occasional hints of brown sugar. A floral taste makes a subtle entrance close to the finish too. 4.25

Initially I was a bit disappointed in the body, finding it thin. But this beer gets progressively more smooth, sticky, and caramel-like. There are moments of fruitiness approaching citrus and floral qualities to boot, both of which I don't expect in a scotch ale but welcome openly here. 4.25


This beer exemplifies all that is good in the world. A shelf turd of a beer sitting in a liquor store in Los Angeles that I eagerly picked up (we don't see anything Shelton) and it's just great. It was the best of times....

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4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Suffice it to say the emphasis is on the 'heavy' in this wee heavy - Fat Bastard himself would be proud! One smooth-drinking, filling, and cockles-warming elixir, this one is. An appropriate offering for we north of the 49th parallel, as the onset of springtime predicated by the equinox normally still means snow on the ground and sub-zero temps that have overstayed their welcome.

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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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