Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.93/5 rDev +26.7%
Exceptionally good. Bought at The Library in Manhattan, Kansas, but enjoyed back home in Oklahoma.
Incredible maple/malt aroma. Flavor is exactly as described. A full and complex Scotch ale with lots of caramel and toasted malt. The maple works well with it, just an added extra bit of goodness.
Mouthfeel is nice and velvety. Nice alcoholic warmth, but not overpowering. I like this one a lot. I should have bought more than one bottle.
07-13-2011 04:09:20 | More by jmbranum
4.75/5 rDev +22.1%
A wonderful aged maple scotch ale from Dieu Du Ciel. This beer was presented to me with a lovely dark amber colour and almost no head. The aromas were of caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. The taste was a melange of the above...sweet, rich, satisfying. The mouthfeel was very full, almost chewy...and the drinkability was excellent!
A classic Scotch ale!
05-02-2003 07:37:07 | More by francisweizen
4.68/5 rDev +20.3%
Opened in honor and memory of ElJoebo - RIP brother, and my deepest sympathies to your family and friends.
Pours a medium brown/ruby/sienna color. Considerable lacing left behind, with a quickly dissipating 1/2 inch head. Unfiltered, but not "chunky".
Nose is rich with caramel, maple syrup, toffee, the slightest hint of boos and tangerines. Dried fruit, but hard to distinguish the exact one.
First sip - wow, maple syrup. I know it was brewed with the aforementioned, but I'm curious how much was used because it is massive at first. Currant, raisin, toffee, candied sugar...I'd swear it was oak aged at least a bit if I didn't know it was brewed with maple syrup.
Medium/Medium Heavy body. Heavy malt is present, in terms of viscosity I'd rate this a 6.5/7 on the scale of 10 being KtG, BCS, Old Viscosity, etc...
Long finish. The fruit shines here...lots of raisins, dates, figs and plums. Maple syrup is present from start to finish.
Overall. A winner, and a unique take on a scotch ale. Highlights all the classic features you'd expect but the maple syrup compliments it without undermining the integrity of the style. Wonderful, another gold star for Dieu Du Ciel.
05-09-2011 17:41:58 | More by drumminbrewer
4.68/5 rDev +20.3%
This one pours an opaque dark amber color. The smell is of oak and maple. Taste is impressive. Maple, oak, and caramel. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable. Extremely smooth and considerably thick--very reminiscent of maple syrup. I'm very impressed and enjoyed this one thoroughly. A very unique beer.
05-05-2009 22:12:27 | More by HomeRunBaker
4.65/5 rDev +19.5%
pours hazy amber on the edges, with a deep brown middle, and a damn near non-existent head. smells of the maltiness typical of a scotch ale, accompanied by a not-so-typical sweetness. alcohol is, well, noticeable, to say the least.
mmm... 5. 5 for a scotch ale, the best ive ever had. a nicely done (i.e., not overpowering) sweetness up front that gives way to sweet roasted malts, and a barely perceptible hop presence in the middle. this is all followed by the best part of the beer: the maple!!! fantastic finish and aftertaste. lots of alcohol, lots of sweet maple syrup and brown sugar.
mouthfeel is syrupy, disgustingly thick and full of sediment. great. drinkability takes a small hit for the beer being so sweet all the way around, but otherwise, it keeps you sipping.
09-03-2009 03:52:20 | More by jdklks
4.53/5 rDev +16.5%
A - Pours a cloudy brown with a ruby red tinge to it. Nice thumb of light fluffy tan head which sticks to the rim nicely, leaving some thick bubbly lacing. The carbonation is quite noticeable, sending steady streams from the bottom of the glass.
S - Sweet maple and chocolate malts, toasted almonds and a bit of toffee.
T - Quite sweet, as expected. The maple flavour is noticeable right away, brown sugar, and chocolate malts explode in your mouth. The finish is delicious with the maple lingering on your tongue. The alcohol is a little noticeable, but is nicely hidden by the sweet flavours.
M - Very nicely balanced with the perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down quite smoothly, especially for the high ABV.
D - Surprisingly drinkable for something with such a high ABV. Could easily toss back a few of these at a time. The flavours are intense, but still very refreshing. Highly recommended to anyone looking for something bold and sweet.
06-27-2010 19:27:41 | More by andrenaline
4.47/5 rDev +14.9%
Pours a deep copper chestnut with decent head, retention and lacing.
The aroma is full of maple, scotch, and peat. Sweet, but not outrageously sweet. It smells a bit boozy, but that's to be expected from most scotch ales, not to mention a 9.5% one.
What's not expected was the dominance of the maple syrup over the rich malt. Dominance is a strong word, especially when the malt is very evident, but it's as if the foundation is maple. Spicy hops take over after the malt and syrup have taken their course and it rounds itself off after each sip. The aftertaste lingers for a while holding the maple against you.
The body is moderately full and heavy. Carbonation helps it out, but is very subtle how I like it. The finish is mildly dry and sticky.
Overall, this is a very solid Wee Heavy, and a cool example of maple in a beer. After most of a year, the maple is still very evident in this, and it's drinking quite smoothly. I'll probably hold onto my other bottle for another few months or so and see how it is.
10-30-2011 18:33:21 | More by BBP
Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.