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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Équinoxe Du PrintempsÉquinoxe Du Printemps

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 11.05%

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:
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(Beer added by: francisweizen on 05-02-2003)
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Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

2.1/5  rDev -46%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Pours a dirty brown with a small tan head. Aroma of alcohol, banana laffy taffy, medicinal nastiness. Flavor is sweet, definitely syrupy, with more laffy taffy notes as well as sweet caramel. Boozy. Flavor is better than the aroma, but when the aroma is that bad...it's hardly meaningful. Ick.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 14:25:13 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of ccrida


2.98/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle that I've cellared for a few months, poured into my Delirium snifter, Équinoxe Du Printemps is copper with a large off-white head that is very thick, slow to subside, leaving heavy hunks of foamy lace. Impressive, especially for the style. Also, another cool label, I always dig their artwork.

Smell is pretty boozy, some sweet malt, maple.

Taste is pretty fuselly, not much malt character, a little maple comes out as it warms, but this one is really lacking depth for my taste.

Mouthfeel is very dry, medium body.

Drinkability isn't too high. It's a pretty hot beer that's not terribly interesting to drink. While I got it in trade (thx Northyorksammy!), their beers are generally on the pricey side, which certainly doesn't help.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2009 08:16:24 | More by ccrida
Photo of albern


3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is just too syrupy, too boozy, too sweet, with just a sugary thickness and density that is too much for my tastes. It pours a very heavy and thick syrupy consistency. The beer is slightly orangy brown, maybe like iced tea, with some carbonation and a cloudy appearance. The nose is liqueur boozy, alcohol soaked pineapples, maybe some apple aromas too.

This beer is very thick and is a sipping beer at best. It has a throaty burn from the ABV, which I never appreciate, it has some warming alcohol notes, and a maple sugary consistency and taste. The beer is loaded with sweet malts, some pineapple like flavors, maybe some florals, but it is the ABV which just overwhelms the better qualities of this beer. It lacks the nice smokiness of a Scotch ale. I've had about enough of this beer and away it will go.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 19:05:01 | More by albern
Photo of popery


3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer has a darkened reddish brown body and a small off-white head. The aroma has lots of caramelized malt, maple syrup and a fair bit of booze. It even smells sweet. The malt smells worty, perhaps a bit under-attenuated, at least for my taste. The beer has a sweet taste, very sweet. It's like a slightly fermented maple syrup mixed with some malt. Actually, I almost really like it, but the booziness hurts things significantly. The maple syrup is interesting, but it's just out of control, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is sticky and cloying. I'm having trouble getting through the 11.5 oz bottle. I could see this beer aging well, but I'm not a fan of this one fresh.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 06:21:12 | More by popery
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an iced tea brown color with a small tan head that leaves a light ring, almost looks flat. The aroma is sweet, a bit vinous, brown sugar, a brown bread malt, and rubbing alcohol. The taste is of rum soaked raisins, vinous, brown sugar, cinnamon raisin bread. The malt is outplayed by the sweetness of the brew, no roasted qualities or smokiness. Way too sweet and boozy. The feel is chewy, a bit sticky, suprisingly not slick, prickly carbonation. Finishes sweet and hot from the ABV. A very disappointing Wee Heavy, not about the malt just about the booze. A very hot brew, sweet flavors; should showcase the malt. Boo. The label indicated that this was 9.5ABV. Great brewery just not digg'n this brew at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:49:48 | More by Gmann
Photo of Chico1985


3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark brown with NO head whatsoever except for a very weak ring forms and stays. When held up to the light sediment is seen floating about. Smell is good, cola, caramel, definitely getting the maple. Taste..yeah, now I'm definitely getting the maple. The tastes match the smell for sure, but this thing is way too sweet, it tastes like a thick maple soda. Extremely malty, alcohol definitely makes itself known. Reminds me alot of a doppelbock (not a complaint). I became more used to the taste a little ways down, but sweetness is way too overpowering here. A Scotch ale brewed with maple syrup sounded like a great idea, but this thing is kind of a mess.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 21:48:23 | More by Chico1985
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dull pumpkin orange with a cherry skin blush. An increasingly high-altitude pour did not succeed in creating a crown thicker than one finger. The ecru colored suds fade fairly quickly, leaving nothing on the snifter but a thin rim where beer, glass and air meet.

The most prominent part of the aroma is grain alcohol, which is never a good thing. One could be excused for thinking that a Scotch ale brewed with maple syrup would smell like either one or the other. There is a little dark caramel malt, but it's too little.

Equinoxe Du Printemps tastes better than it smells... but then it would have to. This is one of those 9.5% ales that tastes and feels like every bit of 12.5%. Even at one year of age (2009 release), alcohol dominates the palate. It isn't the flavorful alcohol of a single malt scotch, but the more raw, medicinal, unintegrated alcohol of a low quality blended whisky. Back to beer.

At least it tastes like a Scotch ale. Barleywine and strong ale would work too. Specifics include steely caramel, crumbs of pumpernickel toast, a dash of Angostura bitters, and good ol' ethanol. The maple syrup must have been completely consumed by the yeast because there isn't much sweetness and precious little, if any, maple flavor.

Mouthfeel is a tough call. It's too light by half, yet doesn't feel the least bit thin, has a hint of back end stickiness and is properly bubbled. So why almost no head?

Equinoxe Du Printemps (Spring Equinox) tastes and feels and drinks more like liqueur than beer. I'm usually on-board with that concept, but this brew doesn't have a broad enough or deep enough flavor profile. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel might impress me one of these days. It hasn't happened yet. Not to mention... $5.49 per single is ridiculous. Bourbon County Stout is cheaper than that.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 12:45:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of cjgator3


3.23/5  rDev -17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 05:02:21 | More by cjgator3
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.23/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.5 oz pours a hazed amber color with a fluffed tan head. Retention is ok and shows average lacing.

Nose is hugely maple with raw, fresh wood aromas. Sugary sweet.

Taste is nutty, sweet and maple-syrupy. Interesting enough, but a little disappointing...very one-dimensionally sweet. A yeasty presence gives this one a praline pie overall taste and feel. Doesnt quite come together for me, not very Scotch Ale-esque and has too much residual sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 16:57:48 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of GbVDave


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a rusty, reddish-brown with a nicely creamy, light-tan colored cap of foam. Head retention was decent and after it eventually receded, a thick lace leaving ring was left.

S: Smells syrupy and sweet. Aromas of toasted nuts, figs, cinnamon, a faint whisp of maple, and a shit-ton of booze. Curl your nose hair levels of booze.

T: See above. Too much booze and not nearly enough smoked malt. Maple presence was fleeting at best.

M: Oily and sticky with a spicy booziness that plastered itself to my tongue.

D: I was pretty underwhelmed by this. My least favorite DDC beer so far, by a wide margin.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:57:29 | More by GbVDave
Photo of SFLpunk


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz brown glass twist-top. Label has numbers, but none are marked.

Appearance: Rough pour turns up on this off-white head which leaves minimal spotting. Cloudy amber brown.

Nose: Lots of booze up front, reminds me of fine seve or sortilege...and turpentine. Hmmm. That's hard to get passed.

Palate: Paint thinner up front, yikes, but that gives way to rich and luscious scotch malty-smokey goodness and then slides out to the sweet, slick maple syrup finish. Grade B or so. Medium bodied and sweet, low carbonation.

Notes: Well, that turpentine/mineral spirits thing is hard to get passed. If that was gone, this would be a sweet dessert beer. Drinkability suffers big time.

EDIT: After reading other reviews, I agree there's definitely a bananas foster thing going on here. Nice catch.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 05:26:35 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on June 7, 2009. My 100th review. Mine is 9.5% ABV. Is this only for the 2009 version?

A: Brownish opaque color. No head... boo. I would say the color is not inviting :P
S: I get mainly sugar from the maple. Very hard to get anything else...
T: Again more sugar and I get the alcohol at the end. I can't taste the malts... I'm overwhelmed by the maple I would guess.
M: Round and medium bodied beer. Nice feeling in the mouth. Good beer to finish the night.
D: One per session... too strong a beer and sweet to have more than one.

Not a bad beer, however this is not my to go beer. After all this is a sipping beer. Good to have one or two per year :)

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:55:36 | More by ZorPrime
Photo of kylehay2004


3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head to speak of on a murky amber body. Aroma is pretty boozy with raisins, caramel and candy sugar. This one is pretty hard to drink at first. Some of the most prevalent toffee notes of any beer I have had. Also fig, raisin, caramel, lots of maple syrup. The malts are strong too. Medium body and light carbonation. This one was too hard to drink for me. Lots of flavor but a little too much of a boozy and sweet combination.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:40:54 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear reddish amber in color with a 1" head that slowly falls.

Smell: caramel and brown sugar sweetness is easy to pull from the glass.

Taste: caramel, big brown sugar sweetness, maple syrup, mild alcohol tones, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, smooth and mildly dry at the finish. The sweetness lingers long in the mouth after swallowing.

Drinkability: this beer was just a bit too sweet for my liking. One glass is enough in a session.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 12:20:34 | More by Gavage
Photo of qchic


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like murky iced tea with only a shading of head atop. Some sediment from the bottom of the bottle came with the aggressive pour. Smells fruity, malty and nutty with some banana, green apple, maple, and a little alcohol. Tastes unlike any other scotch ale I've had. It's malty and the maple that follows the fruity esters is not cloying or overpowering at all, but rather subtle. This is a hefty beer and the alcohol demands to much attention in the flavor, detracting from drinkability. Glad I killed my curiosity, but won't purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 18:12:41 | More by qchic
Photo of jsh420


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

pours clear dark amber brown with a 2 finger head that left little lacing

smell is mostly maple syrup and booze

taste is good - malts fruits booze and oh that maple syrup - very sweet - little too much for me

mouthfeel is heavy and why wouldnt it be - it has maple syrup in it

drinkability - for me not so good - too sweet high abv along with a heavy body makes me not want to buy another - thats not to say its not a good beer because it is

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 01:59:20 | More by jsh420
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle served in Duvel tulip.

A: Two fingers of head atop a mahogany body. Red and pink highlights in certain lights. Head dissipates to a thin layer after a few minutes and clings to the glass just a little.

S: Sweet carmel and honey. Deep malt scents and maple. Esters linger in the background.

T: Lots of malt. Mostly toffe and carmel, with notes of vanilla and oak. Vague sweetness reminiscent of maple, but I would venture to say that I likely wouldn't be able to indentify it as such if I didn't know it was an ingredient. All is well until the finish, which is solvent-like and a little hot.

M: Good. Carbonation is about right. Maybe lacking in the viscosity department.

D: This beer just isn't very cohesive. It's not something I'd want to drink much of. There are too many other beers in this segment that I would choose before this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 07:16:02 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of steeltown71


3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice amber, creamy inch-thick head, good retention.

S: Not far removed from fresh pancake aroma...honey, shortbread cookie, cinnamon, maple syrup.

T: Nice maltiness upfront, gets more interesting on finish with noticeable maple syrup & spice.

M: Medium-bodied, not hugely sticky or viscous given the sweetness, perfect carbonation level.

D: Interesting but there's no chance I would want to session this.

Unique flavor profile makes this worth trying at least once. For the money though I can't imagine reaching for this if Peche Mortel is on the shelf next to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:23:36 | More by steeltown71
Photo of PSUDREW


3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: ruddy brown/amber color. some head...but not much
S: Malty Maple goodness. Syrup is pretty evident here
T: Strong, malty, syrupy up front. The sweetness smacks you right away. The syrupiness is almost overwhelming. There is some hop presence in the aftertaste....but, not really. Little bit. but yeah. the malt and the syrup overwhelm this brew.
M: Stong, thick, and, well, syrupy.
D: ehhh....more then one is more then enough

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2010 03:39:05 | More by PSUDREW
Photo of ryno09


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Medium carbonation with almost no head. Head that is there is off white and leaves no lacing behind. Looks like a nice dark caramel color and when held to the light shows hazy orange-ish red. It's bottle conditioned and I left most of the yeast in the bottle.

Aroma - Huge caramel notes. No hop character whatsoever. You also get the maple syrup in there that they brewed with. A very sweet, almost candy like nose on it. Some brown sugar as well.

Taste - The taste follows the nose to a certain extent. Up front you get some of alcohol with some dark fruits and caramel. As those notes fade out you're hit with the maple syrup that continues through the back of the tongue with some brown sugar notes lingering around. Despite some of the alcohol bite at the beginning this is quite a smooth drinking beer for such a high ABV. While it is definitely on the sweet side, it's not overly sweet for my palate with its medium body. I have a feeling some very subtle hop bitterness comes in at the end to prevent from becoming sickly sweet.

While it lacks some of the roasted malt, toffee and smokiness notes you can get with other Scotch Ales, the addition of maple syrup adds a unique touch to the style. It's a smooth beer but the drinkability is not high. Makes a great dessert beer that pairs well with dark chocolate.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 04:41:27 | More by ryno09
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle via Glouglouburp- pours a murky chestnut with a lively beige head. Nose- Sweetness from the syrup and malt is predominant. Taste- nutty, cookie dough malt, with extra kick of maple sweetness and brown sugar. Finish dries out and is quite boozy. HInt of smoke and oak on the finish as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 01:50:53 | More by oakbluff
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5 ounce bottle, 9.5% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/brown color with a very small off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Lacing is OK. The aroma is sweet, it smells like maple syrup, toffee, bananas, wood and booze. It tastes like maple, apple brandy, bananas and toffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit rich and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. It would be much easier to drink if the booze taste wasn't so noticable. I probably should have aged this a bit longer as it's still hot. Overall, I think it's a decent brew that I would try again. However, it's not one of the better Dieu Du Ciel beers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 23:28:31 | More by bluejacket74
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5 fl oz with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness Goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery, which I've come to admire.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a rather dark ruby. Appealing.

Sm: Heavy maple syrup, dark malts, yeast, wood, and brown sugar. A rather subtle moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts form the foundation, with subtle maple syrup atop. I'm surprised at how tame and balanced the maple is; I've had beers built around maple before and it was always overwhelming. Brown sugar adds a tingly dimension to the climax. The scotch ale aspects are pleasant, with well executed caramelization and some nice roasted malt characteristics. All around a pleasant brew, with some layering. Complex enough. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. Good thickness. Adequate carbonation. Complements the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its ABV well. A solid maple syrup beer with a bit too much sweetness but a good all around flavour profile. It's somewhat unique. I'd have it again if I were in the mood. It's not special, but I might recommend it to friends who really enjoy the style. Another success from Dieu Du Ciel.


A decent candidate for aging.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness goblet.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 05:43:10 | More by kojevergas
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a mahogany color; not much head appears though there are some squiggles of lace

Smell: Maple syrup and peat, with undertones of caramel and grain

Taste: Maple syrup and caramel, up front, with a growing peat presence; by mid-palate, however, there is a serious phenolic development that also brings fusel alcohol into the forefront; downhill, after the swallow, as the booziness and phenols offset the promising beginning

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I purchased this bottle from a new store, I wonder about the age here as "0" and "9" are notched into the label and I haven't seen this elsewhere; I'll try it another time in case I have an off bottle but this doesn't much taste like any Wee Heavy I have encountered before, other than the peat element (which I enjoyed for a brief moment)

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:57:36 | More by brentk56
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3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter: Translucent russet body with amber highlights, a thin collar of head & lots of nucleation.

Smell is restrained caramel, subtle "cool" fruitiness (like pear), & a little alcohol.

Taste follows with the smell, with a little heat from booze, a mild woodiness, & a kind of raisiny spice character. There's a kind of twist at the very end of the finish where it sweetens a little more, just a little maple kick.

Medium-bodied, some heat. If this makes sense, it's a little "grainy," like the sugars reconvene in your mouth. Sweet feeling, thick in my spit.

Can't say I'm a huge fan of this one. One is nice enough, glad I tried it, etc. The flavors are a bit muddled overall, even in their "restrained" state, & the alcohol doesn't justify itself. After this & the Rosee de Hibiscus, I'm starting to realize that some of BDdC!'s descriptions are more appetizing than the product.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 23:46:29 | More by OneDropSoup
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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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