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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 248
Hads: 523
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 14.73%
Wants: 36
Gots: 51 | FT: 2
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy | 9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: francisweizen on 05-02-2003

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.
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Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.5oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. The aroma is boozey and peaty with lots of earthy moss, molasses and caramel malts. The taste is some woody with lots of malts and mossy earth. Very light amount of maple syrup sweetness, almost unnoticeable. Finishes with more of the flavors of the typical Scotch Ale. Malty, mossy finish with a mild alcohol presence. Dry, woody mouthfeel. Overall, decent enough Scotch Ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with a pinky fast falling tan head. Pretty nice head retention and lacing

S: Cakeyness and some iron

T: Cakeyness, maple syrup, smokeyness & a touch of booze & toffee up front. Toffee, a little maple syrup & smokeyness as this warms, some warming booze, faint woody and herbal hop presence as well, starting to show some rough edges. Finishes with pears, figs, a little herbal hop & booze

MF: Fairly chewy, over-aggressive carbonation, somewhat warming

A nice try at the style, was expecting a little more, Just kind of fell apart on me as it warmed A sipper to be sure

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull brown color with a fast-fading tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is very pleasant, toffee, spices and caramel. Taste is very good. The maple syrup/caramel sweetness is not over done and the maltiness is just right. This beer is rich and smooth. The alcohol is barely noticeable and the carbonation level as you pour is good. A very enjoyable brew, I would have this one again!!!

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle, 1 and 5 notched on the label
A - thin light brown head forms a foam atop a brown colored ale
S - sweet and malty aroma with maple and brown sugar, grain, earth, peat, earthy hops
T - maple, brown sugar, earthy peat, toasty grain, caramel, vanilla, toffee, tea leaf, faint chocolate
M - full bodied, creamy and smooth with a semi-dry, sweet finish
O - fun to try this one. One is enough because it's quite sweet, but the addition of the maple syrup is great!

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rather muddy brown with a quickly fleeting thin layer of light brown foam.

Maple syrup, molasses, toffee, caramel, scotch, and some light booziness.

Boozy scotch bitterness up front, followed by molasses, toffee, and caramel sweetness.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, thick, sweet, boozy.

Overall, as a fan of the style I'm a bit disappointed with this, it is decent but definitely missing something.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-10-25 in Columbia, PA from a 11.5 oz bottle

A - Murky brown with a 1-finger tan head that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S - Caramel, maple, fig, toasted brown bread, alcohol.

T - Caramel, toffee, toasted fruit cake, spice, yeast and a fair amount of bitterness. Then the maple flavor becomes apparent and lasts into the sweet and bitter finish.

M - Heavy body and light carbonation. Sticky, thick, luscious.

O - It's pretty sweet but I like the way the maple lasts in the aftertaste. The beer tastes like a sweet, maple-infused cross between a Wee Heavy and an American Barleywine. Glad I tried it but it's not a beer I will seek out for my fridge.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
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 BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a murky very dark brown with a thin tan cap. Smells of dried apples, red wine, bran and slightly boozy. Tastes of apples, baker's chocolate and maple syrup with a very dry and boozy finish. Subtle lingering hop bitterness. Medium bodied. Tasty, but I'd rather more caramel and cereal flavors rather than the rather fruity flavors of this one.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours dark brown, small head that settles quickly with no lacing.
S - Pleasant aroma of toffee and bread.
T - Smoky, a little sweet and boozy, not much maple flavor.
M - Medium mouth feel.
O - This is a good Scotch Ale, a little sweeter than most due to the maple syrup. Definitely a sipper.

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Photo of BeerBrose
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Look: Deep leather brown/red. Thick head that dissipates to a nice lacing.

Smell: Toffee/Caramel and dark fruit booze.

Taste: Sharp booze rumlike sweetness, raisins, caramel. Dark fruit yeast finish.

Feel: Heavy body, sticky and with a small bitterness lingering.

Overall: Very delicious drinkable scotch ale, love its sticky sweetness that has you coming back for more.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark, glossy brown color, with a very small head, and not a whole lot in terms of lacing.

Smells like earthy maple, some dark breadiness, a bit of bittersweet caramel, and some slight booziness.

This is probably the driest scotch ale I've ever had. The maple flavor is pretty strong, but bitter and earthy, and not really sweet at all, which is surprising. There's basically no residual sweetness at all in this beer, and it finishes super dry. There's some nice bready maltiness, some smokiness and peat, and a little bit of bitter boozy kick on the finish.

This is medium bodied, with a bready and full mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

A really interesting take a on a scotch ale. Not the best I've ever had, but really interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of TruePerception
3.4/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!'s Equinoxe du Printemps, Scotch ale brewed with maple syrup. 9.5% ABV.

A: Almost a finger of slightly tan head. Opaque brown in the glass, with some sediment floating. yellow-brown in the dimple. Slight sheeting; decent lacing.

S: Earthy tree sap with toasted cereal grain. Faint ash note.

T/MF: A bit sweet up front. Slightly sweet char. Earthy. An almost milky sweet quality in the back. Just a ghost of a mushroom note. Actually, the flavor reminds me a lot of that maple water I got from Trader Joes...

I'm not so sure how I feel about this one. It's not great, but has some interesting qualities.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.36/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nose: Honey, caramel malt, dried fruit, vanilla, toffee, brown sugar, hazel nut, butter and strawberries.
Taste: Brown sugar, caramel malt, coffe, roasted malt, molasses and wood.
Body: Medium body and carbonation. Light bitterness.

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.39/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Dark brown in color with a lot of sediment floating around. Pours a one finger khaki colored head.

Aroma- Maple syrup is very present in nose along with caramel and dark fruits.

Taste- Starts sweet upfront with caramel malt followed by dark fruits and then maple syrup towards the finish. Some mild roasted bitterness adds some balance.

Feel- Full bodied, low carbonation, thick and chewy.

Overall- This is an awesome beer for the style and adds a great twist by throwing in maple syrup. Without the maple the caramel and fruit flavors would make for a great wee heavy, but the maple syrup adds another level of complexity. And for all its sweetness it remains very easy to drink and relatively clean on the palate. Highly recommend this one.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.46/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Opaque dark brown, almost black color, with strong activity on the sides of the glass. Creamy light brown 2 finger head, lasting 10 minutes, with strong legs.

Aromas of sweet toffee and roasted spices. Flavors of nuts, toffee, molasses, maple syrup, grains, whisky, and herbal spices. More of a sweet sugary taste than bitter and lots of spices. Complex having feelings of sweet bread, roasted nuts, woody and earthy with hints of pine and oak.

Milky slick medium body with moderate carbonation. Well intensified finish of medium length, ending with a spicy roasted malt and bitter earthy herbal feel, and a syrupy maple tongue coat. A little alcoholic.

Overall a decent craft with complex flavors but a little off with a slight wet cardboard taste (maybe a bad bottle?). Missing some freshness and a little flat.

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Photo of stephens101
4.36/5  rDev +12.7%
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 lordofthewiens
4.18/5  rDev +8%
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 TheDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Feb-15-2015

Pours a cloudy honey brown with ruby highlights, from the bit of light it lets through, and two fingers of tan head that settles to a tight little cap. Good retention; even flecks of lacing. (3.75)

Dark fruits, fruit leather, earthy sweetness (syrup, of course), brown sugar. (3.75)

Big, boozy, rusty. Fermented syrup, earthy astringency, hard water in an old dirty tin can. (3.75)

Medium body, sticky, thick, bright carbonation, lingering feel, obvious alcohol. (3.5)

Okay beer but I don't know that I would get it again.
She smells pretty enticing with a lot of scotch ale-y-ness to it. The flavor though tastes pretty dry (but sticky), boozy and mineraley. It drinks alright, but it definitely would benefit from cold weather of some sort.
Not bad, not really my cup of tea, it is definitely not among my favorites in the style. (3.75)

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Photo of utopiajane
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky honey brownish orange color. Can't speak to the head because I used the tasting glass. Tan foam. Fell fast. Left a pencil thin ring. Nose is fruity with a good earthy peat to underlie that. It's not heavy to the nose though or too much. Taste is lovely. This is a beautiful mouthfeel first of all. Medium but put together very well. travels the palate with an almost whimsical bearing. The alcohol adds to the overall balance and does impart a soft sweetness and a bit of pepper of it's own. The beer is fruity but also has brown sugar, brown bread and a soft roast. The finish brings a hint of maple, a touch of spice, toffee and that fabulously light peat. Wonderful!

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Photo of Benish
3.08/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label stated it's scotch ale brewed with maple syrup. I tasted absolutely no maple syrup, even as it warmed up a little. Did not pick up any complex aromas or additional flavors. To me, it's just another scotch ale.

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Photo of fscottkey
2.5/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [3.5] Deep ruby color to almost brown. The beer pours with a scant head. The bottle lists the ABV 9.5% and there is a notch system. But I am not sure what date it is telling me.

S: [2.25] I hate to say this but I get a strong alcohol smell that comes across like a paint solvent.

T: [2.50] Fortunately this does not follow the nose exactly. It has the peat taste of a Scotch Ale then a weird overly alcoholic taste. I am not getting any of the maple syrup.

M: [2.50] The beer has a strangely over foamy feel that makes it too light on the tongue.

O: [2.50] This beer is all over the place (no of those places is good). I have had 2 other excellent beers from this brewery - but this one is a misfire. The nose is plain bad. The taste is in the ok range and the mouthfeel is also bad. I keep sipping and hoping for a different outcome.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.34/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(relatively new-looking bottle, notched at 1 and 1 on the label - not sure if this is a bottling date, best by, or batch number)

L: somewhat opaque, reddish-brown liquid... not much head on the (rather soft) pour into a teku glass... does actually leave small strands of lace... this is a twist-off, bottle-conditioned beer?! haven't seen that outside of SN

S: not the least bit potent, surprisingly... caramel cake icing... floral booze squashed underneath... even straining, nose at various points around the glass, not much poking out

T: very thick malt... hard candy, with a nip of spicy black pepper... not all that sweet though - quite dry... mellow booze and yeast bite in the long mid-finish follow through... alcohol is quite well woven in (hidden)... no apparent presence of maple

F: actually, pretty thick mouthfeel - soft texture and flow... tiny bit of heat through the finish... not terribly carbonated, which isn't necessarily a bad thing

O: best drunk at cellar temp, or warmer... yes, it has the requisite foundation of a North American take on the style, however, it comes across extremely dull, whether due to it being old or from a hitch in the bottle-conditioning... I'd be curious to try this again on draft, but I'm not going out of my way to find a bottle

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Photo of MatChar
2.6/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps the most disappointing DDC I've had. Nice reddish dark brown body with decent thick foam which disappears rather quickly. Smell is thin, lacks wee heavy character and maple aromas (gets slightly better as it warms). Taste: at first, balanced roasted caramel with nice residual sugar then, it gets dubious: maple taste emerges as off-tasting, almost wrong/artificial.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter 3/4/2015.

A- Dark amber-brown body, minimal white head, no lacing. Has some decent legs on this... if you let it sit in the glass, it seems like there is table sugar lining the glass. Weird.

S- Brown sugar, molasses, a bit of maple, but overall smells like plastic. Kind of like Twizzlers but without any substantial fruit or other flavours.

F- Very sweet beer that has that sweeter, less spicy scotch ale yeast flavour. Molasses, brown sugar. I don't taste the maple syrup a whole lot here, but presumably it fermented out completely to make this a very sweet beer.

M- Thick bodied, slightly syrupy. A bit old ale-like. A bit too sweet and cloying for me.

O- Eh, not one of DDC's best beers. The concept is solid, but the amount of sweetness really ruins it for me.

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Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with small tan head. Rich aroma of dark bread, molasses and maple. Medium bodied, but lighter flavor than the aroma suggests. Smooth up front with the same flavors as the aroma mixing into a sweet, smokey taste, with hop bitterness and alcohol combining for a little bite on the back end. The maple's prominent, but not at all overpowering; a nice addition.

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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
87 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.