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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: 254 | Ratings: 534
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – The beer was murky brown in appearance as though a dust storm were occurring in the beer.

Smell – The malty comes to the front and its profile is generally sweet.

Taste – With the malt, the maple becomes immediately noticeable. The sweetness does not go overboard and compliments the malt. There are some hints that are a little medicinal. I notice a little bit of oak toward the back which offsets the sweetness. In the aftertaste, the sweetness is present though not as intense.

Mouthfeel – The sweetness has staying power, partially due to low carbonation. I would hesitant to call this thick, but it is certainly not thin.

Overall – This beer surprised me. I enjoyed the sweeter take on the style.

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Photo of stingray
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp. Have to estimate this one at a year old, no year or month marking but the day is 21, presumably March.
Pretty good. Nice and smoky. The maple syrup is readily apparent. 9.5% isn't all that high but it drinks like 8%. Extremely turbid, a reddish brown with little head or carbonation. Pleasant malty smell but nothing all that interesting. Overall, a nice wee heavy but I definitely over payed at $7.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Dapanneur AS in Montreal for $3.00 for a 341ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/4" high light brown head that films out within a minute or two. Very dark brown colour and unfiltered

S- Nice malty character and boozy maple nose

T- Boozy. Some sweet maple syrup notes. Very light maple, very hot scotch ale. Nice overall brew

M- Creamy at first then dries up

O- Very nice brew. Light on maple, heavy on malt. Not bad brew at all

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with...... Pancakes with Yup! You guessed it! More maple syrup!

Enjoy!!

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer is a deep cloudy amber-brown color with a finger of offwhite head that fades quickly. Not super carbonated, exactly what I'd expect from a 9.1 percent scotch ale.

Aroma - Extremely sweet smell, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, eathryness.

Taste - The maple isn't as subtle as I would like it to be it stands out above all the whole time and is extremely sweet, I also get brown sugar,caramel malt, eathy hops, floral hops.

Feel - This is a very heavy sticky thick bodied beer with almost no feeling of carbonation.

Overall - It's not horrible and definitely an interesting beer but it's not one I'll buy again,. It's just too sweet, they added a lot of earthy taste to try and balance the extreme sweetness which didn't work either.If you can find a single try it because if you like strong sweet beers this may be for you!

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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 PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -14.2%
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 +2.3%
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 +3.9%
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 -1.8%
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 +4.1%
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 -4.9%
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 BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -4.4%
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 +8.2%
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 +2.8%
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 -12.4%
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
4.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Released at Systembolaget, Sweden 3 July 2015.
Bottled on February 2015. Best before December 31, 2015.
ABV: 9.1 %

This bottle has been resting in my beercellar for almost one year. I'm looking forward to try this one and see if my rating (3.4) from last year has changed :)

The beer pours medium brow, hazy with a one finger high beige-brown head. Lacing stays on the glass.

Nose: Honey, caramel malt, dried fruit, vanilla, sweet toffee, brown sugar, caramel, raisin, plum, hazel nut, butter, coffee, orange (!), alcohol and strawberries. This is so good! I could sta at this moment - Just sniffing the beer...
Taste: Brown sugar, maple syrup, caramel malt, coffee, earthy hops, roasted malt, molasses, raisin, toffee and wood. Some alcohol notes in the taste. GREAT!
Body: Medium body and crisp carbonation. Sweetness from the maple syrup and dry bitterness from the hops. Warmth from the alcohol. Dry and bitter (pleasant) ending.

This beer has definitely been aging well and I'm much more satisfied now than (almost) ten months ago.
Today´s rating will definitely go higher!

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Photo of CTbrew32
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 -10.8%
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 +12.4%
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 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 TheDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Feb-15-2015


A:
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)

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

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

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

O:
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 +7.7%
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 -20.6%
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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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
87 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.