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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.3%

Enjoyed on-tap at Mondiale 2008. One of several maple offerings. Creamy orange colour with a bit of head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste is malt and alcohol, with tart fruit finish. White lacing. ABove average mouthfeel.Aged in wood, complex, a sipper that reminds me of an oaked barleywine.

05-31-2008 00:00:06 | More by Sammy
Photo of Thorpe429


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat murky medium brown that is mostly opaque. Thin head. Nose brings dark fruits, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and hints of maple. Taste is fairly sweet with a touch if booze and some fruit. Moderate feel with a nice smoothness to it. Drinks quite well. Another hit from the folks up North.

10-17-2010 15:33:43 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

A: It poured cloudy in color with a thin white head that left nice lacing patterns. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are lots of aromas of maple syrup and caramel in the nose, along with some notes of alcohol.
T: There is a lot of malty sweetness in the taste, along with flavors of maple syrup, caramel and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: This is a beer that can only really be sipped. I would definitely try this again, particularly if it is available again next spring.

05-20-2010 00:44:08 | More by metter98
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.2/5  rDev -17.7%

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.

04-25-2010 12:45:46 | More by BuckeyeNation
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North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -11.8%

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)

04-12-2012 00:57:36 | More by brentk56
Photo of BEERchitect


3.85/5  rDev -1%

The emergence from winter becons for a beer full of spirit, ambition, and warmth. All that is delivered in Dieu du Ciel's spring seasonal, although enjoyed on a warm summer night.

The Wee Heavy pours with a malty-rich appearance of medium brown to bronze with a mild haze. A dense froth caps the beer like a thick blanket across the glass. Light lacing gives a glimpse into the formidable beer to be enjoyed.

Sweet and spicy to start, the aromas of hearty malt is evedent with deeply caramelized toffee and maple with a background note of peat, smoky plastics, and fresh cracked peppercorn. Low on hops, there's a woody scent that replaces any noteworthy hop balance and prefers the complexity of its own malt development to shine.

Flavors capture the caramel and bready sweetness from malt and share a fruitcake-like menage of rum, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Interestingly, the beer's sweetness is somewhat understated when up against the acidic and dry malt flavors that follow up the initial sweetness. In masculine fashion, the slight smoky wood flavors, peppercorn bite, and slight fruit notes of applewood and white grapes round out the finish with a hearty and refined memory.

Medium-full in texture, it's the dry malt taste that circumvents the residual sweetness and blends with the oddly compelling acidic note that's not normally found in strong Scottish ales. But the creamy carbonation buffers against the acidic fruit notes and finishes with a light powdery texture and alcohol warmth.

Though truly masculine in taste, the beer is not without refinement. The combination creates a gentlemanly approach that challenges the palate with each sip but also comforts the taste buds charm and strength.

07-21-2012 18:08:53 | More by BEERchitect
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +1%

The pour was by far the best part as a rich caramel colored mixture came forward right out of the gate. Rich looking and almost opaque except for the lightest bit of color poking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. A huge head of light tan color then came up and over the top, settling down only lightly into a nice pillow that seemed to stay on top throughout the rest of the session. Lots of lacing here as well, really starting to show off with how good this one really is. Rich caramel malts here, hints of herbal notes, and a touch of grass round it out very nicely, and as I take the first sip I am amazed at how big this one is. Really very full feel here with lots of carbonation and really a very well put together profile. Smooth, silky as it rolls across the tongue with loads of sweetness and an wonderful sense of grainy malts and nice touches of an almost brown sugar like taste. Very drinkable, I could have done this one all day long.

05-23-2011 01:40:50 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.5%

Bottle: Poured a light hazy brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of light maple notes with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some medium sweetness with light maples notes and good caramel malt notes. Nice creamy body with good carbonation. I think this beer could have been improved with a more pronounce maple taste but still very good nonetheless.

05-23-2008 18:13:10 | More by Phyl21ca
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

01-14-2013 01:43:01 | More by spycow
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3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

05-09-2012 04:10:40 | More by GRG1313
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3.28/5  rDev -15.7%

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.

09-28-2012 01:40:54 | More by kylehay2004
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

11-13-2013 03:24:18 | More by jaydoc
Photo of Knapp85


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%

This beer poured out with a nice brown color with a creamy light tan color head on top. The smell of the beer was malty and sweet. The taste of the beer is pretty powerful, there is a good amount of maple in there too. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium to heavy with a bit of an oily feel to it. Overall it's a pretty good Scotch Ale, I would try it again if I came across it.

11-26-2011 21:05:49 | More by Knapp85
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

09-20-2011 23:01:28 | More by oberon
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

11-18-2011 21:50:59 | More by JAHMUR
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Alberta (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

05-29-2010 04:37:24 | More by biboergosum
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3.58/5  rDev -8%

Pours a clouded brown with a thin eggshell toned head. Nose is definitely influenced by the maple syrup. Flavor is intense. A bit too much so I would have to say. Too tangy and sweet and a bit too vibrant. As it warms I can appreciate it a bit more. Still a bit too bright though. Feel has a fairly full carbonation to it and the liquid is thicker as well. A nice drinker, but probably not worth the coin.

04-13-2009 02:08:33 | More by RblWthACoz
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4.1/5  rDev +5.4%

A - Pours with a light brown head on top of a red-brown body with good clarity. Low retention and decent lace.

S - Floral with fruit syrup notes. Blackberry and toffee as well as smoky toasted malt.

T - Sweet, syrupy malt with lots of toffee. Moderate, spicy hop flavors and balancing bitterness. Notes of vanilla, smoke, caramel, brown sugar, and spicy alcohol.

M - Thick, smooth body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - This is an unusual scotch ale that breaks the normal boundaries of the style, but does so successfully. There is a lot of complexity, mostly from the sugar and malt notes, and it is well balanced. A nice sipping beer.

10-09-2009 04:11:33 | More by nickfl
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +10%

First batch to reach the US, so Spring 2009 I believe. There's some ambiguous notching, but I have no idea what it means. Served in a Darkness snifter.

A - Pours with a half-finger of tan foam that settles to a partial cap, leaving some small splotches of lace. Hazy dark brown body with some orange transparency at the bottom of the glass.

S - Maple syrup, peat, caramel apples, brown sugar, light alcohol. This has mellowed out a bit in the past two years, but could probably sit even longer. If you told me this was 12% I would believe you. Still, for the style it's quite nice.

T - The taste is less sweet than the nose leads one to believe. There's a nice mixture of maple syrup, Sultana raisins, toasted grains, smoke, and a hint of spicy esters. The aftertaste evokes brown sugar, but never comes off as sweet or cloying. Thankfully there is no alcohol flavor.

M - Feel is full-bodied and weighty, evoking viscous maple syrup. The finish is surprisingly dry, but there is smokey and syrupy tooth-coating residual texture. Some definite warmth in the belly, but not overly hot on the back of the throat.

D - If you have patience (and appropriate cellar conditions) this eventually develops into a very good Scotch ale. It's still a one and done type of beer, but I find myself constantly reaching for another sip. I'm quite curious what the barrel-aged version tastes like. Still - drinks a little bigger than the listed ABV.

08-02-2011 03:00:57 | More by MasterSki
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

07-01-2013 21:33:26 | More by Kegatron
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%

Brasserie die du Cieli... wait, that's not an i, that's a !... rather odd to exclaim the brewery's name on the label, but, hey, why not crow, why not crow...
and that's one of the sexier label illustrations around, ...who is that tree-birthing egg carrying waif? Is that Kate Moss' younger, more surrealistic sister?

Dusky auburn hue, rich and red all over, with a slim but staying dunnish head.

Aroma: Mmmm, intense. Raisins, figs, molasses, yeah, maple, sweet, sure, but not overly so...

Taste: Mmmm, wait, I mean, um, wait....um, Mmmmm. Caramel malt and brown sugar, luscious, deeee-licious. Exceptionally smooth, slips and slides handily down the throat. Double deliciousness, ...sweet and yum.

I don't shy away from the sweet, and this takes it beyond in a very good way. Mmmm, genius.

11-21-2010 23:31:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

The beer pours a hazy brown color with a thin offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has an alcohol filled scent that boasts of burnt toffee and maple notes. The taste is good. It has a smooth burnt toffee flavor that goes down slow and warm with a touch of sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very nice Scotch ale. It has a killer warmth to it with loads of caramel malt and maple character.

08-26-2009 22:47:12 | More by WesWes
Photo of oline73


4.08/5  rDev +4.9%

I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with some light at the edge. There is a finger of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Very fruity with lots of banana and maple notes. Bready and caramel malt.

Taste: Quite sweet. Again there are banana and maple notes. There is some bready malt with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the combination of flavors in this one and would have it again.

07-14-2011 03:04:33 | More by oline73
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +2.8%

12-02-2011 18:16:51 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of Gueuzedude


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Sampled April 2010 @ Brasserie Beck, Washington DC
The pour from the bottle produces a big, frothy, three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The body of the beer is a dirty amber / light brown color that is really quite hazy in the Brasserie light. The aroma smells rich and malty with lots of caramelized aromatic components. A more focused inspection of the nose yields complex grain notes, a spiciness, a bit of an earthy quality as well as some big bread crust like aromas. This really smells quite caramelized, which makes me think that a lot of this might be coming from the maple addition. As the beer warms more notes of whole grain bread and brownly toasted character starts to come out.

This tastes rich and sweet, but this is well balanced by spicy grain flavors; the spiciness almost seems from the fermentation / yeast character, but this would be uncharacteristic for your average example of a Scotch ale. This is very rich and malty though; big concentrated malt flavors lean towards lots of caramel and a big toasted grain character as well as a sort of rustic, earthy, whole-grain flavor. This has a very low hop character; there is a bitterness that is barely noticeable. There is a certain astringent, almost tannic note here that seems to be from the grain and this sort of serves as a balancing note to the rich malt character in lieu of the usual hop bitterness. The beer is quite sweet, though the maple is not over the top, but does contribute nicely to the overall complexity of this beer. I just noticed a touch of nuttiness here and in fact this beer has quite a bit of toasted, nut-like flavors that sort of remind me of hazelnuts. This is very rich and satiating, especially at this point of my degustatory experience. There is an earthy base quality to the malt that is quite nice. The overall balance of this beer is quite exquisite, with the interplay of spice and malt character that works really well.

Getting back to the aroma, it really is quite spicy, earthy and woody too with notes of pepper, ginger, even some cardamom, some clove, a rich prune character, concentrated dark figs and rum soaked raisins. This is definitely note your typically cleanly fermented Scotch ale; instead it is a Belgian-take via Canuck-interpretation that has graced my glass. The balance is really the key for this beer; it is sweet, but the earthy, spicy, woody (is this last where the maple comes in) really helps to balance this in the end. This is a fantastic desert beer to finish my night

10-06-2010 14:19:36 | More by Gueuzedude
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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.