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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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444 Ratings
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Ratings: 444
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.28%
Wants: 28
Gots: 41 | FT: 3
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:
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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Ratings: 444 | Reviews: 228
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3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.34/5  rDev -14.1%
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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3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MatChar
2.96/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mattycasey
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of sgulner
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mack
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gotti311
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a really off nose, almost like a plastic smell. Maple doesnt come through. One of the first misses I have had from DDC

Photo of DantheMan75
3.12/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
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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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamLand
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thebeers
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Photo of pagriley
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greggio
4.49/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really likes this one. Solid head with moderate carbonation.
I could taste some maple and a descent amount of honey in the aftertaste.
The taste was very pleasing and one of my favorites.
Would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadhiker
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jcb7472
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of IRONRakkasan
2.86/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found I couldn't taste any maple (as labeled) as the brew was intense and somewhat bitter on the tongue.

It's definitely not a session beer, and you'd have to be the type to like brews that hit the tastebuds hard for this one.

Photo of Nat1975
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 444 ratings.