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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
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:
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(Beer added by: francisweizen on 05-02-2003)
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Photo of twiggamortis420


3.23/5  rDev -17%

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.

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


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a Bordeaux glass.
Beautiful amber/copper/maple brown color (there's probably a name for it but I don't know what), opaque, even murky. Frothy 1/4" head that quickly recedes to a still frothy ring.
Maple and oak foremost on the nose, with some raisin and layered caramel-like notes, like dulce de leche & burnt sugar. A little hint of some bourbony spice.
Nice rich taste with lots of maple, complex caramel notes like the nose, some toffee, a little raisin or prune, and a nice semi-dry toasted oak finish with just a touch of oak astringency. The dryness in the finish balances it out nicely, and the sweet flavors come back subtly in the aftertaste. It's medium sweet, and pulls off all these sweet flavors without it being cloying. A little alcohol bite comes out on the end.
The texture is amazing, smooth and fairly viscous. There's a sort of chewiness to it that makes you think you could bite down into it like a piece of maple candy.
Pretty smooth and hides the alcohol fairly well. For it's ABV it's quite drinkable, but it makes you want to sip and savor it.
Delicious and surprisingly complex. Another Dieu Du Ciel winner.

11-11-2010 18:32:57 | More by busternuggz
Photo of fastsrt

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

11.5 ounce in tulip

A: brown, thin head.

S: maple pops out, touch of booze and malts.

T maple come right out then the booze hits, there is a nice sweetness here and a nice blend of maple and malts linger in the mouth.

M: nice carbonation, there is a sweetness there that boosts the body and makes it nice and rich

D: i typically dont care for scotch ales but this one is good and there is a nice balance of flavors with out taking away form the style

11-06-2010 06:34:39 | More by fastsrt
Photo of silentjay


4.4/5  rDev +13.1%

a murky mahogany brown forms a smallish sand colored head that quickly recedes but leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

aroma is maple at first which is backed up by some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and honey. this is going to be a sweet one i think.

taste is of molasses out first mixed with the maple. caramel, toffee, honey, and booze are there as well. molasses and maple syrup are the strongest and dominate throughout, its sweet, and its delicious.

syrupy feel on the tongue and it continues well after the swallow and the sticky sweetness lingers on as well. just enough carbonation.

drinks very well. a tad boozy, but could be worse for the style and strength. the maple is well integrated and makes this probably my favorite of the style that I have tried so far.

10-27-2010 05:07:55 | More by silentjay
Photo of rtepiak


3.85/5  rDev -1%

i wouldn't say this with any of their beer but this one. I believe this was meant to be had fresh and after some time in the bottle. Every one of there beers seem to gain quite a character and some definition between the expected and something quite unique. This is no different with their scotch ale. I just believe once settled in the bottle it gets a tad syrupy. There is definitely maple. Added and the predominate quality. Nose and palate with notes of warmth, honey, and toasted malt. Some cinnamon and subtle coriander. I can feel the sugar from on the glass even. Rich esters that are taken over by maple sweet. Although there are walnut notes.

10-27-2010 04:43:20 | More by rtepiak
Photo of JohnGalt1


3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

Buckeyeboy pulled this one out over the weekend.. Thanks Jeremy!!

Pours with a thin brown head.. doesn't stick around too long.. fairly clear deep reddish/ amber.

Nose is pretty boozy.. caramel and toasty malts... I guess something resembling maple.

Flavor again is pretty EtOH amped.. cinnamon and vanilla .. toasted malts and nice malt caramels.. tough.. ehhh... seems a bit flat flavorwise.. I dig it, but not a whole lot... needs some bigger kettle contributions...

Body is light for such a big ABV.... carbonation is a touch too high.

Thanks Jeremy!! Glad I got a chance to try this one pretty fresh... but honestly, I think a some time would do wonders.


10-26-2010 06:59:50 | More by JohnGalt1
Photo of Gobzilla


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured a dark brown with brwon highlights that had a thin head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass. The aromas had dark fruits, caramel, slight maple, brown sugar, and a significant amount of booze. The flavor was pretty much the same as the nose consisting of caramel, toffee, and brown sugar dominating the palate with maple and dark fruit accents. The brew was medium to full in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a sweet, sticky, and slightly boozy. It drank pretty good and was a solid interpretation of a wee heavy. This brewery is definitely growing on me.

10-25-2010 04:58:46 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of Dawkfan

Alberta (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

A- Deep brown body with a big thick tan head. Respectable retention, minimal lacing.

S- Pleasant aromas of toffee, caramel, brown sugar, and malt. Strong aroma of alcohol as well.

T- Sweet caramel malt, maple syrup, and brown sugar from beginning to end with a touch of bitterness in the finish. There's some heat on the backend.

M- A rather full mouthfeel with low carbonation, fairly sticky, worthy of the style.

D- A commendable Scoth Ale from DDC, perfect for this time of year.

10-24-2010 23:07:08 | More by Dawkfan
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 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
Photo of laituegonflable


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a Hellish dark-red colour, humble head when poured, sinks quickly but retains a thin ring of beige lacing which clings sweetly to the glass. Evidence of a steady trickle of carbonation in the body. Looks pretty darned good, in-fucking-deed.

Ooh yeah, that's a scotch ale nose alright. Lots of sweetness with caramel malt, vanilla and maple syrup clinging to the olfactory. But accompanying that sweetness is a big whiff of fusel alcohol giving a distinct bite - even a spice - to proceedings. Some slight chocolatey notes on there as well. Not bad, I don't trust sweet noses very much though.

Taste is very malty, with a lot of sweet toffee notes underlying a palate with a lot of that maple syrup spicy sweetness, slight floral and woody characters on there as well that actually manage to distinguish themselves against that sweetness so the palate is not all that syrupy past the mid. The beer is well-attenuated as well, so while there is a lot of body, it goes down quite slick with a little drying after-effect. There is, however, a noticeable burn from the alcohol, and without the sweetness continuing on the back, it kind of tastes like a separate flavour and is slightly characterless; kind of a refined sugar-fermentation character (like rum, people). Just a little roughness though, and certainly doesn't spoil an otherwise intriguing and pleasant flavour.

Yeah, a usable ale - less sweet than worse scotch ales I've had but retaining that heat, so while it's good it's not THAT drinkable.

10-05-2010 05:49:23 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of GabrielM

New Mexico

4.47/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured into a snifter.

A - deep amber/caramel color with a quarter-inch off-white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Looks very refreshing.

S - a fantastic aroma of bourbon sweetness (although there isn't any in this beer), vanilla and maple. A tinge of alcohol is present as well.

T - the first thing to hit the pallet is maple, followed by vanilla and then a slight hop dryness. Carbonation is less than I expected but fits the beer perfectly. At 9.5% I thought there'd be a decent alcohol presence but I was surprisingly mistaken; no burn whatsoever, just a nice warmth as the beer is swallowed down. Very pleasant.

M - the medium body, perfect carbonation and array of flavors are a real treat for the pallet.

D - I could drink this all day! The flavors are incredible, the alcohol taste is minimal, and the semi-sweetness is a welcomed one. Of course, I know the alcohol is in there somewhere, and I'm sure I'd be down for the count after my second or third bottle. Sip slowly and enjoy this beer for as long as you can!

10-03-2010 22:03:13 | More by GabrielM
Photo of MbpBugeye


3.73/5  rDev -4.1%

A- Really nothing here to look at. Not much in the way of a head. The beer is a murky, muddy brown, almost gray. Pretty strange color.

S- Lots of the nice malty goodness that wee heavies should sport. Lots of dark fruits, raisins and brown sugar. Maple is noticeable but only just.

T- It starts out like a typical wee heavy. Lots of rich, fruity maltiness. Loads of figs and raisins. Some brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and toffee. The maple syrup comes around on the end. It gives it a nice sweetness that is different from the malty sweetness the beer already has. Luckily this beer does have a little bit of hops to help take the edge off of all that sweetness. Alcohol is present in a pretty big way at the finish.

I like this stuff. It just doesnt look too appealing.

09-30-2010 04:59:55 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of mwagner1018


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%

A- Pours a rich deep brown burnished orange color, with very little head, but noticeable carbonation on the pour. There is a residual thick viscous caramel/maple/yeast liquid remaining on the bottom of the bottle.

S- Toffee, caramel, vanilla, rum and raisin notes.

A clear line of legs showing the alcohol content appear on the side of the glass following a swift swirl to awaken the aromas.

T- All of the aromas are presented nicely in the taste, with an additional apple pie note on the finish. Maple, toffee, raisin and rum (as well as slight warming alcohol) notes are significant and fantastic. As the beer warms up slightly, the flavors become fully complex and deep with some notes of tobacco and holiday pudding.

M- Soft carbonation, but enough to deliver nicely, filling mouthfeel full bodied mouth coating viscous texture, that is smooth and slightly creamy like a pudding.

D- Perfect as a Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, the maple syrup is present enough to add some depth and light sweetness, but in the background so as not to overwhelm the classic Scotch malt notes. Full bodied, nice sipping warming alcohol presence, perfect for a cool evening. (two notes: surprised they are using twist off caps, just an observation, secondly I really like the label art work)

09-27-2010 22:20:20 | More by mwagner1018
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Thanks to freud for sending over a few of these bottles in a trade.

Bottled on 2/4/10. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Medium brown colour with a tinge of amber and a very small amount of cream coloured head.

S - Toffee, scotch, brown sugar and a hint of maple syrup. Very sweet and very robust nose.

T - Very sweet, especially the first few sips. Lots of brown sugar and maple syrup up front. The malts have some toffee and carmale notes as well, which also contribute to the sweetness. A nice whiskey flavour is present in the finish.

M - Medium body, lightly carbonated, sikly.

D - A very good and very unique beer. I really enjoyed this. The ABV was very well hidden.

09-27-2010 00:48:02 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

Finally, a hearty spring seasonal for northern environs. Has an odd bottle dating system that features two sets of #'s, 0-9. So what what about months October, November, and September? Regardless, despite the bottle dating option none of the numbers are check off. I guess the packaging center couldn't figure it out either.

Dark chestnut color with a finger's length soft tan cap. Lil' bitty retention, lil' bitty lace, but nothing to impress.

Aroma is sweet and malty like a good scotch ale should be. Peat smokiness comes through like black jelly bean.

Velvety mouthfeel. Ample caramel candy sweetness with a fruity finish, presumably from the maple. I've read on previous reviews that this was a hot mess but by the time this bottle got to me all the alcohol had faded out. Good.

09-19-2010 21:44:24 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.3%

A - amber with red highlights, almost clear, very fizzy pour, but head quickly vapourizes to nothing (typical of very high alcohol beers, which this is not... hmm)

S - rich malty sweetness, some light maple, no hops, no booze, very clean, smells nice, not dominated by maple

T - more of that rich maltiness, fairly sweet, but is rescued by a nice dry finish, some light woody notes, don't really notice the maple in the taste, low bitterness, no hop flavour, some nice earthy notes

M - sticky, full, med carbonation keeps things moving, alcohol is not hot, but really dries out the finish

D - well put together, pretty good balance, glad that the maple is not overpowering, I think the aging did good things for this beer.

This is a pretty good offering from DDC, I feel a lot of their products are over hyped. I don't really get the head dropping out of sight, but other than that, this is a fine scotch ale with a nice maple nose.

I'm pretty sure this is a 2009 bottle, though it could be a 2008. I really don't recall, but it has been in my cellar for over a year. Got it in a trade from someone? Thanks, whoever you are!

09-16-2010 22:57:46 | More by markaberrant
Photo of CrazyDavros


3.68/5  rDev -5.4%

Pours dark copper with a honeycomb brown head.
Nose is very sweet, with lots of caramel, toffee and woody maple syrup. Some spicy hops also present.
Nose is very sweet with heaps more caramel before the powerful alcohol hits to balance things out.
Low creamy carbonation works well with the syrupy slick texture.
A little too boozy but overall quite nice.

09-16-2010 10:58:05 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.3/5  rDev +10.5%

Scotch Ale brewed with Maple syrup- sounds like the kind of thing for a rainy day. Pours a slightly murky brown with little head. Smells very nice and quite complex. Pleasant notes of banana, raisin bread, nuts, and maple syrup. Breakfast anyone? The taste is sharper and a bit woodier than the aroma, with clear oak notes and some more firmness, otherwise similar notes as in the nose. A bit lean in the mouth, but better than it being overly sweet. Nice.

09-12-2010 13:54:05 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of emmasdad


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%

Picked up by my wife on a whim the other day at Argonaut Liqours. We shared the bottle. Poured a medium amber color, with a smallish off-white head. Very boozy on the nose, with brown sugar, apple cider and caramel. On the palate,this one is kinda thin and full of alcoholic heat. A little maple, a little scotch and a lot of heat.

09-05-2010 04:41:11 | More by emmasdad
Photo of ryno09


3.38/5  rDev -13.1%

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.

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


4.2/5  rDev +8%

Rich, sweet and spicy. There's clearly lots of malt here.

Very dark, slightly crowded brown colour with a big fluffy light tan head. Good head retention.

Big, sweet malt flavour with lots of spicy yeast character. There are a few dark fruity esters as well. The maple just comes through in the background but it is a very dark, caramelised maple flavour.

Medium-full body with moderate carbonation. Medium-dry finish.

Dark, sweet and tasty. This is a really rich ale which celebrates the creativity and skill of Quebec brewing. Very nice.

08-29-2010 08:25:55 | More by dgilks
Photo of infi

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.3%

11.5 oz. bottle, courtesy of BA r0nyn for his 26th.

Pours a murky and translucent reddish-brown color into the glass with a thin white and loose head. Lots of soapy residue throughout the glass with little to no clinging action. The smell is quite sugary, sweet and malty. The maple syrup really makes its presence known throughout the brew. I can detect a sort of cinnamon spiciness as well. In addition, the 9.5% ABV can be found towards the back end in the nostrils.

The taste basically mirrors the aromas thoroughly. Consistently sweet throughout, with the maple syrup being the biggest culprit for sure. This is a serious malt bomb. The flavors are straight-up sweet and malty, with a bit of astringency and bitterness towards the end. The 9.5% burn is also noticeable on the tongue and roof of the mouth. Not much complexity, but still a decent beer overall.

Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium-bodied. Coats the mouth moderately well, which creates a nice lingering sweetness. Its drinkability is decent; not a quick drink, more of a moderate sipper. Very good for a night cap. Reminiscent of a nice liquor.

08-26-2010 07:57:39 | More by infi
Photo of r0nyn

New York

3.95/5  rDev +1.5%

Split with fellow BA infi for my birthday night of drinking! Poured into a snifter from a bottle.

Appearance is a translucent reddish-orange that fills the glass easily. Head is about a quarter-inch thick and lightly colored, dissipating slowly and leaving a substantial amount of lacing. The nose is full of malts, malts and more malts. Really sweet smelling, especially with the slight wafting of the advertised maple syrup at the end.

Taste is sweet and malty right off the bat, as expected. Bitterness is almost non-existent, just a light tinge in the middle of the sip. Finishes off with the touted maple syrup flavoring, with a light aftertaste that doesn't linger too long. Definitely a sugary-tasting brew, one of the sweeter kinds I've had. The hefty 9.5% ABV is only detectable after letting it warm up for a bit. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side, doesn't weigh down the tongue too much and has the faintest bit of carbonation. Goes down easy and smooth.

An interesting and flavorful brew to say the least. Drinkability is only slightly impaired by the weighty ABV. Given the right situation, I definitely could have knocked down another one. Not bad for my first wee heavy. Will have to try others of the same style to compare!

08-26-2010 07:52:25 | More by r0nyn
Photo of Proteus93


3.6/5  rDev -7.5%

A: Pours a deep, hazy tawny hue... head has a yellowish tint to it, and is very short. It was poured quite gently, though, so that could very well be playing into it.

S: Sweet malts... quite a sugary scent. Some notes of vanilla along with the maple come through, though rather modest before a swirl, which made it become far more robust. There's almost a hint of a fruity ester there, though nothing in particular that I can describe it as having a similarity to.

T + M: Quite sweet, and perhaps just a touch too sweet. Rich in malts, and the maple almost gives it a bit of a syrupy quality, both on the palate and in overall mouthfeel. It's a little heavy and sticky. For a style that is already a little rich, the syrup may have been taking it a step too far.

D: The alcohol isn't particularly hidden in that it is quite warming, though the flavour is quite masked. I don't know if I make a point of seeking it out actively, but it's an interesting experience, nonetheless.

08-08-2010 02:00:02 | More by Proteus93
Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.