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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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393 Ratings
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Ratings: 393
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | 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 markaberrant
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

markaberrant, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Georgiabeer, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

emmasdad, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of ryno09
3.38/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

ryno09, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

dgilks, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of infi
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

infi, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of r0nyn
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

r0nyn, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Proteus93, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of AdamGarcia
3.33/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle served in Duvel tulip.

A: Two fingers of head atop a mahogany body. Red and pink highlights in certain lights. Head dissipates to a thin layer after a few minutes and clings to the glass just a little.

S: Sweet carmel and honey. Deep malt scents and maple. Esters linger in the background.

T: Lots of malt. Mostly toffe and carmel, with notes of vanilla and oak. Vague sweetness reminiscent of maple, but I would venture to say that I likely wouldn't be able to indentify it as such if I didn't know it was an ingredient. All is well until the finish, which is solvent-like and a little hot.

M: Good. Carbonation is about right. Maybe lacking in the viscosity department.

D: This beer just isn't very cohesive. It's not something I'd want to drink much of. There are too many other beers in this segment that I would choose before this one.

AdamGarcia, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one finger off-white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Cloudy brown/amber color, with some yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malty maple nose. Flavor is roasty malt with maple, hints of the higher ABV and is warming. Nice variation of a scotch ale. $5.29 for a 11.5oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

jdhilt, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of IronDjinn
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 4-pack of 341 ml brown bottles, abv listed as 9.1% on label. Pours out a cloudy opaque brown, russet highlights. Tall spongy and creamy cinnamon coloured head with amazing retention.

Sweet caramel, raisins and maple on the nose, hints of spice and alcohol warmth as well.

Dark toasty malt up front in the flavour, some caramel malt, dates, some molasses, the maple and alcohol character seem to meld together, while the finish and aftertaste is surprisingly hoppy with grassy herbal spicy notes that linger. Mild dry character in aftertaste as well.

Medium-full mouthfeel, a bit rough and sticky in texture, low carbonation.

A nice take on the style, and I dig the addition of maple to it, however I think I've sampled this too young, I have a feeling that it'll round out more in time and smooth out the rougher edges in the process.

IronDjinn, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this was one extremely difficult beer to review. This beer was nothing short of delightful to drink, however it didn't have many of the characteristics that Scotch Ales tend to have. I did my best but please bear with me.

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, has a nice orange glow that attempts to go to the amber/brown color, pretty unique. Not much of a head on this beer and no real lacing. Smell is very good, hints of caramel and toffee. Sweet malts, barley, hops and a hint of alcohol, no smokey aroma that tends to be a staple of this style or the maple for that matter. Flavor is excellent, however, doesn't taste much like a scotch ale. Much more like a good barely wine ale or American Strong Ale. It has strong fruity and citrusy characteristics and well hopped. As it warms the flavors intensify. It has some sweet flavors to it, but I really can't taste the maple syrup. All in all a great tasting beer, looses points for not being to the style. The mouthfeel is great, a good sipper. Pretty full bodied but lite enough to be more versatile than just a sipper. The Alcohol warms you up and you can feel it, but it's not too strong. Makes itself known but it's not aggressive. Very drinkable, especially for a 9.5%.

A very good beer, I plan on getting a couple more bottles, maybe drink one in the late fall and maybe let the other age a year or so. I really would have rated it higher, but not that fitting to the style.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish-brown colour with a thin strip of white head that doesn't go away. Lots of maple in the smell, with some nuttiness I think. Flavour is great with maple (though, I'm partial to maple), caramel, and dried fruits. Very smooth beer and it hides the alcohol well.

kwjd, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a dark brown-orange with a solid creamy tan head that retained very nicely
S - inticing sweet maple syrup, roasted nutty malts, and some slight grassy hop hints
T - the rich nutty malt flavour start things off, then a tangy hop and alcohol bite, with the maple more subtle than the smell suggested but lingering on the taste buds
M - thins out quickly and the dominant feel is a full sharp bitter and high ABV sensation
D - the flavours work well, but there is a definite bite, no hiding of the 9.1% here, don't think i'd want to attempt more than one or two in a sitting

joemcgrath27, Jul 30, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased about 6 months prior to opening, in New York, and carried back to Australia to crack open with @thescotdownunder. This was prior to Dieu du Ciel becoming available in Australia, although I'm yet to see this particular beer on Australian shelves.

Pours a thick and heavy, brilliant burnished red colour, with a frothy but fine head of pale beige bubbles. Very good lacing, but minimal carbonation, even when swirled. Still, the body looks very thick. It looks a very nice beer. I love the colour, in particular.

Nose is wonderful. I feared the maple syrup would get lost in fermentation, but there's a big dollop of it here, sweet and slightly resiny, giving a lightly aromatic citrus character like candied lemon peel. Very sweet, but cut through with a lilt of acidity. Smells wonderful. Just delicious.

Taste is much stronger, and much more confronting. Initial welling of boozy phenols threaten to overwhelm the palate, which crescendoes in a great climax, and then recedes, leaving the residual maple character on the back, along with a light roasted bitterness that is in some way imparted by the boozy heat. For all its intensity, it doesn't have a huge amount of body, or depth - there's certainly no subtle layering of flavours on the palate. Mouthfeel is fine, but not as thick as I thought it might be from the look.

Still, a very interesting brew from Dieu du Ciel, who have a habit of coming up with interesting and well-made beers. Not my favourite of theirs, but I'm glad I got to sample it.

lacqueredmouse, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of flipper2gv
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Super aggressive pour did give a good off white head, but it had totally no retention. It was gone within 20 seconds. Color is brownish red and there is no lacing.

S: There is a ton of nuts and buttery esters. A lot of caramel malts are there to give a lot of sweetness as well as molasses, brown sugar and, eventually, maple syrup. Dried figs and raisins are there too. Heavy bread/cereal smell present. Boozy.

T: Very strong caramel malts dominate. Strong tastes of caramel, maple syrup, molasses and brown sugar are definitely there. Then there is a good cereal bready taste that somewhat mixes with a tiny bit of tartness. Also the nuts and butter is still there but much less present than in the smell. The fruity tastes are also a bit less present, the dried figs and raisins. Also there is a medium level of earthy hops very reminiscent of what you'd find in a barley wine. Boozy.

M: Heavy feel with low carbonation. Perfect for a malt bomb like this.

D: With the booze, the heavy feel and all the sugar, it somewhat loses here. But, it's well balanced and still go down quite easily.

flipper2gv, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of popery
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer has a darkened reddish brown body and a small off-white head. The aroma has lots of caramelized malt, maple syrup and a fair bit of booze. It even smells sweet. The malt smells worty, perhaps a bit under-attenuated, at least for my taste. The beer has a sweet taste, very sweet. It's like a slightly fermented maple syrup mixed with some malt. Actually, I almost really like it, but the booziness hurts things significantly. The maple syrup is interesting, but it's just out of control, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is sticky and cloying. I'm having trouble getting through the 11.5 oz bottle. I could see this beer aging well, but I'm not a fan of this one fresh.

popery, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Like Aphrodite and Peche Mortel from this brewery. Let's check out this brew...

A: Dark iced tea brown flirting with some ruby red highlights. Tiny head that quickly fades to a small lacing atop the brew. Ok.

S: Sweet sugary malts upfront with some boozy burn in the middle and some creamy oak on the backend. Scents of sweet strawberries. The more I smell it, the stronger the sweetness takes over. Hints of maple are starting to shine through now. Smells very good.

T: Sweet caramel apple upfront with hints of maple in the middle and watery grae on the backend. Hints of a creamy booze taste begin to seep through. This is a very sweet brew. Good.

M: Medium bodied. Good carbonation blend. Leaves some sugary malts on the palate. Very good.

D: Once you get through the sugar wall, this goes down easy. Good.

All in all, this brew definitely surprised me. It's better than I expected. Very sweet, boozy, and malty... my type of brew. I'd say if you like a good malty big beer once in a while, then give this one a try. If you're looking for the hops, then avoid this one. Worth hunting down.

steve8robin, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of PSUDREW
3.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: ruddy brown/amber color. some head...but not much
S: Malty Maple goodness. Syrup is pretty evident here
T: Strong, malty, syrupy up front. The sweetness smacks you right away. The syrupiness is almost overwhelming. There is some hop presence in the aftertaste....but, not really. Little bit. but yeah. the malt and the syrup overwhelm this brew.
M: Stong, thick, and, well, syrupy.
D: ehhh....more then one is more then enough

PSUDREW, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
4.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy brown with a ruby red tinge to it. Nice thumb of light fluffy tan head which sticks to the rim nicely, leaving some thick bubbly lacing. The carbonation is quite noticeable, sending steady streams from the bottom of the glass.

S - Sweet maple and chocolate malts, toasted almonds and a bit of toffee.

T - Quite sweet, as expected. The maple flavour is noticeable right away, brown sugar, and chocolate malts explode in your mouth. The finish is delicious with the maple lingering on your tongue. The alcohol is a little noticeable, but is nicely hidden by the sweet flavours.

M - Very nicely balanced with the perfect amount of carbonation. Goes down quite smoothly, especially for the high ABV.

D - Surprisingly drinkable for something with such a high ABV. Could easily toss back a few of these at a time. The flavours are intense, but still very refreshing. Highly recommended to anyone looking for something bold and sweet.

andrenaline, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of Xul
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a mostly translucent amberish brown, capped by a one finger pale beige head. Head doesn't last too long but leaves some light lacing down the glass.

S: A fairly sweet overall character to the nose, caramel and maple syrup are the dominant notes, along with brown sugar, plums and figs, and a general booziness lurking in the background.

T: Caramel comes up first, followed by maple syrup that's better defined than on the nose. Some brown sugar comes in before giving way to a strong dark fruit presence - plums and figs again, along with some raisins - leading to a sweet, fruity finish. The alcohol is more subdued than on the nose, although it still feels like a definite sipper.

M: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation, velvety smooth.

D: The ABV rears its head and it's a sipper, but it goes down deceptively easily.

Xul, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: dark murky brown, looks like muddy stream water after a good rain, quickly dissipating tan head

Smell: smelled sweet and of candied fruits, raisins/plums, brown sugar

Taste: multifaceted taste/flavor, it is mouthwatering to begin with and very sweet, like brown sugar or molasses, a little smoky, leaves a slight alcohol taste behind

Mouthfeel: very smooth and full bodied, aftertaste lingers

Drinkability: Was average due to the sweetness, it had great flavor but the viscosity and sweetness make this a beer that you can only enjoy one at a sitting

I'd recommend trying it, I really enjoyed it

aasher, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I was careful in pouring this one as the label read "Bottle Conditioned", plus I could see a fair amount of lees in the bottom of the bottle. As such, I produced only wisps on the pour. Color was a deep reddish-amber with NE-quality clarity, another reason not to muddy it up carelessly. Nose was really sugary sweet, definitely a maple syrup base! Mouthfeel was fairly full, not viscous, but close. Man, was I getting a LOT of malty sweetness on the tongue. The finish was awash in maple syrup. I felt like sitting down to a stack of pancakes to perhaps soak up some of the alcohol. This would be the far end of the spectrum from what I would normally drink, but it was bought and paid for, so it made a nice interlude on the afternoon.

woodychandler, May 30, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, May 29, 2010
Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 393 ratings.