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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Équinoxe Du PrintempsÉquinoxe Du Printemps

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371 Ratings
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Ratings: 371
Reviews: 216
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 22
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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4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy amber on the edges, with a deep brown middle, and a damn near non-existent head. smells of the maltiness typical of a scotch ale, accompanied by a not-so-typical sweetness. alcohol is, well, noticeable, to say the least.

mmm... 5. 5 for a scotch ale, the best ive ever had. a nicely done (i.e., not overpowering) sweetness up front that gives way to sweet roasted malts, and a barely perceptible hop presence in the middle. this is all followed by the best part of the beer: the maple!!! fantastic finish and aftertaste. lots of alcohol, lots of sweet maple syrup and brown sugar.

mouthfeel is syrupy, disgustingly thick and full of sediment. great. drinkability takes a small hit for the beer being so sweet all the way around, but otherwise, it keeps you sipping.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 03:52:20 | More by jdklks
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 22:47:12 | More by WesWes
Photo of steeltown71


3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice amber, creamy inch-thick head, good retention.

S: Not far removed from fresh pancake aroma...honey, shortbread cookie, cinnamon, maple syrup.

T: Nice maltiness upfront, gets more interesting on finish with noticeable maple syrup & spice.

M: Medium-bodied, not hugely sticky or viscous given the sweetness, perfect carbonation level.

D: Interesting but there's no chance I would want to session this.

Unique flavor profile makes this worth trying at least once. For the money though I can't imagine reaching for this if Peche Mortel is on the shelf next to it.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 03:23:36 | More by steeltown71
Photo of qchic


3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like murky iced tea with only a shading of head atop. Some sediment from the bottom of the bottle came with the aggressive pour. Smells fruity, malty and nutty with some banana, green apple, maple, and a little alcohol. Tastes unlike any other scotch ale I've had. It's malty and the maple that follows the fruity esters is not cloying or overpowering at all, but rather subtle. This is a hefty beer and the alcohol demands to much attention in the flavor, detracting from drinkability. Glad I killed my curiosity, but won't purchase this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2009 18:12:41 | More by qchic
Photo of BeerImmediately


4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle, hard to distinguish the freshness date, since it's not etched into the numbers on the label.

Poured into nonic pint glass - good lookin, with 3f of fluffy, tan head on top of an opaque orange-brown body, and good lacing.

Banana candy hit me right off the bat with some high-end single barrel rum. As it warmed, also got some tropical / pineapple hoppiness, and just a wee hint o' tha maple.

Taste matched the complexity of the smell. Plenty of flavors fighting for your attention, including the aforementioned sweet banana, some tangerine (yes, I said tangerine), and maple syrup.

Mouthfeel was a little hot from the alcohol - probably the low point of this beer was its inability to hide this. But overall, it was not thick or cloying.

This was a wee heavy in every sense... great complexity, richer than a Scottish Ale, but a wee bit hot. I could have two of these over a couple of hours, cause I dig the style.

Would love to cellar a couple of these and see how they fare 1-2 years down the line.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:18:23 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of bluejacket74


3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5 ounce bottle, 9.5% ABV. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy reddish/brown color with a very small off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Lacing is OK. The aroma is sweet, it smells like maple syrup, toffee, bananas, wood and booze. It tastes like maple, apple brandy, bananas and toffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit rich and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's not hard to drink at all. It would be much easier to drink if the booze taste wasn't so noticable. I probably should have aged this a bit longer as it's still hot. Overall, I think it's a decent brew that I would try again. However, it's not one of the better Dieu Du Ciel beers I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 23:28:31 | More by bluejacket74
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4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Paid $2.99 for a single from Ludlow Wines in Clifton...

The beer pours a muddy brown base with a moderate sized head, limited retention, and minimal lacing. The aroma is maple syrup sweet with malt tones.

The taste is subtle of grainy malts and sweet caramel and maple syrup tones, similar to the smell; hardly and carbonation and thin feeling on the palette... very smooth in the mouth, my bottle boasts a 9.5% abv and no alcohol was to be noticed.

Final Thought: A great concept that falls a tad short of greatness, a pricey beer that is fairly two-dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 02:03:32 | More by mobyfann
Photo of cjgator3


3.23/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a a dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head. 

S- The aroma is very sweet with a lot of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup and booze.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out very sweet and malty. Hints of toffee and caramel come in next with a boozy finish. A little on the sweet and boozy side for me, but not bad.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin fizzy carbonation in the finish.

D- Like mentioned above, the sweetness and booziness limit the drinkability of this brew for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 05:02:21 | More by cjgator3
Photo of nrbw23


3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a reddish brown color with pretty much no head at all. What head there is a tannish color and leaves very spotty lacing.

S- Overall, I thought this one smelled a little sweet. Toffee, maple syrup, fruity esters and some boozy alcohol as well. I think just a little too sweet for the style.

T- Taste is again very sweet with a malt heavy taste going on. Quite a bit of toffee flavor up front. Also as the bottle states maple syrup flavor is here. A bit of alcohol here as well.

M- Medium in body and carbonation maybe a little bit high.

D- A sipper for sure at 9.5%. Easy to drink with just a different spin to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 10:36:26 | More by nrbw23
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New York

2.1/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Pours a dirty brown with a small tan head. Aroma of alcohol, banana laffy taffy, medicinal nastiness. Flavor is sweet, definitely syrupy, with more laffy taffy notes as well as sweet caramel. Boozy. Flavor is better than the aroma, but when the aroma is that bad...it's hardly meaningful. Ick.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 14:25:13 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of HopHead84


4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Snojerk321! Pours rusty copper with a creamy beige head.

The aroma is quite unique. Notes of ripe green apples are apparent, as well as caramel and candied sugar. Lots of booze is noticeable. The syrupy maple sugar is a really nice touch. Caramel apple maple sugar. That sounds pretty fantastic.

The flavor is very, very sweet, with apple brandy notes. The taste has notes of maple syrup and caramel. This is quite boozy, and almost desert-like.

Overall, a nice and sweet caramel maple syrup beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 05:49:39 | More by HopHead84
Photo of champ103


4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark orange/brown color. A large beige head forms with great retention. Sticky spiderweb lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Of toasted and sweet caramel malt. Dry wood and dark fruits. Plums, figs, even some banana. A warm boozy character as well. This is amazing.
T: Follows the nose. Lots of toasted malt. Sweet caramel. I can really tastes the maple syrup. It works, but it is almost too sweet. Dry wood with some dark fruity esters again. There is a little burn from the alcohol as well.
M/D: A full body that is incredibly rich, creamy, and decadent. The alcohol is noticeable, and burns a little. Though it is a great beer to sip on through the night.

This is a great beer. I am continually impressed with this brewery. Very unique and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 00:09:31 | More by champ103
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 341ml bottle into a snifter. Cinnamon tan body with an off-white head, which quickly fades away. Bad retention and no lace. Smell consists of fruity esters, pungent alcohol, and maple. Lots of yeast, with hints of brown sugar. Taste is bittersweet whisky malt, prunes, alcohol, and dryly malted wheat. Boozy and clean, but too big! This beer is overly dry and the alcohol is far too prominent. Also, I would have liked more maple flavour in the taste. Not very drinkable.

EDIT: tried a second bottle at the DDC! Meet & Greet at Chancey Smith's and it was tasting much better. The head lasted longer, I got some nice floral, resinous aromas on the nose, and the maple came through a lot more in the flavour. It was also far less boozy than my first sample. I've upped the score accordingly.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 16:53:34 | More by cratez
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4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The head fell apart almost instantly. It was a light, tannish color while it was around though. The body of this beer is gorgeous. It's a muddy brown with bits of red and orange swirled in.

The nose is pretty sweet, sort of citrus combined with maple and brown sugar and a little bit of alcohol behind it all. The taste is even sweeter. There is a strong maple flavor, very sugary. There is a dark fruit medley involved within the flavor as well. I guess I'd pick out figs, apricots, orange zest and caramel to be the forerunners in the flavor department. The booze hits you with a nice warmth and all-in-all this beer is sweet, thick and warming. A fabulous combination. All of this gets balanced out with a sharp bitterness at the end of each sip. I liked this stuff a lot.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 04:01:11 | More by dogger6253
Photo of Brad007


3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darkish-red color with a one-finger head into my fluted tulip. Nice presentation.

Aroma is strong and smokey with a bit of booziness and faint maple in the nose.

Taste is boozy and smokey with raisin and maple flavors standing out the most. A bit "hot" but still drinkable.

Mouthfeel is full of raisin and maple flavors that linger along with alcohol heat, which cools down a bit towards the back of the throat. Maple is very nice and shows through very well towards the back of the throat.

A very nice example of the style. Perhaps a bit too boozy but it will definitely mellow out. Still quite drinkable at this stage.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2009 00:18:54 | More by Brad007
Photo of SFLpunk


3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11.5oz brown glass twist-top. Label has numbers, but none are marked.

Appearance: Rough pour turns up on this off-white head which leaves minimal spotting. Cloudy amber brown.

Nose: Lots of booze up front, reminds me of fine seve or sortilege...and turpentine. Hmmm. That's hard to get passed.

Palate: Paint thinner up front, yikes, but that gives way to rich and luscious scotch malty-smokey goodness and then slides out to the sweet, slick maple syrup finish. Grade B or so. Medium bodied and sweet, low carbonation.

Notes: Well, that turpentine/mineral spirits thing is hard to get passed. If that was gone, this would be a sweet dessert beer. Drinkability suffers big time.

EDIT: After reading other reviews, I agree there's definitely a bananas foster thing going on here. Nice catch.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2009 05:26:35 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lighter than expected ruddy brown with a swirl of head that wants to be bigger, sitting on top. Lacing is moderate.

The smell is dominated by bannanas foster...alcohol, sugar, and bannana...nice...a bit too much alcohol though.

The bannana starts the taste off as well, but is quickly complimented by some sugary sweetness that leads into a maple sweetness. This beer is vermont.

The mouthfeel is big and thick with a good amount of carbonation. Adds up to a nice drinkable product, good beer...expensive, but good.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 04:41:19 | More by grayburn
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3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

06/21/09- Purchased at K&L Wine Cellars in Redwood City, CA.

Presentation- 11.5oz bottle, poured into my Duvel tulip. Has a date strip that is notched, but can't figure it out.

Appearance- Deep amber-brownish colored pour with a 3/4 inch quick fading head. Leaves some light spots of lacing behind.

Smell- A bit of very deep burnt caramel malt, a light touch of a woodsy barrel nose and a touch of alcohol.

Taste- Quite malty, in fact pretty much dead on to style. A wee bit smokey with a good level of noticable alcohol. Barrel flavors come into play nicely, but the caramel-toffee roasted malt steals the show.

Mouthfeel- Definitely a bit high in the carbonation level. Thick and chewy, even when consumed right out of the fridge.

Drinkability- Overall on the the top wee heavy's I've had. A style that I really haven't grasped yet, nor even like that much...but this one was quite tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 21:13:50 | More by GClarkage
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Quebec (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on June 7, 2009. My 100th review. Mine is 9.5% ABV. Is this only for the 2009 version?

A: Brownish opaque color. No head... boo. I would say the color is not inviting :P
S: I get mainly sugar from the maple. Very hard to get anything else...
T: Again more sugar and I get the alcohol at the end. I can't taste the malts... I'm overwhelmed by the maple I would guess.
M: Round and medium bodied beer. Nice feeling in the mouth. Good beer to finish the night.
D: One per session... too strong a beer and sweet to have more than one.

Not a bad beer, however this is not my to go beer. After all this is a sipping beer. Good to have one or two per year :)

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 00:55:36 | More by ZorPrime
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3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into a DT tulip.

A: Pours a rusty, reddish-brown with a nicely creamy, light-tan colored cap of foam. Head retention was decent and after it eventually receded, a thick lace leaving ring was left.

S: Smells syrupy and sweet. Aromas of toasted nuts, figs, cinnamon, a faint whisp of maple, and a shit-ton of booze. Curl your nose hair levels of booze.

T: See above. Too much booze and not nearly enough smoked malt. Maple presence was fleeting at best.

M: Oily and sticky with a spicy booziness that plastered itself to my tongue.

D: I was pretty underwhelmed by this. My least favorite DDC beer so far, by a wide margin.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 01:57:29 | More by GbVDave
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Manitoba (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle via Glouglouburp- pours a murky chestnut with a lively beige head. Nose- Sweetness from the syrup and malt is predominant. Taste- nutty, cookie dough malt, with extra kick of maple sweetness and brown sugar. Finish dries out and is quite boozy. HInt of smoke and oak on the finish as well.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 01:50:53 | More by oakbluff
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark chestnut with a clumpy head. There was lacing when I started drinking it but by the end it was mostly gone.

The aroma reminds me of toffee apples with hints of maple syrup, ripe banana, oak and a slightly noticeable alcohol.

The taste is the same with a sweet caramel and the taste of a toffee apple that has turned slightly brown, with mashed ripe banana and plum, spice, followed by a warming alcohol. I was expecting more of a roasted malt to this which I think would add a little more complexity. As it is it's mostly sweetness and alcohol. And there's maple but you have to really look for it.

Medium mouthfeel that is somewhat lacking in carbonation.

At 9.5% and a noticeable alcohol content, it's a sipper and probably one would be enough for me.

Oh yeah, got this from notdan through CanBIF. Thanks Dan! :)

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 01:29:13 | More by MeisterBurger
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3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy deep copper with a 1-finger beige head that quickly dissapates. Minimal lacing.

Smell is yeast, caramel, and maple. The taste is a lot like scotch--sweet malts, caramel, figs, wood, and some yeast. The maple syrup is in there at the end. Mouthfeel kind of burns like liquor & there's a good amount of carbonation. Thickness is medium.

This is a drinkable scotch ale, but watch the ABV. I was a little dissappointed in the fact that the maple flavor was a bit week.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 02:47:48 | More by theghost3
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3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a reddish brown color that produced a small fluffy tan head which had good retention and left some lace on the side of the glass

S - The aromas produced by this beer were oak, maple, and caramel

T - The taste of this beer was great, nice bit of malts, maple syrup, and some smoked wood flavor, the alcohol on the end was mind but still present

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a smooth, creamy, medium to heavy body with a light amount of carbonation

D - I am a huge fan of BDDC (except the pepper beer), and this was no exception, huge flavor and easy drinking make this dangerous

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 00:54:49 | More by cvfish
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New York

3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an iced tea brown color with a small tan head that leaves a light ring, almost looks flat. The aroma is sweet, a bit vinous, brown sugar, a brown bread malt, and rubbing alcohol. The taste is of rum soaked raisins, vinous, brown sugar, cinnamon raisin bread. The malt is outplayed by the sweetness of the brew, no roasted qualities or smokiness. Way too sweet and boozy. The feel is chewy, a bit sticky, suprisingly not slick, prickly carbonation. Finishes sweet and hot from the ABV. A very disappointing Wee Heavy, not about the malt just about the booze. A very hot brew, sweet flavors; should showcase the malt. Boo. The label indicated that this was 9.5ABV. Great brewery just not digg'n this brew at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2009 03:49:48 | More by Gmann
Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 371 ratings.