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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 402
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
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 GbVDave
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

GbVDave, May 29, 2009
Photo of oakbluff
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

oakbluff, May 26, 2009
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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! :)

MeisterBurger, May 19, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

theghost3, May 15, 2009
Photo of cvfish
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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

cvfish, May 12, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.1/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Gmann, May 09, 2009
Photo of taez555
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drunk at cellar temps. The bottle actually reads 9.5%, not 7% ABV.

This beer poured a rather clear brown, ruby, thin coca cola colored body with a small naturally bottle condition type white head.

Nose is mostly warm alcohol. Some gamey dark fruits and a strong sweet malt. Although there's definitely some flavors that are trying to fight there way through, the strong alcohol hides it.

Taste is strong and brown tasting. Surprisingly light body for such a big beer. It's thick, but in a slightly sticky sweet soft maple syrup sort of way, not a milkshake thickness. A nice firm malt base with a strong caramel touch, added with a very warm alcohol and a strong sweetness. Yeast, some wet wood, caramel, plums, figs, raisins and other dark fruits. You can taste the maple syrup, but honestly it's only noticeable cuz it says "maple syrup" on the bottle, I wouldn't notice it otherwise, other than for the sweetness. I honestly don't see this as a scotch ale, it very much tastes more like a Belgian inspired American Brown ale. There's some mild earthy hop touches that give it a nice balance against the malt Ends with a sweet lingering mild hop bitterness and alcohol burn.

An interesting beer. It's a very unique take on a scotch ale, and again I don't think I'd dare call this a true scotch, it's very much a Belgian beer. I like it, not my favorite from the brewery, but good none the less.

taez555, May 08, 2009
Photo of HomeRunBaker
4.68/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours an opaque dark amber color. The smell is of oak and maple. Taste is impressive. Maple, oak, and caramel. The alcohol is completely unnoticeable. Extremely smooth and considerably thick--very reminiscent of maple syrup. I'm very impressed and enjoyed this one thoroughly. A very unique beer.

HomeRunBaker, May 05, 2009
Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle.

Poured a deeper and cloudy amber color (almost brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of maple syrup, woody, vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Tastes of maple, toffee, caramel, the same woodiness, and some dark fruits. Light to medium alcohol in the finish.

hopdog, May 04, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams Lager glass. Served very close to cellar temp at start, maybe a bit warmer.

Pours a hazy dark copper, bordering on brown, with a fluffy off-white head on top that has nice duration and great lacing.

Nose is quite sweet - toffee, maple syrup, noticeable fruity esters and some boozy alcohol as well. Banana?

Taste is nice - quite sweet up front, more toffee and maple syrup, with a nice balancing cleanness on the finish. Some oak floating around in there as well on the back end, almost smoky but not quite. Really well balanced for being as sweet as it is initially, complex and satisfying. The maple in particular lends a nice complexity, and I freely admit, I love maple syrup. The only thing bringing this one down at all is the very intense sweetness. Almost cloying.

Mouthfeel is fluffy and smooth, almost thick without being syrupy.

Drinkability takes a hit from the richness. This is a really nice beer, but it's a slow sipper despite only being 7% abv, and drinking more than one or two isn't in the cards. Of course, I'm sipping it in the throes of what I would call the first real summer day, so that may have an effect.

JohnQVegas, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of DaftBrew
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First visit to DDC one week ago, and I love the beers already.
Equinoxe du Printemps was no exception. I reviewed this a little late, so Ill write what I remember the most...

A- Reddish, orange almost glowing when held up to direct sunlight. Dense white head on top settled with decent lacing.

T- 7%, so easy! How can I put this, to me, this beer was like liquid candy. The malt, hops and maple infusion blended in harmony. Quite a sweet finish, so be careful if that's not your style.

D- Absolutely delicious, although, the sweetness might deter me from multiple samplings in a row. I will note, I crave this beer only one week later....

DaftBrew, Apr 25, 2009
Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Équinoxe Du Printemps pours an attractive nut brown color. It's hazy, but when backlit reveals a very attractive scarlet tint. A foamy head sits on top and stands about a finger and a half tall. It quickly receded to a thin layer covering the surface and held there for quite a while. Lacing was thin, but the lined the glass nicely.

The nose is full of caramel malt and toffee aromas. It smells very sweet. There's obviously a bit of maple syrup though it's not overly strong. Much to my surprise, banana seems to have a large role (at least in smell). Oak and wood chip scents are notable. They're more of a secondary feature, but add a nice dimension overall. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly strong. All in all, it's pretty good. It just seems a little jumbled and results in an above average nose.

The flavor profile is consistent with the nose. If nothing else, it's the most interesting Scotch Ale I've ever had. It's very malt heavy and has a pretty nice, sweet caramel/toffee flavor up front. There's definitely a banana component. It's not bad, but it is out of place and comes across as...well...weird. It features a distinct maple flavor (obviously) that's sweet and adds quite a bit of character. It's unique and works well with its malty character. Oak is easily noted. Honestly, it doesn't really seem to add much, but doesn't negate anything either. Alcohol is noted and runs a little warm. It finishes sweet and a little boozy. It's far from bad, but it's not quite as good as I'd hoped.

Its body is medium and relatively smooth. Carbonation seems a little high and prevents it from accomplishing more. Drinkability is above average, but limited by its (slightly) weird flavor, abv, and warmth. My bottle indicates abv is 9.5%. It's definitely a sipping beer that takes a while to get through.

Équinoxe Du Printemps is a very interesting and unique Scotch Ale. At the end of the day, it's an above average beer that didn't quite live up to my expectations. I like the maple syrup and oak aspects of it. But, I really don't like the banana flavor. It's weird, misplaced, and throws the overall experience a little. That being said, it's pretty good and definitely a unique experience. Worth checking out.

As a side note, I'm curious about the profiles here on the site. This beer has a distinct oak flavor and I'm left wondering if there's really an oak aged version of this beer that's different. I've got a hunch that this is the same beer. My bottle even indicates the abv is even higher on this one. Just throwing that out there. Carry on.

prototypic, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ajsdad06.

Poured dark brown color with mimimal head that was mostly diminished with minimal lacing. Heavy woody and scotch alcohol aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet scotch finish of moderate to long duration.

Good complex brew.

tmoneyba, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 13, 2009
Photo of nlmartin
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a reddish orange coloration. The head is a half finger high creamy biege.

Smell: The beers aroma gives me a Banannas Foster sort of vibe. The aroma of bananna, caramel, brown sugar, maple, alcohol, floral aromas whaft around my glass.

Taste: I was afraid this was going to be a sweet sugary mess. Spicey caramelized banannas mix with a smokey maple syrup flavors. The beer never goes to the overly sweet zone.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beers body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The finish of the beer is dry. Alcohol is present in a boozey fashion. Ba says the beer is 7%; however, the label on the bottle states 9.5% Alc/vol. A nice beer to try everyonce in a while.

nlmartin, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of brokenleadedcask
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really like their Peche Mortel and heard this was released, so I thought I'd give it a shot. As the dark chesnut brown beer was poured into my imperial pint it formed a decent head but it disappeared quickly to traces. Not very much going on in the nose with this one, sweet maple and a malt aroma are about it. I found this to be under carbonated when I tasted it, but a smooth flavor is there. Honey or maple syrup up front, with caramel and fruits later. I did not find it to be overly sweet and syrupy as it could've been. Overall, it's not my favorite wee heavy/ scotch ale but I would have it again.

brokenleadedcask, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours maple syrup colored, cloudy, with a faint khaki head that quickly dissipates.

S - Odor is very brown sugary sweet. Caramel, scotch, oak, malt are all present.

T - Extremely sweet. The brown sugar, caramel flavor takes charge, with some woodiness, scotch flavor, and malt finishing out. The finish is warm alcohol. The ABV listed on the bottle was 9.5 %, not 7 as listed above as of now (2 April 09), but it drank like an 11%er.

M - Full bodied, viscous, light carbonation. Really substantial.

HeyItsChili, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Viggo
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up in Montreal a couple months ago.

Pours a cloudy reddish orange, thick white head forms, settles to a pretty solid layer, drops some nice lace spots, and it looks pretty good. Smell is quite sweet, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, some floral and fruit, honey, very fragrant, apples, almost a weizenbock type of aroma, some spice, quite nice. Taste is similar, very sweet and caramelized, apples, maple, brown sugar, very fruity, wheat, very bready, dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warming, but pretty good stuff.

Viggo, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled oct 4/08.

pours hazy reddish brown with a small dense off-white head. drops fairly quick to a ring around the glass and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. bit of dark fruit. my first thought was actually of a doppelbock and not a scotch ale, though there is some overlap. bit of earthy character. light smoke.

taste is good. light alcohol, slightly warming. caramel and toffee. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. touch of biscuit. bit of smoke and earthy character. some dark fruit. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced. a decent scotch ale, just nothing to wow me.

grub, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of papat444
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In the final days of spring, what better way to send off spring than this one?

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Dark, brown body but when held to the light, more reddish in color. Has a nice tan head, 2 fingers.

Smell: Faint, sweet smell. As it warms, maple syrup aroma gets stronger. Smell reminds me of maple taffy poured out on the snow at a sugar shack, nice.

Taste: The taste backs up the smell with strong malty, maple flavors. Very sweet, but kind of one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: This is better. Warming up, feels thick & chewy with fairly active carbonation. Caramel and maple syrup make if boozy & creamy, warming the mouth.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure, but one was enough for me.

Overall: A bit of an odd duck, this brew is fairly good. It would be something i would get once in a while and since it's a seasonal, then that's perfect.

papat444, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this beer

This was poured into a big Red wine glass and I must say the beer looked nice with a deep dark orange with a low broken head floating on top. The nose was Belgian and yeasty in form with a biscuity note that smelled like maple syrup pancakes. The taste was kinda like a refined Mcchouffe in that it was a Scotch/Belgium mix. The maple came out on the finish with a bit of residual sweetness which really smoothed the beer out. A very complex beer and wholly original in style.

canucklehead, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Sammy, May 31, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Phyl21ca, May 23, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Dep Rahmann, which is down the orad from the Montreal brewpub.

Good appearance with a mahogany body and a off-white head. Like many maple beers, the aroma and flavour seems to morph somewhat from the original ingredient, and what we end up with here is far more ester-heavy. Good doses of banana and sweet malt in the aroma, which smells more like a heavenly dessert than a beer.

The banana is again present in the taste, with the sweet spiciness of the maple lurking in the background. The slighted toasted malt character of this scotch ale helps to offset the sweetness somewhat, and provides some peat-like earthy depth. This leads through to a lightly bitter hop bite in the finish, which again helps to clip the sweetness. While its well-hidden throughout the alcohol becomes more warming as the beer heats up. The body is medium-heavy (almost slick) with average carbonation.

Quite a solid maple brew, but I feel it isn't in the top echelon of DDC beers.

bobsy, May 20, 2008
Photo of JOaikido
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Dark orange colour. Cloudy. Nice but smallish beige head of fine bubbles. Lots of little bubbles rising in the beer.

S- Hint of banana. Just a faint touch of maple. Bit of sourness.

T- Strong maltiness. Banana finish. Noticeable alcohol taste that overwhelms the nice little notes too much. Barely noticeable smokey maple syrup.

MF- Full bodied. Kind of thick. Alcohol feel and carbonation are both a bit too high.

D- Above average sipping beer for a cold spring evening, which matches the weather as I write this. Good but a little unbalanced.

JOaikido, Apr 16, 2008
Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.