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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Ratings: 391
Reviews: 218
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 23
Gots: 38 | 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 prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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 +2.8%
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 -8%
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 -5.4%
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 -2.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -0.3%
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 -8%
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 +14.9%
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 -2.3%
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 -10.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -6.7%
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
Photo of Rastacouere
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance with an above Dieu Du Ciel's standards head. The aroma was not so pronounced, but still interesting, like entering a maple field in the spring. (Dieu du Ciel is really gifted at giving fitting names to their brews) I had a weird impression of Root beer as well. Malty taste, you can't get much sweeter, maple is dominant, hardcore even. Pure candy sugar with notes of vanilla. I'll have to try a fresh version. That one seemed a little unbalanced to me (1,75 yrs), aiming it all toward the maple taste. I actually prefered the impression left on me by the 2.75 yrs old one, but getting it on tap and fresh would certainly be interesting. Overall.. That's a scotch ale? An original one to say the least.

Rastacouere, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A wonderful aged maple scotch ale from Dieu Du Ciel. This beer was presented to me with a lovely dark amber colour and almost no head. The aromas were of caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. The taste was a melange of the above...sweet, rich, satisfying. The mouthfeel was very full, almost chewy...and the drinkability was excellent!
A classic Scotch ale!

francisweizen, May 02, 2003
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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 391 ratings.