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Équinoxe Du Printemps - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Équinoxe Du PrintempsÉquinoxe Du Printemps

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BA SCORE
87
very good

356 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 213
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 11.03%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: francisweizen on 05-02-2003)
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Siggy125

California

4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hmmm..."scotch ale brewed with maple syrup". Right in one of my sweet spots for beers.

Interesting color, muttled bister with a little sediment. Cream colored head, small amounts of carbonation.

Smells like a classic scotch ale with some extra malty sweetness. Maple not dominant on the nose.

Maple has more strength on the taste. Also get some vanilla and butterscotch but mostly maple. The 9.5 abv shows up nicely as it warms but not stinging. Good scotch ale malted roast taste. very pleasant.

Fairly light in mouthfeel for a sweeter than normal scotch ale. Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 02:07:42 | More by Siggy125
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abuliarose

New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage, poured into a snifter to reveal mealy brown body under a thin cream-colored head. Some lacing, some bubbles. Looks like a Scotch ale. Smells sweet and malty with nice milk caramel and maple undertones. Slight metallic-ness. Good smells for its type.

Tastes sweet but light. Actually reminds me of a weaker version of Lawson's Maple Tripple. Hints of maple and woody spice. Nice malty backbone. I appreciate the maple addition to this style. It's like a Belgian strong for the summer. Mouthfeel is ticklishly carbonated, adding volume to the medium-thick, grainy body. Very drinkable for the flavor but very flavorful.

Overall a really nice Scotch ale. Probably one of my personal favorites to date. Really hoping to visit their brewpub someday and sample their offerings on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 00:01:22 | More by abuliarose
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2009 bottle from the cellar.

Poured into a Portsmouth tulip glass. Cloudy, orange-brown body with a thin film of white, creamy, head.

Sweet, caramel, maltiness on the nose. Definitely smells like a scotch ale. Hint of alcohol and a touch of dark fruit.

Smooth, booze-laced, toffee on the tongue. Caramel bread notes with a touch of fig. The maple syrup does come through a bit, but doesn't really stand out from everything else that is sweet. Still a nice touch though, making this a solid wee heavy.

Mouthfeel is smooth with light carbonation. Some warming alcohol on the finish. Very mellow, maybe a touch thin for the style.

Overall, this is a tasty scotch ale from Dieu Du Ciel and another great offering in their strong line up of brews. Nothing really stands out, but the maple syrup is a nice touch and plays well with the rest of the flavor profile. If you are a fan of the style, then I'm sure you'll like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 23:58:25 | More by sisuspeed
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

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

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours a delicious dark red, almost amber colour with a head that wants to spill off the sides of my glass. Intense carbonation. Sort of a beige head with two fingers. Bright. Good one finger retention with a chunk of lacing in one portion of the glass.

S - Maple and sugar are there right away which is nice and sweet to balance with some faint alcohol, sweet malt, and whiskey/oak notes. Some possible vanilla is there also.

T - Kinda faint. Tobacco and oak are there with the vanilla. Maltier than the aroma and less complex. Nice though. Certain areas are accentuated.

M - Good carbonation, creamy feel to it and a full body. Some booze in the back but it's masked/combined with an oaky/vanilla note.

O/D - No complaints here. Just a solid beer from DDC. Couldn't say I would have a few of these in a night but it's tasty and the maple adds a nice element. I find that maple is a common 'different' ingredient in Canadian beers that doesn't often work, but DDC got it right here.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 22:51:43 | More by tbeckett
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cb462

California

3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lightly murky copper with 1/4" of off white head that quickly dissipates. Light lacing.

S: Booze soaked dark fruit, caramel, a tad of maple syrup, circus peanuts. Alcohol becomes more prevalent as it warms.

T: Caramel dipped dark fruit-booze is softer on the tongue than in the nose, sweet maple syrup ass end. Pretty tasty. A little hot.

M: Medium/Light body with light carbonation. Nice warming from the booze.

D: A fairly nice showing for Dieu Du Ciel. Nothing mind blowing, but it was above average. I don't know how much my girlfriend paid for this, but I would buy this again if it were in the $6-7 range (I'm guessing it was closer to $9).

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 06:29:04 | More by cb462
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was by far the best part as a rich caramel colored mixture came forward right out of the gate. Rich looking and almost opaque except for the lightest bit of color poking through on the sides and the bottom of the glass. A huge head of light tan color then came up and over the top, settling down only lightly into a nice pillow that seemed to stay on top throughout the rest of the session. Lots of lacing here as well, really starting to show off with how good this one really is. Rich caramel malts here, hints of herbal notes, and a touch of grass round it out very nicely, and as I take the first sip I am amazed at how big this one is. Really very full feel here with lots of carbonation and really a very well put together profile. Smooth, silky as it rolls across the tongue with loads of sweetness and an wonderful sense of grainy malts and nice touches of an almost brown sugar like taste. Very drinkable, I could have done this one all day long.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:40:50 | More by mikesgroove
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slimspady

Alberta (Canada)

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

Poured into tulip.

Got a fat dirty white 1", long lasting head.

Maple syrup, malts and alcohol. Fruity at the end.

Strong maple, raisins, pleasent sweetness.

Feels great. Nice and smooth.

Not the best scotch ale out there, but definitely fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 04:44:22 | More by slimspady
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Pahn

New York

3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Free pour yields a quarter inch head that dissipates quickly without leaving any lacing. Pours a slightly hazy red with lots of visible sediment, and leaves very little lacing.

Smell: Some smokiness at first, English barleywine like raisin, with an intriguing effervescent note that doesn't really fit with the others. With warmth, the smell gets sweeter, less smokey, and a hell of a lot boozier.

Taste: At first, follows the nose's raisin notes up front leading to a smooth, sweet, maple syrupy finish with a hot aftertaste. Smooth, and makes a lot of sense...

...And then the maple drops off, and the beer just gradually gets sweeter and hotter. The sweetness rises at an acceptable rate, but the heat goes up exponentially faster. The maple note gets tiny and soon becomes nonexistent, there is not a hint of smoke or roastiness at all, but lots of sweet raisin, alcohol burn, and a somewhat offputting bitterness.

The beer tastes like a worse version of Smuttynose Wheat Wine, with a much less satisfying mouthfeel. For all that, it's *not* a bad beer by any stretch. It's not sickeningly hot, and it's not *too* sweet. The raisiny malt is strong and good, but the beer isn't giving me what I was promised. Also, it's giving me stuff that I can get elsewhere, better and cheaper.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Low side of moderate carbonation. Mildly sugary.

Overall: Decent flavors, and by the end of the bottle I find it very enjoyable. However, it is unequivocally too hot (not "I'm not in the mood for a beer of this ABV," hot but "This is an objective flaw; I need to age this or something," too hot), and the flavor is unexpected in a bad way. I've had enough beers that call themselves "wee heavies" to expect some things I didn't get here, and as far as I can tell the maple isn't doing much beyond raising the ABV (and if it's not doing *that*, it's just not doing much).

If I got this as an extra in a trade, or was offered one by a friend, I'd have it, nurse it, and enjoy it. Would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 04:20:57 | More by Pahn
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BobbyBeerman

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brownish amber with a good head that reduces to a persistent ring. A light helps show off the cloudiness with some floaters.

S: Sweet malt, caramel, and maple lead the charge but followed by alcohol mixed with fruit tones.

T: Sweet. Oh wow... The maple comes through pleasantly. I get some slight fruit flavor - maybe raisins - but it is a little difficult due to the alcohol taste.

M: Somewhere between Medium and Heavy body. Syrupy feel. Warming as well due to the alcohol content.

D: People are greatly mistaken if they say they can drink this all day long. It's a good session beer. This was pared with a grilled pork chop with Dijon mustard and spice rub, sweet potatoes fries, and steamed broccoli. It blended well. However, the alcohol content (9.5% ABV) would prevent me from going more than one per session. For the flavor, I feel that it needed to be bigger to match the alcohol content. This high, the beer needs a BIG flavor otherwise it gets buried.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 01:13:57 | More by BobbyBeerman
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drumminbrewer

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Opened in honor and memory of ElJoebo - RIP brother, and my deepest sympathies to your family and friends.

Pours a medium brown/ruby/sienna color. Considerable lacing left behind, with a quickly dissipating 1/2 inch head. Unfiltered, but not "chunky".

Nose is rich with caramel, maple syrup, toffee, the slightest hint of boos and tangerines. Dried fruit, but hard to distinguish the exact one.

First sip - wow, maple syrup. I know it was brewed with the aforementioned, but I'm curious how much was used because it is massive at first. Currant, raisin, toffee, candied sugar...I'd swear it was oak aged at least a bit if I didn't know it was brewed with maple syrup.

Medium/Medium Heavy body. Heavy malt is present, in terms of viscosity I'd rate this a 6.5/7 on the scale of 10 being KtG, BCS, Old Viscosity, etc...

Long finish. The fruit shines here...lots of raisins, dates, figs and plums. Maple syrup is present from start to finish.

Overall. A winner, and a unique take on a scotch ale. Highlights all the classic features you'd expect but the maple syrup compliments it without undermining the integrity of the style. Wonderful, another gold star for Dieu Du Ciel.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 17:41:58 | More by drumminbrewer
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buffs9

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich, sweet and boozy.

Dark brown with some red in it. Small head w/ tiny bubbles, which fades to a very thin layer as I drink it.

Big, sweet malt flavour with lots of maple and booze flavors. Some dark fruits, get a bit of a light ginger flavor. More dark maple in the end.

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

I really like this beer and bought it after loving the Kaiser Curmudgeon on tap at Founders. This is a decent substitute for KC, which I can't get anymore.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 22:53:37 | More by buffs9
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Digimaika2

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great bottle art - easily a 5/5. And the outside of the bottle is quite sticky, I guess a good sign for a maple syrup infused brew! (Or something else I don't want to know about)

A: Deep and dark brown colour with a little bit of foam head that transforms quickly to a ring around the glass. Carbonation is quite evident after the pour.

S: Roasted caramel malts are heavy on the nose with dark candied fruits (raisins, plums, cherries). A slight smokiness is there along with a faint maple syrup note.

T: Sweet caramel malts are strong upfront with those dark fruits in there too (picking up plums and raisins). Maple syrup notes are not as strong as I was expecting, but are well presented in the background as it serves to take a bit of the edge off. Nicely balanced, and overall quite a smooth and balanced scotch ale. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

M: About average viscosity for the variety, with probably slightly above average carbonation, and a dry finish.

D: Relatively new to the scotch ale variety but this is probably my favourite one to date. Alcohol level up there, but I'll be looking forward to sipping this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 01:02:49 | More by Digimaika2
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.5oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured 1 finger head. Good retention. Decent lacing. Color is a murky light brown.

S. Rich malt smell. Dark fruit, raisins, brown sugar, maple syrup. Smells sweet. Nice malt smell.

T. Big malt flavors. Dark fruit, raisins, brown sugar. Maple. Not as sweet as the aroma eludes to. Has a woody somewhat oaky taste. Interesting take on the traditional Scotch Ale flavors.

M. Medium/full bodied. Medium carbonation. Finsihes fairly dry with a bit of sweetness.

O. Overall a pretty good beer. Like the maple flavors. Not my favorite style of beer, but I like this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2011 19:10:30 | More by siradmiralnelson
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

Appearance – Dark brown colour with a large size frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, butterscotch, dark fruits (raisins)

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, butterscotch and some dark fruits. I can’t really pick up on any maple as indicated on the label.. It finishes with a sweet dark fruit aftertaste.

Overall – The alcohol was well hidden and the beer was very drinkable. It’s not the best I’ve had from DDC but it is surely worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2011 16:44:15 | More by spinrsx
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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

Équinoxe Du Printemps (Spring Equinox) looks like it was just ravaged by some spring-time showers; the colour is muddied and the complexion overcast. Of course, that's with the sediment poured in. Without it, the beer actually looked a great deal like the maple syrup with which it was brewed. It even has a maple wood-coloured head to match.

Scotch ale and maple syrup is an unusual combination but one that strikes me as though it could work. Unfortunately, there's little in the aroma to indicate one way or another - I don't smell any of the peaty, smoky, earthy malts of a scotch ale and only very little maple. What caramelly malts are noted are crowded out by esters and vehement alcohol vapors.

I'm not calling Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel! a charlatan, but this ain't no scotch ale. Aside from a very toothsome and ample amount of butterscotch flavour, there is not much maltiness and certainly little in the smoky, earthy, peat-y vein of a wee heavy. Besides that, there's a high degree of hoppy, serum-y oils - a big plus, certainly, but unusual for the style.

Where's the maple syrup in all this? The answer is: here and there. But it may take a sharp palate to be keen to it because the alcohol has a mouthwash-like harshness that stands in stark contrast to any sweetness and contributes enough esters to emulate notes of plums and other rotting orchard fruits. Biscuity and toast flavours also arise.

If the brewery wanted to make a true scotch ale they'd have been wise to use some darker malts. This has a very plain, crisp maltiness that, combined with the esters and sweetness, and lacking in any smoke or peat, much more closely resembles a bock (which, as a style traditionally associated with spring, would have made more sense).

As the Scots are fond of saying: Failing means yer playin! In other words, this may not have hit the mark as a scotch ale, but it's a unique concept, an intriguing recipe and, all considered, an absorbing beer to drink. Besides, far be it for me to tell Dieu Du Ciel how to do their job; if any Canadians know their way around the brew-kettle it's those guys.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 18:27:10 | More by biegaman
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

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

pours a shimmering, glistening dark orangy amber hue with a thin and frothy cream head that leaves dabs of lace down the glass.

aroma of sweet malt, caramel sauce, hint of maple. earthy, a touch of roast. burnt beechwood. apples and golden raisins.

taste is earthy and rich malt. a hefty scotch bitterness, edging toward booziness, backed up with an interestingly sweet yet bitter green maple. sweet but not overwhelming. wood, peat smoke, a touch of leather. less maple and more booze than I was expecting from the aroma. Complex indeed.

smooth, vibrant, viscous, full bodied with a sticky finish that leaves lingering dryness despite the maple syrupiness. Perfect for the style.

On the whole, this one is interesting. The intense malt borders on boozy barrel-aged qualities that I'm not crazy about, but the vibrancy that the maple lends is interesting enough to counteract it. I'm definitely digging this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 05:46:59 | More by djeucalyptus
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ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this bottle at least two years in my cellar and have a feeling it is much older than that. It poured a distinct cognac hue but took on a dull orange colour after it settled in the fluted glass. Head was dense and sticky looking beige, half finger, very spotty lace. Nose is scotch ale alright but with maple sweetness, butterscotch and caramel, maple sugar cookies - very pleasant indeed.

The taste is nicely rounded scotch ale with maple sweetness, barley wine flavours, caramel, cotton candy. The alcohol presence is well integrated in my opinion, there's warmth and boozy impressions but they're nicely controlled, nothing offensive, long lingering aftertaste is quite nice.

Wee heavy is one beer style I am not too fond of but this Dieu Du Ciel offering is quite pleasant with the expected big taste and array of flavours complimented by subtle under-and-overtones created by addition of maple syrup. Again, I'm not a big fan of this style but one of these every so often would be more than welcome.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 03:49:15 | More by ThatWineGuy
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claspada

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas are mainly maple and woodiness, with some raisin and layered caramel maltiness, and brown sugar.
The tastes follow the nose with lots of maple, caramel and some toffee and a nice semi-dry oakiness and a tad bit of bitterness. The dryness in the finish balances nicely with the sweet flavors. This is definitely a sweet beer but in no ways is it cloying. A little alcohol bite comes out on the end.
The texture is amazing, smooth and fairly viscous despite the light golden color. This drinks really smooth and hides the alcohol well. For it's ABV it's quite drinkable, but this is definitely a brew to be sipped and savored.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 17:46:37 | More by claspada
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rarbring

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A foggy dark brown beer, a tan head that leaves some lacing and has good curtains.

The smell is sweet, honey, syrup, floral, meadows with hay. Nuts and almonds. Dried fruits.

Sweetness from dark bread, dried fruits, figs, dates, apricots, syrup, a light bitterness, some lemon zest.

Medium carbonation, soft and "syrupy", a complex body.

Good with cheese after dinner. Sampled at a beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 20:27:08 | More by rarbring
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radioscooter

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got in a trade as a gracious and thoughtful extra. Poured into a goblet.

Murky brown with a nice spotty syrupy lacing. Low bubble retention.

Smells scotchy and sweet with medium fruit aroma, like an old ale.

Taste is very old aley as well. Boozy, malty, scotchy. Not tasting the maple at all. Well - not any more so than in a half dozen other scotch ales, let's say. Not as complex as you'd want. Label makes it seem like a ghost story waiting to unfold. Too abrupt for that. But a solid, tasty brew nonetheless. Might lay one down for a few years.

Okay slightly more maple/vanilla coming in the finish, which is alittle dry and flat.

Great for a taster. Not something I'm going to seek out. Happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2011 21:25:43 | More by radioscooter
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a deep amber brown color with a finger and a half of off white head. Reasonable amount of lacing.

Smell is deep caramlized malt, hint of alcohol heat,and sweet maple syrup.

Taste is rich, big malt flavor. slight cotton candy sweetness, then maple syrup comes into play. Complex and not overly sweet. Caramel, white bread, and butterscotch candy.

Mouthfeel is chewey with moderate to low carbonation.

A bit boozy but flavors are so good I could still have a few of these. Really superb malt flavor here.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 09:27:22 | More by pdoran10
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impending

California

4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl into a tulip. Pours a ruddy dirty dishwater water with spilt cola. Minimal head lasted briefly, minor lacing.

Aroma is thick, sweet and boozy. The maple is obvious atop unnamed dark fruits. All rather nice!

Thick, creamy and boozy. Very sweet, again the maple but much quieter. Strong malts joined by peat moss, finishes with very minor hop bitterness. The aftertaste evolves significantly, long lasting and very pleasant. Warms well.

Listing maple syrup on the label may raise expectations beyond what is delivered in the taste of maple, perhaps it would be better if left to be discovered.
cool label
cheers
jd

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 07:27:07 | More by impending
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OBeerMeGreatOne

California

4.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz into a Vertical Jewbelation glass. Pours a very hazy plum with a tiny head and very noticable carbonation. Obviously not much lace. The smell is super-nice, aside from the maple syrup smell which is a little too up front (distracts from some of the malt stench.) Nice roasted malt smell with an earthy, and slightly alcoholic background. The taste is similar but has more balance between the maple syrup and roasted malts. Well hidden alcohol, roasted caramalts, a bit o' prune and some earthy hops to bitter it up just a tad. Very very nice. Goes down very well.
If you enjoy a good scotch ale, here's one to taste. Not terrible on the price (around $6) and very warming. Just what a scotch ale should be.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 21:28:26 | More by OBeerMeGreatOne
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy brown with a light white head that is quickly just lacing. Aroma of scotch ale, sweet malt, brown sugar, maple syrup. Slight bit of sediment on the bottom.

Taste is fantastic. There is a slightly boozy touch built in, but it is manageable at a 9.5% and the body of this is nice and viscous for a scotch ale. Deep caramelized sugars really come out as this warms a little and raisins and date flavors are there with the phenolic alcohol flavors.

I wouldn't hesitate to say this is one of the best beers Diel du Ciel puts out, and they have a nice portfolio of high abv beers. Easy drinkability and very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 00:02:29 | More by alpinebryant
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an apple cider like brown with a slight reddish hue and a skim head that is slightly off white and goes away quickly. Little to no lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is of raisins sweet brown sugar, alcohol, and maple syrup. It is an inviting sweet smell. The taste is of dark fruits raisins and figs along with brwon sugar a hint of vanilla and a nice smooth maple syrup taste. The taste like the nose has an inviting sweetness to it. The mouthfeel is low carbonation and slightly thin, a little watery. The drinkability it good, it is a very smooth drink with well blended flavors and a well hidden alcohol character. A great beer to sip and savor.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 15:38:43 | More by goblue3509
Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.