Equinoxe Du Printemps (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne) - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.16/5 rDev +4.5%
341ml bottle, courtesy of hoser - off the back of a truck style! Not quite certain as to the vintage.
This beer pours a very dark, murky, dirty brown colour, with a lot of floating specks, and two fingers of tightly foamy, cake batter-esque pale beige head, which leaves a low wash of paint splatter lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.
It smells of sweet, somewhat musty bourbon-soaked wood, brown sugar, unsweetened maple syrup, low-fi caramel malt, and a further earthy, dusty character - rather mild overall. The taste is more old wood, the spirit long removed, semi-dry musty caramel/toffee malt, dark fruit - overripe apple and sultana raisins - thin maple sap, and a very tame, easy-going booze warming.
The carbonation is on the soft side, but still produces a subtle frothy effect, the body a solid medium weight, and really quite smooth, with a hint of creaminess. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, but still well moderated - the understated musty, dusty, woody essences reigning things in nicely.
Wow. I think the age on this offering has done wonders with both the base ale, by leavening the sugary Scotch Ale nature, as well as for the assumed whiskey barrel notes - everything is so gentle and balanced, one could be forgiven for mistaking this for a vintage or old ale at this point. Tasty stuff, thanks once again, Mike!
03-24-2013 01:20:11 | More by biboergosum
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
Barleywine. Rich malt and the maple syrup in the aroma. Looks a little unfiltered. Average mouthfeel, however. A little oak as well which helps bring out the complexity.Smooth, and the scotch style resonates it seems more in Quebec than anywhere else in North America.Thanks for picking up Lubiere.
05-06-2011 19:38:17 | More by Sammy
British Columbia (Canada)
3.85/5 rDev -3.3%
Thank for the great beers, unibrou4ever. 2011 bottle.
Appearance. Pours a murky, rusty dark brown with a thin head.
Smell. Sweet bourbon, dark fruits and brown sugar, old barrel and a little vanilla. Not really getting the maple, but it does smell sweet and delicious.
Taste. Brown sugar and light bourbon, some lightly sweet caramel malts and old wood with just a bit of dark fruit. The booze and bourbon become more prominent as it warms up.
Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with just below medium carbonation. Quite warm and just a little astringent.
Overall. A good beer that would probably be even better with a couple more years on it.
02-18-2013 03:41:02 | More by Rutager
4.18/5 rDev +5%
Bottle: Poured a deep dirty brown color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of wood notes with nice caramelized sugar and light maple notes as well. Taste is quite complex with nice wooden notes which are well balanced with some caramelized sugar notes and some light maple sugar ester. Body was quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very pleasantly surprised by this one with a lot more complexity then in the regular version but also drinks very easily. Very nice example of how to use oak to increase flavour profile of beer.
06-24-2011 19:24:22 | More by Phyl21ca
3.88/5 rDev -2.5%
Thanks to Diogène (ratebeer) for this one. A time to celebrate for personal reasons!
Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled May 2010.
Appearance: A lopsided thick head forms but it doesn't last too long before disappearing. The body is the color of deep mahogany.
Smell: Strong vanilla, oak, white chocolate and maple as it warms. Heady & powerful.
Taste: Strong oak presence is pervasive. Earthy, some vanilla, maple syrup with turns to sucre à la crème (maple fudge) as it warms. Light cherries in the back.
Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation all the way. A bit distracting and rough though the rest of the feel is warming.
Overall: A very raw beer that has good flavor but could be smoothed out a little.
10-09-2011 18:02:35 | More by papat444
4.2/5 rDev +5.5%
Bottle shared by Sammy, bottled May 2010 (notched 05-10 on the label). 2009 vintage listed at 9.1%ABV, into a snifter.
Poured a dirty brown, with a khaki coloured head that leaves some big bubbles in its wake after settling. Big legs, and what is left after the head settled a bit is retained quite nicely. Nose has alcohol right upfront, with maple and oak right behind it;big bourbon notes here too . More reminiscent of a barreled barleywine here I thought. Taste is quite sweet, with more of this interesting bourbon character, oak, maple and some butterscotch (possibly as a product of the oak + maple?). Mouthfeel is sticky with a big sweetness, a definite sense of the booze and is bigger than the alcohol content suggested. Thick and heavy body, an interesting sipper. Let it sit for a bit longer if you've got one.
05-07-2011 18:15:15 | More by liamt07
4.47/5 rDev +12.3%
Bottle vintage 2009 bought at St-Jérome. Deep Murky brown with some thin yellowish head. At first, I was mostly getting the bourbon mixed with the maple. As I let it warm, it got so aromatic: molasses, coconut and almost chocolate. It felt like a maple dessert with vanilla and rich cream. Phenomenal. Taste is sweet maple flavor, brown sugar, lots of wood, vanilla and an intense bourbony finish. Palate was hot and velvety like a good spirit, a very nice beer. At the first, I thought I'd had trouble finishing this one by myself and when there wasn't so much left, I felt like I would have continued to sip for another hour.
01-04-2011 22:45:18 | More by Luk13
4.1/5 rDev +3%
2009 version 12oz bottle care of Kegatron. Thanks for the share Heath! Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a clear copper color with a tan finger that is quick to fade. A swirl revives some quick popping bubbles that are yellowish in color.
The aroma is caramel and toffee sweetness with some bourbon tang. Burnt sugar qualities fill the nose with a deeper character almost like molasses. Plenty of alcohol is present to cut the sweetness and transition the aromas. As it warms, there is a mild citrus aspect present.
The flavor is bourbon mixed with complex caramelized sugars like caramel, toffee and molasses. A bit candy-like with a soft amount of cardboard-like oxidation. The alcohol gets increasingly noticeable as the brew warms up but the residual sugar component helps to make it a bit easier going down.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a boozy sipper that displays a complex amount of malt/sugar quality. I found this to be quite enjoyable but slightly starting to show some age with the subtle oxidation notes poking through the residual sugars.
07-01-2013 14:09:36 | More by stakem
Equinoxe Du Printemps (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne) from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.