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Équinoxe Du Printemps | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Équinoxe du Printemps (French for "spring equinox") is the quintessential marriage of two great traditions: beer brewing in Scotland, and maple syrup production in Quebec. At the first draught, the mouth is overcome by woody, malty flavours, sustained by a discrete touch of sweetness. The aftertaste brings about the flavours of maple, which are sufficiently present to be appreciated, but never overwhelming the typical flavours of a Scotch Ale.

Equinoxe du printemps is brewed only once a year in January. It is aged for two months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting March 21st, until stocks last.

The Equinoxe du printemps was born in our Montreal brewpub in February 1999.

Added by francisweizen on 05-02-2003

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Photo of flagmantho
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into my Val-Dieu goblet.

Appearance: cloudy, rich brown hue with a thin finger of frothy tan foam. A very respectable Scotch-ale look.

Smell: extremely malty, which is nice, but a bit of a biscuity character comes through along with a fair dose of alcoholic heat. Not bad, but it could be a little cleaner.

Taste: richly malty, which is really what the style calls for. Plenty of caramelization to the wort. Bitterness is not crazy, but it's enough to stand up to the malt. There's quite a lot of alcohol heat, but you can't really avoid that in the style.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a good level of carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: I like this Scotch ale. It's a little bit different than the smooth Scottish classic, but I think this is a good interpretation.

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Photo of HopsAreDaMan
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Written a day after having had it (also, it was capped after having had it five days before). Got it for $2.50 on sale at Randall's.

Pretty amazing Scotch ale. Nothing that stood out about it's appearance, yet it had a really nice aroma & great flavor (including some bourbon notes). It's one of the best Scotch ales I have had, and I would be happy to drink it again. It would be interesting to see how it would do in a side-by-side with Founder's Backwoods Bastard.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aztraz
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fitting to drink a spring beer on the first day of summer.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Newcastle glass.

Aroma is an extremly dark brown with little to no head.

Taste is thin and sweet malt maybe a hint of maple.

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Photo of Heeenrik
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of woemad
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Spokane Valley for. $4.99. According to the rear label it was bottled in 2016, either on January 8 or August 1, depending on how hardcore their Quebecois-ism is.

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was a rather sedimentary shade of brown, somewhere between caramel and russett. A large tan head with a yellowish cast formed, and receded somewhat quickly but did not altogether vanish. Things became quite opaque after the pour, and the somewhat large flakes of sediment visible upon the pour became more difficult to see.

Initially the aroma was of sweet, toffeeish dark malts. As it warmed, the maple syrup scent emerges. Not like supermarket, heavily sweetened so-called maple syrup, this smells like the real thing. There's also a little bit of an oakey, vanilla aroma lurking in the background, though there is no claim of any barrel aging on the label.

The flavor is a bit of a letdown, I'm afraid. The taste starts off with a mixture of maple and toffee sweetness and bitter, roasty dark maltiness that doesn't really gel that well. The middle sees the addition of some vanilla, oakeyoakey and cherry notes that smooth things out a bit, along with a warming booziness way in the back. The finish is surprisingly dry for what's gone before. It's not a bad beer, but the strangely disharmonious opening sort of cripples things from the outset.

Fairly full bodied, with a sticky, coating mouthfeel.

A decent, nightcap sort of beer, but one that didn't measure up to my expectations. It's very close to getting there, but the roastiness is just too out of proportion with the sweetness.

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Photo of Lodisgrisen
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zach136
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dukeandduke
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

5/10/17 (Atomic Liquors, Downtown Las Vegas, NV). 9.1% ABV, 8 Oz draft pour into tulip glass. Dark brown pour, slight tan head. Aroma negligible. Scotch the predominant flavor. Light rye and maple noted but not overwhelming. Thin texture. Overall OK beer, nice but too light.

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Photo of Shanex
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SFNC
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of talbotjf99
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.59/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.5 oz. bottle

Pours cloudy opaque dark maroon brown with a creamy khaki colored foam head. Smells like maple syrup, oak, rich dried fruits, dark fruits, raisins, fig, cherry, plum, banana, tobacco, nutty toasted bready caramel malts, dark molasses, brown sugar, sweet spice, mild smoke, with floral woody earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like maple syrup, oak, rich dried fruits, dark fruits, big raisins, fig, black cherry, plum, mild banana, tobacco, nutty toasted bready caramel malts, dark molasses, brown sugar, sweet spice, some smoke, with floral woody earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate carbonation. Overall a really nice Scotch ale with maple syrup.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown color, nice fluffy tan head but a fair amount of yeast clumps. Aroma has tons of German malt, good amount of phenol bringing raisin cake and black forest berry, some oak as well. Taste is good but a little wimpy, you get some caramel malt and some rum / fig from the phenol, spicey esters, faint peat and a whisper of sweetness from the maple. Reminiscent more of a dopplebock or weizenbock than a scotch ale, but a good brew all the same. Mouthfeel is very oily and slick.

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Photo of rugene
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brew; small head with poor retention.

Huge fruity aroma: raisins, figs, spicy Belgian yeast. Sugary caramel notes that lean toward molasses. Restrained woodiness. Really smells like a Belgian Dubbel more than a Scotch ale.

Where a Dubbel is typically dry and spicy, this brew carries a typical Scotch ale sweetness right to the front. Brown sugar, prunes, raisins, and a bit of bubblegum. There's a very pleasant woody and restrained maple presence, most notably on the back half.

Thick and creamy.

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Photo of BrownBottle
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ristaccia
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 583 ratings
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