Équinoxe Du Printemps
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #74
Ranked #12,840
3.93 | pDev: 9.92%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
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Notes: 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.
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very dark brown color with small tan head. Rich aroma of dark bread, molasses and maple. Medium bodied, but lighter flavor than the aroma suggests. Smooth up front with the same flavors as the aroma mixing into a sweet, smokey taste, with hop bitterness and alcohol combining for a little bite on the back end. The maple's prominent, but not at all overpowering; a nice addition.

Feb 25, 2015
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.36/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Ruby red crowned by a quickly fading tan froth. Has a simple aroma of maple syrup, spice, sweet bread and plum. Tastes of brown bread covered in maple syrup, grain, plum and a hint of black grape. Medium-to-heavy in body with a flick of alcohol at the very end. Sweet all the way through but never cloying and just as balanced as you could wish for.

May 29, 2015
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Greggio from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really likes this one. Solid head with moderate carbonation.
I could taste some maple and a descent amount of honey in the aftertaste.
The taste was very pleasing and one of my favorites.
Would definitely buy this one again.

Feb 16, 2015
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Equinoxe du Printemps, a Maple Scotch Ale, smells quite a bit like beer mixed lightly with cognac. The toasted grains and clean-but-light hoppiness of an ale are still present, but joined by strong vanillas and maple sugars, and just a hint of oak.

On the tongue, the beer is incredibly complex and bursting with flavors. In fact, it's hard to nail down exactly what's going on, so varied are the flavors that run across the tongue. Maple syrupy sugars are present, yes, but joined by orange notes that would seem more fitting in, say, Cointreau (or a similar orange liqueur). Huge banana and vanilla blasts trumpet the background, as well as a chorus line of bourbon or whisky-like alcoholic high kicks. Many of the main flavors of the brew are actually more liqueur-like than beer-like, and if the ale has one weakness, it's that it possesses an overwhelming alcohol taste that even the 9.5% ABV can't quite explain. Despite this, the brew maintains a relatively light mouthfeel.

Overall, while the taste of alcohol does prove detrimental, Equinoxe is a great beer. I only wish I didn't have to drive to Montreal every time I wanted one.

Aug 06, 2011
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: chocolate brown with a red hue; hazy, looking like a Belgian trappist ale

Aroma: sweet & rich, hint of maple and some caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel: finely carbonated, light on the tongue; not overly sweet which is surprising; maple shows up after a few seconds and grows slowly, but never becomes too strong

Overall: reminiscent of a good Belgian ale with a perfect malty flavour; very drinkable. Only fault is that the promised maple is just a bit too subtle

Feb 17, 2012
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oberon from North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Blue Monk last night.Came to the table in a goblet a burnt orange infused chesnut brown with a thin head atop.Brown sugar,dark fruit,maple,and lightly roasted nut in a rich nose.Thick and chewey the mouthfeel is everything you would want in the style.Dark fruit and brown sugar malt flavors with atinge of mable,as it warmed sweet alcohol cameinto play.I really enjoyed this warming wee heavy.

Sep 21, 2011
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

4/5  rDev +1.8%

Sep 13, 2014
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mungus from Australia

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Nov 21, 2011
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TBonez477 from Vermont

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nov 22, 2015
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ksimons from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dark brown with carbonation bubbles present, thin layer of head

S-Very sweet, a little malt sneaks through

T-A very big, rich taste, sweet with lots of malt and alcohol present

M-Carbonation is present but not overpowering, a very rich feel, alcohol is very present and leaves a tiny burning sensation

My first from this brewery, a very good beer but could be a little too sweet to have more than one.

Feb 19, 2010
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teyuders from Ohio

5/5  rDev +27.2%

May 23, 2012
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle, 1 and 5 notched on side of the label. Pours hazy reddish amber with a below average sized head; some nice lacing. Smells of mostly caramel and sweet bready malt with some peat and spice; even better after it warms up. The taste follows closely with caramel, malt, peat, rich maple syrup, and some light char and wood; complex. Fairly sweet finish with moderate dryness. Above average body and below average carbonation. Overall, this beer is very well done, complex, and fitting of the style. A fantastic Scotch Ale if you can find it on the shelf.

Feb 18, 2016
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BobbyBeerman from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

May 10, 2011
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deonreds from New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

May 01, 2013
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BeerSamurai34 from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Really good beer with sweetness from maple syrup but it drinks pretty boozy even though the ABV is only 9.5%.

Jun 22, 2015
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jmbranum from Oklahoma

4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Exceptionally good. Bought at The Library in Manhattan, Kansas, but enjoyed back home in Oklahoma.

Incredible maple/malt aroma. Flavor is exactly as described. A full and complex Scotch ale with lots of caramel and toasted malt. The maple works well with it, just an added extra bit of goodness.

Mouthfeel is nice and velvety. Nice alcoholic warmth, but not overpowering. I like this one a lot. I should have bought more than one bottle.

Jul 13, 2011
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Brewsed from North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

May 29, 2012
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -15%
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.

May 28, 2017
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

3.27/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.5 oz pours a hazed amber color with a fluffed tan head. Retention is ok and shows average lacing.

Nose is hugely maple with raw, fresh wood aromas. Sugary sweet.

Taste is nutty, sweet and maple-syrupy. Interesting enough, but a little disappointing...very one-dimensionally sweet. A yeasty presence gives this one a praline pie overall taste and feel. Doesnt quite come together for me, not very Scotch Ale-esque and has too much residual sweetness.

Nov 13, 2010
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DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 06, 2016
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D_Min from Canada (BC)

4.04/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

May 09, 2015
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markaberrant from Canada (SK)

3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber with red highlights, almost clear, very fizzy pour, but head quickly vapourizes to nothing (typical of very high alcohol beers, which this is not... hmm)

S - rich malty sweetness, some light maple, no hops, no booze, very clean, smells nice, not dominated by maple

T - more of that rich maltiness, fairly sweet, but is rescued by a nice dry finish, some light woody notes, don't really notice the maple in the taste, low bitterness, no hop flavour, some nice earthy notes

M - sticky, full, med carbonation keeps things moving, alcohol is not hot, but really dries out the finish

D - well put together, pretty good balance, glad that the maple is not overpowering, I think the aging did good things for this beer.

This is a pretty good offering from DDC, I feel a lot of their products are over hyped. I don't really get the head dropping out of sight, but other than that, this is a fine scotch ale with a nice maple nose.

I'm pretty sure this is a 2009 bottle, though it could be a 2008. I really don't recall, but it has been in my cellar for over a year. Got it in a trade from someone? Thanks, whoever you are!

Sep 16, 2010
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videofrog from Texas

4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Jul 13, 2018
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a a dark reddish brown with a nice off-white head. 

S- The aroma is very sweet with a lot of malt, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup and booze.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out very sweet and malty. Hints of toffee and caramel come in next with a boozy finish. A little on the sweet and boozy side for me, but not bad.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a thin fizzy carbonation in the finish.

D- Like mentioned above, the sweetness and booziness limit the drinkability of this brew for me.

Jul 17, 2009
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Kevin67 from Arkansas

3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jun 17, 2015
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