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Équinoxe Du Printemps | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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3.9/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,318
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
583
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
64
Trade:
2
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Photo of JohnParadee
1.53/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
2.08/5  rDev -46.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle. Pours a dirty brown with a small tan head. Aroma of alcohol, banana laffy taffy, medicinal nastiness. Flavor is sweet, definitely syrupy, with more laffy taffy notes as well as sweet caramel. Boozy. Flavor is better than the aroma, but when the aroma is that bad...it's hardly meaningful. Ick.

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Photo of JKV96
2.25/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of jaidenjb
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of fscottkey
2.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: [3.5] Deep ruby color to almost brown. The beer pours with a scant head. The bottle lists the ABV 9.5% and there is a notch system. But I am not sure what date it is telling me.

S: [2.25] I hate to say this but I get a strong alcohol smell that comes across like a paint solvent.

T: [2.50] Fortunately this does not follow the nose exactly. It has the peat taste of a Scotch Ale then a weird overly alcoholic taste. I am not getting any of the maple syrup.

M: [2.50] The beer has a strangely over foamy feel that makes it too light on the tongue.

O: [2.50] This beer is all over the place (no of those places is good). I have had 2 other excellent beers from this brewery - but this one is a misfire. The nose is plain bad. The taste is in the ok range and the mouthfeel is also bad. I keep sipping and hoping for a different outcome.

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2.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of MatChar
2.6/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps the most disappointing DDC I've had. Nice reddish dark brown body with decent thick foam which disappears rather quickly. Smell is thin, lacks wee heavy character and maple aromas (gets slightly better as it warms). Taste: at first, balanced roasted caramel with nice residual sugar then, it gets dubious: maple taste emerges as off-tasting, almost wrong/artificial.

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Gotti311
3/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a really off nose, almost like a plastic smell. Maple doesnt come through. One of the first misses I have had from DDC

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of ccrida
3.01/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle that I've cellared for a few months, poured into my Delirium snifter, Équinoxe Du Printemps is copper with a large off-white head that is very thick, slow to subside, leaving heavy hunks of foamy lace. Impressive, especially for the style. Also, another cool label, I always dig their artwork.

Smell is pretty boozy, some sweet malt, maple.

Taste is pretty fuselly, not much malt character, a little maple comes out as it warms, but this one is really lacking depth for my taste.

Mouthfeel is very dry, medium body.

Drinkability isn't too high. It's a pretty hot beer that's not terribly interesting to drink. While I got it in trade (thx Northyorksammy!), their beers are generally on the pricey side, which certainly doesn't help.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red brown in color. Very cloudy. Poor head retention. Head is tan in color.

Aroma is of toffee and caramel.

Beer tastes very sweet. A little cloying. Some notes of toast. A little bitter in the finish

Full bodied and thick.

Overall an interesting beer, I do not really pick up any of the maple flavor. A little to bitter in the finish, either from roast or hops.

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Photo of albern
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is just too syrupy, too boozy, too sweet, with just a sugary thickness and density that is too much for my tastes. It pours a very heavy and thick syrupy consistency. The beer is slightly orangy brown, maybe like iced tea, with some carbonation and a cloudy appearance. The nose is liqueur boozy, alcohol soaked pineapples, maybe some apple aromas too.

This beer is very thick and is a sipping beer at best. It has a throaty burn from the ABV, which I never appreciate, it has some warming alcohol notes, and a maple sugary consistency and taste. The beer is loaded with sweet malts, some pineapple like flavors, maybe some florals, but it is the ABV which just overwhelms the better qualities of this beer. It lacks the nice smokiness of a Scotch ale. I've had about enough of this beer and away it will go.

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3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Benish
3.08/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The label stated it's scotch ale brewed with maple syrup. I tasted absolutely no maple syrup, even as it warmed up a little. Did not pick up any complex aromas or additional flavors. To me, it's just another scotch ale.

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Photo of popery
3.1/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer has a darkened reddish brown body and a small off-white head. The aroma has lots of caramelized malt, maple syrup and a fair bit of booze. It even smells sweet. The malt smells worty, perhaps a bit under-attenuated, at least for my taste. The beer has a sweet taste, very sweet. It's like a slightly fermented maple syrup mixed with some malt. Actually, I almost really like it, but the booziness hurts things significantly. The maple syrup is interesting, but it's just out of control, in my opinion. Mouthfeel is sticky and cloying. I'm having trouble getting through the 11.5 oz bottle. I could see this beer aging well, but I'm not a fan of this one fresh.

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Photo of Gmann
3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an iced tea brown color with a small tan head that leaves a light ring, almost looks flat. The aroma is sweet, a bit vinous, brown sugar, a brown bread malt, and rubbing alcohol. The taste is of rum soaked raisins, vinous, brown sugar, cinnamon raisin bread. The malt is outplayed by the sweetness of the brew, no roasted qualities or smokiness. Way too sweet and boozy. The feel is chewy, a bit sticky, suprisingly not slick, prickly carbonation. Finishes sweet and hot from the ABV. A very disappointing Wee Heavy, not about the malt just about the booze. A very hot brew, sweet flavors; should showcase the malt. Boo. The label indicated that this was 9.5ABV. Great brewery just not digg'n this brew at all.

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3.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.16/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dull pumpkin orange with a cherry skin blush. An increasingly high-altitude pour did not succeed in creating a crown thicker than one finger. The ecru colored suds fade fairly quickly, leaving nothing on the snifter but a thin rim where beer, glass and air meet.

The most prominent part of the aroma is grain alcohol, which is never a good thing. One could be excused for thinking that a Scotch ale brewed with maple syrup would smell like either one or the other. There is a little dark caramel malt, but it's too little.

Equinoxe Du Printemps tastes better than it smells... but then it would have to. This is one of those 9.5% ales that tastes and feels like every bit of 12.5%. Even at one year of age (2009 release), alcohol dominates the palate. It isn't the flavorful alcohol of a single malt scotch, but the more raw, medicinal, unintegrated alcohol of a low quality blended whisky. Back to beer.

At least it tastes like a Scotch ale. Barleywine and strong ale would work too. Specifics include steely caramel, crumbs of pumpernickel toast, a dash of Angostura bitters, and good ol' ethanol. The maple syrup must have been completely consumed by the yeast because there isn't much sweetness and precious little, if any, maple flavor.

Mouthfeel is a tough call. It's too light by half, yet doesn't feel the least bit thin, has a hint of back end stickiness and is properly bubbled. So why almost no head?

Equinoxe Du Printemps (Spring Equinox) tastes and feels and drinks more like liqueur than beer. I'm usually on-board with that concept, but this brew doesn't have a broad enough or deep enough flavor profile. Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel might impress me one of these days. It hasn't happened yet. Not to mention... $5.49 per single is ridiculous. Bourbon County Stout is cheaper than that.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.24/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Tasted on June 7, 2009. My 100th review. Mine is 9.5% ABV. Is this only for the 2009 version?

A: Brownish opaque color. No head... boo. I would say the color is not inviting :P
S: I get mainly sugar from the maple. Very hard to get anything else...
T: Again more sugar and I get the alcohol at the end. I can't taste the malts... I'm overwhelmed by the maple I would guess.
M: Round and medium bodied beer. Nice feeling in the mouth. Good beer to finish the night.
D: One per session... too strong a beer and sweet to have more than one.

Not a bad beer, however this is not my to go beer. After all this is a sipping beer. Good to have one or two per year :)

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