Équinoxe Du Printemps | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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

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Reviews:
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pDev:
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Photo of BlueSpader
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

From Labirratorium. In Teku glass. Playing Avernum 2. Plenty of delicious caramel with a touch of what i suppose is maple syrup. A bit of alcohol warming but not in a bad sense but improving it

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.77/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shelby415
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheSixthRing
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aged nearly a year. Bottled 01/27/17

Appearance - Pours murky and ruddy brown with a light tan, near finger width head. Good retention before dissolving to a thin, broken layer of suds and a thicker ring around the edge of the glass. Not much for lacing aside from the odd small spot here or there.

Smell - Sweet aroma consisting of caramel and maple, with lesser booze and hints of oak and earth.

Taste - Well, the back of the bottle really says it all too perfectly. Lots of caramel and maple flavor upfront and throughout with lesser, woody oak. Lightly fruity undertone; red apple and fig. Slightly grassy and twiggy bitterness emerges in the back end, cutting through the sweetness and adding some much needed balance to an otherwise sweet brew. Aftertaste adds some boozy heat to the mix.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with low carbonation. Thick, creamy texture; a surprising and welcome lack of syrupy character. Dry, slightly boozy finish.

Overall - A caramel bomb lover's dream. This is like Rogue Dead Guy on steroids. I will keep an eye out for this year's release, as I'd like to try a fresh sample, though aging seems like it could do no harm.

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Photo of Samact
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 1/27/2017. Pours murky reddish brown color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, maple syrup, wood, herbal, grass, and pepper; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, peat smoke, toffee, molasses, chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, maple syrup, wood, herbal, grass, and pepper; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, apricot, apple, peat smoke, toffee, molasses, chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Mild herbal, woody, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, maple syrup, wood, herbal, grass, pepper, dark fruit, peat smoke, toffee, molasses, chocolate, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/silky, and slightly slick/sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 9.1%. Overall this is an excellent Scotch ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, maple syrup, and light-moderate fruity yeast/earthy hop flavors; very smooth and easy to sip on for the big ABV. Very rich English malt complexity with great maple syrup presence; mild earthy hop balance and restrained fruity English yeast character in the background. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example.

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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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Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 590 ratings