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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
577
Reviews:
265
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap at Mondiale 2008. One of several maple offerings. Creamy orange colour with a bit of head. Aroma is malty and fruity. Taste is malt and alcohol, with tart fruit finish. White lacing. ABove average mouthfeel.Aged in wood, complex, a sipper that reminds me of an oaked barleywine.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

No head to speak of on a murky amber body. Aroma is pretty boozy with raisins, caramel and candy sugar. This one is pretty hard to drink at first. Some of the most prevalent toffee notes of any beer I have had. Also fig, raisin, caramel, lots of maple syrup. The malts are strong too. Medium body and light carbonation. This one was too hard to drink for me. Lots of flavor but a little too much of a boozy and sweet combination.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, earth, and alcohol aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, brown sugar, toffee, wood, and slight maple flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth and wood bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of sweet sugary and earthy characteristics all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

anything maple is going to get favorable scores from me, but this is a tremendous bottle of beer. not sure i have seen the maple syrup used in a scotch ale as a base, i love the innovation and i love the execution. paler than i thought it would be in color, deep copper orangey, but not brown or red. the head is tall and thick, the beer is bubbly and mostly clear, and the aroma is enticing. sweet maple right away, a little bit of dried fruit, maybe apricot, and some sort of yeast i was not expecting, almost belgian on the nose. the flavor shows plenty of maple, they were smart to lighten up the malts a little bit from the scotch ale norm to let this awesome element show so prominently. bready cereal malts, slight caramelization, fall spice (odd in a spring release i know, but there is an appreciable spice complex, likely from the yeast, on the back end here), wet wood, maybe even a little smoke. the alcohol shows through only a little bit, enough to warm me up but not enough to slow me down drinking it. its rich in the middle but fairly dry by the end, the malts and the maple go amazingly well together, and i remain intrigued by this yeast strain and process of fermentation. impressive beer overall, i have always thought these guys were a bit under appreciated by the masses. nothing but quality top to bottom in their portfolio.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out with a nice brown color with a creamy light tan color head on top. The smell of the beer was malty and sweet. The taste of the beer is pretty powerful, there is a good amount of maple in there too. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium to heavy with a bit of an oily feel to it. Overall it's a pretty good Scotch Ale, I would try it again if I came across it.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured cloudy in color with a thin white head that left nice lacing patterns. A light level of carbonation is visible.
S: There are lots of aromas of maple syrup and caramel in the nose, along with some notes of alcohol.
T: There is a lot of malty sweetness in the taste, along with flavors of maple syrup, caramel and oak.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with some warming from the alcohol in the finish.
D: This is a beer that can only really be sipped. I would definitely try this again, particularly if it is available again next spring.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The emergence from winter becons for a beer full of spirit, ambition, and warmth. All that is delivered in Dieu du Ciel's spring seasonal, although enjoyed on a warm summer night.

The Wee Heavy pours with a malty-rich appearance of medium brown to bronze with a mild haze. A dense froth caps the beer like a thick blanket across the glass. Light lacing gives a glimpse into the formidable beer to be enjoyed.

Sweet and spicy to start, the aromas of hearty malt is evedent with deeply caramelized toffee and maple with a background note of peat, smoky plastics, and fresh cracked peppercorn. Low on hops, there's a woody scent that replaces any noteworthy hop balance and prefers the complexity of its own malt development to shine.

Flavors capture the caramel and bready sweetness from malt and share a fruitcake-like menage of rum, maple syrup, and brown sugar. Interestingly, the beer's sweetness is somewhat understated when up against the acidic and dry malt flavors that follow up the initial sweetness. In masculine fashion, the slight smoky wood flavors, peppercorn bite, and slight fruit notes of applewood and white grapes round out the finish with a hearty and refined memory.

Medium-full in texture, it's the dry malt taste that circumvents the residual sweetness and blends with the oddly compelling acidic note that's not normally found in strong Scottish ales. But the creamy carbonation buffers against the acidic fruit notes and finishes with a light powdery texture and alcohol warmth.

Though truly masculine in taste, the beer is not without refinement. The combination creates a gentlemanly approach that challenges the palate with each sip but also comforts the taste buds charm and strength.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - spring has decided to turtle once again, here in late May, so I drink this ode to it with muffled irony.

This beer pours a murky, dark brownish orange colour, with three fingers of thick, puffy, and creamy beige head, which displays very good retention, leaving some decent sudsy chainlink lace around the glass.

It smells of woody maple, biscuity caramel malt, tanned leather, a further toffee sweetness, an oily nuttiness, reduced brown sugar, and some sedate oaken alcohol. The taste is big caramel/biscuit malt, still isolated hard toffee, semi-sweet maple sap, a hint of vegetal smoke, dark earthy fruit, more gritty leather, ethereal savoury spice, and a heady, but well tethered, enveloping booze warmth.

The carbonation is quite low, and almost invisible at times, the body a prominent medium-heavy weight, thick, viscous, somewhat oily, and creamy - a sledgehammer of pleasure on my palate. It finishes well off-dry, the complex malt offset by the lingering besotted fruitiness, and some late-arriving earthy, leafy, and slightly perfumed hops.

Suffice it to say the emphasis is on the 'heavy' in this wee heavy - Fat Bastard himself would be proud! One smooth-drinking, filling, and cockles-warming elixir, this one is. An appropriate offering for we north of the 49th parallel, as the onset of springtime predicated by the equinox normally still means snow on the ground and sub-zero temps that have overstayed their welcome.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

11.5 fl oz with standard pressure cap served into a Guinness Goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely high given the brewery, which I've come to admire.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention for the high ABV. Colour is a rather dark ruby. Appealing.

Sm: Heavy maple syrup, dark malts, yeast, wood, and brown sugar. A rather subtle moderate strength aroma.

T: Dark malts form the foundation, with subtle maple syrup atop. I'm surprised at how tame and balanced the maple is; I've had beers built around maple before and it was always overwhelming. Brown sugar adds a tingly dimension to the climax. The scotch ale aspects are pleasant, with well executed caramelization and some nice roasted malt characteristics. All around a pleasant brew, with some layering. Complex enough. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some nice cream. Good thickness. Adequate carbonation. Complements the flavours nicely.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style. Hides its ABV well. A solid maple syrup beer with a bit too much sweetness but a good all around flavour profile. It's somewhat unique. I'd have it again if I were in the mood. It's not special, but I might recommend it to friends who really enjoy the style. Another success from Dieu Du Ciel.

B-

A decent candidate for aging.

Drank just fine out of me Guinness goblet.

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Photo of oline73
4.09/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at Max's, served in a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark brown with some light at the edge. There is a finger of off white head that disappears completely.

Smell: Very fruity with lots of banana and maple notes. Bready and caramel malt.

Taste: Quite sweet. Again there are banana and maple notes. There is some bready malt with a bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mild, smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed the combination of flavors in this one and would have it again.

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Photo of brentk56
3.47/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours with a mahogany color; not much head appears though there are some squiggles of lace

Smell: Maple syrup and peat, with undertones of caramel and grain

Taste: Maple syrup and caramel, up front, with a growing peat presence; by mid-palate, however, there is a serious phenolic development that also brings fusel alcohol into the forefront; downhill, after the swallow, as the booziness and phenols offset the promising beginning

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I purchased this bottle from a new store, I wonder about the age here as "0" and "9" are notched into the label and I haven't seen this elsewhere; I'll try it another time in case I have an off bottle but this doesn't much taste like any Wee Heavy I have encountered before, other than the peat element (which I enjoyed for a brief moment)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light hazy brown color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of light maple notes with some caramel malt. Taste is a mix between some medium sweetness with light maples notes and good caramel malt notes. Nice creamy body with good carbonation. I think this beer could have been improved with a more pronounce maple taste but still very good nonetheless.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in 2010(I think). Pours hazy reddish brown color with a small fairly dense khaki head with good retention that reduces to a thin lacing cap. Some nice bits of lacing cling to the glass as well. Aromas of big caramel, dark fruits, whiskey, spices, molasses, maple syrup, and alcohol. Some nice aromas that are improving a bit as it warms. Taste of big caramel, maple syrup, molasses, whiskey, spices, and a bit of wood. No bitterness noticed on the finish; and lingering notes of maple syrup, caramel, molasses, and some whiskey on the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is well hidden with only a warming on the finish noticed. Nice smooth drinkability for the level of alcohol, but is still a sipper. Nice balance of flavors. Overall a really nice scotch ale. The maple syrup definitely has a strong presence in this.

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Photo of DrBier
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of mothman
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Smokestack Chalice.

Pours a small ¼ finger slightly tan head that fades down quickly to a ring around the edge of the glass. Not very much lace. Color is a robust caramel brown, somewhat hazy.

Aroma: Wood/oak, vanilla, lots of malts, maple syrup in the background, sweet sugar, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste: Big vanilla flavors with some oak to follow along. A lot of malts which is normal for a scotch. Alcohol and ends with maple syrup. They maple syrup is good, but it brings a lot of heat with it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, a little crisp, and hot. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a pretty clean aftertaste.

Overall, a decent beer. I am not for sure, but I am guessing all the sugar in the maple syrup had something to do with all the alcohol in this beer. I think it would be a lot better if the abv was able to be toned down a bit. I do like it that I can taste the maple syrup, however. An interesting brew, maybe not worth the price tag.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a somewhat murky medium brown that is mostly opaque. Thin head. Nose brings dark fruits, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, and hints of maple. Taste is fairly sweet with a touch if booze and some fruit. Moderate feel with a nice smoothness to it. Drinks quite well. Another hit from the folks up North.

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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.89 out of 5 based on 577 ratings.
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