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:
571
Reviews:
262
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
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Photo of Richter525
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.07/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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 FBarber
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a burgundy tinged brown with a thin white head. Head dissipates leaving a white oily like streak on the beer. Nothing particularly outstanding in the appearance, but it looks about right for a scotch ale.

Smell has aromas of caramel, toffee, plum, dark stone fruits, and some alcohol notes. Maybe a subtle sweetness that is perhaps the maple syrup? but there isn't really a distinct

Taste follows the nose with a robust array of flavors - caramel, toffee, biscuit malts, and some plums. Not mush in the way of maple syrup up front. Some rich molasses like sweetness that betrays the addition of the maple syrup. Pretty strong booze on the finish - you can taste all 9.5%.

Feel is light, smooth, buttery. Medium carbonation. Surprisingly boozy translates to a bit of a boozy feel. Nice for a scotch ale though - the warming sensation in the face and mouth is great for the style.

Overall a nice Scotch Ale from Dieu du Ciel. I was a bit disappointed that the maple syrup wasn't more prominent, but still a very nice beer. However, the price for a single just isn't worth it - there are better scotch ales for cheaper. I probably won't drink this one again for that reason alone.

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Photo of dcotom
4.16/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of N1Nkasi
3.65/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
4.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 1/2016:
Pours clear rusty brown, leaning towards the latter. Head is a light rusty beige, and after a medium buildup, fades to a thick ring with some surface coverage; minimal lacing.

Nose is syrup sweet, with a hint of banana esters. Reminds me more of a banana fosters dessert than a banana pancake with syrup. The hint of oak I think leads me to a spirit more than anything leading me to the breadiness of a pancake.

Taste also has the banana overtone, but has the malt profile of a good scotch ale. Light peat, and a hint of alcohol and a definite sweetness yield more of a wee heavy impression. The presumed yeast influence throws this off a tad, but does not derail it. A light burn at the end is nice, and the maple joins this before it fades to let the maple come through. The ending maple stays short of cloying.

Full bodied but medium heft on my palate. Ticklingly flat - a slightly odd feeling. Light burn/spice bite near end.

The yeast notes throw this off for me, keeping it from being more enjoyed. The malt/sweet profile is just about perfect, as it never seems too sweet. For me a hint of bitterness and a cleaner yeast influence and it might be world class. I'll have to settle for highly enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnParadee
1.53/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

11.5 fluid ounce bottle into a snifter. Where'd that other half ounce go?

Pours a deep brown and amber...in the glass it's brown. Head is a bit thin, but sudsy and oatmeal-colored. A healthy pool of lace settles over the body. 4.25

Quite the sweet monster we have here. Tons of sweet bready malt that remind me of a doppelbock and the added sweetness of a tangy, fruity maple syrup. It's interesting how the maple has all of these dimensions of fruit to it. On top of all this I note some brown sugar, floral bouquet, and caramel. It's pretty rich all around. 4.25

I'll again remark how much fruitiness this scotch ale has. I'm finding a citrusy element that's pretty foreign to me as far as scotch ales but it's a great attribute here. Of course, this is big on the malts and they show their stripes with a dark bread flavor like a dunkel, some caramel and butterscotch, and occasional hints of brown sugar. A floral taste makes a subtle entrance close to the finish too. 4.25

Initially I was a bit disappointed in the body, finding it thin. But this beer gets progressively more smooth, sticky, and caramel-like. There are moments of fruitiness approaching citrus and floral qualities to boot, both of which I don't expect in a scotch ale but welcome openly here. 4.25


This beer exemplifies all that is good in the world. A shelf turd of a beer sitting in a liquor store in Los Angeles that I eagerly picked up (we don't see anything Shelton) and it's just great. It was the best of times....

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Photo of stacie1128
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown pour with some haze. Head settles almost instantly. Light, wispy lacing.

S: Raw honey, maple candy, caramel chews, brown cocoa, sugar dates, hints of bread crust, mild whiff of alcohol, mellow woody and earthy undercurrents.

T: Toasty bread crust, brown cocoa, earthy. Honey and maple sort of sweetness rides up shortly. Woody and earthy notes. Peat. Spike of alcohol. Stewed fruits and caramelized sugars. Sugar dates. Hop bitterness for balance. Dries toward the back and finishes with toasty and earthy flavors.

M: Full and thick body. Slightly syrupy and coating. Chewy. Warming alcohol. Some tingling carbonation lift the malt textures just a bit.

O: The maple syrup is done perfectly. It actually adds more of a woody terroir sort of influence than it does sweetness, though the sugary-sweet aspect still comes through a bit. Although other areas of the country may not be aware, spring marks the beginning of maple season here in the Northeast states and Canada. For us, maple beers work well as spring seasonals. This one is done well and built perfectly for those early days of spring, when there's still a bit of a nip in the air. Awesome with ham, Canadian bacon, or a hearty pancake breakfast.

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Photo of YalovaIA
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.24/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance – The beer was murky brown in appearance as though a dust storm were occurring in the beer.

Smell – The malty comes to the front and its profile is generally sweet.

Taste – With the malt, the maple becomes immediately noticeable. The sweetness does not go overboard and compliments the malt. There are some hints that are a little medicinal. I notice a little bit of oak toward the back which offsets the sweetness. In the aftertaste, the sweetness is present though not as intense.

Mouthfeel – The sweetness has staying power, partially due to low carbonation. I would hesitant to call this thick, but it is certainly not thin.

Overall – This beer surprised me. I enjoyed the sweeter take on the style.

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Photo of stingray
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into a snifter at cellar temp. Have to estimate this one at a year old, no year or month marking but the day is 21, presumably March.
Pretty good. Nice and smoky. The maple syrup is readily apparent. 9.5% isn't all that high but it drinks like 8%. Extremely turbid, a reddish brown with little head or carbonation. Pleasant malty smell but nothing all that interesting. Overall, a nice wee heavy but I definitely over payed at $7.

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Photo of StoutAtTheDevil
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at Dapanneur AS in Montreal for $3.00 for a 341ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a tiny 1/4" high light brown head that films out within a minute or two. Very dark brown colour and unfiltered

S- Nice malty character and boozy maple nose

T- Boozy. Some sweet maple syrup notes. Very light maple, very hot scotch ale. Nice overall brew

M- Creamy at first then dries up

O- Very nice brew. Light on maple, heavy on malt. Not bad brew at all

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went very well with...... Pancakes with Yup! You guessed it! More maple syrup!

Enjoy!!

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Photo of Caseyk1088
4.36/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Vylo
4.46/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - This beer is a deep cloudy amber-brown color with a finger of offwhite head that fades quickly. Not super carbonated, exactly what I'd expect from a 9.1 percent scotch ale.

Aroma - Extremely sweet smell, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, eathryness.

Taste - The maple isn't as subtle as I would like it to be it stands out above all the whole time and is extremely sweet, I also get brown sugar,caramel malt, eathy hops, floral hops.

Feel - This is a very heavy sticky thick bodied beer with almost no feeling of carbonation.

Overall - It's not horrible and definitely an interesting beer but it's not one I'll buy again,. It's just too sweet, they added a lot of earthy taste to try and balance the extreme sweetness which didn't work either.If you can find a single try it because if you like strong sweet beers this may be for you!

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Photo of alarmclock314
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of AnitaBrewski
4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.89 out of 5 based on 571 ratings.
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