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

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Reviews:
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590
pDev:
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Photo of ajm5108
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown color, nice fluffy tan head but a fair amount of yeast clumps. Aroma has tons of German malt, good amount of phenol bringing raisin cake and black forest berry, some oak as well. Taste is good but a little wimpy, you get some caramel malt and some rum / fig from the phenol, spicey esters, faint peat and a whisper of sweetness from the maple. Reminiscent more of a dopplebock or weizenbock than a scotch ale, but a good brew all the same. Mouthfeel is very oily and slick.

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Photo of rugene
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Roguer
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark brew; small head with poor retention.

Huge fruity aroma: raisins, figs, spicy Belgian yeast. Sugary caramel notes that lean toward molasses. Restrained woodiness. Really smells like a Belgian Dubbel more than a Scotch ale.

Where a Dubbel is typically dry and spicy, this brew carries a typical Scotch ale sweetness right to the front. Brown sugar, prunes, raisins, and a bit of bubblegum. There's a very pleasant woody and restrained maple presence, most notably on the back half.

Thick and creamy.

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Photo of BrownBottle
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Ristaccia
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of user785335
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of epyon396
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mig100
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KGilmour
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dvmin98
4.18/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BrewskiBrandon
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBeast
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Richter525
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of khargro2
3.07/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +9%
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 -0.5%
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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Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 590 ratings