Équinoxe Du Printemps | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Équinoxe Du PrintempsÉquinoxe Du Printemps

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

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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Photo of Viggo
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up in Montreal a couple months ago.

Pours a cloudy reddish orange, thick white head forms, settles to a pretty solid layer, drops some nice lace spots, and it looks pretty good. Smell is quite sweet, caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, some floral and fruit, honey, very fragrant, apples, almost a weizenbock type of aroma, some spice, quite nice. Taste is similar, very sweet and caramelized, apples, maple, brown sugar, very fruity, wheat, very bready, dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, some warming, but pretty good stuff.

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Photo of grub
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled oct 4/08.

pours hazy reddish brown with a small dense off-white head. drops fairly quick to a ring around the glass and leaves no lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. bit of dark fruit. my first thought was actually of a doppelbock and not a scotch ale, though there is some overlap. bit of earthy character. light smoke.

taste is good. light alcohol, slightly warming. caramel and toffee. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. touch of biscuit. bit of smoke and earthy character. some dark fruit. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-low carbonation level. medium body.

drinkability is good. mostly balanced. a decent scotch ale, just nothing to wow me.

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Photo of papat444
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

In the final days of spring, what better way to send off spring than this one?

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Dark, brown body but when held to the light, more reddish in color. Has a nice tan head, 2 fingers.

Smell: Faint, sweet smell. As it warms, maple syrup aroma gets stronger. Smell reminds me of maple taffy poured out on the snow at a sugar shack, nice.

Taste: The taste backs up the smell with strong malty, maple flavors. Very sweet, but kind of one-dimensional.

Mouthfeel: This is better. Warming up, feels thick & chewy with fairly active carbonation. Caramel and maple syrup make if boozy & creamy, warming the mouth.

Drinkability: A sipper for sure, but one was enough for me.

Overall: A bit of an odd duck, this brew is fairly good. It would be something i would get once in a while and since it's a seasonal, then that's perfect.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Phyl21ca for this beer

This was poured into a big Red wine glass and I must say the beer looked nice with a deep dark orange with a low broken head floating on top. The nose was Belgian and yeasty in form with a biscuity note that smelled like maple syrup pancakes. The taste was kinda like a refined Mcchouffe in that it was a Scotch/Belgium mix. The maple came out on the finish with a bit of residual sweetness which really smoothed the beer out. A very complex beer and wholly original in style.

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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
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 bobsy
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from Dep Rahmann, which is down the orad from the Montreal brewpub.

Good appearance with a mahogany body and a off-white head. Like many maple beers, the aroma and flavour seems to morph somewhat from the original ingredient, and what we end up with here is far more ester-heavy. Good doses of banana and sweet malt in the aroma, which smells more like a heavenly dessert than a beer.

The banana is again present in the taste, with the sweet spiciness of the maple lurking in the background. The slighted toasted malt character of this scotch ale helps to offset the sweetness somewhat, and provides some peat-like earthy depth. This leads through to a lightly bitter hop bite in the finish, which again helps to clip the sweetness. While its well-hidden throughout the alcohol becomes more warming as the beer heats up. The body is medium-heavy (almost slick) with average carbonation.

Quite a solid maple brew, but I feel it isn't in the top echelon of DDC beers.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Dark orange colour. Cloudy. Nice but smallish beige head of fine bubbles. Lots of little bubbles rising in the beer.

S- Hint of banana. Just a faint touch of maple. Bit of sourness.

T- Strong maltiness. Banana finish. Noticeable alcohol taste that overwhelms the nice little notes too much. Barely noticeable smokey maple syrup.

MF- Full bodied. Kind of thick. Alcohol feel and carbonation are both a bit too high.

D- Above average sipping beer for a cold spring evening, which matches the weather as I write this. Good but a little unbalanced.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good appearance with an above Dieu Du Ciel's standards head. The aroma was not so pronounced, but still interesting, like entering a maple field in the spring. (Dieu du Ciel is really gifted at giving fitting names to their brews) I had a weird impression of Root beer as well. Malty taste, you can't get much sweeter, maple is dominant, hardcore even. Pure candy sugar with notes of vanilla. I'll have to try a fresh version. That one seemed a little unbalanced to me (1,75 yrs), aiming it all toward the maple taste. I actually prefered the impression left on me by the 2.75 yrs old one, but getting it on tap and fresh would certainly be interesting. Overall.. That's a scotch ale? An original one to say the least.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.74/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A wonderful aged maple scotch ale from Dieu Du Ciel. This beer was presented to me with a lovely dark amber colour and almost no head. The aromas were of caramel, chocolate, toffee, coffee, roasted malts and alcohol. The taste was a melange of the above...sweet, rich, satisfying. The mouthfeel was very full, almost chewy...and the drinkability was excellent!
A classic Scotch ale!

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