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:
572
Reviews:
263
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
38
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63
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Photo of mcdonald422
4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jaasen64
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into Lawsons snifter.

A- Pours a hazlenut brown that appears a fairly opaque dark brown in the glass with a thin beige head that quickly recedes and leaves some spotty lacing. Fairly minimal carbonation but consistent.

S- Malts, molasses, toffee, lightly sweet, average aroma strength.

T- Light molasses, malts, a little bit bitter, finishes with a bit of a bubble gum taste that lingers for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, easy drinking.

O- Decent but not that great. Has a weird sweetness to it, not a huge fan. Probably won't drink again, although I haven't had many I can say there are definitely much better scotch ales out there.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle pour into my maudite snifter

A- pours pours murky mahogany color... thin off white head, quickly disappeared to nothing ... minimal to zero lacing

S- sweet caramel malt, hint of chocolate malt... rippened dark fruits... candied and caramelized ... faint smoke.... caramel is all over the place with the strength of the maple syrup

T- very caramel forward... sweet dark fruits .... light peak moss .... there's that maple syrup... all the way in the back

M- thick oily body... smooth and creamy (maybe from the syrup) moderate carbonation .... mild hop bite for balance .... zero % of any alcohol burn any where in the beer,

O- nice take on this Scotch ale... especially with maple syrup .... crazy for the price through ... but still something nice to grab for a change up

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Photo of OtherShoe2
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cider-like brownish cloudy brew. No head or lace.

Deep sweet and toasty malt, some toffee in the nose.

Nice rich deep complex brew. Sweet malt up front, with overripe fruit mingling with toasted malt. Stone fruit, and here comes the maple syrup. The syrup works wonderfully, giving it some complexity. Some bitter but not much. No alcohol at all on the palate. Sweet, malty and lightly bitter in the finish.

Fuller bodied, some mouth coating characteristics.

Nice complex beer. Worth trying.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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 Jeffo
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade a while back. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled March 2010
Maple Scotch Ale

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, loose, fizzy, off-white, cream colored head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a splotchy wisp and ring. Opaque dark red or burgundy in color with lower levels of carbonation evident. A ring remains but that's about it. Color is fine, but the head is a little lousy.

SMELL: Caramel malts, some raisins, and lots of brown sugar. Red fruits and some maple syrup as well. Quite bold and interesting as well.

TASTE: Caramel, brown sugar and dark fruits. Raisins and dates for sure. Some spicy alcohol and a touch of sweet maple syrup at the swallow. Bold and boozy aftertaste is spicy, caramel sweet, with brown sugar and dark fruit notes. Very flavorful and complex, and nicely balanced as well.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth, no bite, and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. No heat and enough weight as well. Good feel.

OVERALL: This was really good, with very complex flavors and a nice, well measured touch of maple syrup. A touch boozy perhaps, and head could be a little more impressive, but this is solid beer for sure. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spring beer, in the late summer? Hey, I don't see it being any worse than breweries purposely releasing their O-fests and pumpkin ales just two weeks ago. It's a scotch ale with a twist; throw in some tit syrup and this sounds appetizing. From the Canadian 341 ml bottle, on to the beer:

Polished ruby brown colored brew with a small bubbly head on top which fizzles to a lace. It makes up the lack of head retention with a showing of some legs. The nose could appetize, but it doesn't quite hit that level of happy. There is a small squirt of maple syrup, and a modest phenolic characterwhich becomes a distractions and cuts off the aroma's potential. With time, the phenols ware off and some sweetness is available to smell, though it's low in intensity.

Has the scotch ale characters that I like, but on a softer scale. The flavors of tobacco smoke, unsweetened chocolate, gingerbread, and prunes show a beer with complexity and potential. A subtle lingering of phenols offer as a minor distraction to the base. The alcohol is hidden well in the beer itself, only freeing itself by heating the throat and stomach. Mouthfeel is medium heavy, paired with soft carbonation. Goes down easy for the style.

Certainly an acceptable Scotch ale. Warrants a try if you're into the style, otherwise you can get Traquair House for a similar price (at least in the US).

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a slight orange hue. Head rises upon pour, but goes quickly. Smell has a fig note and there's a trace of maple. The taste goes similarly. Alcohol is present, keeping sips small. The maple isn't as strong as I was expecting and definitely not as strong as I would have liked. Aftertaste is a little odd. I can't pin it, but I really wish it didn't linger like it does. Overall, I would say it's a interesting beer that I don't regret trying, but for the price tag, it isn't exactly the best choice at the store. I do applaud the brewery for their continued creativity, though.

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3/5  rDev -22.9%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.39/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy red/orange amber. Slight head with slight lacing. Sweet malt, dark fruit and maple sugar aroma. Delicious. Sweet malty Scotch ale with distinct maple flavor. Heavy bodied and almost viscous. A bit sweet, but flavors carry it through. A later tasting with a year old, properly cellared bottle had almost identical characteristics.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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

Pours an opaque deep brown with a dense quarter inch beige head that lingers as a thick pool of foam.

Sweet maple, molasses, toffee, and hints of fig comprise the aroma.

Maple, nuts, slightly charred malt, and a bit of tartness form the flavor profile. Alcohol is noticeably present. Notes of chocolate and dark fruits add complexity. Banana esters surface as it warms.

Body is on the heavy side, with minimal carbonation. The finish is fairly smooth.

Overall, a little disappointing. The charred flavor and tangy note don't feel like they belong.

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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 bamadog
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've been sitting on this bottle for about 2.5 years, so I figured it's about that time. Pretty pumped about drinking another one from this brewery - if it's anywhere nearly as good as the other one I've had from them, it should be far from disappointing. Review is from notes taken on 7/19/2012 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a dark, caramel color -- reminds me of old rust, but not in a bad way or anything; starts with a one finger head that is a light tan in color, and it fades quickly to a nearly complete, yet uneven head; body is pretty murky, and there seems to be a few floaties around the edges bubbling around with what looks to be still solid carbonation; just a few strands of web-like lacing linger on the sides.

Smell: Lots of caramel malt, a touch of wood and some peat malt, and then a lot of sweet, sweet maple in there; for being just under 10% ABV, the alcohol is completely buried in there; not a ton going on here, but what there is, I'm in love with -- smells fantastic and it's making my mouth water.

Taste: Moment of truth -- this beer is fantastic, and I'm surprised that its average isn't higher. It tastes like candied maple and butterscotch with just a touch, and I mean, JUST a touch, of an earthy bitterness, perhaps a very light coffee ground like flavor that has a touch of acidity to it; alcohol, while invisible in the nose, is certainly present in the taste, but not overwhelmingly so, but more "right sized" - provides a decent burn and it helps balance out the sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Body is a tad over medium, approaching heavy; carbonation is solid, still bubbling and foamy and lively; gums and belly are left warm and tingly from the carbonation and warming alcohol; a thin and very sticky coating is left on the roof of the mouth, and the teeth feel a touch gritty; solid overall, and it really lets you know you're drinking something with some substance behind it.

Overall: I think it's great, and I hope this review and score helps bring up the average on it. Great flavors, and would make for a solid dessert on its own. Definitely a sipper, but hey, with everything going for it, I'll sip it all night.

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.89 out of 5 based on 572 ratings.
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