Équinoxe Du Printemps | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Équinoxe Du PrintempsÉquinoxe Du Printemps
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:
578
Reviews:
265
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
64
For Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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 oldp0rt
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.12/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a murky lighting brown color with no head. A little ominous looking.

S: Mainly dark fruit and toffee. Slight traces of maple in there too.

T: Big maltiness upfront with some raisin, plum and something that definitely tastes like scotch. Booziness fades on the finish and a big maple syrup note takes over. Definitely a sipper but really good stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a very cloudy mahogany in color with very little visible head. The little head that the beer had when poured reduced to just a thin off-white patch in the center. No lacing is observed.

S: Pleasantly sweet, not too intense. There is a lot of dark fruit aroma in this beer, primary that of raisins.

T: Very sweet from the sweet caramel malts and the dark fruit (raisin) and some hints of maple. There is also a subtle hint of peat smoke, like a whiskey barrel as well.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.

O: A very strong beer and that is something you can tell from the hints of alcohol and the sweetness. Definitely more of a sipping beer but not one that you want a large serving - a little moderation with this is a good thing. I like the flavors in the beer that complement the sweetness.

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

341 bottle bottled February 2011.

Appearance - Pours a cloudy chestnut brown with 1/4 finger width of beige head.

Smell - Dark fruits (cherry, plum), hint of maple, whiskey, and slight breadiness.

Taste - A kick of maple shines through in this brew, especially in the finish. The dark fruits are also tasted, but there is something about that sticky syrup flavour. There is a spirit quality to this similar to whiskey or scotch (not to be confused with a straight boozy alcohol taste).

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Pleasant smoothness.

Overall - An enjoyable scotch ale. The maple brings a nice twist to a classic flavour; very unique, but was hoping to get more of the aroma. The flavours are quite potent, perhaps due to this bottle being aged from February 2011. Definitely worth a try for those interested in the style.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes:

Appearance: chocolate brown with a red hue; hazy, looking like a Belgian trappist ale

Aroma: sweet & rich, hint of maple and some caramel

Taste & Mouthfeel: finely carbonated, light on the tongue; not overly sweet which is surprising; maple shows up after a few seconds and grows slowly, but never becomes too strong

Overall: reminiscent of a good Belgian ale with a perfect malty flavour; very drinkable. Only fault is that the promised maple is just a bit too subtle

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of kjyost
3.61/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer I was really looking forward to... Received 02/11 notched 341 mL brown bottle from (IIRC) TheSevenDuffs in trade. Thanks! Served at 6C in a tulip.

A: Hazy brown / ruby edges and quite opaque. Nice tan head that laces well.
S: Very estery nose filled with fruitiness and butter. Alcohol eventually comes to the fore. Some malt sweetness in there too.
T: The alcohol is well hidden in here, with nice malt sweetness coming through along with fruity esters. No substantial bitterness is apparent. Sadly, only once or twice did a faint maple note come through.
M: Finishes sweet, but clean. Decent carbonation.
O: Nice enough beer, though advertising the maple makes me wonder where it is, and dock it a bit in my book. Good beer for a cold Winnipeg night.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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5/5  rDev +28.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.89 out of 5 based on 578 ratings.
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