Équinoxe Du Printemps | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Équinoxe Du PrintempsÉquinoxe Du Printemps
BA SCORE
3.9/5
580 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#7,065
Reviews:
265
Ratings:
580
pDev:
10.26%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
65
Trade:
2
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 580 |  Reviews: 265
Photo of DaveBar
4.23/5  rDev +8.5%
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 +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Photo of Vylo
4.46/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CanadianBacon
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
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 +9.7%
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 +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4.02/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.5oz bottle. Pours a dark brown color with an inch of frothy head. Some lacing. The aroma is boozey and peaty with lots of earthy moss, molasses and caramel malts. The taste is some woody with lots of malts and mossy earth. Very light amount of maple syrup sweetness, almost unnoticeable. Finishes with more of the flavors of the typical Scotch Ale. Malty, mossy finish with a mild alcohol presence. Dry, woody mouthfeel. Overall, decent enough Scotch Ale.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours an effervescent chestnut/mahogany with a pinky fast falling tan head. Pretty nice head retention and lacing

S: Cakeyness and some iron

T: Cakeyness, maple syrup, smokeyness & a touch of booze & toffee up front. Toffee, a little maple syrup & smokeyness as this warms, some warming booze, faint woody and herbal hop presence as well, starting to show some rough edges. Finishes with pears, figs, a little herbal hop & booze

MF: Fairly chewy, over-aggressive carbonation, somewhat warming

A nice try at the style, was expecting a little more, Just kind of fell apart on me as it warmed A sipper to be sure

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Photo of JayQue
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dull brown color with a fast-fading tan head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is very pleasant, toffee, spices and caramel. Taste is very good. The maple syrup/caramel sweetness is not over done and the maltiness is just right. This beer is rich and smooth. The alcohol is barely noticeable and the carbonation level as you pour is good. A very enjoyable brew, I would have this one again!!!

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5oz bottle, 1 and 5 notched on the label
A - thin light brown head forms a foam atop a brown colored ale
S - sweet and malty aroma with maple and brown sugar, grain, earth, peat, earthy hops
T - maple, brown sugar, earthy peat, toasty grain, caramel, vanilla, toffee, tea leaf, faint chocolate
M - full bodied, creamy and smooth with a semi-dry, sweet finish
O - fun to try this one. One is enough because it's quite sweet, but the addition of the maple syrup is great!

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Photo of Shaymus
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rather muddy brown with a quickly fleeting thin layer of light brown foam.

Maple syrup, molasses, toffee, caramel, scotch, and some light booziness.

Boozy scotch bitterness up front, followed by molasses, toffee, and caramel sweetness.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, thick, sweet, boozy.

Overall, as a fan of the style I'm a bit disappointed with this, it is decent but definitely missing something.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bakkerman1
4.93/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Leag0002
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TBonez477
4.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jws7968
3.87/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kidzord
3.29/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jak
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Équinoxe Du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.9 out of 5 with 580 ratings
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