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:
572
Reviews:
263
Avg:
3.89
pDev:
10.28%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
63
For Trade:
2
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Photo of RichH55
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PicoPapa
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -14.4%
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 +2.1%
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 -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
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 +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bakkerman1
4.93/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Leag0002
3.94/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TBonez477
4.11/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jws7968
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kidzord
3.29/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jak
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tucquan
4.04/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-10-25 in Columbia, PA from a 11.5 oz bottle

A - Murky brown with a 1-finger tan head that fades quickly leaving little lace.

S - Caramel, maple, fig, toasted brown bread, alcohol.

T - Caramel, toffee, toasted fruit cake, spice, yeast and a fair amount of bitterness. Then the maple flavor becomes apparent and lasts into the sweet and bitter finish.

M - Heavy body and light carbonation. Sticky, thick, luscious.

O - It's pretty sweet but I like the way the maple lasts in the aftertaste. The beer tastes like a sweet, maple-infused cross between a Wee Heavy and an American Barleywine. Glad I tried it but it's not a beer I will seek out for my fridge.

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Photo of WhiskeyMax
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of shoegueuze
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of foundersfan1
4.59/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcmchew
4.07/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of amstokesdb9
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

11.5 oz bottle served at a temperature of about 50F.

Appearance: The body is hazy with a dark brown color that has reddish highlights. It has a good tan head that soon dies down to a full top coat and leaves decent lacing,

Aroma: dark, yeasty bread,alcohol esters with notes of sweet dark fruits (raisins, blackberry), molasses, and, perhaps, a hint of maple syrup. A bit boozy but in an acceptable way.

Flavor: Like the aroma, it has dark bread, yeast and some dark fruit, including dates More earthy hops here than the aroma suggested. Hints of smoke and maple/toffee sweetness, and grass/hay. Mild bitterness. The complex, lingering aftertaste is a highlight.

Mouthfeel: Full, creamy body with medium-low carbonation but with more heat in the mouth from the alcohol than optimum.

Overall: Initially disappointing, it remained somewhat disappointing but not much, as I adjusted my expectations.

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Photo of Kevinpitts
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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