Equinoxe Du Printemps (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne) | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Equinoxe Du Printemps (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne)Equinoxe Du Printemps (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne)

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-12-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 16
Reviews by wizo:
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of biboergosum
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle, courtesy of hoser - off the back of a truck style! Not quite certain as to the vintage.

This beer pours a very dark, murky, dirty brown colour, with a lot of floating specks, and two fingers of tightly foamy, cake batter-esque pale beige head, which leaves a low wash of paint splatter lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of sweet, somewhat musty bourbon-soaked wood, brown sugar, unsweetened maple syrup, low-fi caramel malt, and a further earthy, dusty character - rather mild overall. The taste is more old wood, the spirit long removed, semi-dry musty caramel/toffee malt, dark fruit - overripe apple and sultana raisins - thin maple sap, and a very tame, easy-going booze warming.

The carbonation is on the soft side, but still produces a subtle frothy effect, the body a solid medium weight, and really quite smooth, with a hint of creaminess. It finishes a tad on the sweet side, but still well moderated - the understated musty, dusty, woody essences reigning things in nicely.

Wow. I think the age on this offering has done wonders with both the base ale, by leavening the sugary Scotch Ale nature, as well as for the assumed whiskey barrel notes - everything is so gentle and balanced, one could be forgiven for mistaking this for a vintage or old ale at this point. Tasty stuff, thanks once again, Mike!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Barleywine. Rich malt and the maple syrup in the aroma. Looks a little unfiltered. Average mouthfeel, however. A little oak as well which helps bring out the complexity.Smooth, and the scotch style resonates it seems more in Quebec than anywhere else in North America.Thanks for picking up Lubiere.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Rutager
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thank for the great beers, unibrou4ever. 2011 bottle.

Appearance. Pours a murky, rusty dark brown with a thin head.

Smell. Sweet bourbon, dark fruits and brown sugar, old barrel and a little vanilla. Not really getting the maple, but it does smell sweet and delicious.

Taste. Brown sugar and light bourbon, some lightly sweet caramel malts and old wood with just a bit of dark fruit. The booze and bourbon become more prominent as it warms up.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with just below medium carbonation. Quite warm and just a little astringent.

Overall. A good beer that would probably be even better with a couple more years on it.

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4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep dirty brown color ale with a super large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of wood notes with nice caramelized sugar and light maple notes as well. Taste is quite complex with nice wooden notes which are well balanced with some caramelized sugar notes and some light maple sugar ester. Body was quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very pleasantly surprised by this one with a lot more complexity then in the regular version but also drinks very easily. Very nice example of how to use oak to increase flavour profile of beer.

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of papat444
3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

***2009 Vintage***

Thanks to Diogène (ratebeer) for this one. A time to celebrate for personal reasons!

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled May 2010.

Appearance: A lopsided thick head forms but it doesn't last too long before disappearing. The body is the color of deep mahogany.

Smell: Strong vanilla, oak, white chocolate and maple as it warms. Heady & powerful.

Taste: Strong oak presence is pervasive. Earthy, some vanilla, maple syrup with turns to sucre à la crème (maple fudge) as it warms. Light cherries in the back.

Mouthfeel: Strong carbonation all the way. A bit distracting and rough though the rest of the feel is warming.

Overall: A very raw beer that has good flavor but could be smoothed out a little.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of liamt07
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Sammy, bottled May 2010 (notched 05-10 on the label). 2009 vintage listed at 9.1%ABV, into a snifter.

Poured a dirty brown, with a khaki coloured head that leaves some big bubbles in its wake after settling. Big legs, and what is left after the head settled a bit is retained quite nicely. Nose has alcohol right upfront, with maple and oak right behind it;big bourbon notes here too . More reminiscent of a barreled barleywine here I thought. Taste is quite sweet, with more of this interesting bourbon character, oak, maple and some butterscotch (possibly as a product of the oak + maple?). Mouthfeel is sticky with a big sweetness, a definite sense of the booze and is bigger than the alcohol content suggested. Thick and heavy body, an interesting sipper. Let it sit for a bit longer if you've got one.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Luk13
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle vintage 2009 bought at St-Jérome. Deep Murky brown with some thin yellowish head. At first, I was mostly getting the bourbon mixed with the maple. As I let it warm, it got so aromatic: molasses, coconut and almost chocolate. It felt like a maple dessert with vanilla and rich cream. Phenomenal. Taste is sweet maple flavor, brown sugar, lots of wood, vanilla and an intense bourbony finish. Palate was hot and velvety like a good spirit, a very nice beer. At the first, I thought I'd had trouble finishing this one by myself and when there wasn't so much left, I felt like I would have continued to sip for another hour.

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4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.02/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

100% opaque, scotch color, beige highlights.

Maple nut and malts on the nose, not much else.

Flavor is heat, alcohol, metal, and a faint hint of malts. No maple, no scotch, no anything pleasurable.

Feel is starchy and semi dry.

Overall, is this even a scotch ale?? Total drain pour.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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Equinoxe Du Printemps (Vieillie En Fût De Chêne) from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 47 ratings