Dieu du Ciel Équinoxe Du Printemps (Spring Equinox)

Dieu du Ciel Équinoxe Du Printemps (Spring Equinox)

Rated 3.635 by BeerPals

Brewed by Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Style:  Scottish Ale

9.1% Alcohol by Volume

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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. Équinoxe 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 Équinoxe du printemps was born in our Montreal brewpub in February 1999

ID: 13110 Last updated 1 year ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank1569
Overall Percentile97
Style Rank25 of 677
Style Percentile96.3
Lowest Score2.8
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.771
Weighted Score3.635
Standard Deviation0.420

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  • PALEALERIDER 2314 reviews
    rated 3.6 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Pours a very large frothy brownish head. Has a very cloudy, rusty dark brown appearance. Aromas are mild maple, yeast, brown sugar and alcohol is slightly apparent. Flavours are also of maple, with toffee, caramel and light roasted malts. Earthy hops with mild floral hops. Slightly sweet with some spices added to the mix. Smooth mouthfeel with a slick drying sensation. Spices give it a warming sensation as well. Pretty good overall. Goes great with a hearty meal.

  • CHOPZ 6663 reviews
    rated 3.8 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Single from Marché Omni. Pours a hazy dark copper colour with a foamy off-white head that lasts a while, and loads of dirty soapy lace. The nose is mild, but has dark fruits with rusty hops. Eventually, the maple and nutty side come out. The taste on the other hand is full-flavoured. Roasted malts, dark fruits with hints of coffee and apples. The maple just coats everything to blend it nicely with some sweetness, but not overly. Quite a nice strong Scottish ale that is smooth with lots of taste, but well-blended.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Malty, woody, peaty aroma has an underpinning of maple syrup. Pours a dark, semi-transparent sienna with a thin buff head. Scrumptious flavor has an earthy, peaty core with maple, woody and nutty notes and just a little sweetness but not too much. Smooth texture has decent fizz and firmness. Why wait for spring? Enjoy it now!

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.9 10 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Damn, they knocked the flavor outta the park. Big scotchy peat and earth and malt taste with hints of dark fruit and a strong hop bitter finish. Looks murky as Hell and is low on aroma but other than that this is a fine beverage.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.9 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This was quite good. Poured into glass and drank.... no that is not my review, scared it was though I know.... Anyways. Really cloudy brown in the glass, I dropped a fairly large bit of yeast sediment into the glass, but I was happy with it. Aroma of scotch, but also a trace of oak and saltiness. Some maple, a trace a spice of some kind. Having trouble finding words, its like a normal run-of-the-mill scotch ale, only with far more nuanced aromas and a slightly less sweet, less UK influence malt profile. More like a west coast IPA without the hops, that describes the malt profile better I think. Too bad I had to go to the states to find this Canadian beer.

  • MMMMBEER 1119 reviews
    rated 2.8 12 years ago

    Aroma: 4 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 5 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Color in my glass is the exact same amber brown as the beer bottle it came out of, no cap was formed during pour not one bubble beer looks completely flat. Maple is detectable in the aroma buts its not to obvious, sweet bubble gum, cinnamon, dark fruits and heavy malt all show up in the nose. Aroma is interesting and good but I wouldn’t call it great. Mouth feel is a touch flat but not horrid, taste is spicy bitter, mild maple, sweet dark malts, bubble gum, loads of pepper. The bitter after taste lingers forever in your mouth. The sweetness of this beer sneaks up on you like a stealthy ninja, at first you don’t notice it but before you know what’s going throwing stars of syrupy sweetness is candy coating your throat. I like the fact this beer only has a hint of maple. Flavor could be thicker I guess, good beer not great.

  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    When it's spring, it's time for the Spring Equinox.........one of my favourite beers. A solid copper coloured beer with a thick tan coloured head that lingers. Maple syrup, molasses, and sweet malt dominate the aroma. As can be expected, the flavour is sweet, but there is a yeast/hop balance as well. Just a great all round spring beer!

  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Bottle from SL, perhaps the best maple-incorporating brew ever, very well, done. The aroma was caramel, brown sugar, maple syrup. The flavor was caramel, maple syrup, brown sugar, molasses, some fruity esters, faint roast in the finish. This melded together well, mouthfeel was a tad sticky, but I was shocked to see this maple thing work out well. Nice job, DDC, a brewer that has nailed some winners for me!

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Sampled on 4/16/2010. This Scotch Ale pours a medium brown color from a 11.5oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is malty, peaty, and sweet with some maple syrup. A medium bodied Scotch Ale. The malts are caramel and peaty, with some maple syrup. There is a touch of malt at the start and then a whole bunch of maple syrup, a whole lot of maple syrup. The maple flavor seems to mellow some as the beer warms. For all the maple flavor its not all that sweet. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is sweet.

  • JABAH 1780 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    9.5% ABV per bottle: I was hoping this would be a little better for the price, but is about what I expected. A solid strong scotch ale. Flavors were all kinds of sweet and tart malts and fruits. The maple syrup was noticable on the finish. Reminded me of Cigar City's Winter Warmer spiced winter ale, with maple added. Also had some woody/oaky flavors with perhaps was something sweet at the end like whiskey...so maybe aged a bit or stored in whiskey barrels? Medium brown to amber cloudy appearance. Not sure if I would try this again for the cost, but still curious to try some of their other beers.

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