Style: Scottish Ale brewed with Maple Syrup
Brewery: Dieu du Ciel (Montréal, Québec)
Availability: annually, late winter early spring
Pairing: Hannah Teeter Maple Blondie Ice Cream, pheasant, rabbit, portabella mushrooms
Kicked off my Big Beer Month with a nice bottle of Dieu du Ciel’s Equinoxe du Printemps, a heavy Scotch Ale with maple syrup. This is a classic strong ale with lots of sweet flavors but never loses its classic scotch ale character to unique flavors. Equinoxe du Printemps brewed only once a year in January, aged for two months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste, and then sold until out of stock.
Appearance: Pours a hazy rust color with little head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing on the glass
Smell: Notes of burnt caramel, evergreen trees, melted marshmellow.
Taste: There are maple syrup for sure backed by a heavy malt palate characteristic of Scotch Ales. A Strong Alcohol flavor is present combined with notes of caramel and earthly flavors. This is a big, sweet beer
Mouthfeel: This is one thick and syrupy brew with barely any carbonation. It finishes smoth but leaves quite a sweet coating on the mouth.
Drinkability: Balanced and drinkable but with a high ABV and thick mouthfeel, one is enough.
Overall: Thick, syrupy, this is a true big beer full of lots of alcohol, sweet flavors and definite sipping status. Enjoy, but tread lightly.
Brewing Note: “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.” source)