Dieu du Ciel! Équinoxe du Printemps

Reviewed by on March 26, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel!

  • Origin: Montréal, QC, CA

  • Rated On: March 26, 2015

  • Best Before: Bottled February 2015

  • ABV: 9.1%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Scotch Ale

  • Rating: GREAT !!

The Review

Translating to ‘Spring Equinox’, Montreal’s Dieu du Ciel! brewery creates this offering once a year, in January, and ages it until mid-March, when it is released – a big Scotch ale that is topped off with local Quebecois maple syrup.

This 341ml bottle pours a murky, dark brownish orange colour, with three fingers of thick, puffy, and creamy beige head, which displays very good retention, leaving some decent sudsy chainlink lace around the glass.

It smells of woody maple, biscuity caramel malt, tanned leather, a further toffee sweetness, an oily nuttiness, reduced brown sugar, and some sedate oaken alcohol. The taste is big caramel/biscuit malt, still isolated hard toffee, semi-sweet maple sap, a hint of vegetal smoke, dark earthy fruit, more gritty leather, ethereal savoury spice, and a heady, but well tethered, enveloping booze warmth. The carbonation is quite low, and almost invisible at times, the body a prominent medium-heavy weight, thick, viscous, somewhat oily, and creamy – a sledgehammer of pleasure on my palate. It finishes well off-dry, the complex malt offset by the lingering besotted fruitiness, and some late-arriving earthy, leafy, and slightly perfumed hops.

Suffice it to say the emphasis is on the ‘heavy’ in this wee heavy ale – Fat Bastard himself would be proud! A smooth-drinking, filling, and cockles-warming elixir, this one is. An appropriate offering for we north of the 49th parallel, as the onset of springtime predicated by the equinox normally still means lots of snow on the ground and sub-zero temps that really have overstayed their welcome.

Brady White

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