Beer of the Week: Équinoxe du Printemps

Beer of the Week - Équinoxe du PrintempsThis week’s beer hails from Canada – a uniquely-flavored brew called Équinoxe du Printemps from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. This is a Scotch Ale brewed with maple syrup and definitely packs a punch at 9.5% ABV.

Équinoxe du Printemps translates to “spring equinox” in French, and the bottle states that this time of year is “the quintessential marriage of two great traditions – beer brewing in Scotland and maple syrup production in Quebec.” I’d have to agree that mixing the two together in the correct proportions results in a nicely flavored Scotch ale with a twist that is definitely enjoyable and makes for a complexly-flavored beer.

If you like spicy beers, I recommend checking out Route des épices from the same brewery – it’s a rye beer brewed with both black and green peppercorns.

Tasty Mug Review

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep brown with a bit of a fizz; has a minimal head but it retains around the sides of the glass.

Smell: Malty, sweet and syrupy (maple syrup) with a hint of woodiness and underlying undertones of booze.

Taste: This is an interesting one with the woody flavor upfront that transitions to sweet, maple syrup, and malty flavor on the back, then finishes with a warm boozy tone. Rich and complex.

Mouthfeel: Solid, medium-bodied beer with fine and balanced carbonation and a very smooth, buttery feel.

Overall: This is a solid brew. The maple syrup doesn’t overwhelm with sweetness – in fact it balances with the traditional flavors in Scotch Ales in a way that rounds this beer out nicely and makes it a very enjoyable sipping beer. I’d recommend giving it a try!

Tasty Mug Rating: 3.75 / 5

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
ABV: 9.50%
IBUs: Unknown
Original Gravity: Not listed
Malts:Not listed
Hops:Not listed
Special Ingredients: Maple syrup
Availability: Rotating
Food Pairings: Cheese (buttery; Brie, Gouda, Havarti, Swiss); smoked meat
Glassware: Pint Glass, Snifter, Tulip
Aging: Can be cellared for long periods, under the proper conditions

Where to get it:
This isn’t a beer I’ve seen just on any old shelf. I think I bought this bottle at Jungle Jim’s down near Cincinnati (they often have a lot of imported beers to choose from). I’d recommend grabbing a bottle if you randomly come across it and giving it a try!

P.S. In case you were wondering, the glassware sporting this week’s beer is one of CraftGeer’s snifters – come on admit it … you know you want one!