Liam Deegan

Beer Review: Dieu Du Ciel Equinoxe Du Printemps

In Reviews on December 28, 2009 at 5:16 pm

The next beer up from Dieu Du Ciel, Equinoxe du Printemps (Spring equinox), is a scotch ale, at the strong end of the spectrum in Scottish ales, brewed with maple syrup added, perhaps a hint to the breweries Canadian roots.  I love the taste and smell of maple syrup but was not sure about how it would translate with beer.  The result was, however subtle and very good.

Pours a deep rusty copper with a scarce off white head that leaves substantial lace as it recedes.  The smell is sweet malt up front, similar to a dopplebock, some licorice, then the maple comes through with notes of chocolate and orange peel as it warms.  The taste is similar to the smell with some nut and sweet orange but is nothing too bold.  It’s a pretty full-bodied beer, with carbonation that gives a good bite and leads to a dry, sweet finish.  It’s a very tasty beer, pretty right on with the maple syrup without being too cloying or leaving a bad taste in your mouth after you’ve drank it.  This beer has great timing on the palate with nice flavors being delivered, but leaving crisply without overstaying their welcome and only leaving behind some lingering sweetness and some stick in the mouth.

Subtle flavors and high alcohol make for a nice sipping beer, which works well in the winter just like a barleywine, but don’t count it out as a year-round dessert beer.  It could work well with something like pound cake or angel food.  It might just be the best thing to wash down a stack of pancakes.

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