Son Of The Morning | Driftwood Brewery

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Son Of The MorningSon Of The Morning

Brewed by:
Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Thou fallen fiend, bringer of light and death,
The word made fleshless, ripp’d at toothèd breath.
Though slave’d on high, inferno thou dost reign
In bloodless blood and crown of baphometh.
Return, O shining one, O Helel Ben Shahar,
Son of the Morning, rise again!

Inspired by the traditional strong golden ales of Belgium. The lure of this distinct style lies in the benign & golden appearance when poured into the glass. The enticing profile of sweet malt and spice leaves the palate entranced and forgetting the 10% alc that comes along with this devilishly delightful crafted ale!

Added by BashOnABike on 03-25-2012

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Photo of jcubz
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of ZachT
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tivlavrie
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of Canadian brewed Belgian pales, but this ones fantastic. Very clean with the typical Belgiany flavours. Could definitely compete with some of Belgium's top strong pales.

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Photo of Coronaeus
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JonCorbett
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly clear-hazy amber like the morning sun (pun totally intended). Tops off with a generous bubbly white head that dissipates a fairly quickly but leaves behind a good surface of foam and a great ring with good lacing.

Aromatics: Full of fresh bread and yeast, I get a few scents of mellow non-sour lemon citrus, some apricot, and fresh grass that borders on pine. All these scents inter-mingle with one another and all seem to appear simultaneously. I also detected an ever so subtle hint of medicine at the very end (or my nose was playing tricks on me).

Taste: A surprisingly tangy and spicy. There are tings of pepper and clove under all the earthy green hops. What malts are used are used very well to keep the bitterness in check

Feel: A fairly good middleweight contender; it doesn’t try to over do itself. Somewhat sticky, almost juice-like texture. Gentle carbonation remains active so it is not overly smooth but its snap and crackle are very refreshing yet warming (like the morning son). And it’s finish is nice and dry with just a little of the hops bitterness left behind, next to none of the booziness.

Overall: It hides it’s 10% ABV really really well. Loved it. The new label design (2015 version) is wickedly cool which is why I bought it in the first place. Because it is a fairly good ABV and that ABV is very well hidden I can easily see picking this one up as a regular. As for my pairing suggestion on this one - I’m at a loss, but I think a good plate of nachos (too much cheese will amplify the bread flavours) so the cheese should be thinly placed and baked crisp, and has to have ample jalapenos and/or a medium to hot salsa (with a little sour cream on the side) this will probably balance out the bready-ness and play off the spicy undertones.

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Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear pale amber with two fingers of frothy, bubbly white head.

Smell - Belgian yeast, clove, candied sugar, floral and spicy hops, grainy malts, pear, apple.

Taste - Surprised by the level of floral/spicy hop bitterness in this, followed along by the yeast, malt, and fruit characteristics. Light alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with high carbonation. Alcohol warmth. Finishes dry with lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - Although I feel that the boxes have been checked in regards to style, I believe that there could be some more work done to make this even better. I was disappointed by the head retention on this one as well. Not bad, but not the most memorable.

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Photo of byronic
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of polloenfuego
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mlkluther
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, this one is a swing and a miss for me.

Nothing really works here and the over amped alcohol really gets in the way. I am glad I shared the bottle at a tasting with two other guys.

It came across to me like a very inelegant La Fin du Monde - no offence to Unibroue.

This is the first beer by Driftwood I didn't like. And I've had pretty much all of them.

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Photo of Corson
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Shaunmac16
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Erik-P
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Slongie
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hotmailmsn
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

10% abv, N/A ibu, 650ml bottle.
A - clear golden (orange) with one finger white head, not really lingering lacing.
S - malt, bubblegum, banana, pineapple, toffee, candy, butter, yeasty, tart. syrup, floral, earthy, peppery spice.
T - moderate carbonation, smooth, sticky honey mouthful. pineapple bubblegum. grassy hoppy, refreshing. sweet, fruity like juice. malty as it warms up. sweetness lingering tongue.
O - delicious strong beer! alcohol is really really well hidden, yet u can feel the heat. another great special release from driftwood, of course the label design, and the satan ingredient. worth to try.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 650ml bottle,it has the new label for 2016 very cool art work.
A: Pours a Clear Golden with a thick white head tons of lacing that sticks.
S: A sweet spice nose
T: Big sweet hit almost a sour to me the coriander is there.
F: Big carbonation and a warm sweet in the mouth.
O: Ok somewhat sweet for me,strong at 10%

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Photo of Trosevear
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pale yellow with a high amount of carbination flowing up the glass. Has a nice white head that leaves small amount of lacing down the glass and a slight white head that seems to stay for most of the beer.

S: Kinda sweet with a slight coriander smell to it as well.

T: Fairly sweet with a nice amount of malt to it has a little coriander taste to it. Has a slight bitterness to it as well.

F: Almost to high of an amount of carbination to it. It has a strange taste to it.

O: It's an OK beer probably not one I would buy again :/

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Photo of Beervana
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bumchilly25
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smekermann
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle, with another of those strange, splashy, and new black metal album-esque labels, that make it very hard to discern the name - no biggie.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, finely foamy, and somewhat creamy off-white head, which leaves some chunky and sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of edgy, and slightly phenolic Belgian yeast, gritty pale and wheat malt, white pepper and semi-sweet coriander spice, a twinge of earthy and floral bitterness, and yes, a hearty sense of the booze not yet revealed. The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, a lesser wheaty graininess, now kind of muddled earthy spice, ethereal field honey, a suggestion of over-attenuated apple cider, and more sidling, but not quite yet alighting metallic alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is fairly active in its roundabout and slightly probing frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and not particularly smooth, as per the style, IMHO - that typically heightened ABV hard to reign in as such. It finishes off-dry, the sweetness of the inherent mutt-ish malt, put-upon fruitiness, and simmering booziness all attesting to the fact.

At times, I'm not altogether sure of any tangible differences between Tripels and BSPAs - there's the plain and grainy malt, the understated light fruitiness, some perhaps pushy spice, and uber alles, a threatening, if not always egregious alcohol stripe. All of that seems to run amok here, but in a typically restrained Canadian manner, so, um, good, I guess.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Son Of The Morning from Driftwood Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 47 ratings