Son Of The Morning
Driftwood Brewery

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Driftwood Brewery
British Columbia, Canada
Belgian Pale Strong Ale
Ranked #91
Ranked #17,999
3.86 | pDev: 7.77%
Sep 20, 2021
Mar 25, 2012
Very Good
Son Of The MorningSon Of The Morning
Notes: 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!
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a clear golden with a finger plus of white tight bubbly head.
Aroma of Belgian yeast, fruity/juicy fruit with notes of spice - clove, coriander, lemon drop - phenolic and a whiff of booziness.
Spicy, fruity - note of juicy fruit gum - Belgian yeast - candy sugar sweetness pushes back against the coriander and clove notes, with a boozy heat.
Effervescent carbonation - sweet full mouthfeel with a spicy fruity alcoholic finish.
Sep 20, 2021
Rated: 4.01 by Teion from Canada (AB)

Sep 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Niceroad77 from Canada (BC)

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Another interesting offering from Driftwood. Seriously, what's not to like about Fat Tug, Raised By Wolves, Sartori Harvest and so on from that brewery? Well, maybe is the strong Belgian style not their forte? Strong for sure. Hiding that alcohol? Not very well. Very spicy and strong. Not bad but could use a little refinement if not going away from the style altogether. This is very boosy for a 10% ale. Not bad, but not great.
Aug 10, 2019
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Reviewed by DrinkKingBeer from Singapore

4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Clear amber color
Light aromas
Pleasantly sweet and rich taste, with caramel notes. 10% alcohol hidden behind taste very well.
Moderate carbonation, smooth and delightful mouth-feel
This is an awesome beer, deceivingly normal appearance hides a deep and satisfying experience.

Compared to Tripel Karmeliet, it's a much less bitter version but as tasty!
Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by BirdsandHops from Oregon

Apr 13, 2019
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bright gold; flowers, rubber bands + earth with a touch of clove; lagery grain, more phenols, pear, tart lemon, oil + some herb, rubber + papaya end.

4 4 3.75 4 4

Clean, if a bit high on the phenols. As a Duvel clone, missing the grace. But decent.
Dec 19, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by StormAles from Canada (ON)

Sep 21, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by joemcgrath27 from Canada (AB)

Sep 08, 2018
Rated: 4.07 by jcubz from Canada (SK)

Jul 30, 2017
Rated: 4.06 by ZachT from Canada (BC)

May 06, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB)

Apr 13, 2017
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Reviewed by ReviewingUnderInfluence from Canada (AB)

3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
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.
Aug 12, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Aug 08, 2016
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Reviewed by JonCorbett from Canada (BC)

3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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.
Jul 24, 2016
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.63/5  rDev -6%
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.
Jun 25, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by byronic from Canada (ON)

May 25, 2016
Rated: 3.85 by polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

May 16, 2016
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Reviewed by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

3.28/5  rDev -15%
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.
May 09, 2016
Rated: 4.09 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Apr 23, 2016
Rated: 4.3 by Shaunmac16 from Canada (BC)

Apr 17, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by Erik-P from Canada (BC)

Mar 29, 2016
Rated: 3.48 by Slongie from Canada (AB)

Mar 29, 2016
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Reviewed by hotmailmsn from Canada (BC)

3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.
Mar 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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%
Mar 14, 2016
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Reviewed by Trosevear from Canada (AB)

3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
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 :/
Mar 14, 2016
Rated: 4.01 by Beervana from Canada (BC)

Mar 13, 2016
Rated: 4.06 by Derek from Canada (BC)

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by Howlader from Canada (AB)

Mar 12, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by bumchilly25 from Canada (BC)

Mar 05, 2016
Rated: 3.19 by RandyFlameThrower from Canada (AB)

Mar 02, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by smekermann from Canada (BC)

Feb 23, 2016
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
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.
Feb 22, 2016
Rated: 3.92 by Svingjo from Canada (BC)

Apr 02, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by 604growler from Canada (BC)

Jan 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by Stizz19

Aug 22, 2012
Rated: 4 by 4ster from Canada (ON)

Aug 19, 2012
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Reviewed by dirtylou from Washington

3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
22oz bottle, muled back from Victoria BC; split

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice - clear straw-golden body, healthy white foam with light lace

smell: belgian yeast, white pepper, spice, booze

taste: sweet and boozy - a little hot for my taste. white pepper, corriander, spice, belgian yeast, clove, candy, sweet malt

mouthfeel: prickly carbonation, a bit boozy

overall: pretty average for driftwood
Jul 17, 2012
Rated: 3.5 by ithinkimasofa from Washington

Jul 06, 2012
Rated: 4 by rodrigueZflyingf0x from Canada (BC)

Jun 15, 2012
Rated: 4.25 by pudoo from Canada (BC)

Jun 10, 2012
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