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!

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 45
Photo of ReviewingUnderInfluence
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of JonCorbett
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.63/5  rDev -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 Mlkluther
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
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 hotmailmsn
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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 -1.3%
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%

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Photo of Trosevear
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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 biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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

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Photo of Rutager
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear yellow gold with almost two finger of white head.

Smell. Fruity belgian yeast and light spice, some booze.

Taste. Light grains, booze, belgian yeast and spice (corriander and cloves mostly).

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with medium carbonation.

Overall. Decent strong belgian pale. Not on par with most of the Driftwood offerings, but I didn't hate it.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Driftwoods "Son of the Morning" @ 10.0% served cold into a chalice
A-pours a clear gold with a nice white head that quickly dissapates leaving minimal lacing
S-big Belgian yeast/malt , spicey pepper and coriander
T-a sweet candy to start followed by some bitterness and a warm boozy finish
MF-syrupy smooth , feeling the warmth as it goes down my palate
Ov-drinkable yes , one is plenty , you will feel it tommorrow

cheers LampertLand

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Photo of ericj551
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Driftwood Son of the Morning pours a bright deep gold with a fluffy head. The aroma is sweet and fruity with tons of esters and a bit of coriander. Lots of sweet fruity malt with an almost overwhelming vegital coriander flavor. Some nice phenolics yeast flavor in the finish but overall I think the coriander is a bit overpowering.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 16/4/12

A clear golden yellow with about as many tiny bubbles as you can fit in a glass, just a dense thin bone white head but it retains well leaving not so much rings but continuous lace for two inches
Second pour off the bottle leaves me with a large soapy bone white head and lots of soapy spider web lace, strange how different it looks from the first pour, still great but would a slight temperature change make that much of a difference? I guess so

S peppery coriander and clove with a little bubblegum, yeasty goodness with just a little booze but for 10% its very well concealed, smells a little sweet but quite nice

T booze is more noticeable and the spice is a little over the top, not nearly as nice as the smell, everything I smell is still there but it seems to be overwhelmed by spicy booze

M pin prick bubbles work well and a slightly peppery fruity finish lingers for a while, just a little heat as it goes down

O It's a solid beer for sure but It may have been an error on my part not sitting on it for a while, the booze needs to mellow just a little and the spice will drop off with time.

Pretty solid stuff but perhaps some time to mellow out is necessary, and I can do that thanks to the bottles in the mail from EskimoDave and the one I just drank from Rutager who's been dropping extras on me like the USAF drops bombs on well.... not me (yet)

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Photo of canucklehead
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not the most complex of the style but the mouthfeel and the finish is on the money. It really has a shining golden colour and a nice yeastyn nose. Alcohol doesn;t show too much but this is big beer though easy drinking for the style. I liked it and hope to see a continued development of Belgian style beers in BC

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pored with 1 finger of head which quickly dissipated with minimal lacing. Clear apricot in colour.

S: Yeasty bread scent, similar in style to Unibroue beers, together with caramelized burnt sugar and spices such as cloves, pepper and coriander. Noticeable malt scent.

T: Similar to the scent with maltiness up front and a slight bitter finish. Can definitely feel the warming of the alcohol.

M: Medium to high body, excellent syrupy mouthfeel which coats the tongue.

O: Fantastic mouthfeel almost like concentrated juice mix with a wonderful candy flavour. Is a very nice take on the style.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/8" cream coloured head that dissipated quickly over copped coloured heavily carbonated liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Honey, citrus, grassy and floral hops.

T: Citrus, honey, grassy and earthy hops. A slight metallic taste is present as well.

M: Medium to thick viscosity and a medium to high amount of large carbonation. Some drying.

O: Somewhat bitter and strong, I expected something more subtle from driftwood.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a snifter.

A: Amber-bronze with one finger of foamy white head, which dissipates quickly. Minor lacing.

S: Paradoxically full scent with light body, wafts nicely to the nose without being pungent. Belgian yeast, coriander, and apples.

T: Dry, spiced apple cider with a light dose of Belgian yeast flavour. Finishes sugary and a bit boozy.

M: Bold, astringent, and well-carbonated. Crisp and vivifying to some, but others may find it sharp and rough-edged.

D: Overall, this beer is quite good and worth trying. I had very high hopes for this brew so I was a bit disappointed but nonetheless, a fine beer.

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Photo of Duke
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(From a tulip)

Appearance: Son of the Morning pours a beatiful bright gamboge ochre, with a one-finger head which quickly falls to a thin cap. I see very little lacing.

Smell: This reminds me of Unibroue's fabulous Don de Dieu, though the scent here is lighter. I'm getting a lot of nutmeg, with a coriander note and some mint, along with light red apple and perhaps green apple too.

Taste: The nutmeg is delightful, and the apples are more evident now as the finish tastes (and feels) like a cider. The alcohol is there but this beer is in no way boozy.

Mouthfeel: Fresh and lively with a beautiful carbonation.

Overall: This is not my go-to style of beer, but Son of the Morning is a big winner for me. After the superb Singularity, Driftwood scores again. Son of the Morning is a great drink, with well-balanced, satisfying flavours and an addicting dry finish.

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Photo of BashOnABike
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 650mL bottle into brandy snifter.

A: An orange, almost glowing gold. A small, white head, quick to dissipate with messy white lacing. Bubbles galore, a very pretty pour. Like liquid sunshine, almost...

S: Typical Belgian (that certain yeast/malt, spice) with apple juice, coriander, lots of spice.

T: Like the scent, but lots more cinnamon and nutmeg, phenols of cherry, some nuts. One doesn't feel the 10% at all, but then again it is pretty sugary. Not too much, though, and I would have no problem finishing another of these. A nice spice aftertaste, lingering 10+ seconds (perfect while doing dishes!).

M: Light and fluffy, very foamy on the tongue. Just the right amount of carbination. Definitely refreshing.

O: A very good offering from a brewery as un-Belgian as one can get. I now have faith in Coast breweries to produce adaquate Belgians! Nice and spicy, not too sweet, just right. Not a whole lot of character, but it's a start.

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Son Of The Morning from Driftwood Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 45 ratings.
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