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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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Ratings: 47 |  Reviews: 19
Photo of flowbee
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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

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

Photo of Stizz19
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of 604growler
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of ithinkimasofa
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of dirtylou
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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 -8.1%
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 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 ericj551
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 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 Erik-P
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nomoon
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

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 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 bumchilly25
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | 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 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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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 Tivlavrie
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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