The Wayward Son from Radical Road Brewing Co. (7.5%) Belgian Golden Ale.
Okay can we take a minute to talk about the box? You see the box right? This box rocks. What beautiful presentation. How nice would this look sitting under my (or any other beer geek’s) Christmas tree with a bow on top?
Once I got over my rapturous euphoria I actually opened the box to find an equally pleasing bottle and label. So far I was quite impressed now did what’s inside live up to its proverbial cover?
The Wayward Son pours a deep gold colour, hazy and sediment heavy with some bright white head. Lots of yeast on the nose, sweetness and a slight fruitiness. Medium bodied and smooth with a touch of alcoholiness coming through. Lots of malt flavour, some spice, coriander perhaps, and a bit of hop bitterness something kind of earthy or even herbally. There is good carbonation in this Belgian making it quite drinkable. A subtle finish that is woody (oaky?) and slightly bittered. Overall not the best example of the style I have tried though to be fair the competition in this field is pretty pedigreed.