The Wayward Son

The Wayward Son by Radical Road Brewing, Ontario

The 53rd beer review on the 90 Beers of Autumn List
The Wayward Son Beer

The Wayward Son by Radical Road Brewing

I hadn’t really appreciated this song as much as I should have until I started watching the TV series Supernatural. So I was amused when this beer popped up in Ontario a while back.

Now, if you’re going to try to seek this one out – good luck, as it’s retired and probably only a small number of bottles still lurk in basements and beer cellars around the province.

It’s a Belgian Ale, clocking in at 7.5%. That was enough for me to give it a whirl. But the fact that it is aged in pinot noir barrels makes it even more enticing.

The beer was very good and enjoyably different. A Belgian Ale with a sweetness of honey, red wine and tart fruits.

I thought the pinot barrel aging would actually detract from the style of beer, but it worked out nicely, imparting just enough influence to give it an extra kick and flavour complexity.

Not a rockstar of a beer, but still a fine beer.

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This 90 Beers of Autumn series is a follow-up to the original 95 Beers of Summer series completed in 2011. It’s quite simple – drink 90 different beers, one for each day of the season. Autumn in Toronto, Canada begins at 4:22am on September 23rd, 2015 and ends at 11:48pm on December 21st, 2015. Since autumn in 2015 is five days shorter compared to summer in 2011, the challenge should be easier this time around. I will let you ponder why there is such a strange seasonal length disparity…

About Red Hunt

A former journalist and business analyst that now works in the world of travel marketing. Based in Toronto, Red Hunt has travelled to more than 40 countries over the past 10 years. You can follow Red on Twitter @redhunttravel.