I wrote in yesterday’s post for The Brewclub how I was looking for something to reignite my passion for exotic craft beers.
The first spark, as I wrote, was a case of brews from the Skye Brewery in Scotland – more of those in 2017 – but the second spark was from the UK online beer seller ‘Beer Hawk’ and it takes the form of an advent calendar, complete with a new tasting glass – that’s behind the ‘open first’ door.
I have no idea what brews await me in the coming weeks, but it’s going to be an adventure, so let’s see what the first brew is:
And it’s it’s a Saison from the ‘Two Roads Brewing Company’ based in Stratford, Connecticut.
Two Roads were founded in 2012 by four friends whose website claims that they follow a “road less traveled” philosophy in the beers we make and how we make them.”
They add that their Brewmaster and 27 year craft beer veteran – Phil Markowski – “has created an extensive lineup that takes a unique twist on classic beer styles.”
Saison, you might recall is a ‘traditional farmhouse ale’, and the ‘Worker’s Comp’ moniker relates to the alleged tradition of plying Belgian agricultural workers with Saison beers at the end of a day working in the fields. The brewery states that it’s brewed with ‘a variety of harvest grains including barley, wheat, oats and rye as was likely the case with farmhouse brewers of yore’.
It pours (into the Beer Hawk glass that came in the ‘calendar’), as you might expect, a pale golden colour, cloudy with a slightly off-white head that fades quickly.
The nose is classic Saison, distinctly Saison, distinctly Belgian. At the risk of sounding snobbish, I wouldn’t have guessed this was an American brew.
The flavour is complex, with exotic fruits to the fore, Mango, Passion Fruit and Pineapple, underpinned by a traditional Saison spicyness of clove and white pepper.
Through the last couple of years I’ve commented that Saison brews don’t ring my bell, but looking back over recent reviews of Saisons it would appear that I’ve been won over.
This is a classic example of a Saison, and would be really refreshing on a summer’s day.
It’s slightly less impressive on a dark December evening (okay so I’m one day early to be able to post this) but still a good brew.