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Worker's Comp Saison - Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 12
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gambrinus1184 on 12-23-2012

A traditional farmhouse ale made with a very expressive yeast strain that contributes an array of tropical fruit, spice flavors and aromatics. Brewed with a variety of harvest grains including barley, wheat, oats and rye as was likely the case with farmhouse brewers of yore. The result is a complex, refreshing and distinctive example of this esoteric style. Intensely fruity (passion fruit, pineapple, mango, lychee), slightly spicy (clove, white pepper).
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Ratings: 329 | Reviews: 52
Reviews by DrJay:
Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow with slight haze and white collar. Hay and wheat aroma, almost a nutty grain character, slightly spicy. Pleasant flavour, mild bitterness with wheat and grain melding well with spicy and light citrus. Medium/light bodied, moderate carbonation, off dry. Pretty good, easy drinking.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled 082614 printed on the bottle. Pours a hazy honey blond with a two inch, bright white cap that sizzles and pops and quickly settles into a soapy slick that coalesces around the shoulders. Nose is somewhat reminiscent of a witbier - citrus, clove, coriander and yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however a bit dull and muted. There's also a pleasant lemony presence towards the finish. Mouthfeel is light and lively with a mild, even astringency. Overall, a decent beer but not what I would consider a Saison. A pleasantly drinkable and refreshing summer beer in both character and abv; however, I'd rebrand this as a witbier.

Photo of bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

I love a good Saison, and this one fits the bill.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

Very complex for its size, perhaps one of the most complex session ales we’ve run into this year. Very much a Saison, and a super drinkable one at that. Two Roads seems to be hitting all of the right marks; highly recommended.

STYLE: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 4.8%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Brilliant golden color, amazing showing of lace

SMELL: Clean graininess, medicinal phenols, faint mango, walnuts, herbal, stone fruit

TASTE: Perfect crispness, moderate-size body, mildly grassy, spicy, herbal, mild bubble gum, persimmons, crackers, lemongrass, peppercorns, faint alcohol, drying finish

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at their tasting room

Appearance: minimal head, minimal carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: lemon, hay, and straw

Taste: lemon, hay, straw, honey, and light pepper at the end

Mouthfeel: light body, funky and sweet, moderate carbonation, semi-dry

Overall: I love the flavor combination here. Of all the Two Roads beers, this is my favorite. This one is nice, light, and complex. Amazing on draft and it still holds up well in the bottle. If I want a six pack saison, this is the beer I would go with.

Photo of rdilauro
3.24/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is the second Two Roads beer I've tried. For starters I have never been a big fan of Saison/Farmhouse Ales. But I continue to taste so I always have a broader knowledge base when I talk to our customers.

The beer poured clean with a substantial head. The bouquet brought me back to flashbacks of all Farmhouse ale's I've tasted. Spices were definitely present. First sip, yep Farmhouse.

But one thing I noticed over other Farmhouse Ales, I've tasted was a pronounced spice.
No question that it was coriander, very similar to what you will detect in American wheat beers.

I loved cilantro, but not a big fan of coriander.

There was nothing fundamentally wrong with this beer, its just something that when given a choice of different beers, it would not be the top of my list. (nor bottom)

Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy golden color. High white foam head with great retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Notes of banana, cloves, and a bit if bubblegum. Very similar to a Belgian style.

T - Crisp and refreshing saison. Some spice notes initially. Light grains and a mild hop presence make this a very clean tasting beer.

M - Easily sessionable and leaves a bit of a raspy grate on the tongue. Light body to the beer, and pairs well with just about anything.

O - Really good beer and one of the best saisons domestically.

Photo of Gmann
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pale straw color with some honey highlights. The pure white head is soapy, has good staying power and settles into a solid cap. Not much lacing.

The aroma is of musty clove, pepper and hay. Some tart apple notes.

The taste is of horse blanket, musty dusty clove, hay and grassy hops. Nice sour bite from the rye malt. Lemon and green apple tartness and other fruitiness. Quite complex for a lower abv brew.

The feel is light with prickly carbonation. Drinks crisp like a good saison should. Good balance between sweet, phenol, and bitter. Nice grassy bitterness in the end.

This is a very impressive saison and a low abv session sucker as well. I could drink these all day. Good complexity with the malt and yeast.

Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours brilliant golden yellow with thick inch of white foam. Like a snow drift. Strong citrus yeast nose. Wheat too. Taste opens with a wall of citrus, tart, then drops off leaving some yeasty tasting remnants. Lemon stays on the tongue with some minor bittering. Extremely refreshing. Damn good saison, nice job by the new guys on the block in Stratford CT.

Photo of Adlar2789
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was at the Two Road's opening event in Stratford a few weeks back to represent the Beer, Wine & Liquor store that I work at in Danbury, CT. The past few months I have been drinking more and more Saisons and I have found myself falling more in love with them each day. The Worker's Comp is easy to drink, not too high in alcohol content, full of taste, and in my opinion is a solid beer to release as a brewery emerging into the beer world.

It was discussed that night, and I agree that Two Roads brewery is going to help Connecticut get on the beer map, and hopefully they continue to have success, as well as, brew new styles of beer that will satisfy consumers all over.

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Unibroue pint.

A: Clear and golden. Fantastic white head.

S: Very Belgian, yeast, clove, coriander.

T: Akin to the smell above. Much more spice heavy than any other saison I've had. Give's the illusion of being higher in alcohol content despite its sub-5% nature.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing.

O: I must admit I was both pleasantly surprised and rather suspicious when I heard about Two Roads' work in Stratford. Having had two of their bottled offerings, I must say I am pleasantly surprised. At almost $10 a sixer, however, it is only Worker's Comp that I will return to in the future.

Photo of u2carew
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Hazy straw colored body. Tight lacing at the edge of the glass and on the drink down.
S) Hints of clove, banana. Not overly aromatic.
T) Lemon. Subtle spices - Coriander, clove. Nutty, grainy finish.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Quite smooth.
O) A tasty saison. Very drinkable. I'd definitely have another one.

Photo of nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Barley Vine in Bristol, CT.

Slightly hazy yellow beer with thin white head.

Aroma is fruity and spicy. Tropical fruit and a sharp pepper note. Some hops as well.

Taste is again fruity and spicy, dry. Some citrus in there as well. Lacks a firm maltiness that would make this more enjoyable. But still, not a bad saison. I would pass on it again though.

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Terroir Park Slope, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short but dense bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of peppery spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of Belgian yeast and peppery spices, the latter of which linger through the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer has some refreshing properties and seems like it would be a refreshing drink during the summer months.

Photo of ColdOneKev
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a 12oz bottle into a small snifter. Hazy, straw body. Thin white head develops and fades quickly. Little lacing.

S - Amazing. Strong fresh ground pepper.

T - Follows the nose with pepper, but it is complimented by sweetness, ripe banana, ever so light malt. They've got a winner of a yeast strain here.

M - Medium body, but highly carbed so it moves past the palate. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Dries out between tastes.

O - it might just be my progression into the Saison category, but I am really into this beer. It has a ton of flavor and complexity for a beer weighing in at 4.8%. Definitely try this one.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Pours a golden clear with about 2 fingers of head. Nice bunky belgian farm aroma, slightly fruity. Nice and dry finish. Overall, a nice drinkable saison. Easy and mild. A tad thin and generic, but a nice intro to farmhouse.

Photo of BMFR1811
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

Appearance: light, almost looks like apple juice. Not much head

Smell- esters, yeast, fruit. Interesting

Taste- phenolic, eatery, bananas, clove, pepper, a slight tartness

Mouthfeel- a little thin, but very carbonated, tickles the mouth and throat

Overall-not bad, fruity, estery, tart, totally can tell there is wheat in it, I don't get the rye at all, tasty, easy to drink,

BMFR

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, caramelized malts, Belgian yeast, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild sweetness comes in from flavors of bananas, caramel, citrus and a touch of spice. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice sessionable beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

just so nicely balanced
cutting distinctive taste that show cases the style

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was up to NYC a little over a month ago to visit the wondrous JenRay while she was in town for work and we happened upon several bottles at a Whole Foods Market where I picked up some of Two Roads' offerings.

From the bottle: "Pale Refreshing Farmhouse Style Ale"; "Traditional End-of-Day Reward"; "The Road Less Traveled"; "Dry Refreshing Farmhouse Style Ale"; "Saisons were originally created to compensate Belgian farm workers. Give your taste buds a raise with this pale and refreshing Saison made with a blend of harvest grains - barley, wheat, oats and rye."; "Here's to taking the road less traveled, in life and in beer!"

I began my pour in an aggro manner, but I had to quickly back off when a massive amount of head began to form, threatening to overflow my glass. I could only watch as it slowly settled into a massive, puffy two fingers of bone-white head with great retention. The beer itself looked like liquid sunshine (SRM = > 2, < 4) in the glass with just a mild chill haze. The total effect was that of lemon meringue pie. The nose smelled like Juicyfruit gum laced with black pepper! Very fruiy and yet very spicy at the same time. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but man, the black pepper bite was immediate on the tongue. The fruitiness that I noted on the nose translated to more of a perfume-y flavor in the mouth, more flower than fruit. Finish was bone-dry with the peppery flavor really sucking the air out of my mouth. I will readily cop to being a hophead and as such, I usually disdain this style of beer, but in this case, I was really digging it. I think that the dry peppery aspect was what I really liked.

Photo of Thads324
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, much like an aal with a thin white head. Perfectly clear. Fizz disappears to nothing very quickly.

Aroma is heavy on Belgian yeast, faint black pepper, fresh grass of an open meadow, cane syrup, and a very tiny bit of musky mushroom. Strong aroma all around, very nice.

Starts a bit light, then comes a sharp wheaty and yeasty dance off. Husky grains and light flavors of honey malt. A bit of pepper, grass, and spring greens. Finish is sharp, leaving no aftertaste.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Dry finish.

A pretty good saison that would better suit a late spring day or summer evening. Not bad at all.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, slightly hazed, maize-gold coloring with a steady dose of carbonation throughout the body and a fluffy, light, bright white head that starts around a half an inch and settles into an uneven surface coating. Aromas of toasted grains, floral highlights, coriander, all spice, grains of paradise, hints of bubblegum, and a touch of honey sweetness. Flavors are very roasty/toasty forward, with a very dry feel. Toasted corn, tangy honey sweetness, and a strong spice blend provide a robust flavor profile. The body is light, and slightly effervescent with the carbonation, providing an amplification of the initial dry feel. Slightly astringent, floral and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a touch of resiny characteristics. Dry, slightly sharp finish, with a linger to the spicing. Interesting brew. Very crisp and refreshing.

Photo of jaxon53
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally some more beer from Connecticut. Served to me in a tulip, at New York Pizza in Plainfield. Let's see what Two Roads has to offer...

A: Two Roads Workers Comp Saison pours out a bright, slightly hazy golden yellow color. Looks like quite a lively beer, tons of bubbles were floating to the top of the glass. Poured from a tap this beer yields about a finger and a half of bright white, bubbly head. Head is short lived. Fades into a small white ring around the glass.

S: Nice fresh floral aromas. Grassy hop presence hidden behind some pepper and sweet malt. Hints of rye. A little yeast mixes in to round out the nose.

T: Mimics the nose pretty well. Faint citrusy fruit with some light notes of pepper. A touch of hops hit the tongue for a second. The malt flavors don't really stand up to the other flavors, but does offer a bit of balancing sweetness. Spicy.

M: Just about medium bodied. Crisp and dry. Light and easy to drink at 4.8 percent ABV.

O: Not too bad. Tasty, above average brew. I'll take the road less traveled again.

Photo of TippedMixology
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Literally right across the street from where I work in CT... worth a taste?

Appearance - I love the way saisons look... slightly cloudy, golden honey. This one is spot on. One finger of head on a pour.

Smell - I get the yeast smell right off the bat with a slightly fruity almost raspberry/strawberry note. Well balanced.

Taste - Slightly more hop presence than I'm used to, but well balanced. Not as much yeast as other saisons, but has a good malty quality with some of those bright berries I mentioned during the smell. Finishes bitter, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Medium carb. Coats the mouth well and fully hits all taste buds. Very nice!

Overall - Not my first choice for a saison, but I'd have this one again. Drink local!

Photo of stb08007
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Poured out of bottle and into pint glass.
A: Pale, golden and relatively clear. Aggressive stream of bubbling carbonation. 1/2 inch head dissipates to a few mm size that holds through the rest of the glass. Mild lacing that left nothing on the glass when the beer was finished.
S: Sweet and fruity, lemon, and some (specific as I can be) spices.
T: Sweet and bready. A tangy tartness on the sides of the tongue, tastes like lemons. Mild bitterness that lingers for just a few seconds after swallowing, and then leaves the palate feeling clean.
M: Thin to medium, definitely not watery. Medium carbonation.
O: This beer was very refreshing and crisp, especially after each swallow. The lighter body made it very drinkable. I'd say it's sessionable, but with enough complexity to make it interesting. Perfect for a year round offering, as I could enjoy it as a refresher on a sweltering summer afternoon, or just anytime I'm in the mood for something drinkable, crisp and tantalizing to the senses. This is often a go-to for me as a CT local because of it's availability and versatility.

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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.