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Worker's Comp Saison - Two Roads Brewing Company

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66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 412
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 28.24%
Wants: 13
Gots: 101 | 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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Reviews: 66 | Hads: 412
Photo of SmashAdams
3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell is typical saison with some yeast, spice, and tart fruit. Taste is much the same. Overall it feels a bit thin but I would expect that with only 4.8 abv. Not bad for a light easy drinker. nb

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Photo of farrago
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head, less than a finger, airy, bright white color, weak retention, sizzles off quickly, close to no stickiness in the lacing as well. There’s a very mild gauzy quality to the liquid which turns not impair its transparency but does add to a warm glow, a washed out orange rust water hue, large number of bigger bubbles fill the glass from side to side. The nose begins with a swipe of hard sourdough pretzels, salt, white pepper, and clove, pulped and dried lemons, has a lot of punch to it, might be easy to miss the apricot fruit and floral underpinnings, baseball card bubblegum, really nice staying power in the nostrils. Medium-bodied, it is dry and highly carbonated which gives it presence and length. Plenty of clove, nutmeg, pepper and more sour rye breadiness with an element of damp metallic earth and charred campfire wood. The florality here does a good job of filling out the mid-palate. however, the white pit fruit does not click, at times you get more banana. The citrus seems to take a step back in favor of more autumnal leafiness. The dryness keeps the finish restrained and succinct, tingly. Styled for the dinner table, not out to create a fireworks show in your mouth.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-duvel chalice. Btld 04.17.15. Consumed 10.12.15.

A: An every growing dull white head mushrooms breaching the rim, spawning over a light, tawny orange body of translucent quality. A heavy, explosive rage of effervesce is rapid and glass consuming. Head retention is full lasting with a soapy, splashy calling card on the vessel.

S: Musty basement and oranges on the nose, dry straw with a moderate level of awareness.

T: Musty orange, musty fruit of honey dew, sweet apricot, and apples. Banana yeastiness, citrus, grapes, tint of watermelon and wheat. Juicy lemon citrus tang followed by a hint of dry grapefruit peel and peppery flair on the finish.

M: Very crisp mouthful, strong carbonation presence, medium body, creamy feel, tart and peppery warmth.

O: Fruity, funky, good complexity, with a nice fullness. Sharp carbonation. very good.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - A light golden color, tons of carbonation, soapy white bubbly head
Smell - barnyard, yeast, lemons, faint hints of fruitiness
Taste - hay, earthy, lemony, spritzy, pears
Feel - light bodied and crisp

Overall - Nothing really stand out'ish but an overall good, crushable saison.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy light golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt, and spices. Body is medium and crisp. Funky yeast, wheat malt, herbal hops and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Nice session brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours golden with some haze to it, not crystal clear. with a solid white head.

smells like bubblegum! very sweet

tastes sweet but is also spicey, very nice combination. finishes with a weird combination of spice/sweet.

very smooth, goes down easy and especially at 4.8% it's very drinkable.

very good saison. has great flavor to it. smells very sweet but tastes sweet and spicey.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods and poured into a stemmed Spiegelau Pilsner glass. I love Saisons and this is pretty nice, if unspectacular, take on the style. Would drink again, but prefer others in the category.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two Roads Brewing Co. "Worker's Comp Saison"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLD 04/17/15 13:06"

First off, having never sampled a beer from Two Roads I have to compliment their packaging. The yellow ink-jet dating on the neck is clear to read, and the little sticker on the back is an unnecessary but pleasant accompaniment. That costs money, and the fact that they've added it tells me they really care about their beer. Of course that won't sway my opinion on what's in the bottle...

Appearance: Beautiful hazy golden body beneath a full head of bright white that rises majestically and then drops steadily. Both head retention and lacing could be better.

Aroma: Clean, fruity, and spicy with just a touch of sweetness from the malt. It's decidedly "saison" but it's not overdone.

Flavor: Not unlike the aroma, it's decidedly "saison" but not overdone, which in this case seems to work as it appears to be intended as a more drinkable brew. Apple dominates the fruitiness, backed by soft pear, a bit of lemon zest, some green banana, cherry, berries, and perhaps mango - ahhh, I see lychee listed as well, yes I get that. The yeasty phenolics include clove/bubblegum, some plastic, black pepper/white pepper (or is that actually pepper?), The malt is soft and sweet, bready but also honeyish, and grainy. I see that it includes wheat, oats, and rye and I totally get that as I was reminded of commercially made (read as "sweetish") multi-grain bread. Each of those is notable, and I now have to wonder what part of the spiciness the rye is responsible for... ? In the end, although it's not brash, or as full as some saisons can be, it's actually quite complex if you dig into it. And fortunately, what ties it all together is that it's balanced. The fruit fades, but a dollop of honeyish sweet malt and spicy pepper remains in the finish. Nicely done!

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body with a carbonation that initially bristles and then softens to become gently scrubbing. For what it seems to want to be, I don't think it could be any better.

Overall: Quite good, and quite interesting if you think about it. It's a lighter bodied saison that in the end delivers everything expected of a great saison (without the body/calories/alcohol), while still remaining readily accessible (at least up-front). The question then is can you accept it as a saison? Should you judge it as a saison? Or are you OK with looking at it in a more hedonistic way? And truth be told, there were probably plenty of farmhouse saisons that were a bit of a lighter version anyway, so historically at least it's not out of bounds. I'd gladly buy it again.

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Photo of JohnGray
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and hazy. Nice head with low retnention. Flavors of wheat and spice not too overpowering and we'll balanced. One of my more favorite saisons. Very drinkable and refresheing. A small hint of citrus flavors. Excellent body for style, medium/light.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass: head is huge!, but dissipates to a mere 2 inches, mixed bubble size, some lacing; color is copper, opaque and fuzzy.

Smell is dry, earthy, maybe even metallic or some light horse blanket aromas.

Taste is different than the aroma leads to believe, cleaner less funkiness, nice rye/wheat/oat presence, good phenols/esters from the yeast, but not extreme. Very pleasant and drinkable flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good, a fuller presence and less dry than most saisons but not sweet like poorly fermented versions.

Overall, a very good tasting, interesting smelling saison with a unique and full finish.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy golden with a large, bubbly head. Interesting to the nose: coriander, clove. Easy to drink and not very dangerous as the beer has only has a normal alcohol percent.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first beer I ever had from Two Roads. Served on tap at Cask Republic in New Haven and paired with broiled sole for an entree. What a great decision that was.

Poured hazy and yellow with a voluminous head. Ester and yeast come through in the nose pretty strong. Flavor is light and sweet with the aforementioned yeast. Coriander and spice in the back end. Very well balanced and complimetary to a light meal. Overall well done and I look forward to seeing what they can do (and they performed great with the Worker's Stomp).

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Photo of Beric
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle
Served: 19 June 2015

Appearance: Had this one at work, so I wasn't able to put it in a glass. Branding is a bit abrasive, though I enjoy the bottle cap.

Smell: You can definitely pick out the coriander and bitter orange peel in the nose- both are relatively assertive. In addition to these, the yeast phenols common in saisons, namely the hefeweizen-esque banana and clove, can also be identified.

Taste: Big notes from the coriander and orange peel make this saison very refreshing. The body still carries some nice bready malts and the spices give it a bit of a peppery edge. It doesn't TASTE peppery at all, but there's that hard edge from fresh cracked black pepper in there with these spices. Maybe they crushed the coriander. Superbly drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Starts out really nice, but quite quickly looses its carbonation and starts to thin out a bit.

Overall: A great, truly sessionable saison, which is nice to see given the proliferation of higher ABV iterations of the style.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this on tap at Federal taphouse in Harrisburg served chilled in a tulip.

The color is golden with light haze with rocky pale white head and very fine bead with thick film of lace sticking on the glass. The smell is slightly phenolic with subtle band-aid type odor with light fruit that redeems the medicinal smell. The feel has mild creamy texture with slight sweet entry and medium body with mild spice of yeast and tangy texture with moderately dry finish.

The taste has a tropical yeast with light banana element almost hefeweizen-like with wheat in the flavor and smooth spice with low bitterness and a dry fruity flavor lingering from the yeast which is the main flavor as it finishes dry. Overall it is decent but not a great table saison IMO a bit heavy on wheat and phenolic yeast for me.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Moderately cloudy with a green hued dirty gold color. Little, large-bubbled head that leaves a minimal number of spots on the glass.

Sufficiently sour to the nose.

Watery body with a lower than expected carbonation level. Starts off rather bland but the swallow draws out the expected flavors--tart and creamy sweet. Short aftertaste. I like this beer but it is rather plebeian for the style--it's kinda a lawnmower Saison.

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Photo of i4ourgot
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A few different aromas come out one is a little bit of clove and the other is a little less pleasant, but I can't identify it. The beer is on the clove/ fruity side if the saison range no pepper notes to it. Very light bodied and refreshing especially when cold.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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%

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

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Photo of PatrickCT
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a: Nice one and a half finger bubbly white head that unfortunately didn't stick around. Nice honey color.

s: Orange and grapefruit, coriander and yeast...a bit of grain. Like rye.

t: Slight sweetness like pineapple, cloves, pepper, wheat, citrusy finish.

mf: Light body and carbonation. Nice and dry.

o: Different from what I consider a saison but I am far from an expert. Either way, it is a nice beer.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two Roads Worker's Comp Saison
12 oz. brown bottle
Bottled 12/05/14
Served in a 20 oz glass

I was in Connecticut today and picked up two six packs of Two Roads. The Worker's Comp Saison pours a hazy yellow with a bleached colored white head that turns to a circle.

Nice aroma of spices and fermented fruits.

Each sip if fruity with hints of peaches and mango. The beer has that distinctive Belgian yeast flare associated with this style. There is also a black pepper bite and dry chalk quality on the finish. This is a very thirst quenching and drinkable offering. A nice beer that I will need to revisit in the warmer weather.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of GFM
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow. Ephemeral thin head and virtually no lacing. Fruity, yeasty scent. Crisp carbonated feel. Initial fruit flavor (a little like pear to me) yields to clove aftertaste. This seems like a well-executed example of the style but with nothing to make it exceptional. That being said, in the interest of full disclosure, saison is not my style of choice and I sampled this a little out of season. (7.5)

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Photo of bmeehan
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love a good Saison, and this one fits the bill. It's dark in color and full in flavor, but it isn't quite as strong as some other saisons are in terms of spice or hop. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does stand out compared to other saisons in that regard.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; SRM 5-6; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: banana, coriander;

T: a bit of banana up front; from mid-palate on, tart and lemony; coriander in the background; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; carbonation is a little tingly; dry finish;

O: refreshing; a great value;

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Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Shiny yellow, a bit hazy, small white head that sticks around quite a bit.
Nice fruity smell, orchard and tropical mix, with apple, pear, lychee, yellow cherry, lemon. Fragrant herbs, light grass, flowers, peppercorn, bit of honey.
Fruity and lightly bready from start to finish, with soft citrus, banana, crunchy yellow apple, pear compote, fluffy breadcrumbs, faint lemon zest. Nice and, again, soft Belgian yeasts, with some peppercorn, coriander seed, faint clove, peppermint. Light grassy hops in the finish, still fruity, with a nice semi-dry white wine finish.
Light body, medium carbonation. Plenty refreshing, aftertaste is mild, with some yeast, herbs and some lingering blond fruit.
Really soft, balanced and rewarding, extremely easy to drink and has a nice appeal. A 0.75l bottle would have helped me.. elaborate some more.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look-Pours a pale straw color, hazy, with a thin white lace.Had it in a tulip glass.
Aroma- fruity and citric with a hint of cherries, lemon, and honey.
Taste- similar to the aroma; citrus like (lemon) fruity (cherry) and honey. The finish feels like a white wine.
Feel- feels great in your mouth! Perhaps my favorite attribute. A light body with medium to light carbonation that nevertheless produces a lovely tingle in your mouth. Crisp and refreshing. I would use this as mouthwash if it were socially acceptable! ;)
Overall- I loved it and will get again!

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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.