Worker's Comp Saison - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ratings: 366
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 12
Gots: 78 | 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: 366 | Reviews: 57
Photo of BranfordBound
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
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).

Photo of Beric
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of i4ourgot
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.16/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

When stopping at 2 roads I was severely underwhelmed by every beer I tasted. Their facility was very nice, their beers were sub par imo.

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%

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 PatrickCT
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Hibernator
4.04/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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 GFM
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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)

Photo of bmeehan
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

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

Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
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;

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

Photo of Gajo74
4.56/5  rDev +22.6%
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!

Photo of EmperorBevis
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%

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

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.

Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a White Birch flute.

The color is a copper/yellow with two fingers of foamy white head. There is a high amount of carbonation and leaves a thick layer of webbie lacing.

The smell is filled with an ever present banana aroma. There is touches of wheat and slight hints of figs.

The taste is fruity as expected from the preview of the aroma. The taste follows along with the aroma and has a great banana flavor that is the big feature here. Cotton candy seems to be another flavor that comes on surprisingly and melds well with the fruit flavor. There are some touches of clove and coriander in the far back.

The feel of this beer has a light body and is pretty smooth. It goes down easy and has a real good drinkable feel to it. I had finished a glass without realizing it and then was looking for more.

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,


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 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 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 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 Flounder57
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy golden yellow with vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Bready, vanilla, spicy, floral, powdery yeast, green apples, and a little citrus.

Taste: Same as above. A little sweeter than most saisons with some bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Spicy, medium to high carbonation, light bodied, a little chewy, and a little crisp.

Overall: A nice saison from the CT boys. This completed the six pack sampler from these guys.

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.

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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
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