Worker's Comp Saison | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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).

Added by Gambrinus1184 on 12-23-2012

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#26,139
Reviews:
100
Ratings:
542
pDev:
11.23%
Bros Score:
3.98
 
 
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Reviews by DavidBart:
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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 bmeehan
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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

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Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of codysjb
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of JC333
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Janeinma
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jliscin
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BranfordBound
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Clicknation
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdilauro
3.24/5  rDev -13.4%
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)

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Photo of dacrza1
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: May 11, 2018... OCCASION: the last day of intense yard work is finished, and even though rain is forecast, the lawn is ready--thus, this beer is a worthy reward for a good day's labor... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... pours a hazy, sallow yellow body with a swirl of bubbles... the head is white, fluffy, and three-fingered in height; its wreath of lacing is equally attractive... intense banana, pineapple, apple, yeasty dankness, clove, orange, lemon grass, hay--a nice balance of fruitiness and the earthiness...delicate early, subtly tart and tangy, slightly creamy before finishing with a textured gravity... again, a bit of every angle is represented in its mouthfeel, which makes for a somewhat muddled experience...the banana is subdued by the fruitiness--grapefruit, orange, lemon--while spiciness of pepper, cumin, and lavender make this drinkable but slightly nuanced... really, it's a fun beer to sip or slam at 4.8% ABV, and though it might not pack in stronger flavors, it wins when (after work) it counts...I would enjoy this again, especially if a spring/summer party host offered it...

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Can poured into a Felsquell Pils tulip glass

The coloe depends on the light at which you look at it through. Sunlight brings a pale, solid golden color, LED light inside at night, brings out a burnt gold with amber hues. A creamy, white foam is smooth and bubbly, excellent coverage and solid, intricate lacing is left in it's wake.

The yeast strain aromatics are actually very inticing and complex for an American style version of the classic French and Belgian wild child style refreshing brew. Deep, herbs and heavy spices, mrs. Dash, pepper and sour-earthy tones are seriously bold. Green veggies, lemmon candy and sour white grapes are all very fine aspects to the nose.

A very jazzy and light malty, peppery kick in the mouthfeel is most noticeable in the first sip. Earthy, pepper, funky-herbal tones in the yeast forward flavor is remarkable. Sour grapes, green, tangy apples, sour and bready wheat, a dash of pepper, green veggies and grainy malt is pretty much the overall flavor spectrum. Yeast>malty bite>herbal and greeen hops ....in that order. Maybe some creamy , smooth tones that finish crisp and light keep things rolling with such an easy-breazy, yet complex concoction.

French and Belgian Saison's have much more "charisma" complexity in the yeast strain and personality in the texture. Often "on lees" which brings a very jazzy....jam to the look and feel through the liquid literally being "Alive!". It's hard for American brewed, Belgian-styles to anywhere comparable. This one does a decent job.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Farmhouse aroma is very nice. Lacy. Drinks well like a saison. Very approachable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 542 ratings