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Worker's Comp Saison | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Worker's Comp SaisonWorker's Comp Saison

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

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).

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Photo of talkingpoints
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Probably my favorite offering from Two Roads love the name and the alcohol level from a worker who wants to drink a couple and not be dizzy after the first beer.

This beer had the hazy saison look with a golden hue and the aroma was white pepper laced with a mild cross between a lemon and a grapefruit peel.

The taste was a light hop tang that transformed into a carboninated malt on my back palate. I seen the workers of America rising up and consuming much of these if they are indeed on Workers' Comp.

The need for more session beers instead of overtly high heat alcohol sugar bombs need not overstated. Two Roads is on the Road to producing amazing craft beer, when you pay more you expect more, I wasn't disappointed.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Photo of woosterbill
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to vonschplieffen for leaving half a sixpack in my fridge.

A: Pours a brilliant, clear burnished gold body beneath an inch and a half of frothy off-white head. Retention is very good (if not quite great), and lacing is similarly impressive but not overwhelming. As beautiful as this beer is with its outstanding clarity, I usually enjoy Saisons that look a bit dirtier.

S: All right, all worries about it being a dumbed-down take on the style are immediately defenestrated as soon as I catch a whiff. This is a seriously intense, spicy, phenolic aroma. It's got some great minerality, a bit of understated earthiness, and plenty of fresh-ground peppercorn. Excellent.

T: Starts out spicy, then mellows a bit with some bready malt and just a hint of green apple fruitiness. The earthiness returns on the back end, and things close out with an extremely dry, spicy finish. The aftertaste is tart and so dry it's borderline chalky, but this is a minor quibble. It's delicious.

M: Fairly light-bodied and frothy. Nice and lively, but slightly prickly.

O: Excellent Saison, period. Doubly excellent since it's such a sessionable ABV. Triply excellent because it's a $9 sixpack. I'll be drinking lots of this beer.


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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

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.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
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 dpianka
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 3/19/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Worker’s Comp
brewery: Two Roads
type: Ale
style: Farmhouse Ale
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 45

Appearance: color is similar to a honeycomb or canola oil. Head froths up quick, yet dissipated just as quickly, it was thin and ended up looking like barely beaten egg white. Bubbles are few and sit around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Like a farmhouse. Sweet, slight herbal, almost shampoo like. A bit of pine and hibiscus. Not bad balance slightly more hops which is what I would expect for the style.

Taste: apple sauce really quick up front then flowery-hibiscus, slight rose and heavy clove.Hops are there yet not huge, good balance.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, neither smooth nor coarse. Slightly dry and medium to heavy bodied. tingly lingering carbonation that traps that flavor in and lingers on the tongue.

Overall Impression: Not bad, the clove was huge but not unpleasant. Just different I suppose. A good beer overall. I could see myself drinking this watching the snow melt and waiting for Spring to come.

Food Pairing: hotdogs with relish. Taleggio cheese and parmigianno crackers. Grilled swordfish. For dessert, rum braised mango and some kind of vanilla cream

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of socon67
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of BTVflatlander
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Nachojon
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprising. This beer is damn good. Clean look, clean aroma and the taste here is an amazing refreshing saison. Love the citrusy bite here, really gives this one a nice finish compared to other saisons.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
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 JohnGray
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
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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4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a traditional pint

Appearance was nice straw gold with a slight orange hue to it

Smell had nice spicy phenols. Slight pepper note as well. Good citrus notes. Good pilsner malt smell

Taste is very thirst quenching and dry. Typical for the saison style. Citrus with spice and pepper notes

Mouthfeel is smooth to light cream with a sharp bite to the tongue that lingers.

Overall a very refreshing highly phenolic brew. Glad to have this available year round. Can't wait it crack one open during warmer months

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Photo of joesmithrealname
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tulip Glass from a bottle

A: Clear and darkly golden. Loosely bubbled white head. Not as dense as other Belgian heads, IMO.
Very active in the glass! (Bottle conditioned?) Head dissipated quickly, but, a small cap remained.

S:Best part for me! the smell was so fruity, flowery, and fragrant!

T: Spicy, spicy enough to make me say "Hmmm...spicy!" Tastes great.

M: Watery when cold, but, at room temp, it was just syrupy enough to follow the form of the style.

O: Had this on tap two weeks ago, and was glad to find this sixer. A fan of the Saison style, I can say this is a welcome addition to my arsenal!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Gmann
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of Adlar2789
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of cdicanio
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours foamy, but settles without much head. There is a robust clove taste, but it's not overpowering, compared to how it can be with many winter ales. There is no sweetness to this beer; it's crisp with a pleasant mouthfeel and an almost buttery clove flavor.

I'd pair it with any grilled meat, as the crispness pairs well with some charring. It also would be paired well with something spicy, e.g. chiles poblanos or peppery chicken.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this a great beer to be introduced to Two Roads with. First the appearance is nice with a light hazel color to it. The smell is great with the wheat being center stage, but you also get a tiny bit of citrus and as crazy as it sounds, a little bit of banana. The taste is just as good as the smell. It's light so it's not that filling but has a ton of wheat flavor to it. I also like the fact that the Saison is a rare choice for breweries to start with and be a staple of what they make. Great beer for a decent price, would definitely recommend.

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Photo of Hibernator
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
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 BranfordBound
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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 VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours crystal clear and bright yellow. Glowing and clean. Mild, white head. Thin lacing.

S-Smell is interesting. Belgian bubblegum, more yeast and a defined American malt. Also some bright florals.

T-Better than the aroma. Along with the bubblegum and spice is a very deep cracker maltiness. After, comes a long grassy streak. Well hopped; I even get some tropical hoppiness too. Flavor intensity surpasses what you'd expect in a sub 5% ABV brew.

M-Light, crisp, bright and easy drinking. Dry with some mild bitterness. Inviting carbonation.

O/D-My first Two Roads experience. This was pretty cool. They put they're own mark on the Saison style. Light, well-hopped and very easy drinking. I will definitely give the rest of Two Roads' brews a shot.

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