Worker's Comp Saison | Two Roads Brewing Company

very good
506 Ratings
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 digitalflood
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ajdemma
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mike22ne
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucular
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Mit09
5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear glass mug. April bottling date on bottle neck.

A: Very clear slightly Amber golden with short cap of off-white head that left little to no lacing.

S: A little funky earthiness with lighter bubblegum and phenolic notes. Pils malt graininess contributes some bready and the rye provides some earthy toasty notes. With all this said, this smells like a Wyeast 3711 French Saison based beer.

T: Solid malt graininess with some herbal, earthy malt which segues nicely into the hopping with is also herbal, and earthy with a light floral touch. A middling amount of yeast character, again which, to me, has 3711 written all over it with the light phenols and relatively tame yeast contribution. Light bitterness.

M: This feels like a 3711 beer too -- substantial early and mid-palate body with a medium-dry finish that is crisp and very enjoyable. High carbonation overall.

O: Nothing wrong with this sessionable saison -- just a little more interesting yeast character and I think this recipe could shine even more.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow,orange color with medium carbonation. Aroma of yeast,spice,fruit peel and a bit of hops and malt. This beer has a lot of different things going on but it works and makes for a really easy beer to enjoy. Has a bit of a bite and sharp peppery after taste but reasonable and doesnt ruin the beer. Definitely enjoyed this one

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a tulip. The appearance was a hazy golden color with a one finger white foamy head that quickly concaves to leave a film of a cap of a head. Lacing is mostly few and far between. The smell had some light of tropical fruit, and peppery spice. After a bit of warming, there’s some rye malt. The taste was basically the same with an added sweet breadiness intertwining and leading into the aftertaste. There’s a dry finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light allowing the spice to hit a bit harder for the harshness level of this beer. Overall, whoah, better than expected from Two Roads. I’d have this again, nice saison leaning to the spicier side of the wheelhouse.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cambabeer
3.94/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wander4
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
4.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle. Really enjoyed this one and will seek out again! Like the description says, it's wheaty and a little fruity sour/spicy.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Sixer purchased for $8.99 plus tax and tip at a beer distributor in New York City.

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Pry-off crown cap. Label is white, maroon, and green.

Farmhouse style ale. "Made with a blend of harvest grains -- barley, wheat, oats and rye." No bottled-on date.

APPEARANCE: Body is a dull pale copper, far from inviting, and lacking the usual saison haze. Indeed, it's transparent and translucent. No sediment is visible within (in this case, to its detriment). Head is white in colour and light and airy. Head retention is good - ~5 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

AROMA: A little starchy from the oats and flaked wheat. No rye spice; I assume 10-20% maximum of the grain bill was comprised of rye malt. Aside from its graininess, all I find is a grassy hop character and dry wheat aromatics.

Aroma suggests a dry table saison with a true-to-style grainy backbone but no brettanomyces funkiness, intricate spicing, or the like. It's not on par with the aromas of most Fantome and Dupont expressions of the style (or American greats from the likes of Prairie and Ommegang), but given what they're going for - a table saison akin to those Belgian workers might have quaffed in years past - it seems appropriate.

Aromatic intensity is above average. More expressiveness and complexity would be nice, but it's inviting enough.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Not as dry as the aroma suggested, but definitely on that side of the spectrum with some scratchy coarseness in there too. Still wet enough to be refreshing, but more dryness would help coax out more of the crackly grain flavour they seem to be committing to.

Speaking of which, this beer boasts a nice grainy backbone, hitting on classic notes of flaked wheat and barley (probably 6-row if I had to guess). Boasts a medium to full body. There's no subtle spiciness to give away the rye malt, but there's something in the slightly spicy slightly doughy yeast flavours that seems to synergize well with rye.

Hop profile is mostly grassy but a little floral. It's overhopped by traditional Belgian conventions, but far from egregiously so compared to most American attempts at the saison style.

No farmhouse notes (hay/straw, barnyard, cedar, etc.) are detectable, nor is any overt brettanomyces funkiness. Lacks the intricate spice profile you'd find in a fine Fantome or the subtly milky flavour you'd find in Dupont's expressions, but it does throw out some subtle clove, peppercorn, and allspice.

Unbalanced but not imbalanced. It lacks a gestalt cohesion of build, never quite coming together to feel like a seamless whole of a beer. I do like it, but there's ample room for improvement in terms of subtlety, depth of flavour, and complexity.

OVERALL: A drinkable table saison that would pair well with food. Rustic enough to make it worth trying once, but here in the New York market it's up against Ommegang, in the national market it's up against Jester King, Prairie, and the like, and internationally its competition is obvious (France and Belgium alone have breweries doing this far better). I guess I could say it's the best saison I can remember having from Connecticut, for whatever that's worth. Not a beer I'd buy again even at its relatively fair $10ish net cost per 6 pack, but I'll enjoy finishing the six pack with food and I do like the starchy oat-forward taste coupled with the dry mouthfeel. Based on the relative strength of this brew, I'd happily try more saison style ales from Two Roads.

Low B- (3.28) / WORTHY

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Photo of keithmurray
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - hazy golden colored body with white head

Smell - ginger, coriander, clove, lemon, yeast, lemongrass

Taste - lemongrass, ginger, clove, coriander, lemon

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, citrus burst upfront, ginger/clove in the finish

Overall - Not quite to the level of a Hennepin/Tank 7, but very well done saison here, worthy of a re-visit

Price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lovindahops
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MacMalt
3.69/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this on draught in a restaurant. It was served in a pint glass. It pours a hazy, golden-straw color with one finger of foamy, bright white head and lacing with good retention through the pour. It was served rather cold and the smell was really subdued. As the glass warmed, I discerned some coriander and clove but it wasn't fragrant. The serving temperature also affected the taste. It is primarily yeast, lemon peel, and clove and coriander. It lacked banana and pepper. It is crisp and dry with lively carbonation and at only 4.8% ABV the alcohol isn't a problem. Overall, I thought Worker's Comp is rather bland, lacking the sharp fruit and spice tastes I enjoy in a Saison. It's simply not comparable to the leaders of the style such as Hennepin, Tank 7, Sofie, and many others.

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Photo of dar482
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a pale amber color.

The aroma is fruit forward with pineapple and orange, sweet pear, clove, banana, grainy sweetness, mango, a beautiful bouquet.

The flavor follows with a whisper of mango, lots of orange peel, a gentle sweetness, onto a wheat and crackery malt, onto clove and pepper, with a dry finish. Carbonation is a bit lively. Mouthfeel is a lightly prickly

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Photo of Ryan_DelMastro
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Iski100
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
3.87 out of 5 based on 506 ratings.
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