Worker's Comp Saison | Two Roads Brewing Company

very good
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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 rdilauro
3.24/5  rDev -16.1%
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 nebula1999
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Barley Vine in Bristol, CT.

Slightly hazy yellow beer with thin white head.

Aroma is fruity and spicy. Tropical fruit and a sharp pepper note. Some hops as well.

Taste is again fruity and spicy, dry. Some citrus in there as well. Lacks a firm maltiness that would make this more enjoyable. But still, not a bad saison. I would pass on it again though.

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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 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 johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a Lazy Dog
Slightly hazy straw color with a smallish but short lived bubbly white head. Spicy yeast esters, light sweet bread faint earthy hops and a touch of funk. Light bits of citrus round this out. Pretty drinkable, not my favorite saison by any means but fairly well made.

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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 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 DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Photo of SmashAdams
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. Honestly this is priobably a more accurate representation of the style than 75% of the saisons you commonly see. yb

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 1.74 (Including tax)/12 oz bottle ($ 0.145/oz) at Max Wine & Spirits, Danbury, CT
Bottle dated 12/04/15 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – weak spice and some yeast phenolics, fades but hangs on until the end of the glass
Head – large (Maximum six cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to irregular seven to ten mm ring and rocky layer
Lacing – poor. Some drag marks from the receding ring
Body – light yellow, hazy, effervescent
Flavor – lightly spicy; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate – light to medium, creamy, lively carbonation

An unremarkable saison, drinkable enough, and certainly priced correctly.

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - a hazy honeyesque yellow color, a scant few streams of carbonation keep a ring alive, all thats left from a thin filmy white head

S - spice notes reminiscient of true Belgian Saisons, clove, nutmeg, corainder and such. Lemony citrine notes as well as candied sugar sweetness.

T - This much hops was not evidenced in the aroma. A decent hop profile arises and surprises. Balanced nicely by the aforementioned candied sugar qualities.

M&D&O - a decent sessionable saison style beer, representative of the American Saison. Noticeably lacking the funk a true saison, but a tasty beer in the styles American form nonetheless. A good start to a new CT BreweryA

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Photo of horsehead717
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pale, hazy yellow; lots of head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma: Coriander, pineapple, pilsner malt, pepper, very faint barnyard.

Taste: Lemon, pepper; pilsner-like aftertaste, but with more hops.

Mouth-feel: Light; lots of carbonation; slightly dry.

Comments: A nice, refreshing beer for a spring or summer day. I think I'll have another. Oh, it's only 4.8%; I guess I'll have two more.

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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 BMFR1811
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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,


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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives headless so the clear golden liquid looks more like juice than beer

Smell: Rather fruity and spicy, with lychee, papaya, white pepper and clove tones

Taste: Bready, up front, with the fruits arriving first and the spices coming later; after the swallow, the beer gets very spicy

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with rather low carbonation

Overall: The flavors of this beer were rather good and I really enjoyed the spice character; the mouthfeel was a disappointment but perhaps this was an isolated batch

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Photo of anthony23cippy
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 6 pack that had bottled on date 12/24/15 into a pint glass. Pours a straw yellow that is quite hazy looks like a lager very nearly. A one finger head with a little lacing. Smell is of, at first almost a Bavarian banana yeast like smell, then the peppercorn esque smell hits, and a mix of orange peel and maybe a hint of clove. The taste is mostly of the peppercorn clove mixture, but you can really taste the flavor the rye profile imparts. Mouth feel is a little thinner than some farmhouses I've had, but the carbonation is especially bubbly in this one. Overall a pretty drinkable beer something you'd take ice fishing, not something I'd go out of my way to get like some of the farmhouses at Oxbow here in ME. 3.65/5

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, slightly hazed, maize-gold coloring with a steady dose of carbonation throughout the body and a fluffy, light, bright white head that starts around a half an inch and settles into an uneven surface coating. Aromas of toasted grains, floral highlights, coriander, all spice, grains of paradise, hints of bubblegum, and a touch of honey sweetness. Flavors are very roasty/toasty forward, with a very dry feel. Toasted corn, tangy honey sweetness, and a strong spice blend provide a robust flavor profile. The body is light, and slightly effervescent with the carbonation, providing an amplification of the initial dry feel. Slightly astringent, floral and tangy sweet aftertaste, with a touch of resiny characteristics. Dry, slightly sharp finish, with a linger to the spicing. Interesting brew. Very crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, BTLD 10/16/15.

Straw colored and hazy with a large fluffy white head. Big lemon citrus aroma with peppery spice. The flavor is all about the citrus and spice as well. Dry and bitter finish. Medium-light bodied and a bit on the thin/watery side, which is really unfortunate. It is refreshing, but I would have liked a little more body and complexity.

I really like what I've had from Two Roads so far. But this one wasn't on par with some of their better offerings. Still, a very inoffensive beer, just on the light end of how I like my saisons.

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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 MacMalt
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Flounder57
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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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 Durge
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very pale yellow color with virtually no bubble activity going on, looking almost like a urine sample. The white head quickly dissipates to just a flimsy few scraps floating around on top and minimal lacing. The nose picks up a pilsner-esque wheat/cereal grain with a skunky oak edge. The flavor delivers a relatively light cereal grain, skunky bread, almond and light lemon-rice. It's a solid theme that goes down easily. The body is medium-light and the feel is effervescent and very refreshing. Though the looks are pedestrian at best, the flavor and feel makes this an easily recommended lawn mower choice with personality.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Banana and clove forward. Some honey like sweetness in the mid palate. Cracker malt dryness. Has a good body to it. Finished short, light and slightly bitter. Not the best, not the worst.

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

Bottle picked up locally and enjoyed from a two roads snifter.
Bottle on 2/28

a - brew pours a transparent straw yellow with a thin fizzy head that fizzed away quickly.

s - nose is fairly classic to style. Grassy bubble gum.

t - taste follows suit and is a bit earthy to me at first but as I sip I get more of the bubblegum and sweetness. The flavor seems to toggle back and forth between these two experiences. Some soft white pepper or clove type notes round things out.

m - easy drinker a bit dry.

o - overall a very to style saison, that being said, not all that memorable. Not bad, not great. Good.

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