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 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 dar482
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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 Act25
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two Roads rarely lets us down. This saison (I'm fan of brewer and style) is great example of their work.
A solid 4. Try 6.
Complex for such as simple beer, as saison should be.

A: Bright, hazed, golden color, steady pinpoint carbonation, only a bit of head retention and lace.

S: Clean medicine cabinet aromas, bandaids and alcohol elixirs, mango, nuts, herbs, and overripe stone fruit.

T: Clean dive, mildly grassy, spicy, herbal, mild bubble gum and bandaids, white crackers, lemongrass, pepper, faint alcohol, drying finish.

F: Nice crispness, moderate-size body, prickly and refreshing. Perfect first beer of evening. Out punches its weight class.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A delicious hazy, golden, yeasty, and bubbly farm ale. Complex flavors that go down smooth. Refreshing, fruity thirst quencher with light spice notes.

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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 illpass78
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a bright, hazy straw/gold. Huge white head - bottle might've been shaken. White lacing left behind.

Aroma: Pepper, rye, fruit, a bit of spice, clove. Some malt sweetness.

Taste: Very flavorful saison. The peppery rye is there and so are melons and pineapples. Dry, spicy kick. Tasty.

Mouthfeel: Very easy on the palate. Moderate hop bitterness, dry finish. Fairly light of body.

Overall: Very nice take on the saison style. Looking forward to pairing the rest of the six pack with different meals; had this one with a tempeh BLT while watching the Bruins get destroyed.

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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 Nachojon
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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 puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled on 02/03/2016. Sampled on February 20, 2016. 17 days fresh.

There is a slightly foggy yellow pour with a modest white foamy head.

Loads of aromatic character including Belgian yeast, toasted barley grain, tropical fruit, and mild spice.

Medium body.

The taste definitely starts out with a toasted grain character but then the tropical fruit steps in and then it ends with a slight spicy bite at the end.

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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 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 Dentist666
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip.
Pours hazy amber beer with thick rocky white head, nice retention.
Smell - fruity, spicy, yeasty.
Taste - nice estery and spicy belgian yeasts, orange peel.
Very good, refreshing and drinkable attempt.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light lemony yellow in a tulip glass, short fizzy looking head.

Smells mostly of belgian yeast, tart, peppery?

Getting a taste of belgian yeast, dry tartness, bit of citrus.

Great session beer.

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3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another pick up from Beer Noggin in Bronxville, NY...around the the look...smells like spices...and fruit (very light though). Wish I had a few more when I was finished. Good feeling. Drank cold at 37 degrees.

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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 farrago
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head, less than a finger, airy, bright white color, weak retention, sizzles off quickly, close to no stickiness in the lacing as well. There’s a very mild gauzy quality to the liquid which turns not impair its transparency but does add to a warm glow, a washed out orange rust water hue, large number of bigger bubbles fill the glass from side to side. The nose begins with a swipe of hard sourdough pretzels, salt, white pepper, and clove, pulped and dried lemons, has a lot of punch to it, might be easy to miss the apricot fruit and floral underpinnings, baseball card bubblegum, really nice staying power in the nostrils. Medium-bodied, it is dry and highly carbonated which gives it presence and length. Plenty of clove, nutmeg, pepper and more sour rye breadiness with an element of damp metallic earth and charred campfire wood. The florality here does a good job of filling out the mid-palate. however, the white pit fruit does not click, at times you get more banana. The citrus seems to take a step back in favor of more autumnal leafiness. The dryness keeps the finish restrained and succinct, tingly. Styled for the dinner table, not out to create a fireworks show in your mouth.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

-duvel chalice. Btld 04.17.15. Consumed 10.12.15.

A: An every growing dull white head mushrooms breaching the rim, spawning over a light, tawny orange body of translucent quality. A heavy, explosive rage of effervesce is rapid and glass consuming. Head retention is full lasting with a soapy, splashy calling card on the vessel.

S: Musty basement and oranges on the nose, dry straw with a moderate level of awareness.

T: Musty orange, musty fruit of honey dew, sweet apricot, and apples. Banana yeastiness, citrus, grapes, tint of watermelon and wheat. Juicy lemon citrus tang followed by a hint of dry grapefruit peel and peppery flair on the finish.

M: Very crisp mouthful, strong carbonation presence, medium body, creamy feel, tart and peppery warmth.

O: Fruity, funky, good complexity, with a nice fullness. Sharp carbonation. very good.

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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 mikeg67
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy light golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of funky yeast, bready malt, and spices. Body is medium and crisp. Funky yeast, wheat malt, herbal hops and spices fill the mouth. Finish is long and spicy. Nice session brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
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 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 NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
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 JohnGray
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pilsner glass: head is huge!, but dissipates to a mere 2 inches, mixed bubble size, some lacing; color is copper, opaque and fuzzy.

Smell is dry, earthy, maybe even metallic or some light horse blanket aromas.

Taste is different than the aroma leads to believe, cleaner less funkiness, nice rye/wheat/oat presence, good phenols/esters from the yeast, but not extreme. Very pleasant and drinkable flavors.

Mouthfeel is very good, a fuller presence and less dry than most saisons but not sweet like poorly fermented versions.

Overall, a very good tasting, interesting smelling saison with a unique and full finish.

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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
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