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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
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 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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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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4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Ciocanelu
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of dcmchew
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Shiny yellow, a bit hazy, small white head that sticks around quite a bit.
Nice fruity smell, orchard and tropical mix, with apple, pear, lychee, yellow cherry, lemon. Fragrant herbs, light grass, flowers, peppercorn, bit of honey.
Fruity and lightly bready from start to finish, with soft citrus, banana, crunchy yellow apple, pear compote, fluffy breadcrumbs, faint lemon zest. Nice and, again, soft Belgian yeasts, with some peppercorn, coriander seed, faint clove, peppermint. Light grassy hops in the finish, still fruity, with a nice semi-dry white wine finish.
Light body, medium carbonation. Plenty refreshing, aftertaste is mild, with some yeast, herbs and some lingering blond fruit.
Really soft, balanced and rewarding, extremely easy to drink and has a nice appeal. A 0.75l bottle would have helped me.. elaborate some more.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -9.8%
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 millerbuffoon
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was up to NYC a little over a month ago to visit the wondrous JenRay while she was in town for work and we happened upon several bottles at a Whole Foods Market where I picked up some of Two Roads' offerings.

From the bottle: "Pale Refreshing Farmhouse Style Ale"; "Traditional End-of-Day Reward"; "The Road Less Traveled"; "Dry Refreshing Farmhouse Style Ale"; "Saisons were originally created to compensate Belgian farm workers. Give your taste buds a raise with this pale and refreshing Saison made with a blend of harvest grains - barley, wheat, oats and rye."; "Here's to taking the road less traveled, in life and in beer!"

I began my pour in an aggro manner, but I had to quickly back off when a massive amount of head began to form, threatening to overflow my glass. I could only watch as it slowly settled into a massive, puffy two fingers of bone-white head with great retention. The beer itself looked like liquid sunshine (SRM = > 2, < 4) in the glass with just a mild chill haze. The total effect was that of lemon meringue pie. The nose smelled like Juicyfruit gum laced with black pepper! Very fruiy and yet very spicy at the same time. Mouthfeel was a little on the thin side, but man, the black pepper bite was immediate on the tongue. The fruitiness that I noted on the nose translated to more of a perfume-y flavor in the mouth, more flower than fruit. Finish was bone-dry with the peppery flavor really sucking the air out of my mouth. I will readily cop to being a hophead and as such, I usually disdain this style of beer, but in this case, I was really digging it. I think that the dry peppery aspect was what I really liked.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
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 Gkruszewski
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | 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 507 ratings.
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