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Worker's Comp Saison | Two Roads Brewing Company

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86
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Worker's Comp SaisonWorker's Comp Saison
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States | website

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).

Added by Gambrinus1184 on 12-23-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
77
Ratings:
469
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.43%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
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 brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 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 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 Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
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 dcmchew
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 smcolw
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
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 woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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 johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
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 GarthDanielson
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
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 puboflyons
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
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 beerthulhu
3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
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 DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
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 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 Jwale73
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Durge
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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 cosmicevan
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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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Photo of jaxon53
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally some more beer from Connecticut. Served to me in a tulip, at New York Pizza in Plainfield. Let's see what Two Roads has to offer...

A: Two Roads Workers Comp Saison pours out a bright, slightly hazy golden yellow color. Looks like quite a lively beer, tons of bubbles were floating to the top of the glass. Poured from a tap this beer yields about a finger and a half of bright white, bubbly head. Head is short lived. Fades into a small white ring around the glass.

S: Nice fresh floral aromas. Grassy hop presence hidden behind some pepper and sweet malt. Hints of rye. A little yeast mixes in to round out the nose.

T: Mimics the nose pretty well. Faint citrusy fruit with some light notes of pepper. A touch of hops hit the tongue for a second. The malt flavors don't really stand up to the other flavors, but does offer a bit of balancing sweetness. Spicy.

M: Just about medium bodied. Crisp and dry. Light and easy to drink at 4.8 percent ABV.

O: Not too bad. Tasty, above average brew. I'll take the road less traveled 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 DrinkSlurm
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Pours a golden clear with about 2 fingers of head. Nice bunky belgian farm aroma, slightly fruity. Nice and dry finish. Overall, a nice drinkable saison. Easy and mild. A tad thin and generic, but a nice intro to farmhouse.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

Very complex for its size, perhaps one of the most complex session ales we’ve run into this year. Very much a Saison, and a super drinkable one at that. Two Roads seems to be hitting all of the right marks; highly recommended.

STYLE: Saison / Farmhouse Ale
ABV: 4.8%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Brilliant golden color, amazing showing of lace

SMELL: Clean graininess, medicinal phenols, faint mango, walnuts, herbal, stone fruit

TASTE: Perfect crispness, moderate-size body, mildly grassy, spicy, herbal, mild bubble gum, persimmons, crackers, lemongrass, peppercorns, faint alcohol, drying finish

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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.

Cheers!

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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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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
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