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Worker's Comp Saison | Two Roads Brewing Company

very good
77 Reviews
Worker's Comp SaisonWorker's Comp Saison

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).

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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 i4ourgot
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
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 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%

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 PatrickCT
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
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 Hibernator
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Two Roads Worker's Comp Saison
12 oz. brown bottle
Bottled 12/05/14
Served in a 20 oz glass

I was in Connecticut today and picked up two six packs of Two Roads. The Worker's Comp Saison pours a hazy yellow with a bleached colored white head that turns to a circle.

Nice aroma of spices and fermented fruits.

Each sip if fruity with hints of peaches and mango. The beer has that distinctive Belgian yeast flare associated with this style. There is also a black pepper bite and dry chalk quality on the finish. This is a very thirst quenching and drinkable offering. A nice beer that I will need to revisit in the warmer weather.

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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 GFM
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into pint glass. Pours a hazy pale yellow. Ephemeral thin head and virtually no lacing. Fruity, yeasty scent. Crisp carbonated feel. Initial fruit flavor (a little like pear to me) yields to clove aftertaste. This seems like a well-executed example of the style but with nothing to make it exceptional. That being said, in the interest of full disclosure, saison is not my style of choice and I sampled this a little out of season. (7.5)

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

I love a good Saison, and this one fits the bill. It's dark in color and full in flavor, but it isn't quite as strong as some other saisons are in terms of spice or hop. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but it does stand out compared to other saisons in that regard.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: cloudy; SRM 5-6; 1 finger pillowy white head that receded to a thin collar; very nice lacing;

S: banana, coriander;

T: a bit of banana up front; from mid-palate on, tart and lemony; coriander in the background; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; carbonation is a little tingly; dry finish;

O: refreshing; a great value;

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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 Gajo74
4.56/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look-Pours a pale straw color, hazy, with a thin white lace.Had it in a tulip glass.
Aroma- fruity and citric with a hint of cherries, lemon, and honey.
Taste- similar to the aroma; citrus like (lemon) fruity (cherry) and honey. The finish feels like a white wine.
Feel- feels great in your mouth! Perhaps my favorite attribute. A light body with medium to light carbonation that nevertheless produces a lovely tingle in your mouth. Crisp and refreshing. I would use this as mouthwash if it were socially acceptable! ;)
Overall- I loved it and will get again!

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Photo of stb08007
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured out of bottle and into pint glass.
A: Pale, golden and relatively clear. Aggressive stream of bubbling carbonation. 1/2 inch head dissipates to a few mm size that holds through the rest of the glass. Mild lacing that left nothing on the glass when the beer was finished.
S: Sweet and fruity, lemon, and some (specific as I can be) spices.
T: Sweet and bready. A tangy tartness on the sides of the tongue, tastes like lemons. Mild bitterness that lingers for just a few seconds after swallowing, and then leaves the palate feeling clean.
M: Thin to medium, definitely not watery. Medium carbonation.
O: This beer was very refreshing and crisp, especially after each swallow. The lighter body made it very drinkable. I'd say it's sessionable, but with enough complexity to make it interesting. Perfect for a year round offering, as I could enjoy it as a refresher on a sweltering summer afternoon, or just anytime I'm in the mood for something drinkable, crisp and tantalizing to the senses. This is often a go-to for me as a CT local because of it's availability and versatility.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a White Birch flute.

The color is a copper/yellow with two fingers of foamy white head. There is a high amount of carbonation and leaves a thick layer of webbie lacing.

The smell is filled with an ever present banana aroma. There is touches of wheat and slight hints of figs.

The taste is fruity as expected from the preview of the aroma. The taste follows along with the aroma and has a great banana flavor that is the big feature here. Cotton candy seems to be another flavor that comes on surprisingly and melds well with the fruit flavor. There are some touches of clove and coriander in the far back.

The feel of this beer has a light body and is pretty smooth. It goes down easy and has a real good drinkable feel to it. I had finished a glass without realizing it and then was looking for more.

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Photo of BMFR1811
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
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 TippedMixology
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Literally right across the street from where I work in CT... worth a taste?

Appearance - I love the way saisons look... slightly cloudy, golden honey. This one is spot on. One finger of head on a pour.

Smell - I get the yeast smell right off the bat with a slightly fruity almost raspberry/strawberry note. Well balanced.

Taste - Slightly more hop presence than I'm used to, but well balanced. Not as much yeast as other saisons, but has a good malty quality with some of those bright berries I mentioned during the smell. Finishes bitter, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel - Medium carb. Coats the mouth well and fully hits all taste buds. Very nice!

Overall - Not my first choice for a saison, but I'd have this one again. Drink local!

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Photo of ColdOneKev
4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Poured a 12oz bottle into a small snifter. Hazy, straw body. Thin white head develops and fades quickly. Little lacing.

S - Amazing. Strong fresh ground pepper.

T - Follows the nose with pepper, but it is complimented by sweetness, ripe banana, ever so light malt. They've got a winner of a yeast strain here.

M - Medium body, but highly carbed so it moves past the palate. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Dries out between tastes.

O - it might just be my progression into the Saison category, but I am really into this beer. It has a ton of flavor and complexity for a beer weighing in at 4.8%. Definitely try this one.

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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 u2carew
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Hazy straw colored body. Tight lacing at the edge of the glass and on the drink down.
S) Hints of clove, banana. Not overly aromatic.
T) Lemon. Subtle spices - Coriander, clove. Nutty, grainy finish.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Quite smooth.
O) A tasty saison. Very drinkable. I'd definitely have another one.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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 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 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 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 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 Teleweizen2
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Workers comp

A - hazy pale straw yellow. Tightly packed pearly white head of foam.

S - the nose is bright and fruity. Tart green apple, pears and juicy orange pulp. Hints of bananas as well. Faint notes of green herbs, black peppercorns on a base of crispy cereal.

T - dry, earthy and grainy on the tip of the tongue. Racy acidity lights up the palate. The juicy center reveals lively fruit esters found on the nose. Granny smith apples and prickly pears with a soft underlying citrus bitterness. Finish is soft and dry while the balancing bitterness lingers.

M - lighter side of medium body. Rounded and creamy feel. Tight bubbles from a medium carbonation.

O - an impressive beer from two roads. A very flavorful beer at a low abv. I will be looking for more by this brewery for sure.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I think this a great beer to be introduced to Two Roads with. First the appearance is nice with a light hazel color to it. The smell is great with the wheat being center stage, but you also get a tiny bit of citrus and as crazy as it sounds, a little bit of banana. The taste is just as good as the smell. It's light so it's not that filling but has a ton of wheat flavor to it. I also like the fact that the Saison is a rare choice for breweries to start with and be a staple of what they make. Great beer for a decent price, would definitely recommend.

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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
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