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 metter98
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
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%
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 -1%
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 +4.7%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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 socon67
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy golden color. High white foam head with great retention. Minimal lacing.

S - Notes of banana, cloves, and a bit if bubblegum. Very similar to a Belgian style.

T - Crisp and refreshing saison. Some spice notes initially. Light grains and a mild hop presence make this a very clean tasting beer.

M - Easily sessionable and leaves a bit of a raspy grate on the tongue. Light body to the beer, and pairs well with just about anything.

O - Really good beer and one of the best saisons domestically.

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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 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 joesmithrealname
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tulip Glass from a bottle

A: Clear and darkly golden. Loosely bubbled white head. Not as dense as other Belgian heads, IMO.
Very active in the glass! (Bottle conditioned?) Head dissipated quickly, but, a small cap remained.

S:Best part for me! the smell was so fruity, flowery, and fragrant!

T: Spicy, spicy enough to make me say "Hmmm...spicy!" Tastes great.

M: Watery when cold, but, at room temp, it was just syrupy enough to follow the form of the style.

O: Had this on tap two weeks ago, and was glad to find this sixer. A fan of the Saison style, I can say this is a welcome addition to my arsenal!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BTVflatlander
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Unibroue pint.

A: Clear and golden. Fantastic white head.

S: Very Belgian, yeast, clove, coriander.

T: Akin to the smell above. Much more spice heavy than any other saison I've had. Give's the illusion of being higher in alcohol content despite its sub-5% nature.

M: Crisp, clean, refreshing.

O: I must admit I was both pleasantly surprised and rather suspicious when I heard about Two Roads' work in Stratford. Having had two of their bottled offerings, I must say I am pleasantly surprised. At almost $10 a sixer, however, it is only Worker's Comp that I will return to in the future.

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Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught: This one pours a hazy straw yellow color. There was about a finger of a foamy head that lingered awhile and left some good lacing. The nose is good: mainly peppery and some spices (clove?) with some wheat. Also notes of some faint fruits. The taste is pretty good. Fairly typical of decent saison. Wheat, some fruits, grassy, no real sweetness, spices. Definitely worth having another one.

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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 cdicanio
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours foamy, but settles without much head. There is a robust clove taste, but it's not overpowering, compared to how it can be with many winter ales. There is no sweetness to this beer; it's crisp with a pleasant mouthfeel and an almost buttery clove flavor.

I'd pair it with any grilled meat, as the crispness pairs well with some charring. It also would be paired well with something spicy, e.g. chiles poblanos or peppery chicken.

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Photo of dpianka
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

date of tasting: 3/19/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Worker’s Comp
brewery: Two Roads
type: Ale
style: Farmhouse Ale
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 45

Appearance: color is similar to a honeycomb or canola oil. Head froths up quick, yet dissipated just as quickly, it was thin and ended up looking like barely beaten egg white. Bubbles are few and sit around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Like a farmhouse. Sweet, slight herbal, almost shampoo like. A bit of pine and hibiscus. Not bad balance slightly more hops which is what I would expect for the style.

Taste: apple sauce really quick up front then flowery-hibiscus, slight rose and heavy clove.Hops are there yet not huge, good balance.

Mouthfeel: Not bad, neither smooth nor coarse. Slightly dry and medium to heavy bodied. tingly lingering carbonation that traps that flavor in and lingers on the tongue.

Overall Impression: Not bad, the clove was huge but not unpleasant. Just different I suppose. A good beer overall. I could see myself drinking this watching the snow melt and waiting for Spring to come.

Food Pairing: hotdogs with relish. Taleggio cheese and parmigianno crackers. Grilled swordfish. For dessert, rum braised mango and some kind of vanilla cream

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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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4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a traditional pint

Appearance was nice straw gold with a slight orange hue to it

Smell had nice spicy phenols. Slight pepper note as well. Good citrus notes. Good pilsner malt smell

Taste is very thirst quenching and dry. Typical for the saison style. Citrus with spice and pepper notes

Mouthfeel is smooth to light cream with a sharp bite to the tongue that lingers.

Overall a very refreshing highly phenolic brew. Glad to have this available year round. Can't wait it crack one open during warmer months

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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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Photo of Sam21
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip. No bottle date.

A- Clear golden body with a creamy white head. Retention is okay with some lacing.

S- Simple, yet appetizing. Subtle fleshy pineapple and mango mix with light citrus fruits, Belgian yeast bubblegum, and spice. The rye is noticeable, adding a subtle tone to the back.

T- Light pineapple, mango, and orange begin. The transition into the finish is clean, sweet, and features a wonderful balance of spice. The flavor profile is nicely structured, simple, and balanced. I can only imagine that this is what a saison is meant to be, in a more traditional sense.

MF- Medium-bodied, creamy, and smooth. The oats definitely show their face in the mouthfeel adding a wonderfully appealing round body.

O- This is a great saison for what it is. This is a drinkable, approachable, and balanced beer. It features all of the classic characteristics of a saison with the drinkability that is often lost on ABV. I really enjoyed this beer and feel that Two Roads really hit their mark.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.56/5  rDev +18.1%
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.


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

The new guys in town. Poured from a bottle into a tulip. The beer is a light golden straw color with just a little bit of haze. Not much head, though; what's there is white and leaves a bit of lacing. The smell is quite nice. Flowery, hay, some sweet fruit, and a little of that yeasty funk.

The taste is a bit spicier that I'd expected. Cracked pepper? A definite nice grainy bitterness that combines nicely with the Belgian yeast sweetness. Toasted white bread. A little bit of funk. Some noticeable fruity hops, too. Very nicely balanced. Mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium.

The word on the street is that this beer packs a lot of flavor for a low ABV, and I find that opinion to be justified. It'll make a really nice summer outdoor brew.

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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 DrinkSlurm
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Thads324
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale yellow, much like an aal with a thin white head. Perfectly clear. Fizz disappears to nothing very quickly.

Aroma is heavy on Belgian yeast, faint black pepper, fresh grass of an open meadow, cane syrup, and a very tiny bit of musky mushroom. Strong aroma all around, very nice.

Starts a bit light, then comes a sharp wheaty and yeasty dance off. Husky grains and light flavors of honey malt. A bit of pepper, grass, and spring greens. Finish is sharp, leaving no aftertaste.

Light bodied and well carbonated. Dry finish.

A pretty good saison that would better suit a late spring day or summer evening. Not bad at all.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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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Worker's Comp Saison from Two Roads Brewing Company
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