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Saison Voisin - Brasserie Des Légendes

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BA SCORE
76
okay

170 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Légendes visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 09-08-2003)
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Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian Saison sitting patiently in my fridge for about a year. Brewed in the medieval castle of Irchonwelz. Though the BA Site lists this brew at 5%ABV it reads on the bottle 6%.

Poured into a Saison Dupont glass. A huge, fierce, crackling white head forms with hundreds of craters opening up and condensing into the foam. Orange/tawny brown in color. Excellent retention and bubbly lace.

Aroma is sweet, bready, yeasty. Appetizing. Light hay and barnyard elements.

Mild tartness with a lot of hop flavor. Super clean and drying. With the sting of viscousity is a soft fruity flavor. Bitterness is still there after all this time. Pale malt body. Poured some of the yeasty sediment in halfway, adding a more complex touch to the beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry finish and generally makes me want to take another sip rapidly.

A very enjoyable beer that I wish was more widely available. Got this through the mail from a Belgian beer site in 2009.

Stinkypuss, Oct 06, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison is one of my favorite styles of beer to drink in spring,this is a lighter version of the style.Poured a honey/golden with a fluffy two finger white head that suprisingly left no lace behind as it came down.Mainly Belgian yeast in the aroma somewhat phenolic with some herbalness.Not a complex beer by any means somewhat sweet honey-like flavors somewhat yeasty finishing herbal.A decent beer beer if not complex a simple beer,pretty easy to drink.

oberon, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of Todd
2.68/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

33cl brown bottle. Murky dirty peach in color, topped with a pure white tightly foamed lace and ring. Slight stick to the glass, healthy retention.

Clean aroma, hints of spice and yeast with a pleasant caramel note with suggestions of raw candi sugar.

Smooth and watery. Dry, crisp and sharp on the palate. A bit creamy from the lively and spritzy carbonation. Citric smack, grapefruit rind-like with some medicinal phenols and hints of nondescript spicing in the back. Some raw semi-astringent grassy characters in the hop bitterness, while a sweet-ish toasty caramel malt character ebbs, and a raw yeasty note throws in some soft breadiness and coarsness. Gets sweeter as the beer warms, more of a pronounced toastiness, but it still remains in the background. A very bone dry finish with a powdery feel on the palate leaves the experience thirsting for something more. Tannins are noticeable.

Kind of pleasant, but more boring. Seems to lack balance and depth of character, with a flash of hop zest and some caramel maltiness being the only highlights.

Todd, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

GreenMountainBoy, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2010)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

A murky and hazy dark brown and orange. Two finger off white head. Some spotted lacing down the glass.

This smells EXACTLY like Martinell's Apple Juice, which is fine...for apple juice, but not a saison. No complexity, no funk, no barnyard, no hops, no yeast...just apple juice.

This beer tastes of dirt (earth?), apples, some slight tang from the yeast, grains, and muddy hop bitterness. Nothing mixes particularly well together, though it isn't at all bad.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, a touch sharp and metallic, and not particularly drinkable, especially for a saison. I usually find myself gulping saisons and wondering how my glass ended up empty so quickly--this one is taking a while.

Not any better than average saison. I wouldn't recommend this, though it might pair well with salty food.

ehammond1, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of ADR
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fairly dark orange color, grading into almost a brown. Respectable head, tall and rocky and leaving decently complete lacing. Not very aromatic, slightly spiced and vaguely estery with a light lemon sense. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation almost at a high level. Flavor rushes right past any malt impression whatsoever, settles into a steely metallic almost dandelion bitterness. Through all of this is a very light body, not adding any interest. Like a somewhat bitter iced tea after all the ice has melted on a hot summer day. Slightly dry finish. I'm just not a fan of this one.

ADR, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not too bad. Quite a bity of peppery alcohol, especially considering its only 5%, quite citrusy (orange peel?), with a salty, bitter-ish finish, i found it quite dry. Lightly acidic. The palate felt a bit thin and short at times, but it wasn't bad, medium bitterness on the finish.

rastaman, Sep 08, 2003
Photo of Schlafly33
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Schlafly33, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of jbphoto88
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy terracotta orange with a fast to fade off white head. Not a bad start. The retention isn't great leaving a bubble pattern that resembles a single ice cube after it's melted in some iced tea.

The scent is slightly fruity leaning more towards a green apple mixed with some lemons. A whiff of malt is there but scarce.

Taste is malty with a hint of the same notes the nose has. A little cidery with a light touch of toffee. Clean, very crisp all accented by a tart aggressive carbonation and mild spice.

The carbonation is a little much for me as it makes the beer feel and slightly taste like a soda water rather then a brew. I do like the sweet flavors that move to a nice dryness. An ok beer but not a great one.

jbphoto88, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Aberration
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Good ol' Pint Glass.

A: Hazy amber coloration, fleeting head.

S: Smells faintly of apple to me. I'd call it apple+brown ale.

T: Tastes like it smells, apple infused ale. I had this standalone and with some pork ribs...and let me just say that it really went much better with food than it did alone. Great compliment to pork in my opinion.

M: A little bubbly, easy drinking ale. Nothing too special here

Overall: Wasn't thoroughly impressed by this offering, but it certainly wasn't bad. Great to pair food with, and maybe a good session beer, and even a lawnmower-esque beer.

Aberration, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of watermelonman
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured to an orange and amber color with a minor head. Lace is minimal.

The smell is of pale malts, citrus, and yeast flavors. The taste is very plain, with the malt and citrus coming through up front and lasting through the finish. Interesting mixes of fruits and spices are absent. The mouthfeel is pretty light but still decent. Drinkability is fine, except there isn't much reason to drink it.

watermelonman, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of Aml42000
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Dark hazy gold with a fluffy white head.

S- Cinammon and ginger are out in front. Very unusual for a Saison.

T- Malty and a bit medicinal. Developed more herbal/biscuit notes as it warmed up. Bitter finish- not in the way I like.

M- Austere and full of minerals on the aftertaste. Full of hard edges and a bit challenging to enjoy.

O- A very strange Saison. Not one of the better ones I've tasted.

Aml42000, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of mattfancett
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

mattfancett, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of cokes
2.42/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Misty burnt sienna with eddies of bubbles feeding the monumental cream-colored stack of foam. It erodes into large pocked craters leaving a interestingly formed mesa on top of the liquid.
The nose brings caramel grains, treacle, waxy green bell peppers, and prairie.

It's impressive thus far, but here's where it falls off the cliff.

It limply enters the mouth with a coarse graininess, a trickle of toffee, and phantom apple. Then it goes totally vacant. The carbonation scrapes the mouth clean, and leaves a wetness and virtually nothing else. After this long uninhabited interlude, hops pop up with some astringent grassiness and that same bell pepper note from the nose, which rides into the finish.
Light bodied, highly carbonated.
No backbone. No structure. No depth. No nuance. No flavor. No thanks.

cokes, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very enjoyable beverage..a bit sour astringent but malted down, and middle mouthfeel, but nice foam and bannana mouthfeel, drinkable acceptable spices. Very good aroma of spices and yeast. Lemon, honey, pepper, carmel. Golden yellow. Hay, suitable carbonation.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2006
Photo of CanuckRover
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Atypically dark, caramel-like. Fast and lively carbonation. Interesting seafoam head. Nice thick lacings.

Fruity aroma, somewhere between tangerine and grapefruit. A bit of fresh hop zing too.

Just a touch of nice, light, fruity malt and biscuit right up front but it's quickly overwhelmed by some astringent bitterness helped along with generous carbonation. Some dry continental hopping at the backend.

Nothing quite so bizarre as a quenching beer that you'd rather not have more of. Early flavours show promise, but it falls apart with some thoroughly un-saison like characteristics.

CanuckRover, Nov 21, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Geant's Saison Voisin pours a hazy amber body beneath a good-sized head of ivory foam that holds quite well but leaves little lace. The nose is wheaty, yeasty and spicy; and it's zesty in the mouth with a very fine-bubbled, natural, effervescent carbonation and light-medium body. The flavor is as the nose suggests with a wave of spice and citrus riding across it's wheaty malt and floral hops. It's well-balanced by a solid bitterness that works with its spiciness to bring it to a very dry finish.

NeroFiddled, May 25, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden-orange color with tons of carbonation, topped by an inch of thick, creamy head that slowly recedes to a thin coating. Aroma of light Belgian malt, some candy sugar notes, and a touch of apple and other light fruit. Palate is mostly light fruity malt up front, with a slight influence from some mild Euro hops. An odd smoky character develops mid-palate and vanishes almost immediately, leaving the smooth, bready malt to emerge again on the finish. Body is a bit foamy if you're not careful. Overall, a decent beer, but a little disappointing compared to some of the other saisons on the market.

ElGordo, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Ciocanelu, Dec 10, 2013
Photo of nbree00
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Kind of a smokey orange color, very cloudy and highly carbonated, boy what a head.

S: Not very much of an aroma at all, some light honey and hop notes coming through

T: Has almost more of an IPA flavor than Saison. The hops really dominate the flavor here with not nearly enough barnyard notes such as grassy-earthy tones that I tend to associate with the style.

M: Feel is very light on the tongue with the large creamy head really enhancing the experience.

D: Although I think this is a quite drinkable beer over all, if your expecting a classic Saison it is pretty heavy and strong on the hops.

nbree00, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of cjgator3
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capped 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a brownish amber color with a nice light tan head. Slightly tart aroma with citrus zest, yeast and malt. The taste is slightly musty with some spice and a herbal hopiness. The mouthfeel is very light and prickly from the heavy amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty decent saison that is drinkable. I don't think I will purchase again however due to there being many far greater saisons available.

cjgator3, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this back to back with Noël Des Géants and while I certainly enjoyed it more (I gave Geants a C+) it tasted more like a simple, but well balanced, amber-colored Belgian ale than anything. I get the same dry hay flavor along with toasted dark candy. It's quite a drinkable beer and could make for a decent session Belgian, but the flavor isn't that compelling compared to other Belgian ales and saisons.

tempest, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -9.1%

cliff1066, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Filosoof
4.45/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer I'm realizing that you always have to stay thinking yourself. If I would believe the other 131 reviewers this would be a quite bad beer. Or at best: nothing special.

But to my taste, this is just another very good saison. The looks are full and great, with a peachy colour and a big head. The smell is very subtle. The taste has something of mandarin, lots of spices, almond, funk and very good hops. The mouthtaste is full and almost perfect, with a lovely bitter (but not too hard) finish.

Overall: I trust myself: a lovely beer, certainly one to drink more often.

Filosoof, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of Seaba
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Seaba, Feb 28, 2013
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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
76 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.