Saison Voisin - Brasserie Des Légendes

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 09-08-2003

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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 144
Photo of pat61
3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Fruity and spicy nose with a suggestion of light horse blanket, grain and malt. It pours hazy gold with a very rocky persistent head that produces thick lace. On the palate nice sweet fruit flavors with earthy hop bitterness on the end with a little chalk in the finish. Above average carbonation, very fine bubbles, medium body.

Photo of LordWoolley
3.92/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid Saison from husband and wife brewers. I find it sad many reviewers are complaining about this beer as not being "saison" like. Style nazi's are the worst slime around. This brewery and this beer featured in the seminal book on Saison Farmhouse Ales by Phil Markowski. He dissects the style and this ale is quite traditional. The recipe dates back to 1895. So to reviewers out there this is a Saison through and through. You are actually tasting what a drinker in 1895 would have been drinking at this brewery minus some stronger wild yeast notes. Time to put away the BJCP guidelines because it causes many Americans to look like fools.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Realizing the range, depth and variety that have historically been found in the farmhouses of southern Belgium and northern France; Des Geants exploits that array with a distinctly un-saison-like ale.

Its uncharacteristic dark rudish garnet hue depicts a firm yeasty haze and a creamy, low-lying tarnish head. Looking more of a Belgian dubbel ale, the nose picks up on much the same with confectioner's sweetness, dark dried fruit and mild port vinous nuances. Its early taste fare similarly with succulent hard candy flavors.

The middle unfolds as the fruited sweetness of plum, blackberry, currant, fig, date and red grape wrap around the tongue with decadence. Its peppery balance is brought to life as its espressive carbonation breaks loose the sweetness and carry above the palate, leaving an acidic carbonic bite behind.

Semi-sweet and semi-dry in closure, its medium-light body exits the mouth with a thin candied film on the tongue, lingering with peppercorn, tarragon and dry cabernet.

Photo of FLima
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color with a thick two finger head with decent retention.
Initially sour funky aroma with notes of horse mantle and lemon.
Although initial aroma announced a much sour beer, its flavor was still tart but not as intense. Notes of medicinal herbal and earthy hops, leather, lemon, green apples, pears, some spices and ginger. Dry and bitter aftertaste, especially considering its style.
Light body with good carbonation.
A Saison that is not so yeasty with a medium tartness and relatively hoppy. According to them based on an old traditional Saison recipe. I found it pretty decent and the hoppy touch was welcome.

Photo of Absumaster
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An orange, golden beer with an initial big head.

The smell is hoppy with a nice herbal and noble hop aroma. The malt gives the beer a slight dextrinous smell that balances the yeast character of the saison yeast, which has a cork-like, stale smell.

The taste is quite bitter with the noble hops giving the beer a pilsner like taste. The beer is dry which totally offers a different balance to the beer. The yeast gives the cellar, corky and dry taste distinct for a saison yeast. The dryness of the beer is a bit off balancing the beer and makes the beer a bit less interesting.

Photo of superspak
1.88/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, grape, pear, cardboard, hay, grass, pepper, clove, bread, and stale earthiness. Awful aromas with a large amount of oxidation and age noticeable. Taste of apple, pear, caramel, grape, cardboard, floral, grass, hay, light pepper, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness and moderate phenols. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, bread, cardboard, floral, hay, and earthy/phenolic yeast flavors on the finish. Moderately unpleasant balance of flavors with moderate phenols present; with lingering oxidation/weird off flavors on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and body; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is quite unpleasant. Alcohol presence is minimal, but the phenolic flavors really make this hard to drink. Overall this was a horrible saison. I have no idea if age was a culprit here, but this totally went bad. Drained.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Moeder Lambic and served in its own stange-like glass. On to the beer:

This saison is yellowish orange in color and topped with an inch of rocky head. Some creamy lace leaves its mark around the glass. The nose of peppered citrus and lemon pepper makes a spicy aroma that is also appealing. Flavor follows the theme of the nose. First thing to cross is spiced citrus, however the flavor is controlled. There's a pleasant echo of hoppiness in the back. Some grass as well enters the picture. Its light bodied with light and gentle crisp carbonation, which keeps the ball rolling in this saison.

I liked this saison. A good daytime drinker as well.

Photo of avalon07
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Excellent lacing.

S: An okay aroma of malt, a little citrus, and that saison funkiness.

T: Tasted of malt, citrus (grapefruit?), the aforementioned funkiness, and a slightly bready quality. A decent enough flavor, but doesn't break through to being great.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Not the worst saison I've tried, but it could have been better than it was. A drinkable beer, but kind of forgettable.

Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : amber color with beige foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : fruity and citrus aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : hoppy with haezl notes and dryness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Saison.

Photo of Aml42000
2.81/5  rDev -15.4%
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.

Photo of woosterbill
2.15/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl bottle into a Saison Voisin pint glass; ordered (against my suggestion) by my friend at Bier Circus.

A: Clear, bubbly amber body under 2" of very creamy tan foam that settles slowly and leaves lots of lace. Gorgeous.

S: Husky, grassy, bitter, stale malt. Unpleasant.

T: Follows the nose, sadly. Weak malt, ginger, and grassy bitterness. Slightly sweet but still very bitter finish. Not good.

M: Painfully prickly, overcarbonated medium body.

O: This was just bad.

Cheers!

Photo of danedelman
3.05/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a-coppery color with little head.

S-malt with a little bit of spiciness.

T-same as the smell. Disappointted as this style should have a touch of tartness to it and it has none. Lots of malt on this one.

M-medium body with decent carbonation. Drinkable but not my favorite. doesn't rate very high on my list and not worth the pricetag.

Photo of Filosoof
4.43/5  rDev +33.4%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my bottle says 6%, not 5, but whatever. pours a hazy bronze color with a good belgian white head. smells like a farmhouse, funky and tart with a nice belgian yeaty finish. flavor is less sour than the nose, but really interesting palate. a grape juice/table wineish tannic thing. mouthfeel is okay, a little heavier than it should be, but with brilliant carbonation and that patented belgian yeast finish. not the best saison out there, not even close, but a useful brew. it has its place

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.18/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish amber. Yeasty white bread cake head.

S: Of medium viscosity, light sugar, a little sugar plum, a little fig, a tiny little grassy twang.

T: Lighter than the smell foreshadowed. Carbonation mutes things down - some old hops, yeasty grass. Much more narrow in dimension vs. the aroma.

M: Lighter side of medium - the bottle conditioned carbonation is lower as typical for the style and is accented on the end by old hops. The carbonation overpowers some other things despite being modest.

O: This is still thicker than your typical saison from belgium (ie. Fantome, Dupont) which is to my liking. vrrrr drinkable

Photo of ckollias
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 11.2oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Murky brown ale with a thick 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Musty caramel and malt aroma. Hints of fruits and sweetness in the background.

T: Very sweet brew with a medicinal phenol flavor hitting at you at first. Each sip is very sweet and there are hints of fruits, banana cloves, yeast, and spices.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation

O: Decent beer – a little lacking in the flavor department – but overall worth a try.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tumbler. Pours a clear, light copper with a huge light tan head. Head drops slowly, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of musty, peppery yeast. Honeyed malt aromas.

Flavors of honeyed malt, peppery yeast, spicy phenols, no hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is light/medium with a mild bitterness, mild astringency, and good level of carbonation. Not as dry as most.

Overall a good saison. Not as peppery as most other authentic (belgian) saisons and the honeyed malt sweetness is a nice balancing touch.

Photo of ehammond1
2.65/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of Aberration
3.03/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.21/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I found a saison a few of my friends had not reviewed. Unfortunately, it was not one of the better examples of the style.

The appearance is orange with a thick, white head that displays lasting retention and leaves ample lacing in its wake.

The aroma is floral, zesty, and spicy with some bready malt scents.

The flavor is a little soapy. Huh. Not digging that. Additionally, the yeast presence I look forward to in a saison is rather lacking here. For a saison, the beer is sweeter than I accustomed to. If anything, I would expect funk and/or yeast in lieu of sweetness.

This was mediocre. I don't see myself having this one again.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Geist. Served in a tulip.

Pours a golden-peach color with a very large white head and quite a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some light malt with grain and bread. Other than that, there is a bit of clove and some moderate spice. The flavor has a really grainy texture with a bit of faint spice. Light body with average carbonation. Don't like the grainy character and lack of any saison yeast presence.

Photo of rbd13
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brown/copper color with a fluffy head. Plenty of yeast particles can be seen floating in the glass.
Smells of honey, light fruits, and clove.
There are flavors of pepper, light fruit(apple) and honey malt. Finishes with a mellow tartness.
has a medium body with heavy carbonation.

Photo of fear025
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL on 3/3/11.

Aroma:There is some farmhouse funk in the aroma, as well as some citrus fruity notes. There's also a little spicy soapy smell.

Appearance:Honey colored, with generous long lasting head, and very good lacing.

Taste:Tons of spice right in the forefront. Spice and flowers. In the midtaste, some of the bitter hips start to come through more. The bitter hops then grow, and peak in the aftertaste, which then slowly fade leaving only floral flavors.

Mouthfeel:Mouthfeel is very light with good carbonation. There is some harsh astringency in the foretaste from the hops.

Overall:This is an excellent spicy saison.

Photo of brewdoc75
2.68/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a middle of the road amber color into my red wine glass. Cloudy and very carbonated. A strong, off-white head sits on top and lasts a while. A little, dirty lace along the sides.

S: Earthy, dank, fairly malty. Some caramel, which seems odd for the style. Light spiciness. A touch of citrus. Really not terribly aromatic.

T: First, a harsh bitterness is noted. This is followed by strong caramel malts. Not something I would expect to find in my saisons. The hops provide some spiciness and a little skunky flavor. The beer really lacks the typical saison yeast character. Minimal phenols and esters are noted. Really not very exciting mixed with some harsh bitterness and too much caramel for the style.

M: Dry and light bodied, like it should be. Based on its taste and slightly smooth mouthfeel, I presume there are some caramel malts in here. This doesn't fit well for the mouthfeel. Finishes dry, but a little hop stickiness.

O: Really not a great beer. I wouldn't call it undrinkable or bad, but average to below average. They definitely added some caramel malts to this beer. It doesn't really fit well for the style and really throws me off on this beer. I won't be having this again, but wouldn't scare others away from at least trying this. If I were in Belgium and could have a fresher version, perhaps I would try it again.

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

taste- belgian candy sugar, earthiness

color- deep honey amber

clarity- clear

smell- honey, graham cracker, bready, underwhelming

body- medium-length soft bitter finish, waxy mouthfeel on the top of the mouth, spicy, prickly medium bite at the front of the tongue

appearance- poured with a one finger off-white head that disipates quickly. some active carbonation, no lace retention

overall impression- average...not my sytle for a saison

notes and comments- served in a trappist glass. label on the bottle says light on the tongue and refreshingly fruity and bitter. i didn't experience those characteristics that much

beer spy- the trappist, oakland ca, 3/13/11, $8.00, 12oz

glassware: chalice

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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
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