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Saison Voisin - Brasserie Des Légendes

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BA SCORE
77
okay

177 Ratings
THE BROS
64
poor

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.8/5  rDev -15.4%
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 metter98
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is cloudy dark amber in color. It poured with a finger high white head and has a light amount of carbonation; yeast particles are visible floating in suspension.
S: There are light aromas of apples and spices in the nose.
T: Flavors of apples and bitterness dominate the overall taste, which is rather malty; there are also notes of caramel and spices.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
D: The taste is rather unusual but it wasn't that easy to drink so I'm not sure if I would try this again.

Photo of brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky apricot with a fluffy head that leaves dancing patterns of lace on the chalice

Smell: Toasted wheat and a lemony, green apple perfume

Taste: Starts with a wheat bread flavor that starts to develop in a sharp yeasty direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malty flavors resume to the forefront but the finish has a harsh grainy and peppery aspect that is not well balanced; the fruit never really appears to provide complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: There are some harsh reviews of this beer from preceding reviewers and, while it is far from the best Saison out there, it is reasonably enjoyable

Thanks, mymrnngjckt, for the opportunity

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

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 BuckeyeNation
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ripe tangelo with butterscotch borders and a fine yeasty haze. The pale caramel cap that is currently filling at least two thirds of the glass is a thing of beauty. It has that wonderful, coarse-grained, 'torn French bread' look that the heads on good Belgian beer often have. A second pour makes it look a whipped, airy, brown sugar milkshake and ensures that even more chunky lace will find its way to the glass.

The nose is on the mild side. It's orchard fruity (mushy apples especially) and is somewhat spicy. There's nothing wrong with it exactly, it just isn't as interesting as it could be. Here's hoping that things improve on the palate.

Saison Voisin doesn't really taste like a saison to me. I know that the style is fairly wide open, but still... It tastes like heavily toasted barley mixed with tea leaves and high alpha acid hops that are a bit too stingy with their flavor contribution. There is an earthy spiciness (cinnamon, cardamom and clove) that might have worked better if it was part of a better beer.

I'm finding it hard to get a handle on the flavor profile. The various components don't work all that well together; they clash rather than meld. In addition, alcohol is much more up front than it should be given the ABV. Not looking forward to the next mouthful is never a good sign, especially when the best saisons are some of the most drinkable beers around. I'm glad I didn't buy the big bottle.

It's odd how the mouthfeel often matches the flavor. This one is firm and harshly bubbled, rather than light and effervescent. It doesn't really detract from the experience, but then the experience isn't all that special to begin with. Let's call the mouthfeel a wash; much like the rest of the beer.

I really liked Gouyasse Tripel (Goliath) and hoped that I might like this offering at least as well. Voisin means neighbor. Saison Voisin would be better beer if it was more welcoming and less standoffish. Who was it who said that fences make the best neighbors? This is not a beer that I'll return to.

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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 NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
2.68/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly cloudy amber brown with decent head. Nose is rubbery and yeasty. Flavor is just…bad. Tastes like wood that has been wet for one too many weeks. Strong metallic taste as it goes along and then a strong inky and metallic aftertaste. Feel is pretty thin. I love saison, but this is just bad. I mean bad, man. If I hadn’t dragged this and the other 33 bottles from my Bay-wide beer run during Thanksgiving, I’d just toss it down the drain.

As it warms it seems to even out, but still. This is a saison? More like a Belgian ale to me.

Photo of jlindros
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Creamy head with slight lacing, orange brown color.

N: Some Belgian saison style malts, touch of booze, apple and other fruit aromas, spices and slight yeast.

T: Fruity with lots more apple, Belgian malts and yeast flavors, the spices add some heat and spiciness, a little too overpowering, slight tangy sourness, and some light bitterness. Some orange peel taste comes out after it warms a bit, as well as some honey.

M: Lots of carbonation with medium body.

F: Very dry with long bitter spiced flavors. The bitterness comes out a bit on the finish but so does the spices as they linger.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange coloring...nice haze, full flushing head of creamy white foam.
Nose is a spritz of citrus, yeast and spice...nice.
taste: big on the lemon and spice...then lies down and dies. A minor league saison, with none of the zest and panache of the best varieties.
Not bad by any means, but misses the mark some.
Very quenching, though lacking in ethereal elegance.

Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a one finger offwhite head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a sweet malty scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts. It also has a dry, yet fruity yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry and slightly watery pale malt flavor with a weak yeast finish. It has a slightly tart aftertaste, but nothing special. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a decent drinking beer. It lacks complexity and real flavor, but the low abv. enables you to drink it down quick, if you want to. All in all, it's one and done for me.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 US release, Sampled December 2007
Not explosively carbonated, but well enough that a reasonably careful pour produces a four-finger thick, crown of amber tinged, light tan colored froth that is structured enough to form a nicely varied surface as it slowly recedes. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, slightly washed out, cranberry color when held up to the light. Quite malt focused in the aroma, or at least the caramelized malt and richer fruit notes are a bit atypical of you standard pale Saison, but then this is no where near a pale Saison. Caramel notes, raisin aromatics, and toasty, biscuit like grain notes combine with an earthy spiciness that accentuates notes of clove, a damp mustiness, allspice bark and a certain loam like quality. There is a certain nuttiness here, which would be malt contributed too. I find the aroma quite inviting; the rich bread-like malt notes combine quite well with notes of fruit and yeast spiciness.

A still substantial carbonation causes the beer to foam up as the beer first hits my tongue. The beer is quite dry, though it still has a substantial malt character to it; flavors of lightly browned bread crust, toasty malt notes and lots of maillard by products that make me think of unsweetened, caramelized sugar (if one can imagine such a thing). There is a distinct nuttiness, that is almost woody in character, here in the flavor too and it sort of morphs into a light, dark grain induced, bitterness in the finish. Speaking of which, there is a definite hop character here; mostly noticed in the finish as a herbal, almost menthol like bitterness. Spicy notes of black pepper, hints of clove, perhaps a touch of cardamom, and a touch of fenugreek.

This is quite tasty, and I really like how dry this is; it is perfectly in line with my favorite versions of a the paler Saisons, yet it has a malt depth that adds an interesting extra dimension.

Photo of GClarkage
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/31/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info posted. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very amber in color...much deeper than expected. Kinda like another saision, the name of which I don't remember. Larger inch plus fluffy sparkling white head...although very light on the lace trails left behind. Still nice overall.

Smell- Had a very prevelant pils like hoppy scent upon opening the bottle. Some sweeter malt, maybe a lemon as well. The pils scent threw me off for this style though. No barnyard or other earthy scents though.

Taste- Has most of the qualities of a run of the mill saison. No strong citric twang though and not really huge on the spices. Some mild honey, white pepper and lemon rind. Just doesn't take it to the next level.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated, mild hop bitterness.

Drinkability- Ehhh, have had much better ones than this. Worth a try, but lots of other far better examples to be found...probably right in your backyard.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Belgian bottle,

A: Pours a nice pale orange, with a huge, white, puffy head, with great retention, and nice sticky lacing.

S: Light notes of earth and malt, and a bit of sage.

T: An interesting taste, at first reminded me of Saison Pipaix, but without as much complexity. Nice taste of herbs, grass, hay, and bread malt, but nothing substantial.

M: A little too much on the thin side for me in a saison, but easy drinking, could be quite refreshing in the summertime.

D: Not a great saison, but I could drink again if offered. It had enough of a funky, herbal quality to get it on my good side.

Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 1/2” head that falls apart quickly. Light lacing spots the glass through the session.

Smell: bit of muskiness and caramel are not overly pleasant.

Taste: caramel, yeast, ripe red apples, soft bitterness, a hint of pepper spice, and a bit of barnyard funk make up a saison that just doesn’t cut it for me personally. The flavors are just not balanced and quite bland.

Mouthfeel: smooth throughout. Caramel, yeast, and spiciness tones stick to the tongue briefly after swallowing. Medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: a bland and not well balanced beer leads to some boredom and wanting of a good saison. Pass on this one.

Photo of superspak
1.9/5  rDev -42.6%
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 mothman
2.58/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Fades down a little. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark burnt bronze.

Aroma: Some spices at first with some fruity esters. Bready malts. Not really funky like a saison.

Taste: Reminds me more of a Belgian Pale ale than a saison. A lot of spice flavors here. Yeast, bready malts, cloves, fruit notes, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and boozy. Very odd for a 5% beer. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Ends dry with spice notes.

Overall, just not a lot going on with this saison. It really tastes nothing like a saison other than it being Belgian. Boozy as well for the low abv. Not too drinkable for me.

Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of wl0307
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 05/2011, served lightly chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a reddish amber hue, translucent, coming with abundant support of fine fizziness and an inch-thick off-white frothy head with pretty good retention.
S: lightly exotic yeasty with notes of sour pears, citrus fruits plus apple-ish flavouring, while the pale+caramel malts and syrupy sweetness are firmly in the background, along with a deeply estery aroma that most Belgian pale ales come with - a unique edge of sweetened Chinese green-bean paste. The overall aroma is way less "funky" as I'd expect from a Saison, making this beer more like other pale ales brewed with candy sugar actually.
T: no joke, it tastes completely different from what I expected from the nose - the swallow comes utterly bitter and dry with plenty of powdery yeastiness and lightly phenolic & mineral notes to boot, skirted by just a faint touch of sweet edge of pale malts; going deep down the palate with ruthlessly rough-textured hop-bitterness, more like a "green" (the yeasty edge, I mean) English bitter with an additional bucketful of hops! In fact, the whole beer is bitter and rather chewy, naturally as a result of a high proportion of hops in the overall composition.
M&D: the palate is not thin or too light, but the carbonation does come a bit hyper to prevent a more smooth drinking experience. I can't relate this to other Saison-type of beers I've tried which all show a rather complex wild-yeasty edge; maybe a rather novel interpretation with a bucketful of hops too much for the balance? As a Bitter lover, I welcome this "unbalance" actually, but to be really quaffable it can't just rely on the bitter factors alone.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.74/5  rDev +13%
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 Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
77 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.