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Saison Voisin - Brasserie Des Légendes

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.11%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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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: 178 | Reviews: 144
Photo of bditty187
2.81/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Coppery-amber in hue, clear, the color is much darker than I was expecting. Off-white head, at the apex the foam had good staying power. Lacing started before I took a sip; however, before long, all that remained was a soapy collar and spotty lace. The appearance, overall, is pleasant.

The nose is softly malty with a wonderful spicy-sweet aroma. Sadly I don’t detect much further complexities. No complex hop bouquet. No yeast funk. The bouquet smells pleasant but it isn’t all that Saison-like. Maybe the color has influenced me but it smells like a Belgian Amber Ale. I love Saisons but this one isn’t really speaking my language. Moderate potency; the nose is not unpleasant but not inviting either. Meh…

The palate shows the pleasant malty sweetness of the nose but it is followed by a sharp twang of metal and bitterness. Oddly, the finish is soft and pillowy with some caramel candy vibes. Weak herbal notes. No yeasty goodness. Unpleasant finish… harsh and fairly bland; is this really a Saison?

The mouthfeel is medium, it fits quite well, the carbonation might be a tad high but it works.

I didn’t find this beer all that drinkable. I have a 750ml bottle and I am not sure I can finish it. It was more expensive than Hennepin and not nearly as tasty. IMO, this beer needs a retooling. Pass.

Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.25/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - A hazy strawberry blonde with a small white head and no lacing.

S - Caramel malt, grassy hops and very faint strawberries.

T - A ton of whole wheat bread flavor. A very faint touch of strawberries, and even fainter grassy bitterness with a linger wheat bread aftertaste. Seriously, this tastes EXACTLY like soggy wheat bread. Crappy flavor.

M - Smooth, thin and slightly refreshing.

D - When I want wheat bread, I eat wheat bread. I don't go looking for beer that taste like it. This beer really isn't worth having unless drinking wheat bread is you idea of delicious. Some might say a delicious weizenbock has that action going on, but if they tried this beside that, they would taste the distinction.

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 Fugazme
3.06/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep straw/tannish collor... good 1/2", white head with some good lacing... looks pretty good...

Aroma is underwhelming... some wheaty/malty characters and a touch of spice... not much here.

Quite average on the palate and on the tongue. Lots of malt and lots of watery notes. A touch of bitterness left sticking all over the mouth... I'm not too impressed.

Drinkability is middle of the road... this isn't a terrible beer, but by no means would I search it out.

Photo of supercolter
3.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very interesting brew.
Appearance is decent with some yeast chunks, 1.5 finger head and minimal lacing.
Smell is pretty good. Hard to nab down exactly what it is though because it is a bit weak. I get some apple, and definately some spice but beyond that, I am lost.
Taste is very similar to the smell, with a bit more tartness.
Mouthfeel is pretty weak.
Drinkability is good.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 33cl bottle to a wide-mouthed glass.

A: Gigantic frothy ivory/white head, 3 or 4 fingers high. There's certainly no lack of carbonation in this one. Color is light-amber and is cloudy swirl of yeastiness. Once it settles, small champagne-like bubbles fizz to the top.

S: Rustic yeast smells and crushed apple pulp. Some tart apricot, dry raisins and herbal/dry hoppiness.

T: Hmmm...tastes similar to the smell...apple mash, mild herbal hopping, yeast. Some lemon sourness. Light spicing of cloves, pepper and cinnamon. All pretty muddy flavors, burdened by an overwhelming gassy/wet hay flavor - an average beer at best.

M: Light-medium mouthfeel with an abundance of carbonation. Finishes dry and a bit sour. Lacks crispness.

D: Not bad for a try, but not the best example of a saison I've had. Still has some nice rustic qualities that remind me of our days in the Belgian countryside. I might have this again...

Photo of Gmann
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a capped 750ml bottle. The color was amber brown with a thick off-white head, with excellent lacing. Plenty of yeast chunks floating around. The smell is caramel malt, a bit metallic. The taste is sweet malt, bitter, metallic. The mouthfeel is fizzy, light almost watery. This "saison" tastes, smells, and looks like an English Pale Ale, no spiciness or anything that I would expect from a Belgian. Stella has more spiciness than this ale. Though it doesn't seem like a Saison, the drinkability is not terrible, however a bit bitter.

Photo of joeack
2.19/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a copper color and had a very thick head but not fluffy at all. The funky smell so present in the great saisons (Saison Dupont, Ommegang) was lacking. The taste followed was very weak and almost watery. This beer was lacking flavor and character and would not recommend trying this one.

Photo of ElGordo
3.48/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -3%
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 kernalklink
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a red amber with a decent head. A faint floral aroma with some fruity wine. The malt was surprisingly flavorless with only a hint of the fruit in the aroma. A slight bitterness masked a stronger than normal alcohol presence. Drinkable, but the flavors just were not impressing for a style which usually has more to offer.

Photo of watermelonman
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of ommegangpbr
2.48/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew reminded me too much of several brews that don't do it for me: Scrimshaw, Lunacy, Pranqster... just about any of those mixed together with a red ale... which I dont dig either. The malts taste kinda stale to me with an abrasive bitter quality that I don't enjoy. There were some sweet vinegar notes in the scent; maybe this was an off bottle? Even so, I didn't detect much in the way of potential for this one.

Photo of dgallina
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours attractive lightly-clouded ruby. A few inches of thin foam that leaves tendrils of lace on the glass. Smells yeasty and peppery, with fresh hops and hints of lemon and orange fruit. Flavor is mostly missing in action. Lightly grainy at first, with a bit metallic lemon-tinged malt in center. An overabundance of bitter hops (bordering on sour, really) at the finish. Light, somewhat thin and over bubbly in the mouth. Not a great saison overall. Flavor and body generally too thin and gassy.

Photo of dherling
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warm murky orange color and a nice white head crowning a pleasen smelling Belgian. This had a famr nose to it, hay, barnyard, chicken shit, with some other spice, malty sweetness and yeast. I get some sour citrus in the taste, and more of the barnyard flavor, but not as harsh as the nose, more grassy than hay. Somewhat sweet, but noy cloying, balanced with some yeast and hops (grapefruit?). This finishes pretty dry, and I was enjoying this. As I went through the glass, the flavors became heavier and ore apparent, I wasn't enjoying this much a the end, and a heavy wet hay flavor was dominant.Finished heavy, with a somewhat creamy, then dry mouthfeel.

Photo of blitheringidiot
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright hazy copper glow topped with a thin quickly settled densely packed headcap, leaving some drippy lace in the glass.

Light aroma of some caramely malts.

First swigs: Gooey melty caramel and some light green apple and lemon balance. Not too much flavor going on, but a mild saison overall.

Last swigs: Nothing too crazy here. Just a delicate 5% saison sipper.

Photo of gosurfobx
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip shaped glass. The beer pours a dark orange copper color with a large white head. The usuall spicy notes that are present in a saison seem absent in the smell of this beer. The smell does have some maltyness and yeasty notes. The taste of the beer is unlike any saison that I have tried before. Like the smell the spicey notes seem to be almost non-existant if not very subdued. The main taste is the malt. The mouth is a little thin with a good level of carbination. Drinkable and interesting but not exactly in the traditional defintion of a saison.

Photo of mmmbeer
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle with no freshness date. It pours an unfiltered amber/topaz that is almost opaque and has light carbonation leading up to a 2 finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is lighlty fruity and acidic/tart, with an herbal, almost minty quality. There are spicy and medicinal phenols on the palate, along with a light mustiness, green apples, spicy/floral hops, and a medium bitterness that leaves a long finish. The body is light, with medium carbonation and is a little drying. Overall, it tastes good, but the flavors aren't as pronounced as I'd like.

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside CA, in early August 2006 for $7.99. The label is very different than the one pictured above, it is a "old-timey" yellowed and green paper looking label with Voisin as the main font. "Brewed in the Medieval Castle of Irchonwelz" and "Brewed and bottled by Brasserie Des Geants, Ath, Belgium", "Unpasteurized -- Unfiltered -- Bottle-Refermented" and 6% ABV (not the 5% listed above).

Pours much darker than most saisons I have seen, with a pleasantly huge chunky head. As the head settled, big globs of sticky head clung to the side of the glass. Admittedly, I couldn't wait, and poured it too cold, so some of the aromas were probably killed in the process.

Aroma pleasant and fruity, dark cherry-like fruits mixed with a lemony tartness. Strong malt profile.

When cold, the flavor intensifies the lemony notes, and a solid funk action takes hold. Not extreme like some Belgian lambics, but bitter funkiness nonetheless. Yeasty and spicy notes open as it warms, and the interesting funk dies away.

Pleasant, but not one that has me begging for more. If put in front of me, I'll drink it, but I'm not going to be out looking for it.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hmmm. Exceptionally dark for a saison, a clear copper with a massive, creamy French vanilla head. Great retention.

Smell: Smells authentic. Nice combination of fruit, flowers and the infamous rainwater/barnyard funk.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Uh... OK. Hoppy, caramel malt, hard water mineral metallic bite. Light, fizzy body. Is this an ESB? Seriously, what IS this? It's not bad, exactly, but a saison... I have no idea what's going on here.

Drinkabilty: I suppose if you're a Brit who finds himself homesick in Belgium, this would be great. If you want something that one might generally consider, say, saisonlike, this might not be your first choice. A WTF? beer of the first order.

Photo of GClarkage
3.41/5  rDev +3%
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 ADR
2.91/5  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.

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +19.9%
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 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.

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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
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