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Saison Voisin - Brasserie Des Légendes

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BA SCORE
76
okay

165 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | 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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mmmbeer

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2006 20:11:12 | More by mmmbeer
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Dukeofearl

California

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 23:38:45 | More by Dukeofearl
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WetCoaster

California

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 06:17:19 | More by WetCoaster
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GClarkage

California

3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2006 17:07:08 | More by GClarkage
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2006 00:32:59 | More by ADR
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 07:06:36 | More by Sammy
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 19:26:48 | More by oberon
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Crosling

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden hue, below a creamy and lasting covering cream. Subtle nose, with hints of citrus and grapefruit, light cornbread and honey. Initially bland on the palate, but open up on the mid-palate with dry, peppery flavors and sharp hops, which give a subtle herbaceous feel. Bready and vanilla laden as well with light lingering caramel and strawberry jam on the finish. I find it quite artful and balanced, something I’d want to drink regurlarly if I lived nearby.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2006 21:54:13 | More by Crosling
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Coppery straw, clear body; small, flourescent-white head. Grainy, slightly sweet malt fumes. Some sugar and fruit backed by mild bitterness. Tastes like a wheat/Belgian-influenced pale ale, and not a saison (in my humble opinion). Biscuity and dry with Saaz-hop bitterness. Grainy sweetness in the finish. Refreshing and mild. Quite effervescent, bubbly mouthfeel on a light-med. body. Not a bad quaffer, but not what I look for in the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 17:08:38 | More by alexgash
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EmoBeerGuy

New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Apperance - Deep golden brown, appears to be a bit malty which was quite a surprise when it pour. Was hampered a bit by some chunky setiment that shook loose and plopped into my glass.

Smell - Wheaty

Taste - Wheaty. Seriously, I'd love to give a nuanced review but this just tastes like wheat upon wheat. Not really my thing, but it was actually unique to me.

Drinkability - After my first one I was ready to move on. Not a beer I'd quaff often but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 20:24:47 | More by EmoBeerGuy
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nomad

Kansas

3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderately copper, this saison shows a wheaty head though not supported or sticking. Don't know about the haze in the current photo but my pint was clear as day and halfway to brassy.

Smells of sweety grain-lite and soft cooking herb hop notes. The lowly tart yeast tone builds with an earthy sweat of toasted barley husks and faded Continental hops, but quietly so

Tastes of a solid Munich kick of nuts and bready notes with a subtle cherry splash in the back, held up by a caramel drop. Dry finish but not to the bone, it plants a rooty, almost tart ester. Little malt character or else to latch on to as its soul. A chord here, a note there, but not a composition, in a sense.

A little limp up against Brasserie Dupont but probably a refreshing seasonal for raking leaves.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 01:16:35 | More by nomad
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pale dark golden amber color with a modest topping of foamy off-white bubbles. Keeps a nice amount always present. Collapsing strings of lace weep down the glass back into the topping.

Aroma is lightly present with a dry grainyness and some yeasty fruityness.

Taste is clean and straight forward without alot of length or stature to it. Paled grains and malt are light on the buds, semi bready, lightly dry and sweetened towards the finish. Not all that saison-like really, short-lived, and feathery alkaline hints surface late.

Feel is clean with a very light sweetness brandishing along the entire surface of a light/medium body. Carbonation is fine and smooth with dustings of wheat-like flour dryness and touches of yeasty metallic esters.

Its OK at best with a seemingly simple notion of cleanness and craft. Saison or not, its a tad off and underwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2006 19:26:41 | More by tavernjef
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Hop2it

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like a Saison should: firm light brown body and soft velvety top, reminds me of a girl I dated in college.

Smells good but not very distinctive. Tastes good too. Maybe these first sips are too cold, I just took it out of the fridge and it seems like the flavors haven't opened up yet. Time to let this baby sit for a minute.

[interlude - checking out the forum]

Ok take 2: It's loosened up as hoped. While the mouthfeel is subtle, it coats the mouth with a smooth, dry finish. It is not particularly sweet or cloyingly hoppy. I must say that I enjoy its flavor more as I get deeper into the beer.

It's a same I only have 1, as I feel it would make a good session beer. I like Saisons because they are medium-bodied yet full-flavored. This is no exception: a solid representation of the style, but room for improvement.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 01:10:53 | More by Hop2it
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UncleFlip

Alabama

2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Loks decent- nice orange-honey colour, a touch hazy...white head, combo tight and loose bubbles.

Smell has touches of papaya, yeast, malt and clove.

Tase has hints of hefe...just a touch sour, with some distinct clove notes, butfnishes a bit watery with some growing orange notes.

The carbonations all you really notice on the mouthfeel. There's some liquid under it, but it's hard to find.

In the end, when you take the drinkability at face value, it's too fizzy up top, and too watery down bottom. I doubt I'd have more than one.

Be well
-UF

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 04:12:10 | More by UncleFlip
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sacfly

Maryland

2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a tan/light brown with medium bubbles and a light head. Hazy. Nose is musty and apricot.

Taste is light, but medium to heavy body. The initial sip was nothing… Taste (what is there) is muted and delayed. Bitterness is slight and comes very late in the aftertaste. Not very interesting.

I swirled what was left in the bottle with the yeast. A sip of the yeast slurry was clove like and made my tongue slightly numb. That’s really pushing it when I resort to drinking the slurry to try and get something out in terms of taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 00:13:43 | More by sacfly
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joedon

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Adequately drinkable Belgian beer. Dark amber, almost gold color. Thin white head with little lace. Pleasant but not powerful aroma. No spice and just mild hop aroma. Seems very lightly hopped to me with almost no herbal flavors. Slightly sour aftertaste. My impression is of a decent "Summer" beer. Very expensive at $3.49 for a 330ml bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2005 16:54:12 | More by joedon
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goodbyeohio

Oregon

2.17/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

cloudy orange, bright with thin layer of sparse chunky foam. bubble clusters, big carbonation. nose is super tart lemony with a fresh botanical scent, like cut grass.. a mild malt presence. mouthfeel falls flat, literally, with a disappointing watery texture. slips down my throat before i swallow it. tastes yeasty and metallic with an aftertaste of acidic baterial tartness.. and, well, not much more. no flavors other than flat belgian beer. not a beer i would ever drink again, and i poured 3/4 of this down the sink. what a waste of two bucks.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2005 14:23:28 | More by goodbyeohio
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Todd

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2005 23:51:09 | More by Todd
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2005 21:09:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving little lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is spicy, starts sweet on the sweet side maybe raisins, finishes smooth - with a good mix of hops and malt, not dry. 330ml bottle for $2.80 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 22:58:33 | More by jdhilt
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2005 10:49:55 | More by feloniousmonk
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horndecker

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, it looks like a saison. Deep orange and a touch cloudy, with a huge pillowy white head and decent sudsy straggling.

The nose is bubblegum, grassy, slightly medicinal hops, faint strawberries. All of it a little too subtle for my taste.
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The flavor has a bitter start, followed by toasty malt, then a dead stop. It just kind of leaves without a forwarding address. It's one dimensional and unfinished. Pleasantly bitter, but nothing else. A medium body with a decent amount of carbonation gives it a nice enough mouthfeel.

Ain't no saison, or at least it's not one that I'd try again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2005 02:50:41 | More by horndecker
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The beer pouredin into the chalice crystal clear pale golden brown with a white head that rose tall and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was fruity and malty with light earthy hop presence. There was also a pleasant citrus frutiness present with some caramel.

The flavor was light and earthy with a light caramel flavor that was quite pleasant and unexpected. The caramel presence added maltiness to the beer and the earthy hops complexity. The flavor was nicely crisp.

The finish was just dry with lasting earthy hop bittering and flavor that was not overdone and lasted well into the aftertaste. The body was medium or just a bit under.

33cl bottle. $4 at Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, Va. The complexity was not the highest ever experienced, but the flavor was nice and the drinkability was almost off the charts. More of a Belgian Pale Ale than a Saison, but who cares.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 22:58:09 | More by GCBrewingCo
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Glowing orange appearance. Thin whtie cropping of foam. Retention is good and lace is adequate Aroma is dusty and musty. A little fruity. A little yeasty. Nothing strong to pick up at all. This beer is very dry. Flavors of unripened pears dominate. Some underlyings of yeast and pepper...dough. Not enough to rate this one much better than average though. Plenty of saisons to be had instead of this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2005 02:45:00 | More by Bighuge
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TheLongBeachBum

California

2.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Sampled from the Bottle and served to me by the Master Brewer, Pierre Delcoigne, during a Brewery Tour of Brasserie des Géants on Easter Monday 28th April, 2005.

First of the five brews on offer was the Saison Voisin. The second product of Brasserie des Géants, and first brewed on the occasion of the Ducasse Saint-Christophe at Flobecq 21st July 2001.

Some history straight from the Brewer….. The name Voisin comes from a now defunct Brewery. The Brewery and maltings were built at Flobecq (Flaubecq) in 1876, but sold by the Dubuisson-Lison family in 1880 to Charles Voisin. His son, George, took over the brewery in 1922 but discontinued malting. Léon Voisin took over the brewery in 1963. He brewed Voisin Super, Voisin Table and Saison Voisin. The Voisin Brewery closed in 1989. In 1996, the Brasserie des Géants bought up the plant and in 2001 reintroduced the beer.

The Saison Voisin is brewed according to the original 1884 recipe and even under the guidance of the retired brewer, Mr. Léon Voisin, brasseur retraité. Described in the Brewery blurb as “amber coloured with a strength of 5% abv. Refreshing, with a light touch of bitterness and fruitiness, Saison Voisin is produced by top fermentation. It is unfiltered and is refermented in bottle.” Saison Voisin was nominated for the Coq de Cristal award at Libramont in July 2002.


Appearance: Pale golden murky amber body with a massive sized white head that crowned out of, and above, the rim of the glass [eets fookeen Stronghaarmm Man]. The head stayed around for a good amount of time. Nice levels of carbonation.

Nose: Rather boring, though as it warmed I detected some lemon, black pepper and slight earthy yeasty-malt aspect. Delicate! to say the least.

Taste: Where is the “Saison”?? Seriously, tasted like a run-of-the-mill Wheat beer to me. Lots of honey sweet malts, some peppery feel - from the yeast no doubt, quite a bit of acidic citric flesh, some lemon rind, and a light bitterness in the finish. No funk, no earthy character….not much “Saison” at all….weird.

Mouthfeel: Thin and wishy-washy. Like Breast Implants on a dumb Californian Blonde, this looks so much better than it feels….

Drinkability: Just the one glass was good enough for me. Anyways, I wanted to try the other four Géants offerings before we left so it was time to sup this down for expediency rather than because I enjoyed it.

Overall: I tried this at the BeerAdvocate Belgium Beer Festival last year and was not impressed. Thought I’d give it another go before formally Reviewing it. Sadly even at the source my opinion is unchanged. I have to say that either I have been spoilt by the tasty and peculiar Fantôme products, or the more traditional Dupont and Blaugies brews, but honestly, this is a disappointment, dare I say even “bland”. Is this how many real Saison’s were? Maybe? Hey think about it, Saison’s were brewed for the mass of Agricultural workers- think of today’s mass-produced brews!!!! Are today’s Saison’s bigger and better brewed than the originals, just maybe they are…one thing is for sure, I’m NOT that big on this one. Think I’ll stick with the excellent US Southampton and Dupont versions meantime if I fancy a Saison.

Nice name. Lots of History and Hype…but ultimately….*Very Disappointing*.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2005 02:16:11 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
76 out of 100 based on 165 ratings.