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Saison Voisin - Brasserie Des Légendes

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76
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170 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 142
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 15.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 09-08-2003)
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Photo of joedon
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.

joedon, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of goodbyeohio
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.

goodbyeohio, Jun 17, 2005
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 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 jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, May 20, 2005
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, May 20, 2005
Photo of horndecker
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.

horndecker, May 09, 2005
Photo of GCBrewingCo
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.

GCBrewingCo, May 07, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
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.

Bighuge, May 07, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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*.

TheLongBeachBum, May 02, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

WesWes, Apr 13, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky light brown color, very hazy, with a creamy head that ends in an unbroken layer. Smell is malty, citrusy, and very funky. Taste is very dry, with licorice and citrus flavors, very carbonated and sharp tasting. Good bitterness, a very interesting flavor. Mouthfeel is well carbonated, head is creamy. I have never had a saison before, and this was pretty goo, I want to try more of them.

TastyTaste, Mar 18, 2005
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foamy, off white head never amounts to much, and isn't quite sticky enough to leave any lace. Hazy, apricot copper colored beer. Mild aroma, there's a bit of zesty citrus and a pinch of yeast. The lemony citrus flavor carries over into the flavor, and is joined by some grassy hops. The flavor dries up towards the end and finishes just barely bitter. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy (for lack of a better word). Decent beer, nothing great. I'd probaby opt for a Ommegang Witte.

HappyHourHero, Mar 06, 2005
Photo of CharlesRiver
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love Saisons and I had not tried this beer yet. A little disappointing in terms of the appearance. Little carbonation appears and what small head there was disappears quickly. The smell is better, nice and sweet with hints of citrus, pepper and something grassy.

After the first taste I notice this beer is a bit weak in terms of flavor. The beginning is just blank then the beer starts to wake up in the end, a little. This beer just doesn't have any character. Something seems to be missing here. To be honest, I might not buy this beer again.

CharlesRiver, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of BeerBuilder
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a hazy copper color with an orange hue. The a is creamy and off white, leave behind a bit of lacing. The head did diminish before I finished the brew. The aroma is unique, there seems to be many spices at play. It is floral and heather-like, somewhat fruity...leaning toward the citrus fruits. And there is also a wheat and yeast smell and some earthiness. Very unusual aroma. The flavor is light and slightly malty, with more of a wheat malt flavor and a yeastiness. It also has a floralness to the flavor as well. It is very light in body and thin in the mouthfeel. It is a very unusual and unique brew. Not bad at all.

BeerBuilder, Jan 17, 2005
Photo of yen157
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep golden with the foamy, slightly off-white head. Notes of buttered biscuits in the nose along with a acidic citrus quality in the background. Yeasty bread in the mouth followed by odd, almost oxidized tasting malt. Mild bitterness supported by hard water flavors. Carbonation is a bit corse. Good beer, quite different from what I am used to.

yen157, Dec 22, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep hazy orange body with small off-white head.
Lightly spicy and super earthy aroma.
Predominantly earthy flavor, more maltiness than I am used to in a Saison. Leafy and peppery.
Relatively thin and dry mouthfeel.
This is my least favorite and the least exciting Saison I have had to date.

Naerhu, Sep 23, 2004
Photo of stcules
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not attractive head, with big bubbles and falling. Not compact.
The colour is oranged, lightly turbid.
A little smell, lightly floreal. But scarce, slightly perceptible. Honey. A note of toasted malt?
The taste is sweet, malted, with some very light notes of spices (fennel? Anise?) Caramel. Quite normal, not characterized.
Good bitter aftertaste (chicory?), lightly dusty and astringent. Short lasting. Medium body.

stcules, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of zerk
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear deep copper with an impressive foamy white head that leaves patches of lace. Aroma is peppery, with some light orange and yesty notes. Flavor begins slightly sweet, with some biscuity malt, followed by pepper and citrus... has a lingering bitterness that is quite unique. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with low to medium carbonation. All in all, a very interesting and pretty decent beer.

zerk, Mar 04, 2004
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
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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
76 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.