1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

Saison Voisin - Brasserie Des Géants

Saison VoisinSaison Voisin

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

161 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 161
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.11%

Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Géants visit their website

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)
View: Beers (8) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Saison Voisin Alström Bros
Ratings: 161 | Reviews: 140 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- brown in color some what murky, white thick foam head, moderate bubble, very nice appearance

Smell- sweet apples citrus, wheat, nice smell

taste- sweet, citrus, apples, wheat based light and drinkable, a abit of alcohol,

mouthfeel- medium body crisp and refreshing

Drinkability- Easy to drink light crisp and sweet but not to sweet, not sure id get again but decent example of the style

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2009 02:18:44 | More by Stunner97
Photo of coalcracker


2.65/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours medium to dark gold with good head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some yeast floaties were noted atfter the pour.
Smell: Aroma is sweet and fruity upon bottle opening, mildly funky.
Taste: Initial malt sweetness with hop bitterness pulling through halfaway through the taste. Though the ABV is mild, I can detect a bit of a warming effect. I can also taste sour fruits (again a little funky)that seem a bit out of place. As the beer warmed, a bit of a dirty taste emerged.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel here with a dry finish.
Drinkability: Based on ABV, it would be reasonable- but the odd tastes hurt the overall drinkability.

The taste profile of this beer seems a bit crazy. Perhaps age has something to do with it (will never know since a bottle date was not available).

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 01:22:09 | More by coalcracker
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing this one. Served in a St. Bernardus Chalice. Poured a translucent honey-amber with a minimal off-white head that dissipates into a thick center mass of foam. Nose was grassy and spicy-clove, as well as light fruit (maybe green apple) detectable towards the back. Taste follows nose, but a biscuity quality also comes out. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with some lingering bitterness at the finish. A very respectable saison, but lacks the barnyard funk, as well as a slightly muted spice profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 00:26:04 | More by Jwale73
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2009 20:51:20 | More by wl0307
Photo of tempest


3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 18:46:38 | More by tempest
Photo of Nipitato


3.13/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Marty's in Newton, MA.

A: A moderate amber hue. Pours with an off white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Belgian lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: A musty "old" character. Overripe apples - cider like. Some light spiciness. A clean malt character underscores. This is not a particularly pleasing aroma.

T: Talk about a bland taste. Soft pilsner malt character dominates. Some extremely muted spiciness. No balancing bitterness or yeast character.

MF: Highly carbonated. Medium body.

D, notes: What a boring and bland beer. Nothing here to impede drinkability just nothing to make me want to drink this.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 18:13:08 | More by Nipitato
Photo of BeTheBall


3.95/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, darker than I'm used to for Saison's, with a one finger head; some lacing down the glass. Smells of grass, lemon and pepper. The taste is somewhat classic for this style, grassy and citrus with a nice dry kick of hops on the back of the tongue. Not the tastiest Saison I've had, but a nice, slightly mild flavor. Drinkablity is high, as this is mellow and smooth and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 20:42:13 | More by BeTheBall
Photo of jbphoto88


3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy terracotta orange with a fast to fade off white head. Not a bad start. The retention isn't great leaving a bubble pattern that resembles a single ice cube after it's melted in some iced tea.

The scent is slightly fruity leaning more towards a green apple mixed with some lemons. A whiff of malt is there but scarce.

Taste is malty with a hint of the same notes the nose has. A little cidery with a light touch of toffee. Clean, very crisp all accented by a tart aggressive carbonation and mild spice.

The carbonation is a little much for me as it makes the beer feel and slightly taste like a soda water rather then a brew. I do like the sweet flavors that move to a nice dryness. An ok beer but not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 00:12:36 | More by jbphoto88
Photo of scoobybrew


3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - clear amber color with a thick foamy head that settles into a chunky lacing

S - strong yeast-fruity aroma (touch of apricots and peaches) with malt behind

T - initially fruity sweet but moves to a moderate hop flavor with some slight sour funk, finishes dry

M - medium body, moderate-high carbonation

D - This is an interesting beer with some complexity on every taste. Recently, I've developed a taste for some of the sour and funky beers and while I like some aspects of this beer, I don't think it's one I would recommend as a classic example. However, it is worth trying at least once I think.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 01:12:29 | More by scoobybrew
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/16/08. On tap at Ebenezer's. Poured a dark, amber brown with small white head. Aroma of light fruits (apple, pear, banana). Taste was bitter, hoppy. Reminded me of an ESB actually. I thought it was pretty good, pretty drinkable.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2008 02:08:49 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of AndrewMcLemore


3.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, yellowish amber with a fluffy but relatively thin head for a saison.

Not much in the way of aroma, some banana and roasted barley notes.

This saison veers toward the bitter side of farmhouse ales, but the hops fill out this beer nicely. The nose hits with a satisfyingly hoppy bite and finishes with a toasty, hay-like aftertaste that isn't overbearing.

Mouthfeel is a little too much like soda for my taste, a lot of creaminess and molasses.

Not sure I'd want to drink more than two of these at a time, after about 1 and a half, the aftertaste makes you feel like you've eaten too many Lay's Potato Chips.

Aside from that less than appealing analogy, this isn't a bad beer, not fantastic, but if you like saisons, it's worth sampling as a hoppier take on a Belgian classic.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 17:04:37 | More by AndrewMcLemore
Photo of OWSLEY069


4.1/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish amber color with a big, yeasty light tan head. In the aroma, light fruitiness, yeasty and a small hop presence. In the taste, quite hoppy, small fruitiness and a small yeasty taste too. A hoppy bite, and light mouthfeel, with a dry, hoppy and refreshing aftertaste. Refreshing and nice hop presence, with just a touch of fruit.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 14:25:46 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of lpayette


3.9/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems like I'm always reviewing beers that have been cellaring for a while- here's another one. I've probably had this for close to 2 years now.

Appearance- dark straw color with a white head that's on the small side for a saison. really no lacing from this one.

Smell- not very many vapors coming off... smells are all very subtle and tend to lean towards the barnyardy side of things. hay/grass, light and fruity smells.

Taste- First thing I thought was honey. Nice sweet malt overtones with floral, herbal, hay, toasty, banana, and other flavors painted on top of that. Slight tart twang and the finish, and definitely spicy throughout.

Mouthfeel- a bit watery and very very bone dry. Could be a little more "wet" but the dryness does make you want to take another sip.

Drinkablity/conclusion- This seems to have mellowed out with some time in the fridge (though I can't say for sure because this is the first time I've had it). It's probably not good enough for me to seek out and buy again, but overall this isn't a bad choice and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2008 03:33:43 | More by lpayette
Photo of ccrida


4.13/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle with some dust on the collar, poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Saison Voisin is a murky bronze which pours a very large reddish white sand that leaves chunky lace.
Smell is very malty, rich caramels, tropical fruit, bananas foster, really quite nice.

Taste is also malty, but with a distinct mustiness, almost like smell of an old barn or hale bale or something, with a dryness that combines to almost give it a smokey character, very interesting. Pairing it with some sheeps milk cheese brought out an interesting almond like nuttiness. Definitely more along the biere de garde territory of farmhouse, but with an interesting mustiness that I really dig. Definitely worth checking out, unique but tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, on the slicker side, with a medium light body.

Drinkability is high, this was really quite nice, one worth revisiting for sure, and that would probably age well (in fact, I'm guessing by the appearance of the bottle that it's a good 1+ years old.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 02:52:47 | More by ccrida
Photo of Beerenauslese


3.88/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a translucent amber, with a head that quickly dissipates.

S: Honey and prunes, vanilla, smells port-like.

T: Surprisingly hoppy and dry with tight carbonation. Lingering bitterness from hops, strong grapefruit with a bit of ginger bite in the finish.

M: Refreshing carbonation makes this beer work, leaving a clean dry moutfeel.

D: Altogether, a decent session beer.

ABV is 6% by the label, not 5%.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 01:56:25 | More by Beerenauslese
Photo of loosey

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nice thick cloudy beige head, 2 inches in a goblet, retained well.. color is a deep orange leather, cloudy with yeast

smell is not strong... maybe spicy, hops, sour apples, some caramel

taste is immediatley crisp .. but subtley malty, heavier than anticipated but still noticably carbonated, some spicy hops in the middle with only hint of sour cherry before roast then a dry anticeptic finish... oh and it keeps getting sweeter

this aint daddy's saison, but i dont hate it for that. almost like a cross between a pale sour saison and a brown bitter ale.

the perfect time to have some of this would be an early spring afternoon, after you've just painted the exterior of your shitty lecherous boss's entire house and are sitting on the overly luxurious back patio while closely watching his plain but voluptuous daughter plant carrots in a clingy flower pattern halter top and frumpy englishwoman's garden hat... maybe he would even bring out some molasses bread and lean in too close to tell you how you're such a good worker

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 23:45:09 | More by loosey
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a ruddy, dark-amber, copper-hue with a minimal head that left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Spicy, malty aroma replete with hints of vanilla, bread, and butter...
Very different appearance and flavor for a typical Saison... More darker in color and maltier in flavor with hints of caramel, vanilla, malts, and a slight balance of hops...
Creamy mouthfeel along with a fairly easy level of drinkability due to the modest ABV...
Worth a try...

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 19:34:47 | More by dsa7783
Photo of RenoZymurgist


3.7/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ABV is stated as 6% not 5%.
Pours a coppery brown color that is quite hazy with a tan head.
The aroma is slighly spicy and a bit of caramel malt is in there as well.
The flavor begins with a quick rush of bubbles accompanied by a moderate amount of bitterness for the style. It is quickly overtaken by a fruity and malty sweet flavor that segues into a crisp dry finish that has a bit of hop bitterness lingering with some of the aforementioned fruity esters. Crisp and refreshing yet during the taste the beer is quite flavorful with a good amount of hops and some complexities thrown in by the sublte carmel/toasty malt interplay and the carbonic bite/fruity esters. A nice example of a saison that pushes the definition of saison in a different direction that Dupont but is no less valid for doing so.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 23:11:01 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of scruffwhor


2.78/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml bottle with 6% abv.

Pours a deep chery wood stain, but you can still see the bubbls. Good, spongey head, and some cockeyed lacing. Great clor, but lacks the doughy head I love in a saison. The aroma is a very bland, herbal cherry malt vinegar with a touch of earth. The taste is almost equally lack luster. A little woody and equally malt vinegar. Tart yet bland metallic palate round out this lack luster saison.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 03:12:29 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of ArrogantB


2.73/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Damn I wish I had read the reviews before purchasing this on a whim. $8.99 for a 750ml bottle at my local. The color was a deep, dark orange. It doesn't have much aroma other than a dusty, slightly musty, dirty, metallic, mineral smell. Not bad, it doesn't jump out at all. The flavor is like rubber and just the hint of a band-aid. The finish is decent. After drinking a Foret earlier this is a supreme disappointment. I am not impressed and I wished I had bought the Saison Dupont that was right next to this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 02:28:47 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.45/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A dark cloudy amber color with a dirty white cap of foam. From the outset it is clear this isn't a normal Saison. The aroma is toasted malt with some caramel sweetness and a slight twist of citrus. The flavor profile is a bit light, but malt sweetness and breadiness are detectable also a very light fruitiness. It ends with an almost astringent bitterness unexpected for a Saison. Quite dry on the palate. Hard to believe this is a Saison, it comes across more as a bitter ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 22:25:17 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of Beerman3000


4.38/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy, nut brown color with some suspended yeast. Lots of yeast sediment in the bottom of the 750 ml Champagne-style bottle. Large, buff-colored, natural, bumpy head. Toasted, caramelly, malty nose. Right off the bat, this beer is very different from the dozen or so other Saisons I've had. It's darker, less yeasty, and seems less aged. Full, cohesive body. Smooth, low-CO2 mouth feel after a hard pour. Big, full, malty flavor, with lots of roasted caramel and toffee tones. Very ale-like, with a complexity that is similar to a bottle-conditioned English Ale. Long, quite bitter, hoppy finish, but not like an English beer would be - - more Germanic style hops w/ a sharp, but not excessively high alpha-acid bite, and without much herbal complexity or aroma. 6% abv. Bottle-conditioned. Made at the Medievil Castle of Irchonwelz in the Hainaut region of Belgium. A revival of an old Saison that dates back to the 1800s. Somewhat disappointing as a Saison, but if you told me this was an English Ale, I'd rate it much higher (bottle conditioning always counts for something)! #3,217 on my life list.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 01:17:17 | More by Beerman3000
Photo of albern


3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Excluding the Euro macros that come out of Belgium, this beer is probably the thinnest, least flavorful, and most watery I've had coming out of that country. The beer pours a very spritzy, carbonated, reddish copper color with a bubbly head that does retain. The smell is bready, sweet malts, some candied sugars too. The taste? It almost isn't there. I'm detecting some floral notes, some lemony spritz, some bready malts, and an ever so slight hop bite in the finish. This beer is just too weak and I don't like the idea of having to seek out flavors. This beer would be refreshing on a very hot day, and I can't believe there is 6% ABV in this watery hole, but that's what the label says. This beer is just too weak to bother with.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 22:54:52 | More by albern
Photo of NoLiberty


4.05/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Deep, cloudy, chestnut-orange color. Nice head with scabbing of carbonation activity. Nice high lacing. Strange color for the style though.

Aroma: Honey, flowers, sweet malt profile and some alcohol.

Taste: Pepppery, sweet, malt characters, wet honey and light hopping. Crispness and a lagered taste. Very clean.

Mouth: Wet and light, refined and dry at the finish.

Drink: Good, but unique for the saison style, almost more like a Biere de Garde.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 22:55:00 | More by NoLiberty
Photo of nbree00


3.15/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Kind of a smokey orange color, very cloudy and highly carbonated, boy what a head.

S: Not very much of an aroma at all, some light honey and hop notes coming through

T: Has almost more of an IPA flavor than Saison. The hops really dominate the flavor here with not nearly enough barnyard notes such as grassy-earthy tones that I tend to associate with the style.

M: Feel is very light on the tongue with the large creamy head really enhancing the experience.

D: Although I think this is a quite drinkable beer over all, if your expecting a classic Saison it is pretty heavy and strong on the hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 02:16:18 | More by nbree00
Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Géants
76 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.