Saison Voisin
Brasserie Des Légendes

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #1,996
ABV:
5%
Score:
78
Ranked #48,466
Avg:
3.36 | pDev: 14.88%
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
196
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
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*.

May 02, 2005
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rastaman from England

3/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Sep 08, 2003
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cokes from Wisconsin

2.51/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Misty burnt sienna with eddies of bubbles feeding the monumental cream-colored stack of foam. It erodes into large pocked craters leaving a interestingly formed mesa on top of the liquid.
The nose brings caramel grains, treacle, waxy green bell peppers, and prairie.

It's impressive thus far, but here's where it falls off the cliff.

It limply enters the mouth with a coarse graininess, a trickle of toffee, and phantom apple. Then it goes totally vacant. The carbonation scrapes the mouth clean, and leaves a wetness and virtually nothing else. After this long uninhabited interlude, hops pop up with some astringent grassiness and that same bell pepper note from the nose, which rides into the finish.
Light bodied, highly carbonated.
No backbone. No structure. No depth. No nuance. No flavor. No thanks.

Sep 10, 2009
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TastyTaste from Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

Mar 18, 2005
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zerk from California

3.81/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Mar 04, 2004
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CharlesRiver from Connecticut

3.37/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Jan 23, 2005
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stcules from Italy

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%
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.

Mar 13, 2004
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19%
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.

May 25, 2005
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bditty187 from Nebraska

2.81/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Apr 22, 2007
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yen157 from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Dec 22, 2004
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This saison poured a clear, amber color slightly off-white foarm that settled but coated the glass a bit. The smell had a note of wheat and a floral aroma. There was a touch of sweetness in the smell. The taste was malt and wheat with light hops in the finish. A bit bland and tired. The mouthfeel was smooth with medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall a bit average but OK.

Apr 11, 2010
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RBorsato from Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Oct 22, 2013
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BeerBuilder from Minnesota

3.62/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Jan 17, 2005
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

May 20, 2005
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Naerhu from Japan

3.17/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Sep 23, 2004
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nomad from Kansas

3.11/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Jan 26, 2006
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rebel1771 from Florida

3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a copper color with a coarse head that fades quickly.

S: Sour aroma with apple, citrus, and raisin notes.

T: The fruit from the smell does not come through at all. Strange dry malt flavor dominates and leaves no room for anything else.

D: This brew looked and smelled good but is way off the mark on taste. Where taste is concerned this beer doesn't even come close to resembling a saison.

Sep 27, 2010
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EmoBeerGuy from New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Feb 12, 2006
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tavernjef from Minnesota

3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jan 16, 2006
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Dec 05, 2006
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Gavage from Nevada

3.05/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Feb 18, 2007
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RenoZymurgist from California

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Jun 24, 2008
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WesWes from New York

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Apr 13, 2005
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alexgash from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Mar 07, 2006
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HappyHourHero from Indiana

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Mar 06, 2005
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