Saison Voisin | Brasserie Des Légendes

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Saison VoisinSaison Voisin

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Brasserie Des Légendes

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Filosoof
4.43/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking this beer I'm realizing that you always have to stay thinking yourself. If I would believe the other 131 reviewers this would be a quite bad beer. Or at best: nothing special.

But to my taste, this is just another very good saison. The looks are full and great, with a peachy colour and a big head. The smell is very subtle. The taste has something of mandarin, lots of spices, almond, funk and very good hops. The mouthtaste is full and almost perfect, with a lovely bitter (but not too hard) finish.

Overall: I trust myself: a lovely beer, certainly one to drink more often.

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Photo of Melvintrude
4.42/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured with a huge white head over an orange tan body. Loved the lengthy grassy notes and cleanness on the palate.

Less hop than anticipated, but not a bad thing

If there is such a thing as a session Saison, this it!

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Photo of Wiessmonkey
4.37/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served at 54 degrees in a goblet out of a 11.2 ounce bottle

A. fresh honey colored with a light carmel head
S. malty, there was a fruit smell but almost like a couple day old fruit that had been cut open and left on the counter, i couldn't get it into words, had a good fresh hops(fuggle-ish) also
T. started with a sweet bite then smoothed out into hops and toasted bread grains, i felt the bitterness stayed good through the finish and had a touch of honey sweetness at the end
M. simple and clean
D. I likes this beer and think that it would be a great beer to have around early spring it is big enough to help get through the early morning chill but simple enogh that when the day starts getting warmer it will not get too heavy.

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Photo of thekanna
4.35/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice light gold color, clear with not much white head.

S: Some honey and honey-coated fruits; generally clean.

T: A juicy, slightly honey malt beginning leads to one of the most gorgeous fruit flavors I have ever experienced in a beer: light and delicate, but absolutely flavorful. Longan, jackfruit, other tropical fruits galore with some apple/pear sweetness.

M: Juicy with a lovely, crisp finish.

D: This beer is worth it just for the unique balance of fruit tastes alone. Excellent.

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Photo of Beerman3000
4.34/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.23/5  rDev +27%
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.

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Photo of ccrida
4.13/5  rDev +24%
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.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.08/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A Belgian Saison sitting patiently in my fridge for about a year. Brewed in the medieval castle of Irchonwelz. Though the BA Site lists this brew at 5%ABV it reads on the bottle 6%.

Poured into a Saison Dupont glass. A huge, fierce, crackling white head forms with hundreds of craters opening up and condensing into the foam. Orange/tawny brown in color. Excellent retention and bubbly lace.

Aroma is sweet, bready, yeasty. Appetizing. Light hay and barnyard elements.

Mild tartness with a lot of hop flavor. Super clean and drying. With the sting of viscousity is a soft fruity flavor. Bitterness is still there after all this time. Pale malt body. Poured some of the yeasty sediment in halfway, adding a more complex touch to the beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, very dry finish and generally makes me want to take another sip rapidly.

A very enjoyable beer that I wish was more widely available. Got this through the mail from a Belgian beer site in 2009.

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Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad. A little sweeter than most saisons, but still earthy. Poured with a nice large foamy frothy sudsy off white head and lots of lace.Head lasts quite a while. Color is a clear copper amber. Nose is malt spice yeast. Flavor is like aroma plus some berries and later bitteroot. Body is just a hair thin and carbonation is good. Finish has a nice play of bitter and sweet, with sweetness giving sway to bitterness at the very end. Could easily drink more.

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Photo of NoLiberty
4.02/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of thierrynantes
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Bières & Chopes, and tasted in 2012.

Appearance : amber color with beige foamy head (nice lacing).
Smell : fruity and citrus aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : hoppy with haezl notes and dryness in finish.
Drinkability : a good beer in the Belgian style Saison.

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Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i read about this beer in Southampton brewmaster Phil Markowitz's book, Farmhouse Ales, and had to try it just for the history lesson. for anyone that doesn't know the book but loves saisons, it is a must read. Phil leads us to Leon Voisin, whose family has been brewing saisons professionally for almost 200 years, and according to Leon, this is a spot-on representation of what people knew as saison around Hainaut back then. beer 101. i think drinking this beer is a great history lesson, so i am giving it 4s across the board. if i had tasted this dark amber beer blind, i'm not so sure i would have understood it as well. nose of grassy hops and caramel play out dryly with some earthy cellar/corkiness coming through and maybe raw sugar as well and being wound out by a sticky, lingering, hop bitterness. glad i now know where the style comes from. grateful i live in a developed society that now fantome and lost abbey are what people know as saison!!!

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Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.95/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of LordWoolley
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid Saison from husband and wife brewers. I find it sad many reviewers are complaining about this beer as not being "saison" like. Style nazi's are the worst slime around. This brewery and this beer featured in the seminal book on Saison Farmhouse Ales by Phil Markowski. He dissects the style and this ale is quite traditional. The recipe dates back to 1895. So to reviewers out there this is a Saison through and through. You are actually tasting what a drinker in 1895 would have been drinking at this brewery minus some stronger wild yeast notes. Time to put away the BJCP guidelines because it causes many Americans to look like fools.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.92/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy copper with a pretty solid head. Moderate thickness with some rubber foam peaks.

S - Nose is mostly apples and pears, fairly fragrant with floral notes and a touch of grape.

T - Juicy...something up front - cherries maybe? mixed in with a light grapefruit. Whatever it is, it's certainly fruity. Again apples show up and an impression of tartness, but finishes mildly bitter and dry. Yeastiness is also present.

M - Soft on the palate with a touch of carbonated zing.

D - Pretty drinkable. Overall impression was a tasty but fairly light brew.

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Photo of salvo
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance out of the bottle is browner than many other saison, but the earthy old wood smell is there unmistakably. The head is only a half inch and it does back fast, leaving a thin foam coat and the carbonation seems to keep it replenished.

Like with Hopus and other sediment-heavy bottle-refermented Belgians, I poured only 3/4 of the bottle into the tulip: the beer was almost clear with a rich hazelnut brown color. Pouring in the yeast and sediment enhanced the flavor but did make the beer murky.

The taste is rich and fizzy: like the carbon dioxide gets release when it hits my tongue. Then the flavor is slightly sour with a big malty back. Unusual in a saison for all that malt, but I welcome it! Spicy/peppery back that hits the throat where the tongue begins. Not an unpleasant sensation. The yeasty sediment at the bottom of the bottle yields a rich fresh-baked bready flavor and odor -- not the yeasty smell of lagering yeast, but that fresh-baked hot bread smell.

I am enjoying this beer more than the other reviewers seem to: subjective taste. Also my bottle reports 6% and not 5%, so perhaps I am reviewing a newer, tweaked batch. This is good stuff, although I agree it is darker than most saison.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2007 US release, Sampled December 2007
Not explosively carbonated, but well enough that a reasonably careful pour produces a four-finger thick, crown of amber tinged, light tan colored froth that is structured enough to form a nicely varied surface as it slowly recedes. The beer is a reddish amber color that shows an almost brilliantly clear, slightly washed out, cranberry color when held up to the light. Quite malt focused in the aroma, or at least the caramelized malt and richer fruit notes are a bit atypical of you standard pale Saison, but then this is no where near a pale Saison. Caramel notes, raisin aromatics, and toasty, biscuit like grain notes combine with an earthy spiciness that accentuates notes of clove, a damp mustiness, allspice bark and a certain loam like quality. There is a certain nuttiness here, which would be malt contributed too. I find the aroma quite inviting; the rich bread-like malt notes combine quite well with notes of fruit and yeast spiciness.

A still substantial carbonation causes the beer to foam up as the beer first hits my tongue. The beer is quite dry, though it still has a substantial malt character to it; flavors of lightly browned bread crust, toasty malt notes and lots of maillard by products that make me think of unsweetened, caramelized sugar (if one can imagine such a thing). There is a distinct nuttiness, that is almost woody in character, here in the flavor too and it sort of morphs into a light, dark grain induced, bitterness in the finish. Speaking of which, there is a definite hop character here; mostly noticed in the finish as a herbal, almost menthol like bitterness. Spicy notes of black pepper, hints of clove, perhaps a touch of cardamom, and a touch of fenugreek.

This is quite tasty, and I really like how dry this is; it is perfectly in line with my favorite versions of a the paler Saisons, yet it has a malt depth that adds an interesting extra dimension.

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Photo of Hop2it
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of fear025
3.86/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL on 3/3/11.

Aroma:There is some farmhouse funk in the aroma, as well as some citrus fruity notes. There's also a little spicy soapy smell.

Appearance:Honey colored, with generous long lasting head, and very good lacing.

Taste:Tons of spice right in the forefront. Spice and flowers. In the midtaste, some of the bitter hips start to come through more. The bitter hops then grow, and peak in the aftertaste, which then slowly fade leaving only floral flavors.

Mouthfeel:Mouthfeel is very light with good carbonation. There is some harsh astringency in the foretaste from the hops.

Overall:This is an excellent spicy saison.

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Photo of Beerenauslese
3.85/5  rDev +15.6%
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%.

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Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml capped champagne style brown bottle. 6% alcohol.

It pours a hazy cider/amber color. The head is big, fluffy, and white. It sticks for a bit and leaves some decent lacing as it recedes.

The smell is pretty hoppy for the style imo. It actually reminds me of Brooklyn soriachi ace, albeit much less fragrant and a bit denser/blunter. It has a peachy smell and the typical spicy yeast you always get in a saison.

The taste is mildly hoppy with a nice cirtus breeze and some subtle bitterness. That pretty much overpowers some of the typical saison flavors. This one is definitely spicy and citrusy, not as fruity as most. It also is very clean tasting. It has some good flavor, but it is perhaps a bit lacking in the flavor department.

If you like a hoppier saison this is one I would recommend. I think the recipe has changed for this one, it seems alot different than what people are saying in older reviews, gotta try the big bottles of this.

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