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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Added by Todd on 09-08-2003

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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of superspak
1.88/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, grape, pear, cardboard, hay, grass, pepper, clove, bread, and stale earthiness. Awful aromas with a large amount of oxidation and age noticeable. Taste of apple, pear, caramel, grape, cardboard, floral, grass, hay, light pepper, bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness and moderate phenols. Lingering notes of light fruits, caramel, bread, cardboard, floral, hay, and earthy/phenolic yeast flavors on the finish. Moderately unpleasant balance of flavors with moderate phenols present; with lingering oxidation/weird off flavors on the finish for a while. Medium carbonation and body; with a slick and moderately syrupy mouthfeel that is quite unpleasant. Alcohol presence is minimal, but the phenolic flavors really make this hard to drink. Overall this was a horrible saison. I have no idea if age was a culprit here, but this totally went bad. Drained.

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Photo of yossarian14
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of asafarc2
2/5  rDev -39.9%

Photo of woosterbill
2.15/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

33cl bottle into a Saison Voisin pint glass; ordered (against my suggestion) by my friend at Bier Circus.

A: Clear, bubbly amber body under 2" of very creamy tan foam that settles slowly and leaves lots of lace. Gorgeous.

S: Husky, grassy, bitter, stale malt. Unpleasant.

T: Follows the nose, sadly. Weak malt, ginger, and grassy bitterness. Slightly sweet but still very bitter finish. Not good.

M: Painfully prickly, overcarbonated medium body.

O: This was just bad.


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Photo of joeack
2.19/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a copper color and had a very thick head but not fluffy at all. The funky smell so present in the great saisons (Saison Dupont, Ommegang) was lacking. The taste followed was very weak and almost watery. This beer was lacking flavor and character and would not recommend trying this one.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
2.25/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - A hazy strawberry blonde with a small white head and no lacing.

S - Caramel malt, grassy hops and very faint strawberries.

T - A ton of whole wheat bread flavor. A very faint touch of strawberries, and even fainter grassy bitterness with a linger wheat bread aftertaste. Seriously, this tastes EXACTLY like soggy wheat bread. Crappy flavor.

M - Smooth, thin and slightly refreshing.

D - When I want wheat bread, I eat wheat bread. I don't go looking for beer that taste like it. This beer really isn't worth having unless drinking wheat bread is you idea of delicious. Some might say a delicious weizenbock has that action going on, but if they tried this beside that, they would taste the distinction.

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Photo of BlindPig
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Really thick tan head on a pretty clear amber body.
S- Sweet caramel malts, grass hops, slight hints of sourness, older apples, hints of bananas, and a little spice. Just from the smell I would never guess it was a saison. I would guess a Belgian Pale mixed with a triple.
T- This really doesn't strike me as a saison. Toasted barley and a very different type of hop come through. Almost a tea leaf flavor to it as well in the aftertaste. A light sour old apple flavor comes through it as well.
M-Full body with a low carbonation.
D- It really doesn't taste or smell like a saison. I really can't see me drinking all of this since I don't even look forward to the next sip. None of the flavors go together and it's ashame since I just wanted a easy to drink beer like a saison should be.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
2.26/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

22cl into Chimay goblet.

A- A very nice head, great lacing, beer is copper/gold, shimmering, simply fantastic pour.

S- Wet wheat, some mild funk, some lemon rind or something I can't quite place... zesty! Overall, pretty laid-back, though.

T-Eeeew. Sour, not in a good way. Bitter. Chalky. Earwax-y. None of the subtleties found in the nose... I do not like it, meethinks. A cross of peppermint, chalk, and earwax. Seriously.

M- Good carbonation, terrible taste. So... yeah. At least it's an easy one going down.

D- Low. I'm too cheap to pour out beer, but I did not like this one at all. Stay away, stay far away. Not a good beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

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Photo of sacfly
2.4/5  rDev -27.9%
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.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.48/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This brew reminded me too much of several brews that don't do it for me: Scrimshaw, Lunacy, Pranqster... just about any of those mixed together with a red ale... which I dont dig either. The malts taste kinda stale to me with an abrasive bitter quality that I don't enjoy. There were some sweet vinegar notes in the scent; maybe this was an off bottle? Even so, I didn't detect much in the way of potential for this one.

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Photo of Mancer
2.49/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a hazy copper with a 2 finger high off white head. I have to mention, that the second I popped open this beer, it absolutely exploded. The bottle itself overflowed all over the table. The initial smell of the beer was slightly wheaty, fruity and malty. Just small hints of everything, but nothing pronounced or impressive. The initial taste of the beer was a slight fruitiness, with some wheat and yeast. Overall the falvor was bland. The brew had a light body with medium carbonation.

I'm glad I split this bottle with someone, because I can't say that I would like to drink two glasses of this stuff. One glass lasted me over 2hours. I couldn't get myself to drink this that often. It never stuck out in my mind as an "Ooo I want some more." All in all, there are way better Saisons in this style and price range.

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Photo of stcules
2.5/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of cokes
2.51/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

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Photo of mothman
2.6/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1 finger of khaki head. Fades down a little. Leaves some splattered lace. Color is a dark burnt bronze.

Aroma: Some spices at first with some fruity esters. Bready malts. Not really funky like a saison.

Taste: Reminds me more of a Belgian Pale ale than a saison. A lot of spice flavors here. Yeast, bready malts, cloves, fruit notes, and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Fizzy and boozy. Very odd for a 5% beer. Medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Ends dry with spice notes.

Overall, just not a lot going on with this saison. It really tastes nothing like a saison other than it being Belgian. Boozy as well for the low abv. Not too drinkable for me.

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Photo of ehammond1
2.65/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle (2010)

Port Bottle Shop
Carlsbad, CA

A murky and hazy dark brown and orange. Two finger off white head. Some spotted lacing down the glass.

This smells EXACTLY like Martinell's Apple Juice, which is fine...for apple juice, but not a saison. No complexity, no funk, no barnyard, no hops, no yeast...just apple juice.

This beer tastes of dirt (earth?), apples, some slight tang from the yeast, grains, and muddy hop bitterness. Nothing mixes particularly well together, though it isn't at all bad.

Medium to thick mouthfeel, a touch sharp and metallic, and not particularly drinkable, especially for a saison. I usually find myself gulping saisons and wondering how my glass ended up empty so quickly--this one is taking a while.

Not any better than average saison. I wouldn't recommend this, though it might pair well with salty food.

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Photo of brewdoc75
2.68/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a middle of the road amber color into my red wine glass. Cloudy and very carbonated. A strong, off-white head sits on top and lasts a while. A little, dirty lace along the sides.

S: Earthy, dank, fairly malty. Some caramel, which seems odd for the style. Light spiciness. A touch of citrus. Really not terribly aromatic.

T: First, a harsh bitterness is noted. This is followed by strong caramel malts. Not something I would expect to find in my saisons. The hops provide some spiciness and a little skunky flavor. The beer really lacks the typical saison yeast character. Minimal phenols and esters are noted. Really not very exciting mixed with some harsh bitterness and too much caramel for the style.

M: Dry and light bodied, like it should be. Based on its taste and slightly smooth mouthfeel, I presume there are some caramel malts in here. This doesn't fit well for the mouthfeel. Finishes dry, but a little hop stickiness.

O: Really not a great beer. I wouldn't call it undrinkable or bad, but average to below average. They definitely added some caramel malts to this beer. It doesn't really fit well for the style and really throws me off on this beer. I won't be having this again, but wouldn't scare others away from at least trying this. If I were in Belgium and could have a fresher version, perhaps I would try it again.

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Photo of Todd
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.7/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours slightly cloudy amber brown with decent head. Nose is rubbery and yeasty. Flavor is just…bad. Tastes like wood that has been wet for one too many weeks. Strong metallic taste as it goes along and then a strong inky and metallic aftertaste. Feel is pretty thin. I love saison, but this is just bad. I mean bad, man. If I hadn’t dragged this and the other 33 bottles from my Bay-wide beer run during Thanksgiving, I’d just toss it down the drain.

As it warms it seems to even out, but still. This is a saison? More like a Belgian ale to me.

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Photo of coalcracker
2.72/5  rDev -18.3%
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).

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Photo of watermelonman
2.73/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This poured to an orange and amber color with a minor head. Lace is minimal.

The smell is of pale malts, citrus, and yeast flavors. The taste is very plain, with the malt and citrus coming through up front and lasting through the finish. Interesting mixes of fruits and spices are absent. The mouthfeel is pretty light but still decent. Drinkability is fine, except there isn't much reason to drink it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

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