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Saison Voisin | Brasserie Des Légendes

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Saison VoisinSaison Voisin

Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Légendes

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 09-08-2003

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Photo of rallison
2.8/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Massive 4 finger white head that takes forever to die atop a cloudy dark amber body.

S: Yeasty, fruity and slightly earthy.

T: One dimensional, somewhat lighter fruits with some yeast and caramel character. Nothing all that interesting.

M: Despite pouring with a huge head, the mouthfeel here is very under-carbonated and definitely not pleasing.

D: Low. I am bored already.

Not recommended. A mess. I drain poured most of it.

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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 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 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 brentk56
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a murky apricot with a fluffy head that leaves dancing patterns of lace on the chalice

Smell: Toasted wheat and a lemony, green apple perfume

Taste: Starts with a wheat bread flavor that starts to develop in a sharp yeasty direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malty flavors resume to the forefront but the finish has a harsh grainy and peppery aspect that is not well balanced; the fruit never really appears to provide complexity

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: There are some harsh reviews of this beer from preceding reviewers and, while it is far from the best Saison out there, it is reasonably enjoyable

Thanks, mymrnngjckt, for the opportunity

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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 Halcyondays
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

11.2 oz. Belgian bottle,

A: Pours a nice pale orange, with a huge, white, puffy head, with great retention, and nice sticky lacing.

S: Light notes of earth and malt, and a bit of sage.

T: An interesting taste, at first reminded me of Saison Pipaix, but without as much complexity. Nice taste of herbs, grass, hay, and bread malt, but nothing substantial.

M: A little too much on the thin side for me in a saison, but easy drinking, could be quite refreshing in the summertime.

D: Not a great saison, but I could drink again if offered. It had enough of a funky, herbal quality to get it on my good side.

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750ml bottle in a tulip glass

Poured smooth, strong, with some energy to it. Lite floral nose, soft esters with mineral quality. Possessing a sea foam quality, its somewhat sweet with faint honey, whispered orange & watermelon rind, like a hard candy. With some bloom it takes on aspects of day old sourdough.

A full 2 fingers of pale, mixed bubble, antique parchment stained foam with some sporadic lace eventually settles to a pencil's worth. Color is classic Saison - a deep, hazy, clouded burnt pumpkin amber-orange hue.

Soft on the tongue and semi-dry, it has a noticeable spiced aspect (subtle coriander and orange) overtop a burnt toast maltiness. The mineral quality, hard & almost sharp, has a tealike bitterness to it, all balanced by a subtle, back of the mouth tartness that grows with time. The burnt (well, not so much burnt....lets say really overdone or overbrowned) bread quality keeps the beat and is a constant, sharp, bitter anchor that keeps everything else in rhythm.

It does grow lighter, a little drier, somewhat sweeter (in a ripe clementine kind of way) on the palate. It starter to appeal to me more with each sip. Saison are like good burlesque - they slowly reveal a little more with each "peek" but never quite show it all - no "full Monty" here! I enjoy beers (and styles of) that do that and farmhouse ales can usually be counted on for a good tease. It finishes clean, slightly chewy, with a orange peel & bread crust painting of the mouth.

This one grew on me. It started out a little harsh, sharp, but with each sip slowly evolved into a interesting ale. It has some Witbier aspects to it, but also bitterness, some tartness, bread...in short a classic Saison full of simplistic complexity. Would be great with some aged hard cheese or Brie, cured sausage, artisan bread, a sandwich made of all of those, rustic soups, a lively salad. I wasn't initially blown away by this, but it did grow on me and it would be a fantastic food paring. Certainly worth trying and I would do so again, but this time with the appropriate food. Give it a shot if you plan to eat lite some evening.

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3.35/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, honey/amber color. Medium sized, off-whtie ehad.

Sweet, honey like aroma. Some Belgian funk. Grapes and chardonay.

Well balanced, herbal finish. Not very sweet at all. Caramel and citrus, both very mild.

Medium to light body. Medium carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall, OK. Plenty others out there I would drink first, but I would probably drink it if offered.

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Photo of meatyard
3.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark, hazy, golden/amber with a huge head that leaves clumps of lacing.
The smell is a spicy & fruity maltiness though not very strong.
The bitterness that starts the taste is stronger than I expected and lasts throughout. Otherwise it's a bit malty with bread tastes and that bit of earthiness you'd expeect from a saison. There is some spiciness also.
Mouthfeel is medium/light.
Drinkability is only OK in my opinion. One of these bottles goes far enough at one time.

Overall, it's not anywhere near my favorite Saison which I do like and seems a bit different from others that I've had. Not bad at all but not overwhelming either.

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Photo of number1bum
3.52/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Part of NEPA BC split #5.

This beer makes for an interesting review, because it's one of those classic cases of judging a beer just on its qualities regardless of style, or judging a beer in the way that it stands up to the style characteristics it is meant to represent. Judged as a saison, this is a poor example of the style and I think a lot of the ratings reflect that. Judged on its own merits regardless of style I don't think it's half bad, and it's quite refreshing. I'm camping myself somewhere in the middle of the two in this review. I don't want to knock this beer badly because it's not the best representation of the style, but I don't want to discount the fact that it's meant to be a saison, either. So, here is my middle of the road review.

750ml bottle pours a rich amber color, must darker than anticipated. This was a difficult beer to pour because the carbonation is very lively and half the glass continually filled with a soapy, foamy head. The head recedes to a chunky bit of lacing and leaves some soapy patches on the glass. Smell is light and is mostly malty. Only a feint scent of yeast and fruit. Malt aromas are toasty smelling.

Taste is also malty for the most part, with some toasted notes and a feint sweetness. Halfway through there is a bitter kick of hops and then it smooths back out into a crisp, malty finish. I really don't get any fruity taste at all until the last pour when I get some yeast sediment. This was by far the most flavorful pour of the three (it took 3 because of the crazy head). I have another bottle of this and I will probably disturb the bottle next time so I get yeast sediment with every pour, rather than let it sit like I did with this bottle.

Mouthfeel is maybe a little much in terms of carbonation, but it's light bodied and crisp and easy to drink. Overall, it's not a great representation of a saison by any means but it's a pretty tasty and enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to bruskiator for letting us try this at the Carolina Brewmasters annual Memorial Day BBQ. Though just a sample size, I realized it was definitely a nice summer Saison to drink. Light amber with some yeast haze to it. Almost too much carbonation. Bubbly with citrus fruit notes.

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Photo of bditty187
2.81/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Capped 750ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a brownish amber color with a nice light tan head. Slightly tart aroma with citrus zest, yeast and malt. The taste is slightly musty with some spice and a herbal hopiness. The mouthfeel is very light and prickly from the heavy amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty decent saison that is drinkable. I don't think I will purchase again however due to there being many far greater saisons available.

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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 Gavage
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep straw/tannish collor... good 1/2", white head with some good lacing... looks pretty good...

Aroma is underwhelming... some wheaty/malty characters and a touch of spice... not much here.

Quite average on the palate and on the tongue. Lots of malt and lots of watery notes. A touch of bitterness left sticking all over the mouth... I'm not too impressed.

Drinkability is middle of the road... this isn't a terrible beer, but by no means would I search it out.

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Photo of supercolter
3.72/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very interesting brew.
Appearance is decent with some yeast chunks, 1.5 finger head and minimal lacing.
Smell is pretty good. Hard to nab down exactly what it is though because it is a bit weak. I get some apple, and definately some spice but beyond that, I am lost.
Taste is very similar to the smell, with a bit more tartness.
Mouthfeel is pretty weak.
Drinkability is good.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 33cl bottle to a wide-mouthed glass.

A: Gigantic frothy ivory/white head, 3 or 4 fingers high. There's certainly no lack of carbonation in this one. Color is light-amber and is cloudy swirl of yeastiness. Once it settles, small champagne-like bubbles fizz to the top.

S: Rustic yeast smells and crushed apple pulp. Some tart apricot, dry raisins and herbal/dry hoppiness.

T: Hmmm...tastes similar to the smell...apple mash, mild herbal hopping, yeast. Some lemon sourness. Light spicing of cloves, pepper and cinnamon. All pretty muddy flavors, burdened by an overwhelming gassy/wet hay flavor - an average beer at best.

M: Light-medium mouthfeel with an abundance of carbonation. Finishes dry and a bit sour. Lacks crispness.

D: Not bad for a try, but not the best example of a saison I've had. Still has some nice rustic qualities that remind me of our days in the Belgian countryside. I might have this again...

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Photo of Gmann
3.04/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of a capped 750ml bottle. The color was amber brown with a thick off-white head, with excellent lacing. Plenty of yeast chunks floating around. The smell is caramel malt, a bit metallic. The taste is sweet malt, bitter, metallic. The mouthfeel is fizzy, light almost watery. This "saison" tastes, smells, and looks like an English Pale Ale, no spiciness or anything that I would expect from a Belgian. Stella has more spiciness than this ale. Though it doesn't seem like a Saison, the drinkability is not terrible, however a bit bitter.

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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 ElGordo
3.48/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.21/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ripe tangelo with butterscotch borders and a fine yeasty haze. The pale caramel cap that is currently filling at least two thirds of the glass is a thing of beauty. It has that wonderful, coarse-grained, 'torn French bread' look that the heads on good Belgian beer often have. A second pour makes it look a whipped, airy, brown sugar milkshake and ensures that even more chunky lace will find its way to the glass.

The nose is on the mild side. It's orchard fruity (mushy apples especially) and is somewhat spicy. There's nothing wrong with it exactly, it just isn't as interesting as it could be. Here's hoping that things improve on the palate.

Saison Voisin doesn't really taste like a saison to me. I know that the style is fairly wide open, but still... It tastes like heavily toasted barley mixed with tea leaves and high alpha acid hops that are a bit too stingy with their flavor contribution. There is an earthy spiciness (cinnamon, cardamom and clove) that might have worked better if it was part of a better beer.

I'm finding it hard to get a handle on the flavor profile. The various components don't work all that well together; they clash rather than meld. In addition, alcohol is much more up front than it should be given the ABV. Not looking forward to the next mouthful is never a good sign, especially when the best saisons are some of the most drinkable beers around. I'm glad I didn't buy the big bottle.

It's odd how the mouthfeel often matches the flavor. This one is firm and harshly bubbled, rather than light and effervescent. It doesn't really detract from the experience, but then the experience isn't all that special to begin with. Let's call the mouthfeel a wash; much like the rest of the beer.

I really liked Gouyasse Tripel (Goliath) and hoped that I might like this offering at least as well. Voisin means neighbor. Saison Voisin would be better beer if it was more welcoming and less standoffish. Who was it who said that fences make the best neighbors? This is not a beer that I'll return to.

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Photo of kernalklink
2.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured a red amber with a decent head. A faint floral aroma with some fruity wine. The malt was surprisingly flavorless with only a hint of the fruit in the aroma. A slight bitterness masked a stronger than normal alcohol presence. Drinkable, but the flavors just were not impressing for a style which usually has more to offer.

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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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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
Beer rating: 3.33 out of 5 with 190 ratings
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