Saison Voisin | Brasserie Des Légendes

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Des Légendes
Belgium
brasseriedesgeants.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 09-08-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
189
Reviews:
146
Avg:
3.33
pDev:
15.02%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
5
For Trade:
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Photo of dgallina
3.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle without freshness dating.

Pours attractive lightly-clouded ruby. A few inches of thin foam that leaves tendrils of lace on the glass. Smells yeasty and peppery, with fresh hops and hints of lemon and orange fruit. Flavor is mostly missing in action. Lightly grainy at first, with a bit metallic lemon-tinged malt in center. An overabundance of bitter hops (bordering on sour, really) at the finish. Light, somewhat thin and over bubbly in the mouth. Not a great saison overall. Flavor and body generally too thin and gassy.

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Photo of dherling
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Warm murky orange color and a nice white head crowning a pleasen smelling Belgian. This had a famr nose to it, hay, barnyard, chicken shit, with some other spice, malty sweetness and yeast. I get some sour citrus in the taste, and more of the barnyard flavor, but not as harsh as the nose, more grassy than hay. Somewhat sweet, but noy cloying, balanced with some yeast and hops (grapefruit?). This finishes pretty dry, and I was enjoying this. As I went through the glass, the flavors became heavier and ore apparent, I wasn't enjoying this much a the end, and a heavy wet hay flavor was dominant.Finished heavy, with a somewhat creamy, then dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright hazy copper glow topped with a thin quickly settled densely packed headcap, leaving some drippy lace in the glass.

Light aroma of some caramely malts.

First swigs: Gooey melty caramel and some light green apple and lemon balance. Not too much flavor going on, but a mild saison overall.

Last swigs: Nothing too crazy here. Just a delicate 5% saison sipper.

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Photo of gosurfobx
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle into a tulip shaped glass. The beer pours a dark orange copper color with a large white head. The usuall spicy notes that are present in a saison seem absent in the smell of this beer. The smell does have some maltyness and yeasty notes. The taste of the beer is unlike any saison that I have tried before. Like the smell the spicey notes seem to be almost non-existant if not very subdued. The main taste is the malt. The mouth is a little thin with a good level of carbination. Drinkable and interesting but not exactly in the traditional defintion of a saison.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.58/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

33 cL bottle with no freshness date. It pours an unfiltered amber/topaz that is almost opaque and has light carbonation leading up to a 2 finger off-white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is lighlty fruity and acidic/tart, with an herbal, almost minty quality. There are spicy and medicinal phenols on the palate, along with a light mustiness, green apples, spicy/floral hops, and a medium bitterness that leaves a long finish. The body is light, with medium carbonation and is a little drying. Overall, it tastes good, but the flavors aren't as pronounced as I'd like.

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

750 ml bottle purchased at LaBodega in Riverside CA, in early August 2006 for $7.99. The label is very different than the one pictured above, it is a "old-timey" yellowed and green paper looking label with Voisin as the main font. "Brewed in the Medieval Castle of Irchonwelz" and "Brewed and bottled by Brasserie Des Geants, Ath, Belgium", "Unpasteurized -- Unfiltered -- Bottle-Refermented" and 6% ABV (not the 5% listed above).

Pours much darker than most saisons I have seen, with a pleasantly huge chunky head. As the head settled, big globs of sticky head clung to the side of the glass. Admittedly, I couldn't wait, and poured it too cold, so some of the aromas were probably killed in the process.

Aroma pleasant and fruity, dark cherry-like fruits mixed with a lemony tartness. Strong malt profile.

When cold, the flavor intensifies the lemony notes, and a solid funk action takes hold. Not extreme like some Belgian lambics, but bitter funkiness nonetheless. Yeasty and spicy notes open as it warms, and the interesting funk dies away.

Pleasant, but not one that has me begging for more. If put in front of me, I'll drink it, but I'm not going to be out looking for it.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hmmm. Exceptionally dark for a saison, a clear copper with a massive, creamy French vanilla head. Great retention.

Smell: Smells authentic. Nice combination of fruit, flowers and the infamous rainwater/barnyard funk.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Uh... OK. Hoppy, caramel malt, hard water mineral metallic bite. Light, fizzy body. Is this an ESB? Seriously, what IS this? It's not bad, exactly, but a saison... I have no idea what's going on here.

Drinkabilty: I suppose if you're a Brit who finds himself homesick in Belgium, this would be great. If you want something that one might generally consider, say, saisonlike, this might not be your first choice. A WTF? beer of the first order.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.41/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/31/06- Purchased at Plumpjack's in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- 11.2oz bottle with no freshness info posted. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Very amber in color...much deeper than expected. Kinda like another saision, the name of which I don't remember. Larger inch plus fluffy sparkling white head...although very light on the lace trails left behind. Still nice overall.

Smell- Had a very prevelant pils like hoppy scent upon opening the bottle. Some sweeter malt, maybe a lemon as well. The pils scent threw me off for this style though. No barnyard or other earthy scents though.

Taste- Has most of the qualities of a run of the mill saison. No strong citric twang though and not really huge on the spices. Some mild honey, white pepper and lemon rind. Just doesn't take it to the next level.

Mouthfeel- Pretty well carbonated, mild hop bitterness.

Drinkability- Ehhh, have had much better ones than this. Worth a try, but lots of other far better examples to be found...probably right in your backyard.

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Photo of ADR
2.91/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fairly dark orange color, grading into almost a brown. Respectable head, tall and rocky and leaving decently complete lacing. Not very aromatic, slightly spiced and vaguely estery with a light lemon sense. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation almost at a high level. Flavor rushes right past any malt impression whatsoever, settles into a steely metallic almost dandelion bitterness. Through all of this is a very light body, not adding any interest. Like a somewhat bitter iced tea after all the ice has melted on a hot summer day. Slightly dry finish. I'm just not a fan of this one.

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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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saison is one of my favorite styles of beer to drink in spring,this is a lighter version of the style.Poured a honey/golden with a fluffy two finger white head that suprisingly left no lace behind as it came down.Mainly Belgian yeast in the aroma somewhat phenolic with some herbalness.Not a complex beer by any means somewhat sweet honey-like flavors somewhat yeasty finishing herbal.A decent beer beer if not complex a simple beer,pretty easy to drink.

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

Golden hue, below a creamy and lasting covering cream. Subtle nose, with hints of citrus and grapefruit, light cornbread and honey. Initially bland on the palate, but open up on the mid-palate with dry, peppery flavors and sharp hops, which give a subtle herbaceous feel. Bready and vanilla laden as well with light lingering caramel and strawberry jam on the finish. I find it quite artful and balanced, something I’d want to drink regurlarly if I lived nearby.

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Photo of alexgash
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of EmoBeerGuy
2.83/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of nomad
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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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 UncleFlip
2.93/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Loks decent- nice orange-honey colour, a touch hazy...white head, combo tight and loose bubbles.

Smell has touches of papaya, yeast, malt and clove.

Tase has hints of hefe...just a touch sour, with some distinct clove notes, butfnishes a bit watery with some growing orange notes.

The carbonations all you really notice on the mouthfeel. There's some liquid under it, but it's hard to find.

In the end, when you take the drinkability at face value, it's too fizzy up top, and too watery down bottom. I doubt I'd have more than one.

Be well
-UF

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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 joedon
3.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Adequately drinkable Belgian beer. Dark amber, almost gold color. Thin white head with little lace. Pleasant but not powerful aroma. No spice and just mild hop aroma. Seems very lightly hopped to me with almost no herbal flavors. Slightly sour aftertaste. My impression is of a decent "Summer" beer. Very expensive at $3.49 for a 330ml bottle.

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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 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 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 jdhilt
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a one-finger white head that fades quickly leaving little lace. Slightly cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Nose is spicy, starts sweet on the sweet side maybe raisins, finishes smooth - with a good mix of hops and malt, not dry. 330ml bottle for $2.80 from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
3.33 out of 5 based on 189 ratings.
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