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

Poured this 11.2 oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. No date. The body was a rich golden with amber hints; pretty clear. The off-white head was loose and brittle. A cap of head remained (helped by the etched glass nucleation).

Smell was fruity, apples. Not much else.

Taste was very peppery and fruity. Syrupy almost. The bright bitterness settles to a gentle linger. No typical dusty yeast or organic farm flavors, it tasted good but not strongly of a Saison.

Mouthfeel was coarse in the mouth. Medium bodied.

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Creamy head with slight lacing, orange brown color.

N: Some Belgian saison style malts, touch of booze, apple and other fruit aromas, spices and slight yeast.

T: Fruity with lots more apple, Belgian malts and yeast flavors, the spices add some heat and spiciness, a little too overpowering, slight tangy sourness, and some light bitterness. Some orange peel taste comes out after it warms a bit, as well as some honey.

M: Lots of carbonation with medium body.

F: Very dry with long bitter spiced flavors. The bitterness comes out a bit on the finish but so does the spices as they linger.

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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 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 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 BarrelO
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a goblet. 6% ABV according to the bottle.

A: Darkish brown with a head that doesn't last long.

S: Malt, earthy yeast, some phenols.

T: Much maltier than the typical saison. Some bitterness. Slightly phenolic.

M: Medium-bodied. Not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: I wasn't really feeling this when I first started drinking it. After a while, though, it started to grow on me. I still wouldn't put it in the upper tier of saisons, though.

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Photo of Stunner97
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- brown in color some what murky, white thick foam head, moderate bubble, very nice appearance

Smell- sweet apples citrus, wheat, nice smell

taste- sweet, citrus, apples, wheat based light and drinkable, a abit of alcohol,

mouthfeel- medium body crisp and refreshing

Drinkability- Easy to drink light crisp and sweet but not to sweet, not sure id get again but decent example of the style

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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 Jwale73
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing this one. Served in a St. Bernardus Chalice. Poured a translucent honey-amber with a minimal off-white head that dissipates into a thick center mass of foam. Nose was grassy and spicy-clove, as well as light fruit (maybe green apple) detectable towards the back. Taste follows nose, but a biscuity quality also comes out. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent with some lingering bitterness at the finish. A very respectable saison, but lacks the barnyard funk, as well as a slightly muted spice profile.

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Photo of wl0307
3.53/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BB 05/2011, served lightly chilled in De Dolle Oerbier's long-stemmed goblet.

A: pours a reddish amber hue, translucent, coming with abundant support of fine fizziness and an inch-thick off-white frothy head with pretty good retention.
S: lightly exotic yeasty with notes of sour pears, citrus fruits plus apple-ish flavouring, while the pale+caramel malts and syrupy sweetness are firmly in the background, along with a deeply estery aroma that most Belgian pale ales come with - a unique edge of sweetened Chinese green-bean paste. The overall aroma is way less "funky" as I'd expect from a Saison, making this beer more like other pale ales brewed with candy sugar actually.
T: no joke, it tastes completely different from what I expected from the nose - the swallow comes utterly bitter and dry with plenty of powdery yeastiness and lightly phenolic & mineral notes to boot, skirted by just a faint touch of sweet edge of pale malts; going deep down the palate with ruthlessly rough-textured hop-bitterness, more like a "green" (the yeasty edge, I mean) English bitter with an additional bucketful of hops! In fact, the whole beer is bitter and rather chewy, naturally as a result of a high proportion of hops in the overall composition.
M&D: the palate is not thin or too light, but the carbonation does come a bit hyper to prevent a more smooth drinking experience. I can't relate this to other Saison-type of beers I've tried which all show a rather complex wild-yeasty edge; maybe a rather novel interpretation with a bucketful of hops too much for the balance? As a Bitter lover, I welcome this "unbalance" actually, but to be really quaffable it can't just rely on the bitter factors alone.

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

I had this back to back with Noël Des Géants and while I certainly enjoyed it more (I gave Geants a C+) it tasted more like a simple, but well balanced, amber-colored Belgian ale than anything. I get the same dry hay flavor along with toasted dark candy. It's quite a drinkable beer and could make for a decent session Belgian, but the flavor isn't that compelling compared to other Belgian ales and saisons.

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Photo of Nipitato
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased a bottle at Marty's in Newton, MA.

A: A moderate amber hue. Pours with an off white head that dissipates relatively quickly. Belgian lace develops as beer is quaffed.

S: A musty "old" character. Overripe apples - cider like. Some light spiciness. A clean malt character underscores. This is not a particularly pleasing aroma.

T: Talk about a bland taste. Soft pilsner malt character dominates. Some extremely muted spiciness. No balancing bitterness or yeast character.

MF: Highly carbonated. Medium body.

D, notes: What a boring and bland beer. Nothing here to impede drinkability just nothing to make me want to drink this.

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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 jbphoto88
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy terracotta orange with a fast to fade off white head. Not a bad start. The retention isn't great leaving a bubble pattern that resembles a single ice cube after it's melted in some iced tea.

The scent is slightly fruity leaning more towards a green apple mixed with some lemons. A whiff of malt is there but scarce.

Taste is malty with a hint of the same notes the nose has. A little cidery with a light touch of toffee. Clean, very crisp all accented by a tart aggressive carbonation and mild spice.

The carbonation is a little much for me as it makes the beer feel and slightly taste like a soda water rather then a brew. I do like the sweet flavors that move to a nice dryness. An ok beer but not a great one.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A - clear amber color with a thick foamy head that settles into a chunky lacing

S - strong yeast-fruity aroma (touch of apricots and peaches) with malt behind

T - initially fruity sweet but moves to a moderate hop flavor with some slight sour funk, finishes dry

M - medium body, moderate-high carbonation

D - This is an interesting beer with some complexity on every taste. Recently, I've developed a taste for some of the sour and funky beers and while I like some aspects of this beer, I don't think it's one I would recommend as a classic example. However, it is worth trying at least once I think.

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

Reviewed on 3/16/08. On tap at Ebenezer's. Poured a dark, amber brown with small white head. Aroma of light fruits (apple, pear, banana). Taste was bitter, hoppy. Reminded me of an ESB actually. I thought it was pretty good, pretty drinkable.
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 7/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

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Photo of AndrewMcLemore
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, yellowish amber with a fluffy but relatively thin head for a saison.

Not much in the way of aroma, some banana and roasted barley notes.

This saison veers toward the bitter side of farmhouse ales, but the hops fill out this beer nicely. The nose hits with a satisfyingly hoppy bite and finishes with a toasty, hay-like aftertaste that isn't overbearing.

Mouthfeel is a little too much like soda for my taste, a lot of creaminess and molasses.

Not sure I'd want to drink more than two of these at a time, after about 1 and a half, the aftertaste makes you feel like you've eaten too many Lay's Potato Chips.

Aside from that less than appealing analogy, this isn't a bad beer, not fantastic, but if you like saisons, it's worth sampling as a hoppier take on a Belgian classic.

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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 lpayette
3.82/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems like I'm always reviewing beers that have been cellaring for a while- here's another one. I've probably had this for close to 2 years now.

Appearance- dark straw color with a white head that's on the small side for a saison. really no lacing from this one.

Smell- not very many vapors coming off... smells are all very subtle and tend to lean towards the barnyardy side of things. hay/grass, light and fruity smells.

Taste- First thing I thought was honey. Nice sweet malt overtones with floral, herbal, hay, toasty, banana, and other flavors painted on top of that. Slight tart twang and the finish, and definitely spicy throughout.

Mouthfeel- a bit watery and very very bone dry. Could be a little more "wet" but the dryness does make you want to take another sip.

Drinkablity/conclusion- This seems to have mellowed out with some time in the fridge (though I can't say for sure because this is the first time I've had it). It's probably not good enough for me to seek out and buy again, but overall this isn't a bad choice and I enjoyed it.

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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 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 loosey
3.26/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

nice thick cloudy beige head, 2 inches in a goblet, retained well.. color is a deep orange leather, cloudy with yeast

smell is not strong... maybe spicy, hops, sour apples, some caramel

taste is immediatley crisp .. but subtley malty, heavier than anticipated but still noticably carbonated, some spicy hops in the middle with only hint of sour cherry before roast then a dry anticeptic finish... oh and it keeps getting sweeter

this aint daddy's saison, but i dont hate it for that. almost like a cross between a pale sour saison and a brown bitter ale.

the perfect time to have some of this would be an early spring afternoon, after you've just painted the exterior of your shitty lecherous boss's entire house and are sitting on the overly luxurious back patio while closely watching his plain but voluptuous daughter plant carrots in a clingy flower pattern halter top and frumpy englishwoman's garden hat... maybe he would even bring out some molasses bread and lean in too close to tell you how you're such a good worker

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Photo of dsa7783
3.57/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, 11.2 oz bottle purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chrystie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a ruddy, dark-amber, copper-hue with a minimal head that left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Spicy, malty aroma replete with hints of vanilla, bread, and butter...
Very different appearance and flavor for a typical Saison... More darker in color and maltier in flavor with hints of caramel, vanilla, malts, and a slight balance of hops...
Creamy mouthfeel along with a fairly easy level of drinkability due to the modest ABV...
Worth a try...

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Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.68/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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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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Saison Voisin from Brasserie Des Légendes
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