Brewed by Brasserie des Géants (Brasserie des Légendes)
Style: Saison
Irchonwelz, Belgium
Serve in Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 436   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
For more than a century, Saison Voisin was beloved in the famous Hainaut region of Belgium until, in 1989, Leon Voisin closed the little brewery where it was made. The Brasserie des Géants, or ’Giants Brewery’, revived this rustic and historic ale with Monsieur Voisin’s blessing in the year 2001, using an original recipe from 1884. It is light on the tongue and refreshingly fruity and bitter, as a true saison should be.
Initially 6.0%
2012 vintage 5.0% abv

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 2, 2008 Rerate 2/2/08: Poured cloudy mahogany with a tall white head. This beer had a big grape character to it, slight oxidation to it, with a strong metallic finish on tap. The metallic note killed this beer. Just not very enjoyable on tap when I had it. From the bottle, pours a cloudy amber color with a creamy off-white head. Orange peel and banana clove in the aroma and finish. Flavor has a touch of tartness and some oaky earthy flavors. Light spiciness in the finish along with some herbal hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
3fourths (9104) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2006
Cloudy and muddy brown and orange colored body. Sweetened oranges and bananas in the nose, overripe fruit and some soft, doughy notes as well. Very nice, soft yeast in the nose. Mildly tart, smooth and moderately thick, so it’s actually really nice on the palate. Silky and mildly tart, mildly sweet, but lacking some peppery character on the tongue which I usually what I expect. Still a great beer. Nicely made.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2006
750mL, no date. My bottle also claims 6%ABV, and bottled in Ath, Belgium. Pours a hazy red orange with a two finger light beige head. Aroma of citrus, pepper, dusty hops, grain and sweet caramel malts. Taste is caramel up front with some nondescript bitterness. Has some dirt and a grassiness--bitter dry finish. Otherwise taste is the same. Highly carbonated, light bodied. Nothing fantastic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2006
UPDATED: APR 8, 2007 Rerate from at bottle bought at O’Briens: Enjoyed the flavor profile much more this time with a fruity and crisp acidic nature balanced by an earthy and oxidized character. The finish has an olde school bite of oak and brett.

Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Poured a slightly hazed golden hue with a fading frothy head and some lace. The nose is very true to the genre with moderate spice vapours of pepper, cardamom, juniper along with grassy hops, wet grains and light earthy esters.

The flavor profile shows a mild acidic twang along with a grassy mild hop nature finishing with just a touch of spice. This beer is refreshing due to it lack of complex flavors and depth. More akin to a Macro Lager than a bold classic like Dupont or Fantôme. Watery and forgettable, this is a beer that is drinkable but would not be something I would likely pay for again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Re-rate. 750 ml fresh bottle this time. Pours a moderate to deep amber with a nice fluffy cloud-like beige head and some great lacing. Aroma is initially bready and pils malt but after it warms a bit, it becomes earthy, phenolic, spicy, and yeasty- traditional saison-like but dulled a bit and is more earthy than farmhouse like. Spicy phenolic flavor of earth, and herbal hops, light bready malts, nutty, leathery, and finishes with a harsh dry bitterness which is almost pithy almond-like and astringent, but still nice and refreshing. Very very dry in the end, almost no sweetness throughout the beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Luminous ruby/orange with mounds of off-white foam. Black pepper spice, a raw warm damp earthiness, rustic bread, a little touch of cardamom and white raisins. Really delicate palate--like sipping cloud. A light sweet soft bready malt malt that evaporates with dramatic abruptness. Some dates and a little background bitterness. A solid, interesting beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bb (8452) - Alamo, California, USA - OCT 25, 2006
Bottle. Rich amber beer with a big off-white head. Spicy, earthy, and slightly sweet aroma. Spicy, earthy, slight lemon, slight metallic, and yeast flavor. Spicy, earthy finish with more of a metallic note that fades as the beer warms (or I drink more). Medium bodied. Drinkable.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2006
UPDATED: JAN 10, 2008 Cloudy light brown body with a long-lasting medium off-white head. Malt profile is all-bran cereals and dry tree branches (rough chunky feeling). Plenty of yeast. Some nut flavours in tasty caramel and orange flavours. Light body, no sweetness, soft carbonation. An ok beer but in the land of the Saison this Giant is dwarfed by so many others.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Metallic-orange body with suspended pale particles and a big, loose, frothy off-white head. Smells like raw dark honey with caramelized and toasted malt. Also has a bready aroma, but minimal yeast characters overall. Prominent baking soda in the flavor with some strong graininess and an herbal finish with substantial bitterness. Very dry and light-bodied. Drinkable, but there’s not much here to grab or hold my attention.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - SEP 25, 2006
Tap at Concordia. Deep coppery amber colored, fairly clear. Decent, whitish head fades at a moderate pace, little lacing is left behind. Aroma is lightly bitter, traces of funk perhaps. Medium bodied, which is a bit of a drawback. This seems to be a bit underattenuated. Nice malty flavor, decent funky bitterness is really pleasant. Yeast is relative present. Decent.

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