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

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RATINGS: 389   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.17   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9397) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 29, 2006
33 cL bottle. Pours light copper, bubbly, with a tall frothy head, reminiscent of whipped egg whites, head is somewhat diminishing. Aroma is banana, vanilla, yeast (dough, earth) and malt (grass, straw) with notes of cobwebs, apples, and grapes. Flavor is lightly tart, vanilla, butter, slight sweetness, medium acidity, low bitterness. Medium bodied and fizzy, foamy crisp palate, refreshing.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2006
A decent enough, but not very exciting saison. Great look, clear amber with a creamy beige head. But the aroma is very faint, a yeast and bitter malt comination that fails to stimulate the nose. Light bodied. The flavor is a sour malt, yeasty and a tad nutty, with some peppery spicing. The finish is an abrupt, sharp nut bitterness.

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3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2006
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.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2006
Pours gold/brown, with a small, white head. Very light aroma, with includes a little malt and spice. Flavors are also subtle, with slightly sour malt and spice. At 5%, this would benefit for another percent or two.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jfm (1724) - Holbæk, DENMARK - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle. Golden color with a white head. Sweet light fruity body with slight spicy notes. Nothing special.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AceOfHearts (1375) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Bottle. Light brown, effervescent looking, large off-white head. Scent of sour apples and wood that comes through in the flavor. Nutty-dry maltiness, lots of yeast. A different and bold saison. Mellow, pear-based finish.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2005
There is some dry earthiness here. Dry, but not dry enough to be termed dusty. A wierd yeast note like old socks, which might have worked had the malt been a little more assertive. As it stands, a slightly musty-sour pervasiveness overtop a thickly yeasty, medium, orangeish body.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2005
An amber beer with a beige head. THe aroma is quite lightly sweet with notes of spices and honey. The flavor is sweet and dusty as well as spicy, the end is thin and dies very quickly.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
IslandHaole (1091) - Yokosuka-Shi, Kanagawa-Ken, JAPAN - AUG 22, 2005
Amber/Honey colred brew with a frothy cream colored head. Dusty dried fruit, apricots and a bit of grape gum in the nose. A nice piney hop front, somewhat like subdued Cascades, a sweet fruity middle that finishes rather abruptly. The dusty, slight bitter aftertaste really begs for another sip. I haven’t had many of these Saisons but I’m starting to understand the attraction to them, most refreshing!

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
leaparsons (7934) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - AUG 20, 2005
Bottle. Red/brown with a dirty beige head. Aromas are nutty with hops spices with earthy fruitiness. Flavours are fruity and dry with hints of toffee. Sweet with spices and bitter on the finish. Its OK, if a bit one-dimensional.


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