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


on tap

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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   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

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2007
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a medium creamy white head that leaves nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is interesting with it’s fruits, hops and yeast. The flavor has an interesting package of hops, fruits and yeast, it’s pleasantly dry but the farmhouse character isn’t really there. The body is light with a dusty texture and gentle carbonation. It’s not a great saison but it’s still worth a try.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - JAN 20, 2007
NorCal tasting Jan 07 - An interesting saison for sure. A sweet nose, reminded me of apple juice or apple cider in a sweet sort of way. There was also a little spice and yeast aroma present. Appearance was a hazy amber color, decent head. Taste was suprisingly bitter/hoppy for a saison, some pepper and light fruit. Finish was dry. Sort of a different take on saisons. Interesting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 13, 2007
Pours a hazy deep amber with a good sized head of off-white foam that... hey, where’d it go? No real lacing. Mildly sweet and floral in the aroma, but nothing really stands out. The flavor contains a little dry wheat, a little sweetness that isn’t exactly caramel, nor is it candi sugar, with a generic hop presence for balance - not that much was needed. No funk, no yeast, no tartness, no spice. Medium body, decent carbonation. This is just a mild and unassuming amber ale, and one lacking that ’Belgian’ character. Nothing really to knock, and nothing to get excited about. A saison? Well, not in the tradition of Fantome or Dupont.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jason (1834) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2007
750ml Bottle. Poured a dark orange body with a nice size head. Looked great in my Duvel Tulip. Flavor is mild with some spices thrown in. Yeast is present with a nice citrus and corriander thrown in. Mildly enjoyable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 3, 2007
In the 330 mL bottle from Beertopia. Pours clear amber with a poofy white head. The aroma is modest- apples and honey, maybe a baked pie from the oven. The flavor is not sweet at all. Astringent and tea-like. Medium body and a mild hop bitterness. Not much else. This does not seem to have the saison yeast-infused flavors of orange and coriander. No apparent saison constructs here. A boring beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - DEC 17, 2006
Poured a clear light copper color with a lasting off white head. Aroma has herbal/spicy hops, sweet malt, and fruity yeast character. Flavor is very crisp and begins with hops. Moderately bitter with a fair floral and herbal taste. A faint caramel malt flavor glides into a yeast fruitiness of plums and peaches. Very refreshing and enjoyable. I disagree with the rating before me that it is not intense enough. A good saison should be crisp and quenching while being flavorful and hoppy. This beer is definately a good example of that. In my book, it rivals dupont.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle: Pours a hazy blonde, light amber color. Thick sticky head and lacing. Nose of light sweet hops and a tart belgian yeast, nice malty flavor and a plum/raisin tail. The finish is grassy, nice sweet tart balance. Good, lacking punch and intensity. More like the traditional old school saisons of yore.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2006
Weak, lacks much of any saison characteristic. Taste is kind of watery, metallic. Not recommended.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2006
Bottle from Kinghtly Spirits Orlando. <P> Body is a murky orange/brown with a craggy white head that is a thumb thick, diminishing and very bubbly on the sides. <P> Aroma is earthy, but also slightly grainy/herbal and lightly spicy. <P> Fore is a touch dirty with spicy pepper notes, low sugar fruits and mild hop bitterness.Finish is herbal and bitter with a touch of lemongrass. Feels a touch undercarbonated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2006
750 ml bottle. The beer pours to hazy and extremely active with carbonation dark amber body with a tall airy off-white head. Once the head goes down, a nice lacing is left inside my John’s Grocery tulip glass. I like where Numenor was going with the aroma. It is reminiscent of tomato juice. I also get lots of cement block basement smells, lots of earthy yeasts, and cloves. The flavor is lightly peppery with notes of light green pepper and black pepper. Nice muddled malts and light orange peel and garden herbs. Lots of interesting yeasts. The palate is really velvety and smooth. Nicely refreshing. Glad I bought this brew despite the low ratings it receives.

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