Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
3.69/5 rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Reviewed from notes after enjoying on 11/23/13. Consumed out of a 22 oz brown bottle, but I regrettably did not mark down the dating that was etched onto the bottle. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.
Appearance - Body is a dull golden orange with a murky quality to it from the sediment haze that flows into the glass as I pour. Where the light refracts, there is a small spot of lighter orange/peach color. Atop the body sits a pillowy two-finger head the color of parchment paper white. The head sticks around for quite awhile, leaving ample lacing on the sides of the glass and a solid remainder of mottled foam along the top of the liquid.
Smell - There is nothing on the bottle about Brettanomyces, but the aroma clearly reveals that wonderful little yeast hiding within. In addition to the pungent funkiness from the Brett, there are fainter hints of lemon zest and musty barnyard hay, but the Brett is working hard to make the aroma rather one note. The good news is that I love Brett, so I'm not at all put out by the rather shallow aroma.
Taste - Some fruity phenols and faint booze/esters now make an appearance to play along with the distinctive funky yeast. I also get a little spiciness, like white pepper along with perhaps some other more generic spice notes like clove. I also get some faint breadiness, like sourdough providing a nice base for the more floral and fruity characteristics. Like the aroma, the taste is a little bit one note, but there is a bit more complexity than in the smell.
Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy and lucious, medium-bodied beverage, with an ample amount of carbonation. On the high side of moderate.
Overall, a tasty little Brett saison, but there are others that I would likely pick up first, and that fact is only exacerbated by the fact that Victory is not easy to procure in my neck of the woods. Still a solid offering and if it was local and easy to get, I could see this being a good beer to grab regularly to get that Brett fix when some of my favorites (which are usually seasonal, limited release or out of my distro area) aren't available.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 22:28:51 | More by LambicPentameter
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a tulip. This bottle is a year or so old at least. No date to be seen, but it's old label.
A: Very hazy Sundrop yellow color. Creamy white head stands at three fingers. Lacing leaves broken sheets on the glass.
S: light lemony tartness. Dryer malt aromas of short bread and pound cake. A mild and pleasant rustic Brett character blankets everything. White pepper and vague yeasty spice. Wafts of green, grassy hops every so often.
T: Farmy Brett up front. Rustic and funky. Wheaty. Light lemony spritz. Just a slight hint of oily and herbal hops. White peppery spike of alcohol toward the back. Quick flash of tropical ester. A tad medicinal. Crackery malt. Very dry. Funky finish.
M: Very light in body. Dry and very well attenuated. Slight malt firmness, some frothiness possibly due to wheat? Highly effervescent and scrubbing. Some mild alcohol warmth.
O: This one flies under the radar. Where else can you find a 22oz, 7.5% abv Brett saison for around the $5-6 mark per bottle? Perhaps one of the best value buys out there. If you're new to Brett, go to school with this beer. It certainly isn't the epitome of the style, but it's simple, pleasant,easily crushable, and a good introduction to the world of brettanomyces. It is worth noting that this bottle kicked around for a year or two. Brett tends to dry out and funk up a beer with time, so this may be quite a different experience when fresh.
Serving type: bottle
07-21-2014 00:01:51 | More by ryan1788a5
3.86/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow color with a slow to settle two-finger head
S: Wheat, yeast and brett
T: Quite bretty with some wheat and yeast underneath. Not much in the hop department
M: Light-bodied, dry
O: Give it a try if you like brett but I'd pass if you don't
Serving type: bottle
06-23-2014 21:11:33 | More by ONUMello
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.