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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

887 Ratings
THE BROS
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(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 887
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Repackaging of V Saison

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009)
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Reviews by alphagnome:
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Incredibly hazy body, tinted with a deep hay color. A considerable amount of carbonation can be seen. Topped by a very frothy, white head with fantastic retention and lacing. Very appealing to the eye.

Aroma:
Plenty of lemon zest and sourdough are detectable right away. Coriander, lavender, and ground pepper occasionally break through the appropriately funky aroma. Light herbal hop presence and a hint of ginger. I really like the fragrance of this ale, however, repetitive sniffing made me sneeze. A lot. Weird, right?

Taste:
Quite bitter for the style with plenty of grassy and citrus hops right up front. A surprising amount of spice. Pleasant lemon peel and a hint of pine. Not enough brett character, but it's good. Definitely gets better as it warms. Alcohol is undetectable.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth, medium-bodied brew. Plenty of bubbly. Semi-dry with a tart finish.

Overall:
This is a great example of one of my favorite styles, saison. Decent amount of sour and funk. Easy to drink - recommend serving at 40+ degrees as this truly gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:51:41 | More by alphagnome
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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

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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

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.