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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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441 Reviews
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Reviews: 441
Hads: 1,048
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 23
Gots: 95 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

Repackaging of V Saison
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Reviews: 441 | Hads: 1,048
Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: westmalle chalice, pours a frothy, slow to recede head of bone-white foam that settles to a thin layer on the surface, the beer itself is a bright golden in color

s: great aroma off the bat - immediately surprised and impressed by the crisply funky brett, very clean pilsner malt body, underripe peach and sweet apple, big lemony tones underneath, candied and peppered citrus peels, vivid with bright, fresh aromas

m: carbonation explodes in a fit of nucleation on the tongue - this very lively experience in combination with the light body make for a refreshing sip, minor complaint is that the carbonation is more prickly than smooth

t: body of pale and pilnser malts lends only a light sweetness as big flavors of candied lemon peel and barnyard brett rush through, green apple and white grape, grassy/herbal and citrus hop flavors provide a mild bitterness that combines with the delicately sour bacteria for a crisp ending, pretty simple but superbly balanced

d: drinkability is what this beer's about, and a great value as it seems to be averaging around $3.50 a bomber, enjoyed with some PA cheese

bomber from State Line, Elkton, MD

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Photo of tzieser
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased from douglas wine and spirits off kings highway in new bedford for around $3.59. poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

a: pours a crystal clear golden color with thick, three finger sized wispy white head that sticks for a while.

s: beautifully complex belgian yeast aroma. subtle spiciness and skunky hop character is noticeable and nice. well done. if this tastes half as good as it smells i am in for a great brew.

t: bright and wonderful flavors happening here. sweet malt quickly subdued by belgian yeast spicyness finishing with a nice citrus and pine hopiness. fantastically complex and flavorful.

m: bubbly mouthfeel.

excellent saison, regardless of the price. when you take the price into consideration, this is a can't beat. this is best saison dollar for dollar. will i still drink my old favorites (hennepin, jack d'or)? sure, but i definitely will revisit this again and again. recommended

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Photo of portia99
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Paulaner wheat beer glass.

A - Pours a golden straw color with light amber highlights. Takes absolutely forever to pour this beer...it hits the glass and instant foam. Literally took about 10 minutes to pour this one. When all is said and done, there is a huge whipped creamy white foam cap that just lasts forever and gives up only to leave behind copious amounts of lacing. Difficulty of pour takes something away here, but overall still very good.

S - Well, I am quite surprised because I haven't heard or read anything about this being a brett beer. Up front I am getting a huge bretty funk - horseblankets, barnyard...actually pretty outstanding stuff. Also get a bit of citrus, especially lemons, pineapple, some graininess, I think some wheat, and some grassy hops lightly sitting in the background. This was a pleasant surprise!

T - Tons of bretty funk with lemons, oranges, grass, tropical fruit, black pepper, lightly sweet malt, some bread, and more funk.

M - Light to medium body with an impressively high carbonation that foams and fizzes away but still doesn't overpower or take anything away here...in fact, it does what it should - it enhances and propels this one forward.

D - I had been told by a fellow BA how great this beer was and finally gave it a shot...he never told me it was a brett beer (might have been afraid he wouldn't see another bottle in the store if he told me). This is a great surprise find for me...love saisons, and brett infused ones especially. All I can say is...this is one hell of a beer for $3.50/bomber. If you like brett beers give this one a shot...just not if you live in MA - leave these bottles for me!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with visible particulate. An inch or so bubbly white head with skim retention a slippery lace

S - Lemony citrus nose with a bit of a twang. Fresh cut grass. Also a funky, barnhouse yeast aroma

T&M - Taste is very vibrant and zesty, but also does not lack in a sweeter malt flavor. Citrusy (lemon) vibrancy and tartness battles in the mouth with a grassy (fresh and hay) note and a substantial yeasty flavor. Finish is on the dry side with some residual grassy bitterness

D - An excellent saison; probably not at the top of the list but provides lot's of flavor and depth for a very reasonable price. I'll come back to this one again.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on draft as KC's alley in Ambler. 7.5% abv

Bright gold and clear. Citrus aroma. Taste is sweet with hints of apple and Belgian yeast. Medium body. Great saison.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy blond with a moderate pale white head that quickly subsides and leaves decent lacing - I am beginning to wonder about the glassware at my local

S - strong set of estery notes (citrus, grapefruit, yeast) and typical funkiness with pleasing grain notes as well, seems to have more hops than I would have expected

T - nice balance of malt and yeast influences, the hops are more pronounced - especially at the finish, there is also a good dose of yeast driven funk and sourness

M - lively set of sensations, good carbonation with a firm edge

D - very, very drinkable, though I wish it had been warmer day

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Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, golden body with a tall, white head.

S- Smell of German malts is really evident with notes of lemon and a clean hop aroma.

T- Malty upfront but not overly sweet or bready; it really lightens up with the addition of some lemon and a bit of pepper. The yeast lend a nice mineraly quality as well.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- One of the lighter saisons in terms of flavor; I steamed some mussels in this and had a glass to go with them, and it was awesome, but I'd easily drink this on it's own as well.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $3.99. I bought this because it was cheap and I heard it had brettanomyces, I was thoroughly surprised at how much I liked it. I poured this into a wine glass and it had a bright yellow-orange color and a great head, looks nice. The smell was heavy brett, funk, hay, farm, and a dash of lemons. I sniffed it for quite awhile before taking the first sip, great aroma. The flavor was pretty good as well, heavy brett yeast flavor and a distinct citrus flavor. This reminded me of Boulevard Saison Brett but at a third of the price. I'll be buying a bunch more.

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Photo of nanertak
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz to pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden, pale straw, perfectly clear. 2 fingers head, carbonation bubbles make it look ridiculously thirst quenching.

Nose: Lemon zest, belgian yeast. Very floral nose, hint of spice in the background. Little muted on the nose in my opinion, but great smell.

Taste: Honey-sweet with the Belgian yeast flavor at first, fading into a mild spice and zest that lingers, turning more peppery at the end. Mild, mild alcohol heat on the breath near the end, but considering the ABV it's well disguised. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little more round than I'd like, but not by much. Great job with the carbonation, makes it spritzy and refreshing.

Drinkability: Yes. Hand me these every day of the summer and we'll be friends. Very refreshing, very well balanced, well crafted beer.

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Photo of nukem5
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks ago at a local bottle shop.{So Many Beers So Little Time}
A: Beautiful coloring orangy gold, nice 1/2" of foamy goodness on top, though it did not last long. Also at the last pouring nice yeasty flavor chunks.

S: Smell was of lemon / grapefruit nice floral scent.
T: Nice to the senses not to hoppy and light malty tastes.

M: Nice fullness not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Would def drink again, thinking of another bottle for summer after grass cutting,mmm.

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Photo of sophisticated
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooooh man. This was delightful. The carbonation was HUGE on this guy from the loud PFFFT upon opening the bottle to the massive out-of-control head. A gentle pour created about half-liquid half-head, long retention, and spots of fluffy lacing. Even the second pour caused the head to fly up (and unfortunately over) the edge of the glass. The rest of the beer was cloudy yellow with bits of yeast sediment.

The smell was nice, and strong. Spicy pepper, Belgian yeast, lemon, grassy hops, mild malts.

And the taste - mmm...The Belgian yeast flavor is there but also a strong spice-note that grew stronger as it warmed. It was dry - reminded me of a white wine at times. Some lemon, some grass, a little sour.

The mouthfeel was very crisp, almost to the point of being sharp on my throat. Also very light on the tongue.

Great drinkability. This would be a good hot day beverage, a good drink to pair with a meal...Or alone. I've only had a few Saisons, but to me this is a solid beer and a solid Saison.

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Photo of jampics2
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with Paulie while watching the World Cup. I think this was the Argentina VS Germany match.

Looks fantastic. Yellowish orange with white head. Nice lace as well. Really good looking beer here, Victory.

Smell is really quite unique. Orange, pineapple, Brett and some tartness. The funky farmhouse somehow marries perfectly with the bright citrus. Nice.

Woah, I really like this beer. Farmhouse funk gets it on with the banana, orange, and pineapple citrus. Nice grainy malt underneath keeps this from being too sweet. Pepper and some herbal qualities, maybe some chamomile. This is unique and really a great summer saison that stays true to its roots while putting an American spin on things.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and this has a semi-dry finish. Drinkability is excellent. This was a nice surprise, something I've looked past before, but something I won't underestimate again. A really nice summer saison.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange with a cloudy hazy and a two-finger thick head of fluffy, white foam.

S: Excellent spicy, sweet citrus aroma with hints of white pepper, corriander, orange peel and tropical fruits.

T: Sweet, juicy specialty malts up front show some of that sturdy, German breadiness and Belgian candi sugar. A very fruity, floral wave hits the palate with orange, mango and lemongrass along with spices that range from zesty to tart. The finish is bittersweet and herbal with a bright aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied saison that would pair really nicely with food but was a solid brew on its own.

O: A really nice saison from Victory, this brew does seem to harnass the sun's energy into making it taste so lively and citrusy sweet. The 7.5% ABV is noted only slightly in the robust, Belgian flavor profile. I'd love to grab a bottle for my next chicken piccatta or orange-glazed salmon dinner.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours a clear straw to gold color with a two finger head that lingers. S: There is a little floral from the hops and ester from the yeast in the aroma. T: Malt and light fruit are well balanced by an assertive hop accent. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A good, drinkable saison.

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Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A repackaging of V Saison, eh? Well, that was one of my favorites, that I can recall, from Victory. I didn't read my former review on purpose. Let's see how this stacks up and if there are any changes.

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy golden lemon yellow color, with a huge slightly off-white head that billows like crazy and has trouble settling down, letting the aromas come off extremely nicely. Belgians seem to be the best as far as the bouquet being released like a bomb through the head and foam retention, and this is one of those brews.

Smell: Lovely insanity. A blooming bouquet of citrus, earthy funk, pepper and spice. Aromas of hay and grass and a bit of horse and barnyard. Clean and crisp all around. Effervescent, and smells not at all like a domestic, which can sometimes be soda water-esque. As it warms hints of cherries and other fruity esters come into the mix.

Taste: Initial funk and bitterness and mild sourness. Huge lingering citrus zest and spice. Yeast. Earthy and mild funk that really does something nice in the mix. Lingering fruit esters, mostly slightly sour cherries, along with bright orange and other citrus and hop flavors. Earthy, with enough bountiful flavors, and enough complexity to last a long while.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, bubbly, and medium-bodied, with everything working together well. Not too creamy or carbonated, as the carbonation and, well, creaminess, balance each other harmoniously, thankfully.

Drinkability: Around $3-$4 a bottle for this? Are you kidding me? This will now be the best / most readily available / most affordable domestic Saison. I challenge you to let me know where I can find another with those attributes this good, especially one that tastes like an import. Bravo Victory for keeping the goodness if V Saison alive. I'll be buying a lot more of this.

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Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

big huge white head while pouring a very clear golden color with strong carbonation. smells earthy with farmhouse qualities. taste is dry and somewhat continued earthiness, though lacks funk. citric flavors pop in the finish and linger on the tongue. very light bodied, lively and refreshing. nice seasonal offering from victory. overall solid saison that I'll be picking up more of at $4.99 a bomber.

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Photo of sjverla
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nose: Nice and tart and a little funky. Pleasant spicyness and faintly citric.

Appearance: Semi-hazy 14k gold color. Frothy white head rose high and left quickly but laced well.

Taste: Surprisingly funky. Good barnyardy quality. Just a hint of tartness on the sides. Subtle hint of lemongrass rides along the top. Finishes a little funky and a little bitter.

Overall: Really fantastic. At around $4 it's going to be a frequent get.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up cause the label caught my eye, and then the price tag ($3.49 for a bomber). Bottle says enjoy by 25 Feb 2012. All good there.

Pours apple juice golden, and clear, with a foamy white frothy head. Definitely not hazy, as described on the bottle. Very inviting. The head sticks around, leaving solid lacing as it gradually subsides.

Smell is a lovely blend of Belgian yeast, light vegetal hops, and a lemon zest sour. There's a hint of funk in the background, too. The lemon asserts itself more as the beer warms up, and brings a great depth to the smell. There's a lot going on here, and it's all good.

Taste is also very good. It's like a layer cake, with each taste bringing a slightly different combination of flavors. I get some peppery spice, some earthy hops, a touch of sour. Quite good. Finish is unremarkable - slightly bitter, and a slow fade up into the light of the sun.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, heavier than I'd expect from the appearance. Carbonation is medium-low, but it works. Finish is long but nicely drying.

Dang, this is a really good beer, and much more than I was expecting. It's got a great combination of flavors, and the smell is just outstanding. At this price, I can't think of a better value in any style.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a mostly clear sunflower color. Bigger head. Head is bright white and frothy with big bubbles that slowly pop and leave half-circle lace imprints on the glass. Head dies down to a jagged sea-foam froth. Lacing is this and sporadic.

S-Smells like a slightly funky apple juice. Tart, unripened apple flesh. Pear accompanies and mimics the apple aroma. Alcohol is evident but far from offensive. Has a secondary aroma that reminds me of a cheap flowery perfume.

T-Akin to the nose, this beer is pleasantly tart and funky. Rotten apple juice (somehow a compliment). Grassy with a minute dose of Belgian spice. Euro hops lend a lasting grassy flavor. Alcohol hidden for the most part. Citrus flavor leans towards lemons.

M-Lighter body than the ABV would allow you to assume. Carbonation is exuberant. Very bubbly and assertive. Alcohol dries the palate a bit.

O/D-For just under $3 a bomber, this is an incredible deal. I have had $12 Saisons that aren't as good as this. I was pleasantly surprised by the funk/tart aspect of this beer. Enjoyable and probably my favorite Victory beer. To me, this beer is an underrated gem. The money value here is exceptional. Literally one of the better Saisons I have recently had & for a quarter of the cost of some of the overseas versions of the style. Much better than I expected.

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

08/08/13 From bottle. Surprisingly different from the Victory Sunrise Weiss. This is much more robust & spicy. Very assertive, yet enjoyable. Ever have a very BIG friend. The kind that almost scares people that don't know him? This is like that guy. A gentle giant as it were. Make room.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served into a goblet at Tap and Mallet.

Pours a lovely golden amber with an off white head. Smells strongly of Belgian yeast, white grape, and caramel. The taste is so complex, up front is the yeast with a sour attack, then it gives way to celery, coffee, and finishes with juicy indoor fruit, namely apples. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall this is the beer that helped introduce me to the wonderful complexity Belgian yeast contributes to flavor profiles.

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Photo of joepais
4.26/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tiklmelmo who sent me this.
I poured it into a tulip glass to enjoy with some good BBQ. I was greeted by a beautiful three finger white head on top of a slightly hazy straw colored body.

The aromas' of citrus was huge on this brew. Not in a hoppy way but more to the sweet, with some apple thrown in for some balance. I did get some nice spices coming into my head as well.

The flavor was right on for me it was not to tart and reminded me of a dry cider in some ways. It defiantly paired well with my food, and added a feeling of class to my humble lunch. There was just enough spicing in the brew to off set the tartness. The feel was light and crisp in your mouth and a great way to get ready for the next mouthful of food.

Very drinkable, I finished the bottle myself with my meal. I would gladly grab this one again for my next BBQ.

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Photo of teacrimes
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Helios

Poured from a cold (40F?) undated bottle into a Sam Smith stout pint.

Appearance- small, coarse head forms over a bright honey-colored beer.
Nose- Aroma is peppery phenolics with a faint, complex backing of other yeast products and perhaps a bit of malt and aroma hop.
Taste- This a spiced lemon cake. Pepper, nutmeg and a citric twang confront the tongue together. Earthy hop bitterness kicks in to clean up a slight bready malt presence.
Mouthfeel- This is a bit less dry than your typical European saison, but the slightly thicker mouthfeel supports a hop rate that is very pleasant to my American palate.
Overall- A deeply satisfying summer beer. This is a very refreshing, digestible ale that won’t bore you in the slightest.
Addendum- After reading Beeradvocate entry for this beer, I realized it is 7.5%abv. It is as refreshing as a beer that weighs in at 4.5%, i.e. Narragansett Summer. Crack this beer and thank whatever powers you trust. Warning: Your partner may also like this beer.

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Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful cloudy yellow pour into a snifter. Nice thick head and lacing. Great spicy taste with citrus and floral tastes as well. A very nice beer and I will buy it again.

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Photo of dank203
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pretty complex brew. there is a sourness to it for sure. not getting a huge amount of funk. lot of lemon, sour grape, hint of vinegar, spice, a buttery quality, smooth, citrusy. a complex, high abv, still somewhat light for summer, still full bodied and full flavored. very drinkable awesome

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.