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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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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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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-19-2013 11:39:20 | More by BeerForMuscle
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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-13-2013 21:37:28 | More by DaPan
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-28-2012 23:11:31 | More by sbricker
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-15-2012 20:10:11 | More by aminobutyricacid
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-16-2013 17:56:03 | More by eulerthegrape
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3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head.

S-Yeast, lemon, spice, grass and citrus.

T-Balance is off. Starts with citrus and lemon notes then ends with an odd assortment of clove, grass and bubble gum.

M-Light, nice carbonation but not that crisp.

O-The balance is off, the bubblegum flavor throws stuff off. Expected better from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:02:25 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Mycryan


3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy pale golden yellow, head that fizzles down and retains in a ring on the inside of the glass

S: Saison style, floral aroma, lots of citrus, lemon, orange, coriander, yeast

M+B: Feels great on the palate, carbonated well... good balance but still drinkable

You can taste the 7.5% in this Saison summer style ale... lingering alcohol finish, but quite not as noticeable upfront with the other omplex bright flavors present

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:46:54 | More by Mycryan
Photo of LI_PO12


3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint

Appearance light gold, slight haze, white head

Aroma farmhouse funk, some fruity esters apple and pear, slight lemony citrus, hay, a bit too much alcohol poking through but ok.

Flavor again a bit too boozy, but nice funky yeast, citrus, some fruitiness, pear, all good elements for a saison present but they muddle together too much

Mouthfeel medium higher side of carbonation,

Overall for 4.50 a bomber this is great. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but imagine its not fresh, still tasty and drinkable. Probably a good saison for those new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:16:09 | More by LI_PO12
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Aged for several months. Pours hazy dark yellow with huge white head. Barnyard aromas. Mouthfeel on the creamy side, which supports very good drinkability. The taste includes the lemon and black pepper, and sweetish yeast that produces fruitiness, banana and orange.
I had this by growler recently and the brett was significant yet well integrated. Funkiness was nice.

Serving type: growler

06-14-2010 00:09:04 | More by Sammy
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a big, fluffy white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of orange, champagne, herbal, floral noble hops with some malt and slight tart funk coming in. Nice nose.

Taste is up front tart/phenolic citrus that goes into a more orange peel slightly earthy middle before ending on a slightly bitter and phenolic finish. A bit too bitter and phenolic but still enjoyable. Has a slight brett funk that is similar in nature to Reyon Vert.

High carbonation and lighter mouthfeel is right on.

A good, slightly funky brew that is almost BPA. I find this a bit too bitter and phenolic to be great, but it is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 01:28:06 | More by TenHornsProud
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a Duvel tulip.

Huge 4 finger white head after a standard pour. Head retains well, but leaves no lacing. Crystal clear orangey gold, the clearness became cloudyness when I poured the second half of the bomber, including yeast.

Smells is damp musty basement, with a background of lemon peel. Not overly complex.

Taste wise, Helios is not bad, not bad at all, but nothing jumps out of the glass at you. It puts me in the mind of a lemon zested American wheat beer, with a firm bitterness in the finish. The beer is so dry and so firmly carbonated that after the swallow there is nothing, which I mean as a good thing, readying you for the next sip. It is definitely easy to drink, but it is just kind of bland. I think it would make a great Saison for someone just trying the style. Again, not a bad beer, just nothing special.

The medium high carbonation and excellent dryness make this beer very drinkable, especially on a 90+ degree day like today. No sign of the 7.5% alcohol.

Overall, timing is everything. I was looking for something that was going to refresh me in today's heat, and Helios did. But, if I would have been looking for an over the top Saison, I wouldn't have found it.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 23:25:06 | More by jculler82
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a hazy lemon yellow sun colour with a large, big bubbled, foamy head. looks like summer. bits of lace left for the glass. farmhouse funk aroma...lemon pepper and hay. smells like summer to me. taste pretty much follows suit...peppercorn spice on top of some sour dough bread and lemon scented pledge...yeasty bombshell provides plenty of funky belgian goodness. alcohol fairly well hidden. definitely grassy and herbal. earthy, spicy hop notes just for show because this treat finishes dry and has no residual sweetness to counteract. large bodied...a bit bold and brash with a mouthfeel that puckers a bit due to the slightly sour notes. this offering drinks smaller than one would otherwise think, not sure why, maybe due to the thirst quenching properties it posseses for such a big beer.

overall this was a good rendition of a saison type ale. enjoyable for sure on a 90+ degree day.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 22:38:49 | More by budgood1
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New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber. Enjoy before 11/21/2014. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head that settles to a thin coating. Body is lightly hazy with some fine visible sediment and quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon, orange, coriander, black pepper, pear, brett character but not particularly funky.

Taste: Sweet bready malt upfront followed by tons of yeast character. Banana, clove, pear, spices, and perhaps a hint of white grape. Not much hop character but there is a mild to medium lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Carbonation borders on high, but not to the point of being distracting.

Overall: Pretty nice saison and a good bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:15:25 | More by Jonada
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is of a very hazy golden straw color with some light amber hues and a fluffy yet quickly dissipating white head.

The smell is strongly of apples and sugar with a semi dry nose to it. on top of all that it has the characteristic saison funk and farmhouse scent to make this an interesting beer.

The flavor is tather nice, with all of the characteristics mentioned in the scent but the taste is a bit overwhelmed by a distinct saccharin flavor and a dry bitter finish.

The Mouthfeel is rather full and bubbly with some serious carbonation and a very dry finish.

This is a moderately drinkable beer, the saccharin taste and the very foamy Mouthfeel make it a bit of a task. Otherwise it is very good.

Overall, very nice but not a great example of a saison as it seems a touch too sweet and full.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 02:45:44 | More by ryanonline
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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice fluffy head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The beer itself is a clear and filtered gold.

The beer's aroma has has a strong earthy hop smell with light notes of lemon peel and citrus. The yeast adds a little mustiness and is certainly present as well as slightly balancing the hops with its fruity esters but does not come all the way through until it warms up. Additionally, the smell has a slight tinge of alcohol but not by much.

The taste is slightly different from the smell. The yeast's fruity notes are stronger in the taste than in the smell and the alcohol is a bit stronger as well. The taste is very hop heavy and unbalanced. While some of the earthiness and musk are still there, the hops and citrus/lemon peel taste dominate the taste buds.

The beer is medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation in the beer certainly has bite but is a little less than what some would call crisp. The beer is smooth as it goes down but that is expected given the carbonation.

Overall, a decent saison but not one of the best. Personally, I think it's worth getting this beer at least once.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 22:20:20 | More by HattedClassic
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New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy golden. Thick white head of dense foamy bubbles. Left sticky lace left clinging to my tulip glass.

Smells flowery, rose like. Followed by bready yeast, and funky horse blanket. Some granny smith apple on the back end.

Taste is heavy on the tart apple. Doughy yeasts. Spicy clove notes. Sharp hop twang, with a lemon rind like finish. Alcohol is detectable.

Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

This is my first time having it since the re-branding from V-Saison. Overall a very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:21:43 | More by Ieatlambfries
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Very lively carbonation in fact I turned my back for a second just after I cracked the bottle and I had foam coming up the bottle and running down the sides. Assertive Brett aromas up front with a bit of tart lemon and a little spicy note, almost like grains of paradise. I find the Brett pretty dominant on the palate on this one, not bad for me since I like Brett, but its a bit more domineering than I want in a summer Saison. Carbonation is very high in fact tied with the fact that it foamed over on me when I opened, it leads me to believe the Brettanomyces got a little out of control on this one. Still, I am able to enjoy this beer as it offers a fair amount of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:29:42 | More by BeerAmbassador
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One fingers worth of fizzy white head quickly fades leaving only a thing veil of lacing and a small ring of bubble around the edge of the snifter... A 100% translucent... A golden honey color with a slight glow... A medium amount of quick paced carbonation rises sporadically throughout...

S - A whimsical mix of candied sugars and Belgian yeast... Just a slight bit of funk... Hints of orange zest and fresh cut grass...

T - A surprising bit of funk emerges on the palette... It's mixed with lemon, a dry earthiness, and some perfume... A touch of pepper on the finish... I was close to rounding up to a "4" in this department, but couldn't quite get there...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of fizzy carbonation... Starts slightly lush and quickly turns and finishes dry...

D - In the overall world of Saisons, this is offering from Victory is middle of the pack at best (which isn't necessarily a bad thing)... However, it is an absolute steal at $2.99 a bomber... Balance out those first two facts and this one is highly drinkable... Worth a try for Saison lovers and a must for those in search of a craft beer bargain...

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 21:30:09 | More by philbe311
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured (into a Tulip glass) a hazy golden amber. The head was excellent and poured 3 fingers high. The head retention was also excellent as a 1 finger head stuck around for must of the beer. There were lots of bubbles visible. The smell is by far the worst part of this beer. I can't even explain what it smells like, but somewhat reminds of urine. My nose however did not agree with my mouth. The initial taste of the beer was that of spices, hints of lemon, and some citrus hops. The flavors meshed nicely, and I'm glad it didn't taste like what I smelt. This brew had a light body with moderate carbonation.

All in all this is definitely a beer to try and for the price, more so.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 14:50:44 | More by Mancer
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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

07-21-2014 00:01:51 | More by ryan1788a5
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New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance; deep yellow, lots of large, visible bubbles, decent head but with little retention.

smell; smelled very muck like a pilsner, yeasty, but with an added blend of herbs.

taste; yeast, bread, sour grapes, orange peel, herbs, very unique and not unpleasant.

mouthfeel; light bodied and pretty fizzy.

overall; something worth buying for the unique blend of flavors, but you wouldnt buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 03:53:22 | More by SteveB24
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New Brunswick (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a huge, white, rocky head that was very long lasting and left some good lacing. Body is a deep yellow color with good clarity; just the slightest touch of haze. Very effervescent.

S: Some spicy hops and light citrus are present. Maybe a touch of pepper as well.

T: Peppery flavor, with a touch of lemon. No real funkiness, as I was expecting. Tastes very much like some well-known Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Dry finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy, very fizzy carbonation.

D: Wasn't as easy to drink as I would have expected at first, but still enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 19:44:44 | More by berley31
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New York

3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy hay colored beer with an ecru colored head that holds well.

Smells of yeasty funk with spices of clove and white pepper. The taste is similar to the scent with the spices mellowed by the fruit of apricot and lemon.

The mouthfeel is lively with tiny bubbles of carbonation. Very drinkable and well balanced beer. A great summer beer and fantastic with seafood (and most food for that matter.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 02:19:14 | More by Jmamay22
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber into a very tall glass.

A: Pours a clear, pale yellow, with an inch of fairly thick head. Lots of carbonation is visible.

S: Smell is great. I get hints of belgian yeast, rose petals and other flowers. Somewhat fruity as well.

T: Huge Brett up front, a slightly malty backbone and a bitter finish. The Brett character, however, dominates this one. Not my favorite but not bad.

M: Finishes clean and crisp. Very nice.

O: I'm good with beers where the Brett character is a little more muted, but there's a lot of it in this one. I guess that's not bad if that's what you like. Not a bad beer overall but this particular one isn't for me. I still give it 4/5 since it's very well done.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 23:45:29 | More by evilkalla
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3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from my local bottle shop on a whim - not sure what to expect here.

A. Straw colored with tiny carbonation bubbles throughout. Nice white head that has good retention.

S. Some funk, hard candy sweetness, yeast and grains. I like it quite a lot. Not the most overpowering aroma but nice smelling nonetheless.

T. Nothing earth shattering here ... some Belgian funk, grain and lemon with just a hint of hop bitterness. Comes across really clean and crisp on the palate.

M. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Suits the style nicely.

D. Pretty quaffable stuff - wish I could have found this around here over the summer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 23:37:52 | More by bound4er
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.