Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 22
Gots: 69 | 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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Ratings: 1,013 | Reviews: 434
Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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

Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of nanertak
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of nukem5
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of sophisticated
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of jampics2
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of Blanco
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of sjverla
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of zeledonia
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of joepais
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of teacrimes
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Photo of dank203
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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

Photo of batty
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Entered from notes taken early September of '09. bought/drank in Cambridge, MA

A: golden, clear, bright white head drops quick to a thin layer. could use longer-lasting head. little lacing

S: a little weak, pale malt, light apple, strong funk

T: touch sweet on tip of tongue, nice crisp aple taste middle, and STRONG 'farmhouse' taste. makes sense in the style and i like it, but quite aggressive. finished earthy hop, w/ just the touch of floral. slight grapefruit peel, citrusy lemon. good.

M: thick. beautiful.

D: a little strong on the 'farmhouse' and less crisp than most, but still great.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours light and hazy golden color. Tons and tons of head with extremely good retention. There is lots of lively carbonation inside the beer. This beer is beautiful.

S: Lots of funk - brett influence is very apparent. Some barnyard aroma with a good amount of tart grapefruit. Not much as far as spices. Fairly one dimensional, but very nice.

T: Dry to the extreme. More spices come out in the flavor - mostly clove, pepper, and a grass flavor. A little citrus flavor in the background. This is very refreshing and intriguing, but could be a bit juicier. Again, there is a TON of brett influence here.

M: Very light and highly carbonated. A bit distracting, but overall good for a saison.

O: This beer is really quite good. It's complex, easy drinking, and quite tasty. It's one of the best saisons that I've had. IMO, it's a bit dry to be world class. At $2.99 a bomber, this is a steal.

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Sept 29, 2012.

22 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Helios opens with a loud hiss and pours with a massive amount of head. More than half the glass is foam and it settles very slowly with chunky lace left behind. The beer is a very clear staw yellow color.

Aroma is intense with spicy Belgian yeast. Lots of citrus too.

Flavor is also bold and big with lemon, pepper, funky yeast, and tart citrus candy. It's almost like an imperial pilsner with saison yeast. Really unusual but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Well balanced but full of flavor.

Overall a really pleasant surprise. This beer really impresses right now. Definately worth a try and probably more than once.

Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Popped the cap on this one and went to rinse out my glass, and the bottle was noticeably foaming over when I went for the pour. It pours a very hazy straw color with a huge head that quickly settles down to something more manageable. Aroma is good, a bit of ripe fruit, funkiness, and yeastiness. The taste is very good as far as my tastes on saisons go, the fruitiness, funkiness, and just a hint of hops keep the yeast in check. It's just a deliicous sour. The mouthfeel is crisp and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is very good for the ABV. Overall, this is a great saison! Saisons are really hit or miss with me, but this one's a hit for sure.

Photo of skinny0ne
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has a huge head that clings to the sides of the glass. The color is a cloudy golden. The aroma is of grapefruit, hay, and bread. The flavors really meld and taste "farmy". They don't call this a farmhouse-style Belgian for nothing. Lots of earthy flavors with hay, grass, pine, and autumn spices. Black pepper kicks in mid tongue. Under it and through the finish is grapefruit. It's really a unique combination. I don't think I've had a brew that tasted like this. It could be off putting or delicious depending on your tastes. I like it but I would definitely limit it to an occasional purchase.

Photo of berpwillie
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden copper color. crazy amount of light fluffy head that receded very quickly. lots and lots of carbonation, but nothing to disticnt as far as the flavor is concerned. very thick lacing covers the glass. overall a very enjoyable beer, especially if like me it was a sunny 70 degree day outside relaxing in my backyard when i first enjoyed this tasty treat. WELL worth the 4 bucks i spent on it.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer MUST be a Duvel clone. It has the look, aroma, taste, texture, drinkability and alcohol percentage (close anyways) of Duvel.

Poured into a Piraat tulip this beer has a huge head and just doesn't quit. The color is pale golden color and there's plenty of carbonation to spare.

The aroma is of cotton candy, fresh malt, grain, and floral hops. There's also a real earthiness to this beer. BA says saison, Victory says saison, my taste buds and nose both say belgian strong pale ale.

The first sip is deliteful. Fairly attenuated yet full and grainy with plenty of barley, hops, and alcohol to go around. This beer is beautiful. There's a spice in the finish that's hard to place; perhaps it is fennel or clove. This flavor must make it a saison.

Mouthfeel is light on the tongue yet not watery. There's a grainy texture that's really good with this type of beer.

Drinkability is great! I would love sip this all day. I will definately pick up a few of these if I see it out there. Thanks to whoever sent this as an extra in whatever trade we did!

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.