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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

887 Ratings
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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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fields336

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 9/24/12
A: crisp looking straw colored beer with 2-3 fingers white fluffy head. Slightly hazy. The head recedes to leave a slight lace ring around the edge of the glass.

S: sweet, Brett, citrus, tart, earthy,slight funk, pepper, spicy

T: huge Brett notes, funk,earthy, musty, lemon citrus,spicy,grassy/flowery/herbal, bitter bretty finish.

M: extremely light bodied and dry finish, excellent representation of a saison

O: awesome beer, only 2.99 for the 22 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 03:24:16 | More by fields336
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jniagar1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-07-2012 14:32:05 | More by jniagar1
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-05-2012 02:48:48 | More by mattparsons
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-04-2012 19:36:29 | More by Chugs13
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schmitter

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +30.5%

08-04-2012 00:23:36 | More by schmitter
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tbeq00

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-03-2012 02:46:50 | More by tbeq00
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denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-03-2012 01:29:36 | More by denimdemon
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zander4dawin

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler that was a few days old. The head was a little flat but that expected. Pours a bright golden color with a tantilzaing smell. Classic Belgian sasion taste that I would describe as dry, bright, lemony with slight spice notes. Overall a delicious beer I really enjoyed.

Serving type: growler

07-31-2012 02:56:55 | More by zander4dawin
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clear golden/straw yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and nice amounts of lacing. smells very fruity (banana, strawberry), smells a bit like a cider (strange yeast smell), flower petals.
that flower petal flavor is really up front, and personally a bit off putting. tart, citrus fruit flavors with a zesty pepper finish.champagne-like carbonation, medium body, and very creamy on the lips. a bit of burn on the throat going down.

the very floral scent really worked for this one.... up until i tasted it, and it tasted like i was eating a bouquet. i'm sure there's people out there that will like it, i do not. still a pretty refreshing ale nonetheless, and a very unique saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:47:41 | More by facundoCNB
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ms11781

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-29-2012 14:59:10 | More by ms11781
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drperry11

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-27-2012 17:04:53 | More by drperry11
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kjkinsey

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-25-2012 17:51:41 | More by kjkinsey
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Sjorge3442

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-24-2012 16:51:45 | More by Sjorge3442
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-22-2012 22:46:46 | More by rolltide8425
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-22-2012 15:35:43 | More by DrunkinYogi
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champ103

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston TX.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, mostly clear golden orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Spicy, peppery, phenolic yeast. Funky, slightly tart fruits. Almost a Brett kind of fruitiness/funky. I really enjoy the nose.
T: Follows the nose with peppery spicy yeast. Slightly tart fruits. Belgian funkiness. Finishes very dry and puckering.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. A dry finish brings everything together. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

A very nice Saison. One that has a slight Brett character that is not overwhelming, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 00:16:41 | More by champ103
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flyingmick

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-17-2012 12:50:11 | More by flyingmick
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jeffjeff1

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up a while ago at Bevmo.

Appearance- yellow color, thick foamy head, leaves a nice lacing

Smell- citrus, spice, yeast

Taste- lemon zest, spice, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability- very nice, better than I thought it would be

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:13:26 | More by jeffjeff1
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-15-2012 16:53:09 | More by atone315
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-14-2012 23:23:32 | More by mrosenfeld32
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this ale pours brilliantly clear straw color with a medium bright white head that quickly diminished. The aroma is moderately peppery, slightly spicy and citrusy, and some earthiness (almost cilantro-like). The flavor is rather peppery and spicy up front with a dry, wine-like finish with a medium-low hop bitterness. Simple, yet complex and interesting if that makes any sense. The carbonation is medium-high and body moderate. Overall a well made, tasty brew, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:16:55 | More by uwmgdman
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep yellow with a hint of amber and near perfect clarity. Poured with a big frosty white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Lemon and orange zest aromas, funky,earthy yeasty aroma with a hint of spice and hints of biscuity malt. Medium bodied with smooth but aggressive carbonation. Funky yeast flavor from the start with a hint of spice into the middle. Lemon and orange flavors from the middle transition to biscuit malt and once again the funky yeast at the end. Finshes with a lingering yeasty funt aftertaste. This is a fairly subdued saison, but very enjoyable and easy to drink. Personally I enjoy saisons, but find drinking several to be difficult. The funkiness tends to wear down my tastebuds. But the Yards saison was very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:37:07 | More by IronLover
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billab914

Virginia

4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Ithaca glass. Golden yellow in color with an active white head rising half an inch above the top of the beer. Pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma shows a moderate amount of earthy, slightly funky Brett to it. I was a little surprised as I had no idea there was Brett in this beer, but I'm quite happy at how well it works for it. Some bright lemon zest and pale malts are there as well, but the Brett is what keeps drawing my attention.

The taste shows a little more of a crisp, pale fruit component , but the zesty citrus rind still plays a pretty big role. The earthy, slightly funky Brett adds some great depth and complexity to it.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Overall I was really impressed with this beer and can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. The Brett was light and not dominating, but really made the beer for me with it's complex flavors. At $3.99 a bomber I thought this was a great value as well. One of the best light and easy drinking beers I've had all summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:19:20 | More by billab914
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-12-2012 17:16:56 | More by JRod1969
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-08-2012 07:47:35 | More by ambruns1979
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.