Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company
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3.78/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
06-14-2010 00:09:04 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
On tap at Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and Brett. Taste is much the same with a crisp Brett flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.
02-16-2013 23:49:14 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
Reviewed from notes.
Pours light with a whit head. Straw coloring. Nose is citrus, pepper, spice, and some earth. The taste is light and grassy with a bit of flowers. A bit of lemon and pepper as well. Feel is light with high carbonation. A decent attempt, but nothig truly special.
10-20-2010 12:08:51 | More by Thorpe429
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
A: It poured crystal clear straw yellow in color with just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell isn't that strong; the nose has aromas of citrus and spices.
T: There are flavors of lemons and pepper along with some hints of apples and yeast. Compared to other saisons, the presence of the underlying malts is more noticeable in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is refreshing, but not quite as some of the others in this style. However, I would definitely try this beer if I wanted to have a saison on a warm day in the spring or fall.
08-08-2010 13:17:20 | More by metter98
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
Fairly typical of American brewed Belian-style ales, the beer has a segregated ester/spicy balance, unresolved malt character, and lack of genuine Belgian yeast character. But as it goes, the beer fares well in all catagories.
The pour brings about a hazy golden color with a froathy eggshell head. Very solid retention and lace give a very Belgiany appearance although it carries a lot of visual weight due to the subtle carbonation and haze.
Spicy and fruity to the nose, the beer shares lemon, appricot, pineapple, and herbal grasses with white pepper, orange peel, and a light cumin scent. Yeasty brine and sweet scents give the impression of cookie dough or sweet bread dough.
Flavors of tropical fruit and light caramel gives a candied sweet upstart. The zesty lemon fruits bring in a much needed sharpness, zest, and acidity that balances the odd carmel taste in the style. Pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya continue to smoothen out the lemon tartness and provide a white wine balance. The beer further develops into a peppery, spicy bit that eventually gives a plastic-like flavor that disrupts the smooth hop bitterness in finish. It seems that with every step forward, there's a step back.
Richer in sweetness and feel early. Cremainess has a hard time making the transition to full dryness in finish. The richness is further aided by the lack of champagne-like effervescence.
Fruitier, sweeter, and misplaced spicy/plastic taste are the main reasons why this beer doesn't compete with classic Belgian versions, but is certainly on par with others make in America.
03-25-2011 19:17:29 | More by BEERchitect
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
Big thanks for sending me this gem as an extra recently. I had heard it was coming out, but of course it did not make it to SC. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 09/23/2009.
Great pour and near perfect for the style. Cloudy and bright golden in color with a huge towering head of white foam that came up and over the top. Settled down gently with a good bit of side glass lacing along the way, really nicely done here I have to admit. Aroma was rich, light fruit, apples, bananas, and hints of lemon zest are all over this one. Really complex and a nice light aroma here. As it warms becomes a bit grainier though the hops still stay prominent with the rich lemon touches. Smooth flavor and a nice light to medium feel on it. Lively carbonation keeps it dancing across the tongue throughout. First notes to come across are a rich mix of lemon and light banana. Fresh grass and a nice touch of grain starting to pile on now, but it is still staying very bright overall. Long dry finish has remnants of lemon and citrus zest sprinkled throughout and a light fruity flavor that really hits the spot.
Overall this was a very, very solid offering here. I though the ABV was remarkably well hidden and it went down smooth and easy. I would have no issue at all with having this one again any day.
09-25-2009 14:54:26 | More by mikesgroove
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice thick foamy head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic ester and sweet malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by notes of rustic and floral malt with some sweet notes which may be a tad too sweet for the style. Body is quite full with good bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Well brewed with nice level of complexity but unfortunately it is a bit too sweet and lack some attenuation.
12-02-2011 17:41:34 | More by Phyl21ca
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
On-tap at Beachwood BBQ
A: Pale straw in color with a large white head and impressive retention.
S: A nice, but subtle sweetness followed by a mild funkiness. Quite a bit of earthy characteristics along with some fruity notes, particularly pineapple and citrus. Just a hint of spice, phenols, and yeast.
T: Fairly bready and substantial for a saison, which I found nice. Yet, it still manages to be fairly light (impressive at 7.5%). Mild spices and yeast with a touch of white pepper. Fruity, but not as intensely as on the nose. Some hints of floral hops and a mild earthy quality and bitterness.
M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.
O: I quite liked this beer. A very nice nose and a pleasant flavor made for a good experience.
03-27-2011 05:12:03 | More by womencantsail
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
Pours medium amber with a short lived white head.
Nose is just perfect saison in all respects. Nose is actually extraordinary and perhaps the best character in this otherwise very drinkable beer. Lovely floral orange/lemon with bright esters, sweet biscuit; sweet white bread-all around appealing nose that also carries into the flavor profile.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent balance.
Flavors of citrus/lemon-orange tones; wild yeast funk but pleasant. Nice saison bitter funk finish.
Very drinkable and nice.
11-21-2010 01:55:07 | More by GRG1313
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Huge foamy head they dissipates fairly quickly. Murky dirty golden color.
S: Lots of fruit, mostly pineapple, banana and grapefruit with spice notes.
T: Spicey and fruit up front with a somewhat sour lemony and herbal/grassy finish.
M: Moderate carbonation. Light to medium bodied.
Overall: This is a fairly unique saison. The grassy finish is borderline and it is gonna keep me away from getting this one again.
09-17-2011 00:38:44 | More by kylehay2004
3.4/5 rDev -11.2%
This brew pours out as a bright yellow color what is pretty clean looking. The head is big and white, it leaves a decent lacing down the glass also. The smell of the beer had a zesty aroma kind of citrusy and yeasty. The taste of the beer is a little citrusy with some spice and some light bread flavors. The mouthfeel was tingly, good amount of carbonation for this brew. The body is on the thinner side and pretty refreshing. Overall I'd like to try this one again some day, it's just a matter of time and money before I can get some again.
06-07-2011 19:20:01 | More by Knapp85
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Served in a tulip glass at ChurchKey.
I've been wanting to revisit this guy, but I kept getting bad bottles. Thankfully, the CK has my back yet again. It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white suds. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, peach, grapefruit, and a light kiss of a caramel. The taste is nearly identical, with some additional mild floral bitters. The body is a heavy light, with an active carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, possibly my favorite regularly-available saison.
08-13-2010 06:02:42 | More by TMoney2591
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.
S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, bananas, spices and touches of hops and fruit.
T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of spices, bananas and other fruits quickly follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time.
09-19-2011 00:57:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Three fingers of white foam on top of a brilliantly clear, golden body. The foam exhibits good retention before settling down to a ring of bubbles and leaving nice lace on the walls of the glass.
S - Musty aroma of wild yeast with notes of soft cheese, acidic pineapple and goat. Some herbal hops and spicy yeast with pepper and lavender.
T - Tangy wheat with some creamy, biscuit like malt up front. Earthy flavors of european hops come in next with lots of wild yeast character. Notes of wet earth and musty attic with a little bit of sour tropical fruit. Finishes with a light note of vanilla and moderate hop bitterness as well as more herbal hops. Lingering spicy notes of hops and yeast with wet fur brett character.
M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - I had no idea what to expect from this beer and it turned out to be a pretty weird one. The wild yeast character is intense with a huge nose of musty and very enjoyable funk. The flavor shows some background notes that are reminiscent of a normal saison, but the funk still dominates. Here it is not as pleasantly complex as it is in the nose, but it is still enjoyable. A funky, cheese-like wild beer it is pretty drinkable for something so over the top funky.
01-04-2010 05:46:23 | More by nickfl
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
Appears a streaming bowel of golden sunshine much like the label entails with the Helios label, let's see how this compares to the ol' V Saison in the corked and caged format. Carbonation was more than effervescent, as I popped the cap this beer just about exploded. The first pour was soft yet formed a very large bubbly massive foam head. Bright white and textured rocky well above the rim of my tulip shaped chalice. Lacing seems to speckle nicely with chunky bits of lace but never leaves even bands to be adored at the end of your drinking session.
Aroma contains layers of spices with sharp alcoholic sweet malt layers and refreshing spicy noble hops in the finish. Tart citrus zest with funky phenolics are welcomed with each sniff, a definite barnyard farmhouse ale that we beergeeks know how to enjoy. An almost pillow like softness with chamomile marshmallow like layers with some coriander and clove attached to the party as well.
Flavor doesn't kill with sweetness more of lemon lime zest splice with spices added to roll you over. The yeast does it's share of work with the exotic spicy character and ferments a nice array of barnyard wild tones as well. Very complex well made American version of the style which can be hard to come by. There's a wide spectrum of Saison brewed in this country at one end lies Ommegang and the other is a toss up between Clipper City and Great Lakes I will let you judge the high and low ends of my example. Anyways this one knocks at the door of greatness and it is a welcome addition to the new family of 22 ounce bombers coming out of Downingtown these days, god knows they better keep the Prima ones a coming they're perfect sizes for that brew. The one feature that rubs me the wrong way is how the blending of the yeast used here and the spices added develop a strong sense of a floral perfume gag reflux in my mouth initially. It can be off putting but it rolls away after a few sips, and becomes much more tolerable after desensitizing the palate with a test drive.
Mouthfeel overall is spot on for the style pure effervescence brings out pillowy softness when the streaming layers of bubbles settle. Medium bodied farmhouse ale that is sure to impress the newbies in the beer scene. Again good call on the new bottles and name change, who's marketing these days for Bill and Ron?
Drinkability is great a beer you'll have no problems with, share with friends don't be stingy. In fact this style of beer when done right has potential to convert most friends especially women to the craft beer movement. I was at Victory's last tenth anniversary party and I hope I'm able to have a blast at the next one. Oh yeah, Victory is supposedly coming into West Virginia in the not so distant future.
09-06-2009 05:38:44 | More by WVbeergeek
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
Victory Helios Ale. 22 oz. bomber.
Bright golden/ straw yellow coloration, highly hazed, Huge head, gorgeous and puffy, luscious and lacey, pure white as the driven snow, etcetera.
Aroma:ah,yes!Here's the zest, the spice, the citrus, the flowery and ethereal, lovely and uplifting air.Like a witbier, but just spot on for a saison. A llittle light.
On the tongue, continued zest, peppery spice spanks the palate, then fades back a bit, but not for long. The blast up front lingers, though, and the citrus-y character gets a bit pointed, a little sharp, shall we say. Still brisk, tasty, refreshing. Spiciness stays on top,until it drops off.
Pleasing, but not exciting. Yummy, zesty/sour saison. Not too complex, but good with food,and great drinking on a spring/summer day.
05-10-2010 02:07:46 | More by feloniousmonk
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.