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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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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

for the price to abv and taste ratio, this beer cannot be beat. its an odd beer, a filtered saison, pouring pale straw in color with golden tones and a massive white head, fluffy, and rising well above the rim of the glass. the nose is surprisingly funky, especially after tasting their very lackluster swing saison. this one has som nice lemony tartness to it, mouthwatering. the flavor is very light, very summer. grassy notes, fresh, and way more farmy than I gave it initial credit for. some pepper in the yeast too, although also light. the grain bill is respectably simple, and the finish on this is nice and dry. one would never know its alcoholic strength either. but why 7.5% I wonder? it seems like itd make a great session summer beer at 5%, but with the alcohol amped up as high as it is, I cant quite figure out this beers true identity. clean finish and lighter body because its been filtered clear. carbonation could be a little stronger, but I have very little to complain about here, this is a lovely beer from victory, and full redemption for that sub par summer session saison they did this year. under 5 bucks a bomber is a steal for a beer this good.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a finger of thick foamy white head. A layer of head remains throughout the pour and there is some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Spice from the yeast dominates with some hints of sweetness from the grain, citrus, and a slight sour note.

Taste: Initially the Belgian spice dominates. Then comes some citrus and herbal hops along with a slight hint of sourness. There is a blend of the yeast spice and hop bitterness in the finish. Fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and small bubbles. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I thought the hops along with the yeast spice went quite nicely. A good offering and something I would have again.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stirred up so all the sediment is dancing about. Not bad for $3.50 bomber.

A: Nice fizzy bottle conditioned head that rises to 3+ fingers and quickly bides back down. A light clowdy haze corrupts what would be a crystal clear view through the golden yellow beverage, that reveals many columns of bubbles rising up.

N: The effervescence of this could be smelled when I cracked the cap, and much so during the pour. A very much saison farmhouse like nose with lots of yeast aromas, earthy gritty like malts, some banana and wheat, and lots of nice tangy sour funk aromas.

T: Starts very funky with tangy sour yeast and wild flavors. A dry gritty earthy malt and wheat taste follows that, but is overpowered greatly by the yeasty tangy sour funk. Bready malt tastes and very earthy farmhouse like tastes as well. A slight fruity flavor gives way to more yeast that does a good job of dryness and funk, but not quite as much as Brett. Some lemon zest and citrus also run rampant through it.

M: Very light with tons of carbonation, buttloads of carbonation. A slight tangy dry burn as well.

F: Very dry, pulling the water out of my tongue and almost giving it a dry singe burn. An almost minty like flavor hides in the background with the fresh dry taste. The sourness doesn't stay too long, but the funky yeasty flavor does. Almost a lemon bread like taste sticking around too. A pretty nice funky farmhouse saison, that gives wild yeast and Brett like qualities, but a little tamer. Still pretty funky though and great for the price.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bit of a gusher, so I wouldn't keep this one around too long.

Pale amber in the glass. Head dissipates with some modest carbonation in the mouth. Texture is pleasant, like cheap champagne. Taste is a surprise-- sharp, sourish, intense. Woody and mushroomy. Has that elusive "meaty" flavor of a good Biere de Mars. Very powerful in the nose with maybe a little too much of the Belgian funk. Long aftertaste, rather bitter but just enough kiss of the hops.

Grows on you with more sipping. I let it out of the fridge for an hour so but a little more warming didn't hurt. I;d like to try this again from another batch.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'ice Chouffe stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a transparent orange-gold. Looks appealing.

Sm: Very yeasty - which I like. Also some bacteria, souring hop quality, and some citrus tones. I'm looking forward to trying this. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Nicely citrusy, with some wonderfully handled yeast notes. Some nice hoppy notes are in there too, but are rather subtle and nicely balanced - as is the beer as a whole. A lovely build. Some touches of candied sugar and a bit of cream set the whole thing off with a tingly effect. Quite a nice little beer indeed.

Mf: Tingly, smooth, and wet. A bit too thick but it's forgivable; it probably needs that to cover up the ABV.

Dr: It's very drinkable for the style and ABV. I'd like to try this on draught. This makes me excited to try more beers from Victory in the future.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden...tried this in the bottle already, but was interested to see what the differences/similarity is like on tap.

A clear golden color, very sunny appearance with bone white cap with very tight bead. Visibly carbonated and lacing clings well with good retention. The aroma is slightly vinous like white grape with slight hop scents and mild pepper from the yeast. the feel is very dry, with high carobonation and mild bitterness. The body is affected slightly by the alcohol giving a drying finish.

The taste is very good, with some yeast fruitiness which leans toward white grape and the hop flavor is herbal/spicy. Some of the spice seems to be amplified by the yeast and alcohol is adding to the dry quality of malt and yeast in the brew. I like how it is refreshing with good flavor from the yeast and has some hop bitterness. The saison is very traditional in taste -true to the standard Dupont which is good, drinkability is ok, but I prefer a little more malt. This is a super dry and a little on the alcoholic side for my taste.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: ?
Reviewed from a recent tasting on tap at Victory, Downintown, PA

I just wasn't feeling this one. Pale straw-yellow pour, mostly clear, with a fluffy white head that retained well and left lots of lacing on the glass. Mixture of sweet and funky on the nose with a promise of earthiness. Taste was interesting, lightly toasted grains, yeast, musty grass. A little thin overall, and just doesn't deliver what I like in the style. Light body, and fairly drinkable if you like saisons, but not something I'd go for again.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/26/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big perfumy lemon peel, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, black pepper, clove, floral, grass, herbal, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon peel, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, clove, black pepper, herbal, grass, floral, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, light fruits, wheat, pepper, clove, grass, herbal, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a towering off-white head. The head is thick and creamy looking, although of mixed texture. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell is very yeasty with a wheat base. Not bad for style but not my cup of tea. For one thing, it makes me think of soap, On the other hand, it had a nice boldness and complexity.

T: much better than expected. Yeast and wheat are central, but with a nice citrusy tartness.

The mouthfeel is also very good, with none of the wateriness sometimes seen in comparable ales.

O: a pleasant surprise given the unappealing aroma.

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Photo of smcolw
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, nearly pure white head. Goes down slowly leaves little lace. Straw color liquid; nearly clear.

Lots of golden malt aroma; slightly citrusy but not from the hop which is quite mild. Some spruce smell also.

If I were blindfolded, I would expect a darker looking beer. This looks like a macro (albeit with a huge head), but tastes like a over-hopped APA. Grapefruit and pine bitter flavors from the hop. Solid malt delivery. Long, tongue-cleansing aftertaste. Only the body comes across as typical to me.

I notice when I'm inspired to write a lot, it's always a good beer. This is better than most and may be my new favorite Saison.

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