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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

824 Ratings
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Ratings: 824
Reviews: 413
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%


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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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:57:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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WesWes

New York

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

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that's light along with a mild hop bitterness and a damn fine yeast aroma. It has a nice citrus feel as well as a good deal of funk. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor; easy drinking, a solid base. The hops provide adequate bitterness and the yeast rounds out the palate with lots of earthy farmhouse funk. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average saison. It's flavorful and true to style, although the appearance seems off. It looks like it filtered, which takes away from the authenticity.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 21:43:58 | More by WesWes
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 22:32:02 | More by jlindros
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory V Saison; Sampled March 2006
Almost brilliantly clear, rich gold color with a hint of copper to it. The head is initially three-fingers thick with a just off white color. The head subsides in a rocky surfaced manner with a touch of Belgian lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is quite fruity as I pour this beer into my glass; I get notes of apple and pear, with mostly the fruity tart aspects of these fruits. Going in for a deeper smell yields a nice grain character which evokes thoughts of grassy grain, and sweet malt. Some of the grassiness seems to be hop derived as well. There is a nice herbal almost spicy hop character to the nose that mixes well with the earthy spice notes from the fermentation character. I get notes of orange zest, a hint of white pepper, and some notes of clove.

The taste is pretty dry up front with just a hint of malt sweetness. There is also a nice level of tartness here, though nothing approaching any acid producing organisms, just a nice tart character from the yeast and grain. The beer finishes with a nice spicy bite, a combination of the ample carbonation and spicy yeast derived notes. The finish is a mix of lightly hot alcohol, ginger, pepper, a yeasty almost bread-like bite. The carbonation is just about perfect, it is quite high, especially for an American beer. It really goes well with the light refreshing aspects of this beer. Hops you ask, yes they are here as well, certainly not over the top, but here in a nice supporting way. The hops add some herbal grassy character to this beer, as well as contributing to the overall spiciness of this brew. There is a bit of malt sweetness in the middle through to the finish of this beer; a nice sweet grain character.

This is a really nice example of a Saison, I am really digging it right now. It is perhaps a little sweeter than I would prefer, but the initial carbonation really helps to offset this in the beginning. As time wears on though it seems to not maintain the interest, it loses a bit of complexity perhaps, or more appropriately, I think it needed a bit more fermentation complexity. It seems to need a bit more yeast derived spiciness and bite. I think that the grain character, which is nice by the way, becomes a bit too dominant in the end. It somehow weakens the finish of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:33:01 | More by Gueuzedude
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 19:20:01 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

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

Pours hazed golden with an off-white head that falls to a lasting cover.

The smell is spicy - lemon/pepper with bready and grainy notes.

The taste follows in the spiciness - lemon/ pepper with an underlying grassiness. A touch of honey sweetness in the middle. Banana-ish fruitiness as it progresses. Maltiness balanced by spiciness, leading to a refreshingly dry finish.

It is medium-bodied and effervescent. Creamy.

Easy-to-drink. A nice refreshing spiciness lingers. Alcohol is very well-covered. Could be a bit funkier. But, overall, a well-done interpretation of the style!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 00:45:04 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 05:38:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear gold color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass through the session.

Smell: earthy and spice tones rise easily from the glass and are very pleasant.

Taste: mildly grainy malt profile with pepper, grass, slightly tart green grapes, lemon zest, and some moderate earthiness. Bitterness is quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some light dryness late.

Drinkability: this beer was so flavorful on tap I could have had several glasses in the session. Easy to drink and great saison IMHO.

Serving type: on-tap

09-17-2009 12:11:26 | More by Gavage
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 22:47:40 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours goldenrod with a mild white head, average retention, fair amount of lace.

S: Peppery Belgian yeast, with a pungent hop component, Americanized in the style.

T: Bready malt mixed with lemon and orange peel. Peppery yeast flavour, coriander, with a grassy dry hop flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, soft on the palate, drying.

D: Certainly to the American side of things. Identifiable as a saison, though if it were called a hoppy Belgian pale or BIPA, I'd believe it. Good flavours but not a lot of complexity compared to the better versions of this style. But for less than $6 a bomber, it's pretty inexpensive for saison.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 05:12:17 | More by Halcyondays
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mactrail

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2011 05:44:25 | More by mactrail
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 23:08:35 | More by StonedTrippin
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a local DC tasting thanks to jslot38. Bottle from 2007.

a - Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers plus of white head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, orange, and spice.

t - Tastes of orange, citrus fruits and hops, and spices.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent saison, but not much funkiness to it. Some nice citrus, especially oranges, in the smell and taste. Would try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 00:02:13 | More by mdfb79
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kojevergas

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2011 09:24:52 | More by kojevergas
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2012 10:29:11 | More by Rifugium
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Billolick

New York

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

$3.99 for a bomber, nice. "Bottled on Dec 10, 2009" stamped on the front label, well done. Pours clear yellow amber, long lasting off white head, ample frothy collar and sheeting, below bits of lace. Spiced up, citric nose, more lemon/lime, add a healthy dose of pepper, herbal and fresh tasting hops..all add up to a quite pleasant, zesty and fresh tasting saison...here its a freezing night in january and I've been transported back to a hot day on the back porch in July...bring on the salads and cheese/crusty bread lunches...nice saison, for a nice price, always a plus...

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:06:14 | More by Billolick
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Pours a clear, bright, spring-like golden colour, with a fine, frothy and pretty persistent head of pure white. Where the head doesn't persist as head proper, it persists as lace, forming solid, chunky sheets down the inside of the glass. Carbonation is high, and it streams through the relatively light body very quickly. Looks fresh and good.

Nose is clean and bright, but with a fresh funk to it, giving a little bit of fuggy sweetness, and a light vegetative character. It also has a touch of acidity to it, but this is tightly coupled with the sweetness, giving it the suggestion of sour lollies. Not bad.

Taste is brusquer, peppery, sharper and with a vegetative bitterness. And to be honest, it works well. The sweetness is still noticeable, but it is drawn back and balanced by the biting rawness of the bitterness and the earthy funk. Little true acidity here, but the rustic, primal nature of the other characters work well. And despite these flavours, it ends up being surprisingly crisp, and easy to drink. Lovely stuff.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. It has some lovely rustic, earthy and dependable flavours to it, but manages to amalgamate them all into a clean, very drinkable beer. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 02:01:11 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Zorro

California

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

Clear golden colored beer with a small white head.

Smells strongly herbal with a strong flower aroma. Coriander and honeysuckle with some powdery yeast and mild honey. The scent of this is a little in the direction of a Belgian IPA, it is noticeably hoppier than Hennepin.

Starts out herbal and semi dry. Smooth becomes a little sweeter as you drink it but it is stoutly hopped. Remains herbal and floral as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good

Drinkability is high. Flavorful enough to remain interesting but not something that whips your taste buds either. This compares favorably with Hennepin with a little higher amount of hops.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:42:31 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of yeast, pepper, licorice, spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, bitter, with some pepper, licorice, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, not really liking this one, too hot, peppery, spicy.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:46:55 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hay light golden orange color with light golden yellow hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy white head. Visible carbonation bubbling up the chalice.

Earthy aroma with a nice peppery spice character. Light golden fruit notes coming from the Belgian yeast compliment the bread and citrus peel notes as well as some subtle earthy hops.

Very carbonated up front with a creamy, medium body. Lots of earthy notes, hop bitterness, light crisp fruit, citrus peel, lemon zest, spicy pepper and strong alcohol astringency. Slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 04:51:56 | More by corby112
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden color with 3 fingers worth of yellowish tan head. The cap displays solid retention but as it fades it leaves stringy patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is zesty like lemon/lime with traces of earth and yeasty spice like clove. There is a slight touch of pepper and grass also present before a hint of straw-like grain.

The flavor has hints of lemony zest that builds a layer of brightness to the brew. Some yeasty spice adds clove and pepper to the mix. The grain is caught between biscuit, wheat, straw and dusty cobweb which indicates the first traces of brett.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. For 7.5% it has a mild hint of alcohol but is otherwise hidden quite well. Very nice drinkability and complexity for a saison. At 3-4 bucks a bomber, you just cant beat this. If you havent already had this, what the hell are you waiting for?

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 14:12:08 | More by stakem
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light gold with solid streams of carbonation rising to the top of the glass. A small white cap quickly fades into a gentle cap with solid bits of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, orange peel, mild spice, and lemon.
Taste is of the aromas with a nice bit of orange juice, and eel coming through.
Mouthfeel is citrusy, medium bodied, with a tad bit of clean funk.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 22:25:29 | More by weeare138
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johnmichaelsen

Oregon

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

On tap at Max's last night for their Victory blow out.

The beer pours a striking gold color with OK head retention and lacing. Nothing special here, but the beer looks OK. On the nose I get some nice honey and cherry, with a bit of underlying clove. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there's some nice peppery, hoppy bitterness in the finish that I appreciate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good.

Not blown away by this take by Victory on a saison, but it's not bad and I wouldn't mind having it again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 12:25:48 | More by johnmichaelsen
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Bighuge

Minnesota

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

Lemon drop yellow body. Slightly hazed. Voluptuous fluffy white head. Carbonation looks to be quite active as multiple streams of CO2 rise vigorously throughout the body. Aroma has a lemon tartness and a little yellow cake batter character. Horse blanket also. Mouthfeel is quite prickly. Body is light-medium. Lemon is big in the flavor with a nice sourdough like backdrop of maltiness. Sprinkle a little black pepper throughout and add a little horse blanket tartness/funkiness and you've got a pretty solid saison. A bit of a lambic feel to it. Unique, but good, saison.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 05:24:34 | More by Bighuge
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The initial pour yielded a pale orange coloring with a convincing amount of macro yeast floaties that lied suspended like plankton in a light haziness of obtrusion that danced happily in the vibrant macro bubbly nature of the carbonation. The head, a product of the wild Belgian yeast, sprang upwards upon the pour occupying a near majority of the glass, was paper white in color, and foamy in nature exhibiting a good time of retention while leaving small speckled remains for a lacing behind. The carbonation remained a powerful force through-out the entire serving of the drink.

S: The nose did not disappoint with a distinctive wild yeast quality of musky hay and barnyard scents of wet horse. Light to medium in strength I though I also picked up hints of pvc tubing as well. The beer closes out with a sour funk, though not overwhelming with a mixture of wet hay and animal feed (grains and pellets) funk.

T: Funky and musky barnyard flavors are abundant here giving you insight to the wild Belgian yeast. Once again damp animal feed of grains and pellets, wet hay, and wet barnyard animals stand out the most. There is earthy notes of moss, citric grains and cobwebs as well. The finish provides quite a bite with a bit of alcohol present and warm, sour lemon peels along with a black peppery flair. The funk I felt was just right, not to weak to undermine, nor not to strong to discourage.

M: The mouthful bursts with a carbonation assault turning to a thick foamy feel very quickly. The body was fairly light while the swallow finds a funky display of musky grains, hay and grass lining the tongue.

D: Drinkability was good, especially for style. Like mentioned earlier the funk balance was just right adding for optimal drinking experience per style. You will no doubt have to be a fan or respective of the style (which I certainly am). This will no doubt deliver an adventuress journey into the world of Belgian funk which was fairly well captured here by an American brewer. Novices may want to split a bottle at first until you gain a appreciation per style but overall for the fan this beer overall was a good experience coupled with a fairly good drinkability and enjoyability factor.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 00:24:55 | More by beerthulhu
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.