Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company
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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
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
03-25-2011 13:59:39 | More by Slatetank
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
12-09-2009 22:32:02 | More by jlindros
3.96/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
05-15-2013 23:08:35 | More by StonedTrippin
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-27-2011 21:43:58 | More by WesWes
3.13/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
08-19-2012 10:29:11 | More by Rifugium
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
07-12-2011 01:14:19 | More by oline73
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
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.
04-11-2011 05:44:25 | More by mactrail
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
08-07-2010 00:02:13 | More by mdfb79
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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!
11-11-2009 00:45:04 | More by jwc215
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-29-2010 20:33:01 | More by Gueuzedude
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
09-03-2009 22:47:40 | More by smcolw
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
01-21-2011 05:12:17 | More by Halcyondays
4.4/5 rDev +14.9%
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.
09-17-2009 12:11:26 | More by Gavage
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
12-04-2011 09:24:52 | More by kojevergas
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
09-10-2009 04:51:56 | More by corby112
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 896 ratings.