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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)

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Ratings: 963
Reviews: 425
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 18
Gots: 54 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass, color is straw gold, head color is bright white with some nice lacing.

Smell is some bready, light toasted malt, some hints of yeast and esters and phenolics and maybe light funk.

Taste is interesting, a little sweet upfront and throughout then transitions to light bready, hints of malt and toast and yeast, some drying esters and phenolics finish it up. A little bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is a little strong on the tongue and a little sweet, strong bitterness from the taste does not linger in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a touch sweet in flavor for a saison, but there are some drying qualities and light touch of yeastiness. Its tasty and easily drinkable but not a down the line saison.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold, slightly hazy, big fluffy head, some lacing.

S - Horse sweat, a little musty, wild grasses, light hints of roses and lilies.

T - Only a little of that musty, horsey saison flavor. In the foretaste, I find some floral hops, white pepper and a bit of grapefruit pith. Aftertaste is mostly of bitter pith and a little horse sweat.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, VERY drying.

O - It's mediocre by saison standards. It has a lot of flavor, but they don't mesh perfectly. By no means a bad beer, but I'll probably grab a different saison in the future.

Photo of Mphis
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BeerCon5
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden color with two fingers of off-white head with good retention.

The scent is of potent citrus and sweet sugar, notes of spices.

The taste is of citrus, yeast, and some notes of alcohol.

Medium body, smooth and crisp feel, moderate carbonation.

This was a very tasty beer, it seemed a little off the style but I found it easy to drink and enjoyable.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jimmah120
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle, ~a month old. Review from notes.

Pale yellow, slightly cloudy, not much head or lace. Smell is yeast must and English hops. Taste is mostly clean yeast; buttery pepper, clove, and banana, some floral hops, sour, lemon, but with a plastic-y cardboard finish.

Good on a hot day. Reminded me of oarsman with its sour twist.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I recall the V saison not being too bad, so let's see if there's much of a difference, if any. Into the Duvel tulip it goes...

Well, it looks decent enough. Full finger of head is sort of eggshell-ish in color - nice and creamy. Moderate retention and lacing atop the bright honey-lemon body. Looks nice and dry.

Good standard-issue Saison nose to it. Bright yeast electricity, a little hay and barnyard funk with an added touch of light grains.

The taste reminds me of a horse's ass, even though I've never tasted a horse's ass. For a funky Saison, this is actually a positive. The yeast strain is doing its job and works nicely in a slightly sour way with a lot of stewy grain. Very straight ahead; no surprises here.

The palate is where this breaks down from the funk. Too much sour and funkiness and not enough backbone gets this one a little too clammy for me. Finishes a little lightly.

Listen, for under $4 it's good to have around. Good, standard quality - nothing really groundbreaking here but it works for those Belgio-philes on a budget.

Photo of joepais
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Tiklmelmo who sent me this.
I poured it into a tulip glass to enjoy with some good BBQ. I was greeted by a beautiful three finger white head on top of a slightly hazy straw colored body.

The aromas' of citrus was huge on this brew. Not in a hoppy way but more to the sweet, with some apple thrown in for some balance. I did get some nice spices coming into my head as well.

The flavor was right on for me it was not to tart and reminded me of a dry cider in some ways. It defiantly paired well with my food, and added a feeling of class to my humble lunch. There was just enough spicing in the brew to off set the tartness. The feel was light and crisp in your mouth and a great way to get ready for the next mouthful of food.

Very drinkable, I finished the bottle myself with my meal. I would gladly grab this one again for my next BBQ.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of sommersb
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 06-24-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

Beer is cloudy and golden colored, with a big off-white head. Head retention is good and lacing is impressive.

Aromas have spicy Belgian yeast notes, as well as citrus fruit, namely lemons.

The taste is quite dry, with fruity flavors that remind me of grapes and a white wine. Unfortunately there's also an unpleasant vegetable taste and some astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation levels. Finishes dry with more spices and also the off vegetable taste noted earlier.

This beer intrigued me because it came in at a super low price for a bomber, but unfortunately did not deliver in the taste. Something about it did not set well with my palate and I can't recommend it.

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4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber of Victory brew for $4? In Manhattan?
Easy question.
Acquired from New Beers on Chrystie st.
Into the goblet it pours a pale and transparent gold, looking very much like a pilsner, maybe even Prima pilsner at that.
I can pick up the scent from across the room. Some pleasant funk off the bat along with some lemon and maybe some coriander.
Flavors! This makes me think of what mixing Golden Monkey and Prima Pils might yield. Some lemon/orange zest, again with the funk, again with the coriander. Some volatiles bursting here and there, some resinous qualities in the finish.
I'd be happy to have this again. I wouldn't exactly want cases and cases of the stuff but I'd be happy if I saw this on a tap menu in a bar.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of juicebox
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Tballz420
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta let the giant white fluffy head settle down a bit. Maybe a bit too aggressive on the pour. Somewhat hazy straw gold colored body. Lace sticks all over. Sweet malt nose decked out with lemon and spice. Light malts backed by lemon, spicy alcohol, pepper, touch of barn yard. Almost want to call the mouth "harsh," very active on the tongue. Pretty complex brew.

Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Celtics76
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Massive foamy white head over top of a relatively clear (slight haze) golden body, with strong carbonation flowing up thru the middle. Hint of lacing.

Fresh, citrusy (lemon zest) aroma at first. As it warmed, some lightly funky yeast and candied sugar joined the party. Tame overall.

Flavor was much more robust. Bitter, floral quality dominated, with some of the aforementioned lemon zest in the back.

Mouthfeel sticks the landing with a pretty darn dry finish. Lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability is good, but not great. I'd prefer a little more richness and complexity, but overall I would recommend this - would make a great Spring/Summer Saison.

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3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-orange color with no real visible carbonation. Moderate white head quickly turns to a film.

Smell: Aroma of orange and earthy spices. Not very strong.

Taste: Starts off with orange peel and spices like pepper. Citrus sweetness comes in towards the middle, and then at the finish some hops and yeast comes in for a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with tingly and light carbonation. Quite smooth as well.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable with a nice flavor, good ABV for this style, and no alcohol in the taste.

A bit on the sweet side for what I expected. Seems to taste like it is between a saison and Victory's Tripel. Easy to drink and pretty tasty, but ultimately not very special or memorable.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice

A: hazy, pale lemon color with a white 2 finger head that hangs out for a while. Ample lacing. I poured some into my wife's Stella Artois glass and it left a big 4 finger head. I guess glass width makes a difference.

S: Belgian yeast. Earthy, funky, light citrus.

T: Lemon/Citrus comes through loud and clear with a Belgian funk backbeat. Wheat. Some bitterness and sour notes. Slightly astringent. A finish of black pepper even though there's none in the mix. Much smoother as it warms.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Let it sit on your tongue; the bubbles do a tapdance.

O: Fresh, light, zesty; a decent sipper.

Photo of Shandycan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 963 ratings.