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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

829 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 829
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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SteveB24

New York

3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

appearance; deep yellow, lots of large, visible bubbles, decent head but with little retention.

smell; smelled very muck like a pilsner, yeasty, but with an added blend of herbs.

taste; yeast, bread, sour grapes, orange peel, herbs, very unique and not unpleasant.

mouthfeel; light bodied and pretty fizzy.

overall; something worth buying for the unique blend of flavors, but you wouldnt buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 03:53:22 | More by SteveB24
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 02:25:33 | More by jimmah120
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Jonada

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber. Enjoy before 11/21/2014. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a bright yellow color with 2 fingers of a white soapy head that settles to a thin coating. Body is lightly hazy with some fine visible sediment and quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Smell: Lemon, orange, coriander, black pepper, pear, brett character but not particularly funky.

Taste: Sweet bready malt upfront followed by tons of yeast character. Banana, clove, pear, spices, and perhaps a hint of white grape. Not much hop character but there is a mild to medium lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and crisp. Carbonation borders on high, but not to the point of being distracting.

Overall: Pretty nice saison and a good bang for your buck.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 21:15:25 | More by Jonada
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Tsar_Riga

Indiana

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pretty golden beer with a reasonable head, fading out to some minor lacing.

S - The funk is strong with this one - which is not unexpected. But there is a certain undercurrent of rubber that I found distracting.

T - A very crisp beer, with clean, clear notes of pear and stone fruits, as well a some bread notes and peppery spice. Unfortunately, the element of rubber and bandaids remained, though backgrounded, coming more forward in the finish. It is not an uncommon note for a yeast-based brew. If the finish were cleaner, I'd have rated this much higher however.

M - Crisp, clean and extremely easy to drink.

O - This is generally a very good beer. I think the yeast let loose a few rogue elements that detract slightly, but I still found the beer both approachable and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 18:03:49 | More by Tsar_Riga
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wedge

North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow honey color with a foamy, sticky white head on the surface. Aroma is filled with citrus, perfume-like flowers, yeast, barnyard funk, soft pale malt, and some black pepper when swirled. Dry floral flavor, yeastier than the smell, but with much less Brett. Peppery spice, clove, dried fruit, lemony citrus, wheat, and subtle malt. Dry, snappy medium body...very enjoyable and drinkable. An underappreciated, underrated bargain of a Saison from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 15:06:22 | More by wedge
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Incredibly hazy body, tinted with a deep hay color. A considerable amount of carbonation can be seen. Topped by a very frothy, white head with fantastic retention and lacing. Very appealing to the eye.

Aroma:
Plenty of lemon zest and sourdough are detectable right away. Coriander, lavender, and ground pepper occasionally break through the appropriately funky aroma. Light herbal hop presence and a hint of ginger. I really like the fragrance of this ale, however, repetitive sniffing made me sneeze. A lot. Weird, right?

Taste:
Quite bitter for the style with plenty of grassy and citrus hops right up front. A surprising amount of spice. Pleasant lemon peel and a hint of pine. Not enough brett character, but it's good. Definitely gets better as it warms. Alcohol is undetectable.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth, medium-bodied brew. Plenty of bubbly. Semi-dry with a tart finish.

Overall:
This is a great example of one of my favorite styles, saison. Decent amount of sour and funk. Easy to drink - recommend serving at 40+ degrees as this truly gets better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:51:41 | More by alphagnome
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tastybeer

North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, bright white densely foamy head that leaves spotty lace behind. Aroma is a delightful surprise. Sweet, funky, mellow, lemon fruity, spicy, black and red pepper, clean soap, phenolic, yeasty. Unexpected brisk light citrus pine around the edges. Just right. Taste is juicy, yeasty, fruity, floral, with numerous other interesting qualities. Flavors are cherry, wood, yeast flavors of fruit, bubble gum, soap, even a touch licorice, and lemon. Also tart, and crisply dry through the finish. Very nice surprise. Victory always seems to know exactly what they're doing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 22:26:56 | More by tastybeer
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stercomm

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a nice tulip glass

A- Very hazy, straw - lemon color with a nice creamy white head, strong lacing that is layered around the glass.

S - Slight sourness, some lemon good background scent of hops, definite saison scent.

T - Nice and dry, very refreshing and crisp, get lemons, slight pucker factor good hops balance, very little sweetness which helps add to the quenching taste.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little bit of mouth coating.

O - I like this, great price to quality ratio. As stated very refreshing. Is a nicely balanced saison brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 23:04:00 | More by stercomm
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a vaguely hazy straw color with a soft inch of creamy beige head and some flecks of sediment. Passable retention; sparse, stringy lacing.

S:
Smells saisony but with a subtle but strong herbal hoppiness and a little bretty sourness. Yeast, lemon rind, hay, and grass.

T:
Very dry with a rich, strong hop presence that was totally unexpected on my part. Dominant hops, dominant yeasty esters, white pepper.

M:
Dry and flat with prickly bubbles and a light-medium body. A lingering warm hop finish tops it off, but does not get in the way, so to speak.

O:
Not terrible, but definitely not my cup of tea.
This is a fairly well-executed saison in some senses, however I had a hard time getting past its in-your-facedness as I usually perceive saisons to be a soft and floral beer.
This one is certainly not bad looking, although a big fat airy head would not be unappreciated. The aromas are saison-esque as well, but are the first thing that is hoppy in the whole experience. The taste is what really lost it for me as you will find (or at least I did) something that is at once oppressively yeasty and oppressively hoppy. It isn't terrible by any stretch and, indeed, I started to like it more as I drank but it is not what I expect from a saison and so I was taken aback a little. Additionally the flavor is strong enough to almost make me cringe at times. Overall not bad, but not my favorite.
Probably won't have again; maybe worth trying if you are into American-styled Belgians.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 05:22:04 | More by TheDoctor
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Greywulfken

New York

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

A: rich golden-colored ale, clear and bold; lacy head a few fingers tall: brilliant white foam; sparse lace and motes linger behind

S: floral fields and milled grains; citric orchard, flower, and fruit; hints of yeastiness

T: crisp and bright lemon impressions up front; slows down and you can appreciate the tart yeast and its floral and fruity accents; pepper spice and citrus fruit pith punctuate an underlying subtle funk, courtesy of the brettanomyces

M: brisk, crisp and fresh; on warming shows more body; tart-bitter battle on slightly drying finish

O: saison well-done; not as dry as some but full of citrus character and bright tartness; subtlety with the brett was apparent; solid pale malt base. Authentic-feeling take on a classic Belgian style, nice balance between a rustic and polished overall character.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 21:49:50 | More by Greywulfken
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Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy golden. Thick white head of dense foamy bubbles. Left sticky lace left clinging to my tulip glass.

Smells flowery, rose like. Followed by bready yeast, and funky horse blanket. Some granny smith apple on the back end.

Taste is heavy on the tart apple. Doughy yeasts. Spicy clove notes. Sharp hop twang, with a lemon rind like finish. Alcohol is detectable.

Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

This is my first time having it since the re-branding from V-Saison. Overall a very nice example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 02:21:43 | More by Ieatlambfries
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes after enjoying on 11/23/13. Consumed out of a 22 oz brown bottle, but I regrettably did not mark down the dating that was etched onto the bottle. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a dull golden orange with a murky quality to it from the sediment haze that flows into the glass as I pour. Where the light refracts, there is a small spot of lighter orange/peach color. Atop the body sits a pillowy two-finger head the color of parchment paper white. The head sticks around for quite awhile, leaving ample lacing on the sides of the glass and a solid remainder of mottled foam along the top of the liquid.

Smell - There is nothing on the bottle about Brettanomyces, but the aroma clearly reveals that wonderful little yeast hiding within. In addition to the pungent funkiness from the Brett, there are fainter hints of lemon zest and musty barnyard hay, but the Brett is working hard to make the aroma rather one note. The good news is that I love Brett, so I'm not at all put out by the rather shallow aroma.

Taste - Some fruity phenols and faint booze/esters now make an appearance to play along with the distinctive funky yeast. I also get a little spiciness, like white pepper along with perhaps some other more generic spice notes like clove. I also get some faint breadiness, like sourdough providing a nice base for the more floral and fruity characteristics. Like the aroma, the taste is a little bit one note, but there is a bit more complexity than in the smell.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy and lucious, medium-bodied beverage, with an ample amount of carbonation. On the high side of moderate.

Overall, a tasty little Brett saison, but there are others that I would likely pick up first, and that fact is only exacerbated by the fact that Victory is not easy to procure in my neck of the woods. Still a solid offering and if it was local and easy to get, I could see this being a good beer to grab regularly to get that Brett fix when some of my favorites (which are usually seasonal, limited release or out of my distro area) aren't available.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 22:28:51 | More by LambicPentameter
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice fluffy head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The beer itself is a clear and filtered gold.

The beer's aroma has has a strong earthy hop smell with light notes of lemon peel and citrus. The yeast adds a little mustiness and is certainly present as well as slightly balancing the hops with its fruity esters but does not come all the way through until it warms up. Additionally, the smell has a slight tinge of alcohol but not by much.

The taste is slightly different from the smell. The yeast's fruity notes are stronger in the taste than in the smell and the alcohol is a bit stronger as well. The taste is very hop heavy and unbalanced. While some of the earthiness and musk are still there, the hops and citrus/lemon peel taste dominate the taste buds.

The beer is medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation in the beer certainly has bite but is a little less than what some would call crisp. The beer is smooth as it goes down but that is expected given the carbonation.

Overall, a decent saison but not one of the best. Personally, I think it's worth getting this beer at least once.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 22:20:20 | More by HattedClassic
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 21:43:09 | More by superspak
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LI_PO12

Pennsylvania

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint

Appearance light gold, slight haze, white head

Aroma farmhouse funk, some fruity esters apple and pear, slight lemony citrus, hay, a bit too much alcohol poking through but ok.

Flavor again a bit too boozy, but nice funky yeast, citrus, some fruitiness, pear, all good elements for a saison present but they muddle together too much

Mouthfeel medium higher side of carbonation,

Overall for 4.50 a bomber this is great. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but imagine its not fresh, still tasty and drinkable. Probably a good saison for those new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 04:16:09 | More by LI_PO12
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head.

S-Yeast, lemon, spice, grass and citrus.

T-Balance is off. Starts with citrus and lemon notes then ends with an odd assortment of clove, grass and bubble gum.

M-Light, nice carbonation but not that crisp.

O-The balance is off, the bubblegum flavor throws stuff off. Expected better from Victory.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 22:02:25 | More by rlee1390
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, apricot color. Voluminous white head looks like meringue. Good retention but little lacing.
Smell is malt, banana, clove, a nice mustiness, yeast, grass, straw and pear(?). Great balance, great complexity.
Taste is less malt, oyster crackers, dirt, that same mustiness, some indeterminate spices (pepper & sage, I think), a hint of hops. Very nice indeed. Great balance.
Drying finish lead by a warming middle. Medium plus body to start ends somewhat lighter.
I bought this beer 10 months ago and was concerned it might be at the end of its best days. I don't think that was an accurate thought. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 03:22:49 | More by PorterLambic
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Scrapss

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large Turbinator with a vigorous head from bomber.

A: Nice golden saison, slight haze. thin soapy disk with soapy lacing.

S: a little milk funk, some lively yeast, peppery smell. Bread, grassy, muted citrus.

T: Clove, pepper, lightly spoiled milk, barnyard hay, must/dust. Is this Bretted, seems so.

M: smooth, a little thin, nice moderate carbonation. slightly sour finish. slightly dry.

O: For a $4 bomber this is really nice saison. This is definitely one that you might try introducing to a new saison beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2013 23:52:24 | More by Scrapss
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Brew_42

Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a bit of haze. Big white head.

Smells citrusy. Lemon and orange up front.

Tastes- Mainly citrusy. Lemon and orange. A little but of spice but less than most saisons I have had.

Mouthfeel-Crisp and carbonated.

Overall- A very nice beer. I like a little more balance between spice and citrus in saisons whereas this beer seems pretty tilted towards the citrus but still a pretty enjoyable beer and at a great price.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:42:49 | More by Brew_42
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing.

Slow gusher. Pour is very pale orange with some dusty sediment floating about. White head shrinks to a full cap, good retention and some lace.

Scent has a nice mix of fruits, yeast and farm.

Taste is better, nice plethora of fruits (grapefruit, citrus, lemon lime), light brett+farm, hop bitterness, bread, spice/pepper, earthiness. Slight medicinal qualities but otherwise quite good.

Mouthfeel is very light and spritzy with lots of foamy carbonation. Some alcohol warmth, a bit of a sipper.

The flavor is a bit sharp/medicinal for my tastes but a good complex flavor, great price as well.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 23:22:05 | More by Chico1985
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Mycryan

Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy pale golden yellow, head that fizzles down and retains in a ring on the inside of the glass

S: Saison style, floral aroma, lots of citrus, lemon, orange, coriander, yeast

M+B: Feels great on the palate, carbonated well... good balance but still drinkable

You can taste the 7.5% in this Saison summer style ale... lingering alcohol finish, but quite not as noticeable upfront with the other omplex bright flavors present

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:46:54 | More by Mycryan
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OwsleyStanley

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Color of urine after you sweated a lot, but didn't rehydrate. Beetlejuice-sized head which dissipates quickly.

S: Fothergila, lilac and liquified aspirin

T: Deliciously lemony with a solid pepper note. Finishes dry.

M: The relatively low carbonation makes it soft, but not so much as to make it boring.

O: If it's summer, this is in my refrigerator. At 40$/case this is a great summer beer which stands up nicely to most dinner fare.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 19:18:59 | More by OwsleyStanley
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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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DirtyBirdSpecial

New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into a tulip. shared with a friend

A: Nice, slightly hazy, golden yellow sunshine. Small head, quickly vanishing.

S: Floral and tart, zesty lemon peel and belgian funk.

T: Lemons, pepper, sour and dry on the back end.

M: Medium body, soft on the palette.

O: Lets be honest, this is no award winning Saison and Victory
knows that... but at $3.50 a bomber, suck me sideways, of course
i'll buy this again. Very decent, very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 19:15:36 | More by DirtyBirdSpecial
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 23:35:43 | More by sommersb
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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 829 ratings.