Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 1,017
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 23
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

Repackaging of V Saison
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Photo of xraydaniel
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed with this year's Helios. I had this back in 2013 and it was just straight saison but now Brettanomyces is making a big statement in this year! It packs a wallop at 7.5%......

Look: Copper sunrise and crystal clear
Smell: Slight tart, noble hops, funk, and slight citrus
Taste: Noble hops, barnyard, funk, and slightly tart
Feel: Dry and palate filling, really nice mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation with champagne-like bubbles.

My take away, which is quite surprising, is that this beer sums up my experience of the 2010 infected Matilda I had which had more of a reddish hue to it with a greater head retention. As it warms from the 30'sF it gets much funkier. I am very impressed and would certainly buy several more bombers of this for the price point of $4.99. It's a steal folks and very well executed. (822 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L-Beautiful golden orange with creamy head.
S-awesome buttery citrus fruit.
T- hoppier than expected for a farmhouse. Great buttery spice bite midway, and citrus hop finish. Not sure if the hop adds or detracts from overall. It definitely makes a unique taste. As I continue, The hop blends more into overall, but still iffy on rating.
F- lots of things happening and it just doesn't blend together. (403 characters)

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

A- Very golden, copper-esque color. Has a frothy 3 finger head in my tulip glass. The head died to a rim around the tulip, but comes back with minimal effort upon swirl. Lots of small sediment comes here with the bottle conditioning. Good looking alcohol legs and lacing.

S- EPIC!!!!!!! Very barnyard and funky in the yeast. Nice sour note like a good sasion should have. Tart like apples with a nice refreshing lemon note. Pretty grassy and fruity in the hops, but not overpowering at all.

T- NICE!!!!! Same as the smell. I'd say the Belgian beer yeast kind of funk and sour is what I get first. There is a good black pepper spice in this one. Lemony flavors are here as well. I get a nice tartness before it dries.

M- Medium for sure. Extremely crisp and refreshing. True to style, I can't say this beer is clean tasting. But that's not a knock on this beer at all. There is a bit of hop oily quality. But again, it's not hop forward.

Overall this beer has it going on! It's the best saison I've had to date! GO GET IT NOW! (1,031 characters)

Photo of Bonis
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%

Found this in the basement, was not fresh. Opened the bottle and it gushed. Super funky nose, more malt complexity than I remember. Intensely tart lemon and hay flavors mixed with some pepper and layers of base malts. Brett is there in full force. Really enjoying this one. Surprised how well this evolved considering it was over two years past the enjoy by date. Wish I didn't lose half the bottle, but I should have known it may be a gusher. (443 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber pours a mostly clear gold color with an ample cap of fine-bubbled white head. Decent retention and lace.

Nose is a really nice fruity yeast/grassy hop combo. Malts are a little sweeter and toastier than you'd see in a a perfect farmhouse beer, but overall has a good aroma.

Taste shows the good yeast/hop relationship again in the flavor...I really like the aggressive hop flavor with the lightly tart, fruity yeast. Malts still could use a defter touch I think and just let the yeast and hops do their thing, but as it is, they add a little sweetness that is not altogether unpleasant. This is one of the better American made saisons, very good brew. (666 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

08/08/13 From bottle. Surprisingly different from the Victory Sunrise Weiss. This is much more robust & spicy. Very assertive, yet enjoyable. Ever have a very BIG friend. The kind that almost scares people that don't know him? This is like that guy. A gentle giant as it were. Make room. (287 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. This bottle is a year or so old at least. No date to be seen, but it's old label.

A: Very hazy Sundrop yellow color. Creamy white head stands at three fingers. Lacing leaves broken sheets on the glass.

S: light lemony tartness. Dryer malt aromas of short bread and pound cake. A mild and pleasant rustic Brett character blankets everything. White pepper and vague yeasty spice. Wafts of green, grassy hops every so often.

T: Farmy Brett up front. Rustic and funky. Wheaty. Light lemony spritz. Just a slight hint of oily and herbal hops. White peppery spike of alcohol toward the back. Quick flash of tropical ester. A tad medicinal. Crackery malt. Very dry. Funky finish.

M: Very light in body. Dry and very well attenuated. Slight malt firmness, some frothiness possibly due to wheat? Highly effervescent and scrubbing. Some mild alcohol warmth.

O: This one flies under the radar. Where else can you find a 22oz, 7.5% abv Brett saison for around the $5-6 mark per bottle? Perhaps one of the best value buys out there. If you're new to Brett, go to school with this beer. It certainly isn't the epitome of the style, but it's simple, pleasant,easily crushable, and a good introduction to the world of brettanomyces. It is worth noting that this bottle kicked around for a year or two. Brett tends to dry out and funk up a beer with time, so this may be quite a different experience when fresh. (1,432 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Yellow color with a slow to settle two-finger head
S: Wheat, yeast and brett
T: Quite bretty with some wheat and yeast underneath. Not much in the hop department
M: Light-bodied, dry
O: Give it a try if you like brett but I'd pass if you don't (283 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer was in the fridge for a while (few months), so not sure if there are any effects of age. A slightly fruity Saison, without detracting from the spicy notes of the style. The aftertaste and end feel detract from an otherwise decent beer.

A: almost clear golden-yellow, with little effervescence lending to a very thin amount of head.
S: fruitiness of pear, apricot (maybe a fruity white wine even) and a light Belgian yeast scent

T/M: the fruit is present early, but is overpowered by a grass/hay towards an herbal taste (I am not good with exact herb flavors). Thee feel medium body, with a dry woodiness on the tongue going into the end. This end is the part that doesn't work for me. Again, it may be the beer is slightly old, but there is an alcohol burn that doesn't pair well with the woody ending.

O: I didn't detract too much for the end taste given I can't account for the freshness of the beer. Assuming age is the cause, I believe I would enjoy this beer quite well fresh, even though Saisons are not my favorite category. (1,044 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with one finger of soapy white head, settles to a thin layer leaving a few splotches of lace on the glass. Smell: pepper, floral, light brett fruitiness, lemon peel, hay. Taste: unripe nectarine mild tartness, grapeskin, doughy, then into lemon, grassy hopping, peppery towards the finish. Light/medium bodied with a soft, plush feel. Mildly tart melon ending. Would be nice if Victory would put out more of this and less of mediocre IPAs. (473 characters)

Photo of dank203
4.28/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pretty complex brew. there is a sourness to it for sure. not getting a huge amount of funk. lot of lemon, sour grape, hint of vinegar, spice, a buttery quality, smooth, citrusy. a complex, high abv, still somewhat light for summer, still full bodied and full flavored. very drinkable awesome (291 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (405 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of Jonada
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (792 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (1,079 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of stercomm
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,494 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (831 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (527 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (2,119 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (1,185 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (1,334 characters)

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.