Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 22
Gots: 70 | 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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Ratings: 1,013 | Reviews: 434
Photo of mfunk9786
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one I was really looking forward to, and I was disappointed to be let down:

A: Looks beautiful. Nice and golden with a sudsy, rich head. The beer would keep on bubbling up the glass for days if left sitting, it's quite the sight.

S: The familiar (for fans of the brewery) smell of Victory's Belgium-imported yeasts hits the nose, followed by a light lemon pepper smell that finishes with a minty tingle.

T: Here's where things go a bit off the rails for me. The beer is aggressively sour, while it starts off well with light fruity flavor, it finishes with a strong lemon sourness that finishes with an alcohol burn and bitterness that comes out of nowhere, kind of like chewing and swallowing a lemon rind would seem like a good idea until you realize how bitter and off-putting the taste is. What starts off tasting very nice and light finishes as if it's been spiked with a bittering agent to keep people away from it.

M: Nice and carbonated, tingly in the mouth. Very light, like champagne. The aforementioned bitterness drags the score down a bit.

D: Since each sip becomes a bit more of a chore as you drink it, the drinkability isn't all that high. I was quite taken aback by the less desirable qualities of this beer but delighted by its good qualities. Not for everyone, but give it a try and see if it's for you, I would never dissuade anyone from drinking it.

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

Bomber poured into a glass and paired with some spicy Thai peanut chicken on rice.

This beer had tons of head. It took several pours to get it all into my snifter. It looked good with a murky yellow body with huge voluminous snow white head. Lots of lacing was apparent.

Smelled like lemon, bread, and yeast. Quite nice for pairing with food.

The taste was bright and lemony with a bit of funk. There was an extremely clean finish that really cleansed the palate.

Mouthfeel was that of Champagne. Lots of soft carbonation made it feel like a party in my mouth and everybody was invited!

Extremely easy to drink. I polished off the bomber and wanted more.

Victory recommends this as a "pair with food beer", and I have to agree. It was so crisp and refreshing, I have half a mind to buy a case for nice dinners. Highly recommended.

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

Victory's Helios, belgian style ale. Found ontap. Pours a clear light gold, small head forms and leaves after a while.

Smell: Lightly like a belgian, some malt sweetness pulling through.

Taste: Also very light, but has belgian characteristics. Like the base of a belgian pale ale, with a little bit of funk. Hops lend a lemony touch. Quenching right in time for the summer months.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, thin-ish feel but not bad.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy drinking ale. A good session beer from Victory, though it is a little strong to have more than one or two. The price point can't be matched, however.

Photo of callmemickey
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw-orange body. Fairly clear with lively carbonation. Large white head, nearly no lacing.

S: Bright grassy and lemon zest notes ride atop a grainy malt base. Some pepper and yeast character as well.

T: Like the nose, this beer has a grassy-lemon character that dominates. Somewhat simple, but enjoyable. Slightly grainy.

M: Clean and crisp finish. Nice, vibrant but not overwhelming carbonation. Soft lingering bitterness in the finish.

D: Nice and refreshing, a simple but enjoyable saison and at $2.99 for a bomber a steal of a deal.

Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drowsy golden color.

Sharp aroma of yeast, earth, minerals, white pepper.

Flavor is the same with a little orange peel.

Medium body, dry acidic (lactic) finish.

$3.99 for a 22 oz. bottle is a steal. With just a scant few tweaks here and there, soon there will be no beer in Belgium that we can't make here just as well. I like that idea.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with an orange hue. Quarter inch, creamy white head that remains.
Smell is faintly tart, with the Belgian yeast being fairly assertive. Figs, raisins, and lemon and orange come in after.
Taste is again tart, with the Belgian yeast again coming in. Some hops show up, with more figs, dark fruits, and a peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry to the finish.
Very drinkale, no alcohol presence to note. Very tasty.

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

Pours light golden in body with white frothy head that leaves some attractive lacing. An aroma that is distinctly belgian: burnt sugar, some pepper, lemon zest, floral notes. Tastes of lemon zest, pepper, floral, sour notes, orange rind. Light in body with some feisty carbonation. It's a fine ale but doesn't represent the style as well as other brews do.

Photo of mindlucent2007
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a hazy, golden-orange. Looks well-developed and has a very nice lacing.

smell: Wild yeasts. Sour and grassy aromas. Peppers and oranges.

taste: This is what I look for in a Saison or any brew. It has a fresh and unique taste. Very zesty and spicy due to the yeasts used. Malts are pretty subtle. Passive hops. Smooth aftertaste. On my second pour, the refreshing qualities of the Saison are very obvious.

mouthfeel: Lightweight, moderate carbonation, no alcohol

drinkability: This is a superb selection for anytime of the year. Easy to throw this back, then the 7.5% reminds you what time it is. This $3 bomber is a dream come true. Victory by a landslide with this one.

Photo of berley31
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a huge, white, rocky head that was very long lasting and left some good lacing. Body is a deep yellow color with good clarity; just the slightest touch of haze. Very effervescent.

S: Some spicy hops and light citrus are present. Maybe a touch of pepper as well.

T: Peppery flavor, with a touch of lemon. No real funkiness, as I was expecting. Tastes very much like some well-known Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Dry finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy, very fizzy carbonation.

D: Wasn't as easy to drink as I would have expected at first, but still enjoyable.

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

A - crystal clear golden with a few flurries here and there. Billowing 3" white fluffy head that left ample lacing in my tulip. Very good head retention. 4.5

S - Earthy, herbal, and a hint of lemongrass. A touch of sourness with funkiness to round out the aroma. Maybe a touch too lemony and peppery. 4.0

T - Starts off sweet with lots of lemon and grapefruit bitterness, then the earthiness comes along with a nice dose of pepper. Bitter and herbal finish, but not too strong to give an IPA-like finish. The lemongrass and pepper is still prominent. 4.0

M - Light bodied and crisp carbonation. Wonderful. 4.5

D - Extremely. I've had this on tap and from the bottle and it's both pretty much the same. I'd quaff this all day in the summer. 4.5

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard tulip...

A: Hazy orange in color. The pour produces a thick and creamy fine head with some good retention. Tiny floaties cloud the body of this beer in a manner uncharacteristic of anything I have seen. It isn't so much the hazy orange that I initially thought, but an orange that is disturbed by the little bits of sediment that are so plentiful that they seem to form a haze...

S: Clove, pepper, and lemony notes highlight the yeast strain's contributions to the beer. There are some spicy European hops and a great farmhouse funk that is definitely a little bit wild.

T: Saaz and spicy hops, coupled with a gnarly banana and clove character really steal the show up front. As the flavor develops, that nice wild funkiness comes through, but far short of horseblanket tastes. The funk is wild, but not bretty.

M/D: Nicely carbonated and lightly bodied, this displays that classic saison property of being overly drinkable in a high-alcohol format. Proceed with caution, and enjoy!

Photo of wmaldridge
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It has all of the wild appeal that I like in these type of beers with one difference. The lemon peel/citrus notes add to this beer but still leave a bit of funkiness to it. Helios is really crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but for this style, it seems to work really well. My overall impression is pretty good for this beer and will get a good score from me.

Photo of fragilemacabre
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer confused me. It looks like I'm getting Blue Moon at an overpriced Hoboken bar, while in reality it's a ridiculously good deal from one of my favorite breweries.

It pours out an anemic golden color with a steady layer of head and carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface like an Alka-Seltzer ad in slow-mo.

It smells like a bar; rather, the apple-and-hops smell always makes me think of a bar (same thing occurred to me with Ephemere). Luckily its taste has a toned-down version of the candy-apple smell and ends up reminding me of what I'd like spiced winter ales to taste like, almost like a white mulled wine.

I don't particularly care for the fizziness going down, but without that factor this beer might be a little too thin on the tongue.

I'd get this again, and again, and again, especially if it hovers around $4. It's probably very mood-dependent for me, but it's a good beer for what it is.

Photo of ommegangpbr
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.

Photo of tigg924
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: hops, hay, and lemon

Taste: hops, hay, some apple, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium/high carbonation, light bodied, a bit bitter

Drinkability: An above average saison that has a nice combo of bitterness and fruit. Far from my favorite, one bottle is most I could have in a sitting, but it is an excellent value for what you get.

Photo of soco7tyx7
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden, some cloudiness, short lived cream head
S - yeast, clove, banana, some lemon zest
T - clove, banana, yeasty, champagney, hint of bitterness in the finish
M - Lighter body than most Saisons, clean, crisp, nicely carbonated
D - Very drinkable for a Saison. Not as spicy as most I've tried and sort of tastes like a clash between a Saison and a Pilsner. Has that champagne quality about it. Overall a decent pour and for the price I would get it again

Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

edit: I upped my scores because the Brett character that develops is remarkable.

a: This was a bright, clear golden color. It poured with a massive craggy head.

s: Fresh, pungent lemon zest was what I noticed first. I also found some peppery yeast and lightly funky grains.

t: Starts off great with a huge dose of wonderful, fresh lemon and some grains. The finish is a bit too dry. It feels and tastes a bit rough.

m: This manages to be fizzy and creamy at the same time.

d: Very nice saison! A real bargain too, $35 a case!

Photo of dgb3
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three part poured with a vigorus staying head that settles down and has stayed throughout my sampling. Lacing is thick and spotted.

Tons of funk on the nose. A little white pepper.

Spicy and effervescent. Dries out and leaves funk on your tounge. As it warms the alcohol tends to show.

The funk and spice are a little to heavy for me to enjoy the whole 22. Again as it warms, it is starting to show more of it's flaws. Not my favorite Saison. May like this more if it was with a meal. I'm seeing this paired with the local brewpub's blackened salmon chowder.

Photo of jmerloni
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - A nice strong hazy yellow with good head, lacing, and moderate retention.

S - Yeasty, coriander, anisey, citrusy.

T - Follows the nose almost precisely with some banana flavor that wasn't initially detectable in the nose. Perfectly carbonated and balanced. However, it's pretty rich.

M - Pretty thin and definitely refreshing. I love the mouthfeel of this brew.

D - This is this beer's downfall to me. Too rich; it's flavor is a killer on the tastebuds. On my first sip, I thought this beer was an A+, but I'm nearing my last now and it's going considerably downhill. More suited to 12 oz bottles, but then again, who could drink a 6 of this? But overall, a decent brew.

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

Picked this one up, Never had the V-Saison when was out but the art on this bottle (and price) caught my eye. Brew poured into a chalice cup to a nice golden color, crystal clear with a thick white head on it. The head retention was very good and left great lacing. The aroma has a nice mix of grass, lemon and pepper. Also maybe some green fruit? Somewhat sweet aroma as well. The flavor is nice, the grassy flavor comes to mind at first but then seems to break away to a slightly sweet lemon citrus flavor. Pepper flavor is there and adds a nice little prickle with the hop presence. Drinks quite easily and is a surprise that this one weighs in at 7.5%. Overall I would say that this brew is very good based on the flavor coupled with the price of this bomber (3.99). Will look for this one again; think it could be a nice summer brew when looking for something a little bigger.

Photo of Crittervision
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

perhaps im a little too quick to get excited when i hear "wild yeast strain." wasnt sure what i was getting into aside from that.

appearance is filtered yellow-gold. bubbles emanate from the sides of the glass with vigor, not dissimilar to pbr actually. but! tack on a dense pillow of bubbles half an inch tall that shows no signs of disappearing and i guess youve got helios.

smell is saisony (come to find out on here that it is one, yay me), somewhat adjunct (reminiscent of pbr again...), champagney, and sweaty.

taste is dominated by sweaty sock / sticky locker room. eeeeh. think duvel plus unsexy workout plus old lemon. not so hot. no vhs tape.

mouthfeel is heavy, highly carbonated, but pleasant.

drinkability is not so great. sock bad. still manageable.

Photo of nukem5
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks ago at a local bottle shop.{So Many Beers So Little Time}
A: Beautiful coloring orangy gold, nice 1/2" of foamy goodness on top, though it did not last long. Also at the last pouring nice yeasty flavor chunks.

S: Smell was of lemon / grapefruit nice floral scent.
T: Nice to the senses not to hoppy and light malty tastes.

M: Nice fullness not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Would def drink again, thinking of another bottle for summer after grass cutting,mmm.

Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a golden honey color, slightly hazy, with a smallish white head that settles into a ring. The aroma has some horse blanket aromas, as found in most saisons, followed by white wine, lemon and green apple. Some hay aromas as well. Good rustic aroma. The saison has an aggressive hop flavor which seems out of place for a saison. It kinds of gives the taste an asprin like characteristic. The rest of the flavors are spot on to the style. Nice horse blanket, hay, pepper, tart lemon and green apple. The feel is light and crisp, with fizzy carbonation, perhaps a touch overcarbonated. The finish isn't all that great with the asprin like bitterness. Overall, a decent saison. It has some nice flavors but the bitter asprin like characteristics kills this brew for me. Still good though just not great.

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a three inch, fluffy bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a thin cap, leaving some residual strands of lacing as the brew recedes. Light nose - lemon zest, orange peel and belgian yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, some tartness comes out towards the middle, a little bitterness follows (maybe lemon rind) and lingers between quaffs; belgian yeast evident in the nose is pretty much masked. Mouthfeel is light and lively with some astringency coming out towards the back. Fairly decent farmhouse; however, lots of acidity and tartness. Closer to a Belgian Strong Pale/Farmhouse hybrid in my opinion. Worth a try if you like cleaner examples of the style.

Photo of meatyard
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/26/2009:
Pours a highly carbonated, pale, golden yellow with a large, fluffy, white head that has good retention and leaves adequate lacing.
The smell is funky and yeasty at first with some lemon zest following.
The taste starts off with the barnyard funk that seems just right. After that what follows is a light lemon taste, some hop bitterness and some spiciness, especially of pepper.
Mouthfeel is medium, leaning towards thin but it feels like a bit too much carbonation. It ends, appropriately, fairly dry.
Drinkability is quite good. There is a lot to recommend (fruitiness, dryness, yeasty funk) and only a few distractions (too spicy & too much carbonation). I think I would prefer to try this on tap next time, given the opportunity.

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.