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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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446 Reviews
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Reviews: 446
Hads: 1,059
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 25
Gots: 101 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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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Reviews: 446 | Hads: 1,059
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Photo of tigg924
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of soco7tyx7
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
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!

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Photo of dgb3
3.36/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of jmerloni
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of Crittervision
2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of nukem5
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of meatyard
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting.

Bottled Dec 29, 2009. Drank 2/3/2010 in an english pint glass.

A - Crystal clear slightly golden yellow with a solid half inch of bone white rocky head. Not amazing head retention, but a pretty good looking beer.

S - Smells lovely. Slightly funky lemon zest with some black pepper and hints of flowers.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Lemons from the nose are there with a slight bitterness. Some slight barnyard funk to it, but without the tartness of brett. Something there that's giving it a little dissonance. Slightly disappointed after smelling it.

M - Very crisp and moderate to highly carbonated. About what I was expecting.

D - Good overall, but there's a little too much of a bitter aftertaste for me to down too many.

Above average, but not quite exceptional. Something just not quite coherent in the flavor profile that I can't put my finger on other than to say it leaves a slight bitter aftertaste that's only just off putting enough.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.43/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A vibrant gold and big billowy head that leaves behind nice lacing. Some sediment floating around.

S: Citrus and sweetness, spicy too.

T: Similar to the nose, nice spicy citrus, coriander for sure. Nice and clean taste.

M: Kind of on the thin side, okay carbonation.

D: This is a solid brew under 8% ABV, easy to drink with a good taste.

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel Tulip:

Appearance: Pale orange yellow color that is hazy with a huge 4 finger head that recedes slowly and creates nice lacing.

Smell: Smell is a bit muted. Slight lemon, corriander, and a touch of basil on the nose. Not huge but fresh smelling.

Taste: Tastes a little bitter, like lemon pith. Solid grassy flavors with a nice bitter hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbonated for the style. Even so, its refreshing and light on the palate the way it should be.

Drinkability: Overall its a great session beer. The high abv limits it a bit, but is a great substitution for white wine and would go great with salads and fish. Hennipen is a bit better IMO but for the price ($3.50) you cant really beat it.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of yeast, pepper, licorice, spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, bitter, with some pepper, licorice, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, not really liking this one, too hot, peppery, spicy.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The initial pour yielded a pale orange coloring with a convincing amount of macro yeast floaties that lied suspended like plankton in a light haziness of obtrusion that danced happily in the vibrant macro bubbly nature of the carbonation. The head, a product of the wild Belgian yeast, sprang upwards upon the pour occupying a near majority of the glass, was paper white in color, and foamy in nature exhibiting a good time of retention while leaving small speckled remains for a lacing behind. The carbonation remained a powerful force through-out the entire serving of the drink.

S: The nose did not disappoint with a distinctive wild yeast quality of musky hay and barnyard scents of wet horse. Light to medium in strength I though I also picked up hints of pvc tubing as well. The beer closes out with a sour funk, though not overwhelming with a mixture of wet hay and animal feed (grains and pellets) funk.

T: Funky and musky barnyard flavors are abundant here giving you insight to the wild Belgian yeast. Once again damp animal feed of grains and pellets, wet hay, and wet barnyard animals stand out the most. There is earthy notes of moss, citric grains and cobwebs as well. The finish provides quite a bite with a bit of alcohol present and warm, sour lemon peels along with a black peppery flair. The funk I felt was just right, not to weak to undermine, nor not to strong to discourage.

M: The mouthful bursts with a carbonation assault turning to a thick foamy feel very quickly. The body was fairly light while the swallow finds a funky display of musky grains, hay and grass lining the tongue.

D: Drinkability was good, especially for style. Like mentioned earlier the funk balance was just right adding for optimal drinking experience per style. You will no doubt have to be a fan or respective of the style (which I certainly am). This will no doubt deliver an adventuress journey into the world of Belgian funk which was fairly well captured here by an American brewer. Novices may want to split a bottle at first until you gain a appreciation per style but overall for the fan this beer overall was a good experience coupled with a fairly good drinkability and enjoyability factor.

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Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a fluffy white cap. The bubbles were a bit fizzy, decent head retention, a little sticky. Lemony and floral aroma, a bit grassy and spicy, pear and grain. Nice flavour, fruity lemon and grass, light grain sweetness, light spice. It finished with lingering lemon and spice plus a bit of hop bitterness. Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty overall.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a huge billowy chunky white head that looks to have some yeast floaties. I poured mine into a tulip that looks amazing. I haven't enjoyed the look of a beer this much in a while.

Aromas are cracker like malt, floral hops, yeasty funk resembling horse barn aromas, black pepper.

The flavor is plenty of malt sweetness followed herbal hop cleansing and a dry finish. The first sip was a rush from start to finish.

I am loving the mouthfeel on the first sip. Fluffy and soft, full and light all at the same time if that makes sense. It start out full, but doesn't leave a bunch of sticky malt on the tongue. Ample carbonation cleanses allowing for a wonderful finish that asks for another sip.

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Photo of PSUDREW
2.53/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I can only hope I got a skunked bottle. This was...not impressive at best. Pours a nice light golden color, and has a vaguely plasticy smell. taste is vaugley matly, but rather astringent. Not hops, no farmhouse quality I had high hope, but this is...poor at best

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Photo of fastsrt
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle to pint glass
A: cloudy looks like a belgian wit, good head looks good in the glass.
S: lemon, spice and something a bit sour.
T: lemon, other citrus qualities spicy, earthy.
M: great, would go well with many foods has the carbonation to cut through most foods as well as a snappy finish, a bit more than most saison's I have had. I find this style of beer to be one of my top table beers.
D: would buy if i was on the cheap, it is good, but dupont stills rules the style. but, is a good offering and would drink again.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Bright burnished bronze head. Looks like a tripel. Head is half a finger of white fizz that dies quickly and does not lace. Nice carbonation, though, as a bubble line trailed upward throughout the tasting.

S--Bouncy apple notes, really juicy sweet and vinegar interplay here. The apple goes from sweet to tart to old cider quickly. That may be because of some must in the back end of the nose. But I didn't really catch much in the way of funk here. The yeast doesn't really sing like it should in this style.

M--Mouth exceeds the nose. Bright and rich at the same time, with a lasting juicy fruit sweetness in the middle that explains the smiling sunburst on the label. There's also considerably more funk in the taste for me--I'm picking up barnyard and wet hay. But the finish is a disaster--some sort of detergent flavor creeps in and lasts as an overlay to a more appropriate drying crispness. I don't get it, but it doesn't get away. Something powdery and ugly is going on here.

M--Mouthfeel's is exceptional: creamy and bubbly. Gives this thing a real champagne-like feel. Drinkability would be better is not for that finish.

Pretty versatile semi-dry saison, but that back end might be an acquired taste. A little like Ralphie in Christmas Story after he says what the fudge.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A sweet, citrusy, hoppy, summery aroma.

T: Tasted of orange, hops, some malt and a little coriander. Somewhat more bitter than a normal Saison, but flavorful nonetheless.

M: Has a vibrant amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: While this beer is more suited for summer drinking, it's still very drinkable.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. "Bottled on" date of Oct. 25 2009 is printed on the label.

Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a massive billowing head of white foam that rises eagerly and holds on to the walls of the glass with all its strength as it fades and settles to a thick pillow on the surface of the beer.

The nose displays a little horseblanket mustiness, along with an equal dosing of slightly-aged and herbaceous hop notes and just an underpinning of lemony citrus.

Body is light-to-medium with a high effervescence. The palate is quite dry and bitter, with just a bit of chalkiness underneath the hop-accented flavor, which contains mostly notes of grapefruit and citrus rind; a slight barnyard yeast nature is evident and well-placed, with just a hint of honey-sweet malt character to attempt to keep things in check. Finsihes with a dry, astringent bitterness that lingers. Just a hint of alcoholic warmth shows in the chest.

Overall quite drinkable, but after one glass the flavors begin to wreak havoc on the tastebuds. On my first sampling of this beer, my fiancee and I split the bomber; this time, drinking the entire bottle alone, it becomes a bit of a chore. Still, though, it is an excellent beer, and the clerk that sold me the bottle said that he much preferred the original V Saison -- I may have to try that one myself if I can snag a bottle.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of citrus, plum and sweet malt, accentuated by the yeast.

Taste is crisp with citrus, plum and spice being the most noticeable. Just a tad bit funky but not by much.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus and spice. Alcohol finally starts to show but otherwise, very nice.

Certainly nice and drinkable. Not many domestic versions of the style can captivate but this holds up well. Worth a try.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
87 out of 100 based on 446 ratings.