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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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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Photo of haazer


3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A- Loud 'ffft as the cap comes off. Brew makes a frothy, dissipating head, leaving lacing on the sides of the glass. The color of the beef is gold in color with an orange hue. Carbonation reminds me of champagne.

S- Upfront aroma of clove and banana's. A bready Belgian yeast profile. Also some bubblegum characteristics. A hint of black pepper.

T- Flavor includes some bittering hops with a floral character. Theirs some fruity presence of apple, black pepper, and a somewhat stale yeast strain. Some pale malt, blended with wheat and grain.

M- Very lively carbonation on the tongue. The body is light to medium, with a very refreshing crispness to it.

O- It's amazing how palettes change over time. I had this beer several months ago and thought it was great. Now, I feel as though its fairly bland and non-complex as the style can be. If anything, it reminds me of a drie fonteinen oude geuze, accept not aged in barrels or with a wild funk. This is ok, and also one of the cheapest bombers available.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 03:44:47 | More by haazer
Photo of Bung


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

22 oz. Bright gold pour, smaller layer of white head. Retains ok, but doesn't seem to stick very well.

Aroma, some bread, more citrus and yeasty funk.

Taste, Bready and citrus tea. Nice spice notes.
Finishes earthy, some tea, herbal hops.

Quite a bit of carbonation here, I don't care for that so much but very normal. Lighter bodied and pretty refreshing.
For the price point it's a quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 01:08:18 | More by Bung
Photo of doopydoogle

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber poured into a Bell's tulip:

A - Clean golden yellow with some visible carbonation. The head is velvety and leaves a decent lace.

S - Caramel malts, spicy, almost with clove. Big yeasty character with some faint phenolic tones. Bready tones with rye suggested. Biscuity with some toffee and nuttiness.

T - Zesty, sharp, and pronounced, with a distinct yeasty flavor that is followed by a fruity essence with hints of grape soda. The finish is clean with minimal bitterness and a residual fruity yeast chracter. Spicy tones give an essence of clove and cardamom, with notes of starfruit and lychee dancing beneath.

M - Good carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

O - Not bad. Lacks a bit of the complexity I've come to expect for the style, but immensely drinkable and a good price at $2.99 for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 04:54:48 | More by doopydoogle
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, Belgian yeast, bananas, spices and touches of hops and fruit.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of Belgian yeast, wheat and a hearty malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of spices, bananas and other fruits quickly follow. The hops presence is mild but complementary. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for a long time.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 00:57:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into New Belgium Globe. Best by date of April 6, 2012.

A- Pale, yellowish gold. Very carbonated. Fills half the glass. Head is big and structured, leaving a crown in the middle of the glass from the etching at the bottom. Very sticky.

S- Light fruits...pear, green apple. Some peppery spiciness. Some earthy yeast notes. A hint of banana. A little lemon-like acidity. A lot going on here.

T- Very dry. Earthy yeastiness. The green apple/pear notes are there, but not as prominent. A tiny sweetness on the finish. Very nice, but not exactly special

M- Light, well carbonated. Easy drinking as I like in my saisons.

O- A pretty nice domestic saison. I gave it a 4.5 overall because at $3.99 a bomber, with a long shelf life, you really can't go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 22:58:43 | More by fsvan
Photo of kylehay2004


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

A: Huge foamy head they dissipates fairly quickly. Murky dirty golden color.

S: Lots of fruit, mostly pineapple, banana and grapefruit with spice notes.

T: Spicey and fruit up front with a somewhat sour lemony and herbal/grassy finish.

M: Moderate carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

Overall: This is a fairly unique saison. The grassy finish is borderline and it is gonna keep me away from getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 00:38:44 | More by kylehay2004
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours clear gold with a puffy white head. Nose is grassy saison yeast, fresh hops, some coriander-like spices, and citrus rind. Mouth is an interesting montage of fresh hops, citrus fruit, and Belgian saison yeasts. Bright and fresh. Moderate bitterness throughout, especially on the back end where it lingers a bit. An interesting take on a saison and certainly not a typical example of the style with all the citrus hops dancing about.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 00:29:57 | More by JAXSON
Photo of nppeders


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My understanding is that this is a Saison Brett. I definitely smell and taste the brett in this beer and love it! If it is a Saison Brett, Victory would be doing themselves a favor by telling people that it is as it's by far the best value for a Saison Brett on the market today in the US!

Appearance - exactly how it should be. Nice crystal clear orange in color and brilliantly clear. Rocky head that dissapates fairly quickly.

Aroma -Barnyard funk, looks of brett in the nose. Some clove, pepper and lemon rind action as well.

Flavor - Sweet malts and starts out with malt body, then onto citrus and brett funk on the end. Some hop bitterness coming into play but not too much or to little. Perfect for the style.

Mouthfeel- is Thin to Medium mouthfeel, and highly carbonated which is perfect. The carbonation level really helps the bitterness and citrus of the hops to shine through which balances this out in an otherwise funky saison.

Overall- fantastic example of a Saison Brett. Funky, citrusy, perfect carbonation and balance throughout! I'll buy a shit ton of this stuff at $3.99 a bottle. I hope more and more and more American breweries create amazingly crafted Saison's like this!

Grade A dank Saison!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 14:26:16 | More by nppeders
Photo of ectomorph


4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear golden body. I left the dregs in the bomber. 2 finger thick bright white head with good retention and lacing.

S - Pepper, lemon, grassy, herbal. Some Belgian funk. Horsey, slightly sour. Super complex and VERY pleasant.

T - Wow. Moderate to high bitterness initially. Sour notes, barnyard, bread, grass. There is a nice residual sweetness, but it's also dry?

M - Belgian high carb scrubs the palate. Super dry finisher leaves a lighty tangy/sour aftertaste.

O - Until now, my favorite Saison was Hennepin, but it has just been dethroned. 22oz bomber of world class Saison @ 7.5% ABV for $3?1!?!? Unheard of....

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 23:50:08 | More by ectomorph
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a transparent lemony yellow color. I was able to pour the head about 1/4" above the rim of my bruery tulip, it was massive but went down in a fair amount of time. Decent lacing.

S: This smells as bright and peppery as any saison I've smelled. I prefer this brightness and the lack of skunk, God I love brown bottles. The usual suspects are here in the form of farmy smells, pepper, lemon, grass, and more farmy smells.

T: Lacking only slightly here. There is a hefeweizen element here, it kinda gives that dull banana flavor. This is very yeasty. A good amount of pepper and some slight lemon rind follow the banana while grassy-earthy hops add some more spice. A nice funky aftertaste lingers on the tongue. I noticed the alcohol is kinda high on this but I don't notice it too much.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice for a saison. This has prickly carbonation and doesn't get overly dry like some of these do. Very refreshing.

O: I think I've found a new pal in the form of a $3 bomber. Go Victory! Not the best saison ever but for the price and brown bottle, this kicks ass.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 02:30:40 | More by schwaeh
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3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Very thin very yellow in appearance, fitting the sun logo and name perfectly. Good amount of hops given how pale it looks. The flavor is almost spicy, and hits the tongue pretty quickly. In the mouth it mellows into a general hops flavor, a tiny hint of sweetness and not much else. It goes down pretty easily too.

Overall impression; a solid beer that doesn't taste as strong as it is but nothing terribly novel or impressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 16:46:29 | More by wowbagger
Photo of MoreThanWine


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer. Pours a 3" head tinged canary yellow. Clear sunny yellow body. Smells mildly of citrus zest although as the label tells it doesn't contain any citrus or spices, it's all from the malt, hops, and yeast. Taste has the citrus zest too in a fairly rich body and a substantially lasting finish. This beer is classy, would have appeal to both BMC and craft beer drinkers, and is really a good value at the $3.70 per 1 pint 6 oz size I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 08:34:07 | More by MoreThanWine
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South Dakota

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Helios pours a hazy copper color with a large white lasting head. There is a strong lemon smell, alot of floral smells as well. The taste is strong, sharp, and alot of floral notes. The taste while is full, can be too sharp and can be a bit offensive and can use some more carbonation. Overall a pretty good sasion there are better and certinalty worse.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 02:38:21 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A golden straw colored ale with brilliant clarity.
Pours with a tall white head thats thick and mousse like.
Attenuation is weak.

Aroma is malty with yeast and sutle hop

Taste is hop forward with upfront hops fading to spice pepper and lemon peel tart.

Thinner mouthfeel tart spicy and bitter aftertaste. Slight soft alcohol warming.

A good thrist quenching beer that's very approachable.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2011 17:59:45 | More by micromaniac129
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased from douglas wine and spirits off kings highway in new bedford for around $3.59. poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

a: pours a crystal clear golden color with thick, three finger sized wispy white head that sticks for a while.

s: beautifully complex belgian yeast aroma. subtle spiciness and skunky hop character is noticeable and nice. well done. if this tastes half as good as it smells i am in for a great brew.

t: bright and wonderful flavors happening here. sweet malt quickly subdued by belgian yeast spicyness finishing with a nice citrus and pine hopiness. fantastically complex and flavorful.

m: bubbly mouthfeel.

excellent saison, regardless of the price. when you take the price into consideration, this is a can't beat. this is best saison dollar for dollar. will i still drink my old favorites (hennepin, jack d'or)? sure, but i definitely will revisit this again and again. recommended

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 23:08:48 | More by tzieser
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color with a large amount of carbonation. Tons of bubbles sticking to sides and a non stop flow up the middle of the beer. Minimal head but what is there is bubbly and hanging out. Aroma is fruity ripeness. Yeast is present but not overpowering. It blends well with the grapefruit, lemon peel and orange notes. Flavor has a carbonation tingle right upfront but transitions to yeasty bubblegum. Some of the lemon curls up for the finish but I am predominantly getting bubblegum through. The yeast and bubblegum bounce back and forth. At one moment I'm tasting the yeast then the gum. The finish is bold on earthy dryness but there is that typical Saison yeast finish that can not be escaped.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 18:59:56 | More by DrinkingDrake
Photo of BeachBrewerDude


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly foggy, light golden color. Medium head at first, but settles quickly

Smell: Very subtle aroma slightly resembling a pinot grigio white wine. I'm guessing this comes from the saison yeast strain.

Taste: Pleasant sour and bitter, pepper, grass, hay, tool shed, sweat, sour apple. Very slight maltiness.

Mouthfeel: Sparkly high carbonation. Sour flavors linger for a while.

Overall: Great beer for hot weather. Perfect beer to drink from a tulip or wine glass as a reward for a hard days work out in the heat. Very refreshing. Goes well with a wide variety of grilled foods!

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2011 20:04:09 | More by BeachBrewerDude
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4.1/5  rDev +7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 18:46:55 | More by BeerCon5
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2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a thick head and had a cloudy gold color with a slight red hue to it. The head mostly dissipatedin about a minute with some retention on the glass.

Smell is a strong citrus like acidic odor which seems to be overwhelmed by a metallic odor.

I was really excited to try this beer. A guy at a liqure store who has a similar taste in beer to me really liked the beer.so I gave it a shot and bought a racer 5 ipa just in case.

The initail drink was good I tasted a slightly sweet citrus fruity flavor and it just started to bitter when I opened my mouth and all of a sudden the flavor turned into a completely ubiquitous metallic flavor. After tasting that the rest of the beer was basically ruined for me. Very similar to the taste of blood like if you bite you cheek hard enough on accident and then you start to taste that metallic taste and you know you're bleeding. I was surprised by this after the recommendation I got from a good source and even more surprised once I read a lot of the reviews here.
I'd like to think this was a good beer, I'd like to think it was just me. Maybe it was old, maybe I'm sensitive to something in this beer like how some people are sensitive to celantro. Still I can't reccomend this beer to anyone personally. I'm never gonna re buy it and the best thing I have to say about it is that other people liked it and it has a good appearence.

Mouthfeel was so so. Not really watery and the flavor washes away fairly quickly. Which would be a weakpoint if I liked the beer.

Now to my racer 5 to the rescue!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 06:27:42 | More by r3dsix
Photo of cjgator3


3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A-Pours a golden yellow color with an off-white head with good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is light and seemingly full of life. Malt, citrus (lemon peel), peppery spices and Belgian yeast. Very nice, can't wait to try it.

T- The taste is light with pale malts up front with some citrusy flavors coming in and some hops and warmth from the alcohol.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, Helios was an enjoyable beer that is worth a try. 

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 02:42:38 | More by cjgator3
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Victory Helios

Poured from a cold (40F?) undated bottle into a Sam Smith stout pint.

Appearance- small, coarse head forms over a bright honey-colored beer.
Nose- Aroma is peppery phenolics with a faint, complex backing of other yeast products and perhaps a bit of malt and aroma hop.
Taste- This a spiced lemon cake. Pepper, nutmeg and a citric twang confront the tongue together. Earthy hop bitterness kicks in to clean up a slight bready malt presence.
Mouthfeel- This is a bit less dry than your typical European saison, but the slightly thicker mouthfeel supports a hop rate that is very pleasant to my American palate.
Overall- A deeply satisfying summer beer. This is a very refreshing, digestible ale that won’t bore you in the slightest.
Addendum- After reading Beeradvocate entry for this beer, I realized it is 7.5%abv. It is as refreshing as a beer that weighs in at 4.5%, i.e. Narragansett Summer. Crack this beer and thank whatever powers you trust. Warning: Your partner may also like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 23:02:35 | More by teacrimes
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer at the victory brewpub in doylestown. Served cool on draft in a tall pint glass.

A. Clear caramel body and a pretty sponge white head.

S. Spice... cloves and nutmeg ...some light hop...fruitstone

T. Tastes like it smells.

D. Nice and drinkable beer...good with food. I would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 20:18:18 | More by jneiswender
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Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a faintly golden colour with a somewhat creamy head which recedes rather quickly. Lacing not evident in my glass. Leaning towards more of a clearness than the stated haziness on the bottle.

S: Apples and pears, pepper, cloves, slight nuttyness, honey, and some orange and lemon. Good overall aromas.

T: Bold apricot taste upfront with pepper, cloves, honey, slight nuttyness, and picking up a bit of honeydew or melon. An interesting and pleasant lemon sourness is present, but not overpowering. Good overall taste with a more fruit-forward emphasis which I'm liking.

M: Slightly oily mouthfeel with moderate amounts of carbonation. An overall agreeable and pleasing mouthfeel.

D: Could drink this again, and again. Very nice offering from Victory that I will be keeping my eye out for again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 01:58:48 | More by Digimaika2
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up cause the label caught my eye, and then the price tag ($3.49 for a bomber). Bottle says enjoy by 25 Feb 2012. All good there.

Pours apple juice golden, and clear, with a foamy white frothy head. Definitely not hazy, as described on the bottle. Very inviting. The head sticks around, leaving solid lacing as it gradually subsides.

Smell is a lovely blend of Belgian yeast, light vegetal hops, and a lemon zest sour. There's a hint of funk in the background, too. The lemon asserts itself more as the beer warms up, and brings a great depth to the smell. There's a lot going on here, and it's all good.

Taste is also very good. It's like a layer cake, with each taste bringing a slightly different combination of flavors. I get some peppery spice, some earthy hops, a touch of sour. Quite good. Finish is unremarkable - slightly bitter, and a slow fade up into the light of the sun.

Mouthfeel: medium-bodied, heavier than I'd expect from the appearance. Carbonation is medium-low, but it works. Finish is long but nicely drying.

Dang, this is a really good beer, and much more than I was expecting. It's got a great combination of flavors, and the smell is just outstanding. At this price, I can't think of a better value in any style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 20:50:10 | More by zeledonia
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3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Very lively carbonation in fact I turned my back for a second just after I cracked the bottle and I had foam coming up the bottle and running down the sides. Assertive Brett aromas up front with a bit of tart lemon and a little spicy note, almost like grains of paradise. I find the Brett pretty dominant on the palate on this one, not bad for me since I like Brett, but its a bit more domineering than I want in a summer Saison. Carbonation is very high in fact tied with the fact that it foamed over on me when I opened, it leads me to believe the Brettanomyces got a little out of control on this one. Still, I am able to enjoy this beer as it offers a fair amount of complexity.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 01:29:42 | More by BeerAmbassador
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.