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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 954
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 18
Gots: 48 | 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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Photo of GennyCreamAle
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brewpig
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank straight from bomber...

smell is citrus lemon w/maybe some faint hops

mouthfeel is nothing special...can sense the high carbonation though.

first taste was yep a kinda funk like diet mountain dew followed by high carbonation almost like a lemony high carbonated soda.

the first mouthful was really a turnoff but as i continued to drink, it became more tolerable and not too bad at all towards the end.

if you like high carbonated lemon lime clubsoda w/a shot of grain alcohol...youll like it.

Photo of Jerone
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very slight haze of golden yellow with a one finger fluffy head that left a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet golden raisin and apple with some yeast and maybe a touch of citrus hops.

T - Not as sweet as the smell with some yeast and grass with a touch of golden raisin and apple, the finish is dry and with a mix of sweet and slight citrus hops.

M - Light to medium body, with medium carbonation, feels very nice in the mouth.

O - People talk about a funk in these beers, but I just don't taste it, I did enjoy this beer quite a bit but it didn't quite reach fantastic for me.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, the beer pours a bright, vibrant, honey-gold coloring with a thin film of bright white. Good cling along the glass as you drink. Aromas are light and effervescent, with a strong sour component, some light clove spicing, a roast character, and some tart fruit highlights. Flavors are syrupy sweet initially, with a clove spicing joined by ginger and cinnamon. There is a roasted background, with some honey flavors, and an almost mead quality, as well. Aftertaste has a slight linger to it, with an effervescent, old world fruit sweetness and slight yeast sourness. The finish is light, and dries slightly as your palate clears.

Photo of JMWEB2
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellowish color, somewhat transparent, finger of thick fluffy head, and some nice lacing left behind. Neat looking beer.

S: Spicyness, but also some sweet citrus in there as well. The malt has some punch to it.

T: I tasted the spice right away, also a hint of the sweet citrus. Finish is clean and snaps with the bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied, very dry, and well carbonated at first.

O: I'm still feeling out the world of Saison's but I trusted Victory and they have a solid beer for the style.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold, slightly hazy, big fluffy head, some lacing.

S - Horse sweat, a little musty, wild grasses, light hints of roses and lilies.

T - Only a little of that musty, horsey saison flavor. In the foretaste, I find some floral hops, white pepper and a bit of grapefruit pith. Aftertaste is mostly of bitter pith and a little horse sweat.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, VERY drying.

O - It's mediocre by saison standards. It has a lot of flavor, but they don't mesh perfectly. By no means a bad beer, but I'll probably grab a different saison in the future.

Photo of impending
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Petaluma Taps into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed classic light yellow, dense white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is clean, yeasty with citrus and light skinned fruits. No funk of much measure, earthy hops.

Flavor begins with a slight sweetness ends with a slight dryness. Taste is narrow, some citrus but lacks complexity. Light bodied mouthfeel.

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

Appearance - Kind of a one note, pale golden color, huge fluffy white head here.

Smell - Big astringent notes, a little funk and barnyard all wrapped up with a tiny hint of lemon

Taste - Follows the nose. To me i get a lot of the astringency and lemon characteristics but not enough of the belgian yeast you would want in a saison.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated and thin, at 7.5 abv you can't really detect it

Overall - at 3 dollars for a bomber you can't go wrong. It only slightly goes off the path of a true saison but still a very well drank beer.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours light and hazy golden color. Tons and tons of head with extremely good retention. There is lots of lively carbonation inside the beer. This beer is beautiful.

S: Lots of funk - brett influence is very apparent. Some barnyard aroma with a good amount of tart grapefruit. Not much as far as spices. Fairly one dimensional, but very nice.

T: Dry to the extreme. More spices come out in the flavor - mostly clove, pepper, and a grass flavor. A little citrus flavor in the background. This is very refreshing and intriguing, but could be a bit juicier. Again, there is a TON of brett influence here.

M: Very light and highly carbonated. A bit distracting, but overall good for a saison.

O: This beer is really quite good. It's complex, easy drinking, and quite tasty. It's one of the best saisons that I've had. IMO, it's a bit dry to be world class. At $2.99 a bomber, this is a steal.

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

A: BIG head on this one, nice and fluffy and pure white. As the head dissipates you can see the generous lacing it leaves behind. The color is about a shade brighter than honey, but it still has the darker center (like honey) when you look at it. I hate to use the word "urine" but it almost looks like it.. a very nice glass of urine that I want to consume.

S: Everything I love about Saison in the nose here. That traditional belgian yeastiness is present, haystack, and this one is even accompanied by a touch of floral and sweet fruit (pear, peach) as well. This smells quite nice.

T: This one is sweeter than I normally like upfront, mid palate bring this burst of fruitiness and funk that lingers well though the finish after the fruitiness dissolves into the funk. You are left with a more yeasty finish with the slightest taste of alcohol.

M: As said it leaves some alcohol burn in the finish, and it is a bit more boozy than the Saisons I am used to drinking. The carbonation is high, and the body is somewhat full - it offers a bit of stickiness on the palate.

D: At 7.5% ABV where you can actually feel the alcohol burn, this unfortunately isn't that drinkable due to that. However, the beer is defiantly above average, I really enjoy this one.

Photo of ryanonline
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The appearance is of a very hazy golden straw color with some light amber hues and a fluffy yet quickly dissipating white head.

The smell is strongly of apples and sugar with a semi dry nose to it. on top of all that it has the characteristic saison funk and farmhouse scent to make this an interesting beer.

The flavor is tather nice, with all of the characteristics mentioned in the scent but the taste is a bit overwhelmed by a distinct saccharin flavor and a dry bitter finish.

The Mouthfeel is rather full and bubbly with some serious carbonation and a very dry finish.

This is a moderately drinkable beer, the saccharin taste and the very foamy Mouthfeel make it a bit of a task. Otherwise it is very good.

Overall, very nice but not a great example of a saison as it seems a touch too sweet and full.

Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, pale golden colour with a big, smooth, white head. Poor head retention. No lacing.

Spicy, earthy hop aroma with some moderate phenolics and light esters. Definitely more spicy than fruity.

Soft malt that gives way to powerful spicy hops and some phenolics. Classic American saison that lacks the subtlety of the Belgian examples.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation.

A decent saison with the brightness of the American examples like La Merle but without the classic dry, hoppiness of Dupont.

Photo of Neorebel
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is an attractive, cloudy shade of yellow. Decent carbonated head with excellent retention & lacing. The aroma is a yeasty, earthy funk with banana, pineapple, lemon & coriander. The taste is fresh and fruity albeit a little 'grassy.' Light to medium mouthfeel with a clean finish - very refreshing and a great example of the style.

Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a vigorous head and a clear gold body. The smell is yeasty with just a hint of fruit. The taste is yeasty with a faint herbal note. There is a solid saison, but is rather one dimensional, and not very complex.

It's worth a try for saison or Belgina lovers.

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

Serving Type - 22 oz bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan/fizzy yellow. Nice 3+ nice foamy head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Banana, lemon, grassy, sweet fruits like orange and pineapple. Flowery, some spices like pepper and corriander.

Taste - Much like the smell, each aroma comes out in each drink. Lemon and pepper at first, some floral hops and pepper in the finish. Theres some pale malt mixed in also. Alcohol comes at the end.

Mouthfeel - Its light but heavy in flavors. Tounge gets hops, some malts, and spices. Palette is bittered and warmed slighty from the alcohol. Aftertaste is a little bitter and dry.

Overall - Well, lots of flavor, smooth and easy to drink, and man its cheap! A great example of the style. Only drawback is it does get a little bitter at the end of each drink, other then that what a great deal and a great beer.

Photo of Thickfreakness
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear golden straw yellow with a huge fluffy rabbit tail white head! Tons of carbonation sparkling up from the bottom of my DFH glass. Some nice thick lacing sticking to the sides of the glass!

S- Banana and lemon are the first things that hit you hard... some peppercorns, coriander, fennel, wild flowers, honey and wet straw follow. Smells like spring after a rain shower.

T- Spicey lemon pepper and banana yeastiness roll across your tongue. Anise, honey and grass follow. Nice dry finish! Has just enough funkiness and tartness, but still lets in some sweetness in the finish. This is really well done for a $3.00 bomber!

M- Crisp and dry! Just sweet enough to balance out the spiceiness. Awesome carbonation, and tartness. Has a touch of creaminess as well. Love the interplay between the malts, hops, and lovely banana bread yeast!

O- For $3.00/22oz... this has to be one of the best deals on the market! Anyone that loves Saisons should give this one a try, it's a no-brainer! Sweet, spicey, fruity, sharp, tart, and full of flavor! Very easy drinking.

Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden hue which leaves behind frothy sudsy dissapating head and heaps of clingy lacing,the smell is light barnyard funk,strong citrus and some boiled candy,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and has tastes of spicy hops,lemon zest,orange rind,barnyard funk,candy and is finished with a mix of sherbet and pepper and overall its not bad but not the greatest saison out there and i probably wouldnt go out and buy it again any day soon but it tastes nice enough and if offered wouldnt knock it back cheers.

Photo of haazer
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

Photo of Bung
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of doopydoogle
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of fsvan
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of JAXSON
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.

Photo of nppeders
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 954 ratings.