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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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893 Ratings
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Ratings: 893
Reviews: 417
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 34 | 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 budgood1


3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

pours out of the 22oz. bomber a hazy lemon yellow sun colour with a large, big bubbled, foamy head. looks like summer. bits of lace left for the glass. farmhouse funk aroma...lemon pepper and hay. smells like summer to me. taste pretty much follows suit...peppercorn spice on top of some sour dough bread and lemon scented pledge...yeasty bombshell provides plenty of funky belgian goodness. alcohol fairly well hidden. definitely grassy and herbal. earthy, spicy hop notes just for show because this treat finishes dry and has no residual sweetness to counteract. large bodied...a bit bold and brash with a mouthfeel that puckers a bit due to the slightly sour notes. this offering drinks smaller than one would otherwise think, not sure why, maybe due to the thirst quenching properties it posseses for such a big beer.

overall this was a good rendition of a saison type ale. enjoyable for sure on a 90+ degree day.

06-07-2011 22:38:49 | More by budgood1
Photo of Knapp85


3.4/5  rDev -11.2%

This brew pours out as a bright yellow color what is pretty clean looking. The head is big and white, it leaves a decent lacing down the glass also. The smell of the beer had a zesty aroma kind of citrusy and yeasty. The taste of the beer is a little citrusy with some spice and some light bread flavors. The mouthfeel was tingly, good amount of carbonation for this brew. The body is on the thinner side and pretty refreshing. Overall I'd like to try this one again some day, it's just a matter of time and money before I can get some again.

06-07-2011 19:20:01 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Blanco


4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

big huge white head while pouring a very clear golden color with strong carbonation. smells earthy with farmhouse qualities. taste is dry and somewhat continued earthiness, though lacks funk. citric flavors pop in the finish and linger on the tongue. very light bodied, lively and refreshing. nice seasonal offering from victory. overall solid saison that I'll be picking up more of at $4.99 a bomber.

06-04-2011 01:46:04 | More by Blanco
Photo of TheFightfan1


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Poured into a tulip. Crystal clear golden in color. Very thick white heading.Good lacing throughout the tasting.

The aroma to this beer is amazing. Lemon pepper,lemon zest,earthy notes. Great green floral hop nose. Slight candied fruit aroma.

Very tasty but left a bit more of the earthy-medicinal like qualities that didn't seem to be in the nose. It does have a heavy pepper linger that sticks around long after you've had a gulp.Heavy sugariness in which hurts the cavities.

Excellent light-medium bodied beverage with extraordinary carbonation.Great balance in the mouth.

A solid saison a little let down with the big aroma's coming through and the taste didn't seem to match what I was getting.

05-29-2011 15:32:14 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of MrOH


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Bright gold, very clear for a saison. Two finger white head, not much lace, but it's still a pretty beer.

Bright lemon, white pepper, earty musk underneath.

Pepper and then lemon, which is clean at first, then moves into the earthy musk. Hop bitterness and high carbonation scrub it away to make it all clean again.

Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

A damn fine saison.

05-18-2011 23:33:50 | More by MrOH
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip beer glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden color. Nice foamy 2-3 finger white head that left a nice cloudy peak as the sides receded and left nice sticky lacing. A beautiful looking Saison in the glass.

Smell: That good yeasty funk of a Farmhouse Saison, scents of lemon, melon, bubblegum and wheat. A faint hops beneath it all.

Taste: Sweet, yeasty with flavors of lemon peel, spice, banana and bubblegum. The yeast profile is big on this one, but some nice sweet malts and a little hops balance it out well. A little alcohol flavor, but a smooth clean finish. Tasted very fresh (but no freshness date on the label that I could see).

Mouth feel: Medium bodied with a low carbonation, as a good Saison should be. A sweet but slightly dry finish.

Drinkability: It's spring/summer, and that means it's Saison time! This is definitely a worthy and affordable American interpretation of the Belgian Saison style. I benchmark everything against the best Saison in the world, Saison Dupont, and this one comes very close for an American beer. Will definitely buy more of this for the summer!

05-17-2011 23:52:26 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Aroma is strong, crisp, yeasty and a little fruity. It pours a slightly hazy solar yellow with a thick, fluffy white head that sticks around. Light, refreshing flavor is fruity and malty, a little hoppy, a little yeasty, slightly bitter and rather enjoyable. Fizzy texture leaves a fairly persistent tingle on the tongue and lips. Brave Helios, wake up your steeds!

05-15-2011 03:51:32 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of danmcg62


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

A-Pours a hazy golden color with a thumb width head. You can see the carbonation flow up the sides of the glass.

S-I smell raisins at first sniff. Grassy, meadowy smell comes to mind. Spring flowers are there as well. Interesting mix of smells.

T-Lemony, pepper taste at first sip. Citrus fruits are here too. Mild hop bitterness comes through as well.

M-Spicy and thin feel throughout the mouth.

O-Overall a solid brew. Not overly drinkable. Definitely need to take your time with this one. Nice stuff from Victory as usual.

04-30-2011 01:10:25 | More by danmcg62
Photo of Ryan011235


2.65/5  rDev -30.8%

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/28/11

Enjoy by December 21, 2011

Hazy, sun-baked goldenrod color. Cloudy at the center. Two finger head rose quickly and fell just the same leaving a thin later of retention. Minimal lace.

The aroma calls to mind pleasant afternoons in the cool of spring meadows, much unlike the weather in Columbus right now. Lemon zest, lemongrass, prairie grass and crisp, fresh apple. Distinct clove note without being overly spicy. Floral and pollen-like.

Whereas the aroma is devoid of any booziness, alcohol hits the palate hard. It's slick and hot for 7.5% abv, unfortunately overshadowing much of the flavor complexities that could be had. Lemon rind, clove, herbs and spices, grass and light fruit notions seem awash in an uncomfortable alcohol solution. Warmth finds the flavors more at ease but they never fully shine against the booze. The finish is abrupt as it it dry, leaving gritty residual bitterness that tastes a bit out of place; grassiness, too. Carbonation is prickly but appropriate to style.

The alcohol really kills this one. Were the abv 2% lower it might be a winner. As is, it's drinkable but I'm not even slightly interested in finishing more than half the bottle; should have waited to split it with someone.

04-29-2011 04:10:17 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of rdub


3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

Hmm. Poured from the 22oz bottle into my fluted pilsner glass. Cloudy bright color, quite nice. Smell and taste were more flowery than funky for me. I like the saison style but for this one couldn't get past the flower petal taste. Mouthfeel was medium-light and easy to drink. Overall not too bad but I like Hennepin better.

04-26-2011 23:17:05 | More by rdub
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

One of the better stabs at a saison from a US brewery, not that it's quite in the same league as many of the fabulous Belgians.

The only hitch with its look is how clean and clear it looks - a faint haze at best, no sediment. Aside from that, its peach color and initially copious, frothy, effervescent, white head are in beautious contrast to one another. Sweet harmony. Laces okay.

Floral essence (if I had to guess, chrysanthemum?), much rounded phenols, and some spicy orange and/or lemon aromas merge in a lovely, simple bouquet. Phenols strongest. Elegant, overall, but not exactly bursting forth, fashioning depth.

The phenols thankfully do not dominate the taste as they do the smell. Smooth citrus rises up enough to nearly sit parallel while delicate spicy, peppery, almost cilantro-like flavors form a soft blanket underneath. Bitterness and maybe some light malt show up toward the end. The liquid flows light and somewhat silky, not so fizzy or remarkably dry. Quaffable toward the utmost.

It's funny how textbook Helios is. It's great. Personally, I enjoy/prefer/seek-out the often wild variations and rustic quirks among the many spectacular Belgian creations in this general style. But Helios scores high regardless. Pan-appeal.

04-18-2011 05:20:54 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

On tap at the Victory Brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

.3 Liter glass. Beer arrives a dark gold, but clear color with a finger of foam. Foam laces the glass nicely. There is a spritzy, sprite like aroma without any hops or malt sweetness in the nose.

First sip is... nice spicy yeast flavor. light body. There is a phenolic, dry finish. Overall a very nice saison. Maybe finishes a touch too sweet, but that is a minor criticism.

04-16-2011 01:01:37 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of generallee

New York

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a born on date and an abv listed at 7.5%

Appearance: It has a pale golden look in the glass with fine yeast sediment floating inside the body. The body is covered by a two finger tall head that quickly settles down to a thin film cap which makes for some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I get a fruity and funky yeast character with some mild spicy, herbal and leafy hop notes.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue fruity yeast and bready sweetness moves across the palate and brings some mild sweet/tart apple, lemon and ginger like spice notes. This is balanced with some dry leafy hop bitterness and it finishes with a dry spicy and mild hop character. The palate is well balanced smooth and easy drinking.

Notes: Overall a nice beer with some decent layers of flavor within a nice drinkable package.

04-13-2011 16:16:28 | More by generallee
Photo of emmasdad


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

For some reason Victory bombers are not available in the Denver area (to my knowledge at least), even though the 750s and 6 packs are. Knowing this, I grabbed a bomber of this one in San Diego, but waited until we had left town to drink it. Huge mistake, as I loved it, and cannot get anymore.

Poured a nice golden color witha hugh fluffy white head. Great funky aromas, brett, barnyard, rose petal and hibiscus. Light to medium bodied, dangerously drinkable, tart and funky with a nice bitter finish.

04-13-2011 03:21:13 | More by emmasdad
Photo of mactrail


3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Bit of a gusher, so I wouldn't keep this one around too long.

Pale amber in the glass. Head dissipates with some modest carbonation in the mouth. Texture is pleasant, like cheap champagne. Taste is a surprise-- sharp, sourish, intense. Woody and mushroomy. Has that elusive "meaty" flavor of a good Biere de Mars. Very powerful in the nose with maybe a little too much of the Belgian funk. Long aftertaste, rather bitter but just enough kiss of the hops.

Grows on you with more sipping. I let it out of the fridge for an hour so but a little more warming didn't hurt. I;d like to try this again from another batch.

04-11-2011 05:44:25 | More by mactrail
Photo of beerdown77

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours pale, hazy yellow with active foamy head and some sediment...virtually no lacing. The appearance reminds me a wheat beer. The smell is yeasty and has that bottle aged Belgium smell that stings your nose. The flavor is similar to wheat beer, but this is super crisp and fruity. The down side is that it has the mucky aftertaste that I don't love about wheat beer. Previously I haven't noticed beer tasting like lemongrass, but this beer really does have that lemon/herbal grassiness. The body is really light, even at a 7.5% ABV. This is something that I could have a few of easily. When super cold, this is refreshing goodness. For being pretty similar in style (vaguely), I prefer Oberon from Bell's Brewery.

04-08-2011 05:49:25 | More by beerdown77
Photo of bymyheelicarenot


4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. The appearance is cloudy and straw-like. The smell is not overwhelming,some spices but nothing overwhelming to the nose. Now the mouth feel is fantastic,swished it around and it was almost as if I was chewing on a piece of bubble gum. Taste wise it was good pretty sweet with a little bitter finish and great beer to sip on a warm afternoon but also an easy beer to sneak up on you with a pretty decent abv.

04-08-2011 02:29:07 | More by bymyheelicarenot
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

4.28/5  rDev +11.7%

Served into a goblet at Tap and Mallet.

Pours a lovely golden amber with an off white head. Smells strongly of Belgian yeast, white grape, and caramel. The taste is so complex, up front is the yeast with a sour attack, then it gives way to celery, coffee, and finishes with juicy indoor fruit, namely apples. Mouthfeel is light with moderate carbonation. Overall this is the beer that helped introduce me to the wonderful complexity Belgian yeast contributes to flavor profiles.

03-30-2011 23:09:25 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of womencantsail


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: Pale straw in color with a large white head and impressive retention.

S: A nice, but subtle sweetness followed by a mild funkiness. Quite a bit of earthy characteristics along with some fruity notes, particularly pineapple and citrus. Just a hint of spice, phenols, and yeast.

T: Fairly bready and substantial for a saison, which I found nice. Yet, it still manages to be fairly light (impressive at 7.5%). Mild spices and yeast with a touch of white pepper. Fruity, but not as intensely as on the nose. Some hints of floral hops and a mild earthy quality and bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: I quite liked this beer. A very nice nose and a pleasant flavor made for a good experience.

03-27-2011 05:12:03 | More by womencantsail
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Fairly typical of American brewed Belian-style ales, the beer has a segregated ester/spicy balance, unresolved malt character, and lack of genuine Belgian yeast character. But as it goes, the beer fares well in all catagories.

The pour brings about a hazy golden color with a froathy eggshell head. Very solid retention and lace give a very Belgiany appearance although it carries a lot of visual weight due to the subtle carbonation and haze.

Spicy and fruity to the nose, the beer shares lemon, appricot, pineapple, and herbal grasses with white pepper, orange peel, and a light cumin scent. Yeasty brine and sweet scents give the impression of cookie dough or sweet bread dough.

Flavors of tropical fruit and light caramel gives a candied sweet upstart. The zesty lemon fruits bring in a much needed sharpness, zest, and acidity that balances the odd carmel taste in the style. Pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya continue to smoothen out the lemon tartness and provide a white wine balance. The beer further develops into a peppery, spicy bit that eventually gives a plastic-like flavor that disrupts the smooth hop bitterness in finish. It seems that with every step forward, there's a step back.

Richer in sweetness and feel early. Cremainess has a hard time making the transition to full dryness in finish. The richness is further aided by the lack of champagne-like effervescence.

Fruitier, sweeter, and misplaced spicy/plastic taste are the main reasons why this beer doesn't compete with classic Belgian versions, but is certainly on par with others make in America.

03-25-2011 19:17:29 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of Slatetank


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden...tried this in the bottle already, but was interested to see what the differences/similarity is like on tap.

A clear golden color, very sunny appearance with bone white cap with very tight bead. Visibly carbonated and lacing clings well with good retention. The aroma is slightly vinous like white grape with slight hop scents and mild pepper from the yeast. the feel is very dry, with high carobonation and mild bitterness. The body is affected slightly by the alcohol giving a drying finish.

The taste is very good, with some yeast fruitiness which leans toward white grape and the hop flavor is herbal/spicy. Some of the spice seems to be amplified by the yeast and alcohol is adding to the dry quality of malt and yeast in the brew. I like how it is refreshing with good flavor from the yeast and has some hop bitterness. The saison is very traditional in taste -true to the standard Dupont which is good, drinkability is ok, but I prefer a little more malt. This is a super dry and a little on the alcoholic side for my taste.

03-25-2011 13:59:39 | More by Slatetank
Photo of Brenden


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Notes are a few night old.

Helios is a deep, rich gold in color with absolute clarity. A nearly white head forms almost 2 fingers tall that remains extremely thick and pillowy for quite some time. The lacing left behind very nearly forms a sheet with hardly any give after the head finally fades to somewhat stronger than a foam that then refrains from fading any further. Champagne-like bubbly activity never lets up as long as there's any beer remaining in the glass.
In the aroma, yeast is up front, blending with grains. strong hops and dry malts. There's also a white wine dryness with a touch of tart fruits before this goes a hint vinous with a grassy note rounding it out.
This one is a little stronger and perhaps more hoppy than your typical saison. Dry malts set a backbone with citrus and floral hops as well as perhaps some leafy touches pulling up front. Spiciness pulls through as well. Dry is the word for this one; there's a light hint of sweetness, but even that is tart. A strong yeast flavor gets stronger as it warms. A dry finish lingers.
This is a crisp beer, though not extraordinarily so, with moderate carbonation in a body on the lighter side of medium. Crispness does give into some smoothness on the tongue. I have to say, though, that (especially for a saison) this beer is a touch sharp.
Very nice. Not one of the masterpieces, but certainly one of the better saisons available and for less than $4 a bomber, why not?

03-23-2011 20:40:29 | More by Brenden
Photo of yusef

South Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass
cost $3.69

A: Poured aggressively into a snifter glass. Hazy golden copper color with a 3 finger white head. Bubbles on side of glass and floating up in the middle.

S: slight fruit smell of apple, pear, lemon. Belgian yeast. Bubblegum, hops

T: Taste is similar to smell but with an added peppery finish

M: A lot of carbonation which i tend to like. medium to light mouth feel. little drying.

D: I Could easily drink 2 bombers of this in a night without a problem, especially at such a great price.

03-22-2011 02:04:58 | More by yusef
Photo of hosehead83


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, deep gold in color, with a surprisingly short head of foam for a saison, which ususally have huge towering heads.
Aroma-Fruity, spicy, Belgian "funky" notes
Taste-Spicy, "dusty" yeast; nice hop bite, fruity with a dry, peppery finish. A bit of underlying sour/tartness while not unpleasant, doesn't quite harmonize with the other flavors and keeps me from giving this beer a higher score. That being said, this is a fine, refreshing saison that would be welcome on a warm sping or summer day.

03-21-2011 15:24:18 | More by hosehead83
Photo of bluejacket74


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

22 ounce bottle, best before December 21, 2011. Served in a tulip glass the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head that went away quickly. Pretty much no lacing left on the glass. Aroma is pears, lemon peel, peppery spice and some grassy hops. I can taste peppery spice, lemon peel, grassy hops, and some pale malt. Also, there's a bitter/sour flavor that kinda reminds me of sourdough bread. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit crisp and has good carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. I think this is an OK beer, but it's certainly not one of the better saisons I've had. However, for $3.99 a bottle it's worth a try.

02-20-2011 23:26:39 | More by bluejacket74
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.