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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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87
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944 Ratings
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Ratings: 944
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 45 | 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:
Repackaging of V Saison

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009)
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Photo of ryanonline
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.15/5  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.

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.

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
4.15/5  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.

Photo of fsvan
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.

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.

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
4.13/5  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!

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....

Photo of schwaeh
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.

Photo of wowbagger
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.

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.

Photo of vette2006c5r
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
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.

Photo of tzieser
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

Photo of DrinkingDrake
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.

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!

Photo of BeerCon5
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.

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 944 ratings.