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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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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 aerozeppl

New York

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

From notes

A: Super clear light gold color with a half finger of white head. Good lacing. A little bit more clear than I like to see a saison but that it just nick picking.

S: Little spicy with a touch of black pepper. More spice comes through as it warms. The grain is quite crisp and fresh.

T: Spicy again. Black pepper. Very clean. Crisp. Not that much going on but it was enjoyable.

M: Light . Well carbonated and refreshing.

D: Easy going. Nice and refreshing. Would like it too be a little more complex for the ABV tax though.

05-18-2010 22:07:10 | More by aerozeppl
Photo of CampusCrew


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

appearance: cloudt gold with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: nice earhty bredy aromas

taste: light tasting easy drinking summer ale.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not a awesome saison, not sour like preferred. but a decent beer and a good beer for people learning.

05-18-2010 03:05:23 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of kingcrowing


3.03/5  rDev -20.9%

22oz bomber poured into an 8oz sampling glass.

Pours a light hazy yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is very funky, bandaids, citrius and fruit.

Taste is funky. It's sweet and tart, hard to explain, it's right on for a saison but there'. A bit of that hop bitterness as well as wet horse blanket. I'd say skip this beer but I'm not a big fan of the style.

05-17-2010 22:27:29 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Victory Helios Ale. 22 oz. bomber.

Bright golden/ straw yellow coloration, highly hazed, Huge head, gorgeous and puffy, luscious and lacey, pure white as the driven snow, etcetera.

Aroma:ah,yes!Here's the zest, the spice, the citrus, the flowery and ethereal, lovely and uplifting air.Like a witbier, but just spot on for a saison. A llittle light.

On the tongue, continued zest, peppery spice spanks the palate, then fades back a bit, but not for long. The blast up front lingers, though, and the citrus-y character gets a bit pointed, a little sharp, shall we say. Still brisk, tasty, refreshing. Spiciness stays on top,until it drops off.

Pleasing, but not exciting. Yummy, zesty/sour saison. Not too complex, but good with food,and great drinking on a spring/summer day.

05-10-2010 02:07:46 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of AgentZero


2.58/5  rDev -32.6%

A - Slightly cloudy orangish golden color with a two finger head that bubbled up and dissipated rather quickly with no lacing. No stick on the side throughout the drink.

S - Smoething smells off on this. Slightly yeasty funk with a bit of a syrupy sweet smell and a grassy aroma. Also, there's some sort of rotten piss smell that's coming through on this.

T - A bit skunky, some grassy hops, a bit sweet and syrupy. It's not bad, but not great, not tons going on here, but I'm not a huge fan of the saisons either, so that might have something to do with it.

M - Syrupy, but pretty light, nicely carbonated, but doesn't seem to match the weight of the beer.

D - Just doesn't taste as good as it needs to to be drinkable.

05-09-2010 02:20:06 | More by AgentZero
Photo of jrallen34


3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer is honey gold, murky with lots of carbonation. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is ok, but the weakness of the beer. Its sorta floral but in a generic way, slightly skunky.

The taste is ok a little grassy flavor and more skunk. However, its pretty easy to drink, not that you would drink a lot of it.

05-09-2010 01:58:38 | More by jrallen34
Photo of speter

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

A: Pours a hazy sunshine gold with a fluffy white three-finger head that fades to a thin layer of froth.

S: Warm malt with orange zest, hops, and that "funk" we love.

T: This one changes all over the place. Initially somewhat sweet, then pepper and citrus begin to shine through, and finally the pepper redoubles and adds hop bitterness. In the meantime, there's a hint of sourness as a leitmotif. Wonderfully complex.

M: As refreshing as it is, this has a full body. The carbonation remains lively for the whole session.

D: I had this with a spicy Chinese-Korean dish, and the pairing was awesome. Alone, this is a beer to be savored.

05-08-2010 21:59:38 | More by speter
Photo of azorie


2.17/5  rDev -43.3%

Well if this is in the style of a saison I sure am fooled, more of a lemon pepper pale ale if you ask me.

A: poured into a mug at about 45F, nice off white head forms up, did not last long, color is pale off yellow, some cloudiness. claimed to be bottle conditioned. poured it hard in the glass both times to finish never really saw any yeast and I love yeast I always pour it into the mix, and NOT leave in the bottle, seems only Americans do that.

s: mostly hops and soap, no yeast no brett, no lemon, no pepper,no spices just off. and hops it seems victory is as bad as most west coast brewers if hops are good more must be better not really. One thinks if your going to brew in the style of a Belgian beer go to Belgium learn how to make one.

T: ok I try to keep an open mind and I usually try not to rate beers that don't do it for me, but since Victory is here in Florida I am going to give it my honest review. it tastes like ivory soap with hops in it. Ok its not really soapy, trying to figure out actually what I do taste. First there is a mineral water taste, plaster, sulfates. As it warms it gets worse: its a cooper bitterness, with a cabbage like taste, yuck its really a drain pour for me I will drink the last drop. its not dry or sweet, but its unbalanced hop wise, all I can say is so far every non stout from victory I had tastes at first like a pale ale and not in a good way.

m: thick and not much carbonation. its flat

d: well it came in a bomber, sadly is all I can say, would I drink it again NO FRIGGING way.

glad it was only $3.99 a bomber to try it. Never again.

05-08-2010 19:28:52 | More by azorie
Photo of DefenCorps


4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

I picked up a bottle the other day on the recommendation of Brian, Ryan and Eric. Good call, guys!

Light golden orange, this beer turns a little yeasty on adding the yeast. There's a large white head that recedes slowly to a thin ring. Looks good so far.

The nose is just fantastic. A beautiful saison nose, there's a blend of light lemon and grassy hop character, a touch of Brett-based grassy funk, a moderate spice character with a little coriander and white pepper, some honey and a light bread note. Light floral character as well. Just fantastic. The palate is just as excellent, opening with a big, Brett character, just a fantastic, grass notes, blended very well with a light hop character, mildly German in nature, particularly on the finish. With a blend of honey and spices, this is the epitome of what a saison should be. Light and crisp on the palate, this finishes with a great drying, grassy, light hop character. Fantastic stuff, this is something I'm going to drink a LOT of this summer and after.

05-08-2010 01:30:19 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of TommyW


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

A- Clear, golden body with a tall, white head.

S- Smell of German malts is really evident with notes of lemon and a clean hop aroma.

T- Malty upfront but not overly sweet or bready; it really lightens up with the addition of some lemon and a bit of pepper. The yeast lend a nice mineraly quality as well.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- One of the lighter saisons in terms of flavor; I steamed some mussels in this and had a glass to go with them, and it was awesome, but I'd easily drink this on it's own as well.

05-07-2010 21:54:42 | More by TommyW
Photo of Tballz420


3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Gotta let the giant white fluffy head settle down a bit. Maybe a bit too aggressive on the pour. Somewhat hazy straw gold colored body. Lace sticks all over. Sweet malt nose decked out with lemon and spice. Light malts backed by lemon, spicy alcohol, pepper, touch of barn yard. Almost want to call the mouth "harsh," very active on the tongue. Pretty complex brew.

05-07-2010 02:05:11 | More by Tballz420
Photo of jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip

A - Hazy orange yellow with a huge white head. I'm not sure if I didn't let this one cool down enough after picking it up at the store today or what but the head is out of control.

S - Funky smell. I pick up the lemon orange scent. Reminded me a lot of some of the sour beers I've had.

T - Hints of lemons and oranges with some Belgian yeast flavor. This is the first time I've had the style so it is kind of hard to pick out the individual flavors. Pretty tasty and refreshing however.

M - Well carbonated with a light to medium body

D - I would pick this up again at this price point. This is a refreshing beer and has plenty of flavor. This is my first Saison and I will definitely seek out this style in the future.

05-07-2010 02:01:09 | More by jpmclaug
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a faintly hazy golden orange with a surprisingly sturdy light cream head. Excellent retention and nice lacing.

Nose brings to mind more of a Belgian pale than a farmhouse. Strong malt presence with lemongrass. Weak banana bread and a little nutty texture sneaking in. Fairly complex.

Not as sour as I expected, but sour is definitely one of the main characteristics. Slight hop burn in the end. Creamy and fizzy at the same time. Decently spicy, too, with corriander and lemon peel.

Pretty nice drinker for a farmhouse style.

05-05-2010 01:01:15 | More by beer2day
Photo of Dodo2step


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

P- Al's of Hampden

A- golden yellow color with a 3 finger head. Frothy and carbonated. Nice splotch lacing on the glass.

S- citrus,lemongrass, clove and banana.

T- a unique lemon.orange type of carbonated taste. Very bubbly, almost like champagne.

M- bubbly and a bit tart. Coats the inside of the mouth easily.

D- the carbonation in the beer hinders this from being a beer you can drink in 20 minutes. Overall not bad but different.

05-05-2010 00:31:45 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of keithmurray

New York

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%

22oz bottle poured into a chalice

beer pours a clear straw colour with huge fluffy white head

aroma is pleasant - ginger, cloves, citrus, lemon, grapefruit

taste - this is good, somewhat similar to the nose, a little spicy upfront, ginger, cloves, belgian yeast, some funk

mouthfeel - this is farily light and refreshing, low to medium carbonation, goes down fairly easy

Drinkability - I could definetly polish off this bottle, for the ABV, extremely drinkable

05-04-2010 00:30:00 | More by keithmurray
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

22oz bomber purchased for $3.99 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy, NY. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

Bright lemon yellow brew with rigorous carbonation clinging to the glass. Billowy eggshell head flares up and then settles readily to just a few wisps. Nose is moderately thick with light malts, lemon, some light caramel, candy sugar. Taste is green apple, spruce, lemon peel, cinnamon. A good well-rounded hoppy bite, but not a hop bomb. Just enough malt background to support the hoppy flavors and provide mouthfeel but not enough to play a huge part in the flavor. Almost like a blend of IPA and blonde. Good with pizza after a hard day in the garden.

05-02-2010 23:40:01 | More by BeerNinja007
Photo of Sam21


4/5  rDev +4.4%

Bomber into tulip. "Bottled December 10th 2010."

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange with yellow around the edges. Lively white head that leaves some lacing. Very lively carbonation. Alive and inviting.

Smell - Clove, yeast, lemon peel, and some banana sweetness.

Taste - Lemon peel, some very slight banana sweetness, and a spicy black pepper finish. Mellow funky character and some earthiness. Good balance between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied with lots of filling carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability - Very refreshing saison. Great balance, although nothing that makes me say, "wow!" Overall, a great American saison at a great price.

05-02-2010 04:02:05 | More by Sam21
Photo of philbe311


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

A - One fingers worth of fizzy white head quickly fades leaving only a thing veil of lacing and a small ring of bubble around the edge of the snifter... A 100% translucent... A golden honey color with a slight glow... A medium amount of quick paced carbonation rises sporadically throughout...

S - A whimsical mix of candied sugars and Belgian yeast... Just a slight bit of funk... Hints of orange zest and fresh cut grass...

T - A surprising bit of funk emerges on the palette... It's mixed with lemon, a dry earthiness, and some perfume... A touch of pepper on the finish... I was close to rounding up to a "4" in this department, but couldn't quite get there...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of fizzy carbonation... Starts slightly lush and quickly turns and finishes dry...

D - In the overall world of Saisons, this is offering from Victory is middle of the pack at best (which isn't necessarily a bad thing)... However, it is an absolute steal at $2.99 a bomber... Balance out those first two facts and this one is highly drinkable... Worth a try for Saison lovers and a must for those in search of a craft beer bargain...

05-01-2010 21:30:09 | More by philbe311
Photo of kshankar

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +4.4%

A very well carbonated orange color with a rocky white head.

Aroma is of lemons, spices and yeast

Taste is very yeasty, balancing out with a peppery spice, malts, lemon zest. Very good combination of flavor profiles here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the carbonation lends to a crisp finish. Drinkability is on the higher side. Finished the huge bottle with little trouble. I don't know if I could have another (its quite a lot). But I still recommend it.

05-01-2010 04:58:17 | More by kshankar
Photo of jzeilinger


4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Pours a pale, crisp, clear golden yellow color, lively carbonation, with one finger creamy white head.

S - Mainly lemons, apples, pears, and floral hops with a light bisquit-like malt character and a little pepper.

T - Taste mimics what the nose indicates. Lemons, pepper, apples, pears, light bisquity malt, has a little bit of sourness going on, and finishes a little dry. Is very crisp and refreshing and one I haven't tried from Victory which is terrible considering they're within an hour from where I live.

M - Crisp, dry, a little bit sour, and the hop bitterness lingers but not very long. Medium body.

D - Outstanding.

This is one of those best kept secrets. I can't think of a better beer for a really hot day because it satisfies the hop-heads, is crisp, clean, has the right amount of ABV, great taste - where have I been? I'll definitely be keeping a case or two on hand this summer. Awesome summer brew. Rock-n-Roll air fist pump to Victory on this one.

This is an outstanding beer. It's not one I would have considered before and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try.

04-30-2010 05:43:39 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of PSUBeerman


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

22 oz. bomber, goblet glass

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color. Head is all white and fizzy. Lots of carbonation visible.

Earthy aroma. Belgian aromas come to mind. Some citrus zest in the background. Could not pick up much along the way of hops.

Interesting flavor. As the label indicates, a biting peppery taste stands out. Bitterness of lemon zest. Again, the Belgian style comes to mind. Aside from the peppery flavor, nothing hit me as too powerful. Some hops tasted, possibly noble hops.

Lots of carbonation. Bright and clean with a fizzy feel. Refreshing and zesty.

04-29-2010 02:17:11 | More by PSUBeerman
Photo of horshack7


3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Apperance: Poured into a Tulip is a golden colored with a hazy twinge. Crowned on top is a two fingered frothy head that retains very well.

Aroma: Alcohol,grassy a little bit of apricot. Phenols a floral hopiness. Dried fruits apple skin with a mild note of clove.

Taste: The hops show up front and center with a little bit of phenolic acidity as well as alcohol notes. A little bit of sourness, grass and big floral hops. The mouthfeel is nicely crisp.

Notes: This quite a brew from Victory I am glad I picked this one up. Cheers.

04-23-2010 03:11:44 | More by horshack7
Photo of nelnutter


4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured 22oz. bottle into SA pint glass.

A: Pours a straw/orange color with a bit of haze and a super agressive, quickly growing head of white foam. Leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

S: Mostly lemon zest, some cider, and farmhouse funk with some earthy hops.

T: Sour lemon and peppery spice are most noticeable, with a nice maltiness. Earthy hops are much more noticeable in the taste at the end than the smell. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp.

D: I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Reminded me a lot of a Belgian Pale Ale, and I almost want to call it a "poor man's Orval" and I mean that in a very nice way...for $4 a bomber, and for how good it is, it's tough to beat.

04-22-2010 23:13:19 | More by nelnutter
Photo of sk8man121


3.55/5  rDev -7.3%

22 oz bottle poured into Moinette chalice.

A: Gusher!!! I had this bottle sitting stationary on the counter for 10 minutes before opening and i still ended up with a lap-full of foam. I suspected wild yeasts and sure enough. Pours a very hazy apricot with a large, creamy head that quickly dies down to leave no lacing on the glass.

S: Very refreshing, with orange and sharp citrus at the forefront, followed by light hops. There is an undercurrent of funk here, but not enough to be considered "pronounced."

T: Funk (brett?) steps right up and sours the back of the tongue. Very "bright" at first and quite sour, although not necessarily in a way I would consider pleasant. Really not much contrasting flavor to battle the yeast. Aftertaste leaves a lot to be desired.

M: Strong initial carbonation gives way to a surprisingly sticky brew that coats the tongue and top of the mouth. Not thick, but certainly not thin either.

D: I love sour beers; Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash and Cantillon all make some of the boldest and most unique ales in the world, many of which rely on wild yeasts for their eccentric flavor profiles. What those beers have that this one lacks is balance, as there just isn't enough going on here to justify the sour character.

While this is far from a bad brew (and at $3.49/22 oz, not a bad bargain), there are other widely-distributed farmhouse ales that are more worthy of your time & money.

04-19-2010 22:30:16 | More by sk8man121
Photo of bum732


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a cloudy straw yellow, nice dense fluffy head. Smells of spicy malt, black pepper, slight clove, some oak, touch of funk, grassiness. Tastes of bold herbal like malt with a nice spice component that lingers. Herbal and lemony bitterness leads to earthiness and drying of the palate with more residual spice and mustiness. Quite dry and astringent finish. Light body with good carbonation.

A solid saision, nothing too special, very peppery, light and dry, perfect for a warm day. Only costing $4 is another huge plus for something this solid.

04-13-2010 18:26:44 | More by bum732
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.