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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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87
very good

929 Ratings
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Ratings: 929
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 19
Gots: 39 | 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 Parrotbeak
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with an orange hue. Quarter inch, creamy white head that remains.
Smell is faintly tart, with the Belgian yeast being fairly assertive. Figs, raisins, and lemon and orange come in after.
Taste is again tart, with the Belgian yeast again coming in. Some hops show up, with more figs, dark fruits, and a peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry to the finish.
Very drinkale, no alcohol presence to note. Very tasty.

Parrotbeak, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light golden in body with white frothy head that leaves some attractive lacing. An aroma that is distinctly belgian: burnt sugar, some pepper, lemon zest, floral notes. Tastes of lemon zest, pepper, floral, sour notes, orange rind. Light in body with some feisty carbonation. It's a fine ale but doesn't represent the style as well as other brews do.

JRed, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of mindlucent2007
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a hazy, golden-orange. Looks well-developed and has a very nice lacing.

smell: Wild yeasts. Sour and grassy aromas. Peppers and oranges.

taste: This is what I look for in a Saison or any brew. It has a fresh and unique taste. Very zesty and spicy due to the yeasts used. Malts are pretty subtle. Passive hops. Smooth aftertaste. On my second pour, the refreshing qualities of the Saison are very obvious.

mouthfeel: Lightweight, moderate carbonation, no alcohol

drinkability: This is a superb selection for anytime of the year. Easy to throw this back, then the 7.5% reminds you what time it is. This $3 bomber is a dream come true. Victory by a landslide with this one.

mindlucent2007, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of berley31
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured with a huge, white, rocky head that was very long lasting and left some good lacing. Body is a deep yellow color with good clarity; just the slightest touch of haze. Very effervescent.

S: Some spicy hops and light citrus are present. Maybe a touch of pepper as well.

T: Peppery flavor, with a touch of lemon. No real funkiness, as I was expecting. Tastes very much like some well-known Belgian Strong Pale Ales. Dry finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, slightly creamy, very fizzy carbonation.

D: Wasn't as easy to drink as I would have expected at first, but still enjoyable.

berley31, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - crystal clear golden with a few flurries here and there. Billowing 3" white fluffy head that left ample lacing in my tulip. Very good head retention. 4.5

S - Earthy, herbal, and a hint of lemongrass. A touch of sourness with funkiness to round out the aroma. Maybe a touch too lemony and peppery. 4.0

T - Starts off sweet with lots of lemon and grapefruit bitterness, then the earthiness comes along with a nice dose of pepper. Bitter and herbal finish, but not too strong to give an IPA-like finish. The lemongrass and pepper is still prominent. 4.0

M - Light bodied and crisp carbonation. Wonderful. 4.5

D - Extremely. I've had this on tap and from the bottle and it's both pretty much the same. I'd quaff this all day in the summer. 4.5

DmanGTR, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard tulip...

A: Hazy orange in color. The pour produces a thick and creamy fine head with some good retention. Tiny floaties cloud the body of this beer in a manner uncharacteristic of anything I have seen. It isn't so much the hazy orange that I initially thought, but an orange that is disturbed by the little bits of sediment that are so plentiful that they seem to form a haze...

S: Clove, pepper, and lemony notes highlight the yeast strain's contributions to the beer. There are some spicy European hops and a great farmhouse funk that is definitely a little bit wild.

T: Saaz and spicy hops, coupled with a gnarly banana and clove character really steal the show up front. As the flavor develops, that nice wild funkiness comes through, but far short of horseblanket tastes. The funk is wild, but not bretty.

M/D: Nicely carbonated and lightly bodied, this displays that classic saison property of being overly drinkable in a high-alcohol format. Proceed with caution, and enjoy!

NittanyBeerFan, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of wmaldridge
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It has all of the wild appeal that I like in these type of beers with one difference. The lemon peel/citrus notes add to this beer but still leave a bit of funkiness to it. Helios is really crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but for this style, it seems to work really well. My overall impression is pretty good for this beer and will get a good score from me.

wmaldridge, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of fragilemacabre
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer confused me. It looks like I'm getting Blue Moon at an overpriced Hoboken bar, while in reality it's a ridiculously good deal from one of my favorite breweries.

It pours out an anemic golden color with a steady layer of head and carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface like an Alka-Seltzer ad in slow-mo.

It smells like a bar; rather, the apple-and-hops smell always makes me think of a bar (same thing occurred to me with Ephemere). Luckily its taste has a toned-down version of the candy-apple smell and ends up reminding me of what I'd like spiced winter ales to taste like, almost like a white mulled wine.

I don't particularly care for the fizziness going down, but without that factor this beer might be a little too thin on the tongue.

I'd get this again, and again, and again, especially if it hovers around $4. It's probably very mood-dependent for me, but it's a good beer for what it is.

fragilemacabre, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bomber of Victory brew for $4? In Manhattan?
Easy question.
Acquired from New Beers on Chrystie st.
Into the goblet it pours a pale and transparent gold, looking very much like a pilsner, maybe even Prima pilsner at that.
I can pick up the scent from across the room. Some pleasant funk off the bat along with some lemon and maybe some coriander.
Flavors! This makes me think of what mixing Golden Monkey and Prima Pils might yield. Some lemon/orange zest, again with the funk, again with the coriander. Some volatiles bursting here and there, some resinous qualities in the finish.
I'd be happy to have this again. I wouldn't exactly want cases and cases of the stuff but I'd be happy if I saw this on a tap menu in a bar.

ommegangpbr, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: hops, hay, and lemon

Taste: hops, hay, some apple, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium/high carbonation, light bodied, a bit bitter

Drinkability: An above average saison that has a nice combo of bitterness and fruit. Far from my favorite, one bottle is most I could have in a sitting, but it is an excellent value for what you get.

tigg924, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of soco7tyx7
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden, some cloudiness, short lived cream head
S - yeast, clove, banana, some lemon zest
T - clove, banana, yeasty, champagney, hint of bitterness in the finish
M - Lighter body than most Saisons, clean, crisp, nicely carbonated
D - Very drinkable for a Saison. Not as spicy as most I've tried and sort of tastes like a clash between a Saison and a Pilsner. Has that champagne quality about it. Overall a decent pour and for the price I would get it again

soco7tyx7, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

edit: I upped my scores because the Brett character that develops is remarkable.

a: This was a bright, clear golden color. It poured with a massive craggy head.

s: Fresh, pungent lemon zest was what I noticed first. I also found some peppery yeast and lightly funky grains.

t: Starts off great with a huge dose of wonderful, fresh lemon and some grains. The finish is a bit too dry. It feels and tastes a bit rough.

m: This manages to be fizzy and creamy at the same time.

d: Very nice saison! A real bargain too, $35 a case!

DIM, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of dgb3
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three part poured with a vigorus staying head that settles down and has stayed throughout my sampling. Lacing is thick and spotted.

Tons of funk on the nose. A little white pepper.

Spicy and effervescent. Dries out and leaves funk on your tounge. As it warms the alcohol tends to show.

The funk and spice are a little to heavy for me to enjoy the whole 22. Again as it warms, it is starting to show more of it's flaws. Not my favorite Saison. May like this more if it was with a meal. I'm seeing this paired with the local brewpub's blackened salmon chowder.

dgb3, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A - A nice strong hazy yellow with good head, lacing, and moderate retention.

S - Yeasty, coriander, anisey, citrusy.

T - Follows the nose almost precisely with some banana flavor that wasn't initially detectable in the nose. Perfectly carbonated and balanced. However, it's pretty rich.

M - Pretty thin and definitely refreshing. I love the mouthfeel of this brew.

D - This is this beer's downfall to me. Too rich; it's flavor is a killer on the tastebuds. On my first sip, I thought this beer was an A+, but I'm nearing my last now and it's going considerably downhill. More suited to 12 oz bottles, but then again, who could drink a 6 of this? But overall, a decent brew.

jmerloni, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of Stimack
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up, Never had the V-Saison when was out but the art on this bottle (and price) caught my eye. Brew poured into a chalice cup to a nice golden color, crystal clear with a thick white head on it. The head retention was very good and left great lacing. The aroma has a nice mix of grass, lemon and pepper. Also maybe some green fruit? Somewhat sweet aroma as well. The flavor is nice, the grassy flavor comes to mind at first but then seems to break away to a slightly sweet lemon citrus flavor. Pepper flavor is there and adds a nice little prickle with the hop presence. Drinks quite easily and is a surprise that this one weighs in at 7.5%. Overall I would say that this brew is very good based on the flavor coupled with the price of this bomber (3.99). Will look for this one again; think it could be a nice summer brew when looking for something a little bigger.

Stimack, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of Crittervision
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

perhaps im a little too quick to get excited when i hear "wild yeast strain." wasnt sure what i was getting into aside from that.

appearance is filtered yellow-gold. bubbles emanate from the sides of the glass with vigor, not dissimilar to pbr actually. but! tack on a dense pillow of bubbles half an inch tall that shows no signs of disappearing and i guess youve got helios.

smell is saisony (come to find out on here that it is one, yay me), somewhat adjunct (reminiscent of pbr again...), champagney, and sweaty.

taste is dominated by sweaty sock / sticky locker room. eeeeh. think duvel plus unsexy workout plus old lemon. not so hot. no vhs tape.

mouthfeel is heavy, highly carbonated, but pleasant.

drinkability is not so great. sock bad. still manageable.

Crittervision, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of nukem5
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks ago at a local bottle shop.{So Many Beers So Little Time}
A: Beautiful coloring orangy gold, nice 1/2" of foamy goodness on top, though it did not last long. Also at the last pouring nice yeasty flavor chunks.

S: Smell was of lemon / grapefruit nice floral scent.
T: Nice to the senses not to hoppy and light malty tastes.

M: Nice fullness not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Would def drink again, thinking of another bottle for summer after grass cutting,mmm.

nukem5, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a golden honey color, slightly hazy, with a smallish white head that settles into a ring. The aroma has some horse blanket aromas, as found in most saisons, followed by white wine, lemon and green apple. Some hay aromas as well. Good rustic aroma. The saison has an aggressive hop flavor which seems out of place for a saison. It kinds of gives the taste an asprin like characteristic. The rest of the flavors are spot on to the style. Nice horse blanket, hay, pepper, tart lemon and green apple. The feel is light and crisp, with fizzy carbonation, perhaps a touch overcarbonated. The finish isn't all that great with the asprin like bitterness. Overall, a decent saison. It has some nice flavors but the bitter asprin like characteristics kills this brew for me. Still good though just not great.

Gmann, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a three inch, fluffy bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a thin cap, leaving some residual strands of lacing as the brew recedes. Light nose - lemon zest, orange peel and belgian yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, some tartness comes out towards the middle, a little bitterness follows (maybe lemon rind) and lingers between quaffs; belgian yeast evident in the nose is pretty much masked. Mouthfeel is light and lively with some astringency coming out towards the back. Fairly decent farmhouse; however, lots of acidity and tartness. Closer to a Belgian Strong Pale/Farmhouse hybrid in my opinion. Worth a try if you like cleaner examples of the style.

Jwale73, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of meatyard
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/26/2009:
Pours a highly carbonated, pale, golden yellow with a large, fluffy, white head that has good retention and leaves adequate lacing.
The smell is funky and yeasty at first with some lemon zest following.
The taste starts off with the barnyard funk that seems just right. After that what follows is a light lemon taste, some hop bitterness and some spiciness, especially of pepper.
Mouthfeel is medium, leaning towards thin but it feels like a bit too much carbonation. It ends, appropriately, fairly dry.
Drinkability is quite good. There is a lot to recommend (fruitiness, dryness, yeasty funk) and only a few distractions (too spicy & too much carbonation). I think I would prefer to try this on tap next time, given the opportunity.

meatyard, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting.

Bottled Dec 29, 2009. Drank 2/3/2010 in an english pint glass.

A - Crystal clear slightly golden yellow with a solid half inch of bone white rocky head. Not amazing head retention, but a pretty good looking beer.

S - Smells lovely. Slightly funky lemon zest with some black pepper and hints of flowers.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Lemons from the nose are there with a slight bitterness. Some slight barnyard funk to it, but without the tartness of brett. Something there that's giving it a little dissonance. Slightly disappointed after smelling it.

M - Very crisp and moderate to highly carbonated. About what I was expecting.

D - Good overall, but there's a little too much of a bitter aftertaste for me to down too many.

Above average, but not quite exceptional. Something just not quite coherent in the flavor profile that I can't put my finger on other than to say it leaves a slight bitter aftertaste that's only just off putting enough.

Tiklmelmo, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A vibrant gold and big billowy head that leaves behind nice lacing. Some sediment floating around.

S: Citrus and sweetness, spicy too.

T: Similar to the nose, nice spicy citrus, coriander for sure. Nice and clean taste.

M: Kind of on the thin side, okay carbonation.

D: This is a solid brew under 8% ABV, easy to drink with a good taste.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel Tulip:

Appearance: Pale orange yellow color that is hazy with a huge 4 finger head that recedes slowly and creates nice lacing.

Smell: Smell is a bit muted. Slight lemon, corriander, and a touch of basil on the nose. Not huge but fresh smelling.

Taste: Tastes a little bitter, like lemon pith. Solid grassy flavors with a nice bitter hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbonated for the style. Even so, its refreshing and light on the palate the way it should be.

Drinkability: Overall its a great session beer. The high abv limits it a bit, but is a great substitution for white wine and would go great with salads and fish. Hennipen is a bit better IMO but for the price ($3.50) you cant really beat it.

Augustiner719, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of yeast, pepper, licorice, spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, bitter, with some pepper, licorice, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, not really liking this one, too hot, peppery, spicy.

Wasatch, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The initial pour yielded a pale orange coloring with a convincing amount of macro yeast floaties that lied suspended like plankton in a light haziness of obtrusion that danced happily in the vibrant macro bubbly nature of the carbonation. The head, a product of the wild Belgian yeast, sprang upwards upon the pour occupying a near majority of the glass, was paper white in color, and foamy in nature exhibiting a good time of retention while leaving small speckled remains for a lacing behind. The carbonation remained a powerful force through-out the entire serving of the drink.

S: The nose did not disappoint with a distinctive wild yeast quality of musky hay and barnyard scents of wet horse. Light to medium in strength I though I also picked up hints of pvc tubing as well. The beer closes out with a sour funk, though not overwhelming with a mixture of wet hay and animal feed (grains and pellets) funk.

T: Funky and musky barnyard flavors are abundant here giving you insight to the wild Belgian yeast. Once again damp animal feed of grains and pellets, wet hay, and wet barnyard animals stand out the most. There is earthy notes of moss, citric grains and cobwebs as well. The finish provides quite a bite with a bit of alcohol present and warm, sour lemon peels along with a black peppery flair. The funk I felt was just right, not to weak to undermine, nor not to strong to discourage.

M: The mouthful bursts with a carbonation assault turning to a thick foamy feel very quickly. The body was fairly light while the swallow finds a funky display of musky grains, hay and grass lining the tongue.

D: Drinkability was good, especially for style. Like mentioned earlier the funk balance was just right adding for optimal drinking experience per style. You will no doubt have to be a fan or respective of the style (which I certainly am). This will no doubt deliver an adventuress journey into the world of Belgian funk which was fairly well captured here by an American brewer. Novices may want to split a bottle at first until you gain a appreciation per style but overall for the fan this beer overall was a good experience coupled with a fairly good drinkability and enjoyability factor.

beerthulhu, Jan 29, 2010
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.