Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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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 bum732
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color with a few bits floating about. Massive head of fluffy suds fill the top half of a Duvel Tulip. Lots of lacing.

Very zesty and fresh nose. Lots of fruit, some lemon zest, light earthy funk. Smells quite crisp.

Nice complexity. A nice peppery spice with lemon. Pretty rich light malt, good crisp hop presence. Some warm alcohol is noticeable as well.

Approaches medium bodied, slightly chewy and moderately smooth with some soft, but prickly carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable saison that is really well crafted. A relative bargain of a beer as well. I would have this one again.

Photo of confer
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 22oz bottle.
A- Clear and golden with a a one finger head and lots of carbonation.
S- the aroma is sweet. It almost smells like a Hefeweiss.
T- A little bit of a lot. It starts with alcohol and apricots, and finishes with a bitter hop bite that is not in the smell at all.
The alcohol taste fades as it warms.
MD- Light and bubbly. Not a bad beer but not really my style.

Photo of sophisticated
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooooh man. This was delightful. The carbonation was HUGE on this guy from the loud PFFFT upon opening the bottle to the massive out-of-control head. A gentle pour created about half-liquid half-head, long retention, and spots of fluffy lacing. Even the second pour caused the head to fly up (and unfortunately over) the edge of the glass. The rest of the beer was cloudy yellow with bits of yeast sediment.

The smell was nice, and strong. Spicy pepper, Belgian yeast, lemon, grassy hops, mild malts.

And the taste - mmm...The Belgian yeast flavor is there but also a strong spice-note that grew stronger as it warmed. It was dry - reminded me of a white wine at times. Some lemon, some grass, a little sour.

The mouthfeel was very crisp, almost to the point of being sharp on my throat. Also very light on the tongue.

Great drinkability. This would be a good hot day beverage, a good drink to pair with a meal...Or alone. I've only had a few Saisons, but to me this is a solid beer and a solid Saison.

Photo of Mancer
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured (into a Tulip glass) a hazy golden amber. The head was excellent and poured 3 fingers high. The head retention was also excellent as a 1 finger head stuck around for must of the beer. There were lots of bubbles visible. The smell is by far the worst part of this beer. I can't even explain what it smells like, but somewhat reminds of urine. My nose however did not agree with my mouth. The initial taste of the beer was that of spices, hints of lemon, and some citrus hops. The flavors meshed nicely, and I'm glad it didn't taste like what I smelt. This brew had a light body with moderate carbonation.

All in all this is definitely a beer to try and for the price, more so.

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

Bottled Dec. 10 2009.

Helios has a quick forming white head with good staying power. The color is a deep gold with a decent haze. Bubbles stream up the glass the whole time. The second pour has some sludgy yeast sediment that floats around for a bit, and then settles at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma shocked me as it has a wild, earthy yeast smell. Is there brett in this beer? It smells like it. It's got a black peppery spice, some slight lemony citrus, but the earthy, funky aroma is at the forefront.

The taste is a bit funky as well. The finish is dry with moderate bitterness, some of it in the form of an unpleasant yeasty bitterness, especially on the second pour. Up front is some bright, fruity flavor, but it finishes with a dark, dry, earthy flavor. It reminds me a lot of Orval, but less minerally.

The mouthfeel is light, dry, and bubbly with refreshing carbonation. This was a nice bottle to have, but I wouldn't grab for another right after.

Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy deep yellow that appears golden when held to light. About two fingers of white head sit atop the brew and demonstrates decent retention. Decent amount of sticky lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of spiciness and zest in the nose: lemon peel, apples, oranges, and pepper. Hints of yeasty funk too.

T: Reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale in a lot of ways. Some citrusy zest up front (lemons, oranges), mixed with subtlety sweet fruits, pears and apples. Spiciness really kicks in during the finish, along with just a little bitterness and a touch of alcohol. There's also some sourness in the flavor that was a bit unexpected, but it works.

M: A pretty heavy medium feel in the mouth. A nice bite in the finish results from a combination of the spiciness and a high level of carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

D: A solid brew all around. Definitely something for those hot summer days.

Photo of berpwillie
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden copper color. crazy amount of light fluffy head that receded very quickly. lots and lots of carbonation, but nothing to disticnt as far as the flavor is concerned. very thick lacing covers the glass. overall a very enjoyable beer, especially if like me it was a sunny 70 degree day outside relaxing in my backyard when i first enjoyed this tasty treat. WELL worth the 4 bucks i spent on it.

Photo of mempath
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ok, it's my birthday and i saved this for this MORNING. did my workout...now it's breakfast time :)

dang...pours like an overanxious meringue...i've NEVER seen something foam up like this...i mean, it's bionic and it made a mess (and i onlu poured it half-way with a tilt to the glass!)...looks incredible...golden sunlight with intense, continuous slow-motion receding meringue fyords...or blizzard'd snowdrifts. amazing. has a jiggle to it. and swagger. nice, vertical desert sand drift pattern lacing! and what a cool label.

nose is a fresh hoppy grass malt admixure, something akin to menthol without the bite. interesting. and complex enough.

good gracious. plenty of hops, but blended in a way i've never tasted. there's a malty backbone, but it's alien, not mammalian. the menthol-ish-ness is there, but doesn't 'seem' to be hop-related. not sure. this is complex in a new way. not a puzzle, but just a great one shot delivery of fine brewing. everything is near perfect here. crisp but silky smooth in the finish. and a lingering, mellow bite. this is oh so drinkable. session this alone or with some simple pan-asian fare. thai...sushi...

but why should i be surprised. it comes from Victory!


Photo of mtbbaboon
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Color is Bright cloudy yellow with white fizzy head. Fair amount of sediment floating around. Thick head settles into a nice creamy layer of suds. A little lacing but not a whole lot. Smells like a saison should smell. Yeast, spices, pepper, citrus, perhaps some cloves. Lots going on there. Tastes grassy and lemony. Hoppy bitterness comes though at the end. The taste isn't as complex as the aroma. Medium mouthfeel that drinks rather easy. Dry, smooth texture to it. All in all it's an enjoyable beer to drink.

Photo of mfunk9786
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one I was really looking forward to, and I was disappointed to be let down:

A: Looks beautiful. Nice and golden with a sudsy, rich head. The beer would keep on bubbling up the glass for days if left sitting, it's quite the sight.

S: The familiar (for fans of the brewery) smell of Victory's Belgium-imported yeasts hits the nose, followed by a light lemon pepper smell that finishes with a minty tingle.

T: Here's where things go a bit off the rails for me. The beer is aggressively sour, while it starts off well with light fruity flavor, it finishes with a strong lemon sourness that finishes with an alcohol burn and bitterness that comes out of nowhere, kind of like chewing and swallowing a lemon rind would seem like a good idea until you realize how bitter and off-putting the taste is. What starts off tasting very nice and light finishes as if it's been spiked with a bittering agent to keep people away from it.

M: Nice and carbonated, tingly in the mouth. Very light, like champagne. The aforementioned bitterness drags the score down a bit.

D: Since each sip becomes a bit more of a chore as you drink it, the drinkability isn't all that high. I was quite taken aback by the less desirable qualities of this beer but delighted by its good qualities. Not for everyone, but give it a try and see if it's for you, I would never dissuade anyone from drinking it.

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

Bomber poured into a glass and paired with some spicy Thai peanut chicken on rice.

This beer had tons of head. It took several pours to get it all into my snifter. It looked good with a murky yellow body with huge voluminous snow white head. Lots of lacing was apparent.

Smelled like lemon, bread, and yeast. Quite nice for pairing with food.

The taste was bright and lemony with a bit of funk. There was an extremely clean finish that really cleansed the palate.

Mouthfeel was that of Champagne. Lots of soft carbonation made it feel like a party in my mouth and everybody was invited!

Extremely easy to drink. I polished off the bomber and wanted more.

Victory recommends this as a "pair with food beer", and I have to agree. It was so crisp and refreshing, I have half a mind to buy a case for nice dinners. Highly recommended.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Helios, belgian style ale. Found ontap. Pours a clear light gold, small head forms and leaves after a while.

Smell: Lightly like a belgian, some malt sweetness pulling through.

Taste: Also very light, but has belgian characteristics. Like the base of a belgian pale ale, with a little bit of funk. Hops lend a lemony touch. Quenching right in time for the summer months.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, thin-ish feel but not bad.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy drinking ale. A good session beer from Victory, though it is a little strong to have more than one or two. The price point can't be matched, however.

Photo of callmemickey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw-orange body. Fairly clear with lively carbonation. Large white head, nearly no lacing.

S: Bright grassy and lemon zest notes ride atop a grainy malt base. Some pepper and yeast character as well.

T: Like the nose, this beer has a grassy-lemon character that dominates. Somewhat simple, but enjoyable. Slightly grainy.

M: Clean and crisp finish. Nice, vibrant but not overwhelming carbonation. Soft lingering bitterness in the finish.

D: Nice and refreshing, a simple but enjoyable saison and at $2.99 for a bomber a steal of a deal.

Photo of dedrinker
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drowsy golden color.

Sharp aroma of yeast, earth, minerals, white pepper.

Flavor is the same with a little orange peel.

Medium body, dry acidic (lactic) finish.

$3.99 for a 22 oz. bottle is a steal. With just a scant few tweaks here and there, soon there will be no beer in Belgium that we can't make here just as well. I like that idea.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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