Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +7%
$3.99 for a bomber, nice. "Bottled on Dec 10, 2009" stamped on the front label, well done. Pours clear yellow amber, long lasting off white head, ample frothy collar and sheeting, below bits of lace. Spiced up, citric nose, more lemon/lime, add a healthy dose of pepper, herbal and fresh tasting hops..all add up to a quite pleasant, zesty and fresh tasting saison...here its a freezing night in january and I've been transported back to a hot day on the back porch in July...bring on the salads and cheese/crusty bread lunches...nice saison, for a nice price, always a plus...
01-07-2010 03:06:14 | More by Billolick
2.65/5 rDev -30.8%
Pours a light, bright orange. Big white sudsy head. Thanks Chris for giving me a chance to try this.
Smells like....soap. Like medicinal, herbally, slightly floral/funky soap.
And it tastes like ... you guessed it ... soap. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? It's like drinking a herb laced bar of soap.
I could go on and on, but I think I've pretty much summed it up. Some of these Victory experiments are serious misses in my book. One of the few breweries where the regular line-up is better than the "special" stuff.
01-06-2010 09:12:38 | More by Overlord
3.65/5 rDev -4.7%
Obtained as another great extra from ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubadour tulip.
Perfectly clear citrine body with two fingers of ivory, active yet rocky merengue-like foam. The lacing extends weak tendrils up the sides of the glass but they slide back down quickly riding the creamy clear tears. Average retention...
Initially this brings to mind a pilsner or a vienna lager in the nose - curious if they used Saaz hops as well? Lemon, green banana, sourdough starter, white pepper, and lavender notes reveal the yeast.
Crisp malty palate entry, with lemon merengue pie, green apple skins, and bitter earthy noble hops. The finish is spicy and dry. Overall a decent flavor profile, but the balance is a little strange.
Effervescent, medium-light bodied, and fairly warming - but the filtration really detracts from the mouthfeel.
Overall a bit malt-heavy, and lager-like - the tweaks to the style are not for the better...but still, not bad, and quite refreshing.
01-06-2010 02:28:30 | More by augustgarage
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Picked up a bottle at CBX, poured into a pint glass.
A - Crystal clear golden with a huge foamy white heat.
S - Sweetness, faint pine, and saison funk.
T - Multitiered hop profile with some citrus and pine, some funky saison flavor in there, and a mild funk aftertaste.
M - Thin bodied, well carbonated.
If you're not into super strong saison flavor, but still like a little funk, here's your beer. Great bang for the buck.
01-05-2010 22:44:34 | More by HeyItsChili
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
Pours a golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. Aroma and taste carry light fruits and mild citrus - mainly banana and lemon, with some zesty spices and yeast. Clean taste with minimal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous carbonation - very bubbly mouthfeel. All in all, a very crisp, dry and refreshing beer. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Very drinkable.
Now I'm a huge novice so maybe my palate is just feeble and untrained, but I actually had this pegged as a pilsener - I was surprised to come here and see it was a saison. If you like pils, I think you'd enjoy this as well. Oh, and at $2.99 for a bomber...you can't beat the price.
01-05-2010 14:57:12 | More by Mavajo
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
A - Three fingers of white foam on top of a brilliantly clear, golden body. The foam exhibits good retention before settling down to a ring of bubbles and leaving nice lace on the walls of the glass.
S - Musty aroma of wild yeast with notes of soft cheese, acidic pineapple and goat. Some herbal hops and spicy yeast with pepper and lavender.
T - Tangy wheat with some creamy, biscuit like malt up front. Earthy flavors of european hops come in next with lots of wild yeast character. Notes of wet earth and musty attic with a little bit of sour tropical fruit. Finishes with a light note of vanilla and moderate hop bitterness as well as more herbal hops. Lingering spicy notes of hops and yeast with wet fur brett character.
M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - I had no idea what to expect from this beer and it turned out to be a pretty weird one. The wild yeast character is intense with a huge nose of musty and very enjoyable funk. The flavor shows some background notes that are reminiscent of a normal saison, but the funk still dominates. Here it is not as pleasantly complex as it is in the nose, but it is still enjoyable. A funky, cheese-like wild beer it is pretty drinkable for something so over the top funky.
01-04-2010 05:46:23 | More by nickfl
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
Saw this bottle for the first time at my local beer store so I had to try it. Had no idea what style it was but was able to tell as soon as I poured, smelled and tasted it.
Very good example of the style, bright color but a little cloudy, very good carbonation, flavor also good.
01-03-2010 16:10:07 | More by david18
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours pale golden with slight haze, topped with a modest white head of large bubbles. Head recedes to a thin rim that doesn't leave much lace.
Nose is bready with yeasty/estery notes, as well as some sour fruit.
Palate has some rather wheat beer or tripel like qualities - some banana, wheat malt sweetness, but then a sour component mixes in to remind you it is a saison.
Very drinkable, and it doesn't smack you in the face with offensive brett/horseblanket/barnyard/feces aromas or flavors.
01-02-2010 03:42:43 | More by yemenmocha
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into wine glasses. It pours like a typical saison, hazy, golden and a big white head. The smell was lemony, but less than I expected. It had all the flavors I was looking for, but they were not as strong as expected, lemony and zesty. The beer was easy drinking and paired well with my fish. A good value(under $4), but there are more flavorful examples of the style.
12-28-2009 17:56:08 | More by bonkers
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours from the 22oz. bottle a golden yellow color with a large pillowy head that settles into a light lacing. The carbonation is light but active. The aroma is of hay, grass, & lemon. 1st sip is crisp & dry, with notes of bitter citrus peel (orange & lemon) that intensify on the swallow. Mouthfeel is bubbly, tingly, light & crisp. Drinkability is superb, I could easily down one after another on a July day. Overall, a very refreshing beer that would go very well at a cookout or on a hot summer day. Quite a pleasant beer! Victory does it again!!!
12-27-2009 00:17:34 | More by CJfromPhilly
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.
Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.
Smells of crisp light malts with hints of grassiness and light fruits - bananas with hints of lemon peel.
Tastes similar to how it smells, although there's almost no fruit flavors that aren't citrus. Light malt flavors up front segue into light earthy hop flavors that are backed by hints of mild citrus. These flavors carry through to a crisp ending.
Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.
Drinkability is very goood. I finished my glass quickly and could certainly have another.
Overall this isn't a terribly complex saison but what's done is done well. Well worth a shot, especially at such a reasonable price.
12-21-2009 05:26:08 | More by glid02
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
Ap. A very bright clear golden orange colore with a big frothy head and much lacing. The head disappeared. Dang!
Sm. A real hit of orange, grapefruit, lemon with some spiciness in the background. Can't miss this one.
Ta. A love it or hate it spicy tart sour lemon bang with some grapefruit at the finish. Orange zest. It's a very dry and tart aftertaste/feel. Serious pucker power. Cleansing.
Mf. Serious carbonation.
Dr. Hope so, I bought a case of bombers today.
12-18-2009 23:30:32 | More by deaconoflove
3.35/5 rDev -12.5%
A - carbonation like 4th of july fireworks, 1-2" head that is slowly dissipating on my pint glass, lacing, leaves a light trace of head on top, beer is golden and see through
S - first snif I was picking up some lemon, swirled and sniffed again and picked up some barnyard smell (live on Lancaster county, expert at this smell)(should be interesting)
T - not sure exactly what i am tasting, think it is yeast, comes through light and clean with an earthy/grain taste
M - very clean, def a dry brew
D - very drinkable, will save the next one for a summer day
*need to work on temp that beer is served at and what flavors are really coming through
12-18-2009 03:00:28 | More by tubdog13
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
A - yellow color with a huge fluffy head that fades slowly and leaves significant lacing down the side of the glass.
S - hint of lemon zest. spicy. strangly close to the smell of cat litter though. It was hard to get over that one.
T - Taste matches aroma. Lemony on the edges but full of spice.
M - light and leaves the mouth feeling fresh. bubbly.
D - goes down nicely. I prefer more traditional Saisons to this one, but it is still pretty good.
12-11-2009 02:11:51 | More by drcarver
3.85/5 rDev +0.5%
Light golden color with huge white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is of apples, brett, and some tart lemon. Taste follows suit, bringing in some pale malt and leafy hops to the mix as well. MF is thin, a bit astringent, was looking for a bit more, although not bad especially for the style. Drinkable and refreshing, nice beer, especially at $3 a bomber.
12-10-2009 03:37:49 | More by LordAdmNelson
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
Stirred up so all the sediment is dancing about. Not bad for $3.50 bomber.
A: Nice fizzy bottle conditioned head that rises to 3+ fingers and quickly bides back down. A light clowdy haze corrupts what would be a crystal clear view through the golden yellow beverage, that reveals many columns of bubbles rising up.
N: The effervescence of this could be smelled when I cracked the cap, and much so during the pour. A very much saison farmhouse like nose with lots of yeast aromas, earthy gritty like malts, some banana and wheat, and lots of nice tangy sour funk aromas.
T: Starts very funky with tangy sour yeast and wild flavors. A dry gritty earthy malt and wheat taste follows that, but is overpowered greatly by the yeasty tangy sour funk. Bready malt tastes and very earthy farmhouse like tastes as well. A slight fruity flavor gives way to more yeast that does a good job of dryness and funk, but not quite as much as Brett. Some lemon zest and citrus also run rampant through it.
M: Very light with tons of carbonation, buttloads of carbonation. A slight tangy dry burn as well.
F: Very dry, pulling the water out of my tongue and almost giving it a dry singe burn. An almost minty like flavor hides in the background with the fresh dry taste. The sourness doesn't stay too long, but the funky yeasty flavor does. Almost a lemon bread like taste sticking around too. A pretty nice funky farmhouse saison, that gives wild yeast and Brett like qualities, but a little tamer. Still pretty funky though and great for the price.
12-09-2009 22:32:02 | More by jlindros
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
I am slowly beginning to appreciate the Saison style ales, and Victory has managed to make one of the best ones I have had to date.
A: Pours a nice golden-straw color. Head is very large and bubbly. Carbonation is over the top. This is almost champagne-like in appearance.
S/T: The aroma is full of that Saison funk, along with a little bit of citrus. Taste is very nice and refreshing. Up front, you get a strong lemon and apple notes. That gives way to an excellent champagne flavor. Slightly sour. The taste is reminding me a lot of Ithaca Brute. Its really hard to pin down the exact flavors going on, but this beer has a very complex palate. Probably in my top 3 Saisons I have had.
M/D: Mouthfeel is a little heavier than other Saisons I have had in the past. Extremely crisp and bubbly. A very refreshing beer, even at 7.5%ABV.
I don't think I have had a Victory beer I didn't like. Very drinkable and full of flavor. Well worth checking out.
12-09-2009 17:47:05 | More by OldSchoolGamer
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Lemon drop yellow body. Slightly hazed. Voluptuous fluffy white head. Carbonation looks to be quite active as multiple streams of CO2 rise vigorously throughout the body. Aroma has a lemon tartness and a little yellow cake batter character. Horse blanket also. Mouthfeel is quite prickly. Body is light-medium. Lemon is big in the flavor with a nice sourdough like backdrop of maltiness. Sprinkle a little black pepper throughout and add a little horse blanket tartness/funkiness and you've got a pretty solid saison. A bit of a lambic feel to it. Unique, but good, saison.
12-09-2009 05:24:34 | More by Bighuge
4.1/5 rDev +7%
Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that hangs around for awhile. The head does settle to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. I pick up quite a bit of funk in the nose, barnyard. Hints of lemon and pepper as well. Not as funky in flavor but it is present. Light fruit notes with some spicey pepper. Fairly dry and crisp. The body feels appropriate for the style, light and nicely carbonated. I enjoyed this beer and at its value price makes this an easy buy.
12-09-2009 00:22:33 | More by morimech
4.1/5 rDev +7%
A: Poured from the bomber into a Duvel oversized tulip. Body is clear golden with a 1-finger white head with some staying power. Leaves some splotchy lace on the way down the glass.
S: Moderately funky/earthy over cereal grains. Also a touch of fruit and spice.
T: Grainy cereal malt foundation with generic fruitiness. Also a touch of spiciness, some grassiness, and a dry, citrusy lemony zest towards the finish. At times this reminds me vaguely of their Prima Pils from the grassiness and lemony citrus.
M: Light to medium bodied beer. Crisp feel with nice dryness at the end.
D: Very good. Paired well with moderately spicy shrimp fajitas -- the fruityness offset the spice in the food, while the lemon complimented the shellfish and the spice complimented the heat in the dish (cayenne pepper & chili powder). Bomber disappeared quickly, which is solid for a 7.5% ABV beer. Ay $3.99 for the bomber, I'll definitely get this one again.
11-29-2009 01:44:46 | More by Kendo
4.47/5 rDev +16.7%
A: Golden and Clear, a little to clear for a Saison...lots of bubbles
S: Spicy, Bananna Smell with slight notes of citrus
T: Nice Spice and Bananna taste
M: Very Bubbly, similiar to a champagne
D: I love this beer and can enjoy it all day, nice with a schnitzel.
11-26-2009 01:36:53 | More by jantonius
3.6/5 rDev -6%
A good and drinkable ale - as a saison should be - however there just wasn't enough there in the flavor for me. The finish was a bit watery but there were hints of grassy farm and soapy citrus. The nose suggested a bit more than what was there. Also it gave me a slight headache, not sure why.
11-24-2009 06:14:03 | More by josefnewsong
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
From a bomber purchased at the brewery.
Good saison. Not outstanding, but definitely rock solid and enjoyable when I'm in the mood for something funky.
Straw color and really clear. Fruity but dry, bitter, slightly sour... the funk taste is not overpowering. The nose is funk, alcohol and lemon. Generally one saison at a time is enough for me, though.
11-23-2009 02:17:04 | More by Zaccone
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Pours clear golden with a solid fluffy white head. Looked beautiful, but the clarity seemed out of place for a saison.
S - A subltle lemon spice aroma with faint belgian esters.
T - A tart lemon pepper earthyness with a sharp hop presence.
M - Dry with aggressive carbonation.
D - Highly drinkable - not the best saison I have ever had, but very good. The inexpensive price (under $3 for a bomber) means I'll be coming back again for this one.
11-20-2009 14:40:57 | More by jlandis
3.75/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from the bomber into a snifter.
A- Pours a light golden color, TOO clear for a saison, with a big, fluffy, 2-finger white head. I don't know from a brewing standpoint if clarity is desirable in a saison, but I have sampled dozens and never seen one so clear, so it is slightly off-putting resulting in a lower score (strictly subjective, but I may be wrong from a technical standpoint.)
S- Banana-like ester scent. Smells yeasty. I get some lemon and spice in the nose as well.
T- The flavor is of a yeasty banana with a little bit of booze and spice on the tail end. The heat is a little surprising from a saison. I also get some bitter hops and a distinct earthiness in the finish. Slight rubbery or latex flavor in the aftertaste. I get a little bit of funkiness after this has warmed up for a long time, very, very slight.
M- Good amount of carbonation, a little thin in the finish.
D- Overall, it is very drinkable. Not the best saison I have had by any means, but nothing in it makes it hard to drink. I wish it had a little more funk. The flavors simply don't mesh that well and nothing really sets this one apart. Great value for your money ($5/bomber in center city Philadelphia, where single bottle prices are outrageous) so definitely one I would consider buying again, but not a stand-out saison.
11-18-2009 02:40:14 | More by mbudner
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 894 ratings.