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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 931
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 drcarver
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

drcarver, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

LordAdmNelson, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jlindros, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

OldSchoolGamer, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Bighuge, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

morimech, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kendo, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of jantonius
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

jantonius, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of josefnewsong
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

josefnewsong, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Zaccone
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Zaccone, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of jlandis
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

jlandis, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of mbudner
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mbudner, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed in August, lost in the purge...

Pours a Slightly hazy and bubbly golden straw color. Ample head, decent reterntion & lacing. Smell is of yeast, straw, grains, grass. Mild funkyness. Taste follows the main components of scent, earthy yeasts, straw, grain and grass with a nice faint funk and peppery taste and background fruityness (apple, pear). On the lighter end of medum bodied, full fizzy carbonation. Good tasting saison with well hidden ABVs, only issue is some over carbonation.

rfgetz, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Massive foamy white head over top of a relatively clear (slight haze) golden body, with strong carbonation flowing up thru the middle. Hint of lacing.

Fresh, citrusy (lemon zest) aroma at first. As it warmed, some lightly funky yeast and candied sugar joined the party. Tame overall.

Flavor was much more robust. Bitter, floral quality dominated, with some of the aforementioned lemon zest in the back.

Mouthfeel sticks the landing with a pretty darn dry finish. Lingering bitterness on the tongue.

Drinkability is good, but not great. I'd prefer a little more richness and complexity, but overall I would recommend this - would make a great Spring/Summer Saison.

BeerImmediately, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Fat Heads in North Olmsted. The beer is bright yellow and hazy with an enormous poof, easily 4+ fingers of foam that needed time to dissipate so the pour could be completed. The range of aromas you find in saisons makes it difficult to rate to style, so I'll rate to my own tastes. Some lemongrass, floral hops (not citrus, more herbal), a little estery fruit in the background. The taste is a little sweet upfront, no real funk which is a shame, a little peppery aftertaste. Delicious despite my wishes for some brett flavors, medium body and refreshing character. A more than decent stab at the style, equal to most of Victory's endeavors.

TurdFurgison, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of taigor
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap into 14oz glass.

A - Golden color with huge white head. Bartender had to fill up 2 glasses and then combine them into one to get rid of abundance of head. No lacing.

S - Wheat, grass and something tart, possibly strawberries.

T - Tart fruits with aftertaste of grass.

M - Light body with a lot of carbonation.

D - Ok but not great. There is something funky with this beer so one glass is more than enough to enjoy it.

taigor, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with an off-white head that falls to a lasting cover.

The smell is spicy - lemon/pepper with bready and grainy notes.

The taste follows in the spiciness - lemon/ pepper with an underlying grassiness. A touch of honey sweetness in the middle. Banana-ish fruitiness as it progresses. Maltiness balanced by spiciness, leading to a refreshingly dry finish.

It is medium-bodied and effervescent. Creamy.

Easy-to-drink. A nice refreshing spiciness lingers. Alcohol is very well-covered. Could be a bit funkier. But, overall, a well-done interpretation of the style!

jwc215, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of argock
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber, half poured into a tall no-name clear tulip and half poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.95.

A: Sunny yellow with huge foamy 2-3 finger nearly white head with decent retention and several blobs of lace. Numerous particles of yeast circulate despite a careful pour.

S: Herbal hops and lemongrass are the most prominent aromas with accents of sweet malt, musty leather, tart apple, and perfumey floral esters.

T: This beer is complex on the palate and varies from sip to sip with lemony and grassy hops coupling with sweet pale malts and a light funk to produce a pleasantly tart brew. Pepper is nice integrated in the finish to add to the crispness. The alcohol makes an appearance in the finish as well with a bit of additional phenol.

M: Very easy to drink and would probably be great on a hot day. Sturdy malt backing gives a nice medium body with coating quality that plays off the dryness well. Carbonation is appropriately active which adds further to the crispness.

D: A great value with the usual Victory quality malting and hopping to finish a tart, dry, and enjoyable saison.

argock, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into oversized wine glasses. Beautiful white fizzy head. Golden yellow color. Plenty of carbonation. Great looking presentation. Smell was very ripe and tangy. Taste reminded me very much of a lambic beer. Light and tart on the tip of the tongue. Big dose of Brett fills the mouth. Hoppy and peppery taste. Excellent. Gets even better as it warms up. Not as easy to drink as other saisons due to its high ABV and its Belgian wild ale-like tartness, but I loved it regardless. I have no idea why this is under $4 a bomber. Extremely under priced for a well built beer.

morebeergood, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Victory Helios (formally known as V Saison) pours golden and nice white cloudy head in a pint glass or tulip glass. Helios is something of Saison switch-hitter. At first sip is has mellow malt qualities, but toggles to a carbonated, green apple, yeasty, and subtly spicy finish. I love saisons and this stands out, specifically because it is saison Victory style.

WCBCFrank, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of HugoGrim
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a chalice.

Marvelous looking beer. Substantial foamy head tops a hazy gold body. Beautiful lace clings to the inside of the glass.

Loads of spice in the nose. Black pepper, some citrus, and hops.

Flavors are tart and spicy. Some citrus, black pepper, sharp hops. Also sour fruits mixed with a touch of something like clove.

HugoGrim, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory- Helios V Saison

A- Light orange golden yellow with a small filmy head. No lacing.
S- Slight touch of funky wet hay/ straw, cornhusk, and sour fruits.
T- Sour/ tart orange, green apple, cherry, and grape. Sweet corn husk, wheat, hay, straw, bitter lemon and grapefruit.
M- Light sourness with chewy thick malt. Light touch of buttery malt and a light sour funky fruity finish.

Overall- Light sourness with a good malt presence.

NJpadreFan, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of donniecuffs
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy golden-tangerine with a finger of white head that laced fairly well. The smell was a bouquet of lemon, apple, yeast, malt, grass, clove, and other spices that I couldn't place. The taste confirmed all of the above, with the fruits upfront, dissolving to grass and spices, and then finishing with malt and spice. Very nice balance. The mouthfeel had subtle carbonation, and a nice light body, which made it decently sessionable.

donniecuffs, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was clear and golden,but cloudier on the second pour. The tall white head left multiple strings of lace down the glass.

Smell was fruity and a little funky. Dirt floor cellar. A tiny, tiny whiff of cat piss. Wet concrete, overall very interesting.

Taste was tart and drying. White pepper. Sweet lemons. Better than average!

Mouthfeel was prickly carbonation and medium to light in body. A very solid and tasty saison.

Cresant, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of ToddT
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale yellow topped with an enormous off white head. The head is fluffy, falls quickly to almost nothing, and leaves no lace on the glass.

S- Slightly funky sour sweet aroma of the Belgian yeast. Mild notes of apple, pear, lemon and pepper peak out from behind the funk as well.

T- The taste follows the aroma except that the funk is forward and aggressive. Sour notes of green apple and lemon at the finish which is crisp but with a lingering note of the sour funk.

M- Light in body and decent carbonation. A little fizzy in the mouth.

D- The 7.5% ABV is well hidden in this one. Be sure you are a fan of funk before you take on this one.

For fans of the style it's a nice solid beer. If you have always wondered what a good farmhouse tastes like give it a try and if you don't like it, take comfort in the fact that this one didn't kill your wallet.

ToddT, Oct 12, 2009
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 931 ratings.