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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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86
very good

887 Ratings
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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 32 | 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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a streaming bowel of golden sunshine much like the label entails with the Helios label, let's see how this compares to the ol' V Saison in the corked and caged format. Carbonation was more than effervescent, as I popped the cap this beer just about exploded. The first pour was soft yet formed a very large bubbly massive foam head. Bright white and textured rocky well above the rim of my tulip shaped chalice. Lacing seems to speckle nicely with chunky bits of lace but never leaves even bands to be adored at the end of your drinking session.

Aroma contains layers of spices with sharp alcoholic sweet malt layers and refreshing spicy noble hops in the finish. Tart citrus zest with funky phenolics are welcomed with each sniff, a definite barnyard farmhouse ale that we beergeeks know how to enjoy. An almost pillow like softness with chamomile marshmallow like layers with some coriander and clove attached to the party as well.

Flavor doesn't kill with sweetness more of lemon lime zest splice with spices added to roll you over. The yeast does it's share of work with the exotic spicy character and ferments a nice array of barnyard wild tones as well. Very complex well made American version of the style which can be hard to come by. There's a wide spectrum of Saison brewed in this country at one end lies Ommegang and the other is a toss up between Clipper City and Great Lakes I will let you judge the high and low ends of my example. Anyways this one knocks at the door of greatness and it is a welcome addition to the new family of 22 ounce bombers coming out of Downingtown these days, god knows they better keep the Prima ones a coming they're perfect sizes for that brew. The one feature that rubs me the wrong way is how the blending of the yeast used here and the spices added develop a strong sense of a floral perfume gag reflux in my mouth initially. It can be off putting but it rolls away after a few sips, and becomes much more tolerable after desensitizing the palate with a test drive.

Mouthfeel overall is spot on for the style pure effervescence brings out pillowy softness when the streaming layers of bubbles settle. Medium bodied farmhouse ale that is sure to impress the newbies in the beer scene. Again good call on the new bottles and name change, who's marketing these days for Bill and Ron?

Drinkability is great a beer you'll have no problems with, share with friends don't be stingy. In fact this style of beer when done right has potential to convert most friends especially women to the craft beer movement. I was at Victory's last tenth anniversary party and I hope I'm able to have a blast at the next one. Oh yeah, Victory is supposedly coming into West Virginia in the not so distant future.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 05:38:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, nearly pure white head. Goes down slowly leaves little lace. Straw color liquid; nearly clear.

Lots of golden malt aroma; slightly citrusy but not from the hop which is quite mild. Some spruce smell also.

If I were blindfolded, I would expect a darker looking beer. This looks like a macro (albeit with a huge head), but tastes like a over-hopped APA. Grapefruit and pine bitter flavors from the hop. Solid malt delivery. Long, tongue-cleansing aftertaste. Only the body comes across as typical to me.

I notice when I'm inspired to write a lot, it's always a good beer. This is better than most and may be my new favorite Saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2009 22:47:40 | More by smcolw
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Buebie

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well this is one deceptive brew. I bought it because I thought it was a summer pale ale, as the label says its an ale. There is no mention of saison on the bottle and I dont really care all that much for the saison style. But now that I look more closely, the large paragraph description on the back of the bottle states its a farmhouse ale. This could have maybe been put onto the front so we actually know what we are buying.

Anyhow, poured from a bomber into a pub glass. A big cola like white head foams up to 3+ inches of head. Quick to recede and leave a collar with no lace trails.
The color is a pisswater yellow, complelty transparent.
Aroma of lemon zest, cracked peppercorns, sunflowers, corriander, earthy hops and some gritty grain aroma.

The taste is well hidden with an overwhelming amount of carbonation bite. Mouthfeel is less then pleasant for me here. Its thin, stinging carbonation and lighter then air.
Taste after the swallow begins to pucker with bitter lemons, spicie hops and a purfume like alcahol solvent flavor.

Not digging this. Probably because I was hopeing it was a pale ale or somthing besides a saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2009 02:51:06 | More by Buebie
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears a hazy light gold with solid streams of carbonation rising to the top of the glass. A small white cap quickly fades into a gentle cap with solid bits of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of yeasty bread, orange peel, mild spice, and lemon.
Taste is of the aromas with a nice bit of orange juice, and eel coming through.
Mouthfeel is citrusy, medium bodied, with a tad bit of clean funk.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2009 22:25:29 | More by weeare138
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FrothyBeverage

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Very pleasant apperance, greaterbeing golden glowing color. Very frothy head, many many spirling bubbles to the top. I hope this beer makes me as happy as the sun on the label. Not a huge fan of the smell. Aromas of hops, pine, and alchol. The taste is complex and exquisite. Medley of flaovrs, grain, yeast, hops, spices, cinnamon, and a hoppy piney aftertaste. The mouthfeel is quite crisp and refreshing. The taste stays in your mouth until the next sip replenishes the flavor. I find this beer quite drinkable even with the high alchol content. Good price too, got a 1pint 6oz bottle for 4 bucks.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 03:41:08 | More by FrothyBeverage
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nanertak

Massachusetts

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

Poured 22oz to pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden, pale straw, perfectly clear. 2 fingers head, carbonation bubbles make it look ridiculously thirst quenching.

Nose: Lemon zest, belgian yeast. Very floral nose, hint of spice in the background. Little muted on the nose in my opinion, but great smell.

Taste: Honey-sweet with the Belgian yeast flavor at first, fading into a mild spice and zest that lingers, turning more peppery at the end. Mild, mild alcohol heat on the breath near the end, but considering the ABV it's well disguised. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little more round than I'd like, but not by much. Great job with the carbonation, makes it spritzy and refreshing.

Drinkability: Yes. Hand me these every day of the summer and we'll be friends. Very refreshing, very well balanced, well crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2009 19:46:50 | More by nanertak
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Helios pours a lighter shade of gold, much lighter than the picture above seems to show. Its much more saison-like in color with a nice bit o' foam on top.

The aroma is all those good farmhouse ale notes. Plenty of spiciness, a good amount of Belgian yeast smell and some sweetness along with some hay or grass. This is a touch earthy as well.

The flavor is a great combination of so many of those smells. Its got a nice spicy, tongue tingling thing going on, which may also be coming from the carbonation level. There is a lot of the familiar Belgian yeast flavors coming through and combining with the sweet malt and some lemony citrus notes. Very flavorful and a great job with the style, the new appearance makes it that much more enjoyable.

This is an undeniably thirst quenching beer, even at 7.5%. I really respect Victory for making this one more "approachable" to the masses. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 00:28:06 | More by indiapaleale
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mnj21655

Massachusetts

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

22 oz. bomber

Pours a clear pale orange with about two fingers of rocky white head. Aroma has lots of fruit, namely citrus but a good dose of apple and pear as well. There is also a nice yeatyness that lurks in the background. Taste is pretty good, complex. The beer is a bit sour and tart at first. This gives way to a yeasty and fruity complexity. Moderate hop bitterness gets lost with all of the more dominant fruity esters and spicy phenols. Mouthfeel is good with medium-light body and high carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. This isn't exactly like other saisons that I've tried but it is enjoyable nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:39:18 | More by mnj21655
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BeerSox

Virginia

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

22oz bottle into wine glass

A rusty orange hue which turns to goldenrod when held up to the light. A two finger white head slowly settles to a thin cap.

Lots of sweet fruit, like peach and apple, along with a sharp citrus scent. A little bit of a peppery spice is in the foreground.

Sweet fruit flavors are on top of a tart malty base. More spiciness is present, with a little bit of citrus just like the aroma. Full bodied with loads of carbonation.

A tart but very drinkable and refreshing Saison. Great for the ending days of summer. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2009 22:12:57 | More by BeerSox
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a golden pale yellow with a huge whipped egg white consisdency head.

Smells of spices and lemon zest.

Taste is spicey and super sweet. Coriander and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability is excellent. This one is so smooth and easy to drink. There's no way this is 7.5% abv. I could drink a lot of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 00:46:52 | More by BigMike
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unusual saison from the start. The beer is cloudy in the glass and a good deal more orange than any other I've tried. It was easy to generate a puffy head, and the aroma that wafted out was filled with fruit-- oranges, lemons, grapefruit, apples and loads of pears. Missing was the bready, yeasty smell of other saisons. I missed it, too. Marvelous taste, as the aroma predicted. Again, loads of fruit with a heavy tip towards pears and apples. Quite a hit of pepper and grapefruit from the hops, but not sour at all. In fact, it was refreshing on a humid summer night. My wife and I could easily have split another bomber.

Relative to Saison Dupont, Hennepin, etc., this doesn't really compare in the same style, I don't think. It's a bit too fruity for that. However, don't let that stop you from stashing a few away before Victory runs out for the season. A good value for the $$, too.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 12:35:40 | More by gfreed
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John_M

Oregon

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's last night for their Victory blow out.

The beer pours a striking gold color with OK head retention and lacing. Nothing special here, but the beer looks OK. On the nose I get some nice honey and cherry, with a bit of underlying clove. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, except there's some nice peppery, hoppy bitterness in the finish that I appreciate. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good.

Not blown away by this take by Victory on a saison, but it's not bad and I wouldn't mind having it again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2009 12:25:48 | More by John_M
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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.