Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 22
Gots: 70 | 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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

Repackaging of V Saison
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Ratings: 1,013 | Reviews: 434
Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, golden body with a tall, white head.

S- Smell of German malts is really evident with notes of lemon and a clean hop aroma.

T- Malty upfront but not overly sweet or bready; it really lightens up with the addition of some lemon and a bit of pepper. The yeast lend a nice mineraly quality as well.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- One of the lighter saisons in terms of flavor; I steamed some mussels in this and had a glass to go with them, and it was awesome, but I'd easily drink this on it's own as well.

Photo of Tballz420
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gotta let the giant white fluffy head settle down a bit. Maybe a bit too aggressive on the pour. Somewhat hazy straw gold colored body. Lace sticks all over. Sweet malt nose decked out with lemon and spice. Light malts backed by lemon, spicy alcohol, pepper, touch of barn yard. Almost want to call the mouth "harsh," very active on the tongue. Pretty complex brew.

Photo of jpmclaug
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip

A - Hazy orange yellow with a huge white head. I'm not sure if I didn't let this one cool down enough after picking it up at the store today or what but the head is out of control.

S - Funky smell. I pick up the lemon orange scent. Reminded me a lot of some of the sour beers I've had.

T - Hints of lemons and oranges with some Belgian yeast flavor. This is the first time I've had the style so it is kind of hard to pick out the individual flavors. Pretty tasty and refreshing however.

M - Well carbonated with a light to medium body

D - I would pick this up again at this price point. This is a refreshing beer and has plenty of flavor. This is my first Saison and I will definitely seek out this style in the future.

Photo of beer2day
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faintly hazy golden orange with a surprisingly sturdy light cream head. Excellent retention and nice lacing.

Nose brings to mind more of a Belgian pale than a farmhouse. Strong malt presence with lemongrass. Weak banana bread and a little nutty texture sneaking in. Fairly complex.

Not as sour as I expected, but sour is definitely one of the main characteristics. Slight hop burn in the end. Creamy and fizzy at the same time. Decently spicy, too, with corriander and lemon peel.

Pretty nice drinker for a farmhouse style.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P- Al's of Hampden

A- golden yellow color with a 3 finger head. Frothy and carbonated. Nice splotch lacing on the glass.

S- citrus,lemongrass, clove and banana.

T- a unique lemon.orange type of carbonated taste. Very bubbly, almost like champagne.

M- bubbly and a bit tart. Coats the inside of the mouth easily.

D- the carbonation in the beer hinders this from being a beer you can drink in 20 minutes. Overall not bad but different.

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

22oz bottle poured into a chalice

beer pours a clear straw colour with huge fluffy white head

aroma is pleasant - ginger, cloves, citrus, lemon, grapefruit

taste - this is good, somewhat similar to the nose, a little spicy upfront, ginger, cloves, belgian yeast, some funk

mouthfeel - this is farily light and refreshing, low to medium carbonation, goes down fairly easy

Drinkability - I could definetly polish off this bottle, for the ABV, extremely drinkable

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased for $3.99 at Hoosick Beverages in Troy, NY. Poured cold into a chilled pint glass.

Bright lemon yellow brew with rigorous carbonation clinging to the glass. Billowy eggshell head flares up and then settles readily to just a few wisps. Nose is moderately thick with light malts, lemon, some light caramel, candy sugar. Taste is green apple, spruce, lemon peel, cinnamon. A good well-rounded hoppy bite, but not a hop bomb. Just enough malt background to support the hoppy flavors and provide mouthfeel but not enough to play a huge part in the flavor. Almost like a blend of IPA and blonde. Good with pizza after a hard day in the garden.

Photo of Sam21
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into tulip. "Bottled December 10th 2010."

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange with yellow around the edges. Lively white head that leaves some lacing. Very lively carbonation. Alive and inviting.

Smell - Clove, yeast, lemon peel, and some banana sweetness.

Taste - Lemon peel, some very slight banana sweetness, and a spicy black pepper finish. Mellow funky character and some earthiness. Good balance between malt and hops.

Mouthfeel - Light/medium bodied with lots of filling carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability - Very refreshing saison. Great balance, although nothing that makes me say, "wow!" Overall, a great American saison at a great price.

Photo of philbe311
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One fingers worth of fizzy white head quickly fades leaving only a thing veil of lacing and a small ring of bubble around the edge of the snifter... A 100% translucent... A golden honey color with a slight glow... A medium amount of quick paced carbonation rises sporadically throughout...

S - A whimsical mix of candied sugars and Belgian yeast... Just a slight bit of funk... Hints of orange zest and fresh cut grass...

T - A surprising bit of funk emerges on the palette... It's mixed with lemon, a dry earthiness, and some perfume... A touch of pepper on the finish... I was close to rounding up to a "4" in this department, but couldn't quite get there...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of fizzy carbonation... Starts slightly lush and quickly turns and finishes dry...

D - In the overall world of Saisons, this is offering from Victory is middle of the pack at best (which isn't necessarily a bad thing)... However, it is an absolute steal at $2.99 a bomber... Balance out those first two facts and this one is highly drinkable... Worth a try for Saison lovers and a must for those in search of a craft beer bargain...

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

A very well carbonated orange color with a rocky white head.

Aroma is of lemons, spices and yeast

Taste is very yeasty, balancing out with a peppery spice, malts, lemon zest. Very good combination of flavor profiles here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the carbonation lends to a crisp finish. Drinkability is on the higher side. Finished the huge bottle with little trouble. I don't know if I could have another (its quite a lot). But I still recommend it.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a pale, crisp, clear golden yellow color, lively carbonation, with one finger creamy white head.

S - Mainly lemons, apples, pears, and floral hops with a light bisquit-like malt character and a little pepper.

T - Taste mimics what the nose indicates. Lemons, pepper, apples, pears, light bisquity malt, has a little bit of sourness going on, and finishes a little dry. Is very crisp and refreshing and one I haven't tried from Victory which is terrible considering they're within an hour from where I live.

M - Crisp, dry, a little bit sour, and the hop bitterness lingers but not very long. Medium body.

D - Outstanding.

This is one of those best kept secrets. I can't think of a better beer for a really hot day because it satisfies the hop-heads, is crisp, clean, has the right amount of ABV, great taste - where have I been? I'll definitely be keeping a case or two on hand this summer. Awesome summer brew. Rock-n-Roll air fist pump to Victory on this one.

This is an outstanding beer. It's not one I would have considered before and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try.

Photo of PSUBeerman
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber, goblet glass

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color. Head is all white and fizzy. Lots of carbonation visible.

Earthy aroma. Belgian aromas come to mind. Some citrus zest in the background. Could not pick up much along the way of hops.

Interesting flavor. As the label indicates, a biting peppery taste stands out. Bitterness of lemon zest. Again, the Belgian style comes to mind. Aside from the peppery flavor, nothing hit me as too powerful. Some hops tasted, possibly noble hops.

Lots of carbonation. Bright and clean with a fizzy feel. Refreshing and zesty.

Photo of horshack7
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured into a Tulip is a golden colored with a hazy twinge. Crowned on top is a two fingered frothy head that retains very well.

Aroma: Alcohol,grassy a little bit of apricot. Phenols a floral hopiness. Dried fruits apple skin with a mild note of clove.

Taste: The hops show up front and center with a little bit of phenolic acidity as well as alcohol notes. A little bit of sourness, grass and big floral hops. The mouthfeel is nicely crisp.

Notes: This quite a brew from Victory I am glad I picked this one up. Cheers.

Photo of nelnutter
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz. bottle into SA pint glass.

A: Pours a straw/orange color with a bit of haze and a super agressive, quickly growing head of white foam. Leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

S: Mostly lemon zest, some cider, and farmhouse funk with some earthy hops.

T: Sour lemon and peppery spice are most noticeable, with a nice maltiness. Earthy hops are much more noticeable in the taste at the end than the smell. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp.

D: I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Reminded me a lot of a Belgian Pale Ale, and I almost want to call it a "poor man's Orval" and I mean that in a very nice way...for $4 a bomber, and for how good it is, it's tough to beat.

Photo of sk8man121
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Moinette chalice.

A: Gusher!!! I had this bottle sitting stationary on the counter for 10 minutes before opening and i still ended up with a lap-full of foam. I suspected wild yeasts and sure enough. Pours a very hazy apricot with a large, creamy head that quickly dies down to leave no lacing on the glass.

S: Very refreshing, with orange and sharp citrus at the forefront, followed by light hops. There is an undercurrent of funk here, but not enough to be considered "pronounced."

T: Funk (brett?) steps right up and sours the back of the tongue. Very "bright" at first and quite sour, although not necessarily in a way I would consider pleasant. Really not much contrasting flavor to battle the yeast. Aftertaste leaves a lot to be desired.

M: Strong initial carbonation gives way to a surprisingly sticky brew that coats the tongue and top of the mouth. Not thick, but certainly not thin either.

D: I love sour beers; Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash and Cantillon all make some of the boldest and most unique ales in the world, many of which rely on wild yeasts for their eccentric flavor profiles. What those beers have that this one lacks is balance, as there just isn't enough going on here to justify the sour character.

While this is far from a bad brew (and at $3.49/22 oz, not a bad bargain), there are other widely-distributed farmhouse ales that are more worthy of your time & money.

Photo of bum732
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
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
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.83/5  rDev +26.1%
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
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.