Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 1,017
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 23
Gots: 76 | FT: 1
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Victory Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

Repackaging of V Saison
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Reviews: 433 | Hads: 1,017
Photo of nukem5
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks ago at a local bottle shop.{So Many Beers So Little Time}
A: Beautiful coloring orangy gold, nice 1/2" of foamy goodness on top, though it did not last long. Also at the last pouring nice yeasty flavor chunks.

S: Smell was of lemon / grapefruit nice floral scent.
T: Nice to the senses not to hoppy and light malty tastes.

M: Nice fullness not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Would def drink again, thinking of another bottle for summer after grass cutting,mmm. (496 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a a golden honey color, slightly hazy, with a smallish white head that settles into a ring. The aroma has some horse blanket aromas, as found in most saisons, followed by white wine, lemon and green apple. Some hay aromas as well. Good rustic aroma. The saison has an aggressive hop flavor which seems out of place for a saison. It kinds of gives the taste an asprin like characteristic. The rest of the flavors are spot on to the style. Nice horse blanket, hay, pepper, tart lemon and green apple. The feel is light and crisp, with fizzy carbonation, perhaps a touch overcarbonated. The finish isn't all that great with the asprin like bitterness. Overall, a decent saison. It has some nice flavors but the bitter asprin like characteristics kills this brew for me. Still good though just not great. (806 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle served in my ST tulip. Poured a translucent orange-gold with a three inch, fluffy bright white head. Copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a thin cap, leaving some residual strands of lacing as the brew recedes. Light nose - lemon zest, orange peel and belgian yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however, some tartness comes out towards the middle, a little bitterness follows (maybe lemon rind) and lingers between quaffs; belgian yeast evident in the nose is pretty much masked. Mouthfeel is light and lively with some astringency coming out towards the back. Fairly decent farmhouse; however, lots of acidity and tartness. Closer to a Belgian Strong Pale/Farmhouse hybrid in my opinion. Worth a try if you like cleaner examples of the style. (795 characters)

Photo of meatyard
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/26/2009:
Pours a highly carbonated, pale, golden yellow with a large, fluffy, white head that has good retention and leaves adequate lacing.
The smell is funky and yeasty at first with some lemon zest following.
The taste starts off with the barnyard funk that seems just right. After that what follows is a light lemon taste, some hop bitterness and some spiciness, especially of pepper.
Mouthfeel is medium, leaning towards thin but it feels like a bit too much carbonation. It ends, appropriately, fairly dry.
Drinkability is quite good. There is a lot to recommend (fruitiness, dryness, yeasty funk) and only a few distractions (too spicy & too much carbonation). I think I would prefer to try this on tap next time, given the opportunity. (757 characters)

Photo of Tiklmelmo
3.64/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle from Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting.

Bottled Dec 29, 2009. Drank 2/3/2010 in an english pint glass.

A - Crystal clear slightly golden yellow with a solid half inch of bone white rocky head. Not amazing head retention, but a pretty good looking beer.

S - Smells lovely. Slightly funky lemon zest with some black pepper and hints of flowers.

T - Crisp and refreshing. Lemons from the nose are there with a slight bitterness. Some slight barnyard funk to it, but without the tartness of brett. Something there that's giving it a little dissonance. Slightly disappointed after smelling it.

M - Very crisp and moderate to highly carbonated. About what I was expecting.

D - Good overall, but there's a little too much of a bitter aftertaste for me to down too many.

Above average, but not quite exceptional. Something just not quite coherent in the flavor profile that I can't put my finger on other than to say it leaves a slight bitter aftertaste that's only just off putting enough. (1,000 characters)

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.43/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A vibrant gold and big billowy head that leaves behind nice lacing. Some sediment floating around.

S: Citrus and sweetness, spicy too.

T: Similar to the nose, nice spicy citrus, coriander for sure. Nice and clean taste.

M: Kind of on the thin side, okay carbonation.

D: This is a solid brew under 8% ABV, easy to drink with a good taste. (344 characters)

Photo of Augustiner719
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel Tulip:

Appearance: Pale orange yellow color that is hazy with a huge 4 finger head that recedes slowly and creates nice lacing.

Smell: Smell is a bit muted. Slight lemon, corriander, and a touch of basil on the nose. Not huge but fresh smelling.

Taste: Tastes a little bitter, like lemon pith. Solid grassy flavors with a nice bitter hop bite.

Mouthfeel: Slightly overcarbonated for the style. Even so, its refreshing and light on the palate the way it should be.

Drinkability: Overall its a great session beer. The high abv limits it a bit, but is a great substitution for white wine and would go great with salads and fish. Hennipen is a bit better IMO but for the price ($3.50) you cant really beat it. (751 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of yeast, pepper, licorice, spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, bitter, with some pepper, licorice, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, not really liking this one, too hot, peppery, spicy. (412 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The initial pour yielded a pale orange coloring with a convincing amount of macro yeast floaties that lied suspended like plankton in a light haziness of obtrusion that danced happily in the vibrant macro bubbly nature of the carbonation. The head, a product of the wild Belgian yeast, sprang upwards upon the pour occupying a near majority of the glass, was paper white in color, and foamy in nature exhibiting a good time of retention while leaving small speckled remains for a lacing behind. The carbonation remained a powerful force through-out the entire serving of the drink.

S: The nose did not disappoint with a distinctive wild yeast quality of musky hay and barnyard scents of wet horse. Light to medium in strength I though I also picked up hints of pvc tubing as well. The beer closes out with a sour funk, though not overwhelming with a mixture of wet hay and animal feed (grains and pellets) funk.

T: Funky and musky barnyard flavors are abundant here giving you insight to the wild Belgian yeast. Once again damp animal feed of grains and pellets, wet hay, and wet barnyard animals stand out the most. There is earthy notes of moss, citric grains and cobwebs as well. The finish provides quite a bite with a bit of alcohol present and warm, sour lemon peels along with a black peppery flair. The funk I felt was just right, not to weak to undermine, nor not to strong to discourage.

M: The mouthful bursts with a carbonation assault turning to a thick foamy feel very quickly. The body was fairly light while the swallow finds a funky display of musky grains, hay and grass lining the tongue.

D: Drinkability was good, especially for style. Like mentioned earlier the funk balance was just right adding for optimal drinking experience per style. You will no doubt have to be a fan or respective of the style (which I certainly am). This will no doubt deliver an adventuress journey into the world of Belgian funk which was fairly well captured here by an American brewer. Novices may want to split a bottle at first until you gain a appreciation per style but overall for the fan this beer overall was a good experience coupled with a fairly good drinkability and enjoyability factor. (2,210 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a fluffy white cap. The bubbles were a bit fizzy, decent head retention, a little sticky. Lemony and floral aroma, a bit grassy and spicy, pear and grain. Nice flavour, fruity lemon and grass, light grain sweetness, light spice. It finished with lingering lemon and spice plus a bit of hop bitterness. Medium to light bodied with ample carbonation. Pretty tasty overall. (386 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a huge billowy chunky white head that looks to have some yeast floaties. I poured mine into a tulip that looks amazing. I haven't enjoyed the look of a beer this much in a while.

Aromas are cracker like malt, floral hops, yeasty funk resembling horse barn aromas, black pepper.

The flavor is plenty of malt sweetness followed herbal hop cleansing and a dry finish. The first sip was a rush from start to finish.

I am loving the mouthfeel on the first sip. Fluffy and soft, full and light all at the same time if that makes sense. It start out full, but doesn't leave a bunch of sticky malt on the tongue. Ample carbonation cleanses allowing for a wonderful finish that asks for another sip. (733 characters)

Photo of PSUDREW
2.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I can only hope I got a skunked bottle. This was...not impressive at best. Pours a nice light golden color, and has a vaguely plasticy smell. taste is vaugley matly, but rather astringent. Not hops, no farmhouse quality I had high hope, but this is...poor at best (263 characters)

Photo of fastsrt
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle to pint glass
A: cloudy looks like a belgian wit, good head looks good in the glass.
S: lemon, spice and something a bit sour.
T: lemon, other citrus qualities spicy, earthy.
M: great, would go well with many foods has the carbonation to cut through most foods as well as a snappy finish, a bit more than most saison's I have had. I find this style of beer to be one of my top table beers.
D: would buy if i was on the cheap, it is good, but dupont stills rules the style. but, is a good offering and would drink again. (536 characters)

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Bright burnished bronze head. Looks like a tripel. Head is half a finger of white fizz that dies quickly and does not lace. Nice carbonation, though, as a bubble line trailed upward throughout the tasting.

S--Bouncy apple notes, really juicy sweet and vinegar interplay here. The apple goes from sweet to tart to old cider quickly. That may be because of some must in the back end of the nose. But I didn't really catch much in the way of funk here. The yeast doesn't really sing like it should in this style.

M--Mouth exceeds the nose. Bright and rich at the same time, with a lasting juicy fruit sweetness in the middle that explains the smiling sunburst on the label. There's also considerably more funk in the taste for me--I'm picking up barnyard and wet hay. But the finish is a disaster--some sort of detergent flavor creeps in and lasts as an overlay to a more appropriate drying crispness. I don't get it, but it doesn't get away. Something powdery and ugly is going on here.

M--Mouthfeel's is exceptional: creamy and bubbly. Gives this thing a real champagne-like feel. Drinkability would be better is not for that finish.

Pretty versatile semi-dry saison, but that back end might be an acquired taste. A little like Ralphie in Christmas Story after he says what the fudge. (1,343 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A sweet, citrusy, hoppy, summery aroma.

T: Tasted of orange, hops, some malt and a little coriander. Somewhat more bitter than a normal Saison, but flavorful nonetheless.

M: Has a vibrant amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: While this beer is more suited for summer drinking, it's still very drinkable. (509 characters)

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.86/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. "Bottled on" date of Oct. 25 2009 is printed on the label.

Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a massive billowing head of white foam that rises eagerly and holds on to the walls of the glass with all its strength as it fades and settles to a thick pillow on the surface of the beer.

The nose displays a little horseblanket mustiness, along with an equal dosing of slightly-aged and herbaceous hop notes and just an underpinning of lemony citrus.

Body is light-to-medium with a high effervescence. The palate is quite dry and bitter, with just a bit of chalkiness underneath the hop-accented flavor, which contains mostly notes of grapefruit and citrus rind; a slight barnyard yeast nature is evident and well-placed, with just a hint of honey-sweet malt character to attempt to keep things in check. Finsihes with a dry, astringent bitterness that lingers. Just a hint of alcoholic warmth shows in the chest.

Overall quite drinkable, but after one glass the flavors begin to wreak havoc on the tastebuds. On my first sampling of this beer, my fiancee and I split the bomber; this time, drinking the entire bottle alone, it becomes a bit of a chore. Still, though, it is an excellent beer, and the clerk that sold me the bottle said that he much preferred the original V Saison -- I may have to try that one myself if I can snag a bottle. (1,392 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of citrus, plum and sweet malt, accentuated by the yeast.

Taste is crisp with citrus, plum and spice being the most noticeable. Just a tad bit funky but not by much.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus and spice. Alcohol finally starts to show but otherwise, very nice.

Certainly nice and drinkable. Not many domestic versions of the style can captivate but this holds up well. Worth a try. (500 characters)

Photo of r00tarded
4.18/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wicked confused.

I picked it up at Whole Foods upon seeing a Victory bomber for $2.99. Had no idea what it was nor what to expect. Decided to give it a try before looking up anything about the beer.

Opened it up, give it a sniff, gave it a swirl, and gave it a sip. Said to myself "huh, Victory made a really funky american West Coast IPA".

Poured perfectly clear, nice head on the first pour, minimal head on the second pour, and the smell (and taste) of citrus hops. Very chewable for such a light beer. Citrus isn't the only flavor profile, but definitely a dominant one. Biscuit lower notes. Nice even carbonation.

Not even close to what I was expecting from the time I bought it to the time I poured it, but a damn fine beer. Being that it's the middle of the winter and Saison's are beers I prefer to drink in the summer this might be one I have to seek out in a few months to balance out the kolsch, pils, etc. (922 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Pours a gorgeous bright, clear golden color, with a small head and good
retention, soapy foam spotting.

S – It has a nutty smell and a lemon-banana flavor, with a slight grassy hoppiness.

T – Tastes clean and bitter and distinctly like American and German beer and not like Belgian regardless of style. Like if a Bitburger and a Honker’s Ale had a baby, they would have this beer.

M – Clean and dry and champagne-esque in its mouthfeel.

D – It is cheap AND delicious. Obviously… (529 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$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... (577 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.66/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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. (511 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (428 characters)

Photo of Mavajo
4.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (673 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,255 characters)

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 433 ratings.