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Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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very good

878 Ratings
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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 31 | 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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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-22-2012 15:35:43 | More by DrunkinYogi
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champ103

Texas

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

On tap at Hay Merchant in Houston TX.

A: Pours a slightly hazy, mostly clear golden orange color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: Spicy, peppery, phenolic yeast. Funky, slightly tart fruits. Almost a Brett kind of fruitiness/funky. I really enjoy the nose.
T: Follows the nose with peppery spicy yeast. Slightly tart fruits. Belgian funkiness. Finishes very dry and puckering.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. A dry finish brings everything together. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

A very nice Saison. One that has a slight Brett character that is not overwhelming, but very enjoyable. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 00:16:41 | More by champ103
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flyingmick

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-17-2012 12:50:11 | More by flyingmick
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jeffjeff1

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up a while ago at Bevmo.

Appearance- yellow color, thick foamy head, leaves a nice lacing

Smell- citrus, spice, yeast

Taste- lemon zest, spice, very nice

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, smooth

Drinkability- very nice, better than I thought it would be

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:13:26 | More by jeffjeff1
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-15-2012 16:53:09 | More by atone315
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mrosenfeld32

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-14-2012 23:23:32 | More by mrosenfeld32
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

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

Poured into a snifter, this ale pours brilliantly clear straw color with a medium bright white head that quickly diminished. The aroma is moderately peppery, slightly spicy and citrusy, and some earthiness (almost cilantro-like). The flavor is rather peppery and spicy up front with a dry, wine-like finish with a medium-low hop bitterness. Simple, yet complex and interesting if that makes any sense. The carbonation is medium-high and body moderate. Overall a well made, tasty brew, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 01:16:55 | More by uwmgdman
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep yellow with a hint of amber and near perfect clarity. Poured with a big frosty white foam that slowly reduced to a wispy cap. Lemon and orange zest aromas, funky,earthy yeasty aroma with a hint of spice and hints of biscuity malt. Medium bodied with smooth but aggressive carbonation. Funky yeast flavor from the start with a hint of spice into the middle. Lemon and orange flavors from the middle transition to biscuit malt and once again the funky yeast at the end. Finshes with a lingering yeasty funt aftertaste. This is a fairly subdued saison, but very enjoyable and easy to drink. Personally I enjoy saisons, but find drinking several to be difficult. The funkiness tends to wear down my tastebuds. But the Yards saison was very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 00:37:07 | More by IronLover
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billab914

Virginia

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

22oz bottle poured into my Ithaca glass. Golden yellow in color with an active white head rising half an inch above the top of the beer. Pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma shows a moderate amount of earthy, slightly funky Brett to it. I was a little surprised as I had no idea there was Brett in this beer, but I'm quite happy at how well it works for it. Some bright lemon zest and pale malts are there as well, but the Brett is what keeps drawing my attention.

The taste shows a little more of a crisp, pale fruit component , but the zesty citrus rind still plays a pretty big role. The earthy, slightly funky Brett adds some great depth and complexity to it.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Overall I was really impressed with this beer and can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. The Brett was light and not dominating, but really made the beer for me with it's complex flavors. At $3.99 a bomber I thought this was a great value as well. One of the best light and easy drinking beers I've had all summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 23:19:20 | More by billab914
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JRod1969

New York

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-12-2012 17:16:56 | More by JRod1969
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ambruns1979

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-08-2012 07:47:35 | More by ambruns1979
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powpig2002

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-07-2012 22:41:43 | More by powpig2002
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larryi86

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Light fruits, pears, earthy spices, black pepper.

T- Follows the nose. Light fruits, pears, yeast, black pepper, earthy spices, nice light malt backbone, very bright flavors.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice and tasty Saison. Victroy makes a great Saison at a great price, definitely will be picking this up again. Very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 03:14:54 | More by larryi86
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-06-2012 18:00:03 | More by hockeyfighter19
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-03-2012 17:03:41 | More by bostonryan
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julian89

Georgia

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Translucent pale yellow with a decent sized white foam head and fair retention.

Smell: An earthy fruity saison. The herb smell is not a pronounced as in other saisons. The spice and citrus is just as strong though.

Taste: Flowery, citrusy, and bready. A typical saison, but fairly light considering the 7.5%.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty pleasant saison.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 15:19:40 | More by julian89
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Garlicjosh

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-01-2012 04:29:07 | More by Garlicjosh
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sbricker

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

06-28-2012 23:11:31 | More by sbricker
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FeDUBBELFIST

Pennsylvania

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

Served in a half liter weizen glass for $5.
Sampled 30APR12

[A] Arrives with a beautiful snow white head of 2 fingers. Great retention slowly fades to a foamy cap. After the initial rush of bubbles, the golden orange body becomes relatively clear. Pellet shot lace is deposited as the beer goes down and continues with proficiency throughout the glass.

[S & T] Very enticing aromas and flavors. I don't know exactly when Victory began using Brett in this beer, but I do know that the result is a significant improvement. The Brett strain seems to be of the fruitier/sweeter variety and works wonderfully to balance the citrusy notes of lemon and orange. There is an uncanny resemblance to Fruity Pebbles...so that is awesome. Light dust and a very faint must add a much needed earthiness to the overall flavor and aroma profiles.

[M] Medium body and medium-high carbonation. Upfront sweetness is almost balanced by the bitterness and long lasting dry finish.

[O] A higher degree of attenuation - or less residual sweetness - would have elevated Helios from VERY GOOD to EXCELLENT. Nonetheless, this is an upper echelon American-made saison.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2012 12:44:27 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
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jburke87

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-18-2012 19:08:10 | More by jburke87
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afksports

New York

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear straw, looks pasteurized from the bomber bottle. Decent head, but no lace. Smells of Belgian yeast, water, and a tinge of grassy hops. The malts really aren't that present, but they're almost like a pilsener. In saisons you really want the yeast and spice to carry the beer, but the yeast here is just weak, and the spices are boring.

Victory Helios would be a better drinking beer if it were lower alcohol, so you could ignore the taste. But at 7.5% you want something more than a little spritz of citrus, some water, and grassy hops with sugar-sweet orange that's not even balanced by an interesting set of spices. I can't even think to compare this to Fantome. They just aren't even in the same league.

That said, it does a decent enough job to pair with a spicy meal, and that's all I need it to. I'd give it average marks overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 00:52:51 | More by afksports
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Tpsauer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-15-2012 21:42:54 | More by Tpsauer
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Didn't this beer used to explode? Such a good price for a bomber so I am finally getting around to reviewing it.

A- Clear golden yellow body with a tall, creamy white head. Head retention is good. Nice loops of thick lace after each sip from a creamy ring.

S- Strong farmhouse yeast with a bit of a barnyard feel to it. Spicy, big black peppercorn, lemon zest, floral and straw notes.

T- Not quite as balanced or smooth as the nose. Lemon fruit and zest notes take over and the alcohol is definitely noticed. Black pepper, herbal, floral, coriander and general yeast spice takes a bit of a back seat.

MF- Silky and somewhat creamy light body with moderate-high cabronation slightly stinging the palate. Finishes a bit tart and bitter.

Not a bad saison, the nose was quite nice but the flavor loses a bit of balance.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 02:20:06 | More by cbutova
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milkbone_underwear

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-14-2012 01:19:01 | More by milkbone_underwear
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in pint glass at brewery

A - Bright golden with 2 finger bubbly white head with good retention and excellent lacing.

S - Lemon, wheat, tart funk, yeasty bread.

T - Follows nose, too much lemon and etoh, wish it was a bit funkier and sour.

M - Medium-light body, moderate-high carbonation, chewy.

O - I wish this Saison had a bit more going for it than just lemon character. Make it more potent! Make it sour!

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 21:00:42 | More by williamjbauer
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.