Helios (V Saison) - Victory Brewing Company

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Reviews: 433
Hads: 1,017
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 22
Gots: 75 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow honey color with a foamy, sticky white head on the surface. Aroma is filled with citrus, perfume-like flowers, yeast, barnyard funk, soft pale malt, and some black pepper when swirled. Dry floral flavor, yeastier than the smell, but with much less Brett. Peppery spice, clove, dried fruit, lemony citrus, wheat, and subtle malt. Dry, snappy medium body...very enjoyable and drinkable. An underappreciated, underrated bargain of a Saison from Victory. (470 characters)

Photo of alphagnome
4.16/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
Incredibly hazy body, tinted with a deep hay color. A considerable amount of carbonation can be seen. Topped by a very frothy, white head with fantastic retention and lacing. Very appealing to the eye.

Aroma:
Plenty of lemon zest and sourdough are detectable right away. Coriander, lavender, and ground pepper occasionally break through the appropriately funky aroma. Light herbal hop presence and a hint of ginger. I really like the fragrance of this ale, however, repetitive sniffing made me sneeze. A lot. Weird, right?

Taste:
Quite bitter for the style with plenty of grassy and citrus hops right up front. A surprising amount of spice. Pleasant lemon peel and a hint of pine. Not enough brett character, but it's good. Definitely gets better as it warms. Alcohol is undetectable.

Mouthfeel:
Smooth, medium-bodied brew. Plenty of bubbly. Semi-dry with a tart finish.

Overall:
This is a great example of one of my favorite styles, saison. Decent amount of sour and funk. Easy to drink - recommend serving at 40+ degrees as this truly gets better as it warms. (1,079 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color, bright white densely foamy head that leaves spotty lace behind. Aroma is a delightful surprise. Sweet, funky, mellow, lemon fruity, spicy, black and red pepper, clean soap, phenolic, yeasty. Unexpected brisk light citrus pine around the edges. Just right. Taste is juicy, yeasty, fruity, floral, with numerous other interesting qualities. Flavors are cherry, wood, yeast flavors of fruit, bubble gum, soap, even a touch licorice, and lemon. Also tart, and crisply dry through the finish. Very nice surprise. Victory always seems to know exactly what they're doing. (578 characters)

Photo of stercomm
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a nice tulip glass

A- Very hazy, straw - lemon color with a nice creamy white head, strong lacing that is layered around the glass.

S - Slight sourness, some lemon good background scent of hops, definite saison scent.

T - Nice and dry, very refreshing and crisp, get lemons, slight pucker factor good hops balance, very little sweetness which helps add to the quenching taste.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little bit of mouth coating.

O - I like this, great price to quality ratio. As stated very refreshing. Is a nicely balanced saison brew. (585 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a vaguely hazy straw color with a soft inch of creamy beige head and some flecks of sediment. Passable retention; sparse, stringy lacing.

S:
Smells saisony but with a subtle but strong herbal hoppiness and a little bretty sourness. Yeast, lemon rind, hay, and grass.

T:
Very dry with a rich, strong hop presence that was totally unexpected on my part. Dominant hops, dominant yeasty esters, white pepper.

M:
Dry and flat with prickly bubbles and a light-medium body. A lingering warm hop finish tops it off, but does not get in the way, so to speak.

O:
Not terrible, but definitely not my cup of tea.
This is a fairly well-executed saison in some senses, however I had a hard time getting past its in-your-facedness as I usually perceive saisons to be a soft and floral beer.
This one is certainly not bad looking, although a big fat airy head would not be unappreciated. The aromas are saison-esque as well, but are the first thing that is hoppy in the whole experience. The taste is what really lost it for me as you will find (or at least I did) something that is at once oppressively yeasty and oppressively hoppy. It isn't terrible by any stretch and, indeed, I started to like it more as I drank but it is not what I expect from a saison and so I was taken aback a little. Additionally the flavor is strong enough to almost make me cringe at times. Overall not bad, but not my favorite.
Probably won't have again; maybe worth trying if you are into American-styled Belgians. (1,494 characters)

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

A: rich golden-colored ale, clear and bold; lacy head a few fingers tall: brilliant white foam; sparse lace and motes linger behind

S: floral fields and milled grains; citric orchard, flower, and fruit; hints of yeastiness

T: crisp and bright lemon impressions up front; slows down and you can appreciate the tart yeast and its floral and fruity accents; pepper spice and citrus fruit pith punctuate an underlying subtle funk, courtesy of the brettanomyces

M: brisk, crisp and fresh; on warming shows more body; tart-bitter battle on slightly drying finish

O: saison well-done; not as dry as some but full of citrus character and bright tartness; subtlety with the brett was apparent; solid pale malt base. Authentic-feeling take on a classic Belgian style, nice balance between a rustic and polished overall character. (831 characters)

Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy golden. Thick white head of dense foamy bubbles. Left sticky lace left clinging to my tulip glass.

Smells flowery, rose like. Followed by bready yeast, and funky horse blanket. Some granny smith apple on the back end.

Taste is heavy on the tart apple. Doughy yeasts. Spicy clove notes. Sharp hop twang, with a lemon rind like finish. Alcohol is detectable.

Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

This is my first time having it since the re-branding from V-Saison. Overall a very nice example of the style. (527 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes after enjoying on 11/23/13. Consumed out of a 22 oz brown bottle, but I regrettably did not mark down the dating that was etched onto the bottle. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a dull golden orange with a murky quality to it from the sediment haze that flows into the glass as I pour. Where the light refracts, there is a small spot of lighter orange/peach color. Atop the body sits a pillowy two-finger head the color of parchment paper white. The head sticks around for quite awhile, leaving ample lacing on the sides of the glass and a solid remainder of mottled foam along the top of the liquid.

Smell - There is nothing on the bottle about Brettanomyces, but the aroma clearly reveals that wonderful little yeast hiding within. In addition to the pungent funkiness from the Brett, there are fainter hints of lemon zest and musty barnyard hay, but the Brett is working hard to make the aroma rather one note. The good news is that I love Brett, so I'm not at all put out by the rather shallow aroma.

Taste - Some fruity phenols and faint booze/esters now make an appearance to play along with the distinctive funky yeast. I also get a little spiciness, like white pepper along with perhaps some other more generic spice notes like clove. I also get some faint breadiness, like sourdough providing a nice base for the more floral and fruity characteristics. Like the aroma, the taste is a little bit one note, but there is a bit more complexity than in the smell.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy and lucious, medium-bodied beverage, with an ample amount of carbonation. On the high side of moderate.

Overall, a tasty little Brett saison, but there are others that I would likely pick up first, and that fact is only exacerbated by the fact that Victory is not easy to procure in my neck of the woods. Still a solid offering and if it was local and easy to get, I could see this being a good beer to grab regularly to get that Brett fix when some of my favorites (which are usually seasonal, limited release or out of my distro area) aren't available. (2,119 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice fluffy head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The beer itself is a clear and filtered gold.

The beer's aroma has has a strong earthy hop smell with light notes of lemon peel and citrus. The yeast adds a little mustiness and is certainly present as well as slightly balancing the hops with its fruity esters but does not come all the way through until it warms up. Additionally, the smell has a slight tinge of alcohol but not by much.

The taste is slightly different from the smell. The yeast's fruity notes are stronger in the taste than in the smell and the alcohol is a bit stronger as well. The taste is very hop heavy and unbalanced. While some of the earthiness and musk are still there, the hops and citrus/lemon peel taste dominate the taste buds.

The beer is medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation in the beer certainly has bite but is a little less than what some would call crisp. The beer is smooth as it goes down but that is expected given the carbonation.

Overall, a decent saison but not one of the best. Personally, I think it's worth getting this beer at least once. (1,185 characters)

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/26/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big perfumy lemon peel, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, black pepper, clove, floral, grass, herbal, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon peel, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, clove, black pepper, herbal, grass, floral, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, light fruits, wheat, pepper, clove, grass, herbal, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering. (1,334 characters)

Photo of LI_PO12
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint

Appearance light gold, slight haze, white head

Aroma farmhouse funk, some fruity esters apple and pear, slight lemony citrus, hay, a bit too much alcohol poking through but ok.

Flavor again a bit too boozy, but nice funky yeast, citrus, some fruitiness, pear, all good elements for a saison present but they muddle together too much

Mouthfeel medium higher side of carbonation,

Overall for 4.50 a bomber this is great. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but imagine its not fresh, still tasty and drinkable. Probably a good saison for those new to the style. (582 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head.

S-Yeast, lemon, spice, grass and citrus.

T-Balance is off. Starts with citrus and lemon notes then ends with an odd assortment of clove, grass and bubble gum.

M-Light, nice carbonation but not that crisp.

O-The balance is off, the bubblegum flavor throws stuff off. Expected better from Victory. (340 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy, apricot color. Voluminous white head looks like meringue. Good retention but little lacing.
Smell is malt, banana, clove, a nice mustiness, yeast, grass, straw and pear(?). Great balance, great complexity.
Taste is less malt, oyster crackers, dirt, that same mustiness, some indeterminate spices (pepper & sage, I think), a hint of hops. Very nice indeed. Great balance.
Drying finish lead by a warming middle. Medium plus body to start ends somewhat lighter.
I bought this beer 10 months ago and was concerned it might be at the end of its best days. I don't think that was an accurate thought. Good stuff. (632 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large Turbinator with a vigorous head from bomber.

A: Nice golden saison, slight haze. thin soapy disk with soapy lacing.

S: a little milk funk, some lively yeast, peppery smell. Bread, grassy, muted citrus.

T: Clove, pepper, lightly spoiled milk, barnyard hay, must/dust. Is this Bretted, seems so.

M: smooth, a little thin, nice moderate carbonation. slightly sour finish. slightly dry.

O: For a $4 bomber this is really nice saison. This is definitely one that you might try introducing to a new saison beer drinker. (538 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
3.47/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a bit of haze. Big white head.

Smells citrusy. Lemon and orange up front.

Tastes- Mainly citrusy. Lemon and orange. A little but of spice but less than most saisons I have had.

Mouthfeel-Crisp and carbonated.

Overall- A very nice beer. I like a little more balance between spice and citrus in saisons whereas this beer seems pretty tilted towards the citrus but still a pretty enjoyable beer and at a great price. (438 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kevin for sharing.

Slow gusher. Pour is very pale orange with some dusty sediment floating about. White head shrinks to a full cap, good retention and some lace.

Scent has a nice mix of fruits, yeast and farm.

Taste is better, nice plethora of fruits (grapefruit, citrus, lemon lime), light brett+farm, hop bitterness, bread, spice/pepper, earthiness. Slight medicinal qualities but otherwise quite good.

Mouthfeel is very light and spritzy with lots of foamy carbonation. Some alcohol warmth, a bit of a sipper.

The flavor is a bit sharp/medicinal for my tastes but a good complex flavor, great price as well. (626 characters)

Photo of Mycryan
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy pale golden yellow, head that fizzles down and retains in a ring on the inside of the glass

S: Saison style, floral aroma, lots of citrus, lemon, orange, coriander, yeast

M+B: Feels great on the palate, carbonated well... good balance but still drinkable

You can taste the 7.5% in this Saison summer style ale... lingering alcohol finish, but quite not as noticeable upfront with the other omplex bright flavors present (431 characters)

Photo of OwsleyStanley
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Color of urine after you sweated a lot, but didn't rehydrate. Beetlejuice-sized head which dissipates quickly.

S: Fothergila, lilac and liquified aspirin

T: Deliciously lemony with a solid pepper note. Finishes dry.

M: The relatively low carbonation makes it soft, but not so much as to make it boring.

O: If it's summer, this is in my refrigerator. At 40$/case this is a great summer beer which stands up nicely to most dinner fare. (440 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden color with 3 fingers worth of yellowish tan head. The cap displays solid retention but as it fades it leaves stringy patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is zesty like lemon/lime with traces of earth and yeasty spice like clove. There is a slight touch of pepper and grass also present before a hint of straw-like grain.

The flavor has hints of lemony zest that builds a layer of brightness to the brew. Some yeasty spice adds clove and pepper to the mix. The grain is caught between biscuit, wheat, straw and dusty cobweb which indicates the first traces of brett.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. For 7.5% it has a mild hint of alcohol but is otherwise hidden quite well. Very nice drinkability and complexity for a saison. At 3-4 bucks a bomber, you just cant beat this. If you havent already had this, what the hell are you waiting for? (945 characters)

Photo of DirtyBirdSpecial
3.66/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber poured into a tulip. shared with a friend

A: Nice, slightly hazy, golden yellow sunshine. Small head, quickly vanishing.

S: Floral and tart, zesty lemon peel and belgian funk.

T: Lemons, pepper, sour and dry on the back end.

M: Medium body, soft on the palette.

O: Lets be honest, this is no award winning Saison and Victory
knows that... but at $3.50 a bomber, suck me sideways, of course
i'll buy this again. Very decent, very drinkable. (451 characters)

Photo of sommersb
3.3/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 06-24-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Tulip
Purchased: Single from The Bottle Shop, Franklin

Beer is cloudy and golden colored, with a big off-white head. Head retention is good and lacing is impressive.

Aromas have spicy Belgian yeast notes, as well as citrus fruit, namely lemons.

The taste is quite dry, with fruity flavors that remind me of grapes and a white wine. Unfortunately there's also an unpleasant vegetable taste and some astringency.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation levels. Finishes dry with more spices and also the off vegetable taste noted earlier.

This beer intrigued me because it came in at a super low price for a bomber, but unfortunately did not deliver in the taste. Something about it did not set well with my palate and I can't recommend it. (850 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Enjoy By FEB 14 2014.

A- Pours a clean light golden color with a full inch of white head that retains a bit before soon popping away to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a bubbly sheet of surface foam. Sudsy, semi-resilient lacing streaks down the glass.

S- Slightly funky aroma with some wild yeast detected but it's mainly just lemony and soapy.

T- Light flavor that's somewhat tangy with just the tiniest amount of funk. Though there's not much to go off of, I must say the 7.5% ABV is hardly noticeable. There's a mild bitterness but still doesn't do much to invigorate the drink as a whole.

M- Dry yet semi-spritzy and a bit tart with medium carbonation and a light body.

O- When I first had this, years ago, I straight up did not like it. And, now that my nose and palate are both more accustomed to saisons...it's still not amazing but I appreciate the nuances and drinkability. The more things change, the more they stay the same...kind of. (1,021 characters)

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass.

Pours brilliant gold, yellow bottom, orange top, white foam cap. Sunny. Malty nose, very modest. Yeasty taste, some funkiness. Pushy bitter that hangs around. Lemon peel. Very rindy. Lots going on in here. Beautiful looking with a very good taste. (296 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

for the price to abv and taste ratio, this beer cannot be beat. its an odd beer, a filtered saison, pouring pale straw in color with golden tones and a massive white head, fluffy, and rising well above the rim of the glass. the nose is surprisingly funky, especially after tasting their very lackluster swing saison. this one has som nice lemony tartness to it, mouthwatering. the flavor is very light, very summer. grassy notes, fresh, and way more farmy than I gave it initial credit for. some pepper in the yeast too, although also light. the grain bill is respectably simple, and the finish on this is nice and dry. one would never know its alcoholic strength either. but why 7.5% I wonder? it seems like itd make a great session summer beer at 5%, but with the alcohol amped up as high as it is, I cant quite figure out this beers true identity. clean finish and lighter body because its been filtered clear. carbonation could be a little stronger, but I have very little to complain about here, this is a lovely beer from victory, and full redemption for that sub par summer session saison they did this year. under 5 bucks a bomber is a steal for a beer this good. (1,171 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is perhaps creamier than I'm used to in the style; nonetheless it's a beautiful three finger white shade. It retains fairly well and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S: Once the brew opens up after sitting for a spell, notes of coriander, black pepper, and fresh cut grass appear across a neutral malt canvas. Subtly funky, as well. Really pleasant and well executed, but fairly standard for the style.

T: Spice esters (such as coriander, black pepper, and pine) are the first thing I note on the palate, before the aforementioned subtle funk builds on the midtaste. Mild yet defined malt sweetness, lemon notes, and touches of hop earthiness finish this one off. The spiced qualities return on the aftertaste. I like the depth this provides in general; I wasn't sure what to think of the flavor profile initially, but it really grows on me after a while.

M: I find little to complain about the general feel; it's appropriately crisp and light, drying on the finish. It really comes across as being 'refreshing', too, without coming off overly carbonated.

O: This is the Hop Stoopid of saisons - why do I say that? Because it's a high-quality, no frills interpretation of the style fantastically priced by bomber standards. That, and Victory could really stand to put this in 6 packs. Still a really good saison regardless. (1,403 characters)

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