Helios (V Saison)
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #733
Ranked #19,363
3.83 | pDev: 12.01%
Oct 15, 2021
Feb 06, 2009
Very Good
Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)
Notes: Repackaging of V Saison
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3.74 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 15, 2021
3.53 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jul 04, 2021
4.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 02, 2020
3.98 by emerge077 from Illinois on May 30, 2019
3.85 by Corburk from Pennsylvania on Mar 10, 2019
3.94 by Thomas_Wikman from Texas on Apr 24, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

Straw to light golden in color almost see through with a nice white head that dissipates in a few minutes. Strong Belgian yeast Brett scent with some grassy hops on top. Citrus and pepper flavors with some sweetness and a slightly sour edge. Zippy snappy carbonation on point with a lighter feel. Some slight alcohol heat on the finish. This is better than I thought it was going to be. Try it !

Oct 22, 2017
3.52 by ElPatito from Colorado on Oct 12, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by BeerAndGasMasks from Virginia

From the tall bottle, it pours aslightly hazy lighter amber with a nice head, soon reducing to a thin layer. There is some malt in the nose. The flavor is malty and peppery. Yum!

Aug 26, 2017
2.91 by RockyM72 from Florida on Jul 17, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

Pours a somewhat hazy yet clear yellow/golden color and leaves the same colored body with a two finger white foamy head that dies immediately. There is some moderate clingy foamy lacing. The smell has some strong tones of coriander, black pepper, and grass appear are up front and some light maltiness comes in as more warming occurs with a super light funk. The taste is spicy yet somewhat malty and funky at the same time - wow, I like this. There is a light lemon in the aftertaste that leads to a dry finish. On the palate, it sits about a light to medium, comes across fairly sessionable - though I sipped it, one could really pound this if they wanted to. Its pretty smooth all around, big wow - never thought a saison could be this smooth. Carbonation seems spot for me but perhaps a bit under-carbonated for the style. Overall, the price was $3.50 for a bomber wow, great stuff would definitely have again.

Jun 22, 2017
3.85 by Gtwreck45 from Missouri on Apr 10, 2017
4.04 by chrishiker1409 from New York on Apr 01, 2017
3.61 by Timtac from New Jersey on Feb 08, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ordybill from Georgia

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is a sweet smell. The flavor has the traditional farmhouse flavor with a slight sour bite. an average saison.

Nov 16, 2016
4.2 by Bjcomm96 from Pennsylvania on Nov 10, 2016
4.39 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Oct 04, 2016
3.87 by Taphouse_Traveler from Florida on Sep 25, 2016
3.7 by 322wingedfoot from Pennsylvania on Sep 18, 2016
4.08 by Fenix2009 from Pennsylvania on Sep 18, 2016
3.97 by flek from Massachusetts on Sep 18, 2016
4.5 by Spade from Pennsylvania on Sep 03, 2016
4.13 by Nmgreen from New York on Aug 14, 2016
3.73 by mltobin from Connecticut on Jul 29, 2016
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3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by EMV from Pennsylvania

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

L: Pours a cloudy light to medium golden color. Three fingers of foamy white head leave great lacing.

S: Yeast and citrus... lemon rind and cut hay.

T/F: Follows smell pretty closely. Bread and yeasts at the front... spice and lemon peel. Coriander and peppercorn. Zesty mouthfeel. Mildly astringent... finish is dry.

O: A pretty solid saison... good flavor profile, and everything I expect from the style. Well played Victory.

Jul 17, 2016
3.84 by rjd722 from Maryland on Jul 16, 2016
4.2 by JCummings from Nevada on Jul 05, 2016
3.9 by fitz284 from District of Columbia on Jun 25, 2016
4 by petewheeler from Maryland on Jun 17, 2016
3.69 by SStein from Colorado on Jun 13, 2016
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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Bomber BB 20 Jun 2016 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma weak, lightly fruity, fades to nothing
Head average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to an irregular two to three mm ring and thin layer with frothy island
Lacing excellent – wide bands of tiny bubbles with legs
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor – light and refreshing, a hint of pepper, some yeast phenolics, a hint of the malt backbone. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

A decent farmhouse ale, slightly higher in alcohol than I prefer for the style, and the palate seems a little heavy. A pleasant change of pace.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

Jun 06, 2016
3.89 by richj1970 from Alabama on May 29, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by StephenPickering from Arizona

The thing of it is, for me, when it comes to Brettanomyces, less is more. And I have had more than one (usually American) saison which figured more is more, resulting in what can only be described as something like carbonated grapefruit juice. I have read online that brett was something earlier brewers tried to keep out of beer, and the sense of modern Saisons seems to be "we have to simulate the oops, some got in" quality of saisons - real or imaged - of the past. But I'm guessing because everything I know of this style was learned online.

The Brett aspect here is a little stronger (people talk about wet blanket or whatever; to me it is just grapefruit) than the best American saison I've yet had, which is Ommegang's mighty Hennepin, but it is nonetheless restrained and balanced.

This is not a stunt beer (American beers love to strive to be the bitterest, or most boozy, or whatever). Whoever made this had respect for the style.

I recommend this; it is, as the style is supposed to be, refreshing, not too heavy on the ABVs (not that anything is *wrong* with that unless I can taste the alcohol; a quality which doesn't belong in this style). It is, in a word, unpretentious.

May 22, 2016
4.5 by Whiskeydeez from Kansas on May 20, 2016
3.93 by jsf14 from District of Columbia on May 19, 2016
3.57 by cfcairns from Pennsylvania on May 04, 2016
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3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Jadjunk from Georgia

"The radiant energy of the sun gives life to all that we enjoy. Flowing fields of barley for maltin, surging vines of ripening hops and even pure, clean water owe their vitality to the sun. Juse as we do. So in crafting this unique, hazy, orange-hued ale, we poured i nature's great gifts of German malts and European hops to feed the dynamic yeasts that we imported from Belgium. Here in the quiet tanks of Victory our unique yeasts, including Brettanomyces, jave brought vibrancy to this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. That energy has created impressions that range from lemon peel to black pepper, though such spices are not added. Great with a wide array of foods, count on the bright soul of Helios Ale to bring life to all of your meals!" Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth foam head of a creamy white tone over an aggressively carbonated amber body with mild haziness and sediment abundant. Retention is good and lacing is moderate and clingy. 4.25

(Smell) Cracker and biscuit malts with a mild sweetness are accented by a trace earthy hop bitterness and a bright, effervescent yeast profile, bringing hints of citrus peel, coriander and white pepper spice, and reserved softly tart fruit juice. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Reserved malt sweetness, pilsner and lightly toasted bread malts, with softly acidic fruit juices, bright spices, a touch of citrus peel, little to no hop character or bitterness present. Finishes moderately dry. Simple but very drinkable, well balanced and overall enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, softly creamy, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to acidic, tart and earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Helios is an enjoyable and respectable enough Saison to seek out at a reasonable price. The beer prides itself into genuinely European-sourced ingredients, but I don't find that this makes enough of a difference in the beer to help it stand out above the average American-brewed Saison. I do, however appreciate the balance that this beer strives for, and despite tasting right on par for my expectations for a Saison ale, it avoids the pitfalls of excessive dryness and aggressive peppery yeast characters that so many Saison ales out there are criticized for. For that, I would recommend giving this a try as a respectable American-brewed Saison, but undoubtedly a far cry from the superiority of Belgian-brewed examples (albeit admittedly much more affordable). 3.75

Victory Brewing Company's
Helios Farmhouse Ale

May 03, 2016
3.74 by AD17 from New Jersey on Apr 25, 2016
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2.22/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
by JackRWatkins from Georgia

An after the fact review, not a terrible beer overall but lacks a lot of saison and farmhouse-esque characteristics that could have made it really good, the smell goes beyond funk and is FUCKING AWFUL, I love funky smelling beers and even the cat piss scent of oude quetsche Tilqin was not pleasant but was worth it, this is straight urine in the nose and for this drinker the total experience of the beer does not justify putting up with the atrocious smell, in short don't bother

Apr 11, 2016
Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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