Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Repackaging of V Saison

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

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Ratings: 1,095 |  Reviews: 454
Reviews by berpwillie:
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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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TimBeaulieu
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

A nice refreshing beer. In a tulip glass the beer was a gold color with a faint haze. There was a thick white head. It had a pleasant citrus aroma. A peppery lemon taste, with a little bit of late hops. Crisp, thirst-quenching. A good summer beer. Try it.

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Photo of BeerDreadz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of csmartin6
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Feb 25, 2012, so just past that

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with two fingers of off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind. Nice stream of rising carbonation.

S - Aromas of bubblegum, some lemon and a mild but persistent funk. Quite floral and a bit sweet.

T - A bit of lemon is quickly supplanted by sweet malt, some earthy funk and an herbal, bitter finish. Decent spiciness and white bread presence throughout.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts out sweet and finishes quite bitter and slightly phenolic.

O - Pretty decent saison, and a great value at $4 a bomber, but too sweet initially and too bitter on the finish to be very good.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours clear straw gold with a medium meringue white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet bretty malts and musty yeast with a little fruit.

The flavor is wheaty malts and light fruit with some brett and some dry mustiness in the finish. The mouthfeel is kind of light bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, not sure if this is made with brett (no mention), but I get some nice brett notes out of it. Nice Belgian and a great bargain at $5 a bomber.

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Photo of generallee
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a born on date and an abv listed at 7.5%

Appearance: It has a pale golden look in the glass with fine yeast sediment floating inside the body. The body is covered by a two finger tall head that quickly settles down to a thin film cap which makes for some slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: In the nose I get a fruity and funky yeast character with some mild spicy, herbal and leafy hop notes.

Taste/Palate: On the tongue fruity yeast and bready sweetness moves across the palate and brings some mild sweet/tart apple, lemon and ginger like spice notes. This is balanced with some dry leafy hop bitterness and it finishes with a dry spicy and mild hop character. The palate is well balanced smooth and easy drinking.

Notes: Overall a nice beer with some decent layers of flavor within a nice drinkable package.

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

Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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...

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Photo of tigg924
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, gold in color, 1/2 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: hops, hay, and lemon

Taste: hops, hay, some apple, and lemon

Mouthfeel: medium/high carbonation, light bodied, a bit bitter

Drinkability: An above average saison that has a nice combo of bitterness and fruit. Far from my favorite, one bottle is most I could have in a sitting, but it is an excellent value for what you get.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Jammyman
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice.

Appearance: Barely hazy golden straw color with billowing white head that only leaves slight lacing behind.

Smell: Banana, peach, clove, pepper and a strong horse blanket mustiness.

Taste: Strong sweet malt backbone of fleshy fruit and lemony citrus, with a drying counterbalance of clove and black pepper. There is also an underlying mustiness that carries throughout, and becomes more apparent as it warms.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: Seems to be some Brett in this Saison. Whether that is true or not, it certainly adds some Orval-like complexity and makes the beer exceedingly refreshing.

Also, while I do not allow price to impact my reviews, the $3.99 a bomber price tag on this makes it a steal.

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Photo of Altenor
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of pheuker75
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: bright golden straw; loose white head

S: very subtle banana and malted barley

T:no dominant or off flavors, very subtle in pepper and citrus; hardly any detectable Brett

F: good carbonation; clean dry finish

O: not worth a special trip; maybe good for sessioning; might benefit for some cellaring

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Photo of standardcherry
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kingcrowing
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into an 8oz sampling glass.

Pours a light hazy yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is very funky, bandaids, citrius and fruit.

Taste is funky. It's sweet and tart, hard to explain, it's right on for a saison but there'. A bit of that hop bitterness as well as wet horse blanket. I'd say skip this beer but I'm not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of Scootch
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours a clear straw to gold color with a two finger head that lingers. S: There is a little floral from the hops and ester from the yeast in the aroma. T: Malt and light fruit are well balanced by an assertive hop accent. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A good, drinkable saison.

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Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into bulb style glass. bottled on dec 10 2009.

pours a hazy yellow orange color. the orange really beams through the glass in certain spots. off the pour there is a big white soapy head. fades after a couple minutes to some patchy soapy foam. just a touch of lace. a little bit of yeast visible in the glass. the head looks great at first, but ceases to impress minutes after, but the color is very nice.

in the aroma, theres lots of citrus ,lemon and orange peel, as well as a sour apple aroma. flouride and bubblegum from the belgian yeast. a little bit of peppery spice. also has a little bit of a champagne like aroma. maybe even a little bit of that farmhouse aroma as it warms.

the lemon and orange peel come through big. has a little of that champagne/ farmhouse funk taste, and a hint of flouride from the yeast. has quite a bit of a hop character which isnt really expected but always welcomed. lots of citrus comes from the hops and mixes with the yeast in the finsih to create kind of a soft peppery hop flavor. a little lingering hop bittereness.

medium body. tingling carbonation which does this beer good. leaves a slightly resinous lemony hop flavor on the palate. you can not really feel the abv, does a pretty good job hiding it.

drinks very well, if you dont mind the abv. nice for the summer days or anyday of the week for that matter. 2 of these in one night would be a little much, unless your looking to get a good buzz on.

this is a very nice beer, a nice take on the style, something different. nice to have the funk as well as a defined hop character. definatly worth a shot, ill be revisiting it soon.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
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