Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Repackaging of V Saison

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,091
Reviews:
452
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
111
For Trade:
1
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4.97/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To my knowledge this is the first farmhouse ale I've had the pleasure to drink.

Poured into a pilsner glass, there was a nice 85/15 beer to head ratio. Wonderful graduated color, gold to burnt orange, bottom to top. Very effervescent with bubbles and particulate throughout the glass.

The smell was very aromatic with citrus, lemony notes. A hint of spice, maybe coriander and/or orange zest.

The mouthfeel was excellent rendering this brew very drinkable. I wish I had another to savor. A fantastic Summer brew, but welcome anytime I'm sure.

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4.96/5  rDev +28.8%

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4.83/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ok, it's my birthday and i saved this for this MORNING. did my workout...now it's breakfast time :)

dang...pours like an overanxious meringue...i've NEVER seen something foam up like this...i mean, it's bionic and it made a mess (and i onlu poured it half-way with a tilt to the glass!)...looks incredible...golden sunlight with intense, continuous slow-motion receding meringue fyords...or blizzard'd snowdrifts. amazing. has a jiggle to it. and swagger. nice, vertical desert sand drift pattern lacing! and what a cool label.

nose is a fresh hoppy grass malt admixure, something akin to menthol without the bite. interesting. and complex enough.

good gracious. plenty of hops, but blended in a way i've never tasted. there's a malty backbone, but it's alien, not mammalian. the menthol-ish-ness is there, but doesn't 'seem' to be hop-related. not sure. this is complex in a new way. not a puzzle, but just a great one shot delivery of fine brewing. everything is near perfect here. crisp but silky smooth in the finish. and a lingering, mellow bite. this is oh so drinkable. session this alone or with some simple pan-asian fare. thai...sushi...

but why should i be surprised. it comes from Victory!

HAIL HELIOS!

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4.74/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Helios boasts a honey hue with a thin white head, and minimal lacing. Most of the points here are lost from the noticeable chill haze.

S: Bouquet is upfront, and assures the drinker that there is plenty of Brett on the way. Lemon, orange, and wet hay are all apparent.

T: Bone dry, with the aforementioned notes of lemon, orange, and hay. The Brett. is quite apparent here.

M: Very light, with plenty of tingly carbonation, and a clean finish.

D: This is one of the best US made Saisons I've come across, avoiding the common under-attenuation pitfall. The Brett is a great touch, and really transforms this from a decent Saison, to one that is exceptional.

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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: light amberish, I had a lot of foam due to the fact that upon opening the bottle it can rushing out just begging to be drank....or drunk...or what ever man.

S: Hops and light citrusy goodness

T: Tangerine/lemony yeasty sweet appleish, yielding to grassy hops, then a nice sweet lemon/apple after taste that lingers. absolutely perfect for those of us that get hopped out from time to time

M: light crisp and clean

D: absolutely fantastical! fabulous beer i am so glad I happened upon it. I am definitely going to beat the southern CA heat with this beer this summer. I love this beer.

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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: golden with big fluffy head

S: Funky and chill inducing... loads of fruit and funk bright and complex notes of pepper, lemon and a fatty meat component

T: fruity lemon notes with a herbaceous & dry palette, yet refreshing funky with a light sour kick... there are notes of brett & i'd have to say it a beautiful strain of Belgian yeast that is doing some serious work here
M: Light, Dry, and Drinkable Slight Acidity

O: Incredibly funky fruity and refreshing... drinkable, dry, farmhouse ale that's one of the best readily available saisons at a tremendous value!

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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I think the name and theme of the beer very much matches its attributes.

The beer is crisp and refreshing for a rather hoppy farmhouse ale. This beer isn't the right choice for a hop fix for a major hophead, but rather it is a hoppy choice for a crisp and refreshing beer.

The label refers to the power of the sun infusing the beer with hints of cracked pepper and lemon even though those ingredients aren't added. If you pay attention to the undertones, those flavors are quite present and welcomed to the body and aroma of the beer. The purity of the beer really shines through in its body.

The front is zesty and hoppy, but not overly pungent. The aftertaste is crisp and a bit lemony. The alcohol has a nice warming effect despite the overwhelming refreshment, giving you a sense that there is truly an energy to the beer.

Quite a wonderful Summer-themed ale from Victory.

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4.65/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Crystal clear golden body. I left the dregs in the bomber. 2 finger thick bright white head with good retention and lacing.

S - Pepper, lemon, grassy, herbal. Some Belgian funk. Horsey, slightly sour. Super complex and VERY pleasant.

T - Wow. Moderate to high bitterness initially. Sour notes, barnyard, bread, grass. There is a nice residual sweetness, but it's also dry?

M - Belgian high carb scrubs the palate. Super dry finisher leaves a lighty tangy/sour aftertaste.

O - Until now, my favorite Saison was Hennepin, but it has just been dethroned. 22oz bomber of world class Saison @ 7.5% ABV for $3?1!?!? Unheard of....

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,091 ratings.
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