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Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)

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Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States

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

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

A- Very golden, copper-esque color. Has a frothy 3 finger head in my tulip glass. The head died to a rim around the tulip, but comes back with minimal effort upon swirl. Lots of small sediment comes here with the bottle conditioning. Good looking alcohol legs and lacing.

S- EPIC!!!!!!! Very barnyard and funky in the yeast. Nice sour note like a good sasion should have. Tart like apples with a nice refreshing lemon note. Pretty grassy and fruity in the hops, but not overpowering at all.

T- NICE!!!!! Same as the smell. I'd say the Belgian beer yeast kind of funk and sour is what I get first. There is a good black pepper spice in this one. Lemony flavors are here as well. I get a nice tartness before it dries.

M- Medium for sure. Extremely crisp and refreshing. True to style, I can't say this beer is clean tasting. But that's not a knock on this beer at all. There is a bit of hop oily quality. But again, it's not hop forward.

Overall this beer has it going on! It's the best saison I've had to date! GO GET IT NOW!

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Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip from a growler purchased at Greeen's off Piney Grove in Columbia, SC

A: Clear, golden yellow. Nice white head with minimal lace.

S: Heavy spices. Some lemon and citrus with a mildly sweet malty scent.

T&M: Same taste as the smell. Starts with a zesty citrus and some malty sweetness that fades to a nice, mild hop bitterness. Medium bodied with a smoother mouth feel than the bottle.

Way better than the bottled version. This is much less sour and much more tasty to the style. Very good!

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Photo of DIM
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

edit: I upped my scores because the Brett character that develops is remarkable.

a: This was a bright, clear golden color. It poured with a massive craggy head.

s: Fresh, pungent lemon zest was what I noticed first. I also found some peppery yeast and lightly funky grains.

t: Starts off great with a huge dose of wonderful, fresh lemon and some grains. The finish is a bit too dry. It feels and tastes a bit rough.

m: This manages to be fizzy and creamy at the same time.

d: Very nice saison! A real bargain too, $35 a case!

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Photo of Seanibus
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden with some suspended material and a big white fluffy head and great streamers of carbonation. The aroma is light and spritzy, with a sharp phenolic edge, lots of fruit, apricot and pear and apple. The flavor is crisp and typically Victory - malty and firm and yet subtle and clean. There is pear and apricot, with clove and allspice and rosemary. Herby hops coat the tongue and give it a powerful but not overwhelming bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is slick and clingy.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: BIG head on this one, nice and fluffy and pure white. As the head dissipates you can see the generous lacing it leaves behind. The color is about a shade brighter than honey, but it still has the darker center (like honey) when you look at it. I hate to use the word "urine" but it almost looks like it.. a very nice glass of urine that I want to consume.

S: Everything I love about Saison in the nose here. That traditional belgian yeastiness is present, haystack, and this one is even accompanied by a touch of floral and sweet fruit (pear, peach) as well. This smells quite nice.

T: This one is sweeter than I normally like upfront, mid palate bring this burst of fruitiness and funk that lingers well though the finish after the fruitiness dissolves into the funk. You are left with a more yeasty finish with the slightest taste of alcohol.

M: As said it leaves some alcohol burn in the finish, and it is a bit more boozy than the Saisons I am used to drinking. The carbonation is high, and the body is somewhat full - it offers a bit of stickiness on the palate.

D: At 7.5% ABV where you can actually feel the alcohol burn, this unfortunately isn't that drinkable due to that. However, the beer is defiantly above average, I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle the other day on the recommendation of Brian, Ryan and Eric. Good call, guys!

Light golden orange, this beer turns a little yeasty on adding the yeast. There's a large white head that recedes slowly to a thin ring. Looks good so far.

The nose is just fantastic. A beautiful saison nose, there's a blend of light lemon and grassy hop character, a touch of Brett-based grassy funk, a moderate spice character with a little coriander and white pepper, some honey and a light bread note. Light floral character as well. Just fantastic. The palate is just as excellent, opening with a big, Brett character, just a fantastic, grass notes, blended very well with a light hop character, mildly German in nature, particularly on the finish. With a blend of honey and spices, this is the epitome of what a saison should be. Light and crisp on the palate, this finishes with a great drying, grassy, light hop character. Fantastic stuff, this is something I'm going to drink a LOT of this summer and after.

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Photo of jantonius
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden and Clear, a little to clear for a Saison...lots of bubbles

S: Spicy, Bananna Smell with slight notes of citrus

T: Nice Spice and Bananna taste

M: Very Bubbly, similiar to a champagne

D: I love this beer and can enjoy it all day, nice with a schnitzel.

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Photo of mmercede
4.47/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two bombers from whole foods at $3 a pop. What a deal! Poured into a large snifter.

Appearance: A bright and clear golden brown color. Maybe a little darker than I'm used to with a saison. The beer poured with surprisingly minimal carbonation and and a head that faded quickly.

Smell: The beer had a strong citrus and spice smell with a light yeasty characteristic. Fresh Cut Grass, Pepper, Lemon, Biscuits, Coriander, and Belgian Yeast.

Taste: This was an amazingly complex flavor. The belgian yeast really added a lot to this bear. The most dominant flavor was a sort of fresh cut grass funkyness. I loved it. Also many citrus and spice flavors were present as well. Hops were also more present than a typical saison. I would love to see how this one ages. However, Im a little worried because of the whole exploding bottle thing.

Mouthfeel: Light and effervescent. Almost champagne like.

Drinkability. I took down two bombers no problem. It hides its alcohol with the best. It saddens me this is a summer beer because I could drink it all year long!

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Helios pours a gorgeous golden color. Since it's bottle conditioned, that means there's yeast in the bottle still, and you can either leave that in the bottle or pour it right in. Since it's comes in a 22-ounce bottle, you can get the best of both worlds by having the first pour into a glass nice and clear and the second half a nice, hazy pour that adds some body and a bit more of the yeast characteristic.

You get a puffy, foamy, pure white head with broad bubbles, good retention and strong carbonation. It's a gorgeous beer to pour out.

The aroma is of lemon peel and black pepper, with a hint of clove as it warms.

As for taste, it's not overwhelming at all and very drinkable, with notes of citrus and tartness. Very mild hops with little bitterness, citrusy/lemony bite, and light, refreshing mouthfeel.

All in all, this is an outstanding beer and a great introduction to anyone who's never had a Belgian style ale, especially a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.43/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very different than any other beer I've ever had. The smell, is great!! The taste, is done what like a Hefeweizen without the wheat taste, however, slightly too much citrus for my taste. Still, excellent beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Enjoy by August 5 2012, so off we go!

A nice off white and foamy head, lots of large bubbles in this, kind of styrofoam looking, sits on a nice golden dark lemon body. Slightly opaque, easy to see rising carbonation. Nice looking beer here, as you drink and the head clumps all around.

Great nose on this. Slight salt, wild yeast sense and floral. Hints of mushy sour peaches, slight funk, very creamy, banana mush. Real unique nose.

Taste brings a nice saison palate. Yeasty bread, following a sharp spice of clove. Nice malt body on this, a little hint of tight fizz but not much which I like, not very gassy. Finish is even sweet fruits of apricot, orange, mixing in with a good funkyness.

This is a great enjoyable saison. Mix of interesting characters of density, brightness, fruit, funk, hint of sweet, just great.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For some reason Victory bombers are not available in the Denver area (to my knowledge at least), even though the 750s and 6 packs are. Knowing this, I grabbed a bomber of this one in San Diego, but waited until we had left town to drink it. Huge mistake, as I loved it, and cannot get anymore.

Poured a nice golden color witha hugh fluffy white head. Great funky aromas, brett, barnyard, rose petal and hibiscus. Light to medium bodied, dangerously drinkable, tart and funky with a nice bitter finish.

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Photo of leantom
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up from Total Wine a couple of days ago. I had heard good things about it, so I decided to give it a try.

A: Clear and yellow. This is kind of unique for saisons, as the bready character usually makes beers of this style hard to see through. I assume that they put an ample amount of yeast in it, though, since Belgian saisons are know to have high yeast contents. It produced a nice head when I poured it into a glass, though a little smaller than most other saisons I've had.

S: Very nice. It smells very citrusy and grassy. I also detect some hop bitterness.

T: Excellent. Lemon, grass, white pepper, clove, hops and yeast dominate the flavor. I've tried the beer both cold and warm and, unlike most other saisons, I prefer this one cold. It's quite refreshing, though it is more bitter than traditional saisons.

M: It goes down well. There isn't much carbonation relative to other saisons (see Ommegang's Hennepin), so it feels very smooth.

O: This is a good beer. While it differs with regards to other saisons, it's still nice. I would put this in the BPA category.

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Photo of ski271
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Medium-light gold with a medium-large, white, pillowy, slowly-diminishing head. The smell is wonderfully funky from the wild Belgian yeast. It's dusty with sweet malts and pungent dusty fruit aromas. Peach and lemon among others. The taste follows but with more of that barnyard funk that is an aquired taste. I've acuired it and think it's wonderful! It has a light, lingering medicinal band-aid-like funk mixed with a touch of bubblegum. Odd, yes. But it keeps me coming back for more. It has a medium-light body, soft texture and moderate-lively carbonation. This was a great find, and with its reasonable cost, this is one I definitely recommend trying.

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Photo of ZBowden
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy golden lemon orange with a thick white head, smells of yeast orange peel with slight spice slight tart raspberry, tastes of bitter yeast with lemongrass orange peel peppery with cider like tartness. Mouthfeel is full and bright with high carbonation and smooth finish.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear gold color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass through the session.

Smell: earthy and spice tones rise easily from the glass and are very pleasant.

Taste: mildly grainy malt profile with pepper, grass, slightly tart green grapes, lemon zest, and some moderate earthiness. Bitterness is quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some light dryness late.

Drinkability: this beer was so flavorful on tap I could have had several glasses in the session. Easy to drink and great saison IMHO.

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Photo of smcolw
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, nearly pure white head. Goes down slowly leaves little lace. Straw color liquid; nearly clear.

Lots of golden malt aroma; slightly citrusy but not from the hop which is quite mild. Some spruce smell also.

If I were blindfolded, I would expect a darker looking beer. This looks like a macro (albeit with a huge head), but tastes like a over-hopped APA. Grapefruit and pine bitter flavors from the hop. Solid malt delivery. Long, tongue-cleansing aftertaste. Only the body comes across as typical to me.

I notice when I'm inspired to write a lot, it's always a good beer. This is better than most and may be my new favorite Saison.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Sunset Beer Company in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, spices, and Brett. Taste is much the same with a crisp Brett flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great aromas and flavors that make it super easy to drink.

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Photo of bsp77
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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 Mavajo
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. Aroma and taste carry light fruits and mild citrus - mainly banana and lemon, with some zesty spices and yeast. Clean taste with minimal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous carbonation - very bubbly mouthfeel. All in all, a very crisp, dry and refreshing beer. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Very drinkable.

Now I'm a huge novice so maybe my palate is just feeble and untrained, but I actually had this pegged as a pilsener - I was surprised to come here and see it was a saison. If you like pils, I think you'd enjoy this as well. Oh, and at $2.99 for a bomber...you can't beat the price.

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Photo of LukeD23
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance, pours a slightly cloudy sunset orange, with a large bone white frothy head, slightly over carbonated it appears.

Aroma, this is a fantastic version of a farmhouse ale, you get alot of barnyardy spicy notes, I get a slight honey peppery aroma backed by the classic horse blanket of brettonomyces. I really like the aroma on this saison.

Taste, solid, crisp and dry on the finish very key to a good saison, Its mildly sweet up front with citrus and cracker flavors dominating, very slight spicy hop flavor is the only lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel, dry and quafable

Drinkablity, I cracked a 22oz and could have another, great for a saison, I think the only thing I would like to have is a little less alcohol so i could drink more of it! Very good beer

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Photo of xraydaniel
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed with this year's Helios. I had this back in 2013 and it was just straight saison but now Brettanomyces is making a big statement in this year! It packs a wallop at 7.5%......

Look: Copper sunrise and crystal clear
Smell: Slight tart, noble hops, funk, and slight citrus
Taste: Noble hops, barnyard, funk, and slightly tart
Feel: Dry and palate filling, really nice mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation with champagne-like bubbles.

My take away, which is quite surprising, is that this beer sums up my experience of the 2010 infected Matilda I had which had more of a reddish hue to it with a greater head retention. As it warms from the 30'sF it gets much funkier. I am very impressed and would certainly buy several more bombers of this for the price point of $4.99. It's a steal folks and very well executed.

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Photo of morebeergood
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into oversized wine glasses. Beautiful white fizzy head. Golden yellow color. Plenty of carbonation. Great looking presentation. Smell was very ripe and tangy. Taste reminded me very much of a lambic beer. Light and tart on the tip of the tongue. Big dose of Brett fills the mouth. Hoppy and peppery taste. Excellent. Gets even better as it warms up. Not as easy to drink as other saisons due to its high ABV and its Belgian wild ale-like tartness, but I loved it regardless. I have no idea why this is under $4 a bomber. Extremely under priced for a well built beer.

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Photo of gfreed
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An unusual saison from the start. The beer is cloudy in the glass and a good deal more orange than any other I've tried. It was easy to generate a puffy head, and the aroma that wafted out was filled with fruit-- oranges, lemons, grapefruit, apples and loads of pears. Missing was the bready, yeasty smell of other saisons. I missed it, too. Marvelous taste, as the aroma predicted. Again, loads of fruit with a heavy tip towards pears and apples. Quite a hit of pepper and grapefruit from the hops, but not sour at all. In fact, it was refreshing on a humid summer night. My wife and I could easily have split another bomber.

Relative to Saison Dupont, Hennepin, etc., this doesn't really compare in the same style, I don't think. It's a bit too fruity for that. However, don't let that stop you from stashing a few away before Victory runs out for the season. A good value for the $$, too.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,087 ratings.
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