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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: 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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Ratings: 1,094 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of Avagadro
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
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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Photo of JeffBob
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of ianmhall
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of cornsilk
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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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Photo of ectomorph
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
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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4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of jjanega08
4.55/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decided to crack my bottle bomb tonight...

A= The bottle date Dec 10 2009 opens like a normal beer! No worries at all for me. The pour is a bright yellow color with a huge head on it however that rises up to about four fingers high and lasts for a while sitting up there giving off some wonderful aroma. Great lacing.

S= Pungent for a Saison for sure. Lots of nice flowers and zest to it. I don't get much brett with this one... I've heard mixed reviews as to weather or not there is brett in here. Smelling saison. Doesn't get more spot on.

T= The taste is again wonderful. Good lemony zest to it without being sour as well as some of the black pepper flavors described on the back of the bottle. The bottle describes this beer perfectly actually which I don't find is the case too often. Really a special beer here. They got exactly what they wanted when this one came out. Really crisp and refreshing with some of the possible lingering taste that brett leaves behind but still no tall tell sign of it.

M= Effervecent. Spritzy. Floats across like a champagne.

D= Yummy beer. This was one of the two recalled batches and I didn't have a problem. No gusher or anything. Mine was pushed all the way to the back of the fridge for a while right next to the cooling unit though. Wonderful beer and I look forward to buying again.

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4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I really enjoyed this beer. It has all of the wild appeal that I like in these type of beers with one difference. The lemon peel/citrus notes add to this beer but still leave a bit of funkiness to it. Helios is really crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but for this style, it seems to work really well. My overall impression is pretty good for this beer and will get a good score from me.

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Photo of philerman
4.52/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased via a growler fill at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, PA and poured into a flute glass. Growler had been refrigerated almost a week but no discernible damage.

A: Golden/honey brown with a pleasant amount of bubbling.

S: Flowery overall, but not overpowering. Some citrus notes as well.

T: A little bit bitter, not unpleasantly so though. Stays with you quite a bit over a slow glassful.

Overall impressions: Nice beer for a Saturday night. Not too much of an alcohol burn for something this strong. Probably my second favorite Saison.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of cdizinno
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,094 ratings
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