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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy deep yellow that appears golden when held to light. About two fingers of white head sit atop the brew and demonstrates decent retention. Decent amount of sticky lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of spiciness and zest in the nose: lemon peel, apples, oranges, and pepper. Hints of yeasty funk too.

T: Reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale in a lot of ways. Some citrusy zest up front (lemons, oranges), mixed with subtlety sweet fruits, pears and apples. Spiciness really kicks in during the finish, along with just a little bitterness and a touch of alcohol. There's also some sourness in the flavor that was a bit unexpected, but it works.

M: A pretty heavy medium feel in the mouth. A nice bite in the finish results from a combination of the spiciness and a high level of carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

D: A solid brew all around. Definitely something for those hot summer days.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up, Never had the V-Saison when was out but the art on this bottle (and price) caught my eye. Brew poured into a chalice cup to a nice golden color, crystal clear with a thick white head on it. The head retention was very good and left great lacing. The aroma has a nice mix of grass, lemon and pepper. Also maybe some green fruit? Somewhat sweet aroma as well. The flavor is nice, the grassy flavor comes to mind at first but then seems to break away to a slightly sweet lemon citrus flavor. Pepper flavor is there and adds a nice little prickle with the hop presence. Drinks quite easily and is a surprise that this one weighs in at 7.5%. Overall I would say that this brew is very good based on the flavor coupled with the price of this bomber (3.99). Will look for this one again; think it could be a nice summer brew when looking for something a little bigger.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very slightly cloudy, golden body that has a ont of active, fast moving carbonation bubbles. A big white head towers above the body and it has some pretty good retention.

The aroma is distinctly peppery, with a dash of lemon zest and a slight barnyard/wild character.

At first, black pepper, coriander and other similar spice flavors are pretty strong, but that blast fades away to reveal a good barnyard, hay like flavor from the yeast, which has a touch of lemon that comes along with it.

Mouthfeel is solid too, it just explodes when it hits the tongue, just like a good saison should.

Pretty drinkable beer. Overall, Helios is another winner from Victory.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a thick, frothy, white head that 1/2 fills the glass to start, fades to a more reasonable level, and sticks around as a nice cap. Aromas of very ripe fruit. I get grapes and plums, with a touch of barnyard floating around as well. The taste is quite fruity as well, but with some definite funk- which is a pleasant surprise. Notes of ripe, soft cheese and a touch of barnyard complement the peach and cherry notes. A little bit tart in the mouth, and on the softer side. A bit different than I was expecting, more of a farmhouse ale take on the style. Quite nice.

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