Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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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Reviews: 451 | Ratings: 1,090
Photo of jmdrpi
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, no date. poured into pint glass.

bright clear gold color, with bright white head. smell is of wheat, and peppery spice. taste is yeasty, a little hops, some citrus.

the beer has fairly high carbonation, and a thinner body. crisp, minimal aftertaste. its easy to drink, fairly refreshing. would be a good summer beer. it appears my bottle was un-affected by the extreme over-carbonation safety issue.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At $2.99, this is by far the best price I've ever found on a bomber, and a bottle conditioned one with Brett no less.

Pours yellow with a big, bubbly and quickly receding 3-finger white head. Retention and lacing moderately sticky through half the brew.

The nose is funky and barnyardy with a nice Bretty-horse blanket wrapped around the hay bale, faint malt, pepper and waves of apple and pear fruit that are vaguely peachy at times.

The palate is med-bodied, dry and fruity up-front with a creamy yeasty texture- mild apple and pear flavors washed out by a bitter pink lemonaid flavor when the hops arrive, bringing with it the peppery spice, Brett and dry malt flavors. The brew ends dry and spicy with a smack of bitterness, then a bit of juicy acidity and lingering flavors of cereal grain, apple skin and more barnyard.

Overall, not the absolute best siason (it's that pink lemonaid middle dragging it down), but it's fairly close. And as a budget minded foodie who really loves pairing beer with food, absolutely nothing can beat this at $3.

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Photo of bonkers
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into wine glasses. It pours like a typical saison, hazy, golden and a big white head. The smell was lemony, but less than I expected. It had all the flavors I was looking for, but they were not as strong as expected, lemony and zesty. The beer was easy drinking and paired well with my fish. A good value(under $4), but there are more flavorful examples of the style.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle, ~a month old. Review from notes.

Pale yellow, slightly cloudy, not much head or lace. Smell is yeast must and English hops. Taste is mostly clean yeast; buttery pepper, clove, and banana, some floral hops, sour, lemon, but with a plastic-y cardboard finish.

Good on a hot day. Reminded me of oarsman with its sour twist.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice thick foamy head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic ester and sweet malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by notes of rustic and floral malt with some sweet notes which may be a tad too sweet for the style. Body is quite full with good bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Well brewed with nice level of complexity but unfortunately it is a bit too sweet and lack some attenuation.

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Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Towering frothy white head that provides decent lacing. Beverage itself is cloudy and pale yellow.

S - Tiny bit of foreshadowing funk leads earthy, peppery and raw dough aromas.

T - First taste is the funk, followed by a peppery band-aid taste that comes in just before a touch of heat. Finish has a yeasty taste that gives way to a fairly bitter finale.

M - Thin, highly carbonated and tons of bitterness in the aftertaste. Dry finish.

O - Not typically my first choice of style, but I was hoping for a little more depth in flavor and maybe some sort of fruitiness, which I simply didn't get at all.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Helios, belgian style ale. Found ontap. Pours a clear light gold, small head forms and leaves after a while.

Smell: Lightly like a belgian, some malt sweetness pulling through.

Taste: Also very light, but has belgian characteristics. Like the base of a belgian pale ale, with a little bit of funk. Hops lend a lemony touch. Quenching right in time for the summer months.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, thin-ish feel but not bad.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy drinking ale. A good session beer from Victory, though it is a little strong to have more than one or two. The price point can't be matched, however.

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Photo of cvm4
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a pale orange in color, somewhat hazy. Billowing 2 finger head with great lacing.

S - Grassy, floral, lemon notes.

T - Lemon flavors, slightly sweet, some funk and ends with a fading bitter note.

M - High carbonation, light body.

O - Very drinkable, but somewhat dull and not sharp on flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly typical of American brewed Belian-style ales, the beer has a segregated ester/spicy balance, unresolved malt character, and lack of genuine Belgian yeast character. But as it goes, the beer fares well in all catagories.

The pour brings about a hazy golden color with a froathy eggshell head. Very solid retention and lace give a very Belgiany appearance although it carries a lot of visual weight due to the subtle carbonation and haze.

Spicy and fruity to the nose, the beer shares lemon, appricot, pineapple, and herbal grasses with white pepper, orange peel, and a light cumin scent. Yeasty brine and sweet scents give the impression of cookie dough or sweet bread dough.

Flavors of tropical fruit and light caramel gives a candied sweet upstart. The zesty lemon fruits bring in a much needed sharpness, zest, and acidity that balances the odd carmel taste in the style. Pineapple, mangos, appricots, and papaya continue to smoothen out the lemon tartness and provide a white wine balance. The beer further develops into a peppery, spicy bit that eventually gives a plastic-like flavor that disrupts the smooth hop bitterness in finish. It seems that with every step forward, there's a step back.

Richer in sweetness and feel early. Cremainess has a hard time making the transition to full dryness in finish. The richness is further aided by the lack of champagne-like effervescence.

Fruitier, sweeter, and misplaced spicy/plastic taste are the main reasons why this beer doesn't compete with classic Belgian versions, but is certainly on par with others make in America.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden-orange color with no real visible carbonation. Moderate white head quickly turns to a film.

Smell: Aroma of orange and earthy spices. Not very strong.

Taste: Starts off with orange peel and spices like pepper. Citrus sweetness comes in towards the middle, and then at the finish some hops and yeast comes in for a somewhat bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with tingly and light carbonation. Quite smooth as well.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable with a nice flavor, good ABV for this style, and no alcohol in the taste.

A bit on the sweet side for what I expected. Seems to taste like it is between a saison and Victory's Tripel. Easy to drink and pretty tasty, but ultimately not very special or memorable.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Helios pours a hazy copper color with a large white lasting head. There is a strong lemon smell, alot of floral smells as well. The taste is strong, sharp, and alot of floral notes. The taste while is full, can be too sharp and can be a bit offensive and can use some more carbonation. Overall a pretty good sasion there are better and certinalty worse.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory- Helios V Saison

A- Light orange golden yellow with a small filmy head. No lacing.
S- Slight touch of funky wet hay/ straw, cornhusk, and sour fruits.
T- Sour/ tart orange, green apple, cherry, and grape. Sweet corn husk, wheat, hay, straw, bitter lemon and grapefruit.
M- Light sourness with chewy thick malt. Light touch of buttery malt and a light sour funky fruity finish.

Overall- Light sourness with a good malt presence.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Warners at the Bay, poured into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Pours a light golden colour with a relatively clear appearance. On top is a large 3 finger head of white foam that retains well with no lacing.

Smell has grain, lemon, orange zest, orange along with some pepper. Interesting and combines well early, fades away though.

Taste has plenty of yeast, some of the pepper hits as well. The yeast can dominate, particulary towards the end of the bomber, bashing away the lighter apricot flavour that tries to creep out.

Mouthfeel is pretty harsh, i think its a little overcarbonated, even for the style. Gets prickly and combines with the yeastiness, doesn't do it any real favours.

A solid saison that can get a touch overbearing at times. Not as drinkable as it should be with all the yeastiness and prickly feel, but still compares ok against others.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P- Al's of Hampden

A- golden yellow color with a 3 finger head. Frothy and carbonated. Nice splotch lacing on the glass.

S- citrus,lemongrass, clove and banana.

T- a unique lemon.orange type of carbonated taste. Very bubbly, almost like champagne.

M- bubbly and a bit tart. Coats the inside of the mouth easily.

D- the carbonation in the beer hinders this from being a beer you can drink in 20 minutes. Overall not bad but different.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this bottle for the first time at my local beer store so I had to try it. Had no idea what style it was but was able to tell as soon as I poured, smelled and tasted it.

Very good example of the style, bright color but a little cloudy, very good carbonation, flavor also good.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours light with a whit head. Straw coloring. Nose is citrus, pepper, spice, and some earth. The taste is light and grassy with a bit of flowers. A bit of lemon and pepper as well. Feel is light with high carbonation. A decent attempt, but nothig truly special.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From random notes: Poured a hazy straw color with a huge white head. Malty nose with notes of coriander, leather, pear, hay, and floral hops. Medium body with ample carbonation. Flavor is very earthy, spicy, and floral, notes of coriander, yeast, hay, alcohol, grass, ripe peach and lemon zest. Finishes with more earthen spicieness. Nice, but average beer however.

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Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
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 GarthDanielson
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, the beer pours a bright, vibrant, honey-gold coloring with a thin film of bright white. Good cling along the glass as you drink. Aromas are light and effervescent, with a strong sour component, some light clove spicing, a roast character, and some tart fruit highlights. Flavors are syrupy sweet initially, with a clove spicing joined by ginger and cinnamon. There is a roasted background, with some honey flavors, and an almost mead quality, as well. Aftertaste has a slight linger to it, with an effervescent, old world fruit sweetness and slight yeast sourness. The finish is light, and dries slightly as your palate clears.

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Photo of JMforman
3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First of all, what a crazy approach to the style. It works though!

A- Cloudy and pale with a good frothy head

S- Pretty powerful in the nose: Orange, Honey, grass, hops, shampoo? I had a really hard time nailing this one down.

T- A lot of alcohol throughout with orange, white wine, and a bitter finish

M- Very carbonated and biting. It really is a bright beer. Weird. Medium to light in the mouth.

D- It's strange, but I would totally have another. Makes me want to grab my hoe and start working the soil.

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Photo of CBlack85
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a bright, but hazy, golden/yellow color with a large white-ish head. Great head retention; about a half inch of head was present throughout the session. A fair amount of sticky lace is left behind.

The aroma is bold and appealing. Lots of lemon, orange zest, and even some apples. There is also a considerable amount of spiciness present, along with a sort of musty smell (reminds me of the smell of a towel that you use to dry your dog with when you bring him in out of the rain). The alcohol is well represented in the nose as well, not overpowering, but noticable.

The taste mirrors the aroma in alot of ways, but I think the wet dog towel smell translates into a much more palatable, much more subdued earthy, funky taste that leaves you wanting more. There is also an odd soapy aftertaste. Medium bodied and well carbonated this beer seems to assault the tongue with a fizzy mouthfeel kind of like a funky bag of pop rocks.

Over all I enjoyed the beer, relatively refreshing and easy to drink. I think it would be better with just a little more of the funky character and a little less carbonation

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Photo of Brew_42
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a bit of haze. Big white head.

Smells citrusy. Lemon and orange up front.

Tastes- Mainly citrusy. Lemon and orange. A little but of spice but less than most saisons I have had.

Mouthfeel-Crisp and carbonated.

Overall- A very nice beer. I like a little more balance between spice and citrus in saisons whereas this beer seems pretty tilted towards the citrus but still a pretty enjoyable beer and at a great price.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours out as a bright yellow color what is pretty clean looking. The head is big and white, it leaves a decent lacing down the glass also. The smell of the beer had a zesty aroma kind of citrusy and yeasty. The taste of the beer is a little citrusy with some spice and some light bread flavors. The mouthfeel was tingly, good amount of carbonation for this brew. The body is on the thinner side and pretty refreshing. Overall I'd like to try this one again some day, it's just a matter of time and money before I can get some again.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 22oz bottle into an Orval glass.

The beer is honey gold, murky with lots of carbonation. Good retention and lacing.

The aroma is ok, but the weakness of the beer. Its sorta floral but in a generic way, slightly skunky.

The taste is ok a little grassy flavor and more skunk. However, its pretty easy to drink, not that you would drink a lot of it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.44/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by CE and SE - thanks
Poured into a Unibroue fluted glass

Helios is a fairly standard saison from Victory's profile. The recipe's fairly straightforward lemon citrus and malt components generate a good brew, but not exceptional for me. Would I try it again? Sure, but I don't see myself going out of the way to do so. It's passing, but nothing extraordinary (B-/C+).

Pours a tall (>2cm) head of nearly white bubbles, fairly dense, composed of small and mediums-sized bubbles. Leaves some decent lacing as it descends, and is resuspended with each sip. Body is yellow-golden, relatively transparent, with visible carbonation.

Aroma of lemon zest, yeast, lemongrass, and a bit of what I'd call generic dried herbs.

Taste opens with some malt sweetness, which is buoyed by light lemon and some yeast flavors. Malt sweetness continues through mid-palate, but also incorporates some bread-like malt characters and some bitterness as well. Bitterness persists through the finish, as do malt and citrus components.

Beer is medium-bodied, with a fairly crisp amount of carbonation and overall mouthfeel. Finish is semi-dry.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,090 ratings.
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