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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Reviews: 451 | Ratings: 1,088
Photo of dogfishandi
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at about cellar temp poured into bulb style glass. bottled on dec 10 2009.

pours a hazy yellow orange color. the orange really beams through the glass in certain spots. off the pour there is a big white soapy head. fades after a couple minutes to some patchy soapy foam. just a touch of lace. a little bit of yeast visible in the glass. the head looks great at first, but ceases to impress minutes after, but the color is very nice.

in the aroma, theres lots of citrus ,lemon and orange peel, as well as a sour apple aroma. flouride and bubblegum from the belgian yeast. a little bit of peppery spice. also has a little bit of a champagne like aroma. maybe even a little bit of that farmhouse aroma as it warms.

the lemon and orange peel come through big. has a little of that champagne/ farmhouse funk taste, and a hint of flouride from the yeast. has quite a bit of a hop character which isnt really expected but always welcomed. lots of citrus comes from the hops and mixes with the yeast in the finsih to create kind of a soft peppery hop flavor. a little lingering hop bittereness.

medium body. tingling carbonation which does this beer good. leaves a slightly resinous lemony hop flavor on the palate. you can not really feel the abv, does a pretty good job hiding it.

drinks very well, if you dont mind the abv. nice for the summer days or anyday of the week for that matter. 2 of these in one night would be a little much, unless your looking to get a good buzz on.

this is a very nice beer, a nice take on the style, something different. nice to have the funk as well as a defined hop character. definatly worth a shot, ill be revisiting it soon.

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Photo of wedge
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy yellow honey color with a foamy, sticky white head on the surface. Aroma is filled with citrus, perfume-like flowers, yeast, barnyard funk, soft pale malt, and some black pepper when swirled. Dry floral flavor, yeastier than the smell, but with much less Brett. Peppery spice, clove, dried fruit, lemony citrus, wheat, and subtle malt. Dry, snappy medium body...very enjoyable and drinkable. An underappreciated, underrated bargain of a Saison from Victory.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a pale, crisp, clear golden yellow color, lively carbonation, with one finger creamy white head.

S - Mainly lemons, apples, pears, and floral hops with a light bisquit-like malt character and a little pepper.

T - Taste mimics what the nose indicates. Lemons, pepper, apples, pears, light bisquity malt, has a little bit of sourness going on, and finishes a little dry. Is very crisp and refreshing and one I haven't tried from Victory which is terrible considering they're within an hour from where I live.

M - Crisp, dry, a little bit sour, and the hop bitterness lingers but not very long. Medium body.

D - Outstanding.

This is one of those best kept secrets. I can't think of a better beer for a really hot day because it satisfies the hop-heads, is crisp, clean, has the right amount of ABV, great taste - where have I been? I'll definitely be keeping a case or two on hand this summer. Awesome summer brew. Rock-n-Roll air fist pump to Victory on this one.

This is an outstanding beer. It's not one I would have considered before and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try.

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Photo of ambluhm
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Victory Helios is a beer that certainly works well on a hot summer day.

The appearance is pale orange with a slight haze throughout. The head poured pretty thick with very small bubbles. It lasted for quite a while.

The nose on this beer is loaded with pleasant hops and a touch of citrus fruit and pepper. Definitely a gorgeous aroma.

The mouth on this one is smooth with a touch of sweetness and a crisp carbonation on the edge of the tongue. It doesn't feel like the 7.5% alcohol that it has, which in this style is a good thing.

Overall, this is definitely a great value beer and delicious to boot. Just drank it with the "World's Greatest Sandwich" (thanks to the movie "Spanglish"), and it was a match made in heaven. Definitely something I'd look for again on a hot summer night.

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Photo of dedrinker
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drowsy golden color.

Sharp aroma of yeast, earth, minerals, white pepper.

Flavor is the same with a little orange peel.

Medium body, dry acidic (lactic) finish.

$3.99 for a 22 oz. bottle is a steal. With just a scant few tweaks here and there, soon there will be no beer in Belgium that we can't make here just as well. I like that idea.

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Photo of larryi86
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- A clear golden color with a two finger white head.

S- Light fruits, pears, earthy spices, black pepper.

T- Follows the nose. Light fruits, pears, yeast, black pepper, earthy spices, nice light malt backbone, very bright flavors.

M- Smooth, medium body.

O- A very nice and tasty Saison. Victroy makes a great Saison at a great price, definitely will be picking this up again. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle ($3.49) poured into a tulip

Hazy light gold/straw color with a steady stream of carbonation that supports a fluffy white head and splotches of lacing. Aroma is very fresh and mildy funky. Noble hops, grassy, pepper, citrus and slight alcohol presence. Medium bodied, mildly syrup like, effervescent carbonation. Sweet and funky flavor, balance of citrus (lemon) and earthy grass, yeast with some spice (pepper and clove) and mild caramel malt. Very nice, easy drinking saison, at the price and availability this will become a goto beer.

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Photo of mamaraza
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this one up at the farmer's market. Really nice hodgepodge of spices and citrus my only complaint may be a little too much alcohol taste in the finish. It would hold it's own against other farmhouse ales that cost double the price.

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Photo of AmitC
4.21/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a large snifter.

Bottle opened with the beer overflowing out of it. A clear golden color with a lot of small bubbles rising up very vigorously. Over four fingers thick white colored head that has good retention and stays as a finger thick fluffy layer. Excellent lacing on the sides left by the receding head and by every sip along the way.

A good amount of fruity smell with some herb and spiciness. Not one of the strongest aroma. A little moderate strength. No alcohol. A slight hint of hops. A light malt backbone that seems nonexistent. Some dry fruit like smell and typical Belgian yeast strength.

A little sweet to a lot of spicy character. No alcohol presence. Overall finish is dry. Some bitterness but the feel is pretty much dominated by fruity and slightly peppery taste. A lot of creamy yeast taste typical of Belgian ales and especially saisons.

Light to slightly medium feel. A lot of apparent carbonation, but is not punching enough on the tongue. Effervescent and bubbly. Drinks pretty smooth with no astringency.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 3.75

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Photo of dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

DATE TASTED: August 16, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel footed tulip... OCCASION: recovering from a shore trip to LBI... APPEARANCE: a tumultuous twister of bubble stirs the heart of a hazy burnt orange body; head is foamy, white, and full of effervescence, with high arching lacing to boot ... AROMA: banana, clove, soft pepper, and lavender/lilac--complex yet withdrawn... PALATE: to the effect of the aroma, the beer apologizes as it is sipped; foamy and creamy through its great head retention; lively and rounded on the tongue, memorable in its aftertaste with a dry finish... TASTE: clove, banana, vanilla, pepper, grapefruit, apple, biscuit, and some other fruits that are patient yet palpable...the yeasty end suggests dough and read, with floral hops and lemon arriving in waves after the sip has finished... OVERALL: I try not to be biased when drinking big bottles, saisons, or Victory brews, but this glass contains all through with a winning combination--refreshing, complex, vibrant, and flavorful...worthy of a bomber and a Sunday night...

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Photo of blackie
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: westmalle chalice, pours a frothy, slow to recede head of bone-white foam that settles to a thin layer on the surface, the beer itself is a bright golden in color

s: great aroma off the bat - immediately surprised and impressed by the crisply funky brett, very clean pilsner malt body, underripe peach and sweet apple, big lemony tones underneath, candied and peppered citrus peels, vivid with bright, fresh aromas

m: carbonation explodes in a fit of nucleation on the tongue - this very lively experience in combination with the light body make for a refreshing sip, minor complaint is that the carbonation is more prickly than smooth

t: body of pale and pilnser malts lends only a light sweetness as big flavors of candied lemon peel and barnyard brett rush through, green apple and white grape, grassy/herbal and citrus hop flavors provide a mild bitterness that combines with the delicately sour bacteria for a crisp ending, pretty simple but superbly balanced

d: drinkability is what this beer's about, and a great value as it seems to be averaging around $3.50 a bomber, enjoyed with some PA cheese

bomber from State Line, Elkton, MD

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Photo of tzieser
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

purchased from douglas wine and spirits off kings highway in new bedford for around $3.59. poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip.

a: pours a crystal clear golden color with thick, three finger sized wispy white head that sticks for a while.

s: beautifully complex belgian yeast aroma. subtle spiciness and skunky hop character is noticeable and nice. well done. if this tastes half as good as it smells i am in for a great brew.

t: bright and wonderful flavors happening here. sweet malt quickly subdued by belgian yeast spicyness finishing with a nice citrus and pine hopiness. fantastically complex and flavorful.

m: bubbly mouthfeel.

excellent saison, regardless of the price. when you take the price into consideration, this is a can't beat. this is best saison dollar for dollar. will i still drink my old favorites (hennepin, jack d'or)? sure, but i definitely will revisit this again and again. recommended

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Photo of portia99
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Paulaner wheat beer glass.

A - Pours a golden straw color with light amber highlights. Takes absolutely forever to pour this beer...it hits the glass and instant foam. Literally took about 10 minutes to pour this one. When all is said and done, there is a huge whipped creamy white foam cap that just lasts forever and gives up only to leave behind copious amounts of lacing. Difficulty of pour takes something away here, but overall still very good.

S - Well, I am quite surprised because I haven't heard or read anything about this being a brett beer. Up front I am getting a huge bretty funk - horseblankets, barnyard...actually pretty outstanding stuff. Also get a bit of citrus, especially lemons, pineapple, some graininess, I think some wheat, and some grassy hops lightly sitting in the background. This was a pleasant surprise!

T - Tons of bretty funk with lemons, oranges, grass, tropical fruit, black pepper, lightly sweet malt, some bread, and more funk.

M - Light to medium body with an impressively high carbonation that foams and fizzes away but still doesn't overpower or take anything away here...in fact, it does what it should - it enhances and propels this one forward.

D - I had been told by a fellow BA how great this beer was and finally gave it a shot...he never told me it was a brett beer (might have been afraid he wouldn't see another bottle in the store if he told me). This is a great surprise find for me...love saisons, and brett infused ones especially. All I can say is...this is one hell of a beer for $3.50/bomber. If you like brett beers give this one a shot...just not if you live in MA - leave these bottles for me!

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with visible particulate. An inch or so bubbly white head with skim retention a slippery lace

S - Lemony citrus nose with a bit of a twang. Fresh cut grass. Also a funky, barnhouse yeast aroma

T&M - Taste is very vibrant and zesty, but also does not lack in a sweeter malt flavor. Citrusy (lemon) vibrancy and tartness battles in the mouth with a grassy (fresh and hay) note and a substantial yeasty flavor. Finish is on the dry side with some residual grassy bitterness

D - An excellent saison; probably not at the top of the list but provides lot's of flavor and depth for a very reasonable price. I'll come back to this one again.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on draft as KC's alley in Ambler. 7.5% abv

Bright gold and clear. Citrus aroma. Taste is sweet with hints of apple and Belgian yeast. Medium body. Great saison.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy blond with a moderate pale white head that quickly subsides and leaves decent lacing - I am beginning to wonder about the glassware at my local

S - strong set of estery notes (citrus, grapefruit, yeast) and typical funkiness with pleasing grain notes as well, seems to have more hops than I would have expected

T - nice balance of malt and yeast influences, the hops are more pronounced - especially at the finish, there is also a good dose of yeast driven funk and sourness

M - lively set of sensations, good carbonation with a firm edge

D - very, very drinkable, though I wish it had been warmer day

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Photo of TommyW
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, golden body with a tall, white head.

S- Smell of German malts is really evident with notes of lemon and a clean hop aroma.

T- Malty upfront but not overly sweet or bready; it really lightens up with the addition of some lemon and a bit of pepper. The yeast lend a nice mineraly quality as well.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- One of the lighter saisons in terms of flavor; I steamed some mussels in this and had a glass to go with them, and it was awesome, but I'd easily drink this on it's own as well.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle $3.99. I bought this because it was cheap and I heard it had brettanomyces, I was thoroughly surprised at how much I liked it. I poured this into a wine glass and it had a bright yellow-orange color and a great head, looks nice. The smell was heavy brett, funk, hay, farm, and a dash of lemons. I sniffed it for quite awhile before taking the first sip, great aroma. The flavor was pretty good as well, heavy brett yeast flavor and a distinct citrus flavor. This reminded me of Boulevard Saison Brett but at a third of the price. I'll be buying a bunch more.

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Photo of nanertak
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz to pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden, pale straw, perfectly clear. 2 fingers head, carbonation bubbles make it look ridiculously thirst quenching.

Nose: Lemon zest, belgian yeast. Very floral nose, hint of spice in the background. Little muted on the nose in my opinion, but great smell.

Taste: Honey-sweet with the Belgian yeast flavor at first, fading into a mild spice and zest that lingers, turning more peppery at the end. Mild, mild alcohol heat on the breath near the end, but considering the ABV it's well disguised. Excellent.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, a little more round than I'd like, but not by much. Great job with the carbonation, makes it spritzy and refreshing.

Drinkability: Yes. Hand me these every day of the summer and we'll be friends. Very refreshing, very well balanced, well crafted beer.

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Photo of nukem5
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a few weeks ago at a local bottle shop.{So Many Beers So Little Time}
A: Beautiful coloring orangy gold, nice 1/2" of foamy goodness on top, though it did not last long. Also at the last pouring nice yeasty flavor chunks.

S: Smell was of lemon / grapefruit nice floral scent.
T: Nice to the senses not to hoppy and light malty tastes.

M: Nice fullness not a whole lot of carbonation.

D: Would def drink again, thinking of another bottle for summer after grass cutting,mmm.

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Photo of sophisticated
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ooooh man. This was delightful. The carbonation was HUGE on this guy from the loud PFFFT upon opening the bottle to the massive out-of-control head. A gentle pour created about half-liquid half-head, long retention, and spots of fluffy lacing. Even the second pour caused the head to fly up (and unfortunately over) the edge of the glass. The rest of the beer was cloudy yellow with bits of yeast sediment.

The smell was nice, and strong. Spicy pepper, Belgian yeast, lemon, grassy hops, mild malts.

And the taste - mmm...The Belgian yeast flavor is there but also a strong spice-note that grew stronger as it warmed. It was dry - reminded me of a white wine at times. Some lemon, some grass, a little sour.

The mouthfeel was very crisp, almost to the point of being sharp on my throat. Also very light on the tongue.

Great drinkability. This would be a good hot day beverage, a good drink to pair with a meal...Or alone. I've only had a few Saisons, but to me this is a solid beer and a solid Saison.

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Photo of jampics2
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle split with Paulie while watching the World Cup. I think this was the Argentina VS Germany match.

Looks fantastic. Yellowish orange with white head. Nice lace as well. Really good looking beer here, Victory.

Smell is really quite unique. Orange, pineapple, Brett and some tartness. The funky farmhouse somehow marries perfectly with the bright citrus. Nice.

Woah, I really like this beer. Farmhouse funk gets it on with the banana, orange, and pineapple citrus. Nice grainy malt underneath keeps this from being too sweet. Pepper and some herbal qualities, maybe some chamomile. This is unique and really a great summer saison that stays true to its roots while putting an American spin on things.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, and this has a semi-dry finish. Drinkability is excellent. This was a nice surprise, something I've looked past before, but something I won't underestimate again. A really nice summer saison.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-ounce bomber into a pint glass.

A: Deep orange with a cloudy hazy and a two-finger thick head of fluffy, white foam.

S: Excellent spicy, sweet citrus aroma with hints of white pepper, corriander, orange peel and tropical fruits.

T: Sweet, juicy specialty malts up front show some of that sturdy, German breadiness and Belgian candi sugar. A very fruity, floral wave hits the palate with orange, mango and lemongrass along with spices that range from zesty to tart. The finish is bittersweet and herbal with a bright aftertaste.

M: Medium-full bodied saison that would pair really nicely with food but was a solid brew on its own.

O: A really nice saison from Victory, this brew does seem to harnass the sun's energy into making it taste so lively and citrusy sweet. The 7.5% ABV is noted only slightly in the robust, Belgian flavor profile. I'd love to grab a bottle for my next chicken piccatta or orange-glazed salmon dinner.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours a clear straw to gold color with a two finger head that lingers. S: There is a little floral from the hops and ester from the yeast in the aroma. T: Malt and light fruit are well balanced by an assertive hop accent. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A good, drinkable saison.

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Photo of asabreed
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A repackaging of V Saison, eh? Well, that was one of my favorites, that I can recall, from Victory. I didn't read my former review on purpose. Let's see how this stacks up and if there are any changes.

Bomber into a Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: A beautiful hazy golden lemon yellow color, with a huge slightly off-white head that billows like crazy and has trouble settling down, letting the aromas come off extremely nicely. Belgians seem to be the best as far as the bouquet being released like a bomb through the head and foam retention, and this is one of those brews.

Smell: Lovely insanity. A blooming bouquet of citrus, earthy funk, pepper and spice. Aromas of hay and grass and a bit of horse and barnyard. Clean and crisp all around. Effervescent, and smells not at all like a domestic, which can sometimes be soda water-esque. As it warms hints of cherries and other fruity esters come into the mix.

Taste: Initial funk and bitterness and mild sourness. Huge lingering citrus zest and spice. Yeast. Earthy and mild funk that really does something nice in the mix. Lingering fruit esters, mostly slightly sour cherries, along with bright orange and other citrus and hop flavors. Earthy, with enough bountiful flavors, and enough complexity to last a long while.

Mouthfeel: Spritzy, bubbly, and medium-bodied, with everything working together well. Not too creamy or carbonated, as the carbonation and, well, creaminess, balance each other harmoniously, thankfully.

Drinkability: Around $3-$4 a bottle for this? Are you kidding me? This will now be the best / most readily available / most affordable domestic Saison. I challenge you to let me know where I can find another with those attributes this good, especially one that tastes like an import. Bravo Victory for keeping the goodness if V Saison alive. I'll be buying a lot more of this.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,088 ratings.
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