Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Pennsylvania, United States
victorybeer.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,090
Reviews:
452
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,090 |  Reviews: 452
Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Aged for several months. Pours hazy dark yellow with huge white head. Barnyard aromas. Mouthfeel on the creamy side, which supports very good drinkability. The taste includes the lemon and black pepper, and sweetish yeast that produces fruitiness, banana and orange.
I had this by growler recently and the brett was significant yet well integrated. Funkiness was nice.

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Photo of acurtis
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Huge foamy head they dissipates fairly quickly. Murky dirty golden color.

S: Lots of fruit, mostly pineapple, banana and grapefruit with spice notes.

T: Spicey and fruit up front with a somewhat sour lemony and herbal/grassy finish.

M: Moderate carbonation. Light to medium bodied.

Overall: This is a fairly unique saison. The grassy finish is borderline and it is gonna keep me away from getting this one again.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a short lived white head.

Nose is just perfect saison in all respects. Nose is actually extraordinary and perhaps the best character in this otherwise very drinkable beer. Lovely floral orange/lemon with bright esters, sweet biscuit; sweet white bread-all around appealing nose that also carries into the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent balance.

Flavors of citrus/lemon-orange tones; wild yeast funk but pleasant. Nice saison bitter funk finish.

Very drinkable and nice.

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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 StonedTrippin
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

for the price to abv and taste ratio, this beer cannot be beat. its an odd beer, a filtered saison, pouring pale straw in color with golden tones and a massive white head, fluffy, and rising well above the rim of the glass. the nose is surprisingly funky, especially after tasting their very lackluster swing saison. this one has som nice lemony tartness to it, mouthwatering. the flavor is very light, very summer. grassy notes, fresh, and way more farmy than I gave it initial credit for. some pepper in the yeast too, although also light. the grain bill is respectably simple, and the finish on this is nice and dry. one would never know its alcoholic strength either. but why 7.5% I wonder? it seems like itd make a great session summer beer at 5%, but with the alcohol amped up as high as it is, I cant quite figure out this beers true identity. clean finish and lighter body because its been filtered clear. carbonation could be a little stronger, but I have very little to complain about here, this is a lovely beer from victory, and full redemption for that sub par summer session saison they did this year. under 5 bucks a bomber is a steal for a beer this good.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 t0rin0
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of metter98
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It poured crystal clear straw yellow in color with just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A very slight amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: The smell isn't that strong; the nose has aromas of citrus and spices.
T: There are flavors of lemons and pepper along with some hints of apples and yeast. Compared to other saisons, the presence of the underlying malts is more noticeable in the taste.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and there is some dryness in the finish.
D: The beer is refreshing, but not quite as some of the others in this style. However, I would definitely try this beer if I wanted to have a saison on a warm day in the spring or fall.

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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 kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'ice Chouffe stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a transparent orange-gold. Looks appealing.

Sm: Very yeasty - which I like. Also some bacteria, souring hop quality, and some citrus tones. I'm looking forward to trying this. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Nicely citrusy, with some wonderfully handled yeast notes. Some nice hoppy notes are in there too, but are rather subtle and nicely balanced - as is the beer as a whole. A lovely build. Some touches of candied sugar and a bit of cream set the whole thing off with a tingly effect. Quite a nice little beer indeed.

Mf: Tingly, smooth, and wet. A bit too thick but it's forgivable; it probably needs that to cover up the ABV.

Dr: It's very drinkable for the style and ABV. I'd like to try this on draught. This makes me excited to try more beers from Victory in the future.

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Photo of oline73
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color with a finger of thick foamy white head. A layer of head remains throughout the pour and there is some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Spice from the yeast dominates with some hints of sweetness from the grain, citrus, and a slight sour note.

Taste: Initially the Belgian spice dominates. Then comes some citrus and herbal hops along with a slight hint of sourness. There is a blend of the yeast spice and hop bitterness in the finish. Fairly complex.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth carbonation and small bubbles. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I thought the hops along with the yeast spice went quite nicely. A good offering and something I would have again.

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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 WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/26/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big perfumy lemon peel, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, black pepper, clove, floral, grass, herbal, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon peel, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, clove, black pepper, herbal, grass, floral, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, light fruits, wheat, pepper, clove, grass, herbal, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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 nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of white foam on top of a brilliantly clear, golden body. The foam exhibits good retention before settling down to a ring of bubbles and leaving nice lace on the walls of the glass.

S - Musty aroma of wild yeast with notes of soft cheese, acidic pineapple and goat. Some herbal hops and spicy yeast with pepper and lavender.

T - Tangy wheat with some creamy, biscuit like malt up front. Earthy flavors of european hops come in next with lots of wild yeast character. Notes of wet earth and musty attic with a little bit of sour tropical fruit. Finishes with a light note of vanilla and moderate hop bitterness as well as more herbal hops. Lingering spicy notes of hops and yeast with wet fur brett character.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I had no idea what to expect from this beer and it turned out to be a pretty weird one. The wild yeast character is intense with a huge nose of musty and very enjoyable funk. The flavor shows some background notes that are reminiscent of a normal saison, but the funk still dominates. Here it is not as pleasantly complex as it is in the nose, but it is still enjoyable. A funky, cheese-like wild beer it is pretty drinkable for something so over the top funky.

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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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