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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: 450 | Ratings: 1,085
Photo of Slatetank
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Al's of Hampden...tried this in the bottle already, but was interested to see what the differences/similarity is like on tap.

A clear golden color, very sunny appearance with bone white cap with very tight bead. Visibly carbonated and lacing clings well with good retention. The aroma is slightly vinous like white grape with slight hop scents and mild pepper from the yeast. the feel is very dry, with high carobonation and mild bitterness. The body is affected slightly by the alcohol giving a drying finish.

The taste is very good, with some yeast fruitiness which leans toward white grape and the hop flavor is herbal/spicy. Some of the spice seems to be amplified by the yeast and alcohol is adding to the dry quality of malt and yeast in the brew. I like how it is refreshing with good flavor from the yeast and has some hop bitterness. The saison is very traditional in taste -true to the standard Dupont which is good, drinkability is ok, but I prefer a little more malt. This is a super dry and a little on the alcoholic side for my taste.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ

A: Pale straw in color with a large white head and impressive retention.

S: A nice, but subtle sweetness followed by a mild funkiness. Quite a bit of earthy characteristics along with some fruity notes, particularly pineapple and citrus. Just a hint of spice, phenols, and yeast.

T: Fairly bready and substantial for a saison, which I found nice. Yet, it still manages to be fairly light (impressive at 7.5%). Mild spices and yeast with a touch of white pepper. Fruity, but not as intensely as on the nose. Some hints of floral hops and a mild earthy quality and bitterness.

M: Medium in body with a lively carbonation.

O: I quite liked this beer. A very nice nose and a pleasant flavor made for a good experience.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tulip glass at ChurchKey.

I've been wanting to revisit this guy, but I kept getting bad bottles. Thankfully, the CK has my back yet again. It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of white suds. The nose comprises mandarin oranges, peach, grapefruit, and a light kiss of a caramel. The taste is nearly identical, with some additional mild floral bitters. The body is a heavy light, with an active carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a very tasty brew, possibly my favorite regularly-available saison.

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Photo of smcolw
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge, nearly pure white head. Goes down slowly leaves little lace. Straw color liquid; nearly clear.

Lots of golden malt aroma; slightly citrusy but not from the hop which is quite mild. Some spruce smell also.

If I were blindfolded, I would expect a darker looking beer. This looks like a macro (albeit with a huge head), but tastes like a over-hopped APA. Grapefruit and pine bitter flavors from the hop. Solid malt delivery. Long, tongue-cleansing aftertaste. Only the body comes across as typical to me.

I notice when I'm inspired to write a lot, it's always a good beer. This is better than most and may be my new favorite Saison.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Ithaca glass. Golden yellow in color with an active white head rising half an inch above the top of the beer. Pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma shows a moderate amount of earthy, slightly funky Brett to it. I was a little surprised as I had no idea there was Brett in this beer, but I'm quite happy at how well it works for it. Some bright lemon zest and pale malts are there as well, but the Brett is what keeps drawing my attention.

The taste shows a little more of a crisp, pale fruit component , but the zesty citrus rind still plays a pretty big role. The earthy, slightly funky Brett adds some great depth and complexity to it.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being above average. Overall I was really impressed with this beer and can't believe it's taken me this long to try it. The Brett was light and not dominating, but really made the beer for me with it's complex flavors. At $3.99 a bomber I thought this was a great value as well. One of the best light and easy drinking beers I've had all summer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at a local DC tasting thanks to jslot38. Bottle from 2007.

a - Pours a clear golden color with 2 fingers plus of white head that lasts for several minutes and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, orange, and spice.

t - Tastes of orange, citrus fruits and hops, and spices.

m - Light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A decent saison, but not much funkiness to it. Some nice citrus, especially oranges, in the smell and taste. Would try again.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a streaming bowel of golden sunshine much like the label entails with the Helios label, let's see how this compares to the ol' V Saison in the corked and caged format. Carbonation was more than effervescent, as I popped the cap this beer just about exploded. The first pour was soft yet formed a very large bubbly massive foam head. Bright white and textured rocky well above the rim of my tulip shaped chalice. Lacing seems to speckle nicely with chunky bits of lace but never leaves even bands to be adored at the end of your drinking session.

Aroma contains layers of spices with sharp alcoholic sweet malt layers and refreshing spicy noble hops in the finish. Tart citrus zest with funky phenolics are welcomed with each sniff, a definite barnyard farmhouse ale that we beergeeks know how to enjoy. An almost pillow like softness with chamomile marshmallow like layers with some coriander and clove attached to the party as well.

Flavor doesn't kill with sweetness more of lemon lime zest splice with spices added to roll you over. The yeast does it's share of work with the exotic spicy character and ferments a nice array of barnyard wild tones as well. Very complex well made American version of the style which can be hard to come by. There's a wide spectrum of Saison brewed in this country at one end lies Ommegang and the other is a toss up between Clipper City and Great Lakes I will let you judge the high and low ends of my example. Anyways this one knocks at the door of greatness and it is a welcome addition to the new family of 22 ounce bombers coming out of Downingtown these days, god knows they better keep the Prima ones a coming they're perfect sizes for that brew. The one feature that rubs me the wrong way is how the blending of the yeast used here and the spices added develop a strong sense of a floral perfume gag reflux in my mouth initially. It can be off putting but it rolls away after a few sips, and becomes much more tolerable after desensitizing the palate with a test drive.

Mouthfeel overall is spot on for the style pure effervescence brings out pillowy softness when the streaming layers of bubbles settle. Medium bodied farmhouse ale that is sure to impress the newbies in the beer scene. Again good call on the new bottles and name change, who's marketing these days for Bill and Ron?

Drinkability is great a beer you'll have no problems with, share with friends don't be stingy. In fact this style of beer when done right has potential to convert most friends especially women to the craft beer movement. I was at Victory's last tenth anniversary party and I hope I'm able to have a blast at the next one. Oh yeah, Victory is supposedly coming into West Virginia in the not so distant future.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Darrell for hipping me to this beer.

The beer is a bit of a gusher, with a formidable white head. The aroma offers citrus, hops, brett, etc, very nice. Flavor follows suit. Light to medium in body and highly drinkinable. Delicious. $4 per bomber?!? Alrighty then. Absolutely worth a try. I look forward to revisiting this one.

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Photo of stakem
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a cervoise. The brew appears a perfectly clear golden color with 3 fingers worth of yellowish tan head. The cap displays solid retention but as it fades it leaves stringy patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma is zesty like lemon/lime with traces of earth and yeasty spice like clove. There is a slight touch of pepper and grass also present before a hint of straw-like grain.

The flavor has hints of lemony zest that builds a layer of brightness to the brew. Some yeasty spice adds clove and pepper to the mix. The grain is caught between biscuit, wheat, straw and dusty cobweb which indicates the first traces of brett.

This is a medium bodied brew that is modestly carbonated. For 7.5% it has a mild hint of alcohol but is otherwise hidden quite well. Very nice drinkability and complexity for a saison. At 3-4 bucks a bomber, you just cant beat this. If you havent already had this, what the hell are you waiting for?

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottle stamped "Best by 9/29/2012."

Appearance - Golden yellow body. Mostly clear. Nice two to three finger white fluffy head. Great retention. Rings of sticky lace inside the glass. Looks great.

Smell - Light funk with some bready malts. No sourness, despite what I read from other reviews. Metallic undertones throughout the nose, which really detracts. Perhaps it will dissipate as it warms.

Taste - Slight fruit notes at first, but the don't last long against a huge bready malt flavor. Really dominant. Way too much of one type of grain. Light malt overload. The finish is tempered by an earthy hop bitterness that isn't unpleasant. No metallic flavor in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Not light, but certainly not heavy and syrupy. Bitter finish lingers for perhaps too long. I don't know that I'd call it a good mouthfeel, but it isn't bad either.

Overall - Some flavors are good, some flavors are off. Not a drainpour, but not anything I want to drink again.

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Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazed golden with an off-white head that falls to a lasting cover.

The smell is spicy - lemon/pepper with bready and grainy notes.

The taste follows in the spiciness - lemon/ pepper with an underlying grassiness. A touch of honey sweetness in the middle. Banana-ish fruitiness as it progresses. Maltiness balanced by spiciness, leading to a refreshingly dry finish.

It is medium-bodied and effervescent. Creamy.

Easy-to-drink. A nice refreshing spiciness lingers. Alcohol is very well-covered. Could be a bit funkier. But, overall, a well-done interpretation of the style!

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a vigorous head and a clear gold body. The smell is yeasty with just a hint of fruit. The taste is yeasty with a faint herbal note. There is a solid saison, but is rather one dimensional, and not very complex.

It's worth a try for saison or Belgina lovers.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Helios Ale. 22 oz. bomber.

Bright golden/ straw yellow coloration, highly hazed, Huge head, gorgeous and puffy, luscious and lacey, pure white as the driven snow, etcetera.

Aroma:ah,yes!Here's the zest, the spice, the citrus, the flowery and ethereal, lovely and uplifting air.Like a witbier, but just spot on for a saison. A llittle light.

On the tongue, continued zest, peppery spice spanks the palate, then fades back a bit, but not for long. The blast up front lingers, though, and the citrus-y character gets a bit pointed, a little sharp, shall we say. Still brisk, tasty, refreshing. Spiciness stays on top,until it drops off.

Pleasing, but not exciting. Yummy, zesty/sour saison. Not too complex, but good with food,and great drinking on a spring/summer day.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Enjoy by August 5 2012, so off we go!

A nice off white and foamy head, lots of large bubbles in this, kind of styrofoam looking, sits on a nice golden dark lemon body. Slightly opaque, easy to see rising carbonation. Nice looking beer here, as you drink and the head clumps all around.

Great nose on this. Slight salt, wild yeast sense and floral. Hints of mushy sour peaches, slight funk, very creamy, banana mush. Real unique nose.

Taste brings a nice saison palate. Yeasty bread, following a sharp spice of clove. Nice malt body on this, a little hint of tight fizz but not much which I like, not very gassy. Finish is even sweet fruits of apricot, orange, mixing in with a good funkyness.

This is a great enjoyable saison. Mix of interesting characters of density, brightness, fruit, funk, hint of sweet, just great.

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

$3.99 for a bomber, nice. "Bottled on Dec 10, 2009" stamped on the front label, well done. Pours clear yellow amber, long lasting off white head, ample frothy collar and sheeting, below bits of lace. Spiced up, citric nose, more lemon/lime, add a healthy dose of pepper, herbal and fresh tasting hops..all add up to a quite pleasant, zesty and fresh tasting saison...here its a freezing night in january and I've been transported back to a hot day on the back porch in July...bring on the salads and cheese/crusty bread lunches...nice saison, for a nice price, always a plus...

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Photo of WesWes
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice pale malt scent that's light along with a mild hop bitterness and a damn fine yeast aroma. It has a nice citrus feel as well as a good deal of funk. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor; easy drinking, a solid base. The hops provide adequate bitterness and the yeast rounds out the palate with lots of earthy farmhouse funk. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an above average saison. It's flavorful and true to style, although the appearance seems off. It looks like it filtered, which takes away from the authenticity.

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Photo of Gavage
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear gold color with a 2" head that lasts a while. Nice lacing paints the glass through the session.

Smell: earthy and spice tones rise easily from the glass and are very pleasant.

Taste: mildly grainy malt profile with pepper, grass, slightly tart green grapes, lemon zest, and some moderate earthiness. Bitterness is quite noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout with some light dryness late.

Drinkability: this beer was so flavorful on tap I could have had several glasses in the session. Easy to drink and great saison IMHO.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice two-finger foamy white head, with lots of sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of yeast, pepper, licorice, spices. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, yeasty, bitter, with some pepper, licorice, and spices. Medium body. Drinkable, not really liking this one, too hot, peppery, spicy.

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Photo of tone77
2.93/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, some hints of citrus. Taste is mostly of alcohol, with some yeast flavor. Feels light in the mouth. Not really a beer I could drink to many of. Overall this is a mediocre brew.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Single bomber poured into some fancy glasses, split with Oglmcdgl. A repackaging of victory's V saison, lets hope they don't over do it like a certain Rogue company.

A- A loud hiss when the cap was pryed, i mean it was loud! A clear yellow color with just a hint of gold within. The liquid has just a bit of haze from the sediment but remains pretty clean looking. A very hearty head of white foam that is creamy looking once it fades to a cap. Good spots of lacing.

S- Smells like a well crafted saison that bursts with citrus flavor from the gate. At first im greeted with big scents of lemon zest, that's the big one. Of the saison's i've had recently the noses have been weak, not this one. Some spice such as pepper from the yeast, which also is a big smell. Alot of farmhouse in this one.

T- And it tastes like a well crafted saison as well. As in smell im hit with the lemon peel up front, that much is apparent. As this warms though, a big banana taste comes forth mellowing the drink some. This is backed by the spices(black pepper). The European malts shine when this comes to room temp. The hops used play a part but don't jump out at you or the palete. I think I prefer this slightly warmer rather than cold.

M- Helios is crisper when cold, but smooths out very well when the temperature rises. Either way, this is a bit below medium bodied with a good amount of carb as witnessed by the hiss when the cap was pryed. Just the slightest bit of roughness on the end with a small aftertaste of yeast which is not over bearing.

D- Split the bomber, but could of took it to the head. The 7.5% is a bit high for a saison, and the alcohol shows it's head only a bit during the experience. If I could cook, i would of made a dish to pair this with as that would have made this even tastier. On it's own, Helio's rock's, even if it's not a "new beer".

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory V Saison; Sampled March 2006
Almost brilliantly clear, rich gold color with a hint of copper to it. The head is initially three-fingers thick with a just off white color. The head subsides in a rocky surfaced manner with a touch of Belgian lacing on the side of the glass. The aroma is quite fruity as I pour this beer into my glass; I get notes of apple and pear, with mostly the fruity tart aspects of these fruits. Going in for a deeper smell yields a nice grain character which evokes thoughts of grassy grain, and sweet malt. Some of the grassiness seems to be hop derived as well. There is a nice herbal almost spicy hop character to the nose that mixes well with the earthy spice notes from the fermentation character. I get notes of orange zest, a hint of white pepper, and some notes of clove.

The taste is pretty dry up front with just a hint of malt sweetness. There is also a nice level of tartness here, though nothing approaching any acid producing organisms, just a nice tart character from the yeast and grain. The beer finishes with a nice spicy bite, a combination of the ample carbonation and spicy yeast derived notes. The finish is a mix of lightly hot alcohol, ginger, pepper, a yeasty almost bread-like bite. The carbonation is just about perfect, it is quite high, especially for an American beer. It really goes well with the light refreshing aspects of this beer. Hops you ask, yes they are here as well, certainly not over the top, but here in a nice supporting way. The hops add some herbal grassy character to this beer, as well as contributing to the overall spiciness of this brew. There is a bit of malt sweetness in the middle through to the finish of this beer; a nice sweet grain character.

This is a really nice example of a Saison, I am really digging it right now. It is perhaps a little sweeter than I would prefer, but the initial carbonation really helps to offset this in the beginning. As time wears on though it seems to not maintain the interest, it loses a bit of complexity perhaps, or more appropriately, I think it needed a bit more fermentation complexity. It seems to need a bit more yeast derived spiciness and bite. I think that the grain character, which is nice by the way, becomes a bit too dominant in the end. It somehow weakens the finish of this beer.

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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 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 Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours goldenrod with a mild white head, average retention, fair amount of lace.

S: Peppery Belgian yeast, with a pungent hop component, Americanized in the style.

T: Bready malt mixed with lemon and orange peel. Peppery yeast flavour, coriander, with a grassy dry hop flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, soft on the palate, drying.

D: Certainly to the American side of things. Identifiable as a saison, though if it were called a hoppy Belgian pale or BIPA, I'd believe it. Good flavours but not a lot of complexity compared to the better versions of this style. But for less than $6 a bomber, it's pretty inexpensive for saison.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,085 ratings.
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