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

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a soft golden orange color with a bright (but subtle) white head, a nice vigorous swirl livens up the head, and settles as a nice layer on top. No perceived lacing.

S- Notes of white pepper, cantaloupe, lemon peel, and orange represent nicely on the nose.

T- Dry and crisp, slight tart & funky notes, lemon and light spice (pepper), very clean and dry.

M- Soft carbonation creates a nice medium body texture, creamy on the palate, yet dry to taste, pretty high ABV for style at 7.5%.

D- Very nice refreshing, dry, medium bodied, spicey, with light fruit notes, works really well. Very nice beer!

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Photo of berpwillie
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden copper color. crazy amount of light fluffy head that receded very quickly. lots and lots of carbonation, but nothing to disticnt as far as the flavor is concerned. very thick lacing covers the glass. overall a very enjoyable beer, especially if like me it was a sunny 70 degree day outside relaxing in my backyard when i first enjoyed this tasty treat. WELL worth the 4 bucks i spent on it.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz. bottle a golden yellow color with a large pillowy head that settles into a light lacing. The carbonation is light but active. The aroma is of hay, grass, & lemon. 1st sip is crisp & dry, with notes of bitter citrus peel (orange & lemon) that intensify on the swallow. Mouthfeel is bubbly, tingly, light & crisp. Drinkability is superb, I could easily down one after another on a July day. Overall, a very refreshing beer that would go very well at a cookout or on a hot summer day. Quite a pleasant beer! Victory does it again!!!

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Photo of Pittsburgh
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, lots of foam, golden yellow color, head filled up more than half the glass on the 1st pour, looked very fresh out of the bottle.

Taste is good, strikes me as a great summer drinking beer, ABV is a little high, but that is ok by me. Tastes more crisp and clean than some of the Belgian Saisons, meaning the yeast is more generic, and it tastes more like an American beer, not the nice funk you get from some of the Belgians, you can tell they are brewed in a more old school/authentic manner, but I don't think that is necessarily bad, just different. Taste is very good, hoppy, mellow, crisp taste, very smooth, has the nice creamy/vanilla taste to is as well, checks all the boxes for the style.

Very drinkable beer.

Overall a good beer and a good Saison, falls short of some of the better ones I have had but still solid, and with the reasonable price, I would go back for more.

Ranks as an A but I think it is more of a B+.

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Photo of Jerone
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very slight haze of golden yellow with a one finger fluffy head that left a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet golden raisin and apple with some yeast and maybe a touch of citrus hops.

T - Not as sweet as the smell with some yeast and grass with a touch of golden raisin and apple, the finish is dry and with a mix of sweet and slight citrus hops.

M - Light to medium body, with medium carbonation, feels very nice in the mouth.

O - People talk about a funk in these beers, but I just don't taste it, I did enjoy this beer quite a bit but it didn't quite reach fantastic for me.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bomber of this bottle as part of a special sale at my local liquor store for $2.50. 7.50ABV, I'm sure you cant beat that for the price. Its aged almost a year as it is dated Dec/2011.

A: This beer pours a light straw color with a little golden tint at the bottom of the glass. Has a 2 inch soapy, bright-white head that sticks around.

S: Aroma consists of earthy, grassy notes with more of a pear smell than a banana, which is consistent with most Saisons. Has a hint of black pepper and honey on the back end of the smell.

T: The head has a little lemon to it, as I had to bite it to get to the body. Peppery spice leads the flavor which is followed by pear/more banana than the smell indicated. Earthy notes and honey compliment the finish very well.

M: Sweet and earthy with a yeast type character, complimented with a peppery spice. Very drinkable as the alcohol is not noticeable at all.

O: Very good for a Saison, actually I have never had a bad Saison. All the characteristics of the beer are consistent with what this type of beer is suppose to be. Its hard to overlook this beer considering the price at most packies.

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Photo of sk8man121
3.6/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Moinette chalice.

A: Gusher!!! I had this bottle sitting stationary on the counter for 10 minutes before opening and i still ended up with a lap-full of foam. I suspected wild yeasts and sure enough. Pours a very hazy apricot with a large, creamy head that quickly dies down to leave no lacing on the glass.

S: Very refreshing, with orange and sharp citrus at the forefront, followed by light hops. There is an undercurrent of funk here, but not enough to be considered "pronounced."

T: Funk (brett?) steps right up and sours the back of the tongue. Very "bright" at first and quite sour, although not necessarily in a way I would consider pleasant. Really not much contrasting flavor to battle the yeast. Aftertaste leaves a lot to be desired.

M: Strong initial carbonation gives way to a surprisingly sticky brew that coats the tongue and top of the mouth. Not thick, but certainly not thin either.

D: I love sour beers; Jolly Pumpkin, Allagash and Cantillon all make some of the boldest and most unique ales in the world, many of which rely on wild yeasts for their eccentric flavor profiles. What those beers have that this one lacks is balance, as there just isn't enough going on here to justify the sour character.

While this is far from a bad brew (and at $3.49/22 oz, not a bad bargain), there are other widely-distributed farmhouse ales that are more worthy of your time & money.

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

Bottle poured into New Belgium Globe. Best by date of April 6, 2012.

A- Pale, yellowish gold. Very carbonated. Fills half the glass. Head is big and structured, leaving a crown in the middle of the glass from the etching at the bottom. Very sticky.

S- Light fruits...pear, green apple. Some peppery spiciness. Some earthy yeast notes. A hint of banana. A little lemon-like acidity. A lot going on here.

T- Very dry. Earthy yeastiness. The green apple/pear notes are there, but not as prominent. A tiny sweetness on the finish. Very nice, but not exactly special

M- Light, well carbonated. Easy drinking as I like in my saisons.

O- A pretty nice domestic saison. I gave it a 4.5 overall because at $3.99 a bomber, with a long shelf life, you really can't go wrong.

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Photo of evilkalla
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber into a very tall glass.

A: Pours a clear, pale yellow, with an inch of fairly thick head. Lots of carbonation is visible.

S: Smell is great. I get hints of belgian yeast, rose petals and other flowers. Somewhat fruity as well.

T: Huge Brett up front, a slightly malty backbone and a bitter finish. The Brett character, however, dominates this one. Not my favorite but not bad.

M: Finishes clean and crisp. Very nice.

O: I'm good with beers where the Brett character is a little more muted, but there's a lot of it in this one. I guess that's not bad if that's what you like. Not a bad beer overall but this particular one isn't for me. I still give it 4/5 since it's very well done.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow. Very lively carbonation in fact I turned my back for a second just after I cracked the bottle and I had foam coming up the bottle and running down the sides. Assertive Brett aromas up front with a bit of tart lemon and a little spicy note, almost like grains of paradise. I find the Brett pretty dominant on the palate on this one, not bad for me since I like Brett, but its a bit more domineering than I want in a summer Saison. Carbonation is very high in fact tied with the fact that it foamed over on me when I opened, it leads me to believe the Brettanomyces got a little out of control on this one. Still, I am able to enjoy this beer as it offers a fair amount of complexity.

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

Nose: Nice and tart and a little funky. Pleasant spicyness and faintly citric.

Appearance: Semi-hazy 14k gold color. Frothy white head rose high and left quickly but laced well.

Taste: Surprisingly funky. Good barnyardy quality. Just a hint of tartness on the sides. Subtle hint of lemongrass rides along the top. Finishes a little funky and a little bitter.

Overall: Really fantastic. At around $4 it's going to be a frequent get.

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Photo of LI_PO12
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into pint

Appearance light gold, slight haze, white head

Aroma farmhouse funk, some fruity esters apple and pear, slight lemony citrus, hay, a bit too much alcohol poking through but ok.

Flavor again a bit too boozy, but nice funky yeast, citrus, some fruitiness, pear, all good elements for a saison present but they muddle together too much

Mouthfeel medium higher side of carbonation,

Overall for 4.50 a bomber this is great. I'm not sure how old this bottle is but imagine its not fresh, still tasty and drinkable. Probably a good saison for those new to the style.

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Photo of Mancer
3.76/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured (into a Tulip glass) a hazy golden amber. The head was excellent and poured 3 fingers high. The head retention was also excellent as a 1 finger head stuck around for must of the beer. There were lots of bubbles visible. The smell is by far the worst part of this beer. I can't even explain what it smells like, but somewhat reminds of urine. My nose however did not agree with my mouth. The initial taste of the beer was that of spices, hints of lemon, and some citrus hops. The flavors meshed nicely, and I'm glad it didn't taste like what I smelt. This brew had a light body with moderate carbonation.

All in all this is definitely a beer to try and for the price, more so.

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Photo of jlandis
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours clear golden with a solid fluffy white head. Looked beautiful, but the clarity seemed out of place for a saison.
S - A subltle lemon spice aroma with faint belgian esters.
T - A tart lemon pepper earthyness with a sharp hop presence.
M - Dry with aggressive carbonation.
D - Highly drinkable - not the best saison I have ever had, but very good. The inexpensive price (under $3 for a bomber) means I'll be coming back again for this one.

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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 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 julian89
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Translucent pale yellow with a decent sized white foam head and fair retention.

Smell: An earthy fruity saison. The herb smell is not a pronounced as in other saisons. The spice and citrus is just as strong though.

Taste: Flowery, citrusy, and bready. A typical saison, but fairly light considering the 7.5%.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied and carbonated.

Drinkability: Pretty pleasant saison.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy golden color with a thumb width head. You can see the carbonation flow up the sides of the glass.

S-I smell raisins at first sniff. Grassy, meadowy smell comes to mind. Spring flowers are there as well. Interesting mix of smells.

T-Lemony, pepper taste at first sip. Citrus fruits are here too. Mild hop bitterness comes through as well.

M-Spicy and thin feel throughout the mouth.

O-Overall a solid brew. Not overly drinkable. Definitely need to take your time with this one. Nice stuff from Victory as usual.

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Photo of mtbbaboon
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. Color is Bright cloudy yellow with white fizzy head. Fair amount of sediment floating around. Thick head settles into a nice creamy layer of suds. A little lacing but not a whole lot. Smells like a saison should smell. Yeast, spices, pepper, citrus, perhaps some cloves. Lots going on there. Tastes grassy and lemony. Hoppy bitterness comes though at the end. The taste isn't as complex as the aroma. Medium mouthfeel that drinks rather easy. Dry, smooth texture to it. All in all it's an enjoyable beer to drink.

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Photo of batty
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Entered from notes taken early September of '09. bought/drank in Cambridge, MA

A: golden, clear, bright white head drops quick to a thin layer. could use longer-lasting head. little lacing

S: a little weak, pale malt, light apple, strong funk

T: touch sweet on tip of tongue, nice crisp aple taste middle, and STRONG 'farmhouse' taste. makes sense in the style and i like it, but quite aggressive. finished earthy hop, w/ just the touch of floral. slight grapefruit peel, citrusy lemon. good.

M: thick. beautiful.

D: a little strong on the 'farmhouse' and less crisp than most, but still great.

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

22 oz bomber poured into a Bell's tulip:

A - Clean golden yellow with some visible carbonation. The head is velvety and leaves a decent lace.

S - Caramel malts, spicy, almost with clove. Big yeasty character with some faint phenolic tones. Bready tones with rye suggested. Biscuity with some toffee and nuttiness.

T - Zesty, sharp, and pronounced, with a distinct yeasty flavor that is followed by a fruity essence with hints of grape soda. The finish is clean with minimal bitterness and a residual fruity yeast chracter. Spicy tones give an essence of clove and cardamom, with notes of starfruit and lychee dancing beneath.

M - Good carbonation and a crisp mouthfeel.

O - Not bad. Lacks a bit of the complexity I've come to expect for the style, but immensely drinkable and a good price at $2.99 for a bomber.

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Photo of mbudner
3.77/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

A- Pours a light golden color, TOO clear for a saison, with a big, fluffy, 2-finger white head. I don't know from a brewing standpoint if clarity is desirable in a saison, but I have sampled dozens and never seen one so clear, so it is slightly off-putting resulting in a lower score (strictly subjective, but I may be wrong from a technical standpoint.)

S- Banana-like ester scent. Smells yeasty. I get some lemon and spice in the nose as well.

T- The flavor is of a yeasty banana with a little bit of booze and spice on the tail end. The heat is a little surprising from a saison. I also get some bitter hops and a distinct earthiness in the finish. Slight rubbery or latex flavor in the aftertaste. I get a little bit of funkiness after this has warmed up for a long time, very, very slight.

M- Good amount of carbonation, a little thin in the finish.

D- Overall, it is very drinkable. Not the best saison I have had by any means, but nothing in it makes it hard to drink. I wish it had a little more funk. The flavors simply don't mesh that well and nothing really sets this one apart. Great value for your money ($5/bomber in center city Philadelphia, where single bottle prices are outrageous) so definitely one I would consider buying again, but not a stand-out saison.

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Photo of philerman
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased via a growler fill at Whole Foods in Plymouth Meeting, PA and poured into a flute glass. Growler had been refrigerated almost a week but no discernible damage.

A: Golden/honey brown with a pleasant amount of bubbling.

S: Flowery overall, but not overpowering. Some citrus notes as well.

T: A little bit bitter, not unpleasantly so though. Stays with you quite a bit over a slow glassful.

Overall impressions: Nice beer for a Saturday night. Not too much of an alcohol burn for something this strong. Probably my second favorite Saison.

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

Victory Helios (formally known as V Saison) pours golden and nice white cloudy head in a pint glass or tulip glass. Helios is something of Saison switch-hitter. At first sip is has mellow malt qualities, but toggles to a carbonated, green apple, yeasty, and subtly spicy finish. I love saisons and this stands out, specifically because it is saison Victory style.

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Photo of halo21
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this hazey golden yellow beer into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass, leaving room for a nice fluffy and chunky white head; which stood up strong for most of the pint, and left decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and fruity - light orange and lemon - with a bit of malt sweetness/toast, all package nicely with a good dose of yeast.

Taste: Spice and earth up front from the yeast, followed by a nice citrus hop section, all finished with a smooth malty sweetness. There are a few more layers to the beer of other fruit esters and the yeast really comes through on this one, with some spice and funk.

Mouthfeel: Lively with a medium body. Drying sweet finish.

Drinkability/Palitability: Very high; this bottle went fast between the two of us, and left us wanting more.

Notes: A great saison; I hope the Helios is just as tasty.

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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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