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

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009

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Ratings: 1,091 |  Reviews: 452
Photo of tvghost
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ocelot2500
3.07/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of funk, but like a locker room, very earthy and not what I would call pleasant.

Tastes of the funk which then blends into spice and malts. Funk leads off with an earthiness that is more pleasant than the nose. Spices then come through with pepper. This then leads to fruity notes with lemon and a bit of apple that end in a grainy sweetness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent attempt at a saison, but I find the nose to be quite offensive.

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Photo of derkfromwi
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of shand
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

Popped the cap on this one and went to rinse out my glass, and the bottle was noticeably foaming over when I went for the pour. It pours a very hazy straw color with a huge head that quickly settles down to something more manageable. Aroma is good, a bit of ripe fruit, funkiness, and yeastiness. The taste is very good as far as my tastes on saisons go, the fruitiness, funkiness, and just a hint of hops keep the yeast in check. It's just a deliicous sour. The mouthfeel is crisp and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is very good for the ABV. Overall, this is a great saison! Saisons are really hit or miss with me, but this one's a hit for sure.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clear golden/straw yellow pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head and nice amounts of lacing. smells very fruity (banana, strawberry), smells a bit like a cider (strange yeast smell), flower petals.
that flower petal flavor is really up front, and personally a bit off putting. tart, citrus fruit flavors with a zesty pepper finish.champagne-like carbonation, medium body, and very creamy on the lips. a bit of burn on the throat going down.

the very floral scent really worked for this one.... up until i tasted it, and it tasted like i was eating a bouquet. i'm sure there's people out there that will like it, i do not. still a pretty refreshing ale nonetheless, and a very unique saison.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice

A: hazy, pale lemon color with a white 2 finger head that hangs out for a while. Ample lacing. I poured some into my wife's Stella Artois glass and it left a big 4 finger head. I guess glass width makes a difference.

S: Belgian yeast. Earthy, funky, light citrus.

T: Lemon/Citrus comes through loud and clear with a Belgian funk backbeat. Wheat. Some bitterness and sour notes. Slightly astringent. A finish of black pepper even though there's none in the mix. Much smoother as it warms.

M: Medium with medium carbonation. Let it sit on your tongue; the bubbles do a tapdance.

O: Fresh, light, zesty; a decent sipper.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of impending
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Petaluma Taps into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed classic light yellow, dense white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is clean, yeasty with citrus and light skinned fruits. No funk of much measure, earthy hops.

Flavor begins with a slight sweetness ends with a slight dryness. Taste is narrow, some citrus but lacks complexity. Light bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

split bomber into tulip.

A: hazy golden. very bright. orange at the core. head is very frothy with good retention and lacing.

S: tart, soured fruit. horsehair. hay. pears.

T: a little barny and tart to start turns to freshly cracked black pepper. finish is super dry. not finding a real malt presence here seeing that most of it dried out.

M: vibrant carbonation and refreshingly medium bodied.

D: a well-made saison from victory. i really dig that an offering of this quality is so cheap. i believe i got this bomber for $4 which is definitely one of the cheapest saisons ive had. good shit.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.08/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into an 8oz sampling glass.

Pours a light hazy yellow with a nice fluffy white head. Nose is very funky, bandaids, citrius and fruit.

Taste is funky. It's sweet and tart, hard to explain, it's right on for a saison but there'. A bit of that hop bitterness as well as wet horse blanket. I'd say skip this beer but I'm not a big fan of the style.

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Photo of chrispoint
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%

Photo of stampfler07
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TheBishopco
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of petewheeler
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrfehon33
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of yesyouam
2.24/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Victory Helios is a very sparkling, pretty clear, pale golden ale with lots of particles. It has a huge, fluffy, white head that has outstanding retention. There are lots of bananas in the aroma, with notes of lemon and phenol. It smells fruity and funky. It has a lively, medium body that starts a little heavy on the tongue and becomes very light at the squeaky dry finish. It has a very phenolic flavor overall. There is a little herbal bitterness and something earthy in there, but it's hard to notice-- Everything is overpowered by the taste of Band-Aids. A long Band-Aid finish lingers. Yech. Band-Aid juice.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yeah man, not much you can say about this one except that it's an insanely good deal - very good beer for the best price around ($3.95). A solid saison with pretty much everything you'd expect from the style, meaning a light orangy color, nice funky farmhouse nose (not too strong though), and then a generally light and drinkable wheaty-citrus-lightly sour flavor. A tasty brew for a phenomenal price. Will be getting it again.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.44/5  rDev -10.6%
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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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours light and hazy golden color. Tons and tons of head with extremely good retention. There is lots of lively carbonation inside the beer. This beer is beautiful.

S: Lots of funk - brett influence is very apparent. Some barnyard aroma with a good amount of tart grapefruit. Not much as far as spices. Fairly one dimensional, but very nice.

T: Dry to the extreme. More spices come out in the flavor - mostly clove, pepper, and a grass flavor. A little citrus flavor in the background. This is very refreshing and intriguing, but could be a bit juicier. Again, there is a TON of brett influence here.

M: Very light and highly carbonated. A bit distracting, but overall good for a saison.

O: This beer is really quite good. It's complex, easy drinking, and quite tasty. It's one of the best saisons that I've had. IMO, it's a bit dry to be world class. At $2.99 a bomber, this is a steal.

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

Received a 1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle of this from ipaking67 in a trade & has an estimated price of $15. Poured from the Brown, Green, Yellow, and Orange Squared Label w/ a Sun that is stuck in a Tulip Glass into my 12oz Schlafly Gold Rimmed Tulip Glass. Has ENJOY BY: AUG 5 2012 on the front in almost microscopic font.

Story Behind this Brew: While the Saison style has been my favorite this year, I've been trying to knock out all of the ones in the top 50. I've only had the Hop Devil from Victory and this was awesome so very sure that the Helios (with its rating and all) will be very nice!

Aroma- Has a HUGE tart and strong citrus aroma upfront. Very limited amount of spice but the acidic aroma is perfect and awesome! Almost seems like a lambic or light gueuze aroma is involved.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger head that lasts for a great amount of time. Has a great golden body with a bit of haze. Leaves thick lacing behind and is random all along the glass.

Flavor- Awesome combo of fruit and light spice. There is a ton of acidity and light pepper flavor in the finish. Light bitterness but more importantly is very effervescent and hits the tongue strongly!

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Creamy, Smooth, and leaves nice citrus on the palate. Very effervescent all the way through. Does have a strange sour grapefruit on the palate that I'm not too keen about... Limits the rating of this category...

Overall Impression- A bit too sour for the sour. At the finish has a old/stale grapefruit taste that is hard to enjoy or get through. I finished the entire bottle but this really made me think, huh, this one started GREAT and then finished average. I would still recommend anyone trying this one but there are many other Saisons before this one I would enjoy.

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Photo of grahamboudreaux
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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 fehrminator
2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,091 ratings.
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