Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)
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:
451
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Gtwreck45
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrishiker1409
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
3.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ordybill
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is a sweet smell. The flavor has the traditional farmhouse flavor with a slight sour bite. an average saison.

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Photo of Bjcomm96
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Curt3
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of soulliard
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of flek
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Spade
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nmgreen
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mltobin
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EMV
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

L: Pours a cloudy light to medium golden color. Three fingers of foamy white head leave great lacing.

S: Yeast and citrus... lemon rind and cut hay.

T/F: Follows smell pretty closely. Bread and yeasts at the front... spice and lemon peel. Coriander and peppercorn. Zesty mouthfeel. Mildly astringent... finish is dry.

O: A pretty solid saison... good flavor profile, and everything I expect from the style. Well played Victory.

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Photo of rjd722
3.84/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of scaryguy4u
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fitz284
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of SStein
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber BB 20 Jun 2016 at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma weak, lightly fruity, fades to nothing
Head average (Maximum 3.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, creamy, diminishing to an irregular two to three mm ring and thin layer with frothy island
Lacing excellent – wide bands of tiny bubbles with legs
Body light yellow, hazy
Flavor – light and refreshing, a hint of pepper, some yeast phenolics, a hint of the malt backbone. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, almost creamy, soft carbonation

A decent farmhouse ale, slightly higher in alcohol than I prefer for the style, and the palate seems a little heavy. A pleasant change of pace.

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of richj1970
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StephenPickering
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The thing of it is, for me, when it comes to Brettanomyces, less is more. And I have had more than one (usually American) saison which figured more is more, resulting in what can only be described as something like carbonated grapefruit juice. I have read online that brett was something earlier brewers tried to keep out of beer, and the sense of modern Saisons seems to be "we have to simulate the oops, some got in" quality of saisons - real or imaged - of the past. But I'm guessing because everything I know of this style was learned online.

The Brett aspect here is a little stronger (people talk about wet blanket or whatever; to me it is just grapefruit) than the best American saison I've yet had, which is Ommegang's mighty Hennepin, but it is nonetheless restrained and balanced.

This is not a stunt beer (American beers love to strive to be the bitterest, or most boozy, or whatever). Whoever made this had respect for the style.

I recommend this; it is, as the style is supposed to be, refreshing, not too heavy on the ABVs (not that anything is *wrong* with that unless I can taste the alcohol; a quality which doesn't belong in this style). It is, in a word, unpretentious.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsf14
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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