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: 1,095 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of SStein
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StephenPickering
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jsf14
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cfcairns
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jadjunk
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"The radiant energy of the sun gives life to all that we enjoy. Flowing fields of barley for maltin, surging vines of ripening hops and even pure, clean water owe their vitality to the sun. Juse as we do. So in crafting this unique, hazy, orange-hued ale, we poured i nature's great gifts of German malts and European hops to feed the dynamic yeasts that we imported from Belgium. Here in the quiet tanks of Victory our unique yeasts, including Brettanomyces, jave brought vibrancy to this Belgian-style farmhouse ale. That energy has created impressions that range from lemon peel to black pepper, though such spices are not added. Great with a wide array of foods, count on the bright soul of Helios Ale to bring life to all of your meals!" Brewed in the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale, available in 22 oz. bottles and on rotating draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a smooth foam head of a creamy white tone over an aggressively carbonated amber body with mild haziness and sediment abundant. Retention is good and lacing is moderate and clingy. 4.25

(Smell) Cracker and biscuit malts with a mild sweetness are accented by a trace earthy hop bitterness and a bright, effervescent yeast profile, bringing hints of citrus peel, coriander and white pepper spice, and reserved softly tart fruit juice. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Reserved malt sweetness, pilsner and lightly toasted bread malts, with softly acidic fruit juices, bright spices, a touch of citrus peel, little to no hop character or bitterness present. Finishes moderately dry. Simple but very drinkable, well balanced and overall enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, softly creamy, lightly chewy, medium dry. Carbonation is mild, generating light frothiness and a lightly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, light/medium overall. Balance is nearly even sweet to acidic, tart and earthy bitter. Alcohol presence is light and there are no off characters. 4

(Overall) Helios is an enjoyable and respectable enough Saison to seek out at a reasonable price. The beer prides itself into genuinely European-sourced ingredients, but I don't find that this makes enough of a difference in the beer to help it stand out above the average American-brewed Saison. I do, however appreciate the balance that this beer strives for, and despite tasting right on par for my expectations for a Saison ale, it avoids the pitfalls of excessive dryness and aggressive peppery yeast characters that so many Saison ales out there are criticized for. For that, I would recommend giving this a try as a respectable American-brewed Saison, but undoubtedly a far cry from the superiority of Belgian-brewed examples (albeit admittedly much more affordable). 3.75

Victory Brewing Company's
Helios Farmhouse Ale

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Photo of AD17
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JackRWatkins
2.22/5  rDev -42%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

An after the fact review, not a terrible beer overall but lacks a lot of saison and farmhouse-esque characteristics that could have made it really good, the smell goes beyond funk and is FUCKING AWFUL, I love funky smelling beers and even the cat piss scent of oude quetsche Tilqin was not pleasant but was worth it, this is straight urine in the nose and for this drinker the total experience of the beer does not justify putting up with the atrocious smell, in short don't bother

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Photo of PhillyNole
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBishopco
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FriedSlug
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Hazy gold with a nice white head that leaves moderate lacing. The smell is yeast, cloves and done sweet malts. The taste is the same with a peppery finish. Very balanced and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden hue with a crisp, slightly tart bite with a little brett-funk to match. Fluffy cap on top of an effervescent body. Peppercorns, hay, spice, earth, green apple, pear and brut. No phenolic taste or high acidity. Nice balance with a really clean finish. Excellent beer. Think it was only $5 a bomber, which is a steal.

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Photo of DBosco
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One week before its Best By date. Pours without a head, very little carbonation visible. Somewhat dark orange color, slightly hazy. Not much noticeable aroma, but a little citrus. A tart but slightly sweet taste with a little bit of Belgian style clove and spice. A smooth and pleasant drink, clean taste with a little bit of sting from tartness and slight carbonation.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DASA10
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of classixIII
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NatSmith
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pheuker75
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: bright golden straw; loose white head

S: very subtle banana and malted barley

T:no dominant or off flavors, very subtle in pepper and citrus; hardly any detectable Brett

F: good carbonation; clean dry finish

O: not worth a special trip; maybe good for sessioning; might benefit for some cellaring

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Photo of TheHopsman
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 6thstreetbrewpub
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of harryhops
2.59/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of celts32
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,095 ratings