Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)
BA SCORE
69.7%
Liked This Beer
3.83 w/ 1,092 ratings
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
Ranking:
#11,166
Reviews:
453
Ratings:
1,092
Liked:
761
Avg:
3.83/5
pDev:
12.01%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
111
Trade:
1
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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a hazy golden. Thick white head of dense foamy bubbles. Left sticky lace left clinging to my tulip glass.

Smells flowery, rose like. Followed by bready yeast, and funky horse blanket. Some granny smith apple on the back end.

Taste is heavy on the tart apple. Doughy yeasts. Spicy clove notes. Sharp hop twang, with a lemon rind like finish. Alcohol is detectable.

Medium body with a crisp carbonation.

This is my first time having it since the re-branding from V-Saison. Overall a very nice example of the style.

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3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes after enjoying on 11/23/13. Consumed out of a 22 oz brown bottle, but I regrettably did not mark down the dating that was etched onto the bottle. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Body is a dull golden orange with a murky quality to it from the sediment haze that flows into the glass as I pour. Where the light refracts, there is a small spot of lighter orange/peach color. Atop the body sits a pillowy two-finger head the color of parchment paper white. The head sticks around for quite awhile, leaving ample lacing on the sides of the glass and a solid remainder of mottled foam along the top of the liquid.

Smell - There is nothing on the bottle about Brettanomyces, but the aroma clearly reveals that wonderful little yeast hiding within. In addition to the pungent funkiness from the Brett, there are fainter hints of lemon zest and musty barnyard hay, but the Brett is working hard to make the aroma rather one note. The good news is that I love Brett, so I'm not at all put out by the rather shallow aroma.

Taste - Some fruity phenols and faint booze/esters now make an appearance to play along with the distinctive funky yeast. I also get a little spiciness, like white pepper along with perhaps some other more generic spice notes like clove. I also get some faint breadiness, like sourdough providing a nice base for the more floral and fruity characteristics. Like the aroma, the taste is a little bit one note, but there is a bit more complexity than in the smell.

Mouthfeel - Slightly creamy and lucious, medium-bodied beverage, with an ample amount of carbonation. On the high side of moderate.

Overall, a tasty little Brett saison, but there are others that I would likely pick up first, and that fact is only exacerbated by the fact that Victory is not easy to procure in my neck of the woods. Still a solid offering and if it was local and easy to get, I could see this being a good beer to grab regularly to get that Brett fix when some of my favorites (which are usually seasonal, limited release or out of my distro area) aren't available.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice fluffy head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves a decent amount of lacing behind. The beer itself is a clear and filtered gold.

The beer's aroma has has a strong earthy hop smell with light notes of lemon peel and citrus. The yeast adds a little mustiness and is certainly present as well as slightly balancing the hops with its fruity esters but does not come all the way through until it warms up. Additionally, the smell has a slight tinge of alcohol but not by much.

The taste is slightly different from the smell. The yeast's fruity notes are stronger in the taste than in the smell and the alcohol is a bit stronger as well. The taste is very hop heavy and unbalanced. While some of the earthiness and musk are still there, the hops and citrus/lemon peel taste dominate the taste buds.

The beer is medium bodied but on the lighter side of medium bodied. The carbonation in the beer certainly has bite but is a little less than what some would call crisp. The beer is smooth as it goes down but that is expected given the carbonation.

Overall, a decent saison but not one of the best. Personally, I think it's worth getting this beer at least once.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/26/2013. Pours moderately hazy deep golden amber color with a 2-3 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big perfumy lemon peel, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, black pepper, clove, floral, grass, herbal, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon peel, orange zest, pear, apple, wheat, clove, black pepper, herbal, grass, floral, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of lemon zest, light fruits, wheat, pepper, clove, grass, herbal, bread, light funk, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; with a great malt/yeast balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent saison style! All around great complexity and balance of fruity/spicy yeast and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow orange, one finger head.

S-Yeast, lemon, spice, grass and citrus.

T-Balance is off. Starts with citrus and lemon notes then ends with an odd assortment of clove, grass and bubble gum.

M-Light, nice carbonation but not that crisp.

O-The balance is off, the bubblegum flavor throws stuff off. Expected better from Victory.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 69.7% out of 100 with 1,092 ratings
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