Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)

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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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Photo of philbe311
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One fingers worth of fizzy white head quickly fades leaving only a thing veil of lacing and a small ring of bubble around the edge of the snifter... A 100% translucent... A golden honey color with a slight glow... A medium amount of quick paced carbonation rises sporadically throughout...

S - A whimsical mix of candied sugars and Belgian yeast... Just a slight bit of funk... Hints of orange zest and fresh cut grass...

T - A surprising bit of funk emerges on the palette... It's mixed with lemon, a dry earthiness, and some perfume... A touch of pepper on the finish... I was close to rounding up to a "4" in this department, but couldn't quite get there...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Lots of fizzy carbonation... Starts slightly lush and quickly turns and finishes dry...

D - In the overall world of Saisons, this is offering from Victory is middle of the pack at best (which isn't necessarily a bad thing)... However, it is an absolute steal at $2.99 a bomber... Balance out those first two facts and this one is highly drinkable... Worth a try for Saison lovers and a must for those in search of a craft beer bargain...

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

A very well carbonated orange color with a rocky white head.

Aroma is of lemons, spices and yeast

Taste is very yeasty, balancing out with a peppery spice, malts, lemon zest. Very good combination of flavor profiles here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and the carbonation lends to a crisp finish. Drinkability is on the higher side. Finished the huge bottle with little trouble. I don't know if I could have another (its quite a lot). But I still recommend it.

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

A - Pours a pale, crisp, clear golden yellow color, lively carbonation, with one finger creamy white head.

S - Mainly lemons, apples, pears, and floral hops with a light bisquit-like malt character and a little pepper.

T - Taste mimics what the nose indicates. Lemons, pepper, apples, pears, light bisquity malt, has a little bit of sourness going on, and finishes a little dry. Is very crisp and refreshing and one I haven't tried from Victory which is terrible considering they're within an hour from where I live.

M - Crisp, dry, a little bit sour, and the hop bitterness lingers but not very long. Medium body.

D - Outstanding.

This is one of those best kept secrets. I can't think of a better beer for a really hot day because it satisfies the hop-heads, is crisp, clean, has the right amount of ABV, great taste - where have I been? I'll definitely be keeping a case or two on hand this summer. Awesome summer brew. Rock-n-Roll air fist pump to Victory on this one.

This is an outstanding beer. It's not one I would have considered before and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try.

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

22 oz. bomber, goblet glass

Pours a slightly hazy, light golden color. Head is all white and fizzy. Lots of carbonation visible.

Earthy aroma. Belgian aromas come to mind. Some citrus zest in the background. Could not pick up much along the way of hops.

Interesting flavor. As the label indicates, a biting peppery taste stands out. Bitterness of lemon zest. Again, the Belgian style comes to mind. Aside from the peppery flavor, nothing hit me as too powerful. Some hops tasted, possibly noble hops.

Lots of carbonation. Bright and clean with a fizzy feel. Refreshing and zesty.

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Photo of horshack7
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance: Poured into a Tulip is a golden colored with a hazy twinge. Crowned on top is a two fingered frothy head that retains very well.

Aroma: Alcohol,grassy a little bit of apricot. Phenols a floral hopiness. Dried fruits apple skin with a mild note of clove.

Taste: The hops show up front and center with a little bit of phenolic acidity as well as alcohol notes. A little bit of sourness, grass and big floral hops. The mouthfeel is nicely crisp.

Notes: This quite a brew from Victory I am glad I picked this one up. Cheers.

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Photo of nelnutter
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 22oz. bottle into SA pint glass.

A: Pours a straw/orange color with a bit of haze and a super agressive, quickly growing head of white foam. Leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

S: Mostly lemon zest, some cider, and farmhouse funk with some earthy hops.

T: Sour lemon and peppery spice are most noticeable, with a nice maltiness. Earthy hops are much more noticeable in the taste at the end than the smell. Finishes dry and bitter.

M: Medium-bodied with ample carbonation. Crisp.

D: I really enjoyed this beer a lot. Reminded me a lot of a Belgian Pale Ale, and I almost want to call it a "poor man's Orval" and I mean that in a very nice way...for $4 a bomber, and for how good it is, it's tough to beat.

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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 bum732
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow, nice dense fluffy head. Smells of spicy malt, black pepper, slight clove, some oak, touch of funk, grassiness. Tastes of bold herbal like malt with a nice spice component that lingers. Herbal and lemony bitterness leads to earthiness and drying of the palate with more residual spice and mustiness. Quite dry and astringent finish. Light body with good carbonation.

A solid saision, nothing too special, very peppery, light and dry, perfect for a warm day. Only costing $4 is another huge plus for something this solid.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow color with a few bits floating about. Massive head of fluffy suds fill the top half of a Duvel Tulip. Lots of lacing.

Very zesty and fresh nose. Lots of fruit, some lemon zest, light earthy funk. Smells quite crisp.

Nice complexity. A nice peppery spice with lemon. Pretty rich light malt, good crisp hop presence. Some warm alcohol is noticeable as well.

Approaches medium bodied, slightly chewy and moderately smooth with some soft, but prickly carbonation.

This is a highly drinkable saison that is really well crafted. A relative bargain of a beer as well. I would have this one again.

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Photo of confer
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 22oz bottle.
A- Clear and golden with a a one finger head and lots of carbonation.
S- the aroma is sweet. It almost smells like a Hefeweiss.
T- A little bit of a lot. It starts with alcohol and apricots, and finishes with a bitter hop bite that is not in the smell at all.
The alcohol taste fades as it warms.
MD- Light and bubbly. Not a bad beer but not really my style.

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

Bottled Dec. 10 2009.

Helios has a quick forming white head with good staying power. The color is a deep gold with a decent haze. Bubbles stream up the glass the whole time. The second pour has some sludgy yeast sediment that floats around for a bit, and then settles at the bottom of the glass.

The aroma shocked me as it has a wild, earthy yeast smell. Is there brett in this beer? It smells like it. It's got a black peppery spice, some slight lemony citrus, but the earthy, funky aroma is at the forefront.

The taste is a bit funky as well. The finish is dry with moderate bitterness, some of it in the form of an unpleasant yeasty bitterness, especially on the second pour. Up front is some bright, fruity flavor, but it finishes with a dark, dry, earthy flavor. It reminds me a lot of Orval, but less minerally.

The mouthfeel is light, dry, and bubbly with refreshing carbonation. This was a nice bottle to have, but I wouldn't grab for another right after.

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Photo of MrDanno96
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a hazy deep yellow that appears golden when held to light. About two fingers of white head sit atop the brew and demonstrates decent retention. Decent amount of sticky lace coats the sides of the glass.

S: Lots of spiciness and zest in the nose: lemon peel, apples, oranges, and pepper. Hints of yeasty funk too.

T: Reminds me of a Belgian Pale Ale in a lot of ways. Some citrusy zest up front (lemons, oranges), mixed with subtlety sweet fruits, pears and apples. Spiciness really kicks in during the finish, along with just a little bitterness and a touch of alcohol. There's also some sourness in the flavor that was a bit unexpected, but it works.

M: A pretty heavy medium feel in the mouth. A nice bite in the finish results from a combination of the spiciness and a high level of carbonation. Dries out in the finish.

D: A solid brew all around. Definitely something for those hot summer days.

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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 mempath
4.83/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

ok, it's my birthday and i saved this for this MORNING. did my workout...now it's breakfast time :)

dang...pours like an overanxious meringue...i've NEVER seen something foam up like this...i mean, it's bionic and it made a mess (and i onlu poured it half-way with a tilt to the glass!)...looks incredible...golden sunlight with intense, continuous slow-motion receding meringue fyords...or blizzard'd snowdrifts. amazing. has a jiggle to it. and swagger. nice, vertical desert sand drift pattern lacing! and what a cool label.

nose is a fresh hoppy grass malt admixure, something akin to menthol without the bite. interesting. and complex enough.

good gracious. plenty of hops, but blended in a way i've never tasted. there's a malty backbone, but it's alien, not mammalian. the menthol-ish-ness is there, but doesn't 'seem' to be hop-related. not sure. this is complex in a new way. not a puzzle, but just a great one shot delivery of fine brewing. everything is near perfect here. crisp but silky smooth in the finish. and a lingering, mellow bite. this is oh so drinkable. session this alone or with some simple pan-asian fare. thai...sushi...

but why should i be surprised. it comes from Victory!


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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 mfunk9786
3.31/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This is one I was really looking forward to, and I was disappointed to be let down:

A: Looks beautiful. Nice and golden with a sudsy, rich head. The beer would keep on bubbling up the glass for days if left sitting, it's quite the sight.

S: The familiar (for fans of the brewery) smell of Victory's Belgium-imported yeasts hits the nose, followed by a light lemon pepper smell that finishes with a minty tingle.

T: Here's where things go a bit off the rails for me. The beer is aggressively sour, while it starts off well with light fruity flavor, it finishes with a strong lemon sourness that finishes with an alcohol burn and bitterness that comes out of nowhere, kind of like chewing and swallowing a lemon rind would seem like a good idea until you realize how bitter and off-putting the taste is. What starts off tasting very nice and light finishes as if it's been spiked with a bittering agent to keep people away from it.

M: Nice and carbonated, tingly in the mouth. Very light, like champagne. The aforementioned bitterness drags the score down a bit.

D: Since each sip becomes a bit more of a chore as you drink it, the drinkability isn't all that high. I was quite taken aback by the less desirable qualities of this beer but delighted by its good qualities. Not for everyone, but give it a try and see if it's for you, I would never dissuade anyone from drinking it.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a glass and paired with some spicy Thai peanut chicken on rice.

This beer had tons of head. It took several pours to get it all into my snifter. It looked good with a murky yellow body with huge voluminous snow white head. Lots of lacing was apparent.

Smelled like lemon, bread, and yeast. Quite nice for pairing with food.

The taste was bright and lemony with a bit of funk. There was an extremely clean finish that really cleansed the palate.

Mouthfeel was that of Champagne. Lots of soft carbonation made it feel like a party in my mouth and everybody was invited!

Extremely easy to drink. I polished off the bomber and wanted more.

Victory recommends this as a "pair with food beer", and I have to agree. It was so crisp and refreshing, I have half a mind to buy a case for nice dinners. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Victory's Helios, belgian style ale. Found ontap. Pours a clear light gold, small head forms and leaves after a while.

Smell: Lightly like a belgian, some malt sweetness pulling through.

Taste: Also very light, but has belgian characteristics. Like the base of a belgian pale ale, with a little bit of funk. Hops lend a lemony touch. Quenching right in time for the summer months.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, thin-ish feel but not bad.

Drinkability: This is a pretty easy drinking ale. A good session beer from Victory, though it is a little strong to have more than one or two. The price point can't be matched, however.

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

A: Straw-orange body. Fairly clear with lively carbonation. Large white head, nearly no lacing.

S: Bright grassy and lemon zest notes ride atop a grainy malt base. Some pepper and yeast character as well.

T: Like the nose, this beer has a grassy-lemon character that dominates. Somewhat simple, but enjoyable. Slightly grainy.

M: Clean and crisp finish. Nice, vibrant but not overwhelming carbonation. Soft lingering bitterness in the finish.

D: Nice and refreshing, a simple but enjoyable saison and at $2.99 for a bomber a steal of a deal.

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

drowsy golden color.

Sharp aroma of yeast, earth, minerals, white pepper.

Flavor is the same with a little orange peel.

Medium body, dry acidic (lactic) finish.

$3.99 for a 22 oz. bottle is a steal. With just a scant few tweaks here and there, soon there will be no beer in Belgium that we can't make here just as well. I like that idea.

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Photo of Parrotbeak
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw color with an orange hue. Quarter inch, creamy white head that remains.
Smell is faintly tart, with the Belgian yeast being fairly assertive. Figs, raisins, and lemon and orange come in after.
Taste is again tart, with the Belgian yeast again coming in. Some hops show up, with more figs, dark fruits, and a peppery finish.
Mouthfeel is crisp and dry to the finish.
Very drinkale, no alcohol presence to note. Very tasty.

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Photo of JRed
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours light golden in body with white frothy head that leaves some attractive lacing. An aroma that is distinctly belgian: burnt sugar, some pepper, lemon zest, floral notes. Tastes of lemon zest, pepper, floral, sour notes, orange rind. Light in body with some feisty carbonation. It's a fine ale but doesn't represent the style as well as other brews do.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Pours a hazy, golden-orange. Looks well-developed and has a very nice lacing.

smell: Wild yeasts. Sour and grassy aromas. Peppers and oranges.

taste: This is what I look for in a Saison or any brew. It has a fresh and unique taste. Very zesty and spicy due to the yeasts used. Malts are pretty subtle. Passive hops. Smooth aftertaste. On my second pour, the refreshing qualities of the Saison are very obvious.

mouthfeel: Lightweight, moderate carbonation, no alcohol

drinkability: This is a superb selection for anytime of the year. Easy to throw this back, then the 7.5% reminds you what time it is. This $3 bomber is a dream come true. Victory by a landslide with this one.

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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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