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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: 1,094 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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

Quite a sweet aroma here....very tripel-esque....has a nice fruity sweetness, banana and clove presence on it. Just a hint of tartness. Good stuff.

Taste has a definite fruity ester note with banana and orange...clove spices are certainly also noted. A small citric note is there. In the finish is a small but noticeable dry bitterness that wraps the beer up, quite typical of a saison.

Pretty tasty beer. Sweet but not overwhelming, and pretty clean. Not much I can say negative about this offering from Victory.

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Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by Feb 25, 2012, so just past that

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden brown with two fingers of off-white head. Head has great retention and leaves quite a bit of lacing behind. Nice stream of rising carbonation.

S - Aromas of bubblegum, some lemon and a mild but persistent funk. Quite floral and a bit sweet.

T - A bit of lemon is quickly supplanted by sweet malt, some earthy funk and an herbal, bitter finish. Decent spiciness and white bread presence throughout.

M - Medium mouthfeel that starts out sweet and finishes quite bitter and slightly phenolic.

O - Pretty decent saison, and a great value at $4 a bomber, but too sweet initially and too bitter on the finish to be very good.

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Photo of GameFreac
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22. oz bomber - Don't remember if there was a bottling/best by date

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a huge 4-5 finger head from the bottle conditioning. Looked almost like a sour.

Smell: Smells like a sour, lemon zest and bread. Also smells a little sweet.

Taste - Tastes tart, with lemon, pepper and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and almost champagne like. Refreshing for the style.

Overall: Very enjoyable beer and good for the price ($4.49).

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Photo of drwolfe
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of falloutsnow
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
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 TenHornsProud
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy light orange with a big, fluffy white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of orange, champagne, herbal, floral noble hops with some malt and slight tart funk coming in. Nice nose.

Taste is up front tart/phenolic citrus that goes into a more orange peel slightly earthy middle before ending on a slightly bitter and phenolic finish. A bit too bitter and phenolic but still enjoyable. Has a slight brett funk that is similar in nature to Reyon Vert.

High carbonation and lighter mouthfeel is right on.

A good, slightly funky brew that is almost BPA. I find this a bit too bitter and phenolic to be great, but it is quite good.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of jjcote
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of emilylee
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Stunner97
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- golden yellow with thick bellowing head decent carbonation, nice lively appearance

Smell- citrus, lemon, spice yeast, very on spot nose as well

Taste- lost of citrus and lemon notes followed by super firm spicy finish, overall not very complex but very good balance

Mouthfeel- medium to light bodied with decent to somewhat vibrant carbonation

Drinkability/overall- this beer is very well balanced and thirst quenching has plenty citrus and tons spice, its super easy drinking and that helps make for some what average complexity, in terms of value its freaking home run at 3.49 a bomber, at great price certainly worth try for decent though not great beer of style

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into an Allagash chalice. Bottle stamped "Best by 9/29/2012."

Appearance - Golden yellow body. Mostly clear. Nice two to three finger white fluffy head. Great retention. Rings of sticky lace inside the glass. Looks great.

Smell - Light funk with some bready malts. No sourness, despite what I read from other reviews. Metallic undertones throughout the nose, which really detracts. Perhaps it will dissipate as it warms.

Taste - Slight fruit notes at first, but the don't last long against a huge bready malt flavor. Really dominant. Way too much of one type of grain. Light malt overload. The finish is tempered by an earthy hop bitterness that isn't unpleasant. No metallic flavor in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Not light, but certainly not heavy and syrupy. Bitter finish lingers for perhaps too long. I don't know that I'd call it a good mouthfeel, but it isn't bad either.

Overall - Some flavors are good, some flavors are off. Not a drainpour, but not anything I want to drink again.

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Photo of DrewBrew
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First Review! Hi Guys and ladies!

So I'm reading the back of the bottle and they say it is orange hued. Compared to bud light sure but pretty much a dark yellow with a big white head. Pour this one slowly. I'm pouring it into a frozen pint glass nice and carefully and I'm getting a lot of head and about 1.5 inches of beer which subsides but leaves a nice fine thin head that persists throughout the whole experience. I see all these comments on lacing and yeah it's got it but who cares so lets get onto the smell. I saw another poster and they were getting hints of band aid. I think that's on the mark and may be a product of this type of yeast. Yeah it's there but don't let that turn you off it's band aid good in a way the smell of gasoline or a new shower curtain is good, am I right? I'm not a fan of the style in general but its better than just drinkable. I just tasted a dash of white pepper and there isn't any in here. There is nothing earthy here, all sky from the big bubbles on the palate to the lemons in the tree with more Meyer sweetness than Eureka sourness. Overall I enjoyed this one even the taste of the belches afterward. I suppose I'll have to get more schooled in this style but I'd grab another one of these especially since the price is so right. I love HopDevil so I'm looking forward to more of Victory's brews

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Photo of Jimmys
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 mvanaskie13
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a narrow pint glass, color is straw gold, head color is bright white with some nice lacing.

Smell is some bready, light toasted malt, some hints of yeast and esters and phenolics and maybe light funk.

Taste is interesting, a little sweet upfront and throughout then transitions to light bready, hints of malt and toast and yeast, some drying esters and phenolics finish it up. A little bitter throughout.

Mouthfeel is a little strong on the tongue and a little sweet, strong bitterness from the taste does not linger in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a touch sweet in flavor for a saison, but there are some drying qualities and light touch of yeastiness. Its tasty and easily drinkable but not a down the line saison.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brewskifan55
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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 Darkmagus82
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange-golden color with a huge white head. The head it thick and persistent and lasts for some time. It eventually fades giving way to some quite nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell – A stronger lemon aroma is the first to met the nose and is mixed some sweeter tropical fruit aromas. Strong and very nice. A bready aroma comes on the scene mixed with a nice yeast cake smell. A very nice black pepper smell is there as well, mixing with the sour and sweet aromas quite nicely.

Taste – A sour lemony wheat flavor is the first to meet the tongue. The sourness gives way, a bit, to some more malty flavors toward the middle of the taste. The peppery flavor present in the aroma develops more toward the end. It leaves a rather sour yet peppery aftertaste on the tongue. While not awful it is actually slightly off putting.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is a little bit creamier and chewier then the average beer, which actually complement the initial taste flavors very well. The higher level of carbonation is quite appropriate for the style of beer and creates a rather satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall – For the most part it is really quite a fantastic brew with many great characteristics. Unfortunately, the after taste that it leaves in the mouth, really takes away from the overall enjoyableness of drinking the brew.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of sweisel80
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

AGED REVIEW (13 months old)

This bottle has been aging in the basement cellar for a little more than a year now.

A. (3) Semi-hazed darker yellow color with an initial rush of white foam three fingers high that fizzles back down to a collar in about half a minute after delivering the initial aroma burst payload. No real lacing left behind, nor is there any noticeable sediment present.

S. (4.5) The first thing I notice is a tart green apple sour funk combined with a medium level of belgian yeast funk! Excellent! More probing and I can pull out aroma elements of white pepper, lemon peel, something sort of like galangal scent (a Thai relative of ginger) There are still some subdued floral and wet hay hopping elements present that time hasn't eliminated. I am very happy with the amplification of the funky tones in this one which has occurred over time. It's not too far gone into sourness nor is it too acidic...just right for my tastes.

T. (4.5) Funky sourdough yeasty bread with cracked peppercorns and a low dose of band-aid bite. Yes, the normally bright and crisp hopping is significantly reduced from how it was fresh but it has become equivalently more tart and sour in exchange for this loss. Light tones of funky gingersnap cookies prevail throughout the gentle mostly-dry white wine-like finish. Sweetness levels are actually lower than when sampled fresh as a result of the funk / sour conversion. Plays out like a cross between a Berliner Weiss and a Saison because of the residual lemon peel character and the "zombified" undead grassy hops fighting with the soured bread and peppercorns for your attention...

M. (3) Texture is medium thick and carbonation is rather poor after the initial rush upon opening the bottle, but that was to be expected from an aged bottle. These are the sacrifices we have to make sometimes in the name of flavor mutation...

I call this one a cellaring success. If I were to spend the money to do it again I would sample at about 10 months to see if I could get slightly more brightness out of it while still preserving my beloved funk levels. But as it is, I still enjoyed it immensely at 13 months. So if you like to amplify saison funk levels in your basement like I do, I can tell you that it does work properly with this particular brew.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,094 ratings
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