Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

Helios  (V Saison)Helios  (V Saison)
1,093 Ratings
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: 1,093 |  Reviews: 453
Photo of chinchill
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a towering off-white head. The head is thick and creamy looking, although of mixed texture. Plenty of lacing is left on the glass.

Smell is very yeasty with a wheat base. Not bad for style but not my cup of tea. For one thing, it makes me think of soap, On the other hand, it had a nice boldness and complexity.

T: much better than expected. Yeast and wheat are central, but with a nice citrusy tartness.

The mouthfeel is also very good, with none of the wateriness sometimes seen in comparable ales.

O: a pleasant surprise given the unappealing aroma.

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Photo of BeerzMcKenzie
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of PatDreadful
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Appearance: A dark straw color that is barely transparent. Very consistant with the style. A small white head rises and slowly recedes leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: Grass, pepper and malt dominate. A smell that conjures up visions of summer. As the beer warms the peppery spice really shines.

Taste: Follows the nose with a brief hint of hay and grass up front which gives way to a nice malty smoothness. The pepper takes over making for a very crisp and refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation with bubbles bouncing off the tongue. Light and drinkable.

Saisons are not my favorite but this is one of the best examples of the style. I would consider a few of these while sitting on the patio after cutting the grass.

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Photo of kiki3drt292
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of leantom
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this one up from Total Wine a couple of days ago. I had heard good things about it, so I decided to give it a try.

A: Clear and yellow. This is kind of unique for saisons, as the bready character usually makes beers of this style hard to see through. I assume that they put an ample amount of yeast in it, though, since Belgian saisons are know to have high yeast contents. It produced a nice head when I poured it into a glass, though a little smaller than most other saisons I've had.

S: Very nice. It smells very citrusy and grassy. I also detect some hop bitterness.

T: Excellent. Lemon, grass, white pepper, clove, hops and yeast dominate the flavor. I've tried the beer both cold and warm and, unlike most other saisons, I prefer this one cold. It's quite refreshing, though it is more bitter than traditional saisons.

M: It goes down well. There isn't much carbonation relative to other saisons (see Ommegang's Hennepin), so it feels very smooth.

O: This is a good beer. While it differs with regards to other saisons, it's still nice. I would put this in the BPA category.

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Photo of Tyrawlings
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%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of SLeffler27
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy, deep gold with lots of streaming carbonation and a big, but short lived creamy white head that turns rocky.

Spicy with some barnyard notes and lemon zest. Unfortunately there is also some sulfur and soap.

Flavors follow the nose, however, they are rather astringent and bitter. This beer is okay, but far from what I could call a Saison.

Light to medium body with sharp and astringent alcohol.

Fresh and zesty, this will serve as a lawnmower beer or something to drink while cooking on the barbeque.

Either this was mishandled, or something has gone seriously awry. My recollection of this beer from an earlier, unreviewed tasting was more favorable.

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Photo of mattafett
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of chrispoint
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Warners at the Bay, poured into a Golden Monkey tulip.

Pours a light golden colour with a relatively clear appearance. On top is a large 3 finger head of white foam that retains well with no lacing.

Smell has grain, lemon, orange zest, orange along with some pepper. Interesting and combines well early, fades away though.

Taste has plenty of yeast, some of the pepper hits as well. The yeast can dominate, particulary towards the end of the bomber, bashing away the lighter apricot flavour that tries to creep out.

Mouthfeel is pretty harsh, i think its a little overcarbonated, even for the style. Gets prickly and combines with the yeastiness, doesn't do it any real favours.

A solid saison that can get a touch overbearing at times. Not as drinkable as it should be with all the yeastiness and prickly feel, but still compares ok against others.

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of keanex
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass from a 22 ounce bottle that says "Enjoy by Sept. 29, 2012."

A: A slightly hazy light amber/straw color with a thick white rocky head which dissipates rather quickly to a thick coating.

S: Funky and bright smelling with a sourness coming through and even a slight leather smell to it.

T: Really earthy tasting, I can't really describe it, there's a slight tartness coming through on the finish which is rather dry. I'm picking up a lemon zest throughout with a light spice to it.

M: Sharp alive feeling carbonation with a medium body. Very fresh and lively.

O: For $4 this is quite a bargain even if I'm not a huge fan of this style. There's a lot going on here I still can't fully describe though, one day I'll have a better palate for this style of beer.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,093 ratings
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