Helios (V Saison) | Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown

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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
Ratings:
1,090
Reviews:
452
Avg:
3.86
pDev:
11.92%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
110
For Trade:
1
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of smakawhat
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Enjoy by August 5 2012, so off we go!

A nice off white and foamy head, lots of large bubbles in this, kind of styrofoam looking, sits on a nice golden dark lemon body. Slightly opaque, easy to see rising carbonation. Nice looking beer here, as you drink and the head clumps all around.

Great nose on this. Slight salt, wild yeast sense and floral. Hints of mushy sour peaches, slight funk, very creamy, banana mush. Real unique nose.

Taste brings a nice saison palate. Yeasty bread, following a sharp spice of clove. Nice malt body on this, a little hint of tight fizz but not much which I like, not very gassy. Finish is even sweet fruits of apricot, orange, mixing in with a good funkyness.

This is a great enjoyable saison. Mix of interesting characters of density, brightness, fruit, funk, hint of sweet, just great.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before Sept 29, 2012.

22 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Helios opens with a loud hiss and pours with a massive amount of head. More than half the glass is foam and it settles very slowly with chunky lace left behind. The beer is a very clear staw yellow color.

Aroma is intense with spicy Belgian yeast. Lots of citrus too.

Flavor is also bold and big with lemon, pepper, funky yeast, and tart citrus candy. It's almost like an imperial pilsner with saison yeast. Really unusual but in a good way.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and nicely carbonated. Well balanced but full of flavor.

Overall a really pleasant surprise. This beer really impresses right now. Definately worth a try and probably more than once.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of gearzstang
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a mostly clear sunflower color. Bigger head. Head is bright white and frothy with big bubbles that slowly pop and leave half-circle lace imprints on the glass. Head dies down to a jagged sea-foam froth. Lacing is this and sporadic.

S-Smells like a slightly funky apple juice. Tart, unripened apple flesh. Pear accompanies and mimics the apple aroma. Alcohol is evident but far from offensive. Has a secondary aroma that reminds me of a cheap flowery perfume.

T-Akin to the nose, this beer is pleasantly tart and funky. Rotten apple juice (somehow a compliment). Grassy with a minute dose of Belgian spice. Euro hops lend a lasting grassy flavor. Alcohol hidden for the most part. Citrus flavor leans towards lemons.

M-Lighter body than the ABV would allow you to assume. Carbonation is exuberant. Very bubbly and assertive. Alcohol dries the palate a bit.

O/D-For just under $3 a bomber, this is an incredible deal. I have had $12 Saisons that aren't as good as this. I was pleasantly surprised by the funk/tart aspect of this beer. Enjoyable and probably my favorite Victory beer. To me, this beer is an underrated gem. The money value here is exceptional. Literally one of the better Saisons I have recently had & for a quarter of the cost of some of the overseas versions of the style. Much better than I expected.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.07/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with a fizzy white head that leaves little bits of lacing.

Smells of funk, but like a locker room, very earthy and not what I would call pleasant.

Tastes of the funk which then blends into spice and malts. Funk leads off with an earthiness that is more pleasant than the nose. Spices then come through with pepper. This then leads to fruity notes with lemon and a bit of apple that end in a grainy sweetness. Finishes fairly dry.

Mouthfeel is medium with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent attempt at a saison, but I find the nose to be quite offensive.

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Towering frothy white head that provides decent lacing. Beverage itself is cloudy and pale yellow.

S - Tiny bit of foreshadowing funk leads earthy, peppery and raw dough aromas.

T - First taste is the funk, followed by a peppery band-aid taste that comes in just before a touch of heat. Finish has a yeasty taste that gives way to a fairly bitter finale.

M - Thin, highly carbonated and tons of bitterness in the aftertaste. Dry finish.

O - Not typically my first choice of style, but I was hoping for a little more depth in flavor and maybe some sort of fruitiness, which I simply didn't get at all.

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

22oz bomber poured into my Ephemere tulip. Thanks for this one, Steve!

Live review

A: Pours a nice straw yellow with a very slight orange tinge, hazy, 2 finger white head of small bubbles sticks around for a few minutes, and then settles slowly to a full cap. Leaves decent sized lacing that sticks to the glass and won't let go. Very, very nice.

S: Different for the style. Spicy, floral hop, similar to Prima Pils. Some slightly sweet malts, and a powdery yeast. Lemon and a very weak tartness are in the background. Nice.

T: If you've had Prima, you know this profile, floral, spicy, earthy hop is up front, and slightly bitter for the style, but then the yeast comes in and interrupts it. Malt comes through behind the yeast, slightly sweet and cracker like. Hints of pepper, tartness, a *gasp* slight funk, and a faint alcoholic tinge show themselves before the dry finish. Nice, again. ABV is WELL hidden, as I said, you only get a faint warning about it's punch.

M: Only part that I'm not liking as much. Thin, slightly watery, prickly carbonation. Meh.

O: Good take on the style for an American. If this one is around for the summer, I'll buy the hell out of it. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Hibernator
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Victory Helios Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a golden bright yellow with a hint of orange. A huge fluffy bleach white head forms on top leaving nice trails of sticky lacings. Mini carbonation bubbles race to the top of the glassware.

Interesting nose with whiffs of freshly chopped lemons, chalk and hops.

A clean, yet snappy beer with strong lemon zest flavors and a dry chalk quality (must be the yeast).

A tad sour and sweet (apple) with a clear nod to citrus flavors of lemon and lime with an herbal flavor. There is also a touch of spice, perhaps black pepper mixed in as well. The hop snap on the finish is equally as spicy.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,090 ratings.
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