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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 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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Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a standard pint glass. Best by September 29, 2012.

A - Nice two finger head with lots of rapidly ascending bubbles. Transparent yellowish gold. Very clear with no sediment or cloudiness.

S - Intense aroma with alot going on. Some cirtus zest, sour hops, and mostly belgian yeast.

T - I get hops immediately, and more powerfully, than in most saisons, but it works in this case. This is followed by funky yeast and lemon. Very nice.

M - Very highly carbonated. Prickly and peppery on the tongue. Nice, crisp, dry finish.

O - It isn't the best saison out there but it is very good. Helios is one of my go to bombers because it is always available, cheap, and comes in a style that is usually more difficult to find. Saison is one of my favorite styles and the fact that I can run to the grocery store and grab a bomber of helios for half the price of inferior saisons is very nice.

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Photo of cantfindme
1.5/5  rDev -60.8%

Photo of JohannBock
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pilsner glass, gives a 3+ finger head, white. Golden yellow and crystal clear. The head retention is fantastic, this thing never goes away. The carbonation continues through the whole drinking experience much like a soft drink does.

S: Coriander and orange peel combined with some toasty malts thrown in there. And then that distinctive funk that I've heard comes along with farmhouses.

T: Follows the nose to a "T". Toasty malts up front with hints of coriander and orange peel followed by something that can only be described as "funk".

M: Carbonation is prickly and moves the flavors all around. Doesn't leave much of an aftertaste.

O: This is my first real experience with a farmhouse and while it wasn't a bad experience, I'm going to have to bone up on these to really appreciate them. Overall though this is what I expected from this style.

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Photo of SirRyanFsu
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of gafferjohn
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of Sparger
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mbs11
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of imbibehour
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
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 +17.5%

Photo of Blargimus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of greg4579
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 +4.4%

Photo of gearzstang
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of LostHighway
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ocelot2500
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
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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Photo of nathanjohnson
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of gopens44
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
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 +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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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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Photo of GrabMeAnAbbey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hibernator
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of OBIrish24
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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