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: 1,090 |  Reviews: 452
Photo of ububru
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

Photo of troysoy2
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first beer of this particular style! And in a quite affordable bomber. Sept. 09, 2012 date on the bottle.

Poured into a pint glass, there is a pretty serious head, very fluffy white, 2 fingers. Pretty good retention too, but not a lot of lacing is apparent.

It smells very champagne-y. Interesting. Light, citrus zest, yeast. This would be a nice summer alternative to hefeweizens.

The taste is much like the smell. Bready malt. Nice, well carbonated mouthfeel, a bit like a wheat beer, but slightly heavier.

I have to thank Victory for introducing me to a new style, and for making it affordable. I will have to pick up some more bottles and explore a few other saison options.

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At $2.99, this is by far the best price I've ever found on a bomber, and a bottle conditioned one with Brett no less.

Pours yellow with a big, bubbly and quickly receding 3-finger white head. Retention and lacing moderately sticky through half the brew.

The nose is funky and barnyardy with a nice Bretty-horse blanket wrapped around the hay bale, faint malt, pepper and waves of apple and pear fruit that are vaguely peachy at times.

The palate is med-bodied, dry and fruity up-front with a creamy yeasty texture- mild apple and pear flavors washed out by a bitter pink lemonaid flavor when the hops arrive, bringing with it the peppery spice, Brett and dry malt flavors. The brew ends dry and spicy with a smack of bitterness, then a bit of juicy acidity and lingering flavors of cereal grain, apple skin and more barnyard.

Overall, not the absolute best siason (it's that pink lemonaid middle dragging it down), but it's fairly close. And as a budget minded foodie who really loves pairing beer with food, absolutely nothing can beat this at $3.

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2/5  rDev -48.2%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has been in my cellar about 2 years. I cannot find a legible date on the bottle anywhere, but what appears to have been the date may say 2012. Either way, this bottle is between 2-3 years old. I put in in my cellar back when I thought "brett" meant "cellars well". I now know that such a direct relationship does not always exist, but from the aroma this beer might be better for the extended aging time.

Poured into an antique tall Czech pilsner glass.

Pale straw body under a turbulent white head. Loaded with bubbles.

The aroma is fantastic. When fresh I remember this beer having a rather sharp barnyard character, as well as more hop character than most saisons. I smell no hops now, but the brett is very nicely integrated and includes some softer and fruitier tones in addition the the wet hay and lightly earthy funk.

The flavor isn't as malty and warm as fresh, and the brett seems to have dominated (as expected). There is still bitterness from the hops (more bitter than a typical saison). This bitterness combined with a very dry feel contributes to a a bit of harsh character. Still, the assertive flavors of the brett and bitterness combine for an intriguing flavor.

The feel is sharp, bitter, and dry. Some warming and swirling improves all of these qualities.

Conclusion: I very much enjoy this beer fresh, and the age hasn't hurt it much, so I am giving my aged bottled generous ratings based on how the beer is fresh (I can't ding the brewer for their beer not aging perfectly when they didn't intend for it to be aged). I am glad for the experiment, and the enhanced brett qualities are very enjoyable. If you like dry brett-influenced flavors (think aged Orval), stick one of these in your cellar for a few years, just let it warm up a bit and swirl out some of the excessive carbonation before making a final judgement.

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Photo of doof116
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of tubbnik
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of jdl55
5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of kojevergas
3.69/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a N'ice Chouffe stemgoblet in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are moderate.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and fair retention. Colour is a transparent orange-gold. Looks appealing.

Sm: Very yeasty - which I like. Also some bacteria, souring hop quality, and some citrus tones. I'm looking forward to trying this. Aroma is moderate in strength.

T: Nicely citrusy, with some wonderfully handled yeast notes. Some nice hoppy notes are in there too, but are rather subtle and nicely balanced - as is the beer as a whole. A lovely build. Some touches of candied sugar and a bit of cream set the whole thing off with a tingly effect. Quite a nice little beer indeed.

Mf: Tingly, smooth, and wet. A bit too thick but it's forgivable; it probably needs that to cover up the ABV.

Dr: It's very drinkable for the style and ABV. I'd like to try this on draught. This makes me excited to try more beers from Victory in the future.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a nice thick foamy head with pretty good retention and some lacing. Aroma of rustic ester and sweet malt is quite enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by notes of rustic and floral malt with some sweet notes which may be a tad too sweet for the style. Body is quite full with good bottle conditioning and good carbonation. Well brewed with nice level of complexity but unfortunately it is a bit too sweet and lack some attenuation.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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