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 timtim
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Reviews seem all over the place on this one as far as what people taste/smell. Here's what I got: pours a golden amber with a lively white head that thins to a collar and leaves a little lace. Nose is bright lemon and citrus with lemon pepper and a touch of mustiness as well as a touch of white-winey heat. Taste follows suit with more peppery notes and just a tiny bit of grainy sweetness and hoppy bitterness to help round it out. Medium body. Dry finish w minimal aftertastes. Great for the price. Simple, bright, inexpensive and quasi-elegant. Pretty good effort from victory.

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Photo of Neffbeer
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of gawnphishin
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of chcfan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of RyanPS
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of orangesol
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of random846
5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of vicsju1991
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Jspriest
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of lpotter
5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of brewpig
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

drank straight from bomber...

smell is citrus lemon w/maybe some faint hops

mouthfeel is nothing special...can sense the high carbonation though.

first taste was yep a kinda funk like diet mountain dew followed by high carbonation almost like a lemony high carbonated soda.

the first mouthful was really a turnoff but as i continued to drink, it became more tolerable and not too bad at all towards the end.

if you like high carbonated lemon lime clubsoda w/a shot of grain alcohol...youll like it.

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Photo of Jerone
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Very slight haze of golden yellow with a one finger fluffy head that left a bit of lacing.

S - Sweet golden raisin and apple with some yeast and maybe a touch of citrus hops.

T - Not as sweet as the smell with some yeast and grass with a touch of golden raisin and apple, the finish is dry and with a mix of sweet and slight citrus hops.

M - Light to medium body, with medium carbonation, feels very nice in the mouth.

O - People talk about a funk in these beers, but I just don't taste it, I did enjoy this beer quite a bit but it didn't quite reach fantastic for me.

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

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, the beer pours a bright, vibrant, honey-gold coloring with a thin film of bright white. Good cling along the glass as you drink. Aromas are light and effervescent, with a strong sour component, some light clove spicing, a roast character, and some tart fruit highlights. Flavors are syrupy sweet initially, with a clove spicing joined by ginger and cinnamon. There is a roasted background, with some honey flavors, and an almost mead quality, as well. Aftertaste has a slight linger to it, with an effervescent, old world fruit sweetness and slight yeast sourness. The finish is light, and dries slightly as your palate clears.

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellowish color, somewhat transparent, finger of thick fluffy head, and some nice lacing left behind. Neat looking beer.

S: Spicyness, but also some sweet citrus in there as well. The malt has some punch to it.

T: I tasted the spice right away, also a hint of the sweet citrus. Finish is clean and snaps with the bitter hops.

M: Medium bodied, very dry, and well carbonated at first.

O: I'm still feeling out the world of Saison's but I trusted Victory and they have a solid beer for the style.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pale gold, slightly hazy, big fluffy head, some lacing.

S - Horse sweat, a little musty, wild grasses, light hints of roses and lilies.

T - Only a little of that musty, horsey saison flavor. In the foretaste, I find some floral hops, white pepper and a bit of grapefruit pith. Aftertaste is mostly of bitter pith and a little horse sweat.

M - Medium body, high carbonation, VERY drying.

O - It's mediocre by saison standards. It has a lot of flavor, but they don't mesh perfectly. By no means a bad beer, but I'll probably grab a different saison in the future.

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Photo of impending
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Petaluma Taps into a tulip. Pours a slightly hazed classic light yellow, dense white head, minor lacing.

Aroma is clean, yeasty with citrus and light skinned fruits. No funk of much measure, earthy hops.

Flavor begins with a slight sweetness ends with a slight dryness. Taste is narrow, some citrus but lacks complexity. Light bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of aorloski
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Kind of a one note, pale golden color, huge fluffy white head here.

Smell - Big astringent notes, a little funk and barnyard all wrapped up with a tiny hint of lemon

Taste - Follows the nose. To me i get a lot of the astringency and lemon characteristics but not enough of the belgian yeast you would want in a saison.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated and thin, at 7.5 abv you can't really detect it

Overall - at 3 dollars for a bomber you can't go wrong. It only slightly goes off the path of a true saison but still a very well drank beer.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip

A: Pours light and hazy golden color. Tons and tons of head with extremely good retention. There is lots of lively carbonation inside the beer. This beer is beautiful.

S: Lots of funk - brett influence is very apparent. Some barnyard aroma with a good amount of tart grapefruit. Not much as far as spices. Fairly one dimensional, but very nice.

T: Dry to the extreme. More spices come out in the flavor - mostly clove, pepper, and a grass flavor. A little citrus flavor in the background. This is very refreshing and intriguing, but could be a bit juicier. Again, there is a TON of brett influence here.

M: Very light and highly carbonated. A bit distracting, but overall good for a saison.

O: This beer is really quite good. It's complex, easy drinking, and quite tasty. It's one of the best saisons that I've had. IMO, it's a bit dry to be world class. At $2.99 a bomber, this is a steal.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: BIG head on this one, nice and fluffy and pure white. As the head dissipates you can see the generous lacing it leaves behind. The color is about a shade brighter than honey, but it still has the darker center (like honey) when you look at it. I hate to use the word "urine" but it almost looks like it.. a very nice glass of urine that I want to consume.

S: Everything I love about Saison in the nose here. That traditional belgian yeastiness is present, haystack, and this one is even accompanied by a touch of floral and sweet fruit (pear, peach) as well. This smells quite nice.

T: This one is sweeter than I normally like upfront, mid palate bring this burst of fruitiness and funk that lingers well though the finish after the fruitiness dissolves into the funk. You are left with a more yeasty finish with the slightest taste of alcohol.

M: As said it leaves some alcohol burn in the finish, and it is a bit more boozy than the Saisons I am used to drinking. The carbonation is high, and the body is somewhat full - it offers a bit of stickiness on the palate.

D: At 7.5% ABV where you can actually feel the alcohol burn, this unfortunately isn't that drinkable due to that. However, the beer is defiantly above average, I really enjoy this one.

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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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