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: 1,095 |  Reviews: 454
Photo of yusef
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter glass
cost $3.69

A: Poured aggressively into a snifter glass. Hazy golden copper color with a 3 finger white head. Bubbles on side of glass and floating up in the middle.

S: slight fruit smell of apple, pear, lemon. Belgian yeast. Bubblegum, hops

T: Taste is similar to smell but with an added peppery finish

M: A lot of carbonation which i tend to like. medium to light mouth feel. little drying.

D: I Could easily drink 2 bombers of this in a night without a problem, especially at such a great price.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear, deep gold in color, with a surprisingly short head of foam for a saison, which ususally have huge towering heads.
Aroma-Fruity, spicy, Belgian "funky" notes
Taste-Spicy, "dusty" yeast; nice hop bite, fruity with a dry, peppery finish. A bit of underlying sour/tartness while not unpleasant, doesn't quite harmonize with the other flavors and keeps me from giving this beer a higher score. That being said, this is a fine, refreshing saison that would be welcome on a warm sping or summer day.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, best before December 21, 2011. Served in a tulip glass the beer pours a hazy golden/orange color with an inch off-white head that went away quickly. Pretty much no lacing left on the glass. Aroma is pears, lemon peel, peppery spice and some grassy hops. I can taste peppery spice, lemon peel, grassy hops, and some pale malt. Also, there's a bitter/sour flavor that kinda reminds me of sourdough bread. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit crisp and has good carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough. I think this is an OK beer, but it's certainly not one of the better saisons I've had. However, for $3.99 a bottle it's worth a try.

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Photo of scootny
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle. Somewhat clear golden fluid with a white head of decent makeup size and retention. What does cloud the glass is chunky and suspended well. Smell is malty with apples and pears. Some alcohol, funk, and faint banana. Some floral hops. Taste is quite sweet with a big malt core and bready dinner rolls. Some alcohol flows in and while evident is quite well integrated. Nice hop blend adds the requisite balance without taking away the spotlight on the malt. Feel is kinda full and creamy with an excellent carbonation. Drinkability just makes the 4 as I usually find saisons to be a bit more quenching and lighter. Still a satisfying brew and on I will revisit fresh.

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

From random notes: Poured a hazy straw color with a huge white head. Malty nose with notes of coriander, leather, pear, hay, and floral hops. Medium body with ample carbonation. Flavor is very earthy, spicy, and floral, notes of coriander, yeast, hay, alcohol, grass, ripe peach and lemon zest. Finishes with more earthen spicieness. Nice, but average beer however.

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Photo of JeffBob
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: light amberish, I had a lot of foam due to the fact that upon opening the bottle it can rushing out just begging to be drank....or drunk...or what ever man.

S: Hops and light citrusy goodness

T: Tangerine/lemony yeasty sweet appleish, yielding to grassy hops, then a nice sweet lemon/apple after taste that lingers. absolutely perfect for those of us that get hopped out from time to time

M: light crisp and clean

D: absolutely fantastical! fabulous beer i am so glad I happened upon it. I am definitely going to beat the southern CA heat with this beer this summer. I love this beer.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I love a good saison. This one is a golden colored liquid with a lot of solids floating throughout, but, other than that, good clarity. Very little head, however. The smell is great...lemon rind, clove, pale malt, spice, pepper, and orange blossoms. The taste is semi-dry, with a notable malt flavor. The clove and citrus qualities come out as well, along with a cheesy, aged hop taste. I wish that the beer were more spritzy, though...although carbonated, it's a bit too still. Great flavor and spell, but it could be a little better.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours goldenrod with a mild white head, average retention, fair amount of lace.

S: Peppery Belgian yeast, with a pungent hop component, Americanized in the style.

T: Bready malt mixed with lemon and orange peel. Peppery yeast flavour, coriander, with a grassy dry hop flavour.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, soft on the palate, drying.

D: Certainly to the American side of things. Identifiable as a saison, though if it were called a hoppy Belgian pale or BIPA, I'd believe it. Good flavours but not a lot of complexity compared to the better versions of this style. But for less than $6 a bomber, it's pretty inexpensive for saison.

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

First of all, what a crazy approach to the style. It works though!

A- Cloudy and pale with a good frothy head

S- Pretty powerful in the nose: Orange, Honey, grass, hops, shampoo? I had a really hard time nailing this one down.

T- A lot of alcohol throughout with orange, white wine, and a bitter finish

M- Very carbonated and biting. It really is a bright beer. Weird. Medium to light in the mouth.

D- It's strange, but I would totally have another. Makes me want to grab my hoe and start working the soil.

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Photo of Kinsman
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden yellow colored body with some darker orange hues brilliant clarity. Sticky white head caps the beer with about one finger of thickness.

Aroma has some barnyard aspect to it but really is more peppery and spice than anything else. Sweet malts seem to linger around behind a stronger estery yeast presence.

Taste reveals a familiar pepper-like spice with some hints of other spices. Fruity and zesty sweetness also comes along with a notable flavor of lemons. Some farmhouse yeastiness going on but not as strong as some of the best saisons.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light but enjoyable. Overall, Helios is a solid saison with a very attractive price point at 3.99 for a bomber. At that price, I'll definitely buy it again.

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Photo of GatheringBrews
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Helios pours a gorgeous golden color. Since it's bottle conditioned, that means there's yeast in the bottle still, and you can either leave that in the bottle or pour it right in. Since it's comes in a 22-ounce bottle, you can get the best of both worlds by having the first pour into a glass nice and clear and the second half a nice, hazy pour that adds some body and a bit more of the yeast characteristic.

You get a puffy, foamy, pure white head with broad bubbles, good retention and strong carbonation. It's a gorgeous beer to pour out.

The aroma is of lemon peel and black pepper, with a hint of clove as it warms.

As for taste, it's not overwhelming at all and very drinkable, with notes of citrus and tartness. Very mild hops with little bitterness, citrusy/lemony bite, and light, refreshing mouthfeel.

All in all, this is an outstanding beer and a great introduction to anyone who's never had a Belgian style ale, especially a farmhouse ale.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
2.42/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - A cloudy orange hue. Unfiltered. Decent head and lace retention.

S - Lemon and flower aromas. It also has some farmhouse funk aromas.

T - Sour malts and citrus. I am not a big fan of this beer.

M - High carbonation. Crisp.

D - I will not have another. This beer doesn't do anything for me.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle

A - Slightly hazy golden yellow with visible particulate. An inch or so bubbly white head with skim retention a slippery lace

S - Lemony citrus nose with a bit of a twang. Fresh cut grass. Also a funky, barnhouse yeast aroma

T&M - Taste is very vibrant and zesty, but also does not lack in a sweeter malt flavor. Citrusy (lemon) vibrancy and tartness battles in the mouth with a grassy (fresh and hay) note and a substantial yeasty flavor. Finish is on the dry side with some residual grassy bitterness

D - An excellent saison; probably not at the top of the list but provides lot's of flavor and depth for a very reasonable price. I'll come back to this one again.

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Photo of 007
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Hazy orange, little head retention but nice lacing
S. Funky citrus
T. Lemony malt/hops balance
M. balanced carbonation, creamy finish
D. at 7.5% it's a bit heavy, but I could drink this all summer long. Sorry I didn't find it until the end of the season.

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Photo of mwagner1018
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a soft golden orange color with a bright (but subtle) white head, a nice vigorous swirl livens up the head, and settles as a nice layer on top. No perceived lacing.

S- Notes of white pepper, cantaloupe, lemon peel, and orange represent nicely on the nose.

T- Dry and crisp, slight tart & funky notes, lemon and light spice (pepper), very clean and dry.

M- Soft carbonation creates a nice medium body texture, creamy on the palate, yet dry to taste, pretty high ABV for style at 7.5%.

D- Very nice refreshing, dry, medium bodied, spicey, with light fruit notes, works really well. Very nice beer!

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Photo of crossovert
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle.

It pours a nice golden color with a hint of orange, the head is fizzy and white and is short-lived.

The smell is incredibly bretty for a siason, but it is nice. It has a bit of funkiness to it, some lemon, and some candied lemon/orange peel.

The flavor is carried by the brett. There is a light sourness and some lemon over than indescribable bretty funk. There is definitely some spice in the middle and a lingering bretty aftertaste. It finishes pretty dry.

I wasn't expecting this kind of flavor out of a siason, but it worked pretty well.

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Photo of Zorro
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden colored beer with a small white head.

Smells strongly herbal with a strong flower aroma. Coriander and honeysuckle with some powdery yeast and mild honey. The scent of this is a little in the direction of a Belgian IPA, it is noticeably hoppier than Hennepin.

Starts out herbal and semi dry. Smooth becomes a little sweeter as you drink it but it is stoutly hopped. Remains herbal and floral as you drink it.

Mouthfeel is good

Drinkability is high. Flavorful enough to remain interesting but not something that whips your taste buds either. This compares favorably with Hennepin with a little higher amount of hops.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.74/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Helios boasts a honey hue with a thin white head, and minimal lacing. Most of the points here are lost from the noticeable chill haze.

S: Bouquet is upfront, and assures the drinker that there is plenty of Brett on the way. Lemon, orange, and wet hay are all apparent.

T: Bone dry, with the aforementioned notes of lemon, orange, and hay. The Brett. is quite apparent here.

M: Very light, with plenty of tingly carbonation, and a clean finish.

D: This is one of the best US made Saisons I've come across, avoiding the common under-attenuation pitfall. The Brett is a great touch, and really transforms this from a decent Saison, to one that is exceptional.

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Photo of rebel1771
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light honey color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around a while.

S: Big citrus notes along with coriander and floral notes.

T: Lemony bitterness up front that fades to a sour "twang". Finishes pretty clean with just a moderate aftertaste of orange rind.

D: This is not like any other saison I have had but that isn't a bad thing. This beer is sour and refreshing, I like it.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber with a short lived white head.

Nose is just perfect saison in all respects. Nose is actually extraordinary and perhaps the best character in this otherwise very drinkable beer. Lovely floral orange/lemon with bright esters, sweet biscuit; sweet white bread-all around appealing nose that also carries into the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent balance.

Flavors of citrus/lemon-orange tones; wild yeast funk but pleasant. Nice saison bitter funk finish.

Very drinkable and nice.

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Photo of nezelrac
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy blond with a moderate pale white head that quickly subsides and leaves decent lacing - I am beginning to wonder about the glassware at my local

S - strong set of estery notes (citrus, grapefruit, yeast) and typical funkiness with pleasing grain notes as well, seems to have more hops than I would have expected

T - nice balance of malt and yeast influences, the hops are more pronounced - especially at the finish, there is also a good dose of yeast driven funk and sourness

M - lively set of sensations, good carbonation with a firm edge

D - very, very drinkable, though I wish it had been warmer day

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Photo of halo21
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I poured this hazey golden yellow beer into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass, leaving room for a nice fluffy and chunky white head; which stood up strong for most of the pint, and left decent lacing.

Smell: Sweet and fruity - light orange and lemon - with a bit of malt sweetness/toast, all package nicely with a good dose of yeast.

Taste: Spice and earth up front from the yeast, followed by a nice citrus hop section, all finished with a smooth malty sweetness. There are a few more layers to the beer of other fruit esters and the yeast really comes through on this one, with some spice and funk.

Mouthfeel: Lively with a medium body. Drying sweet finish.

Drinkability/Palitability: Very high; this bottle went fast between the two of us, and left us wanting more.

Notes: A great saison; I hope the Helios is just as tasty.

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Photo of Clydesdale
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a tawny, hazy orange-yellow color. The off-white head has only the faintest yellowness to its relatively dense, frothy texture. Retention is above average, and some respectable lace sticks to the glass as the head fades.

S: Somewhat sweet pale maltiness in the nose. Quite yeasty - spicy, dusty notes are prominent. Orchard fruit (golden apples/pears) is also noticeable. Some light lemony tartness. Maybe faint banana. A bit of an herbal/floral hop character lurks below the surface.

T: Slightly sweet/doughy for a brief instant, before switching gears to spicy, peppery, dusty yeast flavors. Fruity notes of apple and pear, again with a measured lemony tartness in the background. A delayed flash of mild hop bitterness brings some floral/herbal flavor.

M: Medium in body. Carbonation is perky but very fine, lending a pleasant creaminess. Definitely on the dry side into the finish.

D: A very enjoyable saison from Victory. Thankfully not an overhopped version of the style, which I was a little concerned about. This primarily lets a bold yeastiness play - definitely not a bad thing when this is the result. I thought it could have been slightly sweeter - even for a dry style, this one seems slightly over-focused on yeasty fermentation byproducts.

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Photo of bound4er
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber from my local bottle shop on a whim - not sure what to expect here.

A. Straw colored with tiny carbonation bubbles throughout. Nice white head that has good retention.

S. Some funk, hard candy sweetness, yeast and grains. I like it quite a lot. Not the most overpowering aroma but nice smelling nonetheless.

T. Nothing earth shattering here ... some Belgian funk, grain and lemon with just a hint of hop bitterness. Comes across really clean and crisp on the palate.

M. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. Suits the style nicely.

D. Pretty quaffable stuff - wish I could have found this around here over the summer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours light with a whit head. Straw coloring. Nose is citrus, pepper, spice, and some earth. The taste is light and grassy with a bit of flowers. A bit of lemon and pepper as well. Feel is light with high carbonation. A decent attempt, but nothig truly special.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 1,095 ratings