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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a nice tulip glass

A- Very hazy, straw - lemon color with a nice creamy white head, strong lacing that is layered around the glass.

S - Slight sourness, some lemon good background scent of hops, definite saison scent.

T - Nice and dry, very refreshing and crisp, get lemons, slight pucker factor good hops balance, very little sweetness which helps add to the quenching taste.

M - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, a little bit of mouth coating.

O - I like this, great price to quality ratio. As stated very refreshing. Is a nicely balanced saison brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a vaguely hazy straw color with a soft inch of creamy beige head and some flecks of sediment. Passable retention; sparse, stringy lacing.

S:
Smells saisony but with a subtle but strong herbal hoppiness and a little bretty sourness. Yeast, lemon rind, hay, and grass.

T:
Very dry with a rich, strong hop presence that was totally unexpected on my part. Dominant hops, dominant yeasty esters, white pepper.

M:
Dry and flat with prickly bubbles and a light-medium body. A lingering warm hop finish tops it off, but does not get in the way, so to speak.

O:
Not terrible, but definitely not my cup of tea.
This is a fairly well-executed saison in some senses, however I had a hard time getting past its in-your-facedness as I usually perceive saisons to be a soft and floral beer.
This one is certainly not bad looking, although a big fat airy head would not be unappreciated. The aromas are saison-esque as well, but are the first thing that is hoppy in the whole experience. The taste is what really lost it for me as you will find (or at least I did) something that is at once oppressively yeasty and oppressively hoppy. It isn't terrible by any stretch and, indeed, I started to like it more as I drank but it is not what I expect from a saison and so I was taken aback a little. Additionally the flavor is strong enough to almost make me cringe at times. Overall not bad, but not my favorite.
Probably won't have again; maybe worth trying if you are into American-styled Belgians.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: rich golden-colored ale, clear and bold; lacy head a few fingers tall: brilliant white foam; sparse lace and motes linger behind

S: floral fields and milled grains; citric orchard, flower, and fruit; hints of yeastiness

T: crisp and bright lemon impressions up front; slows down and you can appreciate the tart yeast and its floral and fruity accents; pepper spice and citrus fruit pith punctuate an underlying subtle funk, courtesy of the brettanomyces

M: brisk, crisp and fresh; on warming shows more body; tart-bitter battle on slightly drying finish

O: saison well-done; not as dry as some but full of citrus character and bright tartness; subtlety with the brett was apparent; solid pale malt base. Authentic-feeling take on a classic Belgian style, nice balance between a rustic and polished overall character.

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