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:
1,092
Reviews:
453
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
11.95%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
111
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 1,092 |  Reviews: 453
Photo of harryhops
2.59/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of celts32
2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of thepenguin
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed 5/30/12

L: A darkish straw color.

S: Yeasty, earthy, musty, only somewhat spicy. It’s a bit funky, peppery, and certainly grainy. Not mind-blowing.

T: Dry, peppery, with substantial bitterness upfront. Finishes dry with a bit of hop bitterness. Kinda grainy. Not terribly complex, and could definitely use some more fruit-like esters, but not unpleasant either.

F: Pretty light body with medium-high carbonation. Some lingering alcohol warmth but not too much. Leaves a nice slickness on the palate.

O: This a pretty good, easy-to-come-by, cheap American saison. Belgians are not Victory’s strong point in my opinion, but at around $4 a bomber this is a good one to keep stocked.

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Photo of zpeckler
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A really good farmhouse ale. Easy drinking, and tasty.

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Photo of Syracuse12
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paleoplant
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SmashAdams
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I Found this beer 14 months old and took a chance. There's a lot going on here. The smell is largely funky. The taste is funk and fruity sourness with a touch of spice. Really nice combination of flavors. Very interesting beer but a bit too much funk for me. nb

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Photo of lobos62
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barleycorn
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chippo33
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Apellonious
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 pt 6 fl oz bottled poured into tulip glass.

A - Cloudy, straw gold with a half finger head that moves quickly moves to a thin lace.

S - Grape must, funk.

T - Clove, white wine, hay. Notes of pepper and lemon.

M - Somewhat watery, has a back of the mouth sharpness. Carbonation is medium high.

O - Interesting, if not overly complex. I can see this more as a hot summer quencher.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.31/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of meson13
3.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

bland boring beer. some generic saison notes, no personality or character. nothing offensive, just boring. shoulda figured a 5 dollar brett saison wouldnt be very good.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden orange in color. 1 finger of fluffy white foam that dissipates surprisingly quickly. Nice lacing though.

Aroma is of spicy yeast, cloves, prominent banana, and honey.

Taste is just a little too sweet for me. There is no carbonation tickle or dryness that makes me want to return for another sip. Up front is the spicy yeast, followed by a honey-like sweetness. This is coupled with major bannana near the end of the sip. The finish is mainly just sweetness. Again nothing bites through, not even much citrus.

Overall, this beer is alright and easily accessible. I probably won't buy it again because there are so many better options available. I see it pairing well with a warm peach cobbler and vanilla ice cream. It gets a 82/100.

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Photo of Invinciblejets
4.44/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of puck1225
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful cloudy yellow pour into a snifter. Nice thick head and lacing. Great spicy taste with citrus and floral tastes as well. A very nice beer and I will buy it again.

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Photo of Antc2382
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LJTate
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of salthemonster
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of craigdb
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harpus
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hopocalypse
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: It pours a clear straw to gold color with a two finger head that lingers. S: There is a little floral from the hops and ester from the yeast in the aroma. T: Malt and light fruit are well balanced by an assertive hop accent. F: Medium body and carbonation. O: A good, drinkable saison.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.85 out of 5 based on 1,092 ratings.
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