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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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Reviews: 450 | Ratings: 1,085
Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle into a Hennepin flute.

A--Bright burnished bronze head. Looks like a tripel. Head is half a finger of white fizz that dies quickly and does not lace. Nice carbonation, though, as a bubble line trailed upward throughout the tasting.

S--Bouncy apple notes, really juicy sweet and vinegar interplay here. The apple goes from sweet to tart to old cider quickly. That may be because of some must in the back end of the nose. But I didn't really catch much in the way of funk here. The yeast doesn't really sing like it should in this style.

M--Mouth exceeds the nose. Bright and rich at the same time, with a lasting juicy fruit sweetness in the middle that explains the smiling sunburst on the label. There's also considerably more funk in the taste for me--I'm picking up barnyard and wet hay. But the finish is a disaster--some sort of detergent flavor creeps in and lasts as an overlay to a more appropriate drying crispness. I don't get it, but it doesn't get away. Something powdery and ugly is going on here.

M--Mouthfeel's is exceptional: creamy and bubbly. Gives this thing a real champagne-like feel. Drinkability would be better is not for that finish.

Pretty versatile semi-dry saison, but that back end might be an acquired taste. A little like Ralphie in Christmas Story after he says what the fudge.

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Photo of avalon07
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was huge amount of foamy, long-lasting head and good lacing.

S: A sweet, citrusy, hoppy, summery aroma.

T: Tasted of orange, hops, some malt and a little coriander. Somewhat more bitter than a normal Saison, but flavorful nonetheless.

M: Has a vibrant amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: While this beer is more suited for summer drinking, it's still very drinkable.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. "Bottled on" date of Oct. 25 2009 is printed on the label.

Pours a slightly hazy golden hue with a massive billowing head of white foam that rises eagerly and holds on to the walls of the glass with all its strength as it fades and settles to a thick pillow on the surface of the beer.

The nose displays a little horseblanket mustiness, along with an equal dosing of slightly-aged and herbaceous hop notes and just an underpinning of lemony citrus.

Body is light-to-medium with a high effervescence. The palate is quite dry and bitter, with just a bit of chalkiness underneath the hop-accented flavor, which contains mostly notes of grapefruit and citrus rind; a slight barnyard yeast nature is evident and well-placed, with just a hint of honey-sweet malt character to attempt to keep things in check. Finsihes with a dry, astringent bitterness that lingers. Just a hint of alcoholic warmth shows in the chest.

Overall quite drinkable, but after one glass the flavors begin to wreak havoc on the tastebuds. On my first sampling of this beer, my fiancee and I split the bomber; this time, drinking the entire bottle alone, it becomes a bit of a chore. Still, though, it is an excellent beer, and the clerk that sold me the bottle said that he much preferred the original V Saison -- I may have to try that one myself if I can snag a bottle.

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Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of citrus, plum and sweet malt, accentuated by the yeast.

Taste is crisp with citrus, plum and spice being the most noticeable. Just a tad bit funky but not by much.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering citrus and spice. Alcohol finally starts to show but otherwise, very nice.

Certainly nice and drinkable. Not many domestic versions of the style can captivate but this holds up well. Worth a try.

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Photo of r00tarded
4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wicked confused.

I picked it up at Whole Foods upon seeing a Victory bomber for $2.99. Had no idea what it was nor what to expect. Decided to give it a try before looking up anything about the beer.

Opened it up, give it a sniff, gave it a swirl, and gave it a sip. Said to myself "huh, Victory made a really funky american West Coast IPA".

Poured perfectly clear, nice head on the first pour, minimal head on the second pour, and the smell (and taste) of citrus hops. Very chewable for such a light beer. Citrus isn't the only flavor profile, but definitely a dominant one. Biscuit lower notes. Nice even carbonation.

Not even close to what I was expecting from the time I bought it to the time I poured it, but a damn fine beer. Being that it's the middle of the winter and Saison's are beers I prefer to drink in the summer this might be one I have to seek out in a few months to balance out the kolsch, pils, etc.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Pours a gorgeous bright, clear golden color, with a small head and good
retention, soapy foam spotting.

S – It has a nutty smell and a lemon-banana flavor, with a slight grassy hoppiness.

T – Tastes clean and bitter and distinctly like American and German beer and not like Belgian regardless of style. Like if a Bitburger and a Honker’s Ale had a baby, they would have this beer.

M – Clean and dry and champagne-esque in its mouthfeel.

D – It is cheap AND delicious. Obviously…

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Photo of Billolick
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$3.99 for a bomber, nice. "Bottled on Dec 10, 2009" stamped on the front label, well done. Pours clear yellow amber, long lasting off white head, ample frothy collar and sheeting, below bits of lace. Spiced up, citric nose, more lemon/lime, add a healthy dose of pepper, herbal and fresh tasting hops..all add up to a quite pleasant, zesty and fresh tasting saison...here its a freezing night in january and I've been transported back to a hot day on the back porch in July...bring on the salads and cheese/crusty bread lunches...nice saison, for a nice price, always a plus...

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Photo of Overlord
2.66/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light, bright orange. Big white sudsy head. Thanks Chris for giving me a chance to try this.

Smells like....soap. Like medicinal, herbally, slightly floral/funky soap.

And it tastes like ... you guessed it ... soap. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot? It's like drinking a herb laced bar of soap.

I could go on and on, but I think I've pretty much summed it up. Some of these Victory experiments are serious misses in my book. One of the few breweries where the regular line-up is better than the "special" stuff.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Obtained as another great extra from ShogoKawada (thanks!). Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Troubadour tulip.

Perfectly clear citrine body with two fingers of ivory, active yet rocky merengue-like foam. The lacing extends weak tendrils up the sides of the glass but they slide back down quickly riding the creamy clear tears. Average retention...

Initially this brings to mind a pilsner or a vienna lager in the nose - curious if they used Saaz hops as well? Lemon, green banana, sourdough starter, white pepper, and lavender notes reveal the yeast.

Crisp malty palate entry, with lemon merengue pie, green apple skins, and bitter earthy noble hops. The finish is spicy and dry. Overall a decent flavor profile, but the balance is a little strange.

Effervescent, medium-light bodied, and fairly warming - but the filtration really detracts from the mouthfeel.

Overall a bit malt-heavy, and lager-like - the tweaks to the style are not for the better...but still, not bad, and quite refreshing.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at CBX, poured into a pint glass.

A - Crystal clear golden with a huge foamy white heat.

S - Sweetness, faint pine, and saison funk.

T - Multitiered hop profile with some citrus and pine, some funky saison flavor in there, and a mild funk aftertaste.

M - Thin bodied, well carbonated.

If you're not into super strong saison flavor, but still like a little funk, here's your beer. Great bang for the buck.

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Photo of Mavajo
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head and decent lacing. Aroma and taste carry light fruits and mild citrus - mainly banana and lemon, with some zesty spices and yeast. Clean taste with minimal aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with generous carbonation - very bubbly mouthfeel. All in all, a very crisp, dry and refreshing beer. Alcohol isn't noticeable. Very drinkable.

Now I'm a huge novice so maybe my palate is just feeble and untrained, but I actually had this pegged as a pilsener - I was surprised to come here and see it was a saison. If you like pils, I think you'd enjoy this as well. Oh, and at $2.99 for a bomber...you can't beat the price.

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Three fingers of white foam on top of a brilliantly clear, golden body. The foam exhibits good retention before settling down to a ring of bubbles and leaving nice lace on the walls of the glass.

S - Musty aroma of wild yeast with notes of soft cheese, acidic pineapple and goat. Some herbal hops and spicy yeast with pepper and lavender.

T - Tangy wheat with some creamy, biscuit like malt up front. Earthy flavors of european hops come in next with lots of wild yeast character. Notes of wet earth and musty attic with a little bit of sour tropical fruit. Finishes with a light note of vanilla and moderate hop bitterness as well as more herbal hops. Lingering spicy notes of hops and yeast with wet fur brett character.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I had no idea what to expect from this beer and it turned out to be a pretty weird one. The wild yeast character is intense with a huge nose of musty and very enjoyable funk. The flavor shows some background notes that are reminiscent of a normal saison, but the funk still dominates. Here it is not as pleasantly complex as it is in the nose, but it is still enjoyable. A funky, cheese-like wild beer it is pretty drinkable for something so over the top funky.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Saw this bottle for the first time at my local beer store so I had to try it. Had no idea what style it was but was able to tell as soon as I poured, smelled and tasted it.

Very good example of the style, bright color but a little cloudy, very good carbonation, flavor also good.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pale golden with slight haze, topped with a modest white head of large bubbles. Head recedes to a thin rim that doesn't leave much lace.

Nose is bready with yeasty/estery notes, as well as some sour fruit.

Palate has some rather wheat beer or tripel like qualities - some banana, wheat malt sweetness, but then a sour component mixes in to remind you it is a saison.

Very drinkable, and it doesn't smack you in the face with offensive brett/horseblanket/barnyard/feces aromas or flavors.

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Photo of bonkers
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into wine glasses. It pours like a typical saison, hazy, golden and a big white head. The smell was lemony, but less than I expected. It had all the flavors I was looking for, but they were not as strong as expected, lemony and zesty. The beer was easy drinking and paired well with my fish. A good value(under $4), but there are more flavorful examples of the style.

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Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz. bottle a golden yellow color with a large pillowy head that settles into a light lacing. The carbonation is light but active. The aroma is of hay, grass, & lemon. 1st sip is crisp & dry, with notes of bitter citrus peel (orange & lemon) that intensify on the swallow. Mouthfeel is bubbly, tingly, light & crisp. Drinkability is superb, I could easily down one after another on a July day. Overall, a very refreshing beer that would go very well at a cookout or on a hot summer day. Quite a pleasant beer! Victory does it again!!!

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Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of crisp light malts with hints of grassiness and light fruits - bananas with hints of lemon peel.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although there's almost no fruit flavors that aren't citrus. Light malt flavors up front segue into light earthy hop flavors that are backed by hints of mild citrus. These flavors carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a solid thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very goood. I finished my glass quickly and could certainly have another.

Overall this isn't a terribly complex saison but what's done is done well. Well worth a shot, especially at such a reasonable price.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. A very bright clear golden orange colore with a big frothy head and much lacing. The head disappeared. Dang!
Sm. A real hit of orange, grapefruit, lemon with some spiciness in the background. Can't miss this one.
Ta. A love it or hate it spicy tart sour lemon bang with some grapefruit at the finish. Orange zest. It's a very dry and tart aftertaste/feel. Serious pucker power. Cleansing.
Mf. Serious carbonation.
Dr. Hope so, I bought a case of bombers today.

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Photo of tubdog13
3.36/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - carbonation like 4th of july fireworks, 1-2" head that is slowly dissipating on my pint glass, lacing, leaves a light trace of head on top, beer is golden and see through

S - first snif I was picking up some lemon, swirled and sniffed again and picked up some barnyard smell (live on Lancaster county, expert at this smell)(should be interesting)

T - not sure exactly what i am tasting, think it is yeast, comes through light and clean with an earthy/grain taste

M - very clean, def a dry brew

D - very drinkable, will save the next one for a summer day

*need to work on temp that beer is served at and what flavors are really coming through

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Photo of drcarver
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - yellow color with a huge fluffy head that fades slowly and leaves significant lacing down the side of the glass.

S - hint of lemon zest. spicy. strangly close to the smell of cat litter though. It was hard to get over that one.

T - Taste matches aroma. Lemony on the edges but full of spice.

M - light and leaves the mouth feeling fresh. bubbly.

D - goes down nicely. I prefer more traditional Saisons to this one, but it is still pretty good.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with huge white head that sticks around for a while. Smell is of apples, brett, and some tart lemon. Taste follows suit, bringing in some pale malt and leafy hops to the mix as well. MF is thin, a bit astringent, was looking for a bit more, although not bad especially for the style. Drinkable and refreshing, nice beer, especially at $3 a bomber.

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stirred up so all the sediment is dancing about. Not bad for $3.50 bomber.

A: Nice fizzy bottle conditioned head that rises to 3+ fingers and quickly bides back down. A light clowdy haze corrupts what would be a crystal clear view through the golden yellow beverage, that reveals many columns of bubbles rising up.

N: The effervescence of this could be smelled when I cracked the cap, and much so during the pour. A very much saison farmhouse like nose with lots of yeast aromas, earthy gritty like malts, some banana and wheat, and lots of nice tangy sour funk aromas.

T: Starts very funky with tangy sour yeast and wild flavors. A dry gritty earthy malt and wheat taste follows that, but is overpowered greatly by the yeasty tangy sour funk. Bready malt tastes and very earthy farmhouse like tastes as well. A slight fruity flavor gives way to more yeast that does a good job of dryness and funk, but not quite as much as Brett. Some lemon zest and citrus also run rampant through it.

M: Very light with tons of carbonation, buttloads of carbonation. A slight tangy dry burn as well.

F: Very dry, pulling the water out of my tongue and almost giving it a dry singe burn. An almost minty like flavor hides in the background with the fresh dry taste. The sourness doesn't stay too long, but the funky yeasty flavor does. Almost a lemon bread like taste sticking around too. A pretty nice funky farmhouse saison, that gives wild yeast and Brett like qualities, but a little tamer. Still pretty funky though and great for the price.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am slowly beginning to appreciate the Saison style ales, and Victory has managed to make one of the best ones I have had to date.

A: Pours a nice golden-straw color. Head is very large and bubbly. Carbonation is over the top. This is almost champagne-like in appearance.

S/T: The aroma is full of that Saison funk, along with a little bit of citrus. Taste is very nice and refreshing. Up front, you get a strong lemon and apple notes. That gives way to an excellent champagne flavor. Slightly sour. The taste is reminding me a lot of Ithaca Brute. Its really hard to pin down the exact flavors going on, but this beer has a very complex palate. Probably in my top 3 Saisons I have had.

M/D: Mouthfeel is a little heavier than other Saisons I have had in the past. Extremely crisp and bubbly. A very refreshing beer, even at 7.5%ABV.

I don't think I have had a Victory beer I didn't like. Very drinkable and full of flavor. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lemon drop yellow body. Slightly hazed. Voluptuous fluffy white head. Carbonation looks to be quite active as multiple streams of CO2 rise vigorously throughout the body. Aroma has a lemon tartness and a little yellow cake batter character. Horse blanket also. Mouthfeel is quite prickly. Body is light-medium. Lemon is big in the flavor with a nice sourdough like backdrop of maltiness. Sprinkle a little black pepper throughout and add a little horse blanket tartness/funkiness and you've got a pretty solid saison. A bit of a lambic feel to it. Unique, but good, saison.

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Photo of morimech
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden color with a large white head that hangs around for awhile. The head does settle to a thick cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. I pick up quite a bit of funk in the nose, barnyard. Hints of lemon and pepper as well. Not as funky in flavor but it is present. Light fruit notes with some spicey pepper. Fairly dry and crisp. The body feels appropriate for the style, light and nicely carbonated. I enjoyed this beer and at its value price makes this an easy buy.

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Helios (V Saison) from Victory Brewing Company - Downingtown
3.86 out of 5 based on 1,085 ratings.
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