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RATINGS: 822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The radiant energy of the sun gives life to all that we enjoy. Flowing field of barley for malting, surging vines of ripening hops and even pure, clean water owe their vitality to the sun. Just as we do. So in crafting this unique, hazy orange-hued ale, we poured in natureís great gifts of German malts and European hops to feed the dynamic yeast that we imported from Belgium. Here in the quiet tanks of Victory our yeast brought vitality to this Belgian style farmhouse ale. That energy has created impressions that range from lemon peel to black pepper, though such spices are not added. Great with a wide array of foods, count on the bright soul of Helios Ale to bring life to all of your meals!


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3970) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Pour is a hazy but bright yellow with a very large white head. Aroma is very yeasty and bready with some underlying fruityness. Flavor is citrus fruits with spice and a bit of earthy dustyness. Finish is dry and again leaves a little funk on the tounge. A very outstanding rep of the style!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
agl108 (1047) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
750 mL bottle at Flat Rock Saloon. Poured slightly hazy orangish yellow with fizzy head. Adequate lacing. Yeasty, citrusy nose with lemony aspect most prevalent. Not overpowering with the farmhouse ’funk’ of a typical saison. Light, sweet, and fruity. Strong effort by Victory.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2010 750ml bottle. Bottled 7/2/07. Pleasant aroma of flowery blossom, Pez candy, pale malt, baking spices, and orange. Poured a hazy yellow-orange color. The head was thick, foamy, and white with good retention. There was a bit of lace left on the glass at the end. Medium bodied, slightly sweet, and fruity; eventually drying out at the end. High-ish carbonation. I tasted orange marmalade, baking spices, fleshy fruits, and pastry. There was a hint of peach. Delicious. A little more flavorful than the Lost Abbey Carnevale I had recently, although both are solid beers.

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
NaturalIce (148) - originally from Michigan, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2008
Decent beer. Had a bottle at Gaslight in South Orange, NJ. Made the mistake of drinking this after the V12. For this reason, the beer was almost flavorless but very enjoyable nonetheless.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5445) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2008
Pours deep gold into a tulip. Fluffy white micro head recedes to skim surface leaving no lacing. Caramel malt and candi aromas. Upfront sweet honey and biscuit which turns to pine in the middle. Lasting, dry and slightly sour finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 16, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2010 Pale straw coloured beer with a massive white head. The nose is incredible. Bright zesty bretty funk. Lots of flinty/minerally character with a nice horsey funk. Black pepper, lemon-lime and a big zesty spiciness. Noble hops seem to be here in abundance. A lemony citrus flavour over a bit of very light wheatiness. A little touch of light honey, some wintergreen mintiness. Itís a really awesome brew. Tap at Blind Tiger. Pale golden beer with a thick white head. Aroma is decent, light apple/pear fruitiness underlying a nice spicy black pepper/clovey character. Nice dry palate with a bit of crusty breadiness and a lingering wheatiness. Warming bring up more spiciness and loads of fruitiness as well. Cherries and a light berry character as well. Some light citrus on the back. Itís quite nice, but it really lacks the rusticity that I normally enjoy in a good saison. 7 4 7 3 13

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajm (1072) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
I give it a good flavor score because it tastes more of earth than of hops, which I respect and enjoy. Nice hop flavor too, donít misunderstand, but this is much more balanced than I usually encounter in saison.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2008
Pours a nice orange/amber color with a big off-white and lasting head. A little sweet and fruity upfront, and finishes clean and slightly bitter. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2008
i often think that hennepin is the poor manís saison dupont, but this falls somewhere in between the two, it is able to pick up on some of the micro subtleties that hennepin seems to miss out on (and i love hennepin!). seeing 750s of anything by victory caught my eye, and the opportunity to try their saison was not something to be passed on, and it was no disappointment!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BillKismet (3811) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 17, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2010 Appealing orange color with good carbonation and head. Enjoyable aroma, albeit hard to pin down, but with essence of caramel banana. Flavor is light caramel malt. Perilously drinkable, but would never call this a "saison." Re-rated 3/23/10: Hazy yellow. Great, creamy head. Lightly phenolic, caramelized banana aroma as experienced before. The yeast seems more German than Belgian. More of a German Wheat than a Saison. Lightly phenolic flavors with sprinklings of clove and banana.


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