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RATINGS: 792   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 nature’s 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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JAN 13, 2008
750ml bottle just like image. Poured clear orange/gold. Aroma of citrus, sugar, and yearst. Slightly dry with notes of tart fruit.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 13, 2008
Bottled on 4-1-2005. Pours a clear gold with a fizzy champagne like head. Smells of citrus, grapes, touches of sweet caramel, sugar, some hay. Tastes lightly earthy and peppery with a compliment of citrus. Time has morphed this beer into something completely different than the sugary mess it was fresh.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (11364) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 1, 2008
750 ml bottle poured a clear gold with a small lingereing white head. Aromas of pineapple, pear, light spice, light straw and a hint of yeast. Palate was light bodied crisp and slightly dry. Flavors of straw, pear, spice and light yeast with a smooth dry lingering bitter spice finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
pours a clear bubbly gold with full white head. sweet wild yeast aroma. sweet spritzy fresh strong front with yeastie mild finish. dry aftertaste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2007
Purchased for $7 at Victory’s brewpub and brewery (along with the other V-series offering), this is a great American take on a classic Belgian style ale. The ’tart fruit’ is the name of this one as it bites the palate and leaves with the dry finish. Not bad.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3253) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2007
Thanks to Suttree for bringing this one to the Brewer’s Jam Hotel Tasting. Slightly hazy orange body with a persistent off-white head. Floral, fruity aroma. Some spice with a hint of licorice. Lightly sweet flavor with some spices and a bit of dryness that attempts to creep in there, but doesn’t fully succeed. Surprisingly decent Saison.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (982) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2007
The packaging of the beer in a 750 ml., corked, and caged bomber added an air of authenticity. The first pour was clear and bubbly, and the smell was floral and sweet. The smell lacked the funky brettanomyces character that I usually enjoy in these beers. The taste was also smoother and little more industrial than authentic farmhouse. The floral, sweet, and earthy flavors balanced masterfully, but the tartness was mild at best. Easy to drink and pleasing, but I kept missing that spicy edginess. There was more hop bitterness than normal, and the was tending dry.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head. Has hints of sour fruits, foral, and beliguim yeast. Finishes tart and bubbly on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2007
This is another one of those beers that is really good, great aroma, consistent with the style, but isn’t a knockout. At the prices, there are better Saisons.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattan (7) - New York, USA - OCT 17, 2007 does not count
Very pale yellow color; strong fruity aroma; gets slightly more bitter as it goes; too bubbly.


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