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RATINGS: 766   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 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
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2007
Rating is a combination of notes from two bottles, both bottled on April 1st, 2005. One was consumed at exactly six months of age, the other at exactly the two year mark. A saison should easily withstand the 24 month mark, as Fantome and Blaugies have proven is a reasonable timeframe for aging and mellowing. The sample at two years of age shows no signs of deterioration, but hasn’t improved one bit, just changed radically. Almost clear light gold/yellow pour. Quickly diminishing, fizzy, pure white head. Aroma is of light and fruity yeast character aged, hot and caustic spiciness fresh. I wonder if a pleasing balance was reached and quickly skipped over whilst the second bottle was lying down. Citrus notes of orange are peppery and exude a corn syrup sweetness. Light aroma overall, focused but not anything special. Flavor is a drier, heavily carbonated and higfhly acidic version of the aroma. Finishes with a salty taste lingering, heavy alcoholic warming that hasn’t faded with time and moderately drying. Palate is sticky and overzealous. Not for me, not one I’d care to revisit either.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Hazy yellow/gold with lots of small floaters. 1cm of dense white head. Flavor and aroma of crisp hops, grainy malt, zesty yeast. Dry finish. Medium body, balanced carbonation. Not much complexity, but tasty and drinkable.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 11, 2007
Sampled on 8/2/06: Pours a clear bright golden with nicely-lacing frothy white head. Sweet bready pale Belgian malty aroma has a good floral spice and yeasty presence. Body starts with a sugary sweet maltiness and a drier, peppery spice with a touch of orange tartness and a good balance. A nice saison.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (6830) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2007
[147-20061221] 750mL. Boozy, burnt bubbly aroma. Cloudy, pale orange-yellow body with a quick foamy white head. Flavour has tangy blunt edge on light citrus and medium alcohol, like pineapple. Medium body. Very nice aroma, great togetherness.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Arayaga2 (1813) - portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 27, 2007
Hazy golden with big bright-white head. Aroma is Appley acetic, and mildly spicy. Taste is, well... fizzy with a bit of sweetness and spice. Not one of my favorites from this otherwise excellent brewer. $7/750ml

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ThomasE (5176) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 20, 2007
Hazy yellow colour with a white head. Floral and spicy aroma with fruity notes. Malty, sweet and fruity flavor with a spicy note. Dry finish with a light floral note.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
tbookman (618) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2007
Medium orange color - hazy with a thick white head. Aroma of sweet malts, some fruit and a hint of spice and yeast. Flavor is fairly sweet, with some spiciness and a slightly tart finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 5, 2007
750ml bottle via trade with MrBendo. Bottled 4/01/05. Aroma: Big lemon zest, orange, pepper, perfumey floral, yeast, and a light dusty funk aroma. Appearance: Lemony yellow in color and cloudy. Bright white head was huge and foamy with good retention. Nice lacing. Flavor: Wheat malt, yeast, lemon, peppery spice, light pineapple. Dry finish. Alcohol becomes more noticeable as it warms. Palate: Medium bodied. High carbonation. Light alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: Pretty good saison. Nice levels of citrus, spice, and funk. Good stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2007
2.3.07 Bottle dated Apr 1, 2005. I’m a fairly big fan of Victory brews. Very satisfied with the Saison although it is not the best ever. Worth a try at least

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2007
From a corked bottle dated 1 Apr 2005. This poured with a tornadic flourish of carbonation and a firm layer of white foam for a head. Nice orange-yellow flavor. Slight yeasty nose wtih a orange twist. Nice creamy and smooth mouthfeel, but almost mushy with a wet grass character. The almost reminds me of an American wheat with some hop bitterness. Grated lemon zest, bit of herbal body ... nice beer, as expected from Victory. (#2675, 2/2/07)


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