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RATINGS: 797   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpringsLicker (3266) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rajendra82 (988) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
theviolet (173) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Not too much yeast. Lots of spice and citrus. Big white head, foamy and goes away a little quickly. Cloudy bright gold. Slightly metallic taste, some spice, good bitterness in the finish. Don’t like it too much. Great bubbly mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5646) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Slightly cloudy yellow, with a fairly sizey head. Spicy aroma, with a whiff of vanilla and sage, maybe some other herbal notes, too. Pretty tasty, with a vaguely sweet edge at first, then some spicyness. Perhaps some apple flavor as it warms. Also a bit more full bodied than I expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Very solid effort from Victory, whose Belgian styles have been hit or miss of late. It’s a more fruity, buttery brew than one customarily associates with saisons, but there’s enough grass and earthy stuff happening, with mild spicing, to make it all work. Big body, generous head, and in general a solid beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7008) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2007
750 ml bottle. good saison. refreshing, somewhat cloudy, some funk, earthy. mild spice. very drinkable. light hop presence. would love some more

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
750 mL bottle, dated July 3, 2007. Pours very cloudy gold with disappearing whitish head. The aroma is oatmeal, farm, strawberry, and pork. The flavor has a zesty kick at first, then some farmy hay notes, significant amounts of earth, and a tingly hoppiness throughout. The finish is honeyish and leaves a spicy aftertaste. Prickly mouthfeel.

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