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RATINGS: 780   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!


2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
harrisoni (14850) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2006
Bottle at Kookfest 2006. Pale gold with some sediment in suspension. Carbonated bubbly head. Some banana esters, bit farty maybe. Some lemony fruit in mouth. OK, but I expected better.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kook (2033) - Perth, Western Australia, AUSTRALIA - SEP 6, 2006
Bottle (Chris_o Gathering06): Golden, very high carb with estery peppers in the nose. Vanilla there too. More like a strong wheat than a saison though, too clean in flavour.

2.3
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
SilkTork (5374) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 4, 2006
Kook’s Farewell Gathering. Earthy Delight is the sub-title. Hmmm. Spicy ale with some tart notes. Rumbling, grating freshness. Grey, obscured flavours meshing into rancid butter in the finish. Not very earthy, and not a delight. Drinkable, but not a beer I’d welcome again.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5393) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2006
A hazy golden pour. An aroma of mucho fruito and yeast. A nice flavor of tart fruit and spicies. A palate that represents the style. A well done beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Shag (2668) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - AUG 31, 2006
This poured a cloudy yellow. A lemon, perfume, and alcohol aroma. The flavor is badass with some tangirene, lemon, apricot, and oranges. A spicy and carbonated mouthfeel. Very well done saison.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
pours a hazy light orange with a big but quickly dissipating off white head. good carbonation. Aroma is of sweet apples, tangy citrus, orange peel, and spicy. Taste is earthy yeast, tangy citrus (orange peel), spicy, with a dry finish. could use a bit more funkiness, but pretty good overall.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2006
Poured a hazy pale yellow with a small white head. Yeasty and fruity aroma with notes of lemon and orange flesh. Some phenolic spice. The flavor was fruity, yeasty, and spinced with a lively mouthfeel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 30, 2006
Bottle from Feb 06. Strong yeasty component with an overall fruity flavor, very bready and not strong in the funky department. Alcohol had a big kick and tasted a little too "american." There was little subtelty and complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12112) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2006
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy yellow body with an average-sized fizzy white head. Aroma of musty leaves, florals, and citrus. Flavor of spicy yeast, light citrus, and buttery with a soft palate. Descent saison that caught me by surprise.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HopBackDoc (474) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2006
Let me first say that I am not a Saison drinker, but decided to try this with some friends. Pours a deep yellow with foamy white head. Aroma of fruits -- banana, lemon, citrus. Has a little hop bite but mostly had a overpowering tart fruity taste. Not my kind of beer.


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