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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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Bottled April 1 2005 - Cloudy yellow with a rather large foamy white head. The aroma is fresh straw, pears and some bread. A rather subdued aroma. Flavor is straw, spicy yeast, over ripe fruit, and some herbaceousness. A goodly amount of hops are still present even after a year. Bright fizzy palate. Light alcohol warmth. All in all a pretty decent Saison, not world-class but still quite good. Anotehr example of just how diverse the brewers at Vistory are.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
billk (353) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - MAY 16, 2006
bottle 750ml. Hazy golden w white head. Plenty of carbonation. Aroma is saison/bret w Belgian yeast & malty, caramel candy sweetness. Flavor is the same with a touch of coriander & citrus. Medium bodied. At first it seemed to have too much CO2 on the palate but that diminished as it lost its chill. It seemed a bit green tasting like it could have aged more (1 year old). There was a nice tartness & I didnít think it was too sweet. Nice creamy mouthfeel too but I probably wonít get another @ $7.50.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (12033) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2006
(750ml bottle, bottled 4/1/05) Big white head atop a cloudy straw body. Aroma is moderately sweet, pear, some hay/herbal, chalky. Taste is moderately sweet, herbal, pear/peach, light grassy. Some alcohol warming in the finish. Some stickiness, medium-full body, with some creaminess showing up as it approaches room temperature.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gputty (456) - Virgina Beach, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Thanks to Immy for grabbing this one! From 750. Pours a cloudy gold with large white head and very active carbonation. Nose is doughy with spices. Flavor is a little yeasty with more of the same spices and mildly fruity, like pear skin. A very refreshing and crisp drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Immy (1955) - Virginia Beach, USA - MAY 7, 2006
Corked and caged 750, dated 01APR05, purchased at the brewpub. Lots of sediment noted in the bottom of the bottle. Mildly hazy yellow-gold pour with a huge white head. So bubbly that it actually sounded like I poured soda, a pretty loud fizz. Nose is certainly spicy, herbal, and fruity (summer fruits - pear, peach, nectarine) all at once. The flavors are more subtle, more muted than the nose. Certainly a lively mouthfeel, bounces off the tongue. I enjoyed it very much - now, if I can find some here in VA...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 15, 2006
Cloudy straw colour. Dusty, spicy (anise), fruity (pear) aroma. Spicy flavour of hay, fresh bread, peach and pear, yeast (old barn) and a big rock after the rain. Itís fairly relaxed and unassertive about all of this. Itís confident and pretty and all that white picket fence stuff. Thatís the main flaw, really. All the cool saisons evoke things that donít make sense, so itís got that, but it lacks the rusticity of the best examples. A great intro saison but I prefer more esoteric examples.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 10, 2006
750 ml corked/caged bottle dated March 05...one year seems about right for a saison, weíll see. Pours forth a hugely capped clear, bubbly gold body....the slow-decaying giant white head leaves traces of thin lacing....nose is earthy/chalky with hints of dry citrus and weak herbs.....honeyish, old-pils sort of character on the tongue, reminds me at first of the case of Christoffel I had last summer, but more complexity develops as warmth increases, a little vanilla, a little clay and peat, light hints of alcohol (mostly on tasting)....still, the result after much trying is one of a simple, sweet profile, certainly with very little true saison depth....a pleasant, drinkable, strong pils-ale mix is what I get out of this, not much more.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
this thing was wonderful. Pours out a golden yellow with a slight bit of cloudyness. Flavor is fruity and delicious. Aroma was every bit as good as the flavor. I would love to have another bottle of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2122) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
2005 bottle - Pours out yellow in color, not much head at all. Taste is sweet, fruity, and very easy to drink, almost chuggable. Very good, I guess sitting for a year in the store did some good, but damn this was almost better than Dupont.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - APR 4, 2006
Bottle: Dull and dirty straw, large sudsy white head that falls quickly, spotty lacing. † Heavy yeasty nose, subtle flora and spices. † Yeasty/bready on the tongue. † Typical Saison spices are soft and subtle. † Not as floral or sharp as other examples. † Semi-sweet, very little tartness. † Not very dry either. † Moderate body and mouthfeel. † Fairly clean, but I repeate, not as floral or spicy as other examples. † Good, but doesnít stand up. † Thanks to SuIIy and pineypower for each sending a bottle.

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