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RATINGS: 755   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!


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 7, 2005
Lemony-yellow, think a yellow pear or apple, with very subtle red, brown and orange. Head is fluffy, white and incredibly thick and longlasting. Ironically, smells of pear and apple too, with faint spice, and mild lemon citrus/sourness. Taste is very hoppy and complex from the start, with bright lemon, coriander, clove spice and clover honey. Sweet honey works really well here, thick, coating quality to it. Balanced well with drying beechwood. Interesting twang to finish it all off, orange peel maybe. Great beer, really enjoyed this one; certainly deserving of its high ranking.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Yellow in color pours with a classic white head. Aroma is floral, slighty spicey, sweet(like clover honey), yeasty, and as Doclock pointed out somewhat like lemongrass. Flavor is moderately tart, with a dry finish. Well made saison.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Hazed, straw yellow, thick, gossamer, snow-white foam capping it, lasting long. Aroma of light citrus and tingly spice....lovely and invigorating. Taste: forward flavor of lemon, orange, grapefruit, and various spices blasts the tongue on first encounter, then softly slides back into the mouth. Occurs anew with each subsequent sip, coating the palate, leaving a palpable impression. Light to medium in body, with an insistent, citric, spicy finish. Plenty hoppy, too. Very tasty. I like it more as I drink. In fact, why don’t I just wait a while before finishing this review?....dum de dum, doo de dee... ...soft and mellow as I enjoy the remainder of the bottle, with a considerably consistent and pleasurable flavor continuing...deliciously yeasty...this is a nice one, a good drinker, an ale I wish I could reach for with regularity...alas...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2005
As saisons go, more spicy and yeasty than fruity and estery, with a sweetness that didn’t quite mesh. I tend to like a drier beer when they’re spicy. A medium mouthfeel and lots of yeast, which added a doughy aspect. Didn’t drink like 7.5%. Good medium carbonation, and some wheatiness.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2561) - GERMANY - OCT 23, 2005
Orangy nose with some vanilla tones, peach too. Cloudy orange color with a clingy white head. Doughy wheat malt taste with citrus notes. Creamy smooth texture, but it leaves a tingly sensation on the tongue. Very interesting and certainly a quality beer, but I expected something different. Still, you really can’t go wrong with this.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1355) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 21, 2005
750mL bottle. Bottled on: 04/01/05. A hazy gold body with lots of little floaties and a thick off-white head. Lemons, bananas and cloves in the slightly musty, yeasty and wheaty aroma. VERY high level of carbonation combined with the spiciness gives this an intense bite. Medium to thin-bodied. Refreshing. Lemony, tangy and wheaty with a slightly dry finish that features hints of spices. Solid beer, but it seems like a fairly generic saison. This beer gave me all kinds of searing gas pains.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 19, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2005 Pours a hazy yellow color with a thin white head. Good aroma of barnyard, spices and fruit. Good flavor of barnyard, spices and fruits. The body is light to medium with a dry texture and lively carbonation. A solid effort, it feels authentic.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3279) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2009 Lemon gold with a thin head that lasted, but tended towards fizzy. Aroma was distinctly bready with some underpinnings of fruit. Flavor also tended towards bread, with an interesting citric but not at all bitter hop presence, balanced by notes of honey. As it warmed, a chamomille soap note emerged that reminded me quite a bit of the Avery Saison. Not bad, but not brilliant. Sampled again at Relentless Thirst tasting on 8/29/09. Same basic perception, minus the chamomille soap.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2371) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 13, 2005
Thin fizzy head containing bubbles of every size. Reduces quickly but has great carbonation to keep a thin sheen on the surface. Big citrus aroma with yeast, grass and spices. Color is a hazy golden orange. Fizzy in the mouth. Spicy and grassy flavor with a little lemon. Slightly dry palate. Finish is crisp and pretty clean. A decent saison. Nothing really sets it apart from others though.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2470) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 10, 2005
Bottled April 2005: Beautiful orange color with a small frothy head which leaves thick laces on the glass. Grape spicey taste with honey and coriander. Yeasty, bready nose.


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