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RATINGS: 822   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   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 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
bu11zeye (12717) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
Pale golden-colored, cloudy body with nearly no head at all. Sticky sweet aroma of spices, honey and pears. But the flavor is actually not very sweet at all, and is very tart. Very typical Victory beer qualities to it. Strong carbonation. Lots of bananas and grass.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 11, 2006
UPDATED: AUG 18, 2012 [Re-rate - original from 2006 - okay, the 2006 me was a dumbshit - this beer is awesome - light and crisp, with a distinct, musky pineapple Brett character, along with other mild phenols - dusty yeast - very tasty] Cloudy golden color, with very small, soapy-looking head that disappears after a short while - aroma of banana, lemon zest, belgian candy sugars and earthy yeast tones - tingly carbonation (almost too much so) - tangy lemon and orange flavors, followed by some banana and honey, finishing with a mild sour/tartness - a little thin near the finish - quite drinkable, but not as strong an offering as Victory used to make - really quite uninteresting for the style - Iíve come to expect palate-confounding saisons like Fantome makes - this beer is like a prudish girlfriend; sure, itís interesting at first, when youíre getting to know it, but after only a short while you start longing for something to add some SPICE to your experience.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jefcon (1642) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JUN 5, 2006
Cloudy tangerine color in the glass -- nice white head is thick initially, but diminishes completely. Aromas of wheat and light fruit (oranges and pears) -- a deep sweetness and some earthy strains. After a hoppy bite, some nice tangy fruit and a dry finish. Alcohol is hidden throughout. Lots of flavor, but very smooth and well-integrated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (3027) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 5, 2006
A nice belgian style beer, although it wasnít a funky farmhouse barn-like beer (ie. missed the style a little). The head was huge and it was cloudy yellow. The aroma was yeasty, bready, and spicey. The flavor was much of the same, finishing with some sweetness & candy sugar type flavors.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 28, 2006
Bottled. Picked up at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA. Beer was a hazy light yellow with a lot of small, dark-brown seamonkey-like particulates swirling about. The head was small, frothy, white and mostly lasting. Aroma was moderately malty with a note of toasted grain, moderately-to-heavily hoppy with notes of herbs and lemon; lightly yeasty with notes of basement and dough; light note of banana, clove and coriander. The flavor was lightly sweet, moderately acidic and moderately bitter with an average-length, lightly sweet, lightly acidic finish. The body was light, the texture was watery and the carbonation was lively. A strong offering, not as spicy-sexy as some of itís kin, but nothing to shake a stick at.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ernest (7321) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2011 Bottle (2011). Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly lasting. Body is hazy medium yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), lightly to moderately hoppy (herbs, flowers), lightly to moderately yeasty (barnyard, horseblanket), with notes of bubble gum, lemon zest, pepper, band aid, alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. What a great beer, and only $4 a bomber. Easily the best beer Iíve had from this brewery, by a substantial margin...almost unbelievable that they make this. Wish it was lower in alcohol to make it more saison-like, but otherwise very solid, enticing, wild, and fulfilling.

   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.

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