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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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1433) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Kinz (3467) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dorwart (2424) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
YogiBeera (2540) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (9618) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2005
Poured a lighter and cloudy yellow color with a smaller sized white head. Musty and earthy aroma with some spices and fruits. Tastes of the same with lemons and citrus. Lively body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4609) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2005
Pours a slightly hazy golden, head was big and bubbly at first pour. Went down to a small lacing head as it sat. Aroma of Belgian spices (similar to what is in their Golden Monkey), earthy, slight hops and yeast. Tingles on the tongue. More spices yeast, some hops and various fruits (pears/citrus) in the flavor.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notwoohoo (109) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2005
This is a saison with complexity. Earthy with aromas of spices, a bit of hops, some pineapple, and a bit of damp soil. This is a beer that I could drink after working in the fields of a farmhouse in Belgium. Nice and thick head with a golden tint. I love the yeasty and fruity dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TChrome (1440) - Bedford, Texas, USA - SEP 25, 2005
This is quite an impressive achievement for an American brewer. Most US saison’s I have had sucked, but not this one. Beer pours nicely golden with a big, thick, retained whipped egg white head. Lots of carbonation here. Aroma really hits the notes for the style. Lots of different floral charachteristics, some yeastiness, and just a hint of cobwebs. Flavors are appropriately restrained, with some hoppy spiciness, yeast and a very dry finish. Yum.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
pineypower (2685) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2005
Bottle, April 05.....Poured a cloudy straw color with a nice rising head that stayed the duration of the beer. Decent aroma with some malt and spice. Good smooth taste with notes of spice, hop and yeast, didn’t really get that fresh hop taste the label talked about, but none the less a good beer

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