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RATINGS: 775   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2005
slightly hazy yellow golden color. thin and tall foamy white head that goes quickly. aroma is faintly musty, and candi sugar. a little lemony. super-high carbonation, flavor starts like a very watery tripel. slightly tangy, then sweet malt like bubblegum. next is some lemon & pepper, but weak dry finish. victory is good at other styles, but this is not very saison-like to me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sloth (2579) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - SEP 5, 2005
XL white head that dissapates surprisingly quick, settles down to a thin layer that just hangs around. Lacing is minimal, unfortunately. Lightly hazy pale gold color. Nose is yeasty, fruity with some notes of pepper. Body is medium, palate is spritzy, lightly creamy and coating. Medium sweet maltiness, lightly doughy and bready, citrusy, lemony notes with a mild herbalness. Finish is almost dry and a touch yeasty. A fair attempt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11315) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2005
750ml, bottled on April 1, 2005-pours a full, fizzy white head. Color is cloudy yellow/orange. Aroma is malt, yeast and (coriander?/spices). Taste-wow! Starts with lots of carbonation&then the malt&yeast roll over the tongue. Finish is mild. As the ale has a chance to breathe, or, the ale gets a bit warmer, it gets milder all the way around. A nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
steview (1034) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 24, 2005
meh. just another beer, in my opinion. sugary, also--give me the authentic saisons instead of this, this moderate level of decency. / sugary, lively pale-wheat; lemon, hay, pear, other complexities; a bit watery, weird. i liked it better with the yeast.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 22, 2005
750 mL bottle (corked & caged, bottled on April 01, 2005): hazed apricot with a large bubbled and fluffy white foam. Pale malt, perfume and sweet roses fill a very pleasant aroma and mix well with fresh hop cones, bubble gum, vanilla beans and faint citrus resins. The palate seems a little thin, but does have a crisp, well carbonated finish. A fairly decent flavour with hints of strawberries and dusty pepper, but overburdened by sweet lemon sugar and watery fruitiness. Not quite up my alley, but a pretty interesting aroma. I would grab another one of these to see what a 1 or 2 does to the body and see if time can subdue the sweetness…

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brad (364) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Spicy all the way around, from its peppery nose to its biting toungue tickling flavor. Musty dry finish. Good looks as well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2005
Clear, golden body with a fluffy, white head. Slightly tart wheat aroma with some light citrus, vanilla, coriander, dry cereals and a bit of mango and other tropical fruits. The body is light and refreshing with fairly mild carbonation, but gives a prickling sensation on the tongue. The flavors are fine, but nothing exceptional. A little spicy, but too sweet for my tastes. If, perhaps, time dries this out some, it could be pretty good. As it stands now, it’s just alright.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Bottle. Pours bright, cloudy yellow with a foamy white head. Nose is very spicy, peppery, cloves, grassy, lemony. Taste is light sour lemons, peppery spices and cloves.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JoshuaB (475) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - AUG 21, 2005
Golden yellow with a nice huge layer of creamy white head. Very peppery nose. Taste was pretty restricted, lots of pepper mixed with hay and yeast. I detect a bit of lemon as well. Lively carbonation, mixed with the pepperiness, this beer puts makes your tongue work overtime. I cant put my finger on it, but I was expecting a bit more from this beer. It is a solid effort, but there is just something missing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biznizness (1121) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2005
Not bad... but not up to normal Victory standards in my opinion. I am not overly familar with this style, but I have had a few. Sweeter and lighter than I expected. Probably wouldn’t go out of my way to get again.

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