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RATINGS: 766   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
biznizness (1104) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2005
(Bottled April/1/2005) The beer is capped by a magnificent creamy whitehead that emanates a wonderful spicy yeasty bouquet. The palate is quenching and appropriately carbonated for the style. This example is “cleaner” than many other saisons on the market. Purest will criticize this beer for not being wild enough, but I find it to be well balanced and fun to drink. I do think this a great effort for a first try at a hard to get right style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Big bottle. Pours a clear pale yellow, super carbonation, giant foamy head that then quickly dissipates. Straw, hay, dandelions, and some dust and sweat. Delicious, gorgeous Saison, up there with Hennepin and DuPont.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1105) - Madrid, SPAIN - AUG 5, 2005
Very drinkable Saison for 7.5. Had it from a 750ml bottle at Brewery. Nice true farmhouse look to this ale and full belgian/yeasty nose. The taste was calm and very dry -- not too hoppy, but reminded me a bit of dried fruit, apricots? Well done anyway.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 3, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 15, 2007 pours a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head, aromas of citrus, yeast, sweet malts & spice. taste is slightly carbonated, and really sweet, with some bitterness present, definitely not their best beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2005
Hazy yellow appearance with a thck white head. Good retention. Smell had lemon, citrus, coriander and orange. Some hints of saaz too as another guy said. Taste was tart and good but overly sweetened I thought. Too sugary for my personal taste. Good beer though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jimmack (1222) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2005
750 ml. bottled on 4/1/05. Hazy yellow/golden color with a medium white head. Musty aroma of wet hay, yeast, coriander and lemon. Yeasty, citrusy flavor with some malt and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 29, 2005
UPDATED: APR 24, 2010 Draught. Pale cloudy golden. Heavy coriander nose, estery and phenolic yeast seems fit for a weizen. Slight cracker dryness, a bit too sweet globally, the bready and biscuity maltiness being countered by tea-like tart tannins rather than pure hop glory. Unimpressive spice display. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, comfortable palate, but going a little too far on the sweet side at the expense of bitterness which I certainly didn’t expect the makers of the prima pils to do. ////// Previous rating was for the V saison and on draught. Having tried the Helios in a bomber, I’m giving a little update. Previous score was 3.1. This seems a bit better now and a bit less spicy though I still catch a bit of coriander in there. While sweeter than I’d like, its attenuation is probably a bit better than the average American Saison. Fresh pils malts and comfy, rather authentic large-bubbled carbonation are pleasant and the yeast provides a fun pepperiness. Bumping the score to 3.5.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkobes (2141) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
750 ml bottle. Bright pale yellow in color with a nice fluffy white head. Malty spicey hoppy aroma. Very light and refreshing. Malty hoppy flavor. Crisp. Peppery. Finish is spicey and malty. Drinkable. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUL 22, 2005
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2005 750 ml bottle. This is another of those Belgians that should be served via 750ml, and nothing more. Bright yellow, nice carbonation emanating from the bottom of my Ommegang chalice, thick white head, decent lacing. Malty spicy hop aroma, that reminds me of Czech pils, for sure. Probably Saaz, and very pils like, with a slight Sulfur note. Spritsy malty flavors, with gentle noble hop notes, and peppery malty flavors. Spicy malty finish. Really nice.

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