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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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5497) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2005
Bottle - corked and caged. Bottled on Apr 01 05. Cloudy gold body with a tall foamy white head. Nose is yeasty and sweet with flowery notes throughout and light malt. Lots of fruit and spice as well - tangerines, pears, coriander, and light white peppery notes. Hints of lemon as well. Taste is wheat, lemon zest, lots of Belgian yeast, tangerines, pears, candy sugar and flowery hops. Pretty good stuff! Body is very effervescent with dryness and light chalkiness throughout. Overall has a light feel. Finishes with more spice and big Belgian yeastiness. Lots of fruit, flowers, light hops, wheat and candy sugar. Nice beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2005
Bottled 4/1/05. Nice bright gold color; fine dusty hazy picking up the light. Thick frothy white head. Bright yeasty / wheaty orange and corriander. Sugared hops. Some light fruity spices. Nice delicatey spiced and slightly malty and hopped orange. Very well blended flavors… a nice beer version of a champagne to me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
Thanks Dave! Bottled on 4/1/05. Pours to a huge foamy white head with spotty lacing. The body is a bright straw/gold color. A haze is cast through the body. The aroma is very nice. Tart fruits and grains. Kinda like a Flemish sour. Not really spicy or grainy. It’s farm-housey. Smooth, tart grains, Belgian yeasts, tart yet sweet and mellow. The palate is medium bodied and well carbonated. It fits well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
750 bottled on 4/1/05. Bright yellow-orange hazy body under a thick white head. Very spicy aroma with a pear+yeast bite. The flavor takes on more malt characteristics: honey, and medium roasted malt (not of the caramel sort just kilned). A slightly funky (fermented pear skin) yeast ties the malt in with bitter, stemmy, barky hops. The same flavors in the finish but with a mineral element. Medium-thin mouthfeel with low, mineral-laced carbonation. I like this take on the Saison style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MIBRomeo (2569) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 13, 2005
hazy straw color lots of carb nice white head not much of a lace. Smells of some odd yeast tart sweet tart and an odd straw scent with spices. Palate is fairly average ok coating nicely carbonated. Flavor is lemon grass, peppers, some yeasts and a weak malt. I’ve had better, but this is pretty good. Thanks to Dave for sharing.

   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 (2607) - 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 (11359) - 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 (1036) - 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…

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