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RATINGS: 799   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 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 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2010 Addendum: a newly-bottled version is obviously spiked with brett. This version was very ginger-y, lean-bodied, polished and ended in a citrusy tang laced with wilderness. Much better than the V Saison from a few years ago. 3.6/5

The Lure:
Light fruitiness surfaces from the bread crusts and subtle alcohol. Not much to talk about here, and carbonation seems a little low for style.

The Festivities:
A prickly, sparkling soda carbonation showcases the lack of substance. Tired citrus fruit, pineapples and bananas benefit from a delicate spiciness. Everything is light and lacks confidence, yet remains well-brewed.

Waiting for the next train.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Yeasty aroma, sweet, earthy. Poured a straw blonde. I tasted corriander, sweet, honey, dry hoppy finish, very earthy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nate (3826) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2005
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2010 Light fruity herbal nose, yeast and Belgian ale aroma with some bitter chalkiness. Hops are lightly floral with orange blossom, bitter rinds, mild bubblegum esters (Beemans gum, actually). Apricot and pears, light mintiness, too. Gets better as it warms up. Cloudy golden amber with constant white foamy lacing head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation, tingly on the tongue. Starts with nice malt sweetness tempered by an herbal hop profile. Belgian yeastiness and esters typical of the style, but not quite up there with Dupont or Fantôme. Beemans gum and bit of bitter orange peel, apricot. Dry bitterness in the finish; a bit rough. Light chalky after with good balance of sweet/bitter remaining. Overall, it’s a nice beer but doesn’t quite hold up to saisons from the other side of the pond. Could be smoother, too.

As Helios ale, Jan 20, 2010. This has gotten better than the last rating. The nose is a bit muted, but the taste is fantastic. Almost a Bretty funk to it, but there really is a nice yeasty character and subtle dryness at the finish that is reminding me of Orval. I’m really enjoying this. Upgraded my rating from 3.6 -> 4.1

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10265) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2005
Bottle… Murky, pear-colored ale with a small, fizzy, white head. Earthy, woodsy nose with notes of straw, green banana and a touch of bubble gum. The flavor is fruity and champagne-like. Perfectly balanced. Medium bitter. Medium-bodied and fizzy. Finishes just like a dry, sparkling wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - NOV 7, 2005
Lemony-yellow, think a yellow pear or apple, with very subtle red, brown and orange. Head is fluffy, white and incredibly thick and longlasting. Ironically, smells of pear and apple too, with faint spice, and mild lemon citrus/sourness. Taste is very hoppy and complex from the start, with bright lemon, coriander, clove spice and clover honey. Sweet honey works really well here, thick, coating quality to it. Balanced well with drying beechwood. Interesting twang to finish it all off, orange peel maybe. Great beer, really enjoyed this one; certainly deserving of its high ranking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCW (1277) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2005
Yellow in color pours with a classic white head. Aroma is floral, slighty spicey, sweet(like clover honey), yeasty, and as Doclock pointed out somewhat like lemongrass. Flavor is moderately tart, with a dry finish. Well made saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2005
Hazed, straw yellow, thick, gossamer, snow-white foam capping it, lasting long. Aroma of light citrus and tingly spice....lovely and invigorating. Taste: forward flavor of lemon, orange, grapefruit, and various spices blasts the tongue on first encounter, then softly slides back into the mouth. Occurs anew with each subsequent sip, coating the palate, leaving a palpable impression. Light to medium in body, with an insistent, citric, spicy finish. Plenty hoppy, too. Very tasty. I like it more as I drink. In fact, why don’t I just wait a while before finishing this review?....dum de dum, doo de dee... ...soft and mellow as I enjoy the remainder of the bottle, with a considerably consistent and pleasurable flavor continuing...deliciously yeasty...this is a nice one, a good drinker, an ale I wish I could reach for with regularity...alas...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
As saisons go, more spicy and yeasty than fruity and estery, with a sweetness that didn’t quite mesh. I tend to like a drier beer when they’re spicy. A medium mouthfeel and lots of yeast, which added a doughy aspect. Didn’t drink like 7.5%. Good medium carbonation, and some wheatiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2646) - GERMANY - OCT 23, 2005
Orangy nose with some vanilla tones, peach too. Cloudy orange color with a clingy white head. Doughy wheat malt taste with citrus notes. Creamy smooth texture, but it leaves a tingly sensation on the tongue. Very interesting and certainly a quality beer, but I expected something different. Still, you really can’t go wrong with this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lamas (1494) - 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.

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