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RATINGS: 785   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59   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!

grundsow's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
grundsow (108) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2012
A citrusy wheat beer, essentially Victory’s version of Blue Moon. A good beer when you’re in the mood for that style, but not my favorite variety. I find it fascinating that people literally state that they ENJOY the taste of “barnyard, leather, hay…” fascinating!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LilBeerDoctor (3527) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2015
Bottle. Pours a hazy light orange with a thin white head. Aroma of apple and light fruits, hay, funk, wheat malt, lemon. Flavor of light fruits, brett, light tart fruits, musty hay, bready malt. A tasty, lightly funky sasion. Pleasant and easy to drink. A good value beer too ($5.99 bomber!). 8/4/7/4/14 (3.7/5)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1384) - Syracuse, New York, USA - JUN 23, 2015
Straw yellow color, big puffy head. Effervescent carbonation. Aroma is Belgian funk, biscuit malts, sweet, sugary malts. A touch of white wine, and some dry wheats. The alcohol does not hide. There is pungent sourness above the rim of the glass. Tastes of more white wine, hint of champagne. The brett funk is legit. Very peppery, with some lemon. The wild yeasts really blossom nicely. The feel is thick and has just the tiniest of burns on the way down. For $5.50, at 7.5%, you could get a lot less drunk.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ctplt777 (323) - - JUN 13, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 Sweet and spicy, bitter and fruity. This beer has so much going on it’s awesome. It’s a saison with a subtle tartness. I went into this thinking it was going to be a sour bomb but the brett is perfectly blended. It’s tart but you can still taste the saison deliciousness. This is a killer beer and if you like a good saison with a sour edge grab this, it’s wonderful.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfontana (156) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Bottle from The Drinkery, Londonderry, NH. Aroma is strong fruity pineapple esters, yeasty dough, hints of cereal. Appearance is crystal clear golden yellow with attractive, copious sparkle and fizzy two-finger head with good retention and foamy lacing. Taste is much like smell--yeasty fruity sweetness. I thought I would like it more than I did. Palate is medium bodied with thin texture and lively carbonation--a tad too much. Finish is fairly dry and abrupt. It starts out with great smell and appearance and then fails to deliver all the way through. Still enjoyable but swings and misses for a home run.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jado (657) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2015
From US pint bottle. Pours a hazy gold with a thin but lasting white head. Aromas of farmyard funk, lemon, orange zest and flowers. Taste is fresh citrus up front before a prickly, peppery sharpness washes through. Funk, orange and lemon at the end. Lingering finish with a pleasant citrus aftertaste. To my mind, pretty true to the style. Nicely done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (776) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Pretty good. Has a nice belgiany aroma and equal taste. Not the best but still really solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1252) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2015
650 ml bottle Yellow gold color, bright white head, falls to a thin collar. Nose is banana, bread, lemon curd and roasted barley. Slight amount of gym socks. Taste is banana bubblegum, pepper, lemon curd, and citrus. Prickly carbonation, a bit too much really. Light bodied. A bit samey and not too complex.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alliance100 (999) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2015
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours a medium light gold - big banana aroma with some bready qualities . Very fruity . Mild Lingering bitterness . Solid . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mep3222 (869) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Aroma is a peppery maltiness with a Pilsner ish feel and aroma to it. Has a bit of a lager ish funk to it. Doesn't feel like a saison to me but more of a Pilsner with spice and more body. It is good but nothing special. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarrettB (1220) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2015
August 5th, 2013 - Victory Helios’ label can’t help but bring a smile to one’s face. The grinning celestial body could join the pantheon of adorable Japanese mascots, but here instead of sponsoring a prefecture or a beauty cream, the sun is beaming about the Helios brew. True to its label, Helios is a sunny yellow brew, which lights up like a bulb when a ray of sunlight strikes it. A dip of the nose reveals light grape notes, a splash of white vinegar, some creamy Swiss cheese, and a perfumed puff of honeysuckle. It’s a spritz smell, with a nice collection of outdoor, Springy scents. The palate, like the aroma, is trafficked with plenty of bubbles and carbonation, but it calms quickly halfway through the taste, pulling back the curtain and flavors of apple and pear. and a curious taste of live in the aftertaste. It spoils the virtues of the foretaste, but the whole beer shouldn’t be condemned for a bad aftertaste.

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