ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is perhaps creamier than I’m used to in the style; nonetheless it’s a beautiful three finger white shade. It retains fairly well and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
S: Once the brew opens up after sitting for a spell, notes of coriander, black pepper, and fresh cut grass appear across a neutral malt canvas. Subtly funky, as well. Really pleasant and well executed, but fairly standard for the style.
T: Spice esters (such as coriander, black pepper, and pine) are the first thing I note on the palate, before the aforementioned subtle funk builds on the midtaste. Mild yet defined malt sweetness, lemon notes, and touches of hop earthiness finish this one off. The spiced qualities return on the aftertaste. I like the depth this provides in general; I wasn’t sure what to think of the flavor profile initially, but it really grows on me after a while.
M: I find little to complain about the general feel; it’s appropriately crisp and light, drying on the finish. It really comes across as being ’refreshing’, too, without coming off overly carbonated.
O: This is the Hop Stoopid of saisons - why do I say that? Because it’s a high-quality, no frills interpretation of the style fantastically priced by bomber standards. That, and Victory could really stand to put this in 6 packs. Still a really good saison regardless.
GarrettB (1169) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
woodychevy (583) - - MAR 25, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from Bert’s. Tasty and super interesting. So good that I went and got another. Pours a hazy, dirty orange. Just looks Belgian. Tons going on here- spice, yeasty, biscuit, clove, banana, citrus, lemon, straw and a pleasing amount of Brett funk. Slight sourness that intrigues. Finishes crisp and yeasty and earth. 7.5% abv is fairly well done- not overly boozy. Great saison. Loved it. Both times.
gsmitty80 (1941) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great saison by a great brewer that has a high alchol content but drinks light and smooth. One of my go to summer beers if i can find it.
mikeyo1 (365) - Linköping, SWEDEN - FEB 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ home. Pours a clear golden liquid. Aroma is funky with barnyard, pepper, vanilla, lemon, peach, hay, toast, some flowers. Crisp and dry flavor with vanilla, sour red apples, lemon, peach, hay, bread. Lingering barnyard, white pepper and lemon. Aftertaste doesn’t really dry out as you would expect from the initial flavor profile, instead there are rather mellow notes of vanilla, earth + bread and a notable bitterness remaining on my tongue.
ffaoe (307) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
really nice fresh aroma. slight malt and hop with faint peppery and citrus aromas. golden with a faint haziness. good head. nice slight hop flavor with light peppery finish.
AndySnow (4524) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Golden colour with a white head.
Aroma: Fruit, spices, some citrus, vanilla.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Fruit, yeast, oranges, spices.
thomat (2280) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JAN 15, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from SB. Hazy golden with a thick white head. Fruity and funky tones. Malt, fruit, stable and hope. Medium to full body with bitter / spicy finish.
Crash_the_dog (163) - Fairway, Kansas, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Really nice grab bag of Belgian stereotypes. Slightly sour nose, funky and citric. The taste is less tart, with allspice and pepper notes intermingling with the acidity. The mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy, which isn't surprising considering the rich head on pouring. Really enjoyable bottle.
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ilovedarkbeer (2389) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a large foamy white head. Notes of pepper, yarn, citrus, and fresh air.
Stuedmaster (295) - Vista, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a good, solid Belgian style ale. It seems like a hybrid of a saison and a tripel. Pours cloudy, deep gold with a slight white head that quickly dissipates, lots of sediment floating around. Aroma of grass, sweet malt, dough,and earth. Nice balance of sweet and bitter, generously hopped but the malt backbone can match it. No real presence of sour like a normal saison. Medium to full body, creamy texture, soft carbonation, well balanced finish. Has a soft feel in the mouth, the alcohol is well hidden. Refreshing and easy to drink for 7.5% abv.