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RATINGS: 788   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 natureís 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!


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is perhaps creamier than Iím used to in the style; nonetheless itís 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 wasnít 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; itís appropriately crisp and light, drying on the finish. It really comes across as being írefreshingí, too, without coming off overly carbonated. O: This is the Hop Stoopid of saisons - why do I say that? Because itís 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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willisread (830) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 1, 2015
Tap at CBM Koenji. Hazy straw with a big soapy white head. Aromas of lemon zest, light barnyard and bright, juicy citrus. Taste is more of the same, with a strong wheat profile. Not much of a saison, but still a refreshing summer beer on a hot night.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jc1762 (229) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2015
Shaker showing neon yellow with sparse clean white foam. The nose shows light Brett. The palate is well carbonated and light bodied. Some notes of Brett but mostly bubble gum and banana. Basically a wheat beer.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TimE (4119) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 31, 2015
Light Golden color. Creamy white head. Soapy and cracked wheat nose. Dry but somewhat hoppy nose. Not really a saison. A bit sweet.

3.7
   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)

3.9
   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.

4.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ctplt777 (326) - - JUN 13, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 Sweet and spicy, bitter and fruity. This beer has so much going on itís awesome. Itís 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. Itís 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, itís wonderful.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tfontana (160) - 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.

3.9
   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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubblehouse (780) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Pretty good. Has a nice belgiany aroma and equal taste. Not the best but still really solid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fletchfighters (1255) - 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.


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