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.
bubblehouse (671) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty good. Has a nice belgiany aroma and equal taste. Not the best but still really solid.
fletchfighters (1217) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 22, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
alliance100 (932) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Logan's Alley - pours a medium light gold - big banana aroma with some bready qualities . Very fruity . Mild Lingering bitterness . Solid .
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Mep3222 (792) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - MAY 14, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
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GarrettB (1178) - 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 (589) - - 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 (1960) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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 (380) - 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 (308) - 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 (4575) - 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.