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RATINGS: 802   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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!


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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
I’ll be back to re-rate this....not what I was expecting, in a great way. This was a very nice Saison...comparable at first glance to a Hennepin, for example.


2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Andrew196 (1204) - Katy, Texas, USA - JAN 27, 2016
Hazy orange, medium, frothy eggshell head. The aroma was more spicy than I expected...almost like a Belgian single. Mouthfeel was medium, peppery taste with citrus and tropical notes. I didn’t get the sour funkiness that others got. Not what I want from this style.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Quick3Beers (631) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2015
Pours a hazy dark straw from a bottle. Smells of light spiciness, some caramel. Flavor throws in some lemon. Very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2769) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2015
Honey amber and into a snifter. Solid half inch foam lasts the length. Offers up pineapple, guava, sweating papaya in downtown Manila, this has a little ’market stall in South east Asia fruit in the humidity’ smell about it. It smells fresh but musky, damp and confined. There is a lot of manky notes about this Saison but not at all detrimental. Herbal to sour and bitter on the palate. Quite pasty and powdery in the very dry finish. Otherwise it cedes a great tang of sauvignon grape; fresh is best! Lemon zest, honeydew, lemongrass. Lightly floral, earth; almost sandy. Tang of iceberg lettuce - as low as that is!? Finishes off an interesting ale. I must say a ride!! Refreshing. Loveable. (1pint, 6fl.Oz, Enjoy by 11/11/15, The Liquor Shed, Jandakot)

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (3794) - Kyoto, JAPAN - NOV 8, 2015
Last half-pint of the night at Qbrick. Victory Helios 7.5% a big vinous, peppery aroma. The taste is sweet, spicy, pepper & cloves with a hearty dose of wheat. A bit phenolic but nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bwyu (51) - - OCT 28, 2015
Nice saison with a balance of grassy and herbal noble hops with citrus and peppery yeast character.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gripweed57 (1199) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2015
22 ounce bottle. Cloudy honey gold color. Large rocky white head. Fragrant, yeasty malt aroma is redolent of hay and farmhouse funk. Flavor is more bready malt with a Brett edge. Bittersweet lemon peel and citrus hops in midtaste. Earthy and fruity at the same time. Bitter dry finish. Splendidly funky and complex.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esp0r (2533) - NORWAY - SEP 30, 2015
Bottle enjoyed at the Nighthawk Diner
Pours golden with a nice white head. Smell of funk, stable, newly cut green grass, herbs, fruity esters, quite complex. Light sweet, funky and fruity, quite spicy as well. Nice brett, complex flavor palette, very dry. Herbal ending, moderate bitter

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
biirusaikou (1894) - - SEP 30, 2015
Draught at Craftsman. Rich gingerbread character with some fruity esters, apricot, banana, bit of lemon, peppery finish with a bit of funk. Not so saison-like but a pleasant brew overall.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EvanFriend (457) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2015
Taste of lemon, a hint of freshly cut grass, a bit of pepper, a funky aftertaste. Good beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rlgk (15802) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - SEP 25, 2015
Stockholm Beer & Whisky Festival 2015. Hazy golden beer with a decent offwhite head. Fruity hop aroma, perfume, grapes, citrus, floral, some bread. Malty bready flavor, perfume, grapes, hay, floral, some herbal notes. Fresh and drinkable saison.


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