shrubber85 (7938) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Musty lemon/orange peel and light malt aroma. Pale yellow with moderate head. Musty dry bitter lemon peel and malt flavor. Solid - very nice.
crossovert (7866) - Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazed pour. Lemony spice, breadcrust in the aroma. Flavor is vey citrusy, lemony, herbs, slight bitterness, peppery spice in the finish.
Ughsmash (7180) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up bright spices (grains of paradise and a little coriander maybe?) ofer soft bready malts.. almost a little green garlic toward the back of the nose.. kinda weird. The flavor found tangy spices similar to the nose, plus grapefruit zest throughout.. light bready support again.. finished spicy and tangy. Light-bodied and over-spiced on the palate.. too much competing for attention.. fairly refreshing overall, but not that enjoyable.
BVery (6938) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Slightly hazy yellow pour with a white head. Nice spritzy lemon zest with some grassy hop bite. Light and crisp, and good flavor. Good stuff for summer.
DrSilverworm (6929) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Mostly clear yellow color. Thin bubbly white head, some bubbles on the side of the glass. Little bits of lace. Surprisingly herbal aroma makes me think Saison du Buff. Sage, oregano, thyme... Not that I donít like that, I just expected a much more traditional saison (to differentiate from the Dogfish / Stone collab). Light spice, some citrusy zest, light belgian-style farmhouse yeast. Nice savory taste. Medium body, smooth lighter crisp carbonation, more on the dry side. Enjoyable, flavorful, drinkable light saison. I canít help but think of it as a Saison Du BUFF Light, which for me is a good thing. Also always good to have another 12oz saison option.
marcus (6763) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours clear golden with a frothy white head and a fruity aroma. There is a light-bodied bitter malt flavor with a nice yeast presence and a dry spicy finish.
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a hazed golden amber with a thin white head. Lemon and spicy citrus on the nose, grain and musk. Medium bodied, lemon and musk. Spicy yeast into the finish. Very tasty.
KyotoLefty (6695) - Kyoto, JAPAN - MAR 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BOTW. Clear pale golden, fine head. Lemony nose, spicy yeast, light grains and hay. Clean. Clean and citrusy, spicy yeast, crisp, light bready malts. Decent beer, not a whole lot of saison character, but high drinkability. Relatively high carbonation.
arminjewell (6413) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUN 2, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 12 oz bottle, hazy yellow pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of lemon, biscuit, some dull grass, earthy notes, slight vanilla, cracker malts as well. Taste is sweet vanilla, biscuit, into some slight lemon, fruity grape notes, kind of dull and mashed together into some grass and earth, finishing dry. Just ok.
Ernest (6341) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of coriander, lemon peel, sage, peppercorns, lavender, etc.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, spicy.
Light to medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Fans of Helios have long wished Victory would make a lower-alcohol version of that wonderful beer. Well, you can imagine my excitement when my eyes locked on this brew sitting there quietly on the shelf...at least until I noticed that it said "spiced" on the label. So naturally I only bought one bottle, fearing the worst. And sadly, those fears were realized as soon as I poured it into my glass. They fucked this up with a ton of spices, like nearly every other American brewery would. God dammit. God fucking dammit. I hope youíre in the mood for witbier, because that is exactly what this is. Spices galore. Fuck. What a huge disappointment. Mind you, itís an ok witbier...thereís no flaws per se (aside from the ass load of spices), and the flavor balance is good (other than the strong aftertaste of spices), but a saison it is not, nor is it the little brother to Helios that we all had hoped for. Please try again, Victory. Iím being serious...try again...make us a 4.5% Helios Junior. Please. Please. Please.