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RATINGS: 825   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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3.3
TikiE (368) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottled: Thanks TikitaylorCollinT! Pours a golden color with a white bubbly lacing and lots of visible yeast. Smells of malts and spices, and tastes like sour fruit...sour being a good thing; that lasts on the palate in a sweet berry flavor.

2.8
Collint (475) - Sylva, North Carolina, USA - AUG 14, 2008
Bottle 2.99$. pours a hazy orange with a large amount of sediment, yeast. Aroma is sweet yeast and spice. Flavor is a punch of sweet malty and spice. Too much for me to drink the whole one, had to split it.

3.9
TURDFERGUSON (4058) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2010 Wow, this beer is so different from when I first had it about 2 years ago. Big, big brett bomb from beginning to end. Bread, earth, soil, pineapple, light spice. Some grassy characteristics but mainly lots of brett.

4
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2012 750 ml bottle on sale for $3.99 at Sam’s in Durham. A year old. The bottle wasn’t off unlike some other recent deals they had. Orange/golden hazy pour with creamy white head. Nicely tart and crisp beer, though not as much as hoped for. Flavors of honey, citrus, light summery fruits, and curacao. Some hop presence as well. Not intensely yeasty, but yeast is there, too. Very refreshing if not utterly complex. Rerate: on sale again for $3.59 this time. Not sure what I wasn’t tasting last time, though I can see age changing this beer. Nose shows curacao, lemon oils, bubblegum, yeast, and mild pepper. Taste adds sweetness and tartness, and the palate is nice and soft. Crazy good.

3.9
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 10, 2008
In short: A dry and crisp Saison with a dusty countryside character.
How: Bottle, 750ml. From RCL and after4ever, thanks a lot Raymond and Tom! Drank RCL bottle, shit this was good. Gotta share the other bottle with friends
The look: Cloudy golden orange body topped by a small white head
In long: Nose is rusty, countryside and a little woody. The dry dusty yeast plays a big role in this beer and the hop profile is quite complex. The end-result is a beer with a taste of citrus fruits skin, dry three bark, dusty yeast, wood, rust, dried apricots, dry grass, some bananas, some spiciness (coriander, white pepper), some dry earth and a little honey and caramel. Overall the beer is quite dry, very crisp and has a dominant dry and dusty attic sensation. This is almost a world-class beer. The more it goes the more I find that ratebeer just can’t appreciate Saison beers. Almost unbelievable how a brutal simplistic slap-in-the-face Imperial-Something will be praised and a wicked complex beer like this one will just get decent ratings. Ah, if only more people would be like me, well… girls would stop dumping me because I’m weird.

3.6
Headbanger (3999) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2008
750 ml bottle-pours a hazy orange body with a nice small covering for ahead. Aroma of belgian yeast, citrus, and slight alcohol. Taste of the same with a bit of floral and dryness. This medium bodied brew is very well balanced and quite tasty. Great Saison.

4
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 10, 2008
The Dan Journal #217. Tasted 7/25/08. 750ml bottle dated May30 08. Lively pour with cavernous white clinging head. Deep dark shade of golden. Peppery and perfumy yeasty aromas. High effervescence and a dominant citrus flavor. Mildly grapey. Moderate spicy bitterness. Slight citrus hops. Floral yeast character. Tasty!

3.9
thegreenrooster (4440) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 30, 2008
Pour is a hazy but bright yellow with a very large white head. Aroma is very yeasty and bready with some underlying fruityness. Flavor is citrus fruits with spice and a bit of earthy dustyness. Finish is dry and again leaves a little funk on the tounge. A very outstanding rep of the style!

4
agl108 (1252) - Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2008
750 mL bottle at Flat Rock Saloon. Poured slightly hazy orangish yellow with fizzy head. Adequate lacing. Yeasty, citrusy nose with lemony aspect most prevalent. Not overpowering with the farmhouse ’funk’ of a typical saison. Light, sweet, and fruity. Strong effort by Victory.

3.9
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 27, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2010 750ml bottle. Bottled 7/2/07. Pleasant aroma of flowery blossom, Pez candy, pale malt, baking spices, and orange. Poured a hazy yellow-orange color. The head was thick, foamy, and white with good retention. There was a bit of lace left on the glass at the end. Medium bodied, slightly sweet, and fruity; eventually drying out at the end. High-ish carbonation. I tasted orange marmalade, baking spices, fleshy fruits, and pastry. There was a hint of peach. Delicious. A little more flavorful than the Lost Abbey Carnevale I had recently, although both are solid beers.


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