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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 natures 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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
elmatador00 (519) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2007
Pours a murky yellow with a foamy white head. Has hints of sour fruits, foral, and beliguim yeast. Finishes tart and bubbly on the palate.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
mistersinalin (381) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - OCT 18, 2007
This is another one of those beers that is really good, great aroma, consistent with the style, but isnt a knockout. At the prices, there are better Saisons.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mattan (7) - New York, USA - OCT 17, 2007 does not count
Very pale yellow color; strong fruity aroma; gets slightly more bitter as it goes; too bubbly.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
theviolet (186) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Not too much yeast. Lots of spice and citrus. Big white head, foamy and goes away a little quickly. Cloudy bright gold. Slightly metallic taste, some spice, good bitterness in the finish. Dont like it too much. Great bubbly mouthfeel.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (6191) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Slightly cloudy yellow, with a fairly sizey head. Spicy aroma, with a whiff of vanilla and sage, maybe some other herbal notes, too. Pretty tasty, with a vaguely sweet edge at first, then some spicyness. Perhaps some apple flavor as it warms. Also a bit more full bodied than I expected.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2007
Very solid effort from Victory, whose Belgian styles have been hit or miss of late. Its a more fruity, buttery brew than one customarily associates with saisons, but theres enough grass and earthy stuff happening, with mild spicing, to make it all work. Big body, generous head, and in general a solid beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2007
750 ml bottle. good saison. refreshing, somewhat cloudy, some funk, earthy. mild spice. very drinkable. light hop presence. would love some more

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 1, 2007
750 mL bottle, dated July 3, 2007. Pours very cloudy gold with disappearing whitish head. The aroma is oatmeal, farm, strawberry, and pork. The flavor has a zesty kick at first, then some farmy hay notes, significant amounts of earth, and a tingly hoppiness throughout. The finish is honeyish and leaves a spicy aftertaste. Prickly mouthfeel.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle. 2005 vintage. Pours a thick/pulpy yellow-gold body with a white bready head. Fruity orange/citrusy aroma, syrup sweetness, and dark bread. Lots of carbonation considering the age... fruity but alas, its quite thin. Dusty spices and fruit character along with some alcohol. Slight papery oxidation is noted as well.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (7239) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 28, 2007
Corked Bottle 750 ml
Vintage 2005 Appearance :Bright sunny gold with morning like mist. Receding white top.3+
Nose :Sweet honey, sour farm year , green tart apple , wet hay with grain silos.
Flavour/Palate : Fairly crisp and well carbonated especially if you are looking at 2 year plus sample, Soft grain-fruit character shown in the middle. Fresh apple shown on second take. Refreshing crisp ale.


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