RATINGS: 825   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 29, 2007
750mL bottle, courtesy of LordMaynard. Thanks, Russ! Pours a cloudy, effervescent whitish-yellow color; fluffy white head with web-like lacing. Some toasty vanilla and lemons and coriander in the aroma. Boozy, medium mouthfeel: spritzy lemons and chewy esters; overly sweet saison, not to style at all. Lengthy, candy sugar and lemony finish.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jmcinerny (17) - Maryland, USA - JUN 22, 2007
750ml bottle bought in College Park MD. Lots of sediment that I stirred up. Poured quite cloudy and looked great. Was surprised that this was a saison. It tastes more like a sour ale. Perhaps if it were called a sour then I would give it high marks. I do not get any clove or bubblegum that I expect of a saison. I love this brewery and thought that I would be biased to high marks just because of the name. Everything else I have had from Victory is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jasonp (1577) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 12, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2010 Classic, cloudy golden yellow with a foamy white head. Light brett, some banana, clove and a hint of spice in the nose. Flavor has notes of light pils malt, slight hint of graininess, banana/clove, lemon/citrus, orange peel, ample noble hop bitterness and a hint of spice. Moderately sweet with a tinge of sourness.. Finishes dry. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, a excellent US saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 4, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2007 2005 Bottle. Hazy yellow with a huge head. Aroma was sweet pear, lemon, and spice with some yeast. Smooth and drinkable, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (7288) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 25, 2009 Bottled 4/1/05. Sampled from a 750 ml brown bottle this beer poured a hazy ocher-yellow color with a huge white head that faded quickly. The aroma was spicy, citric and dry. The flavor was sour, tangy, dry, bretty, citric, spicy and had a earthy undertone and a long wheaty, bretty and earthy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2299) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2007
I wasnt too impressed with this offering from Victory, it poured a dark golden color with a bit of hazing & cloudiness, not a whole lot of head though, a little bit of lacing around the glass, nose of grass, lemon, light hops & yeast, the body was very spritzy & carbonated, the alcohol showed through more and more as the beer warmed, it even got a little rougher around the edges as it warmed as well, this was a little overly-carbonated with a fizzy mouthfeel, flavors of lemon, citrusy orange, bitter hops & a bit of rye bread, too lively of a finish, I was really hoping this was a little more subtle, kind of like Sly Foxs Saison, but it just didnt reach that level, this was a bit of a disappointment

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 19, 2007
Pretty good for an american version of the saison. Bottled in 2005 it seemed to have mellowed out alittle bit, not a bad beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2007
Bottled on April 1, 2005 and consumed on April 1, 2007.
Bright, magnificent and pale copper in color with an everlasting one inch tall, white, sudsy head. Aroma is rudimentary, earthy and tart. Lemon shortbread meets coriander and water starved prairie fields. Flour aromatically dusts sweetened potato bread. Ginger, pears and gala juice sweetly meet husky and calmed lemon flavors. High effervescence treats with a potato bread harvest to garner admirable bready predominance. Light alcohol livening warms the tonsils while candied Bartlett pears provide the base. Creamy and dry performance, with grains of paradise and coriander sticking to the tops of pils malt, as the prairie wind blows them through to the finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2007
Courtesy boboski. Poured slightly cloudy light straw color with faint, wispy white head. Mildly grassy, sweet aroma with some corn-like smells. Medium-bodied, well-carbonated. Very mild spicy taste, pepper, earth, some citrus. Overall, doesnt do much to distinguish itself.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - APR 1, 2007
Rating is a combination of notes from two bottles, both bottled on April 1st, 2005. One was consumed at exactly six months of age, the other at exactly the two year mark. A saison should easily withstand the 24 month mark, as Fantome and Blaugies have proven is a reasonable timeframe for aging and mellowing. The sample at two years of age shows no signs of deterioration, but hasnt improved one bit, just changed radically. Almost clear light gold/yellow pour. Quickly diminishing, fizzy, pure white head. Aroma is of light and fruity yeast character aged, hot and caustic spiciness fresh. I wonder if a pleasing balance was reached and quickly skipped over whilst the second bottle was lying down. Citrus notes of orange are peppery and exude a corn syrup sweetness. Light aroma overall, focused but not anything special. Flavor is a drier, heavily carbonated and higfhly acidic version of the aroma. Finishes with a salty taste lingering, heavy alcoholic warming that hasnt faded with time and moderately drying. Palate is sticky and overzealous. Not for me, not one Id care to revisit either.

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