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RATINGS: 829   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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joebrew (608) - Farewell Minny; Hello Puyallup, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2007
Pours a nice orangish golden color with a medium white head. Nice spicy nose with a hint of lemon and alcohol suprisingly. Nice full creamy mouthfeel with a good dose of citrusy lemon and pepper. Nice beer, but different.

3.6
tyler_mn (2464) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2007
Bottle. Nice aroma of sweet citrus and dry/bready yeast. Pours gold with a thin white head. Creamy on the palate with some honey notes and some spice. Good carbonation.

3.5
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle via trade with stegosaurus - Thanks - Pours golden with a short white head that faded pretty quick. Aromas of bread, faded citrus, and spice. Flavor is of honey, spice, lots of bread and a hint of citrus. Slight carbonaton with a good smooth dry mouthfeel. Not bad for a beer probably past it’s prime.

3.5
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2007
Bottle shared by OhioDad: Pours a clear gold with a white head. Aroma, very bready, doughy notes, with some spice and yeast. Flavor, doughy, yeasty, light spices, mild fruits and a light tartness. Not bad.

3.3
kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 08/03/2006
Mode: Bottle
Source: Ale Atlanta

hazy dark yellow, whispy white head, spicy malt aroma with a nice sweet fruity touch, robust body especially for a saison, lots of spicy flavor, mostly dry, light bitterness in the finish from the spices,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Rating: 3.3/5.0
Drinkability: 8/10
Score: **+/4

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mvcramer (243) - Lexington, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2007
Yeast aroma was very strong on pour - just like I had hoped for. Lighter body and beautiful golden color. High carbonation made this one quite fizzy. Citrus hop notes intensified a bit as the beer warmed. Notes included some banana or cloves as well. Nice subtle bitterness on finish. I really enjoyed this one.

3.2
Goodgrief (2072) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 19, 2007
Aug 2005 - What a disappointment. Beer poured with a lovely pale golden color with nice bubbly head. The aroma of this beer was awful. It smelled...not quite skunky, but skunkyesque. The mouthfeel was dry and carbonation. The taste just wasn’t really there (and it was the first beer of the night, so no palate issues). Citrusy tasting but little sweetness. I’ll take Hennepin every day of the week over this (and it’s cheaper, too).

3.3
steelers37 (62) - little ferry, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2007
hazy amber pour, some lemon, some yeast and some spice on the nose. flavors of spice, fruit and a little bread. ok

3.1
kmweaver (3208) - 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.

2.2
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.


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