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RATINGS: 830   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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axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2005
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a foamy white head. Aroma is earthy. Hints of grass and hay also fill the nose. Kind of a dirty flavor with salt and pepper, lemongrass, honey, and a small bit of sweet citrus hidden deep. Nice balance. Very refreshing after just mowing the lawn.

4.1
egajdzis (6856) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2017 Poured a hazy golden color with a medium sized white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of hay, sweat, barnyard, citrus, lemon, and faint spices. Lightly carbonated mouthfeel, led way to citrus, light spices, with dry finish.

4.2
Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JUL 14, 2005
750 ml bottle, purchased at somerville supersaver in NJ. Initial pour is slightly hazy and very pale yellow but subsequent pours become more and more cloudy and turn it gold. Initial head is massive and pretty long lasting, but fades eventually. Doesnt leave any lace for some reason? Aroma is initially very phenolic and spicy when cold which is really nice. SOme hints of salt, farmhouse, clove, cork, earth and hops as well. As it warms I noticed some more fruitiness, and by the time it reaches room temp there is considerable banana in the aroma-turning it into a hefe-like smell. Flavor is quite complex at first when it is chilled with lots of that classic saison yeastiness, some citrus, fair amount of pils malt, and a good amount of hops for balance and bitterness. I think the bitterness and the astringency combine pretty well with the moderately dry finish for this saison. Even with the dry palate it still has a deceptively smooth and creamy palate. I really liked this one a lot when I first tried it, but as it warmed it turned more to a weizen- so I would say drink it cold to cool and drink it quick. Very refreshing on a hot day like today.

3.4
WISEGUY572 (1377) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 25, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 20, 2007 Cloudy yellow with a small white head that vanishes surprisingly fast; initially has the delightful saison lemon meringue pie look. Taste of bread and yeast, and sour sour sour; less fruity than I expected and less spicey as well. Could be very refreshing on a hot day, but I suspect that the alcohol level is higher than the posted 7.5 and it is sneaky strong.


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