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RATINGS: 827   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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAY 24, 2013
22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. A: Pours a hazy straw color. The head is perhaps creamier than I’m used to in the style; nonetheless it’s a beautiful three finger white shade. It retains fairly well and leaves moderate lacing on the glass. S: Once the brew opens up after sitting for a spell, notes of coriander, black pepper, and fresh cut grass appear across a neutral malt canvas. Subtly funky, as well. Really pleasant and well executed, but fairly standard for the style. T: Spice esters (such as coriander, black pepper, and pine) are the first thing I note on the palate, before the aforementioned subtle funk builds on the midtaste. Mild yet defined malt sweetness, lemon notes, and touches of hop earthiness finish this one off. The spiced qualities return on the aftertaste. I like the depth this provides in general; I wasn’t sure what to think of the flavor profile initially, but it really grows on me after a while. M: I find little to complain about the general feel; it’s appropriately crisp and light, drying on the finish. It really comes across as being ’refreshing’, too, without coming off overly carbonated. O: This is the Hop Stoopid of saisons - why do I say that? Because it’s a high-quality, no frills interpretation of the style fantastically priced by bomber standards. That, and Victory could really stand to put this in 6 packs. Still a really good saison regardless.


3.4
simontomlinson (590) - Blackburn, Lancashire, ENGLAND - NOV 12, 2017
Thin fluffy white head left a cover on a hazy, light golden body. Lemon, yeast & coriander aroma Medium to thin bodied, well carbonated & clean on the aft. Bitter, almost sour tastes of lemon, citrus, yeast, spices, herbs & a peppery finish.

3.5
rdixon77 (3037) - Georgia, USA - SEP 10, 2017
Decent Belgian style. Fairly hefty malty body with a big Yeasty taste. A little bit of citrus bite. Decent drinking saison.

3.3
ZacM612 (804) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2017
Hazy golden with a fizzy white head. Aroma of brettanomyces and Belgian yeast. Taste of citrus and pepper.

3.6
Svesse (8803) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAY 25, 2017
(Bottle) Hazy yellow colour with big, frothy, white head. Fruity, malty nose with grass, apricots, white bread, hay, apples and a touch of incense. Fruity, malty taste with notes of white bread, hay, grass, apricots, apples, citrus, lemon, spicy yeast and a gentle spicy bitterness in the finish. Medium body, with a slight sweetness. Tasty and quite spicy. Nice one.

3.1
meccahh69lol (355) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2017
So evidently the local store sells drink-by-2014 beers in single bottles and leave them for the fools. Being fools, we thought this one looked pretty and picked it up. Oddly enough, we don’t completely hate it. Though the belgian taste is still there, it’s accompanied by an almost brett-like taste, which to some is like a sour candy and to others like urine. It is possible that there is a beer that is supposed to taste like this, but I would not choose it on purpose. Probably better when it’s not 3 years past the due date, but surprisingly drinkable despite the funky funk.

3.5
bergstaden (3197) - Røros, NORWAY - FEB 26, 2017
Golden with a white head - Malt aroma with some spicy yeasty notes - Malt body with some spicy yeasty flavours - The malt goes into the finish with some spicy flavours and some bitterness - This was nice

3.8
ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 23, 2016
Poured from the tap into a 20 OZ mug at the Taco Mac in Atlanta. The appearance is a clear golden color with a large white head. The aroma is a sweet smell. The flavor has the traditional farmhouse flavor with a slight sour bite. an average saison.

3.6
PhillyCraft (7937) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2016
BB backlog, Bottle with and care of Mike, pours a hazy straw gold with 2 finger white head. Aroma of bread malt, lemon peel, pepper, grass, and saison yeast. Taste was most of the same with herbs and other farmhouse notes. Finishes slightly bitter. We enjoyed this one from Victory.

3.5
drpimento (3761) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 29, 2016
Distance from an older bottle that has been kept chilled . Appearance is a dirty Amber and a nice head of average duration. Aroma is very yeasty, almost Brett like and some caramel malt and wet grain. Flavors like nose, but seems like some oxidation has taken place. Good carbonation in that helps a lot . Still not a bad beer.

3.7
allmyvinyl (11026) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 15, 2016
Bottle from the Brewdog Online Shop. Pours clear golden with a thick white head. Aromas of bread, spice, yeast esters, lemon. Taste is more of the same, great saison vibe all over. Dry finish.


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