arkotramathorn (41) - Eau Claire, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Pours bright yellow gold. Scents of clove, lemon, yeast and bread. Slightly spicy with delicious crispness, foamy head is like biting into a piece of bread. Slight wheatiness with lots of spiciness goodness. My favorite beer Iím thinking. Have another bottle Iím gonna leave for a year and rerate, though its hard to improve on perfection. Ctplt777 (530) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2015
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2015 Sweet and spicy, bitter and fruity. This beer has so much going on itís awesome. Itís a saison with a subtle tartness. I went into this thinking it was going to be a sour bomb but the brett is perfectly blended. Itís tart but you can still taste the saison deliciousness. This is a killer beer and if you like a good saison with a sour edge grab this, itís wonderful. KornDogg (570) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2012 Bottle. Citrus, peppery aroma with a lot of funk. Golden body with lasting medium head,nice carbonation. Citrus and pine flavor with hints of honey, spice... bitter - dry finish. Sour aftertaste. Excellent beer
malrubius (2859) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2010 750 ml bottle in Duvel glass. Foamed over when opened. Pale orange with lasting head and lace. Spicy sweet fruity lemon aroma. Orange and honey and melon sweet strong fruitiness with mild tobacco bitterness. Medium body and not much interior carbo, perhaps because of foam over. Pretty good for an American saison. A little heavy in the body and slightly thick in the mouthfeel. Still good.............................................. Maybe something about that last bottle foaming over because this one was awesome. Lemon pastry floral aroma. Sweet delicate lemony flowery with dry spicy herbal finish. Nice soft pallet. Dense white head. Nice effervescent carbo. Excellent. Blown away at how good this was this time. bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice.
Appearance: Barely hazy golden straw color with billowing white head that only leaves slight lacing behind.
Aroma: Banana, peach, clove, pepper and a strong horse blanket mustiness.
Taste: Strong sweet malt backbone of fleshy fruit and lemony citrus, with a drying counterbalance of clove and black pepper. There is also an underlying mustiness that carries throughout, and becomes more apparent as it warms.
Palate: High carbonation, medium body, very dry finish.
Overall: Seems to be some Brett in this Saison. Whether that is true or not, it certainly adds some Orval-like complexity and makes the beer exceedingly refreshing. My new favorite Saison.
Also, while I do not allow price to impact my reviews, the $3.99 a bomber price tag on this makes it a steal.
GatheringBrews (45) - Derby, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2010
Helios pours a gorgeous golden color. Since itís bottle conditioned, that means thereís yeast in the bottle still, and you can either leave that in the bottle or pour it right in. Since itís comes in a 22-ounce bottle, you can get the best of both worlds by having the first pour into a glass nice and clear and the second half a nice, hazy pour that adds some body and a bit more of the yeast characteristic.
You get a puffy, foamy, pure white head with broad bubbles, good retention and strong carbonation. Itís a gorgeous beer to pour out.
The aroma is of lemon peel and black pepper, with a hint of clove as it warms.
As for taste, itís not overwhelming at all and very drinkable, with notes of citrus and tartness. Very mild hops with little bitterness, citrusy/lemony bite, and light, refreshing mouthfeel.
All in all, this is an outstanding beer and a great introduction to anyone whoís never had a Belgian style ale, especially a farmhouse ale.
mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2012
Bright, clear yellow with rocky white head. Aroma begins with lemon and yeast, pepper & ginger spices are a little deeper. Lively citrus and sweet juicy flavors. Dry, yeasty and a little sour finish. Well disguised alcohol. Awfully good and a pretty good value-not great. Remember a $4+ bomber = $13+ six pack. DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle. Clear dark yellow/orange pour, lasting 1/2 inch head and a nice funky lemon rind and light ginger aroma. Flavor is light effervescent floral citrus, light hops and finished very clean and refreshing. Pretty great beer, especially at about $4/bomber. swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - OCT 20, 2012
At first sniff one might think they just purchased a sour ale. Aroma is sour and light. It appears to be a hazy version of miller lite until you take your first sip. Taste is sour and disappears from the palate rather readily. Considering that a bomber was $3.00, this is a beer I would buy and drink again and again. I look forward to finding this beer in the future and will definitely put it on my list of recommendations. Emeister84 (2479) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Aromas of flowers, peppercorns, lemon peel, toast, and perfume. Slightly hazy, orange-gold, with a beautiful, well-retaining, pillowy, white head. Dry, bitter, tart, fruity, and funky. Medium bodied, carbonation is full and somewhat spicy, a complex ale that cleans up very well as it finishes, leaving behind fresh flowery and fruity flavors.