drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2013
3/9/13. 12oz bottle from Grassroots. Hazy golden pour with a solid off-white head that fades. Spice, light malts, esters, a hint of plastic, and citrus in the aroma. Lightly malty flavor with plenty of phenolic spice, some citrus, esters, and a lingering dry bite. Light amd drinkable. Nice. SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2013
Had on draft @ the Austin Gingerman, last stop and last beer before heading home .. .
pale gold .. . light yeast, straw, and hay .. . pizza slice is nice .. . light refreshing mouth .. .
good for sitting outside .. . a touch bitter .. . love you amnee + troy, it was a great weekend .. .
this was an enjoyable beer, a good session indeed .. . .jredmond (8284) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 17, 2013
i’m such a player! it seems like i get a new
girlfriend every day, but then they get off the bus... ..whores..
Bottle with Ken during some Settlers of Catan. Pours a bright hazy yellow golden body and nice white lacing. Aroma is lemons, lots of yeast, spice, lavender, coriander and grass. Mouthfeel is super bitter, prickly carbonation with notes of zesty yeast, lemons, dry grassy hops and spice. radagast83 (8059) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle - I’d had this before, but I finally just got a chance to buy a fresh six pack this year. This one poured a hazy straw color with a medium-large white head. Aroma was light wheat notes, sweet light citrus character with some coriander, and pepper notes. Flavor was light, sweet grain, pepper, spice. Pretty enjoyable, light and refreshing. Easy to drink and about perfect for Spring. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2013
12-oz. Pours a hazy bright medium gold with a dense and eggy platinum blond head. Nice chamomile and white pepper nose, right where you want it, though the aromatics fade way too quickly. For those first couple sniffs and first couple drinks, though, wow, the white pepper and super intense dryness really make you feel like you’ve stumbled into something great somehow. Wish that effect held up over the life of the glass, but at least that moment of promise did flash by. Creamy medium body with lively carb. Bits of egg yolk, chamomile, and white pepper on the mid palate, but very subdued. Restrained finish. Not bad. Possibly great. Ends up in the middle, but, sadly, not close enough to great.
JaBier (7972) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Pint at Flipside on 5/6/13. Clear gold pour with a thick white head. Aroma of malt, herbs, Belgian yeast and pepper. Malty and herbal flavor with peppery and slight banana yeast before a dry finish. Pretty nice for a session saison. PorterPounder (7968) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 14, 2013
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 12 oz bottle. Pours a slightly sparkling, but kinda murky light golden with a bubbly white head. Aroma is fresh and grassy with some bubblegum accents. Flavor is refreshingly chewy with a sharp saffron-like spiciness, some bubble gum sweetness, a hint of yeast. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. Pretty solid. RichTheVillan (7850) - Birmingham, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle from Cotteridge Wines; clear straw yellow pour with a ridiculously big head, aroma has ginger lemon and lime, taste has spice citrus, some yeasty action, pretty good for a faux saison. FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2013
Sampled on draft at 3R6P this beer poured a pale yellow color with a huge fluffy white head that lingered and left great lacing. The aroma was a lovely mix of mustiness with moderate notes of pepper, citrus and bread. The flavor was dry, musty, dusty and funky with notes of pepper, bread dough and citrus. Long dry pepper and must finish. Medium body. Solid. Ernest (7695) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium yellow.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of coriander, lemon peel, sage, peppercorns, lavender, etc.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter, spicy.
Light to medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation.
Fans of Helios have long wished Victory would make a lower-alcohol version of that wonderful beer. Well, you can imagine my excitement when my eyes locked on this brew sitting there quietly on the shelf...at least until I noticed that it said "spiced" on the label. So naturally I only bought one bottle, fearing the worst. And sadly, those fears were realized as soon as I poured it into my glass. They fucked this up with a ton of spices, like nearly every other American brewery would. God dammit. God fucking dammit. I hope you’re in the mood for witbier, because that is exactly what this is. Spices galore. Fuck. What a huge disappointment. Mind you, it’s an ok witbier...there’s no flaws per se (aside from the ass load of spices), and the flavor balance is good (other than the strong aftertaste of spices), but a saison it is not, nor is it the little brother to Helios that we all had hoped for. Please try again, Victory. I’m being serious...try again...make us a 4.5% Helios Junior. Please. Please. Please.