PhillyCraft (7935) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2013
On tap at BBE. Pours clearish gold with light to medium head and lacing. Notes of wit bier, coriander, pepper and too much spice. This one was way more of a belgian white then a saison. Medium to heavy carbonation. Not a big fan. Ernest (7822) - 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. AirForceHops (7815) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 29, 2013
12 oz. bottle from Top Shelf Brews. Snifter displays a nice unfiltered gold with small white head, leaving lace down the sides. Nose is limes, lemon zest and a zesty spice. Taste is mostly identical to the nose with the addition of honey and dry grassy hops. Light pepper in the finish.
blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle [12oz]. Pours a murky yellow-gold with a large lasting fluffy white head. Some lacing on the glass. Aroma of yeast, citrus, spices, herbs, light grassy hops and some bready, floral and earthy notes. Yeasty, citrusy and spicy flavour along with light hops and a dry herbal finish. Medium bodied. Pretty good, I personally like how spicy it is.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Strykzone (7659) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2014
12 ounce bottle at Bigelos. Almost clear golden with a smallish off white head. Do I smell a bit of parmesan? Grain and earth, too. Flavor is citrus that has a little bite to it. That grain and soft yeast. Earth is there but is light. The malts are also too soft. A little spiciness cones late. I love the low ABV here but wish the flavor was more robust. It is a trade off, I know.
Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2013
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a sticky white head. The aroma picked up bright spices (grains of paradise and a little coriander maybe?) ofer soft bready malts.. almost a little green garlic toward the back of the nose.. kinda weird. The flavor found tangy spices similar to the nose, plus grapefruit zest throughout.. light bready support again.. finished spicy and tangy. Light-bodied and over-spiced on the palate.. too much competing for attention.. fairly refreshing overall, but not that enjoyable. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2013
Draft. Golden pour with white head. Very fresh floral, spice and herbal aromas. Flavor follows, saison yeast plus fresh hop and spice tones. Iphonephan (7283) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 4, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a clear pale gold with a thin off white head. Aroma of bubblegum and banana. Flavors of cardamom and clove. Crisp, clean finish. ajnepple (7076) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2013
12 oz bottle. Golden and hazy with one finger of white foam. Smells and tastes of yeast, lemons and spices. Light body with a dry and crisp feel. Finishes peppery and dry.