Friday, August 12, 2011

Game Day Beer Review: Victory Brewing Helios (V Saison)

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Brewery: Victory Brewing, Pennsylvania

ABV: 7.5%

Appearence: Pours a hazy, bright gold with impressive off-white head, lacing and retention.

Smell: Lemon peel, peppers, yeast – very pleasing

Mouthfeel: Crisp, carbonated, very refreshing

Taste: Surprisingly complex for a saison but, at the same time, totally drinkable and would fit with a variety of foods. The melon sweetness is wonderfully balanced with spice, lemon sours and bit of hops. A very refreshing hot weather beer.

Overall: I'm not a big fan of saisons, primarily because I like my banana in my morning cereal not my beer (I don’t know why brewers go nuts on the banana in most saisons). This, however, leaves out the bananas and does a fantastic job of balancing the fruitiness it does have with bitter citrus, and a hint of earthy tasting hops. After having tried a legion of mediocre “summer lagers” and watery kolsch’s during this long hot summer, this was a very pleasant surprise and – at only $4 for a pint and a half bottle at my local craft beer store – an incredible bargain. The 7.5% ABV does not hinder the enjoyment factor, either. I will definitely drink this again.

Grade:  A

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