Helios Farmhouse Ale

Pennsylvania
United States
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
40 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20
Description 

(Re) Introducing Helios Ale. Victory Brewing has rebranded the former V-Saison and now introduces Helios Ale. This bottle-conditioned, Belgian-inspired ale remains the same refreshing ale that you enjoyed as V-Saison, however, in a more approachable, less expensive 22 oz capped bottle. Helios Ale has an earthy, aromatic hop start and shifts into aspects of lemon peel and black pepper. This is a quenching, invigorating ale, despite its substantial strength.

This style was developed to refresh farm workers during harvest season in its native Belgium. Though such high alcohol is surprising to imagine as suitable for ‘refreshment,’ it does seem to fit the Belgian philosophy on enjoyment of their beloved beer.

Profile

ABV: 
7.5%
IBUs: 
40
Served at: 
45° F
Hops: 
Spalt Select, Styrian,Golding, TettnangSpalt Select, Styrian,Golding, Tettnang
Malts: 
Pilsner, Acidified
Judges Review 
Phil Farrell's picture
Judges Rating:
95
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
40 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
19 / 20

This beer has an unmistakable aroma of Brettanomyces barnyard funkiness in all its glory. Once the beer warms there are typical saison light citrus aromas with a touch of pepper spice. The flavor is every bit as complex as the aroma. I initially taste barnyard, lemon citrus, earth, and pepper. The middle consists of a little grainy, bready wheat malt to complement the funky spiciness. The finish is fairly dry with a complex barn, sweaty leather horse blanket and saison tartness in the aftertaste that lingers. This beer is a fantastic marriage of saison and Brett character.