Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
4.69/5 rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle and was pleased to find this one marked with a bottling date--or one that hadn't rubbed off, I should say. The bottling date on this one was 7/24/12, so it's got a good 18 months on it for those of you counting at home. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. I've had this beer many times, but decided it was about time I actually reviewed it, before it goes away temporarily before coming back in a new bottle format. But onto the review...
Appearance - No gushing (thankfully), but I do set the bottle down for a moment after opening and the foam slowly starts to creep up out of the mouth of the bottle. I begin to pour as gently as possible and get about halfway through the bottle before I stop to prevent the glass from foaming over. Wait and repeat several times until I get the rest of the bottle emptied. Throughout the course of this there is an enormous cream-colored rocky head of hundreds of medium-sized and smaller bubbles. If I didn't know better, I would tell you it's whipped cream. It makes the beer look like an ice cream float. The body is a murky golden orange, somewhat resembling orange marmalade without the particles of orange. It's also a little darker--maybe the color of dried apricots.
Smell - Musty, barnyard funk and yeast, wet hay, grass clippings, as well as lemon zest, nectarine, granny smith apple, grapefruit juice, light grain and even some wet leather. The funkiness of the Brettanomyces is the star here, much to my pleasure. Of course, I suppose that is to be expected after a year and a half.
Taste - Wonderfully funky, with some faint sourness--maybe more tart--of lemon juice. Musty, damp cellar, woody notes as well as some fresher notes of grass and baby garden greens. There is a pleasant undertone of water crackers and a slight peppery element as well.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Probably one of the most carbonated beers I've ever had--prickly and effervescent like champagne, but with a heftier body.
Overall, this is easily my favorite offering from Green Flash. It bills itself as an Orval-inspired beer, and I'll say this: the heavy use of Brett and the fact that this beer is wonderful fresh or with a good amount of age on it definitely put it in the same company with Orval. However, to its credit, it is a different and interesting beer in its own right. Just a fantastically imaginative beer from GF and I can't really think of anything in the U.S. that is quite like it--or maybe quite like it and as good.
Serving type: bottle
01-06-2014 06:15:06 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.66/5 rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
So much foam. I had to pay extra attention on the second bottle to make sure I hadn't just goofed it the first time around; but it does actually pour with a 5 finger head.
The smell may be the best part of this beer, it's bright, citrusy and funky like wet hay. The taste is all funk, with a little more malt than you'd expect.
Overall, just okay. Not the brewery's best effort.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 21:24:23 | More by onechordwonder
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a just gorgeous hazy orange, may be the prettiest color I have ever seen a beer be, 5 finger??? head. Has Brett in it so it does not surprise me.
Smell is lemon, sour green apple, barnyard funk, lime, herbal, sharp spruce, earthy malt
Taste is really funky, lemon, lime, herbal funk, spicy yeast, sweet malt, orange rind, definitely some tart cider.
Mouthfeel is medium light, huge carbonation, slight dryness on the finish.
WOW, I can not believe I never grabbed this before, did not know this one was funky! What a pleasant surprise. I heard they were discontinuing 4 packs of this.... I do not like that, I could not take down a whole bomber that is for sure.
I may have to go buy my store out of 4 packs of this! Should be good for a few years!
Serving type: bottle
03-11-2014 19:24:43 | More by nickapalooza86
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,224 ratings.