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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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1,288 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 44
Gots: 89 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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Reviews by Lemke10:
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

This pours a semi-cloudy amber, orange color with a giant foamy head. The aroma is filled with yeast, citrus, banana, and other floral scents. The taste is quite citrusy with lots of sweet fruits with a yeasty finish. I will agree with a lot of people and say this is way too carbonated. Still quite smooth but there is room for improvement.

07-30-2013 21:32:19 | More by Lemke10
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed peach infused light golden with a sticky one and a half finger white head atop.Alot of citrus fruit in the nose with lighter yeasty spice and funk notes,the citrus fruit really jumps out.Fresh orange lemony citric flavors domante the flavor profile,refreshing and sharp,light phenols and funky brett are kept in check pretty well,the alcohol provides a little sweet punch as it warms.This is top notch and dangerous with its refreshing citrusy flavors,it's too easy to drink.

07-25-2012 20:33:10 | More by oberon
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-13-2013 02:01:39 | More by aszatk01
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1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

06-29-2012 22:41:38 | More by DavyJones
Photo of JudgeRoughneck


3.8/5  rDev -1%

2012 bottle sampled June 2014

APP- Massive ivory tower of head fills the glass despite coddling the pour. Billows into a tight, creamy, mesa that peaks over the rim of the glass and includes both fine and large beading. Fades fairly quickly leaving sheets of lace. When some finally turns to liquid, clarity is very good but short of brilliant and color is brassy.

AROMA- Amazingly soft and subtle complex perfumey nose. Where to begin? Citrus, white pepper, straw, green melon, hints of fermeted peach and apricot, light hits of kiwi and rhubarb. Has a big clover dimension which I find to be the mark of my favorite Cantillion offerings. Amazing. Very fresh and inviting. There is nothing even remotely dank, musty, sour, etc...in the aroma here. Medium-light floral/ spicy character that is key to the bouquet but hard to pin down. No diacetyl or harsh alcohol. Not immediately recognizable as hoppy, like when its fresh.

Flavor- Malty- sweetness pervades, surprisingly, with a strong tone of white pepper and pineapple, melon shows up again, as does a faint shadow of rhubarb, slight fusel/acetate note, a fleeting rubbery (oxidized phenol?) character. I get a medium-stong English-Goldings like character (apple, pear, spicy) in the mid-palate, tartness cows to sweentness in the balance but does show up in the backend along with some bitterness. Long finish with a distinctly resinous aftertaste.

MF- solidly medium-bodied, medium carbonation once things settle down (its amazing how quickly the fizz leaves this beer), can be a little flabby on the palate, and also lightly astringent at the same time. I do believe it shows some oxidation effects.

OVERALL- While this might be one of the best beers I've ever smelled, its flavor is a bit messy, despite having some very pleasing characteristics. If this is one to lay down, two years is either too long or some sort of awkward phase.

06-05-2014 06:17:36 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

12oz. bottle poured into a standard tulip glass

It pours a nearly crystal clear orange color with a billowing white head. Sticky foam coats the side of the glass and a nice bubbly cap stays on the beer.

The aroma is the classic Brett funk one gets with Orval with a touch less earth and barn and a little more citrus. It's just great, crisp and refreshing and inviting me to take a sip.

The flavor is not as funky as the nose would suggest. Some citrus esters with some dirt coming in at the end. Little to no barn or horse in there. It could very well be an age thing though. A supporting bitterness makes the beer balanced and the medium high carbonation makes for a crisp finish with little aftertaste.

This is for sure a poor mans Orval. $10/4-pack or $5 a bottle. One of these days I'll do a side by side so I can find the difference. Until then I give the nod to Green Flash for copying Goose Island and coming out with a year round Brett finished golden Belgian Ale

02-22-2012 01:51:12 | More by weatherdog
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-01-2013 07:18:15 | More by dimitrov
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-04-2012 04:36:28 | More by jp7161
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

I went thru my Belgian phase years ago, & never was a fan of funky beers made with brett yeast. But I love GF beers & saw this was new, so I decided to give it a go.

Pours a beautiful bright gold with a tight tiny bubble head. Flashed back & smelled that funky Brett yeast along with some pepper & lemon notes prior to the sip. Awesome floral scent, a true symphony of flavors to the nose.

Nice balance of lemon, black pepper & slight funk in the taste. Tight carb & very bubbly on the tongue. Funk is more pronounced in the aftertaste in a good way. Also a bit tart. Alcohol is well hidden & this is a fairly easy-drinking beer.

Really liked this beer & will buy again when I'm in the mood for something Belgian-ish.

02-21-2012 23:25:04 | More by SunDevilBeer
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North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

This come out a little heavy and heady, but its pale yellow with a darker tinge is true to form. Hesitating to wipe my head and stick a finger in it, I wait for it to settle.

The nose is almost saisonish: a lemony lime peel zest with coriander and ginger. Interesting and, like I said, zesty, but a little off-putting like a fresh whiff of voluminous coriander seed.

Most important, however, is that it tastes good. I do sense those flavors and the ginger is there like slices with sushi from Teeter. The Belgian lemon zest is also there, and it's really a neat and novel concoction of flavors.

That aforementioned lemon peel zing offers a very nice mouthfeel, and the zing adds a perfect palate cleanser. Prelude to a sour?

A neat and welcome addition to the Green Flash Fleet--picked this up at Brawley's--particularly since the West Coast IPA went the way of wood left rotting with the pursuit of the 4-pack (anybody else feel similar slippage since they made that change--really, an ingredient difference?). Ive only seen it once on that most recent pilgrimage to Brawley's, but I'll definitely pick up another foursome if and when I see it again

04-19-2012 21:43:59 | More by marvin213
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2.68/5  rDev -30.2%

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber with a big rocky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts with spicy earthy yeasty notes and a touch of brett as it warms.

The flavor is subdued - watery earthy malts and a little fruit with spicy floral hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, I haven't really liked the Belgian IPAs, and this is not a great rendition of one (watery, subdued). I didn't pick up much brett - a little came out as it warmed.

05-25-2012 01:25:48 | More by Beaver13
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-28-2013 03:04:30 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

07-08-2012 17:42:46 | More by jonphilipp
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-23-2012 03:16:12 | More by Britton
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New York

4.3/5  rDev +12%

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication.

Pours clouded medium apricot tinged amber, nice puffy off white head, dissolves to a fine film and leaves espectable spotty lace.

Nose is full of basil, pepper and Belgian yeasty fumes.

Flavorful and full of intrigue. More fresh basil, some barnyard, more pepper, light leather, layers of Brett charged phenolics and musty/funkyness, add a hint of smoke, a slight bite of ginned up alcohol, and some near dank hoppyness...yeah complex and tasty.

Nice Belgian inspired, San Diegoacized brew.

01-10-2012 01:48:17 | More by Billolick
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Towering off white head sits on top of this hazy golden brew. The head refuses to give out leaving behind pillows of foam.

S: Biscuit and grain intertwined with bright fruitiness which consists of peach, citrus, and tropical fruit. There are even notes of lychee mostly upon first pour. There is an earthy base to the nose with a hint of grass and the barnyard funk comes through more and more as the brew warms and the huge head of foam fades.

T: The malt back bone is mostly grainy and biscuity with a hint of caramel sweetness. There is also ample amounts of barnyard funk from the Bret with a some sour, acidic bite. Layered on top of this is a nice fruit sweetness which is mostly of peach, banana, along with a splash of pineapple juice. The hops balance things out with a fresh citrus, cut grass bitterness. There is a spicy and warming alcohol finish which comes through more as the beer warms.

M: Lace all over the glass. Lively carbonation, medium feel, decent linger and awesome chewiness.

O: An interesting West Coast Belgian which sports a melange of flavors that, for the most part, find a balance. At times the brew seems busy but settles to a nice smoothness as you adjust to the palate. More balanced than Green Flash's Le Freak, Rayon Vert transplants the heart of a Belgian into the body of a California ale transfused with several pints of Brett. With ample love and nursing this brew heralds the beginning of a new style of craft beers.

12-29-2012 04:15:56 | More by ElSid
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-04-2013 15:19:40 | More by KolbMarley
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4.23/5  rDev +10.2%

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a ton of brett, as well as some nice leather notes. Hidden in the background are some spice and orange citrus notes.

The flavor is more of the same. What stands out the most is the brett and orange notes, but there is also quite a bit of leather and white pepper mixed in. The beer is very dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very, very nice.

04-07-2012 03:37:16 | More by Mora2000
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1.6/5  rDev -58.3%

Tastes like olive brine, drain cleaner and perfume, all mixed together. Slight funk, probably from a souring bacteria or wild yeast, and a heavy phenolic presence I associate with infected homebrew. Those flavors combine with the massive hopping to create an artificial perfumey-chemical aroma and flavor. It's interesting, and tastes better if you keep trying and get used to it, but it never gets past 'horribly infected' to me.

05-19-2012 02:02:31 | More by JupiterJesus
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-07-2013 02:00:38 | More by jaywz
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New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-15-2014 11:18:08 | More by JC333
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-14-2013 05:30:28 | More by SudsSurfer
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-20-2013 17:16:37 | More by Swonkie
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New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date info (boo hiss Green Flash!) but there was dust on them so not likely fresh (which is fine for this style).

A: A slow pour resulted in a tight two-finger head. Head retention is good and lacing pretty heavy. Body is copper color and very clear. No haziness to be seen.

S: Light, fruity nose with some floral characteristics down deep. Quite a bit of lemon, tangarine and orange peel. A touch of spiciness..light clove I guess. With some agitation, the barnyard funk starts cutting through.

T: Nice, but a somewhat of a letdown after all the good stuff I just smelled. Tart and funky. A little bit of spice. The lemon is there. Quite a bit of diaper/band-aid...basically plastic. Finish is fairly dry.

M: Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Body is medium-light. Carb is high.

O: The plastic flavor and inability to live up to its nose disappoints me. The aroma really pulled me in, but the taste let me down. I’ll try this again in the near future to double-check my palate.

02-26-2012 06:29:32 | More by mjtiernan
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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Rayon Vert opens with a crisp, fruity Belgian nose, bursting with banana, apple, pear, and white grape, accompanied by clove and black pepper. An almost Flemish like sourness (though very light in potency) lingers in the background, coming across here as grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices, with hints of rose hips. Touches of toast crust and biscuit, as well as brown sugars, help ground the brew. As a whole, the nose is excellent, the only marring character being a slightly-too-strong sourness that adds a strange quality. But the rest of the nose is well-balanced and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a series of flavors that initially closely resemble the aromas: strong bananas and cloves, with smaller doses of apples and pears, and a small sourness about the edges that comes across as lemon/lime/grapefruit citrus. But a good hop addition brings touches of dandelion stem and grapefruit rind, helping to offset this sourness. The hops are light, but do stand out nicely, and also slightly tingle the soft palate. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, a good toast crust and baguette base appears. The aftertaste is mainly hoppy grapefruits, cloves, and bread, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, this is very good beer, and surprising in the potency and balancing effect of the hops, setting this brew firmly aside from most of the Belgian Ales. Personally, I find the hops a great addition, and think more beers of this style should follow suit. The beer is still well-balanced, even with the hops. The 7.0% ABV does come out a bit, giving the brew vodka-like alcoholic vapors, and the sourness is slightly strange, but for the most part this is great fare. Worth trying.

04-03-2012 22:36:40 | More by jondeelee
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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,288 ratings.