Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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Reviews by NCBeernut:
2.35/5 rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5
POUR OVER A SINK OR OUTDOORS! Even with a cautious pour, it turns to a torrent of foam as soon as it hits the glass - impossible to pour without stopping to let it settle or overfill the glass. With a bottle conditioned beer, I chose to let it overflow to keep from disturbing the yeast sediment. Strike 1 for me. One thing I really don't enjoy in the appearance of my beer is seeing it overflowing into the sink. When it all settles, bubbles race up the golden amber liquid to maintain a airy sudsy layer that almost resembles sea foam.
The aroma of peaches and apricots hits first, with hints of green grapes. If you keep inhaling deeply, classic sour brett aromas cut through these light fruity scents. Lemony undertones. Perfumy. Their model for this is Orval, and the aroma is definitely reminiscent of the abbey beer. It is a refreshing aroma that is inviting in the summer heat.
The taste is a let down. Pretty one-dimensional - I mainly just get that brett sourness that is completely overpowering - it has sort of that sour cherry flavor to it that comes with this yeast. No real fruity complexity or malt flavors come through. If you wait long enough, you can almost get a hint of bread crust from the malt, but the sourness clings relentlessly to your tongue. No hop discernible presence, though, but I can't even taste anything through the relentless sourness that is starting to make me cringe with every sip. The more I drink this the more I want to dump it. The smell of perfume can be nice, but I don't enjoy drinking it. The mouthfeel is just foamy and bubbly with puckering sourness that doesn't let up.
The one dimensional sourness and over-carbonation really let you down after getting such a nice refreshing aroma from this beer. I am going to be generous with my overall score because I did enjoy the aroma. I won't be coming back for it though. This makes the press release for this beer look even more absurd. Add on their unjustified price increases, and I am just about done with Green Flash.
For anyone who sees this and is thinking maybe I just don't like the style, I love Orval (just not the price tag).
Serving type: bottle
06-06-2012 04:00:06 | More by NCBeernut
More User Reviews:
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Green Flash (rayon vert means green ray or green flash) has produced a complex ode to Belgian Pale Ale that while a little funky, and perhaps not every bottle is perfect, must be taken seriously. A great brewer.
A: Appearance is a wow as is everything about this beer. I'm getting it again. Apricot body, with an explosive head, that mounts like meringue above my tulip when only 1/2 the 12 oz bottle is carefully poured at cellar temp. "It's evolving" says the bottle, it's alive says I. Nice. Once settled leaves tons of lace and the brew itself is nicely under carbonated. Better than Rochefort. 4.5
S: Complex. Yeast, very musty, and a bit of cider precede a parade of orange / lemon orchard filled with flower store back notes, and a peppery, grassy soup simmering in the back room. Will be too must for some.
T: Follow the smell, Musty, yeasty, cidery start, that is a blend of sour apples and citrus zests.
Briny, minerals with metallic bitterness, blend with spices and fruit. Despite the must it remains zesty, bright, pin point, peppery and upbeat with a long long peppery bitter finish. Loads of complexity like the real thing, like an Orval, but different.
MF: Creamy w malty richness and soft carbonation. It finishes like a great wine, with a dry and warm finish plus as only a beer can, complexity, an aftertaste of lime bitterness and must. Yet it all works.
O: Would I drink this at cellar temperate along with my favorite belgians? Yes, not quite as round, or fruit intense, not quite as red-wine like, but all the upper notes are here, and then some original ones. Bravo. A must try. Not disappointed. Warm warm warm.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 02:58:56 | More by Act25
4.01/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Belgian goblet. This beer is inspired by Orval and is indeed alive with funk, more so than its more esteemed Trappist progenitor. I have yet to encounter so much head on a beer ... The entire glass is filled with soft beige bubbles and subsequent pours are just as billowing as the first. The head does calm down if you wait a moment and like Orval is savagely bitter if you wish to taste it alone. Color is a honey orange-amber, rather cloudy. Smells compelling. I get ample Brettanomyces funk, bubble gum, orchard fruit, banana, mixed spices, dish soap, leather, and citrus rind ... Very astringent, spicy, sour, fruity, dry. The number of flavor elements I register is quite staggering, although this takes some mindfulness and a willingness to brave the tannic dry bitterness and funk that pervades the proceedings from start to finish. There's a sweet sugar cookie and sour gummy candy malt backbone buried underneath 1) pie cherries, peach, banana, grape, watermelon rind, and lemon-lime fruit notes, 2) nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and ginseng spice flavors, 3) floral rosewater and lemongrass, and 4) bandage and horse blanket phenolic/funk elements. Medium bodied with aggressive yet not prickly carbonation ... Beneath the head the beer is actually quite creamy and smooth. Finish is bone dry and the whole thing makes you thirsty, truth be told. This dryness is a hallmark of an Orval-style Belgian pale though. This brew is a polarizer, with some considering it the second coming while others decry it as overrated and crude. The truth is somewhere in the middle, as is typically the case. Rayon Vert is a personal favorite of mine. It is indeed jagged and coarse at times, lacking the Old World comeliness of Orval, but on the other hand, I can also appreciate the robust flavors and unabashed funkiness. Drink what floats your boat.
Serving type: bottle
03-02-2014 19:25:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
3.94/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A: Pours a hazy golden with a white head. This one had tons of foam, so it may have been infected.
S: Funky Belgian yeast, sour cherry, peach and maybe tropical fruit in the nose.
T: Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, sour cherries, peach, papaya, funky Belgian yeast.
M: Medium bodied with a foamy but smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is huge but soft.
O: Mouthfeel and a bit too much bitterness tarnish an otherwise really tasty beer. Still somewhat recommended. I did like the beer.
Serving type: bottle
02-07-2014 21:34:04 | More by BierJager89
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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