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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

1,289 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,289
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 90 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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Reviews by portia99:
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth 20th anniversary stemmed glass.

A – Pours a darker medium amber color with a slight haze. Two fingers of fluffy khacki foam rise up (and actually out of the glass a bit) from the surface and show excellent staying power. Several minutes pass before it really begins to fall back to the surface. Thick sheets of lacing coat practically every inch of the glass.

S – Super spicy and fruity on the nose…almost more of a saison aroma than a Belgian pale ale. Very forward in the yeast derived aromas…tons of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, oranges, touches of black pepper, hints of band-aids and a bit of alcohol. What’s not there?…really for the most part, the hops. The spicy character definitely overpowers the hops here…they are difficult to pick up, even straining and focusing on looking for them.

T – Hoppier in the flavor, but still a bit subdued. There is a noticeable hop bitterness that gives a light bite up front falling to a low level, but lasting bitterness that stays thru past the swallow. As the hops fade, the spices pick back up again…cloves and citrus take the lead with touches of alcohol, soft and lightly sweet malt. I like what I’m tasting a lot, but I still say this is more saison than Belgian pale ale.

M – Spicy, fruity, yeasty within a medium body that shows its alcohol a bit. A strong prickly carbonation fattens this up a bit and seems to bring out the spices a bit more.

O – Overall, I find this to be an excellent beer…perhaps straying into a style other than intended by the brewer, but quite good nonetheless. Could perhaps use a bit more of a hop presence (anybody ever think that could be said about a Green Flash offering?) to bring it more in line with the style, but on the other hand, it might end up giving this a bit of a negative effect. Balance is good and flavors and aromas are well nuanced. Definitely give this a shot if you enjoy the Belgian yeasty flavors in your beer.

02-13-2012 00:40:50 | More by portia99
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TrojanRB

California

4.11/5  rDev +7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: huge, huge, huge foamy white head. Be careful with this, it's out of control. Beer is bright copper colored, faintly translucent

S: Floral and citrus

T: Piney, yeasty, a bit of spice. Almost like a saison. Lots going on here

M: light, dances on your tongue. Tastes like a very "active" beer

Overall: A very nice offering from Green Flash. Good to see them try a somewhat unique, non IPA style. Tasty beer.

12-15-2013 22:05:17 | More by TrojanRB
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

4.69/5  rDev +22.1%

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.

01-06-2014 06:15:06 | More by LambicPentameter
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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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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-13-2013 02:01:39 | More by aszatk01
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DavyJones

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -60.9%

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

Louisiana

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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weatherdog

Illinois

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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dimitrov

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-01-2013 07:18:15 | More by dimitrov
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jp7161

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-04-2012 04:36:28 | More by jp7161
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

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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marvin213

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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Beaver13

Colorado

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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SmellsofMahagony

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.9%

03-28-2013 03:04:30 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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jonphilipp


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

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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ElSid

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

The Beers of California

#39

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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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-04-2013 15:19:40 | More by KolbMarley
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Mora2000

Texas

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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JupiterJesus

California

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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jaywz

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-07-2013 02:00:38 | More by jaywz
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JC333

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-15-2014 11:18:08 | More by JC333
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SudsSurfer

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

11-14-2013 05:30:28 | More by SudsSurfer
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Swonkie

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

01-20-2013 17:16:37 | More by Swonkie
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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.