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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

1,272 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,272
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 43
Gots: 84 | 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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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-22-2012 03:54:49 | More by tdmccarthy
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JohnG190

New York

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - cloudy amber with huge, creamy white head that never seemed to dissipate.

Smell - fruity esters and biscuity malt dominate the aroma with a slight floral note and some yeast funkiness.

Taste - closely follows aroma with a hint of spice and some funky brett tartness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - medium body with prominent carbonation.

Overall - tasty Belgian pale with just enough funkiness to make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:45:59 | More by JohnG190
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pkalix

California

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

popped the cap and the head began rising... explosive. very low-density, billowy head. want to eat it like an ice cream cone- then you taste the hops...
fruity-, hoppy, belgium-y....
cant yet taste it- it's still too frothy.... huge remaining head. still waiting... has a lemon meringue pie-type of head still.... okay... here is the first sip- hops way up front... sharp grapefruit... still lots of head.... taste reminds me of a unibroue product- dont remember which one although it wasnt as sharply hopped as this.
2nd pour was much more densely packed. definitely lemon meringue pie, non-moving, thick head. decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:07:29 | More by pkalix
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oberon

North Carolina

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 20:33:10 | More by oberon
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Mora2000

Texas

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 03:37:16 | More by Mora2000
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a ¾ finger cap of rich froth that leaves back heavy swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh with grass, pine, and citrus, which is undercut by bold Belgian yeast spiciness. Sweet grains and more of a tropical fruit character (orange is really sticking out to me) add a bit of a firm stickiness along the back of the nose.

The taste is sweet up front with doughy grains and more orange citrus flavor, while bitter grapefruit, pine, herbal notes, and peppery spice move out across the back of the profile. I like the spice here, as it’s more integrated than what it was in the nose plus it nicely compliments the more assertive aspects of those hops. The finish is quite dry with a moderately assertive mix of resins, spice, and pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick and creamy feel on the edges while that bitterness firms up on the tongue with some light sharpness. Overall though, this mostly has a smooth and bubbly feel to it in the mouth with some minimal warmth on the finish.

I’ve had quite a few American takes on the Belgian Pale Ale style but this was probably the juiciest version that I’ve had yet, as I don’t really think that I gave those citrusy hops enough credit here in this review. The spiciness here wasn’t overdone either and helped add an extra zippy layer of attitude to this. Well done Green Flash. This is one that I will be returning to.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 14:15:31 | More by Kegatron
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blackie

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber, Grape and Gourmet, VA Beach

a: bottle into a piraat chalice, rayon is a slightly hazed honey amber in color, sporting a generous, dense bone-white head that retains long

s: fantastic aroma - crisp malts well fermented provide stone fruits without much sweetness, striking brett presence...lightly wild and complex, lovely hops provide juicy citrus and tropical notes, but are used in perfect proportion so as not to overtake anything - love it

m: carbonation full and lively, but smooth, body crisp and on the lighter side

t: moving on from the aroma, it’s all still here - clean pils malts, dry on the palate, yeasty brett with a nice dose of wild funk, balanced citric hop flavors, finishing dry with a moderate acidity, just misses out on some of the deeply subtle complexities of the nose

o: one of the better stateside belgian pales out there, great brett character and extremely solid balance with just the right touch of west coast hopping - standing out while fitting in

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:25:55 | More by blackie
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, herbal, pepper, pine, earth, floral, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, pine, herbal, pepper, clove, earth, floral, light funk, toast, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, pine, herbal, floral, earth, toast, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Awesome flavor complexity and balance; very nice hop/yeast flavor balance. Quite crisp and fairly clean on the finish. Fairly high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian pale ale! A lot of nice hop flavors with yeast spiciness; a nice clean finish, and very smooth to drink. Great stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:45:28 | More by superspak
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PeterIngemi

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass

A- pours a hazy copper/amber with a rocky 3 finger slightly off white head, which dissapates nicley and leaves a ton of lacing, a very nice looking brew

S- some serious Brett funk, nice and tart, citrus, a hint off clove, but mostly lemony sour funk, touch of pepperyness

T- much like nose, very funky and tart, the clove is there but it takes a back seat and blends in nicley with the rest of the taste profile, a few light grassy notes in there too, this is an awesome tasting beer.

M- lush and refreshing high/medium carbonation gives this brew a touch of effervescence, very drinkable, I guess I would say medium bodied, creamy.

O- this beer is awesome!! And I could see it being really awesome on a nice hot summer day, nice tart citrus funk, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 04:24:12 | More by PeterIngemi
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Brad007

Vermont

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber gold color with a huge frothy head into my glass. What an amazing head!

Spicy yeast mixed with piney hops create an interesting combination of styles. It's all in the yeast.

Wow. The belgian yeast adds a whole new dimension. As a result, this ale is "juicy" with a good amount of citrus.

Lingering spiciness and citrus notes make up the mouthfeel. I can't rave enough about it.

One of the more livelier examples of a BPA. Perhaps not as authentic but still a good way to go about business.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 03:47:42 | More by Brad007
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with lots of earthy Brett and funky yeast along with some zesty spice and light fruit. Hints of pepper and clove along with some pear, alcohol and more Brett.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture, zesty spicy musty, dry Brett and light fruit.  Pretty complex with dry funk that lingers throughout over hints of pepper, clove, apple, pear, bread and alcohol sweetness. The musty brett is dominant but really well integrated into the flavor of the base.  Complex but well balanced and extremely drinakble.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 23:01:53 | More by corby112
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emerge077

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and deeply saturated orange color, compact and creamy head of foam. Some rising carb trails visible, flecks of spotty lace inside the tulip glass. Bright clarity without pouring the yeast dregs.

Brett aroma right off the bat, fruity dried pineapple, fresh herbs, and the appropriate mustiness of old books.

Tangy, dry, and effervescent. Lingering bitter root earthiness and dry herbal bitterness. Smooth with some wet hay and dried wildflower notes. Brett complexity is big, but the wildness is reigned in. Orval-esque. Everything is pretty nicely balanced here. Cellaring this would likely bring out the funkier side of the wild yeast. A nice introductory Brett beer that i'll definitely drink more of.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 01:58:40 | More by emerge077
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased end of PBW at Local 44 bottle shop, slightly dizzy.... bottled on 03 July '12)

A: huge explosive rocky-foamy white head (like an Orval tends to exhibit)... had to pour in shifts and the blanket of sediment on the bottom of the bottle of course eventually broke up a bit and dispersed into the remaining liquid, though I managed to avoid pouring most of it in.... bunch of chunky smears of lace all over... really turbid, sort of peachy-colored hue

S: vinyl inner-tube, like one you'd use in a swimming pool... actually, it smells like pool liner.... this is the second of only two GF beers (the other being the W.C. IPA) I've ever tried and both had this element in spades.... it does eventually taper off a bit, allowing some pleasant fragrant, flowery tangerine to blend in

T: quite a bit of fruitiness up front - almost like bitter orange peel - with a vaguely spicy-phenolic funk taking hold midway through, lasting well through the finish... really don't taste much alcohol - blends in with the fruit flavors?.... it has fine flavor, however, I feel it would come alive more with just 0.5-1.0% more alcohol.... i could swear I start to taste base malt after awhile... tastiest near 60 F

M: despite the voluminous head, there's not much sizzle to speak of - just a tiny tingle up front... the body is sort of a medium-full, but it vanishes... it has a bit of creaminess but balances wonderfully dry.... gradually-building warmth and wellness

O: not a bad job at all! very drinkable, very nicely balanced.... i will hit this again

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:53:22 | More by Bouleboubier
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WesWes

New York

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light and refreshing pale and Carapils malt scent along with a mild hop nose and a wonderful yeast aroma. The yeast dominates the nose and provides a multitude of complexity. It has an earthy farmhouse feel with hints of black pepper and horse hair funk. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale malt flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. It goes down smooth with no sign of an elevated alcohol content. It finishes dry and funky with tons of yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid beer with excellent yeast character. It's complex, yet incredibly easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:58:24 | More by WesWes
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Duff27

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a huge three inch head, not normal I don't think. Have to wait a few minutes for it to subside. Fluffy white head on a dull amber colored body. Head stays thick the whole pint through with clumpy lacing.

S- Definite funk, floral, and fruity. Digging the aromas, different...Orval-esque.

T- Yeast strain is the star or the show here. Hints at citrus hops at the tail end of each sip.Drinks closer to 6% rather than 7%. Belgian Pale Ale fits this perfectly, as opposed to Belgian IPA.

M- Above average carbonation but nicely done. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Was looking forward to this one but still very pleasantly surprised. Well integrated Belgian yeast funkiness with just enough American hop presence to know which country it was brewed in. Wouldn't hesitate to have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 03:22:30 | More by Duff27
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Bfarr

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy golden copper with a huge foamy off-white head. Sweet, yeasty, herbal, and spice aromas. Tropical fruit and brett herbal funk. Light hop linger. Sharp feel with a semi-dry finish.

A great beer if served warmer to bring everything that’s available in this beer. A nice sipping PA. It pours rather uneven and the feel is rather distracting at times, but the aroma is great and the flavor is very balanced and rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 23:34:47 | More by Bfarr
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rand

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle to tulip...sneaked this into a movie and reviewed on my phone 08/21/2012

A: Copper-tab in color, the beer forms a huge, fluffy head. Slowly receding, the tulip glass is covered in sticky lacing.

S: The nose is crisp lemon-pepper and funk. Grassy and spicy, with lemon rind lingering.

T: Flavors are layered on the palate, with lemon sweetness and drying funk leading the way. Yeast has a surprising, almost puckering, drying effect. Earthy grassy flavors blend with toffee-tinged malts. Notes of white pepper close a long, dry finish.

S: Quite carbonated and effervescent, which works with the complex and layered flavors.

It's nice to see 4-pack bottles of this everywhere. This is the kind of brew you'd look for in a special release, but Green Flash graced is with wide availability. I'm sure I'll have many more of these in my beer-drinking career.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 11:12:57 | More by rand
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tobelerone

Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really appealed to me. It's kind of like a well-hopped Orval. It looks great - hazy orange coppery color, big fluffy whip cream head, excellent retention, nice lace.

The aroma has noticeable brett; funky hay, grass, barnyard notes, and a prominent citric hoppiness. Flavor follows suit, striking a nice balance between the west coast-style citrus hops and the brett. Musty and herbal. Complex and interesting.

Carbonation is medium-high, body medium-thin, finish is quite dry and crisp. Excellent overall mouthfeel has you going back for more quickly.

A real winner from Green Flash sure to appeal to fans of brett beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 03:14:17 | More by tobelerone
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Parrotshake

Australia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden almost-orange with a monstrous white head. I like it already. Head settles, plenty of lacing left on the glass between sips.

Smells like... Orval. Which is just fine by me. Promising. Musty notes of medicine and spice. "Old man soap", according to my girlfriend, which seems fair enough. Band-aid, bread, grapefruit, rock candy, overripe banana. A great big mouthful of all sorts of stuff - lovely pale malts, big brett character, pepper, grassy and citric hops. A good but not amazing balance - the yeast dominates and the hops are not quite allowed to shine through. Still, pretty damn impressive beer.

Highly carbed & fluffy. Refreshing. A better Orval knock-off than say, Russian River Damnation. Something I will return to.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 03:29:26 | More by Parrotshake
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HopHead84

California

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/23/2011

On tap at Green Flash. Juxtaposed alongside Treasure Chest. Thanks, Dave!

A: Dark orange with a large pillowy white head. Retention is good and there are sheets of lacing all over the glass.

S: Lightly peppery with pear and apple. I get big earthy notes with some leathery Brett. Herbal and floral notes are evident.

T: Apple up front with an insistent Brett presence that imparts light leather and earth notes. There's a dash of band-aid and a light bitterness that accompanies pear. Peppery phenols are evident in the finish.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice Brett Pale Ale. Certainly better than Treasure Chest. It lacks some of the harshness and astringency of the aforementioned beer (though those notes have mostly faded in Treasure Cheat). A great addition to the brewery's year round portfolio.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 17:22:17 | More by HopHead84
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elgiacomo

Georgia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly cloudy golden amber with a large foamy head that leaves nice walls and rings of lacing and recedes to a good cap.

Aroma is yeast and brett funk, fruity, good deal of lemon and orange citrus. Excellent strength.

Flavor is lemon, orange peel, fruity, quite citrusy, some brett funk, but not as much as the nose, bread & yeast, mild malt sweetness in the middle, and finishes with really nice hop bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a touch sticky, strong carbonation.

Freakin’ excellent stuff. Balances the hops and brett funk perfectly. Incredibly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 01:28:04 | More by elgiacomo
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert could be used as a fourth-grade science experiment; a volcanic-like gush of white froth spills up and over the glass while nimble bubbles oscillate like jelly fish. The froth, which looks something akin to an abominable snowman, pulsates up and down. I'll need a straw if I ever hope to get to the orange-gold liquid...

A lot of mean things are said about Brettanomyces. It's been called all kinds of mean names - "horse blanket", "sweaty saddle", "stinky cheese" - but that's mostly by winemakers; brewers appreciate the rogue yeast, which, indeed, does contribute a lot of "funky" flavours and aromas (which at times may bear some resemblance to a horse stable).

In this case, the wild yeast has added a galaxy of complexity to the beer, making it seem as though it had gained a distinct "aged" character, possibly by being aged in wood. Lo and behold, however, it's a fresh (and un-oaked) offering. The 'fresh' factor is appreciated by the glistening, budding, vividly leafy essence of its hoppiness.

All that vinous hoppiness is not without a sharp trace of citrus and a breezy pungency. The malts taste strongly honeyed and meld wonderfully with the tart orchard fruit flavours of the yeast. Considering the scene it caused earlier, the carbonation is surprisingly tamed, as the flavours are allowed to docilely sit on the tongue for some time.

There is a striking likeness to Orval that is impossible not to mention. By the look (and smell and taste) of things, one would guess the two brothers (or first cousins at least). Although I'm not ready to grant it the same holy status, Rayon Vert drinks with near equal delight and, perhaps, comes across even more so perfumed (probably owing to the hops).

Green Flash has spun gold with Rayon Vert. It is a simple yet shape shifting beer that offers a balance between delicacy and density. I wish to have been able to buy more bottles to track the changes this beer is sure to undergo with time, although I am mightily satisfied having tried it fresh. And I'd be mighty excited to try it again!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 00:52:43 | More by biegaman
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle compliments of Thorpe429 aka Thorpe<3sRayon.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a massive white head. Steadily fades to a thin layer of foam with nice lace. Aroma has a soft funky brett presence with light fruit, Belgian yeast and spice. Enjoyed this after it warmed up and carbonation died down a little bit. Sweet fruit and malt blend with earthy and funky saison like notes for a refreshing, balanced BPA. Very exciting to see this year round.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 19:35:55 | More by yourefragile
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BillHilly

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50 degrees into a duvel tulip

A: Wow, pours awesome, nice head and retention

S: green tea essence, fruity yeast

T: Very balanced, slight yeast finish, hops are perfect

M: Dang near a 5, great carbonation, not too thin.

O: Dang good beer for this style - well done GF

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:21:28 | More by BillHilly
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rapidsequence

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $3.10 from Neds.

Appearance: Clear light orange, gold. Pours very bubbly, with a huge rocky head. It fades down to a thin layer of foam, but never fades. Pretty good lacing. Bonus points for the head.

Smell: Sweet pale malt and light fruit swirling around in slightly musty yeast and fresh Brett aroma. There's a clean, grassy hops aroma too.

Taste: Surprising hoppy bitterness here. Not too much funky yeast flavor, but lots of Brett. Hops are bitter grassy, and citrus peel-esque. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and creamy. Its bubbly, but not sharp. A little dry on the finish, but not as dry as Orval.

Overall: A very nicely done Belgian pale with Brett. A bit too much hops bitterness detracts a bit from the flavor and the overall enjoyment, but very well done. I'll definitely get this again. Its also a good cheap way to show someone what Brett smells/tastes like.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 01:10:58 | More by rapidsequence
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,272 ratings.