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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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87
very good

1,323 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,323
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 44
Gots: 95 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

muletrane, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Momar42
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel artist tulip

A - clear, light to medium amber color. HUGE head. I mean, huge. Smooth pour yielded a dense, tight white fluffy head that had to be consumed before I could get the whole bottle in the glass. Lacing is great too.

S - Bretty, soapy, Belgian yeast in your face aroma. If you dont like that, steer VERY clear of this beast. Luckily I do, so great nose.

T - After I got through the foam, and trust me, when you drink this you will understand, there was a great Belgian IPA to be found. Nice level of Brett and great yeast taste throughout. Just a delicious beer.

M - full. high carbonation but it works. thick and chewy almost at times, but like I said, it works here.

O - I have to freely admit that I have been under selling Green Flash. Everytime I revisit one of their beers, I am impressed. Now that they have found their way to the East Coast I'm going to seek them out. Rayon Vert is truly great Belgian IPA. If you dont like those qualities, dont drink it. But if you do, find it and see for yourself. This is a damn fine beer.

Momar42, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Cubatobaco, May 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ballz50401, Jul 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Ranz, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Giantspace
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Giantspace, Apr 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

eulerthegrape, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very rich brett offering, quite a nice brew...

Presentation: 12 oz custom brown capped bottle. Radial blue designed label with rays spreading from the Green Flash seal... Repetitive and identifiable. Short bottle description with a more elaborate note on the background shown in the 4-pack cardboard. Shows 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale amber pour, towering creamy head, rich retention, nice surface memory and strong touches of lacing. Great appearance and on par with the best of the style.

S - Very fresh and rich bretty nose, rather pungent notes of bretty funk… earthy, citric, musty herbal notes…

T - Taste follows nicely but it is difficult to compete with that nose. Still it holds its ground firmly with a lightly attenuated version, that rich and now fresh bretty funk, hint of leather, plenty of citric and grassy notes with an insinuation of fresh green apples, raw cider notes...

M - Medium body and carbonation holding up the flow with a rich tingle over the bitter and dry finish.

O - Very pleasing and quite remarkable.

Notes: Another stellar offering from Green Flash, a surprise maybe given the style and intensity, but not so much thinking of their average quality. A nicely hopped take on a brett Belgian ale, which sure enough draws a mental connection with Orval. This one might become a regular in the fridge selection...

Daniellobo, Feb 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

tdmccarthy, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

pkalix, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

oberon, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Mora2000, Apr 07, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Kegatron, Apr 26, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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

blackie, Apr 11, 2013
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

superspak, Aug 26, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

PeterIngemi, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Brad007, Jan 30, 2012
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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

corby112, Jan 25, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

emerge077, Jan 18, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert is bottle-conditioned. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent dark golden, huge frosty white head that doesn't go anywhere; great lacing. Pour slow. Phenomenal looking beer. The aromas are great.. lots of cherry and belgian funk. The hops are definitely present, but not in your face. Tastes great with lots of cherry, apricot, peach, pepper, and yeast. Very bitter, but in a subtle way.. great balance. Mouthfeel is smooth, spritzy, creamy. Extremely easy to drink. Wow, this is a winner.

This is probably the best BPA I've had. Pure winner from Green Flash. Try this stuff!

BB1313, Dec 29, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Bouleboubier, Jun 21, 2013
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4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

WesWes, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Duff27, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of Bfarr
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Bfarr, Jun 29, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.