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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,343 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,343
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 46
Gots: 104 | 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

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Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

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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.

Photo of millertime416
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle (slowly) into a pint class and it quickly exploded with a ton of foam. Aroma on this is amazing; when I cracked open the bottle, I thought I was in for one of the best brett beers I've found. Sadly no...taste is no where near in the same league as the aroma. Tastes very one-deminsonal, a bit too bitter and has an unusual aftertaste.

Will probably buy again, but mostly for the amazing aroma.

Photo of dirtylou
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, bottleworks

appearance: served in a new glarus shaker pint, hazy orange body with a full frothy white cap and lacy retention.

smell: nice yeasty aroma, fruity esters, grass, spicy hop

taste: Nice stuff here - in the spirit of the classic Orval - heavy on the brett yeast, lots of fruity esters, black pepper, basil, citrus, grass and hay, spicy herbal hops.

mouthfeel: spicy and peppery, nice yeast bite

overall: nice impulse purchase

Photo of ocelot2500
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, amber color with a frothy white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Smells of funky brett with some mild fruit undertones.

Tastes of the mild fruitiness with a brett underpinning rounded out with some hops. Fruits are characterized by apple and pear with some banana as well. Some toasted notes come through with a bit of breadiness. Brett adds in with its funkiness. Hops add grassy notes and lemon that leave a bit of bitterness. Spice is present with clove and pepper, but I find it to get lost as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this to be quite good and anybody who loves Orval should check this out.

Photo of peacebone116
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dee over at Bobby's Liquors for sharing this one with me!
12-oz bottle into small Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a bright amber/orange color with noticeable carbonation rising to the top of an off white head that retains well.

N: A citrus nose is quickly overpowered and dominated by a Belgian yeast esters that brings to mind banana, spices, & lilly.

T/M: This one is dominated by the funkiness of wild yeast with flavors of banana, clove & allspice, as well as a bit of sweet dough. There is a nice blend of these floral qualities with a bitter citric hoppiness that compliments the sweet malt flavors. This ale is very light to medium body that finishes very dryly.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. It really is not my favorite style, but I find the style very intriguing. There is a great deal of complexity in general, and this ale does not disappoint in that regard.

Photo of Momar42
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of idontskinnydip
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was suggested to me because I was asked if I like sour beers. I said yes and they said to pick this one. I picked up a 4 pack for 10.99 and I am not disappointed. I can see why the sour beer affinity is important. The sour essence is there in the nose and in the taste. It's not that sour-tart that most might expect, rather the sour fermentation aroma and complexity.

This beer has a fair amount of minerals in the smell and taste. The sour background is like a ripening cheese. It's a beautiful beer with a fluffy crackling head.

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Kegatron
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Parrotshake
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,343 ratings.