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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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1,322 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,322
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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Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

tobelerone, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of Parrotshake
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Parrotshake, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

HopHead84, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

elgiacomo, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

biegaman, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

yourefragile, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of BillHilly
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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

BillHilly, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of rapidsequence
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

rapidsequence, Mar 27, 2012
Photo of CircusBoy
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I open the bottle and it immediately starts slowly foaming out of the bottle. Pour into a goblet and produces a white creamy, bubbly 2" head that sits there forever. Appearance is a very hazy, rustic orange color and leaves sticky lacing down the sides.

Getting small sour notes and funkiness in the aroma, with a bit of fruitiness but overall not very strong.

The taste makes up for the aroma, up front is initial funk and sourness, taste of belgian yeast then backed up with citrus and hops.

This beer is very drinkable, has good carbonation that goes down easy and has a nice mouthfeel.

Overall this is a good beer that drinks well and combines funky and hoppy notes. Will be picking this up again.

CircusBoy, May 09, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert. 12oz into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Big flowery head that's pretty bleachy white in color. Slightly hazy orange-amber body. Okay lacing.

Smells woody, funky, a little floral, and a little tart. Moldy lemon peel, straw, bar soap, and green tea; but a tad sweeter than those descriptors suggest.

Taste follows the nose. A mildy spicy yeast bite plays as an introduction to funky Bretty textures of hay, detergent, and wet blanket. Lightly tart and a bit citrusy. Crisp and a little buttery. A bit of peach skin in the finish.

Medium in body, medium in carbonation or maybe a notch higher. Good scrub with some play. Well-balanced without any intrusive alcohol strength.

This is pretty kick-ass. Glad to have landed a four-pack. Didn't mean to crack this one open at 4:30 in the afternoon, but I dropped it against another bottle and it hissed at me. Very enjoyable Belgian Pale (a style I must pay more attention/respect to). Recommended!

thecheapies, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with a large effervescent head.

Smell - Belgian yeast (brett), peach, tropical fruit, a touch of leafy hops.

Taste - Lots of flavour from the brett (e.g. peach), slight touch of leafy hops. Takes a sweeter, fruitier approach. Nice light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Slightly fluffy.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian pale ale by Green Flash. The fruitier approach worked well in their favour. Looking forward to trying more offerings from this brewery.

leaddog, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of phishsihq
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert pours a hazy, goldenrod color with the most massive head we have ever seen! The bottle conditioning with Brettanoyces creates a large amount of carbonation (especially when aged a year or more). This one takes time to pour, but be patient, the wait is well worth it. An impressive bouquet of aromas delight the senses with whiffs of lemon zest, spices, Belgian yeast and funk. Sweet malt flavors reminiscent of bread and caramel open the palate to more subtle notes of citrus and pepper with Belgian yeast and Brettanomyces funk underlining the entire brew. Extremely effervescent, this Green Flash brew is highly carbonated and medium bodied.

phishsihq, May 31, 2013
Photo of bashiba
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice and bright golden orange with a bit of haze, had a big and sticky white head, long lasting with tons of lacing.

The smell is Great, very Bretty, a nice big sourdough tartness with a touch of belgiany spice.

The flavor is a bit rustic, with a dry light cedary flavor, a mild bit of sour and a decent level of herbal bitterness. Has some light spicy yeast characters with a lemony flavor, and would be great except for a bit of a light coppery tinge sneaking through that is a bit detracting.

Has a very light body with a long dry finish.

Very Good Bretty Belgian Ale, will be enjoying more of these in the future.

bashiba, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Nice mix of sweet and funky aromas here. Sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, and pear notes stand out. Strong, funky barnyard aromas follow with a slight mustiness and sourness as well. Very nice aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some slight Belgian sweet notes at first with hints of light fruits and bubblegum. The Brett flavors come on strong with lots of funk and barnyard flavors. The finish is lightly bitter and bready. There are some slight medicinal notes on the aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and could benefit from a lighter body and higher attenuation.

O: A pretty good beer, overall. There's a nice combination of sweet and funky, and it smells wonderful. I'd like the BPA aspects to shine through a bit more in the flavor and to have a drier body, but still it's a cheap alternative to the likes of Orval.

n2185, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mltobin
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a wine glass.

Rayon Vert pours a bright golden-orange tone with a couple fingers of a bright white head. Its` nose comes across with citrus, brett and pine. A very nice smell to be sure. Sipping on this bpa and I taste lemons, belgian yeast, coriander and some light hops. Damn, this beer tastes good. Mouthfeel is medium, it has a rather lively carbonation to it. All in all, a very good beer that is well balanced and easy to drink. I have found it to be tasty fresh and also with a bit of age on it.

mltobin, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted by Thorpe, thanks buddy. Served in a Russian River goblet. Beer is yellow with a haze, big white head, nice carbonation, some retention but low lacing, looks good.

Aroma is strong Brett character, minor hop and malt contributions.

Beer is light and airy on the palate, heavily carbonated, strong beer overall, I like the finish, not too dry, yeast dominates the palate overall, a very strong funky beer. Decent I'd have it again. Much better than Treasure chest.

drabmuh, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of wcintula
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring gently produces a great head,, ecru, puffy, uneven, leaving lace behind. Smell is a nice balance of malt, honey, dry brett yeast, hops. The taste follows the profile perfectly. I'm picking up a dry smell of plastic or band aid-ness, butt nothing to deter from the enjoy-ability of the beer. Great beer, can't tell it's 7%

wcintula, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of Sweasty
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert pours a lightly hazed copper. Things are topped off by a healthy two fingers of bone white head. Head has some staying power. Eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left in its wake.

The aroma packs an interesting punch. Its a not to typical Belgian nose, but that is to its advantage. Very herbal upfront. Mint and floral notes stand out strong. Some mild lemon notes hit next. A light brett quality shows up. Brett becomes stronger as the beer warms, taking on a faintly barnyard aroma. Some faintly medicinal spice notes rounds things out.

There is some definite funk on the palate. Earthy, faintly barnyard-y brett hits upfront.. The lemon in the nose is stronger on the palate, lending a bit of a tartness. A healthy herbal bitterness takes hold mid palate. Herbal mint notes mix with tart lemons. The finish is lightly tart with a lingering floral quality.

Rayon Vert is light bodied with an effervescent carbonation.

Green Flash have said they spent four years developing this brew. Their efforts have paid off. This a great Belgian style ale. Light and refreshing with a good bit of heft. Their love of hops shines with out overpowering things. The brett adds just enough funk with out over powering. Reminds me of Orval in a way. It will be interesting to see how the brett changes and evolves this beer overtime. As is, Rayon Vert is one heck of tasty quaff. Props to Green Flash for doing Belgian beer right.

Sweasty, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of axeman9182
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month package for April 2012. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Rayon Vert pours a nearly opaque burnt orange, lightening a fair bit along the edges when backlit. The fluffy white head tops out at more than four fingers worth of foam, and shows pretty good retention. Lacing is noticeably weak compared to some of its authentic Belgian brethren. The nose is both aromatic and complex. The brett quickly jumps out as I inhale, surprisingly potent for a relatively young bottle. There's lots of wet hay and lemon juice, with some light pepper and horse blanket present as well. Hops do a beautiful job of filling in the gaps, lending both herbal and light tangerine-grapefruit citrus aromas. The flavor manages to follow through on just about all the promise of the nose, delivering lots of funk buttressed by some well chosen hops. Those same hops though provide a touch too much bitterness, and it just becomes abrasive against the delicate balance of flavors otherwise present. The mouthfeel is superb, with a dry and crisp body and carbonation that's sneaky in how bubbly it is. Rayon Vert is a close domestic substitute for Orval, and that's pretty high praise.

axeman9182, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of magictacosinus
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on "07/24/13."

Yeah, that's a perfect pour right there - amber sunset, and the yeast is so intense in this that the first few ounces yielded about 5 fingers worth of head and tons of bubbles. As it settled, I continued to pour more in until it produced a foamy, ice cream like topping that stuck above the regular creamy pour for a good long while. Tons of soap like bubbles pop around the creamy froth, and some decent stickiness comes around. It doesn't last forever and the head eventually vanishes by the very end. However, I haven't seen a beer of this caliber this beautiful since, say, Orval.

Wow, that's some funky stuff - if this is supposed to be their take on Orval it's quite a good one, but far more rustic in its own manner. Notes of grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple are soaked in all kinds of barnyard notes from the Brett, which ranges on wet hay, dried grass, horse blanket, and one of those damp, moist cloths that's spent some time in this very vivid, imaginative environment I keep picturing. A little bit of lactic sourness rounds it up, as well as a brief whiff of toffee, but it's otherwise truly funky - and the extra Belgian-styled ingredients add nothing but extra spiciness and fruitiness that make it truly unique.

The flavor immediately takes me straight to a farm or countryside, much like the ones I grew up around in my childhood - wet hay, a damp cloth-like flavor, alongside notes of cheese rind, horse saddle, grass, and all kinds of other earthy flavors. This is a true out-of-body beer drinking experience - the barnyard flavors are full fledged at this point and provide a farmhouse recipe that is to be reckoned with other breweries of this size. A little smoky at the finish, as well as bitter, with notes of orange peel, pine, grapefruit, apricots, and pineapple. It's like a West Coast IPA in some respects, and the caramel, yeasty texture makes it similar to various Belgian varieties, but the funk due to the Brett makes this very intense in a sense that kind of transcends the farmhouse style - basically, not for beginners! While it's refreshing, it loses its gas rather quickly as it warms up, which is super disappointing given how initially enjoyable it was. Gets flatter, less funky, and far maltier in the end. Oh, well, better consume it cold as quick as possible next time.

Overall, I can say this is a high quality farmhouse ale, and definitely one that is more experimental and funky as it can get. Great stuff, and I only wish it weren't as delicate. I definitely will pick some of these up and cellar them in the future - my only fear is if my timing goes wrong, that this will turn into a smoky band-aid mayhem rather than a progressively grassier result that it seems destined to become.

magictacosinus, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of MattyG85
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge gushing head that takes up the whole glass and takes a while to settle. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, sour, and funky Belgian style aroma with a lots of tart fruit hints. Belgian yeast upfront with lots of hints of funk and Brett. Big hints of sour green apples and tart cherries. Spice hints of clove, white peppers, and coriander. Wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and crackers. Citrus hints of orange peel, lemon zest, mango, lime, grapefruit, and pineapple. Also some candied sugar sweetness and hints of grassy and piney hops. A very nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very yeasty, funky, and sour Belgian pale ale taste with big notes of tart and zesty fruits and a nice backing of hops. Belgian yeast with some upfront funky notes of Brett. Mix of spices including some clove, white pepper, and coriander. Big taste of tart green apples and cherries. Bready pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, cracker, and straw. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lime, and lots of lemon zest. Some sweet candied sugar. Solid backing presence of hops with some grassy and piney notes. Pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. Tart and fairly prickly and smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice spin on a Belgian style pale ale. Good zesty fruit flavors with a good dose of Brett tartness. Carbonation could of been tamed a bit.

MattyG85, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of argock
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date obvious. Single purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.89.

A: SLightly hazy apricot with massive 5-finger head that mushroom clouds with foamy light ivory colored out the top of the glass. There is some lacing near the top of the glass.

S: To me the Brett character is medium-to-strong, but I don't have a very high tolerance for that aroma. The sweaty, medicinal, phenolic character is dominant without a doubt, but there are some citrusy and piney hops notes and light caramel and cracker malt attributes.

T: The flavor is also strong on Brett character, which I usually do not enjoy very much, but this beer integrates it with the pine and grapefruit/honeysuckle/lemongrass hops character and crackery malt very nicely. There is a high degree of phenol in this beer along with pungent sour sweat but also lemon pepper and tart apple/crabapple. If I had to associate this beer with one smell it would be with souring/rotting crabapples under my grandparents' tree in their backyard. It is a very interesting flavored beer, and too Green Flash's credit, the first beer I thought of when drinking it was Orval.

M: If I have one complaint about this beer is that the feel is too slick and solvent-like. The dryness in the finish is medium, but it accentuates the somewhat solventy feel too much. The very high degree of carbonation is understandable given the desire to create a lighter feel, but I think it could be ratcheted down a notch or two.

O: I enjoyed Rayon Vert more than I thought I would as I usually don't like Brett beer very much at all. I would still pick Flying Dog Raging Bitch over this in a head-to-head of American interpretations of Belgian styles (I like the malt and hops character a little more and body of that beer a lot more), but Rayon Vert is a brew I will try again as my palate continues to develop as it does serve up a wondrous number of aromas and flavors.

argock, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, Josh!

Hazy golden orange with a thick, quickly growing, and persistent near-white head that leaves irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Quite the looker.

An earthy combination of hops, citrus, and funk combine to make a very pleasant aroma, though, even after significant warming, there's not a huge aroma here. If everything were just a bit more expressive, it'd be even better. As is, it's still quite good.

The flavor is a nice combination of fresh, citrusy, and earthy hops, a moderate level of bitterness, and distinct Brett yeast character. I'm excited to see what this beer tastes like after a year or so.

Medium to full bodied per the style with moderate to high carbonation. A joy to drink, though, for whatever reason, the Belgians still do it better.

An extraordinary American version of a distinctly Belgian style.

ehammond1, May 10, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Rayon Vert has a hazy copper appearance with thick white head. Great retention and good lacing left behind.

Aroma is really unique and very pleasant. It's loaded with fresh tropical fruit and citrusy, floral hops.

Flavor is intense but balanced. There is a light malt base that really lets the abundant hops and Belgian yeast shine. The hops have lemon, grapefruit, and spice notes. The yeast adds a kick of black pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated. Balanced but lots of good hoppy bitterness.

Overall a really nice Belgian IPA if you ask me.

GilGarp, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of KMcG
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is explosive. There is a massive head, but it is light with large lacey bubbles. It's a bit sticky too. I didn't pour the last 1/4 form the bottle because I noticed some serious sediment. So this review is pre-sediment pour. Once the sediment is added, which I tried to minimize, the beer is hazy, but without it, the beer is color is a pale orange with only a slight frosty haze. The lace retention is nice.

The aroma is fruity with slight yeast must . Faint citrus, clove and honey sort of like Juicyfruit gum.

The taste is fairly complex. The hops are bright and fruity. There is some barn-like funk, but it is much milder than you would find in a saison for instance. The finish is peaches and pears as well as a carmel sweetness and clove that is combined with a doughy flavor that reminds me of cobbler.

The body is medium with decent carbonation. There is a lingering sweetness to the aftertaste that is pleasant and soft.

This beer was a gift from a friend. I would seek this one out for sure. I enjoyed it!

KMcG, Apr 15, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,322 ratings.