Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 106 | 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 BradtheGreat7
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes: Late Spring 2013

12 oz brown bottle Green Flash style. Freaking love their bottle shape!! Label is typical Green Flash design with the designated color for Rayon Vert. Beautiful bottle and label as usual. Poured into a stemmed Belgian style tulip. This glass has had some work of late! But still as stunning as ever. Libbey crafts excellent glassware.

A - golden orange sunset in color with a bit of haze to it. Creamy and massive off white colored head is described in one word: Huge. It just keeps rising and carries an excellent thick texture and creaminess to it. One of the clumpiest rings of lace I've ever seen. It just floats there leaving a unworldly amount of stick. A real treat to look at. Some thin yeast sediment floating about the semi hazy body.

S - citrus hops up front with juicy grapefruit whiffs and softer orange notes. A bit of candied fruit, green apple, and the faintest hint of candied apricot. The Brett yeast shows no weakness and seers right through the citrusy hops up front adding a slap of belgian funk. Hops quickly turn to classic west coast pine like hops midway. Fresh hay like malt lays way to the overall complexity of the nose, balancing the aroma in a near perfect manner.

T - doesn't quick backup the almost amazing nose, but still provides a nice flavor. Just not quite as complex. Fruit and Brett yeast funk up front with the Brett notes never really falling out of the spotlight. Yeast has some funk and twang about it which goes well with the style. Malts a bit subdued compared to the nose but the hay and semi sweet candied malt do show up for a brief moment. Green apple, citrus inspired hops also give it a west coast feel but just not as pronounced.

M - medium bodied and drinks like a typical ale that uses Brett. Texture and thickness is there from Green Flash though not quite as good as some of their other stuff. Fairly refreshing and almost dry mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

O - I enjoyed Rayon Vert and have multiple since my review. It's a consistent brew that push the Bretty yeast across the palate in fashion. I'm not usually big on Brett, but for those who are this is a tremendous ale that does quite nicely at what its called for. You always get well crafted ales from Green Flash and Ragon Vert doesn't disappoint. A solid Belgian style pale. I can see why so many people enjoy this. Ill be running back to this one in the future.

Photo of Etan
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz into a tulip.

AL Pours a darkish gold with a huge spongy white head.

S: Leathery brett, apricot, floral, minerals, mild caramel.

T: Astringent bitterness (hops?), light clove, gamey funk, sweet pale malt, a bit leafy.

M: Light-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: The odd astringent bitterness here sort of ruined the experience. Maybe I'll revisit again and hope it's gone.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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.

Photo of thierrynantes
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and herbal aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty, spicy and caramel flavors, leading to a dry yeasty finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Belgian Ale, close to Orval archetype.

Photo of TrojanRB
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WEBBEER
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into oversized stemmed tulip. Produced 3 inches of light "root beer float" cream colored head. Frothy meringue like head that lasted for entire serving. Ale is a copper to amber color, slightly cloudy. Heavy lace. Excellent strong malt and bread like smell. Taste of sweet malt, mild hops and of sour fruit. Mild cling of alcohol viscosity in the mouthfeel as expected from a 7%. Overall a pleasant ale that I would recommend and sample again.

Photo of magictacosinus
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of dwagner003
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 years old. The brett has developed so perfectly. It's light, effervescent, funky. This beer was good fresh, but it's amazing aged.

Photo of mhaugo
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 7% ABV.
Appearance: Hazy amber with a thick, rocky head (3.75/5).
Aroma: Sweet, earthy funk! Subtle layers of papaya and pineapple, and a touch of noble spiciness (4.25/5).
Taste: The aromas come through in the flavor as well, as does a beautiful wood quality. The flavor also introduces an interesting cherry character, as well as a subtle citrus note
(4.5/5).
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium/high carbonation. There is also a touch of puckering quality from the wood flavor (4.25/5).
Overall: Beautiful example of how well Brett works in a Belgian Pale Ale. The base beer is solid, and the wild yeast adds layers and complexity. I am very impressed (4.25/5).

Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, beautiful orange-gold with huge head that just keeps foaming away. Takes quite a while for the head to recede to a drinkable level, and still leaves plenty of chunky, wispy foam.

S - Very funky. Sour grapes and cool pine.

T - Taste mimics the nose and is a bit one-dimensional at first. Very crisp, dry and tart white grape, grapefruit and pine. Only a quick, fleeting hint of caramel sweetness at first, but this deepens as the beer warms and helps to balance things out. A very floral flavor profile also emerges - pleasant, but bordering on soapy. Citrus flavors, especially lemon zest, also ramp up as the beer warms.

M - Abrasively crisp and over-carbonated at first. But this mellows to become velvety, only slightly prickly, and coats the palate nicely.

O - The bottle's main descriptor, "Belgian-Style Pale Ale," is a bit misleading. This brew drinks almost like a sour, thanks to the Brett, and is not for the faint of heart. If left to mellow for 10-15 minutes after pouring, it's really enjoyable - bitter-sweet and floral, with a faint vinegar presence lingering in the background to keep things interesting.

Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Rock island snifter.

A: Crystal clear orange until the yeast is poured. Epic off-white head is soapy and sticks around; minimal lace though.

S: Big fruity notes, citrus pith, lemon, hints of banana. Peppery spices, flowery, clean grain, Belgian yeast. Juniper? Hints of herbs, evergreen. Brett sweetness with a decent amount of tartness.

T: Lots of mandarin orange, lemon peel, grapefruit, banana, peppery spice, almost to the point of being herbal. Lemon, fresh flowers, juniper berries and cardamom. Brett, clean grain, light sweetness with underlying tartness.

MF: Creamy medium body, dryer tart finish.

O: Really decent brew, this suits me more than Orval did. There is a nice peppery, tart, fruity component.

Photo of a0lbudman
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy dark gold in color with a very large off white head that faded very slow and left a heavy lace
S-spicy bubble gum with some lemon many smells in this beer
T-spicy with a fruity bubble gum. Malt is there but the spice seems to be to main flavor with a warming flavor that leaves a spicy aftertaste
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-was better the first time I will try again and see what I get then
.

Photo of ISmith87
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.5 - Waaay too much carbonation on this one. The head is like 20 fingers deep, of loose white bubbles, but leaving a nice lacing on the glass ;) . The beer itself is a nice clear golden color.
S - 3.75 - Very peppery, spicy, belgian yeast scent. Reminds me a ton of Friendship Brew. Definitely some wheat, maybe some bread smells in there too.
T - 4.00 - This is a unique Belgian Pale Ale. Very spicy, peppery, the taste follows the nose. What's impressive about it is the taste comes really close to Orval. There's a breadiness to it that I like too.
M - 4.00 - light-medium, alc covered. Aftertaste is belgian yeasty/peppery notes.
O - 3.75 - This is a good belgian pale ale. I'm surprised at how similar it tastes to Orval. I wonder if maybe they're using the same yeast strain or something? It has a nice off flavor (yea, I know it's contradictory) that reminds me of the beer my grandpa drinks.

Photo of zbkai189
2.21/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured an ounce or two into a pint... ended up with 1/2 inch of beer and about a 5 inch head. Far too much carbonation, IMO. Very spicy. Tingly. The first thing that came to mind about the taste was "dish soap." Really, not good. Big letdown from GF... I'm a big fan of their other stuff. I'll try it again... maybe it was a bad batch?

Photo of ClippersSD
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most truly underrated beers out there. A very unique belgain pale ale. The closest beer it tastes like is Goose Island Matilda. Zesty and tart yet spliced with fruitiness. The only issue I run across with this beer is the carbonation. The poor resulted in an extra layer of foam. If you run across this, give it a try, a great beer.

Photo of Glennlawless
2.45/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint.

A - hazy orange.thick froth like head that has huge retention.

S - Burnt plastic....maybe a little spicy and sour...

T - Super carbonated...spicey,peppery....getting some cardamom....but overall this plastic like smell is drowning the rest out...ugh. Compared to the ommegang farmhouse saison, this is pretty bad...im disappointed :\

M- creamy...too carbonated for me though, wow.

Overall, this beer wasn't for me...the plastic like smell and taste drowned everything out to me...

Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 2 oz. into my 12 ounce tulip and head overflowed. Kind of ridiculous. Took 15 min just to get the whole bottle intoy glass. Nice yeasty hop aroma with fruity floral notes. Clear golden orange once the fluff disappears off the top. A lot of funk on the flavor in a good way. I was expecting something very hop forward but this was closer to an effervescent farmhouse belgian. Very nice fruit, spice and yeast flavor with just a but of nice hop bite. A refreshing and well done brew.

Photo of Bernoulli
1.92/5  rDev -49.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a pale yellow with a head that's at least 40% of the glass when poured by a pro... have napkins ready if you're less practiced or if any of your guests aren't forewarned.

The odor is strong and medicinal -- the closest we could come up with was somewhere between a lemon dish soap and, as noted by the server, vaguely reminiscent of a freshly opened plastic Band-aid.

The taste was much better than the smell ... but there was enough taste that matched the odor to make it hard to pull out the details a more refined palate might notice.

Mouthfeel was light and pleasant.

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.

Photo of thegodfather1076
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Simple label in the Green Flash style with simple yet nice graphics and color scheme that is very eye-catching. Label gives web info, a bit of brewery info, ABV info, states “Continuously everlasting”. No bottled on date. Bottle is embossed with Green Flash logo. Green Flash logo on cap.

Appearance: A slow pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 13oz tulip glass led to a 3 finger tightly packed white head that turns airy and rocky atop a semi hazy deep golden orange color. Head explodes in the glass so much so that I had to make multiple pours to empty bottle. Amazing retention that was still going strong at 7 min leading to a thick coating and ring with extremely excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of a tart fruity estery aroma with a deep brett belgium yeast aroma. Has a bit of a green apple and spice in the smell as well as being slightly floral. Kinda Funky.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very spicy and heavy on brett belgium yeast on the front end with a floral hop bitterness that come through midpoint along with a slight tart fruitiness that gives way to a floral brett finish and aftertaste. Funky and intersting.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Heavily carbonated leading to a mouthfeel that is on the full side of medium bodied. Drinkable but funky!

Overall/Comments: This is a very unique and enjoyable beer that allows that drinker to sample some obscure flavors in a beer. Very interesting and complex. Classified as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale @ 6.8% ABV. Consumed 8/8/2013.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: straw gold and hazy. A massive three finger head that sticks around for a while. Eventually it breaks down and leaves a thin film with a small foamy iceberg in the center of the glass.

S: sour apples and funkyness.

T: follows the nose...seems a bit like some saisons I have had, but this seems a little off.

M: high carbonation and dry finish.

O: honestly, I am a little befuddled by this beer. It would seem that everyone I know who has had it has had a different reaction. I can't say I didn't enjoy this beer, but I can't say I did either. It continues to be an enigma to me.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
2.47/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle ( bottled 7/3/13) into a pint glass, Um...a gentle pour yields 3/4 of a glass of frothy off white foam on a layer orange amber colored cloudy liquid

S: bubblegum and apple, cider-like aromas, caramel

T: Sour apple, something is wrong here

M: very high carbonation

O: Is this beer supposed to taste like this or is something wrong? I don't like the sour apple hop funk taste.

Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rayon Vert poured a hazy gold with a substantial off white head that speaks to the delightful effervescence. The aroma is all over the place with citrusy hops, some funky sourness, and a bit of Belgian yeast that sets you up for a dynamic flavor adventure. The taste is all over the flavor map in a good way with the citrus and bitter hops, some sweet fruitiness, along with some funk from the Brettanomyces that is all riding the wave of the Belgian yeast. Yes it’s all in there and it all tastes great. The flavors are delicately and deliciously balanced on a creamy medium body with plenty of that delightful effervescence that makes this a truly unique beer. I really dig this beer.

Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber hue. Large cascading, frothy head. Settles slowly, and unevenly. Spotty lacing.

S: Pine resin, and lots of lemon citrus. Lavender, fermented raspberry, and freshly cut grass.

T: Bitter pine and hay, with just a slight hint of raspberry.

M: Crisp and steely. Bitter throughout, with a very dry finish.

D: The bitterness will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Amber hue, with a large head and some slight lacing. Nose is really piney, accentuated with citrus and other fruit notes, with a really floral character. Bitter pine and hay with a touch of fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tasting glass at the brewery.

Funky for a pale ale. Is there some Brett in here? Whatever Belgian yeast Green Flash uses in their Belgian pales I'm not crazy about. Lightly tart. Fruity. Interesting. Ultimately, I don't think it's for me.

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.