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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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426 Reviews
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Reviews: 426
Hads: 1,351
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 47
Gots: 107 | 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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Photo of Brettanomaestro
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rarely can I find a beer that successfully marries sourness with hops. As someone who dislikes hops in general, anytime a beer has a powerful hops flavor it tends to be overpowering. Rayon Vert, however, finds a way to balance a powerful sourness with a powerful hops flavor and does so with both finesse and strength. Well done! (329 characters)

Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy orange.

Smell: Spices, yeast, citrus and floral notes.

Taste: Grapefruit is what I got. Along with yeast, fizziness and brett, apparently. (had to look it up to see what it was that I couldn't pin point. Being my second brett beer, I'm not yet familiar with the style.) But I enjoyed it and find the brett to add a unique dynamic.

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation. Also pretty dry.

Overall: Excellent. (434 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We have a winner of the beauty pageant right here. Voluptuous off-white head that stays full and bouncy. Golden orange in color. Smells spicy with the yeast shining through the middle, accompanied by light fruits (apple, orange). Tastes of fruit juice backed with notes of grain and faint brett funk. Dry all the way through and just plain easy drinking. Session this, session that, blah, blah, blah, blah...session this! (421 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a bretty beast... Pours a murky orange with a huge bubbly head. Brett barnyard funk dominates the nose, with some spice and a hint of fruit. Those same things are fully present in the taste, along with coriander and even a bit of a cardamom. A bit astringent. Crisp medium mouth without a lot of carbonation. It's not as refined and balanced as Orval, but nonetheless good if you're a brett head. (401 characters)

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle sampled June 2014

APP- Massive ivory tower of head fills the glass despite coddling the pour. Billows into a tight, creamy, mesa that peaks over the rim of the glass and includes both fine and large beading. Fades fairly quickly leaving sheets of lace. When some finally turns to liquid, clarity is very good but short of brilliant and color is brassy.

AROMA- Amazingly soft and subtle complex perfumey nose. Where to begin? Citrus, white pepper, straw, green melon, hints of fermeted peach and apricot, light hits of kiwi and rhubarb. Has a big clover dimension which I find to be the mark of my favorite Cantillion offerings. Amazing. Very fresh and inviting. There is nothing even remotely dank, musty, sour, etc...in the aroma here. Medium-light floral/ spicy character that is key to the bouquet but hard to pin down. No diacetyl or harsh alcohol. Not immediately recognizable as hoppy, like when its fresh.

Flavor- Malty- sweetness pervades, surprisingly, with a strong tone of white pepper and pineapple, melon shows up again, as does a faint shadow of rhubarb, slight fusel/acetate note, a fleeting rubbery (oxidized phenol?) character. I get a medium-stong English-Goldings like character (apple, pear, spicy) in the mid-palate, tartness cows to sweentness in the balance but does show up in the backend along with some bitterness. Long finish with a distinctly resinous aftertaste.

MF- solidly medium-bodied, medium carbonation once things settle down (its amazing how quickly the fizz leaves this beer), can be a little flabby on the palate, and also lightly astringent at the same time. I do believe it shows some oxidation effects.

OVERALL- While this might be one of the best beers I've ever smelled, its flavor is a bit messy, despite having some very pleasing characteristics. If this is one to lay down, two years is either too long or some sort of awkward phase. (1,898 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this one for a while. Got it as an extra prior to Green Flash entering MN. Looks like it was bottled 7/12.

Pours extremely carbonated. Several fingers of head from a small pour.

The brett seems to have developed. Aroma is mostly a tart apple skin aroma.

Taste is toasted malts with green apple and slight barnyard funk. Brett has really come out.

Qualities of a pale with lots of brett. (396 characters)

Photo of onechordwonder
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So much foam. I had to pay extra attention on the second bottle to make sure I hadn't just goofed it the first time around; but it does actually pour with a 5 finger head.

The smell may be the best part of this beer, it's bright, citrusy and funky like wet hay. The taste is all funk, with a little more malt than you'd expect.

Overall, just okay. Not the brewery's best effort. (383 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.36/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just gorgeous hazy orange, may be the prettiest color I have ever seen a beer be, 5 finger??? head. Has Brett in it so it does not surprise me.

Smell is lemon, sour green apple, barnyard funk, lime, herbal, sharp spruce, earthy malt

Taste is really funky, lemon, lime, herbal funk, spicy yeast, sweet malt, orange rind, definitely some tart cider.

Mouthfeel is medium light, huge carbonation, slight dryness on the finish.

WOW, I can not believe I never grabbed this before, did not know this one was funky! What a pleasant surprise. I heard they were discontinuing 4 packs of this.... I do not like that, I could not take down a whole bomber that is for sure.

I may have to go buy my store out of 4 packs of this! Should be good for a few years! (759 characters)

Photo of Act25
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash (rayon vert means green ray or green flash) has produced a complex ode to Belgian Pale Ale that while a little funky, and perhaps not every bottle is perfect, must be taken seriously. A great brewer.

A: Appearance is a wow as is everything about this beer. I'm getting it again. Apricot body, with an explosive head, that mounts like meringue above my tulip when only 1/2 the 12 oz bottle is carefully poured at cellar temp. "It's evolving" says the bottle, it's alive says I. Nice. Once settled leaves tons of lace and the brew itself is nicely under carbonated. Better than Rochefort. 4.5

S: Complex. Yeast, very musty, and a bit of cider precede a parade of orange / lemon orchard filled with flower store back notes, and a peppery, grassy soup simmering in the back room. Will be too must for some.

T: Follow the smell, Musty, yeasty, cidery start, that is a blend of sour apples and citrus zests.
Briny, minerals with metallic bitterness, blend with spices and fruit. Despite the must it remains zesty, bright, pin point, peppery and upbeat with a long long peppery bitter finish. Loads of complexity like the real thing, like an Orval, but different.

MF: Creamy w malty richness and soft carbonation. It finishes like a great wine, with a dry and warm finish plus as only a beer can, complexity, an aftertaste of lime bitterness and must. Yet it all works.

O: Would I drink this at cellar temperate along with my favorite belgians? Yes, not quite as round, or fruit intense, not quite as red-wine like, but all the upper notes are here, and then some original ones. Bravo. A must try. Not disappointed. Warm warm warm. (1,646 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Belgian goblet. This beer is inspired by Orval and is indeed alive with funk, more so than its more esteemed Trappist progenitor. I have yet to encounter so much head on a beer ... The entire glass is filled with soft beige bubbles and subsequent pours are just as billowing as the first. The head does calm down if you wait a moment and like Orval is savagely bitter if you wish to taste it alone. Color is a honey orange-amber, rather cloudy. Smells compelling. I get ample Brettanomyces funk, bubble gum, orchard fruit, banana, mixed spices, dish soap, leather, and citrus rind ... Very astringent, spicy, sour, fruity, dry. The number of flavor elements I register is quite staggering, although this takes some mindfulness and a willingness to brave the tannic dry bitterness and funk that pervades the proceedings from start to finish. There's a sweet sugar cookie and sour gummy candy malt backbone buried underneath 1) pie cherries, peach, banana, grape, watermelon rind, and lemon-lime fruit notes, 2) nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and ginseng spice flavors, 3) floral rosewater and lemongrass, and 4) bandage and horse blanket phenolic/funk elements. Medium bodied with aggressive yet not prickly carbonation ... Beneath the head the beer is actually quite creamy and smooth. Finish is bone dry and the whole thing makes you thirsty, truth be told. This dryness is a hallmark of an Orval-style Belgian pale though. This brew is a polarizer, with some considering it the second coming while others decry it as overrated and crude. The truth is somewhere in the middle, as is typically the case. Rayon Vert is a personal favorite of mine. It is indeed jagged and coarse at times, lacking the Old World comeliness of Orval, but on the other hand, I can also appreciate the robust flavors and unabashed funkiness. Drink what floats your boat. (1,880 characters)

Photo of BierJager89
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden with a white head. This one had tons of foam, so it may have been infected.

S: Funky Belgian yeast, sour cherry, peach and maybe tropical fruit in the nose.

T: Cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, sour cherries, peach, papaya, funky Belgian yeast.

M: Medium bodied with a foamy but smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is huge but soft.

O: Mouthfeel and a bit too much bitterness tarnish an otherwise really tasty beer. Still somewhat recommended. I did like the beer. (479 characters)

Photo of tmzl
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A lot of carbonation, too much - tends to happen with brett, Huge, rocky, white head with big bubbles at start. There was so much foam that I couldn't pour the whole bottle at once. And on the second pour the head got even more ridiculously. The head has a very slow retention, mostly stays (thick layer) - well a fucking mountain with a big valley stayed. Had to wait for a while to even start to drink. Leaves behind good amount of random lacing. Color is golden amber with some haze. Looks light, fizzy and quite alive.

Smell: Berry, cherry, forest fruits acidity. Musty, funk. A relatively strong medicinal note with some pine, floral and herbal notes to follow. Light caramel sweetness. Everything makes a sharp, fresh, complex and interesting combo.

Taste: Funk (mostly leathery) steps up a notch and acidity tuned a bit down. Nice light caramel backbone followed with medium pine, grapefruit bitterness which stays for a while. Still some medicinal notes and some metallic ones come with a few sips. Light herbal, floral notes hidden beneath.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, feels less because of relatively high carbonation. Dry.

Overall: Well, yes, it's a Belgian ale. Some mix of bitter, light sour and gueuze. Carbonation flew too high on this one, the funk is fun and dynamic, medicinal part kinda off but overall complex and interesting one. (1,358 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with no date (dust on it, but I was looking for it aged) into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A nice hazy copper/straw body with a thick foamy head that got to at least 4 fingers. It is quite long-lasting. Lots of visible effervescence in the glass.

S: Interesting smell, it is almost medicinal. I can't place it. I've never experienced this smell in a beer before. A bit floral and fruity as well.

T: Refreshing. It's quite floral. Some nice fruity esters throughout it. Nice and light on the palate.

M: Quite smooth with only the slightest tickling of bubbles.

O: I bet this is even better fresh. Quite good for the probable year or two on it. Now I really can't wait to open my three year old Orval. (713 characters)

Photo of Givemebeer
4.01/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle in between 1-2 years old.

A: HUGE fluffy head. Currently just smelling and waiting for it to dissipate. Copper color is best I can describe the color. Tantalizing.

S: Barnyard funk, acidic, tart cherries galore. The brett has definitely done it's work here.

T: Taste does not follow the nose as much as I expected. Spicy with some real funk. Herbal, woodsy and lemon.

M: Medium bodied with a nice, dry finish.

O: The Brett has worked wonders on this. Complex in the nose and taste and it all rounds out to a relatively clean beer in the end. I'll get this again. (604 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (2,425 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.69/5  rDev +19%
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. (2,539 characters)

Photo of thierrynantes
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of TrojanRB
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (456 characters)

Photo of WEBBEER
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (2,807 characters)

Photo of dwagner003
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
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. Smells so dirty and wonderful. This beer was good fresh, but it's amazing aged. (163 characters)

Photo of mhaugo
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
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). (711 characters)

Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,142 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (737 characters)

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.