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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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Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

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Reviews: 426 | Hads: 1,351
Photo of ahq514
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice.

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive, foamy white head. Appears to have decent carbonation. Gobs of lacing.

Aroma is complex. Consists mostly of a farmhouse funk with a noticeable Brett presence. Gives off typical Belgian yeast aromas, including fruit (lemon, etc.) and spices. Can tell there is a lot going on in here.

This beer is great. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Malt forward in the beginning which evolves to great yeast characteristics. Citrusy, with mostly lemon. A little bit of peppercorn and a generous dose of farmhouse funk gives it a light, dry, tartness.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Probably my favorite Green Flash beer. Layers of complexity, extremely drinkable, and super refreshing. This could be a regular in my fridge. Reminds me of Orval. (852 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an absolutely massive, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good aroma of light fruit, malt, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, fruit (apples, something citrus), spices (pepper), and malt. This is a well balanced flavor that's light, complex and easy to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable beer that's well made and drinkable. (517 characters)

Photo of shand
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow color with a comically big head, even when paired carefully. This, combined with the very high level of carbonation creates a fantastic looking beer, easily as good looking as a Duvel. The aroma is a solid amount of spice and Belgian yeast, with a bit of hoppy American backbone. The taste is solid, with the funky Brett contributing quite a bit to the flavor. It interacts nicely with the citrus hop profile often associated with an American IPA, without quite becoming the flavor mishmash often referred to on this site as a Belgian IPA. It's quite complex, with peppery and yeasty flavors contributing to the overall effect. The mouthfeel is extremely carbonated and goes down easily, and the drinkability is good. Overall, one of the better Belgian Pales I've had. I'm really not fond of the style in general, but I wouldn't turn this one down. (941 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon and a fruity yeast. In the taste, green apples, and a cinnamon like spice. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple skin and cinnamon in the aftertaste. Quite apple like, big cinnamon spice, yet very nice. (318 characters)

Photo of PDXtoSoCal
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle in a Tulip Glass

A: golden yellow with a great pillow of head
S: Very nice nose; the Belgian part of the influence is very apparent
T: Funk right up front. Earthy/Floral notes on the back end
M: Tight carbonation with medium body
O: A Great American interpretation of the Belgian Pale Ale (303 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A pour of moderate strength saw foam cascading over the top of the glass. It seems highly effervescent. Rocky white head stays forever. Sticky, clumpy lacing affixes itself firmly to the glass.

S: Lots of phenol and black pepper on the nose. Very spicy. Banana, walnuts, sweet bread. Musty funk becomes more apparent as it warms. Touch of green, oily hops. Nice complexity on the nose.

T: Pear and green apple up front with a light tartness. Slight clovey/metallic phenol taste and a hint of pepper. A light rustic, funky taste is the center of this beer; all other flavors seem to play off it. Oily and herbal hop flavors with a hint of citrus wield a modest bitterness, considering the style. Biscuity and grainy malt tastes. Nutty and chalky yeast toward the end, with black pepper emerging again. Finishes dry with yeasty tastes, pepper, and faint banana.

M: Medium bodied. High level of carbonation. Seems very slightly astringent. Creamy and foamy.

O: This is a very solid beer, but a ballsy move for Green Flash. A funky Belgian Pale released year-round in four packs? That is a swift departure from the hoppy west coast stuff that dominates the rest of their year-round portfolio. It takes most people a little while to warm up to funk. I love the idea of a readily-available and wallet-friendly funky Belgian, but it remains to be seen how the average American craft beer drinker will receive it. (1,500 characters)

Photo of ThirstyInAustin
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First ever review. Poured from a bottle into a new belgium globe glass.

A - Nice dark golden almost copper in color. Thick cream color head that really seemed to last for a couple of minutes.

S - Sweeter smell with a stronger alcohol smell on the end of it. lots of fruit on it as well.

T - Pretty smooth tasting. A bit of a bite and it seems like the alcohol taste is more in the middle than the end although it it isnt that high of an alcohol content.
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M - Seems pretty balanced. Has a nice solid taste that doesn't linger to long. Taste good and not to overly hoppier or complex.

O - Decent beer, Would probably drink again. Not overly impressive but good enough to drink if i needed something differnt. (714 characters)

Photo of vgarneth
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew from Green Flash lives up to their standards. Nice pour with a beautiful head that smells of citronella and lemon. The taste also has notes of citronella and citrus fruits with a pleasant body/mouthfeel. This beer was perfect for an 80 degree day on the 1st of March 2012. (Good finish) (296 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received 2 bottles of this as extras from Nugganooch; thanks Dane! 12 oz. bottle poured into my Gulden Draak Belga Café tulip.

a - Pours a murky yellow orange color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a lot of spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pepper, spices, Belgian yeast, apples, fruity malts, brett, and some earthy notes. Pretty nice Belgian characteristics, not a lot of hops.

t - Tastes of brett, spices, Belgian yeast, fruity malts, citrus hops, pepper, floral hops and earthy notes. Again, some nice Belgian qualities going on, but more citrus and fruity in the taste, and a ton more brett. Really nice, and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I've never seen or heard of this beer, but liked it quite a bit. I thought the body was great and the taste was really nice, with a good mix of brett, citrus, and fruit. Glad to have another bottle of it. (1,051 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a huge 4-finger white head that sticks all over the rim and reduces slowly, leaving lots of lace.

Reading about this, it sounded like GF was going for something very similar to Orval, and I'd say they certainly Americanized the Orval character, losing the subtleties in this nose with its notes of bread, blood orange pith, pear, honey and earthy herbs.

The medium bodied palate is bright with the slight Brett-tartness and a big carbonation- flavors of bitter orange, apples and earthy herbal tones. The middle brings a sizable bitterness while the booze makes a statement on the finish, lingering with the breadiness and herbal characters.

Overall not bad, but as I've said, it certainly tastes like an Americanized beer, with nowhere near the complexity of the brew I think its trying to mimic. That said, though, this is certainly a candidate for the cellar, and its ageability gives it a few extra points. (938 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crazy carbonation yields a huge 4 finger head that leaves about 1/3 of the beer in the bottle still even with careful pour, and the etch at the bottom keeps refueling it and the head billows up with a big fluffy top that grows to at least 1 finger over the top of the glass but never collapses, and the beer itself is crystal clear golden tan orange-ish color.

Nose erupts from the bottle as soon as I pop it, nice Belgian yeast strains, both a light Belgian pale like yeast and plenty of farmhouse saison or almost tripel like yeast aroma, a dry rustic estery like yeast, that almost gets wild funky. Nice light citrus fruit, lemon grass, light floral citrus and grassy hops. Then light belgian fluffy golden malts. The more I nose this the more I think there is Brett or wild yeast in it. It's quite effervescent.

Taste starts with more Belgian flavors, a nice Belgian golden malt, with a hint of sweetness, and almost creamy fluffy feel. Then hops, a nice floral hint citrusy like hop flavor, with a touch of bitterness, and nice lemongrass, orange zest, hint of tropical fruit. Then the yeast kicks in again, not quite the funk the nose had, but plenty of Belgian alright. A nice Belgian golden like yeast blended with some more saison farmhouse rustic flavors, light spices, a light estery saison like rustic funk, bits of seed like coriander spice and a slight bitter rind and earthy seed spice. Fluffy feel and tons of carb help to refresh the palate constantly and keep it drinkable as just a hint of booze and decent bitter bite want to kick in but never come. Finish gets a bit more bitter as it dries quite a bit, clean finish with all the bubbles, some more spicy and bit floral hops, citrus and orange peel, and a bit of a Belgian saison like yeast funk.

Mouth is med bodied, tooons of carb.

Overall pretty good, I'm def impressed with the special belgian funky beers I've tried from Green Flash so far. Nice combination of great hops, light golden malts, and Belgian funky yeast combinations that blend really well and don't overpower in any category. Still very drinkable despite the big heavy yeast, hops that want to get heavy and never do, and the 7% abv. I could drink plenty of this. (2,207 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I heard things about this one...so I 4-packed it up!

12oz bottle w/ pint glass
*Tasted on 02/24/12

A: Pour is just super heady. Like 3/4's of my glass full and lively with large pocketed bubbles. Bone-white rocky foam peaks. Eventually secede to reveal a light amber-gold ale. Nice clarity. Real chunky lace.

S: Smells of big pine and citrus hops up front. Tangerine peels. Light tartness. Grapefruit juice-like with a bit of sour spice to it. Rather nice and hoppy.

T: Tastes of bright citrus fruits, pine, and a bit of peppery spice. Lots of grapefruit. Trace amounts of alcohol. Malt is just a sugary afterthought. Hops are resinous and combine with the tart yeast to give a real puckering effect. Rather tasty and well balanced. Refreshingly tart and hoppy.

M: Mouthfeel is more on the lighter side and probably my only grievance. Somewhat watery once your palate recovers from the pucker. Finish is dry with a little sleek mouthcoating.

D: This is the West Coast Belgian IPA. Probably my fav Belgian IPA thus far. Real hoppy and without that phenolic clovey spice character that I am just not a big fan of. Just the right amount of tart. Very refreshing and drinkable.
Will probably hold on to a few to see how the Brett develops over time.

Rayon Vert is Green Flash! (1,285 characters)

Photo of Daniellobo
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

O - Very pleasing and quite remarkable.

Notes: Another stellar offering from Green Flash, a surprise maybe given the style and intensity, but not so much thinking of their average quality. A nicely hopped take on a brett Belgian ale, which sure enough draws a mental connection with Orval. This one might become a regular in the fridge selection... (1,383 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
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! (956 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - HUGE aggressive thick foamy white head. Brew is slight fogged orange color. No heavy lacing...

S - Huge Brett notes. Heavy orange and lemon too. Smells "wild".

T/M - Not quite a "sour", but definitely a wild! A great flavor. Citrus notes and earthy notes abound! Very bread-y, and smooth. No heat and perfect smooth bitterness.

O - A delightful surprise! Very well rounded! Delicious! Well done Green Flash Brewers. Highly recommended. (443 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle.

It pours a murky amber, huge white head that leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is dominated by brett. Smells like an Orval but less complex with a bigger medicine scent.

The taste is mostly brett too, a subtle bit of hops rounds it out.

If you like brett give it a try. (285 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tulip is a fairly dark amber with copper hues. On top is a two inches thick and off white with a frothy texture.

Aroma: Some grapefruit and a little bit of citrus hops. Sweet fruits touches of simple syrup along with some almond. Subtle sweetness from the malts a little bit on the caramel side.

Taste: Lots of dryness on the palate. Yeasty, grainy wheat, Citrus fruits, spice, touches of nutmeg, ginger and a very dry finish.

Notes: Dam this one has a very dry finish and tasty as well. Cheers. (524 characters)

Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a beautifully fluffy white head that settles to a thick, craggy cap and leaves lots of spotty lacing.
S - Nice fruity aromas of lemon and orange peel with a strong Brett character. Earthy, with a touch of plastic, and a bit of clove-like spiciness.
T - Not as flavorful as the Brett-monster of a nose would suggest, instead it's a nicely drinkable mix of crisp citrus, ripe pear, and earthy, plastic-heavy Brettanomyces. Good, but not great.
M - Smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A really nice offering from Green Flash, I'd be curious to see how it ages. (664 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date info (boo hiss Green Flash!) but there was dust on them so not likely fresh (which is fine for this style).

A: A slow pour resulted in a tight two-finger head. Head retention is good and lacing pretty heavy. Body is copper color and very clear. No haziness to be seen.

S: Light, fruity nose with some floral characteristics down deep. Quite a bit of lemon, tangarine and orange peel. A touch of spiciness..light clove I guess. With some agitation, the barnyard funk starts cutting through.

T: Nice, but a somewhat of a letdown after all the good stuff I just smelled. Tart and funky. A little bit of spice. The lemon is there. Quite a bit of diaper/band-aid...basically plastic. Finish is fairly dry.

M: Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Body is medium-light. Carb is high.

O: The plastic flavor and inability to live up to its nose disappoints me. The aroma really pulled me in, but the taste let me down. I’ll try this again in the near future to double-check my palate. (1,028 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice crystal tangerine orange body, hints at red, faint cola carbonation off the pour. Head is soapy, off white, some good retention and faint lace, clumps quite a bit while drinking. A good fast carbonation can bee seen in the middle column rising fast, more slight opaque as more is poured.

Nose seems like a brett funk, some light sour orange, hints at whispy yeast and a juicy texture to come?

Hot heat and sharp yeast, matching a wild content. Crisp palate, mixing with a little tangerine. Super prickly, matching a nice feel and light finish. Flavor lingers, giving to a nice slow and gradual citrus and mild heat. Sense of woodyness, and nicely balanced. There's also a faint sweetness lingering...

Overall this is pretty darn impressive. (800 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1117th Review on BA
Bottle to Small wine glass
12 oz bottle

Purchased a 4pk at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA for $8.99

App- A darker orange with some ambers and yellows intermixed. A huge 3 finger off white very crackly head took for ever to recede and left a great cling line and even more lacing.

Smell- Opens with a lot of Bretty cheese on the nose. A bit fragant floral and perfume notes and then trails off into a bit of citrus, damp, earth and maybe a touch of spice.

Taste- I called it the Orval of America. It's got that very funky cheese note to it with the Brett coming full ahead and then the pale ale comes in with slight bitter and then a little citrus and floral notes.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonation. A little heavy on the Brett residual flavors but still good.

Drink- Overall, a good beer but not a great beer. Needed a bit more restaint and layered balance (884 characters)

Photo of onewetpaw
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A- Funky brett nose. Like a young (to the US) Orval.

A- Pours clear and amber with a huge stock white head that persists.

F- Tart lemon and light earthy funk. Clean taste that surprises given the strong brett nose. Dry and crisp sensation that leaves you wanting more. Absolutely no hot alcohol or phenols. Subdued fruit flavors, almost like tropical fruit and pineapple.

M- High carbonation lifts this off the palate. Dry, but not at all cidery or overly thin.

O- A really nice interpretation of a belgian pale. I highly recommend this, especially to people interested in funky beers, but not ready for or desiring a punch you in the mouth sour beer. (678 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, but it disappoints. Wait a minute, maybe some cheese to clear the palate. That helps, I can taste it better, but it's way to much like a strong, hoppy wheat ale that doesn't work.

It is obviously a high quality beverage. It is stunningly beautiful in the glass. It is very fragrant, but the smell is the same as the taste, and I don't really like it. It was very expensive too. I do not intend to buy this again. (444 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.82/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bradford for sending this one my way! Poured into a tulip. There is a giant white frothy head here on top of a orange body.

The aroma has some nice lemongrass that blends nicely with the orange candy sweetness from the malt.

The taste is relatively dry, with only a hint of malt sweetness in the middle. there is a dry fruity and spicy yeast flavored finish.

This is pretty light and full of carbonation. This is quite refreshing.

I like this one. It is light and drinkable, with good peppery flavors. (515 characters)

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