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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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1,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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Photo of Spider889


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the Green Flash bottle design and given the style it just seemed appropriate to pour into a Lost Abbey tulip.

I did see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle so I decanted carefully. Also, after popping the cap this threatened to be a slow gusher. Luckily I was ready to pour without delay.

The beer is wonderfully clear and is a nice brightly shined copper color - though in the right light it looks almost red. The head rises very high despite a pour that would make any Duvel drinker proud. Thick lace smears across the glass intermittently.

The aroma immediately foretells of something unique. Dry, dusty brett is the biggest characteristic, though it doesn't go overboard the way it is so easy to do with brett. Additional aromas of cobweb, spicy hops, a bit of grass, and a more typical Belgian yeast.

Crisp malt, dusty brett, assertive hop bitterness, and yeasty Belgian esters all come at you at once after each sip. There are hints of fruit dangling on the edge of each sip - largely hidden by bitterness, but they're there. I am reminded of melon here.

Carbonation is vigorous, though the beer drinks smoothly enough. There's a ton of lingering bitterness on a dry finish.

Overall Rayon Vert is a tough beer to describe - I want to compare it to both Russian River Temptation and Duvel. At times the bitterness is unwelcome, but I do enjoy Rayon Vert considerably.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 07:09:55 | More by Spider889
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

08-05-2012 02:08:20 | More by TrickkyGangsta
Photo of Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

12-28-2013 17:28:12 | More by Kirk
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-04-2012 23:24:10 | More by chrispoint
Photo of bbadger


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-28-2012 00:59:39 | More by bbadger
Photo of codynevels


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-21-2012 03:18:47 | More by codynevels
Photo of Rekrule


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

09-27-2012 02:10:56 | More by Rekrule
Photo of Cresant


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The head was massive and the color of old paper. The beer was a semi-hazy orange color.

The smell was earthy, yeasty. Bubblegum. Juicy fruit.

The taste reflected the aroma. Additionally there was a vivid spiciness and tart apple character. A bit medicinal, band-aid like.

The mouthfeel was very zesty on the tongue. Medium bodied with plant of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 23:04:44 | More by Cresant
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-02-2013 22:42:24 | More by Kmat10
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-04-2012 17:33:00 | More by bacher468
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

12-06-2012 21:58:35 | More by mychalg9
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-04-2013 15:57:58 | More by bobv
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

08-04-2012 01:49:22 | More by LambicKing
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

05-21-2012 17:03:57 | More by PatGreer
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-06-2012 21:37:43 | More by JimmyFlatRock
Photo of BEERMILER12


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow-orange color with a massive head that takes a while to die down

S: Definitely get some Belgian yeast and brett character at first, imparting nice fruity and sour notes. Light malts are faintly noticed

T: Follows the nose, nice and fruity with just enough brett character to leave behind faint horse blanket and sourness. Also get some bitterness, possibly from hops into the finish

M: Moderate bodied with moderate carbonation, fairly standard

O: This is a great example of an American brewery pulling off a Belgian pale with brett character. The brett doesn't overwhelm the palate or any of the other flavors of the beer. Solid job by GF here

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:18:04 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of Flounder57


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head. A nice hazy orange/brown with signs of carbonation from the bottom and top of the glass. Nice clumpy lacing was left on the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Interesting. Deep citrus notes. Spiciness too. Some rubber tire and grassy aroma from Brett too.

Taste: Citrus and rubber tires. Bready and sweet malts, barnyard tastes, and spicy too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth, a little chewy in the rear, and very strange.

Overall: This was a weird road on the BPA style. This is what I would be expecting out of sour beers. I love Brett, but not sure it works well with the style. Drank the beer, but GF might need to work on this one a little more. Brett overpowers the citrus and fruity notes that I am used to in most BPA's. Somewhat still enjoyable though.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 19:47:11 | More by Flounder57
Photo of falloutsnow


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Pours a massive head, close to overflowing the glass, composed of large and medium bubbles, the head looking something like an off-white sponge. Head just lasts and lasts, persistently about 1cm high, leaves huge gobs of lacing on sides of glass. Body is an opaque copper-orange color, with lighter orange-yellow highlights around the perimeter. Still, strong carbonation is visible throughout the entire body.

Aroma dominated by some serious phenolic plastic funk, which over time, becomes an animal farmhouse type of scent (Brettanomyces influence). Some sweetness and apple scent lie behind this, but you have to dig at first - aroma opens up much more when this has had a bit of time to breathe.

Taste is very complex, featuring an open of tartness mixed with Brettanomyces plastic phenols and barnhouse funk. Some sweetness blends into this, and mid-palate opens some additional fruity esters. Back of palate reintroduces Brettanomyces plastic phenols and barnhouse funk, but also cheese, malt sweetnes, and slight toasted malt component. Let it be said that behind this is always a noticeable Brettanomyces complex. Aftertaste is slightly band-aid like or medicinal/disinfected hospital quality with a bit of toasted malt flavor as well.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation allows this to be pleasantly fizzy, but generally smooth and clean. Finish is quite dry with slight stickiness from, perhaps, malt.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 08:03:37 | More by falloutsnow
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, monster 3+ inch creamy, foamy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - West coast ipa hop kick. Belgian yeast, plenty of herb and spices. Grapefruit, lemon and some pepper really make this interesting.

Taste - Nice belgian spices, malty and west coast sytle hops are the main flavor of this beer. Grainy aftertaste and floral, yet smooth and flavorful. Alcohol isnt really present, nor is this beer overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, lots of flavor and easy to drink. Tounge gets alot of malts, spices, hops and sugars. Palette gets remaining malts and hops, and a little hop bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and sweet.

Overall - Really tasty and easy to enjoy. Not too sweet, not to bitter, and not too strong. Nice twist of the west coat hops to make this different from the rest. I find this really enjoyable and not as expensive as some of the other green flash brews. Will drink this oen again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 03:34:54 | More by wvsabbath
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North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-20-2012 01:09:10 | More by jrohrbacher
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-07-2013 14:53:22 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with three fingers of pillowy white foam. Obviously very carbonated.

S: Fruity Brett starts off, tart lemons and grapefruit with some must in the background. Mixes seamlessly with a bit of citrusy hops.

T: Very dry flavor, I get quite a bit of barnyard and lemony brett with citrus and piney hops in the background. The brett is the star of the show here, though. Also quite bitter.

M: Medium body with very strong carbonation, a bit too strong for me even for the style.

O: Very refreshing and unique. Quite a bit of Brett character, yet a nice hop character as well. A bit too bitter for me, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 02:05:31 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of DCon


3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ amacho1. Poured from the Blue labeled bottle w/ the normal Green Flash scene into my 0.3L La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a big time spice and peppery aroma from the beginning. Light hops and malt follow up but spice and floral characteristics. Not sure I've smelt something like this before...

Appearance- Pours a 3.5 finger, frothy head that keeps for a long amount of time. Has a amber/copper colored body with semi-haziness. Leaves thick lacing behind that coats the entire glass.

Flavor- Light, soft fruits hit the palate with a ton of Belgian hops (whatever that means). I'm going to say its in between an American hop and English hop character level. Has a ton of malty sweetness with some biscuity notes. A light-medium bitterness level finishes it off.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied, HIGHLY carbonated, Smooth, but then finishes with a musky finish on the palate. Did not find this finish to be enjoyable at all.

Overall Impression- From the beginning of the pour, this was a strange brew! I'm not sure what a "Belgian Pale Ale" should be but this guy was abnormal! The musky finish, non-characterstical hop flavor, and unusual carbonation levels did not make any positive influence on my review of this one. Won't be going back to this one again! Thanks for the try Alex and if you haven't had this one yet, your not missing out...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:38:37 | More by DCon
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-27-2013 03:08:22 | More by pixieskid
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-30-2013 18:34:28 | More by jvillefan
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.