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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

1,314 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 45
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

CaptDavyJones, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gentle pour fills the glass with foam. As the foam settles down, The beer in the glass is a light amber color. As expected, the foamy white head has excellent retention, and lacing. The aroma has green apples, citrus, pepper, leather, and Brett.

Very nice flavor to this beer. There is some sweetness, bitterness, and some funk. The flavors I can pick out are oranges, citrus zest, pepper, Brett, and green apple.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, with a dry finish and citrus zest aftertaste. A really nice Belgian Pale Ale. I definitely need to try this again.

hardy008, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Rekrule
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Rekrule, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of tbone1384
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

tbone1384, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.4%

paulish, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +4.4%

nh2032, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +11%

CelticAleMan, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm Brettanomyces. Good thing I poured very slow because the head is 3 fingers thick and doesn't dissipate very quickly. Still couldn't fit the entire bottle into the tulip. The color of the beer is a deep coppery/orange. Lightly hazed, with lively carbonation. Wonderful Brett aroma, tart, floral, soapy, with a strong hop balance. I get notes of sour apple, lemon, and bubblegum. I could smell this for awhile.

Lemony tang with plenty of yeasty Brett in the taste and semi-sweet malt. The finish has a sharp cheddary bitterness. As expected, the carbonation is almost violent, and seemingly stings the tongue with each sip. Not a problem though, I kinda like that. The body feels pretty clean, and not too heavy.

This beer has an intense flavor profile, and if you like Brettanomyces I would highly recommend it. With the strong hoppiness I would label it more of a Belgian IPA really. I like the aging potential here, so I think I might buy a couple more bottles. Too bad I waited so long to try this. I guess I've been down on Green Flash lately, but this is a step in the right direction.

bennetj17, Feb 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Danny1217
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no date on it. Considering the Green Flash has been dating their bottles for a while now, who knows how old this is. They haven't been distributing to Florida for more than about 7 months now though, and I picked up a bottle from a Total Wine that just opened a couple weeks ago, so I have no idea.

It pours a hazy orange amber color with a huge foamy head. Tons of lacing and excellent retention.
It smells old. The brettanomyces are definitely very present, leading me to believe this bottle is indeed old. Very rustic, funky aroma. Slightly fruity and spicy.
The taste is slightly tart and very funky. Some floral hop presense, and some caramel malts. Overall the taste is just dominated by the brett. It is highly carbonated and finishes smooth and dry.

The brett flavor I get here is nice, but not quite the same as what I get from an aged bottle of Orval. Still, seeing as this is half the price and still pretty similar, it's a good option. Orval is possibly my favorite beer in the world, and Rayon Vert is a good homage.

Danny1217, Jun 24, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

anteater, Jan 26, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

campfirebrew, Oct 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jacewg, Mar 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BeerHunter76, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Golden orange with ridiculously massive, clingy head that keeps climbing despite my best efforts to stop it. Patience required.

Smell: Definitely Brett aroma with loads of barnyard funk. Some spicy hops as well.

Taste: Strong Brett taste as well - funky and earthy. The malts are rich but soft. Strong spicy hop presence.

Feel: Highly carbonated body that is extremely light. Very dry, tart finish.

Overall: Awesome Brett beer at less than $2.50 a bottle. Great stuff.

bsp77, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of Spider889
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Spider889, Feb 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Hellpop65, Sep 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

sneaks2210, Nov 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

brandon911, Sep 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jvillefan, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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

BEERMILER12, Jun 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bacher468, Feb 04, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

randylangford, Oct 10, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Kirk, Dec 28, 2013
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.