Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
06-24-2013 16:05:22 | More by Danny1217
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
03-06-2012 08:03:37 | More by falloutsnow
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
08-17-2012 02:05:31 | More by coreyfmcdonald
3.03/5 rDev -21.1%
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...
02-16-2012 00:38:37 | More by DCon
District of Columbia
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a clear, light copper color with about three fingers of white, whispy foam which slowly deflate. Good retention and lots of lacing. Quite a bit of brett, vanilla, tart citrus fruit. Taste is not quite as impressive, and a little muddled: brett, moderate citrus and piney hops, finishing bone dry with moderate bitterness. More integration would go a long way. Or maybe the hops have just faded some and that's what I'm picking up; can't tell. Medium-light body and carbonation. Overall, interesting and quite drinkable. Pairs perfectly with spicy Indian or Asian food.
01-15-2012 03:49:42 | More by pmarlowe
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
Big head that initially fills a quarter of the glass, very fine and delicate foam of eggshell white, much better retention than expected albeit with minimal stickiness to the lacing. Cloudy liquid with a strong orange rust metallic coloration, perhaps a light brown tint while more yellow at the rims, loosely assembled but large bubbles rise swiftly throughout. Yeast, flowers, orange peel, wheat germ, apples and pears comprise most of the nose, some earthiness but not really as funky as one might expect, good density but lacks staying power. Full-bodied, here in the mouth it’s creamy and bottom heavy, sinks deeply into the palate. Develops a peppery kick as well as added grassiness, supports the tartness of the orange, lemon citrus and clove. Vague minerally aspect but, again, clean on the whole. Dry, the pear, peach, apple fruit feels cellar dried, most of the sweet juiciness gone. Manages to not appear overtly hoppy nor malty, minimal breadiness or doughiness. The citrus outlasts the rest. More interesting than pleasurable, little is casual about it.
04-09-2012 04:03:26 | More by farrago
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
12oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice
Bottle on 7/4/2012
A - Burnt orange color with a massive 3 fingers of off-white head. This terminator head takes for ever to sink but gives you ample time to smell the awesome aroma.
S - Spicy yeast, full on brett, big aroma of musty tropical fruit, sweettart candy, bubblegum, bright funkiness, orange sherbert, lemons, old church basement, grassy hops.
T - Follows the nose with lots of spice upfront, lemons, orange, pineapple, mango skin, dried papaya, white grapes, pears, hints of banana. Pale malts in the background with plenty of grassy hops. Finishes with a spicy and dry bitterness.
M - Aggressive carbonation adds a prickly bite and lightens up the body quite a bit. Creamy, dry feel.
Sublime aroma on this beer. It's like funky Belgian tropical nirvana. Hoppier than i thought it would be. The flavors seem to effortlessly marry together. This is my kind of beer.
06-11-2013 20:38:38 | More by StaveHooks
4.35/5 rDev +13.3%
Poured a hazy apricot with two fingers of fluffy white head. Fresh, dry aroma of hay, grass, and lemon.
Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Wheat, honey, and lemon up front followed by brett notes and a dry finish with lingering tartness and lots of pepper.
Very refreshing, balanced, and tasty.
02-13-2012 14:38:28 | More by grittybrews
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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