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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,304 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 94 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of ChrisTHE
5/5  rDev +30.2%

ChrisTHE, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Damn you, Green Flash, with your cases only bottle dating! Not as big a deal with this one as some of their others, but still a pet peeve.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a huge 3-4 finger pillowy head. I let it settle for five minutes or so, and the head reaches an equilibrium around one finger. After it sits for a few minutes, I notice that at the top of the beer, there is a one finger layer that is a bit lighter in color than the rest of the body. I swirl it a bit and it disappears, then reappears again. I'm not sure what this layer is, but it looks pretty cool, even if it isn't supposed to be there. Also some noticeable tiny floaters suspended in the body.

S - Very floral with lots of coriander. As significant amount of pepper, spicy hops, and fruitiness. Also a touch of Brett-like funk.

T - The floral character follows the nose. Big flavors of peppery lemon, tartness, with a hop bite. There is a bit of a funkiness that makes this beer sort of a BPA/Saison hybrid and I think that is a very good thing. Very well done.

M - Has prickly carbonation, characteristic of the style, and a medium body. The finish is dry, yet refreshing.

O - I was very impressed by this Green Flash offering. The aroma and taste were phenomenal. It has the bite of a BPA, with a bit of saison funkiness/tartness. The flavors melded well, and it has an impressively refreshing character for a 7% beer. Great for a hot day. I will certainly get this again.

NoLeafClover44, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -21.9%

leinie13, Mar 23, 2012
Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Bobbydigi, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Doug for giving me this bottle. He got it from the west coast and now I see the beer on the shelf at Julio’s.

Big foamy head that appears to be soapy suds. Clinging lace. Bright brass colored beer with excellent clarity and some escaping bubbles.

Aroma is of yeast, plastic, a touch of funk and some fruit.

The plastic/rubber taste is up front with a lot of surprising bready notes just after. Lots of yeast notes and what I sometimes describe as spice, but it’s really different here. A nice bitter aftertaste that is a combination of hop bitterness and some complexity from the yeast. Not as fruity in flavor as some of the aroma notes.

Delicate body, really effervescent.

Nice refreshing beer.

Reagan1984, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of MCDuhamel
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Even with a gentle pour, an enormous, fluffy white head forms immediately and lingers with the amber beer. The liquid is fairly hazy, even taking care not to disturb the yeast. The nose is brett: horsey, some hay. Brett and barnyard dominate the front of the flavor profile too, followed by a light pear or green apple. The finish is exceptionally dry, with a bit of grain. It's a light bodied beer that is quenching and very easy to drink. Very nice.

MCDuhamel, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

beerFool28607, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of cburns48
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

cburns48, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of tbeckett
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a yeast streaked medium golden colour. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top. Colour turned hazy after the yeast had time to blend in. Good minute streaks of lace and one finger of retention.

S - Super sour. Hay, lemon, mustry and super funky. Can't wait to dive in.

T - Less sour than the aroma would lead you to believe. Light malty character and some light wood.

M - No finish. The flavour simply disappears. Medium to full body and good carbonation.

O/D - Weird mouthfeel and less sourness than the aroma. If those issues weren't there this would be a really nice beer. Good but lacking.

tbeckett, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of jlordi12
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

jlordi12, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

BeerNDoggerel, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Reaper16
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, summery orange color. Over two fingers of off-white head, and boy is it frothy. It looks like clouds. It laces like a dream too: walls of it wearing a spindly crown. Lovely.

Rayon Vert starts off smelling quite like an Orval: lemony and lightly funky and grassy. As it warms up the hops start revealing some more tropical fruit aromas, but more importantly the years begins to dominate things. The yeast strain throws out plastic and banana peel as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The phenols are nearly out of control. This beer doesn't smell like band-aids -- it smells like a dentist's office. It smells so much of latex and sterilization and even the slight metallic tang of the hops approximates a dental tool. It's not unpleasant, but it isn't great either. This beer would have a more refined aroma if the yeast were reigned in.

The hops hit right up front (as they should in what is ostensibly still an IPA) with a lemon/pineapple/peach flavor. That sounds better than it tastes; it's a bit muddled and not very vibrant. Grassy, steely hop flavors line the sides of the tongue. The phenols, however, are too aggressive. It's very plastic-y and astringent, in a way that somehow diminishes/works against the hop flavor. This does have a healthy amount of Brettanomyces on the finish, which I appreciate. I'm scoring it a 4.0 for the style (of which I find there are few great examples), but it's really more of a 3.5.

The mouthfeel is fine, I guess, for an IPA with Belgian tendencies. It's dry and lively with carbonation. It works. Overall, though, this is a beer in need of some refinement. It's reasonably tasty, but it mimics Orval without capturing it's true refinement and magic. It's probably the best American attempt at capturing Orval, for what it's worth.

Reaper16, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of peacebone116
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dee over at Bobby's Liquors for sharing this one with me!
12-oz bottle into small Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a bright amber/orange color with noticeable carbonation rising to the top of an off white head that retains well.

N: A citrus nose is quickly overpowered and dominated by a Belgian yeast esters that brings to mind banana, spices, & lilly.

T/M: This one is dominated by the funkiness of wild yeast with flavors of banana, clove & allspice, as well as a bit of sweet dough. There is a nice blend of these floral qualities with a bitter citric hoppiness that compliments the sweet malt flavors. This ale is very light to medium body that finishes very dryly.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. It really is not my favorite style, but I find the style very intriguing. There is a great deal of complexity in general, and this ale does not disappoint in that regard.

peacebone116, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of Aclucari
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Aclucari, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jacewg, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

GRG1313, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

deapokid, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever.
Smells of pepper and spice mostly. Light hints of sweet honey like malt countered with grapefruit and zest. Taste is spicy with pepper, lightly sweet with honey like malt, lemony and citrusy with hops. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a fizzy syrupy chalky mouthfeel. Decent Belgian pale that I'm glad I got to try, but probably not something I would seek out again.

johnnnniee, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

JAHMUR, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz pseudo-stubby bottle into a tulip.

Orange with some lighter browns scattered in the body. Fluffy white head with good retention and some splotchy lacing. Nose has some dill, underripe citrus/citrus zest, pale malts and some spicing that's somewhat sharp in nature. Good sweet balance however. Taste has more dill, citrus zest, some mild Belgian yeast notes/spicing. Grainy pale malts. Light flavour but subtle and complex. Drying, with a hint of tartness in the finish. Flavourful, gentle and interesting - a nice complex Belgian pale that's quite easy to consume. Something I'd revisit.

liamt07, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of MrKennedy
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to Danieelol, poured into an Amager tulip.

Gigantic 3 finger head of off-white foam and growing as it leaves the bottle. Beer is a deeper golden colour with a bit of haze about it. Decent head retention and some lacing spots.

Nice smell of musty Brett along with citrus in the form of orange and orange peel and a little bit of ground spice.

Taste has some Brett about it along with some "passio-nectar" juice about it. Does seem a little simplified compared to how it smells.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and then you remember the ABV of 7% and it is what it should be. The Brett doesn't dry or tart it out too much as you are keen to always head back for more. The excessive carbonation upon pouring doesn't seem that noticeable here.

Nice beer to drink, refreshing for hot days, enough going on to drink whenever. Seems to execute well what it set about to do.

MrKennedy, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ADZA
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden hue which leaves a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is a touch of farmhouse funk,peaches,blackberries,white grapes and grassy herbal hops and i find the Brett really dominates the aroma,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and abit overcarbonated with tastes of peaches,farmhouse funk,bready malts and finished with a bittersweet finish of herbal hops and candy and overall its nice and very drinkable but not really something for special occasions just a solid session beer for me cheers.

ADZA, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of jimelee108
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

jimelee108, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Has the color of an American Pale Ale as opposed to a lighter colored Belgian coiunterpart. Pours with a massive two to three fingered head, no matter what I did, it was billowing and lots of carbonation in the beginning. Pours a copper gold color that's nice and clear. I opted to leave the sediment in the bottle, didn't want to spoil the appearance.

S - Coriander, some barynyard funk, mild lemon grass, pears, and white grapes.

T - Mimics the nose - pears, white grapes, a little bit of lemon peel, and some sour funk mixed in to make for an interesting beer. There's some slight alcohol presence and the sip ends with a substantial bitter lemon peel, pepper, and citrus bite the darn near sucks the spit off your tongue...very dry and lots of snap.

M - Medium feel with a very DRY body and lots of silky carbonation on the tongue.

O - This beer is well brewed and is a nice venture to a style not seen very often in the U.S. (that I know of so far). Coming from Green Flash, I wouldn't expect anything less - nicely done.

jzeilinger, Mar 15, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.