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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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87
very good

1,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 93 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Beautiful clear orange gold color with a massive chunky head and excellent retention. The beer has a tart, dry smell. Grassy, lemony, and herb-like. Carbonation is quite high. There is a slight barnyard scent on the nose as well (from the Brett).

Very interesting flavor. High carbonation excites the tastebuds and opens your palate. The flavor is tart, dry, champagne-like, and slightly sour. Lightly hopped with a slightly dry finish. The flavor lingers a bit as a lemony finish. Mouthfeel is lively and crisp.

For me, this beer is almost like a hybrid between a pale ale and a geuze. It has a stony dryness that is reminiscent of Duvel, yet also has a slight sour Geuze-like note to it as well. The flavor is very appetizing and dry and the price is not prohibitive. Sadly, since I haven't yet tried an extensive variety of Belgian-style beers, I feel that the novelty of this beer (with its use of Brett) is a bit wasted on me. I shall have to try it again after I've had an opportunity to experience a few more beers.

Photo of capeannbass36
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, golden orange(until the sediment turns the clarity to a haze) with a huge white head. O.K. lacing throughout.

S- Slight clove spice, hops, and an "unknown" "funk" to my senses.

T- Hops. Just a hint of sweet clove spice at the start. Followed by the "unknown" "funk".

M- Clean. Somewhat dry finish. O.K. carbonation.

O- This is my second Green Flash beer. Either my taste buds are uneducated or something is a miss for me with this brewery. Could it be "Brett"? Only asking as I have not had that style. There is an aftertaste here that I am simply not a fan of.

Photo of airbag11
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh I should have bought more. This tastes like not fresh, but somewhat young Orval for the creeping Brett character. Right now it provides a gentle tang and is beginning to roll over the mild caramel malt taste and Belgian spice. I mean it's clearly a Brett beer. There's the trademark horsey farmhouse funk, but it hasn't overun the ale yet. Very cool beer. Admirably balanced for an American craft brewer, I've had too many failed attempts at sours by domestic breweries. I don't think this beer is at it's most complex yet, but still check it out, this is a very cool beer.

Photo of gleemonger
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of fubofnic
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L.

There's no bottle date, so I am free to assume this is uber-fresh and review it accordingly.

A: Upon pouring, the beer transforms largely into foam, which simply does not dissolve. My Duvel tulip is over 5 fingers of head with an extremely murky, burnt sunset orange body hiding underneath. As the head retreats, it leaves huge swaths of sticky curtains down the sides of the glass. A bit overcarbed and not clear, but otherwise great to look at.

S: Brett funk is evident even from pouring at arm's length. It fills the area with aromas of hay, minerals, lemon rind, and pepper. Occasionally there's an off-note of sulfur. I'm not picking up much in the way of hops aside from a small grapefruit presence; right now this is pretty yeast-dominated, but that's not a bad thing.

T: The taste is somewhat hoppier than the nose indicated. Grapefruit, tangerine blend seamlessly with musty, barnyard brett expressions. There are interesting orchard fruit flavors of apple and peach in here. They lead into lemon rind and white pepper in the finish.

M: This has a very clean finish. One thing I don't like about Sanctification (which isn't quite the same style, but you can see why I'd make a comparison) is the minerally finish it has. This beer closes dry and clean, with just the lightest oiliness far into the aftertaste. The carbonation is spritzy enough to make the beer feel lively, but not watery.

O: I wish they'd bottle date; I get the feeling my bottle isn't really that fresh. That's probably the only thing stopping me from buying more in the future, probably by the case. Otherwise, this is drinkable, refreshing, and affordably priced.

Photo of StarRaptor
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer really appealed to me. It's kind of like a well-hopped Orval. It looks great - hazy orange coppery color, big fluffy whip cream head, excellent retention, nice lace.

The aroma has noticeable brett; funky hay, grass, barnyard notes, and a prominent citric hoppiness. Flavor follows suit, striking a nice balance between the west coast-style citrus hops and the brett. Musty and herbal. Complex and interesting.

Carbonation is medium-high, body medium-thin, finish is quite dry and crisp. Excellent overall mouthfeel has you going back for more quickly.

A real winner from Green Flash sure to appeal to fans of brett beers.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $3.10 from Neds.

Appearance: Clear light orange, gold. Pours very bubbly, with a huge rocky head. It fades down to a thin layer of foam, but never fades. Pretty good lacing. Bonus points for the head.

Smell: Sweet pale malt and light fruit swirling around in slightly musty yeast and fresh Brett aroma. There's a clean, grassy hops aroma too.

Taste: Surprising hoppy bitterness here. Not too much funky yeast flavor, but lots of Brett. Hops are bitter grassy, and citrus peel-esque. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and creamy. Its bubbly, but not sharp. A little dry on the finish, but not as dry as Orval.

Overall: A very nicely done Belgian pale with Brett. A bit too much hops bitterness detracts a bit from the flavor and the overall enjoyment, but very well done. I'll definitely get this again. Its also a good cheap way to show someone what Brett smells/tastes like.

Photo of justintcoons
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy, burnt orange with golden highlights. Has 4+ fingers of rich, thick, creamy head that sticks around forever. Lacing is spotty by the time it finally dissipates. Has moderate carbonation with yeast laying at the bottom of the glass.

N: The yeast is very prominent. Clove, black pepper, barnyard and somewhat tart Brett characteristics similar to a Wild Ale. There's also McIntosh apple and pear along with hints of caramel and honeydew melon. Smells fantastic!

T: Perfume-like florals, slightly tart Brett, barnyard and hints of white wine upfront. Mid-palate brings in huge doses of crisp McIntosh apple, pear and honeydew along with some clove and notes of caramel. Peppercorn and a hint of wild cherry hit the back end. The finish has everything in harmony in a Brett induced symphony. Very perfume-y.

M: Light-medium bodied, chalky, crisp, semi-dry and refreshing.

O: Crisp, refreshing and yeasty. Very balanced and flavorful showing some subtle Wild Ale characteristics. An excellent value. A 4-pack was about $12 in PA. This is just excellent for the Brett lover.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, I finally found this on the shelves in the Southland,

A: Pours a gorgeous burnt orange into an Orval chalice, with a pillowy full white head, leaving very good lacing, great head retention.

S: Great yeasty nose, tangerine and lemon peel with white pepper.

T: White pepper and citrus peel, lots of yeast character, some bitter melon hop flavour as well. On the hoppy end for its style, but very well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, nice long aftertaste, soft feel.

O: This is fantastic beer as I've certainly come to expect from Green Flash. Really like America meets a Dupont/Orval collab, very well done. I liked this a lot. At $9/4-pack it's a true steal this day and age. I've seen a ton worse for $10+/750 mL that's for sure. This is just really good beer.

Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with a massive white head. Only slight lacing. A sweet and funky smell; sugary lemon, hay, and some pepper. Flavor starts off with some lemon and apple that leads into some tartness, some pepper, and sugared hay. Funky. Crisp, medium bodied to this. A nice brew for sure, the funkiness to this certainly adds a uniqueness to the style. They do it well but not sure I prefer this approach to the usual.

Photo of Cresant
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Pahn
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to BA KevSal for including this as an extra in a recent trade!

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3 inch, white, fluffy head (let the Orval comparisons begin). Head dissipates slowly, leaving several tight parallel rings around the glass along with additional clumps of lacing. Pours a clear orange before adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, then hazy.

Smell: Whoa, sensory overload! Hops, herbs, fresh greens, too much to keep track of.

The primary aroma is sort of a hoppy effervescence that reminds me of fresh Houblon Chouffe. Along with that is lots of berry fruitiness, with a slightly cologne-like brettanomyces tang underneath. Lots of aromas reminiscent of aromatic herbs come up, not rosemary but that kind of thing (if I was told that they put herbs in the beer, I'd be praising the tactful, seamless blending of herbs and beer).

Stays pretty consistent, with a background but growing brett funk and some lemony aroma coming out as well. Very nice.

Taste: Fruity up front, some peach and berry through the middle, then moderately bitter, dry finish (way less dry than I expected--let the Orval comparisons end). Pleasant toasted malt underneath it all.

It's clear early on what Green Flash was talking about when they said this might be their flagship beer if they were from Belgium. It's a well put together, crisp, refreshing pale ale with distinct but restrained hop and malt flavors--that happens to have some brett flavor as well.

The brett isn't dirty, nor is it really that funky or even tangy. It's more this highly recognizable, acidic, slight fruit flavor that I associate with several brett beers. This flavor blends beautifully with the fruity hops. Further into the bottle, some lemon rind and just the slightest bit of brett funk come out, mixing well with everything else.

On the subject of flagship pale ales, the alcohol here is hidden masterfully; I'd believe 4% ABV as opposed to the actual 7%.

Great tasting beer. Easily one of the more satisfying non-lambic/wild ale beers with brett that I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Creamy. Carbonation is soft and unobtrusive at first, then prickly during the dry, bitter finish.

Overall: Really an exceptional beer. I can see why the brewers at Green Flash were excited to release it, and I hope it's successful. Will pick up more if I see it in Boston or NYC.

Photo of rinhaak
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to the store looking for Orval. They had sold out that morning, but Rayon Vert was recommended to me as an "Orval clone." Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't hoping for an American Orval and had tasted it on its own merits. In any case, while it certainly owes its influence to Orval, Orval it is not.

Rayon Vert is pretty dry and heavy on the brett. A bit bitter, there's a strong hop presence, as well as lemon candy, honey lozenges, and herbal tea flavors. I didn't feel it was a very balanced beer: while there were certainly many flavors, they almost seemed in competition and didn't really blend.

I would like to try the beer again in a blind tasting; perhaps with an open mind, I might have a different tasting experience. But for me, it doesn't rank among the better Belgian Pales, and it certainly doesn't compare to Orval.

Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from ny Duvel tulip

A - Pours a pale Golden colour with a nice foamy White head that reduces to a film quickly.

S - The nose is a nice aroma of oak, green grapes and apple.

T - Nice woody flavours up front with plenty of spice. Apple, pineapple and green grapes also very present in this brew. Reminds me of Orval.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Probably the most authentic Belgian beer that I have tried out of the U.S. and there have been so many let downs.

Photo of Parrotshake
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden almost-orange with a monstrous white head. I like it already. Head settles, plenty of lacing left on the glass between sips.

Smells like... Orval. Which is just fine by me. Promising. Musty notes of medicine and spice. "Old man soap", according to my girlfriend, which seems fair enough. Band-aid, bread, grapefruit, rock candy, overripe banana. A great big mouthful of all sorts of stuff - lovely pale malts, big brett character, pepper, grassy and citric hops. A good but not amazing balance - the yeast dominates and the hops are not quite allowed to shine through. Still, pretty damn impressive beer.

Highly carbed & fluffy. Refreshing. A better Orval knock-off than say, Russian River Damnation. Something I will return to.

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.