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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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very good

1,263 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 43
Gots: 82 | 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 Gueuzedude


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly well carbonated, a steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head, that only slowly subsides and leaves a substantial, structural mesa as it does so. The beer is a darkish amber color that shows some haze and a bright orange-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus zest and phenolic, Brettanomyces signature funk, both of which are backed by a solid, supporting grain / malt character. More specifically notes of Curacoa orange zest, touches of tangelo, with an ample, slightly plastic like, musty, not quite sharp, funkiness and a grain character that reminds me of crackers with just a hint of caramel malt. The citrus laden, American hop character is quite nice here and definitely works quite well with the Brett character.

Aggressively carbonated and quite effervescent, my first sip has a biting bitterness and a sort of tartness that is accentuated by the citrusy hop character. The beer has a fairly light body, with almost no viscous heft, though it doesn’t come off as being watery. The citrus hop character provides flavors of tangelo zest, touches of ruby-red-grapefruit and even a citrus like pine needle character. The finish is quite dry with a pale cracker like grain character as well as a touch of nutty, toasted malt character; the dryness is also accentuated by a phenolic, sort of funky, slightly musty and even slightly musky Brettanomyces character that is also found in the finish. The bitterness from the hops combines with the phenolic, sort of plastic like character to provide even more sharpness to this beer.

One can’t help but compare this to Orval type beers, this is far, far better than the latest incarnations of Matilda (the last really good batch I had was 2005), and even gives Orval a run for its money (though I wouldn’t put this on that level quite yet). I can’t wait to see how these age, but I wonder that the Brettanomyces character is already so pronounced; this can’t be that old yet, and the Brett is extremely noticeable already, young Orval is barely kissed by the Brett, so I will be curious to see how these age. My one worry is that the plastic character from the Brett will get a bit out of control as the beer ages. Visually this beer is about perfect, from memory it seems a touch darker than Orval, but I could be wrong, and the extensive, long lasting head is quite impressive. This beer sets itself apart from Orval in its use of expressive, fruity and citrus laden American hops; as a sucker for many an American hop, I can’t help but love this beer more for that.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:47:42 | More by Gueuzedude
Photo of JohnnyMc


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a perfect head and has a nice dark golden look to it as well as a decent amount of carbonation.

There is a musty, yeasty aroma with some mild fruit as well. The malt definitely overwhelms the hops in this brew and there is a biscuit type taste. This finishes with a very dry and bitter aftertaste and it feels slightly like champagne in your mouth. This is much better as it gets warmer.

On the bottle it says continuously evolving, so I might try to get some for aging. This is a decent Belgian inspired Pale Ale, but I have had better beers by Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:06:05 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of xavier390

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-17-2012 23:01:11 | More by xavier390
Photo of Daehpoh


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refrigerated bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Dark golden-orange in color with some lively carbonation. A big fluffy head on this one.

The smell upfront is hoppy and spicy with some musty undertones. Tangerine, pineapple, ripe banana, clove and a bit of rye bread come through. As it warms up, the Brett funk really comes out. Not only does this evolve in the bottle, but it evolves in the glass as well.

The taste of citrusy hops and belgian spiciness leads off, much like the aroma. Solid malt presence, leaning toward a belgian strong pale or strong dark. Nice musty/funky yeast component that gains ground on the hops as it warms.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart with a lightness provided by the carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Overall this one is a winner. A hopped-up belgian pale with a nice combination of tangy flavors and high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 19:58:31 | More by Daehpoh
Photo of BeerShman


3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-17-2012 06:45:48 | More by BeerShman
Photo of Beezee


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-17-2012 04:21:43 | More by Beezee
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
Photo of jbuddle

New York

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-15-2012 21:02:49 | More by jbuddle
Photo of avaldivia


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-15-2012 05:14:59 | More by avaldivia
Photo of Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-15-2012 04:22:07 | More by Chugs13
Photo of BARFLYB


4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Rayon Vert glides into the glass easy like with a bright orange glaze with some golden specs and a lively frothy creamy bright white head that stays and sticks. Smell is very pungent and fresh with ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, floral notes, some flower, and fresh earthy scent. Wow, this smells inviting. The brett jumps out with some sniffs. Taste is just as fresh as the scent. This is leaps and bounds the best Americanized Belgian pale ale i've had in some time. Fresh fruity esters, bubblegum, fresh grass notes, lemon, orange, bready notes and more. Yum! A great Melange that works. Feel is at about medium with ample and sparkling carb. Flavor grabs ahold of the mouth and kicks it into gear. No sign of the alcohol, which is a tad high. This beer works, it kicks ass in feel and has alot of flavor. Im getting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:38:22 | More by BARFLYB
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-15-2012 01:59:14 | More by djrn2
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking in my Le Merle goblet—hazy, glowing orange with a good dollop of white foam. Head retention and lacing is good.

Smell is bretty! Having had enough brett beers now, this aroma is unmistakable. And there’s not a lot else going on. Pepper, lemon, funk. I like it.

Flavor is a whole lotta brett, too! In fact, I’m initially thinking it’s the sole dimension to this beer. A lot of white pepper flavor, plus some lemon tart, and just a bit o’ herbal hop and cracker malt in the finish. Not especially complex. Finishes with a big pepper bite and dryness leaving me wanting more.

Body is just what I’d hope for in this style: high carbonation yielding a velvety texture and a weightlessness to an otherwise strong beer.

Overall I like it but am not wowed by it. I’m really curious to age this and see how it develops over time, so I will probably buy more for that purpose. Otherwise I think there are better brett beers out there, though maybe not this inexpensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:52:27 | More by JEdmund
Photo of ortie


4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-14-2012 21:37:36 | More by ortie
Photo of Neffbeer


4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-14-2012 15:08:05 | More by Neffbeer
Photo of barnzy78


3/5  rDev -21.9%

02-14-2012 06:03:43 | More by barnzy78
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my trusty Luettich balloon style Bruery tulip. No bottle dating present, but it was bought recently and kept in good storage conditions.

Appearance (5.0): True to style, this head is aggressive as hell. 4+ fingers of just-off-white head, a nice mixture of fine and fat bubbles, falling slowly and surely to a very rocky crater, leaving some heavy-duty lacing all over the glass. The body is a gorgeous, rich orange-amber with a moderate haze going on. This is what this type of beer was meant to look like.

Smell (4.0): Very nice mix of some warm, bready malt character split with a moderate funk note—of the classic musty, barnyard variety—with surprisingly fragrant, floral hops icing that cake.

Taste (4.5): Bright lemons come across just before a mild-to-moderate musty funk character creeps in, closing out with a slightly tart edge that blends seamlessly with a bitter, grassy hop finish that lingers but at no point punishes the tongue. Very tasteful balance of hops and brett, here. The malt is a simple, bready character that almost gets lost underneath the tart-to-grassy, hops-funk-hops transition the beer makes as it passes. The funk is not as musty as it is in the nose, somewhat to my chagrin, but it’s there in the body with a fruitier, tart character like grapefruit pith. Awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very, very nice—lush, smooth, creamy carbonation mixed with just the finest pinpoints of effervescence all across the tongue. This is probably what I’d call exactly medium-bodied, and it finishes quite dry. It’s not a gulper, or necessarily a sipper—it’s in a sweet spot, in my opinion, of mouthfeels. Great for the style.

Overall (4.5): This beer is balanced, in the grand scheme of things. It’s a surprisingly well-tuned mix of flavors that makes transitions across the palate in a much more subtle way than you realize at first. Very tastefully done, though I’d love to see this be funkier in that musty, horsey way I love so much. Better compare a couple of bottles from this batch to a couple a year from now and find out what happens! Personally, I can’t wait. This beer is great.

Note: this is a beer that REALLY wants to be served at the correct temperature (45-50ºF), and personally I think the flavors come out better the warmer it is so aim for 50. It'll make a very big difference.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:02:57 | More by fmccormi
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-13-2012 15:06:06 | More by jjfancybeers
Photo of ERlally


4/5  rDev +4.2%

02-13-2012 14:53:10 | More by ERlally
Photo of grittybrews


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 14:38:28 | More by grittybrews
Photo of portia99


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth 20th anniversary stemmed glass.

A – Pours a darker medium amber color with a slight haze. Two fingers of fluffy khacki foam rise up (and actually out of the glass a bit) from the surface and show excellent staying power. Several minutes pass before it really begins to fall back to the surface. Thick sheets of lacing coat practically every inch of the glass.

S – Super spicy and fruity on the nose…almost more of a saison aroma than a Belgian pale ale. Very forward in the yeast derived aromas…tons of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, oranges, touches of black pepper, hints of band-aids and a bit of alcohol. What’s not there?…really for the most part, the hops. The spicy character definitely overpowers the hops here…they are difficult to pick up, even straining and focusing on looking for them.

T – Hoppier in the flavor, but still a bit subdued. There is a noticeable hop bitterness that gives a light bite up front falling to a low level, but lasting bitterness that stays thru past the swallow. As the hops fade, the spices pick back up again…cloves and citrus take the lead with touches of alcohol, soft and lightly sweet malt. I like what I’m tasting a lot, but I still say this is more saison than Belgian pale ale.

M – Spicy, fruity, yeasty within a medium body that shows its alcohol a bit. A strong prickly carbonation fattens this up a bit and seems to bring out the spices a bit more.

O – Overall, I find this to be an excellent beer…perhaps straying into a style other than intended by the brewer, but quite good nonetheless. Could perhaps use a bit more of a hop presence (anybody ever think that could be said about a Green Flash offering?) to bring it more in line with the style, but on the other hand, it might end up giving this a bit of a negative effect. Balance is good and flavors and aromas are well nuanced. Definitely give this a shot if you enjoy the Belgian yeasty flavors in your beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 00:40:50 | More by portia99
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/3/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for the sample, Mario --

A: Glowing, unfiltered orange. A careful pour yields a massive three finger white head. It takes a minute for the head to fade. Not a whole lot of lacing here.

S: Yep, that's brett alright. Yet there's a floral undertone to it. A pinch of wet metal throws off the background profile.

T: The brett hit first. It isn't acutely intense, as it fades a bit on the mid, allowing a mild amount of west coast hops to invade the taste buds. The finish is dry, and features a welcome dose of malt, which balances the beer. Really a complex little number.

M: Incredibly creamy for a wild ale. It's frothy and thick, yet approachable and easy to drink.

O: You can check the box marked "win", as Green Flash has produced a sure fire, everyday funk fix for those in need. I couldn't see myself knocking back more then one in a sitting, but it's none the less a well put together brew, and something I can easily recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 18:51:33 | More by Rhettroactive
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-12-2012 11:06:51 | More by brentusaurus
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-12-2012 06:18:34 | More by jstewart1130
Photo of mactrail


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

So sudsy with such a creamy mouthfeel. Handsome amber color in the Brigand snifter. Thoroughly unmistakable with that slash of Brett funkiness. Rather bitter, though it seems to hit more up front as the yeast and other peculiarities move in. But it's still more like an IPA scale of bitterness. Browned biscuit taste with a fair amount of malt. Here's a good test, if you can describe this edgy stuff. On the sharp side. Nose of fermenting apples with a little cardboard.

Seems a little more bitter than the last time I tasted it. I was a little taken aback, as I thought it was perfectly balanced before. Will be interesting to see if it's evolving in the bottle with all the sediment and bacteria. Four-pack of 12 oz bottles from Barons Marketplace in San Diego

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:54:50 | More by mactrail
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.