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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,297 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,297
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 91 | 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 jlindros
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Crazy carbonation yields a huge 4 finger head that leaves about 1/3 of the beer in the bottle still even with careful pour, and the etch at the bottom keeps refueling it and the head billows up with a big fluffy top that grows to at least 1 finger over the top of the glass but never collapses, and the beer itself is crystal clear golden tan orange-ish color.

Nose erupts from the bottle as soon as I pop it, nice Belgian yeast strains, both a light Belgian pale like yeast and plenty of farmhouse saison or almost tripel like yeast aroma, a dry rustic estery like yeast, that almost gets wild funky. Nice light citrus fruit, lemon grass, light floral citrus and grassy hops. Then light belgian fluffy golden malts. The more I nose this the more I think there is Brett or wild yeast in it. It's quite effervescent.

Taste starts with more Belgian flavors, a nice Belgian golden malt, with a hint of sweetness, and almost creamy fluffy feel. Then hops, a nice floral hint citrusy like hop flavor, with a touch of bitterness, and nice lemongrass, orange zest, hint of tropical fruit. Then the yeast kicks in again, not quite the funk the nose had, but plenty of Belgian alright. A nice Belgian golden like yeast blended with some more saison farmhouse rustic flavors, light spices, a light estery saison like rustic funk, bits of seed like coriander spice and a slight bitter rind and earthy seed spice. Fluffy feel and tons of carb help to refresh the palate constantly and keep it drinkable as just a hint of booze and decent bitter bite want to kick in but never come. Finish gets a bit more bitter as it dries quite a bit, clean finish with all the bubbles, some more spicy and bit floral hops, citrus and orange peel, and a bit of a Belgian saison like yeast funk.

Mouth is med bodied, tooons of carb.

Overall pretty good, I'm def impressed with the special belgian funky beers I've tried from Green Flash so far. Nice combination of great hops, light golden malts, and Belgian funky yeast combinations that blend really well and don't overpower in any category. Still very drinkable despite the big heavy yeast, hops that want to get heavy and never do, and the 7% abv. I could drink plenty of this.

jlindros, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nh2032, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Nugganooch
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

I heard things about this one...so I 4-packed it up!

12oz bottle w/ pint glass
*Tasted on 02/24/12

A: Pour is just super heady. Like 3/4's of my glass full and lively with large pocketed bubbles. Bone-white rocky foam peaks. Eventually secede to reveal a light amber-gold ale. Nice clarity. Real chunky lace.

S: Smells of big pine and citrus hops up front. Tangerine peels. Light tartness. Grapefruit juice-like with a bit of sour spice to it. Rather nice and hoppy.

T: Tastes of bright citrus fruits, pine, and a bit of peppery spice. Lots of grapefruit. Trace amounts of alcohol. Malt is just a sugary afterthought. Hops are resinous and combine with the tart yeast to give a real puckering effect. Rather tasty and well balanced. Refreshingly tart and hoppy.

M: Mouthfeel is more on the lighter side and probably my only grievance. Somewhat watery once your palate recovers from the pucker. Finish is dry with a little sleek mouthcoating.

D: This is the West Coast Belgian IPA. Probably my fav Belgian IPA thus far. Real hoppy and without that phenolic clovey spice character that I am just not a big fan of. Just the right amount of tart. Very refreshing and drinkable.
Will probably hold on to a few to see how the Brett develops over time.

Rayon Vert is Green Flash!

Nugganooch, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of brewedbehaviour
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

brewedbehaviour, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

A very rich brett offering, quite a nice brew...

Presentation: 12 oz custom brown capped bottle. Radial blue designed label with rays spreading from the Green Flash seal... Repetitive and identifiable. Short bottle description with a more elaborate note on the background shown in the 4-pack cardboard. Shows 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale amber pour, towering creamy head, rich retention, nice surface memory and strong touches of lacing. Great appearance and on par with the best of the style.

S - Very fresh and rich bretty nose, rather pungent notes of bretty funk… earthy, citric, musty herbal notes…

T - Taste follows nicely but it is difficult to compete with that nose. Still it holds its ground firmly with a lightly attenuated version, that rich and now fresh bretty funk, hint of leather, plenty of citric and grassy notes with an insinuation of fresh green apples, raw cider notes...

M - Medium body and carbonation holding up the flow with a rich tingle over the bitter and dry finish.

O - Very pleasing and quite remarkable.

Notes: Another stellar offering from Green Flash, a surprise maybe given the style and intensity, but not so much thinking of their average quality. A nicely hopped take on a brett Belgian ale, which sure enough draws a mental connection with Orval. This one might become a regular in the fridge selection...

Daniellobo, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

jk3, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

Rayon Vert. 12oz into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Big flowery head that's pretty bleachy white in color. Slightly hazy orange-amber body. Okay lacing.

Smells woody, funky, a little floral, and a little tart. Moldy lemon peel, straw, bar soap, and green tea; but a tad sweeter than those descriptors suggest.

Taste follows the nose. A mildy spicy yeast bite plays as an introduction to funky Bretty textures of hay, detergent, and wet blanket. Lightly tart and a bit citrusy. Crisp and a little buttery. A bit of peach skin in the finish.

Medium in body, medium in carbonation or maybe a notch higher. Good scrub with some play. Well-balanced without any intrusive alcohol strength.

This is pretty kick-ass. Glad to have landed a four-pack. Didn't mean to crack this one open at 4:30 in the afternoon, but I dropped it against another bottle and it hissed at me. Very enjoyable Belgian Pale (a style I must pay more attention/respect to). Recommended!

thecheapies, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Bottle gifted by Thorpe, thanks buddy. Served in a Russian River goblet. Beer is yellow with a haze, big white head, nice carbonation, some retention but low lacing, looks good.

Aroma is strong Brett character, minor hop and malt contributions.

Beer is light and airy on the palate, heavily carbonated, strong beer overall, I like the finish, not too dry, yeast dominates the palate overall, a very strong funky beer. Decent I'd have it again. Much better than Treasure chest.

drabmuh, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +4.2%

shelby415, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

A - HUGE aggressive thick foamy white head. Brew is slight fogged orange color. No heavy lacing...

S - Huge Brett notes. Heavy orange and lemon too. Smells "wild".

T/M - Not quite a "sour", but definitely a wild! A great flavor. Citrus notes and earthy notes abound! Very bread-y, and smooth. No heat and perfect smooth bitterness.

O - A delightful surprise! Very well rounded! Delicious! Well done Green Flash Brewers. Highly recommended.

chugalug06, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

355ml bottle.

It pours a murky amber, huge white head that leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is dominated by brett. Smells like an Orval but less complex with a bigger medicine scent.

The taste is mostly brett too, a subtle bit of hops rounds it out.

If you like brett give it a try.

crossovert, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of horshack7
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance: Poured into a tulip is a fairly dark amber with copper hues. On top is a two inches thick and off white with a frothy texture.

Aroma: Some grapefruit and a little bit of citrus hops. Sweet fruits touches of simple syrup along with some almond. Subtle sweetness from the malts a little bit on the caramel side.

Taste: Lots of dryness on the palate. Yeasty, grainy wheat, Citrus fruits, spice, touches of nutmeg, ginger and a very dry finish.

Notes: Dam this one has a very dry finish and tasty as well. Cheers.

horshack7, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a beautifully fluffy white head that settles to a thick, craggy cap and leaves lots of spotty lacing.
S - Nice fruity aromas of lemon and orange peel with a strong Brett character. Earthy, with a touch of plastic, and a bit of clove-like spiciness.
T - Not as flavorful as the Brett-monster of a nose would suggest, instead it's a nicely drinkable mix of crisp citrus, ripe pear, and earthy, plastic-heavy Brettanomyces. Good, but not great.
M - Smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A really nice offering from Green Flash, I'd be curious to see how it ages.

jsanford, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of mjtiernan
3.8/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date info (boo hiss Green Flash!) but there was dust on them so not likely fresh (which is fine for this style).

A: A slow pour resulted in a tight two-finger head. Head retention is good and lacing pretty heavy. Body is copper color and very clear. No haziness to be seen.

S: Light, fruity nose with some floral characteristics down deep. Quite a bit of lemon, tangarine and orange peel. A touch of spiciness..light clove I guess. With some agitation, the barnyard funk starts cutting through.

T: Nice, but a somewhat of a letdown after all the good stuff I just smelled. Tart and funky. A little bit of spice. The lemon is there. Quite a bit of diaper/band-aid...basically plastic. Finish is fairly dry.

M: Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Body is medium-light. Carb is high.

O: The plastic flavor and inability to live up to its nose disappoints me. The aroma really pulled me in, but the taste let me down. I’ll try this again in the near future to double-check my palate.

mjtiernan, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of GennyCreamAle
5/5  rDev +30.2%

GennyCreamAle, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice crystal tangerine orange body, hints at red, faint cola carbonation off the pour. Head is soapy, off white, some good retention and faint lace, clumps quite a bit while drinking. A good fast carbonation can bee seen in the middle column rising fast, more slight opaque as more is poured.

Nose seems like a brett funk, some light sour orange, hints at whispy yeast and a juicy texture to come?

Hot heat and sharp yeast, matching a wild content. Crisp palate, mixing with a little tangerine. Super prickly, matching a nice feel and light finish. Flavor lingers, giving to a nice slow and gradual citrus and mild heat. Sense of woodyness, and nicely balanced. There's also a faint sweetness lingering...

Overall this is pretty darn impressive.

smakawhat, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +1%

1117th Review on BA
Bottle to Small wine glass
12 oz bottle

Purchased a 4pk at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA for $8.99

App- A darker orange with some ambers and yellows intermixed. A huge 3 finger off white very crackly head took for ever to recede and left a great cling line and even more lacing.

Smell- Opens with a lot of Bretty cheese on the nose. A bit fragant floral and perfume notes and then trails off into a bit of citrus, damp, earth and maybe a touch of spice.

Taste- I called it the Orval of America. It's got that very funky cheese note to it with the Brett coming full ahead and then the pale ale comes in with slight bitter and then a little citrus and floral notes.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonation. A little heavy on the Brett residual flavors but still good.

Drink- Overall, a good beer but not a great beer. Needed a bit more restaint and layered balance

FosterJM, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of onewetpaw
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%

Poured into a tulip

A- Funky brett nose. Like a young (to the US) Orval.

A- Pours clear and amber with a huge stock white head that persists.

F- Tart lemon and light earthy funk. Clean taste that surprises given the strong brett nose. Dry and crisp sensation that leaves you wanting more. Absolutely no hot alcohol or phenols. Subdued fruit flavors, almost like tropical fruit and pineapple.

M- High carbonation lifts this off the palate. Dry, but not at all cidery or overly thin.

O- A really nice interpretation of a belgian pale. I highly recommend this, especially to people interested in funky beers, but not ready for or desiring a punch you in the mouth sour beer.

onewetpaw, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

This came highly recommended, but it disappoints. Wait a minute, maybe some cheese to clear the palate. That helps, I can taste it better, but it's way to much like a strong, hoppy wheat ale that doesn't work.

It is obviously a high quality beverage. It is stunningly beautiful in the glass. It is very fragrant, but the smell is the same as the taste, and I don't really like it. It was very expensive too. I do not intend to buy this again.

schoolboy, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of birtsbrew
2/5  rDev -47.9%

birtsbrew, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to Bradford for sending this one my way! Poured into a tulip. There is a giant white frothy head here on top of a orange body.

The aroma has some nice lemongrass that blends nicely with the orange candy sweetness from the malt.

The taste is relatively dry, with only a hint of malt sweetness in the middle. there is a dry fruity and spicy yeast flavored finish.

This is pretty light and full of carbonation. This is quite refreshing.

I like this one. It is light and drinkable, with good peppery flavors.

andrewinski1, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

tdmccarthy, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of weatherdog
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

12oz. bottle poured into a standard tulip glass

It pours a nearly crystal clear orange color with a billowing white head. Sticky foam coats the side of the glass and a nice bubbly cap stays on the beer.

The aroma is the classic Brett funk one gets with Orval with a touch less earth and barn and a little more citrus. It's just great, crisp and refreshing and inviting me to take a sip.

The flavor is not as funky as the nose would suggest. Some citrus esters with some dirt coming in at the end. Little to no barn or horse in there. It could very well be an age thing though. A supporting bitterness makes the beer balanced and the medium high carbonation makes for a crisp finish with little aftertaste.

This is for sure a poor mans Orval. $10/4-pack or $5 a bottle. One of these days I'll do a side by side so I can find the difference. Until then I give the nod to Green Flash for copying Goose Island and coming out with a year round Brett finished golden Belgian Ale

weatherdog, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jaidenjb, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

I went thru my Belgian phase years ago, & never was a fan of funky beers made with brett yeast. But I love GF beers & saw this was new, so I decided to give it a go.

Pours a beautiful bright gold with a tight tiny bubble head. Flashed back & smelled that funky Brett yeast along with some pepper & lemon notes prior to the sip. Awesome floral scent, a true symphony of flavors to the nose.

Nice balance of lemon, black pepper & slight funk in the taste. Tight carb & very bubbly on the tongue. Funk is more pronounced in the aftertaste in a good way. Also a bit tart. Alcohol is well hidden & this is a fairly easy-drinking beer.

Really liked this beer & will buy again when I'm in the mood for something Belgian-ish.

SunDevilBeer, Feb 21, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,297 ratings.