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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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very good

1,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,299
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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Neffbeer, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -21.9%

barnzy78, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of fmccormi
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

fmccormi, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of jjfancybeers
4/5  rDev +4.2%

jjfancybeers, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of ERlally
4/5  rDev +4.2%

ERlally, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of grittybrews
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.

grittybrews, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

portia99, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.8/5  rDev -1%

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.

Rhettroactive, Feb 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

brentusaurus, Feb 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jstewart1130, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

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

mactrail, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ucsbmullet, Feb 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

SMason, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of bashiba
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured a nice and bright golden orange with a bit of haze, had a big and sticky white head, long lasting with tons of lacing.

The smell is Great, very Bretty, a nice big sourdough tartness with a touch of belgiany spice.

The flavor is a bit rustic, with a dry light cedary flavor, a mild bit of sour and a decent level of herbal bitterness. Has some light spicy yeast characters with a lemony flavor, and would be great except for a bit of a light coppery tinge sneaking through that is a bit detracting.

Has a very light body with a long dry finish.

Very Good Bretty Belgian Ale, will be enjoying more of these in the future.

bashiba, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a hazy caramel peach color with a dense foam head that is just a touch more tan than it is snow white.

S: Aroma is ridiculously spicy, more than any Belgian I can remember. Pepper, clove, cumin, sage, there's a lot going on here. Supplementing the spice cabinet in your nose is light apricot, bright melon and some potent floral hops.

T/M: Carbonation is stinging but not overwhelming. Spiciness is once again apparent on the tongue but acts as a backbone to light Belgian fruitiness and yeast more than a stand alone trait like it does in the aroma. Floral hops kick in the longer you taste it and end with a bitter touch.

It's actually pretty light with a spicy lingering aftertaste. It's like a Belgian pale ale with spices added. By the way, it's spicy. Did I mention it was spicy?


TheBeerAlmanac, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nice orval homage here. burnt orange with an off white head that holds and leaves lace. nose is hops and spicy phenols with a bit of caramel and sweet grain giving it a backbone. tastes what the nose eluded to... us hops on top of spicy yeast and just barely sweet malt, all with just a subtle funk to it. medium body with a slight twang from the brett and slight tickle of strong carbonation like it should. not blown away by this one, but extremely satisfied, and happy to see a brewery attempt their own twist on one of my all-time favorites. bottle says, "continuously evolving". i am curious to see where this is in about 4 months.

timtim, Feb 11, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

RyanGoodman, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

jsh420, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of Spider889
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

I love the Green Flash bottle design and given the style it just seemed appropriate to pour into a Lost Abbey tulip.

I did see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle so I decanted carefully. Also, after popping the cap this threatened to be a slow gusher. Luckily I was ready to pour without delay.

The beer is wonderfully clear and is a nice brightly shined copper color - though in the right light it looks almost red. The head rises very high despite a pour that would make any Duvel drinker proud. Thick lace smears across the glass intermittently.

The aroma immediately foretells of something unique. Dry, dusty brett is the biggest characteristic, though it doesn't go overboard the way it is so easy to do with brett. Additional aromas of cobweb, spicy hops, a bit of grass, and a more typical Belgian yeast.

Crisp malt, dusty brett, assertive hop bitterness, and yeasty Belgian esters all come at you at once after each sip. There are hints of fruit dangling on the edge of each sip - largely hidden by bitterness, but they're there. I am reminded of melon here.

Carbonation is vigorous, though the beer drinks smoothly enough. There's a ton of lingering bitterness on a dry finish.

Overall Rayon Vert is a tough beer to describe - I want to compare it to both Russian River Temptation and Duvel. At times the bitterness is unwelcome, but I do enjoy Rayon Vert considerably.

Spider889, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of draheim
3.8/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a rich honey amber w/ wispy ribbons of sediment and a massive fluffy white head that hangs around. Vigorous carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Sticky chunks of lacing cling to the sides. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is a combination of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, citrusy hops and pale malt. Some hints of bubblegum as well.

Taste is pale malt, Belgian yeast, and hops. More of the soapy bubblegum. Taste is a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, courtesy of bottle conditioning.

Overall a pretty good Belgian pale ale in a market that is crowded with better ones.

draheim, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of silentjay
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

very attractive glowing golden color with a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces among the best.

peppery yeast, a bit of band-aid astringency, a bit funky, a bit hoppy.

again, the damn band-aid adhesive sticks out, but underneath that there is plenty of peppery yeast, bitter hops, crackery malts.

medium bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation and a lingering acrid flavor.

definitely not for me. flavors just do not mesh well.

silentjay, Feb 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

InfernoBoss, Feb 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

StoicBeast, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of prototypic
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Rayon Vert is gold in color. It’s very clear. Backlighting definitely reveals a slight orange tint. A cream colored head tops it off. It rises to over two fingers in height and held firm there for quite a while. Lacing was sticky and left a thick trail down the glass as it descends. Looks good.

The nose is a tad weak, but is still pretty good. It’s fruity up front. There’s a nice apple scent that’s complemented nicely by a little citrus orange and mango. Interesting. Belgian yeast is noted. It adds a nice spicy character to the nose. Smells mostly like pepper. It smells earthy, grainy, and musky throughout. There’s even a touch of Brett funkiness, but it smells quite restrained. I like that here. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell all that strong.

I like the flavor. Up front, it’s quite earthy, musky, and a little grassy. There’s a touch of Brett funkiness in the flavor, but it really isn’t strong. Moderate might even be too strong of a descriptor. Nonetheless, it has a nice flavor and works well with the apple, orange, and grapefruit flavors that follow. There’s definitely a citric hop flavor here. It blends in nicely and fits in better than you might expect. Belgian yeast is easily noted and adds a nice spicy kick to the flavor. Pepper and light clove seem to be present. Alcohol is masked well. Finishes earthy and spicy with a touch of dry, citric hops.

Rayon Vert has a medium. Carbonation is mid-range, but feels nice and soft. They did a nice job with the feel. It’s smooth and goes down easy. I wouldn’t mind another bottle.

Green Flash did a pretty nice job with Rayon Vert. It won’t be confused with the world’s finest, authentic Belgian Pales, but it is a nice take on the style. The use of Brett and hops works very well and doesn’t make it overly complicated. That was my fear. It’s good stuff. Grab a bottle or two if you see it.

prototypic, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of ChuckStingray
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

ChuckStingray, Feb 11, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.