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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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1,298 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,298
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 bobhits
2.63/5  rDev -31.5%

Brett, yeast, apples, pears, spices, and well....this is a pretty good example of American's doing a Belgian pale ale. The carbonation and body are both wonderful. Sadly I'm not a huge fan of these flavors. There's an almost scotch like element mixed in with fruity and sour notes. I don't like how this all blends as far as flavors go.

bobhits, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Madjr
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Madjr, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot color with a huge rocky white head. Left behind lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma of herbal hops, clove, menthol and earthy brett notes.

Like the aroma, the taste was herbal with clove, menthol and brett. Menthol notes lingered thru the finish.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

A unique-tasting Belgian pale with the menthol so prominent. I like it but didn't love it.

Monkeyknife, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of udubdawg
3.38/5  rDev -12%

let's just get Overall out of the way. This is a relatively tasty beer that doesn't seem at all like what I expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. The Brett is overwhelming the rest of the beer already. I am hopeful that new aromas will come forth as it ages (impoves?)

The beer looks great in the glass. gorgeous. Light coppery color, brilliant other than a tiny whisp of yeast that made it into the bottle and slowly spreads throughout the rest of the glass. Effervescent, topped with a large creamy white with hints of yellow head of such tiny bubbles it looks like meringue. A few lines of tiny bubbles feed the stubborn head and it leaves great lace.

OK, so there's one smell here that overwhelms. I have as good a nose as anyone but all I get is phenolic, specifically band-aid. I like phenolics but I want to smell malt - moderately rich caramel/pilsner/toasty malt aromas - and hops with restrained yeast components in a Belgian Pale Ale. I get a slight spicy hop aroma but really it is hard to think of this as anything but medicine cabinet.

I enjoy the flavor more, and quickly settle in to taste what it has to offer. Sort of a lemony spicy flavor that could be noble hops or a yeast component. ample phenolics. Light pilsner malt. Bitterness is moderate, fruitiness is as well. clean, no diacetyl. Seems skillfully done, but I don't really appreciate the yeast/brett profile in this beer to this point. Some alcohol flavor comes out as it warms.

moderately light body, effervescent, very light alcohol warmth, no astringency. Crisp, enjoyable as it goes down.

so, I'd have it again, but not if I were looking for BPA. Hoping for more depth out of the brett as this ages too...

udubdawg, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%

Pours a dark golden orange color with a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with lots of earthy Brett and funky yeast along with some zesty spice and light fruit. Hints of pepper and clove along with some pear, alcohol and more Brett.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture, zesty spicy musty, dry Brett and light fruit.  Pretty complex with dry funk that lingers throughout over hints of pepper, clove, apple, pear, bread and alcohol sweetness. The musty brett is dominant but really well integrated into the flavor of the base.  Complex but well balanced and extremely drinakble.

corby112, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a murky honey orange with a 3 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Thick chunks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and grassy hops with some funky Brett aromas. Taste is of herbal hops, some grains, and earthy flavors on the finish from the Brett. A quick band aid flavor comes and goes quickly. There is a mild bitterness and slightly funky aftertaste with each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an interesting beer for sure. I read they might have been going for an American Orval but this one just isn't as good.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of TobyMcCann
4/5  rDev +4.2%

TobyMcCann, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of Srsly
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

A - straw gold with a big whitish head that left some but not a ton of lacing.

S - a very interesting smell. I mostly got hops, both grassy and piney, with some spice and sweetness underneath. Just a hint of Brett on the back end.

T - The taste, like the smell, is unique. First I got a nice mouthful of west coast style hoppiness, then after that I got a hint of Belgian yeast followed by the unmistakable Brett funk. Really a lot going on. As it warmed I felt the hops mellowed and the Belgian/Brett flavors came forward.

M - Light and crisp, plenty of carbonation.

O - I can certainly see why this is a polarizing beer. I did get a whiff of band-aids once or twice, and at first the complexity and funk were a little overwhelming. As I kept drinking, though, it definitely grew on me and in the end it was an enjoyable experience. I will continue to drink it now and then, though it won't exactly be a go-to of mine.

Also, I'm curious to see how it will age and what it will taste like when the hops fade a bit, so I think I'll throw a bottle or two in the cellar.

Srsly, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Sammy
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%

I didn't like this bottle, fresh from Pizza Port Carlsblad store. So if you disagree you needn't read any further. A light golden body with a white foamy 3/8" head, lacy. Funky aroma - armpit sweat, menthol, my socks wt and used. The taste is comparable to floor wax, foot liniment, and pepper. Lots of menthol build up as I drink further into it, but it is not all that drinkable and I am forcing myself. Crazy stuff.

Sammy, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

This beer looks great. Golden glowing body, a bit murky..as in, not crystal clear. Big white foamy head, nice lacing

Aroma is a bit dull and subdued. Nothing bad here. Some spice and light malt. Toasted crackers. Some clove and light banana

While the taste isn't spectacular, it does match well with the feel. It's crisp and clean. Some spice on the end just before it leaves for dryness. Light biscuit up front that doesn't last long. These flavors are light, a bit thin. I thought maybe this would have more hops, being from GF, but it's well balanced. White pepper hints. Some clove and mint.

Would like to see this with lover abv as I think it would be a great session beer, or aperitif

Mebuzzard, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of kenzak
4/5  rDev +4.2%

kenzak, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of Britton
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Britton, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of TheRealDBCooper
5/5  rDev +30.2%

TheRealDBCooper, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of kew
4/5  rDev +4.2%

kew, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +4.2%

cdwil, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +4.2%

polishkaz, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of notchucknorris
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Slightly hazy dark orange color with an absolute beast of a head. It took a while for it to settle and it eventually did at about a 1/2 finger and left a ton of lacing.

S: Brett is the first thing that jumps out here. When I first poured, I smelled some band-aids also, but luckily that smell faded quickly. Some hints of stonefruit, jasmine and some other indistinguishable floral notes. Slight hints of grassy hops.

T: The brett is definitely there but it's nice and light and allows some light fruit flavors, grassy hops and some bready malt to come through. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Pretty good stuff though.

notchucknorris, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
4/5  rDev +4.2%

nathanjohnson, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

12oz single, bottleworks

appearance: served in a new glarus shaker pint, hazy orange body with a full frothy white cap and lacy retention.

smell: nice yeasty aroma, fruity esters, grass, spicy hop

taste: Nice stuff here - in the spirit of the classic Orval - heavy on the brett yeast, lots of fruity esters, black pepper, basil, citrus, grass and hay, spicy herbal hops.

mouthfeel: spicy and peppery, nice yeast bite

overall: nice impulse purchase

dirtylou, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head. A nice hazy orange/brown with signs of carbonation from the bottom and top of the glass. Nice clumpy lacing was left on the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Interesting. Deep citrus notes. Spiciness too. Some rubber tire and grassy aroma from Brett too.

Taste: Citrus and rubber tires. Bready and sweet malts, barnyard tastes, and spicy too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth, a little chewy in the rear, and very strange.

Overall: This was a weird road on the BPA style. This is what I would be expecting out of sour beers. I love Brett, but not sure it works well with the style. Drank the beer, but GF might need to work on this one a little more. Brett overpowers the citrus and fruity notes that I am used to in most BPA's. Somewhat still enjoyable though.

Flounder57, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev +4.2%

drewone, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Philousa
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Imbibed at the green Flash tasting room on 12/30/11. Review done from notes and recent bottle tasting to refresh my memory.

Pours a golden orange color with a wispy white head that clings to the glass. What's there laces well. It should be noted that the bottle version has about a 3 finger head and laces well. Funky lemon sums up the first aroma to hit your nose best. Pineapple, banana, grapefruit, orange, and cardamom followed by spicy yeast. A bit funky. No allspice or "heavy" spices to speak of. Pale Belgian malt backbone is apparent. The taste is surprisingly fruity, with most of the aforementioned aromas translating well to the tongue. Citrus esters with a solid amber malt supporting. Very orangey, which is rare in a beer (without being disgusting). Musky yeast turns bitter along with the hops. Middle to thin mouth feel make this drinkable. Well balanced with a dry finish.

Of all the beers I tried at GF, this was my favorite. I can't believe it's year round. They really melded the best of the West Coast hoppiness with the Belgian Tripel spiciness. It's good on tap or in a bottle. The yeast still shows through when on tap. Not much else to say about this beer except that you need to drink it.

Philousa, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of codynevels
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

codynevels, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of UnknownKoger
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Purchased from K&L, poured into New Belgium tulip.

This is extremely carbonated. Had to pour very slowly and still got a 2-3 finger billowy head. Appearance is golden with just the faintest red. Smells slightly hoppy and bretty. Smells like a bright, hoppy saison.

Taste is interesting. Very fragrant and floral. There's brett all over the place. I think the floral notes help tone it down somewhat. There isn't really a traditional hop taste/presence. Very unique!

Mouthfeel is great due to high carbonation. It's got a really good body but a little sharp on the palate. Goes down well.

Overall, this is certainly an interesting beer. I like it and would buy it again. It'd be interesting to compare this with Orval and other high Brett beers. Cheers!

UnknownKoger, Jan 20, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,298 ratings.