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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour is 8 parts foam, 2 parts liquid. A bright hazy gold liquid.

The smell is very peppery, yeasty, spicy, notes of cloves, possibly coriander, and some funky tones. Good nose.

The taste is yeasty, has white pepper, some good hoppy bitterness, earthy maltiness, light cloves,..interesting flavours though I don't think they all come together in perfect unison. A good stab at the style.

Plenty of carbonation with the medium body makes for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, a good rendition of a Belgian Style Pale Ale and I'm glad I got it in a trade as an extra but this isn't something I'd seek out in the future

2nd bottle tried Sept 29, 2012 courtesy of robinsmv.

Wow, this time around I really enjoyed it. Big smells and tastes of Brett make me think this was brewed in Belgium! All the other flavours I mentioned above are there and they *do* work together very well. Review score adjusted..

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Viciousknishs
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ArrogantB
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a four pack that was $9 I believe. I've been avoiding Green Flash beers due to the lack of bottle dating, change to four-packs, and price hikes but this one sounded very interesting so I broke my boycott. Bright orange at first and then very hazy as the yeast makes its way into the glass. Little bit of head and a little lace on the glass. The smell is fruit, slight hops and a very subtle hint of the brettanomyces yeast, not bad. The flavor is a little fruity and then a hint of bitterness that reminds me of aspirin without being offensively medicinal. Sort of dry on the tongue too. Overall? good enough that after buying a single I went back for a couple more four-packs.

Photo of MasterSki
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to thetomG for the share. Served in a FFF/Intelligentsia snifter.

A - A big white foam that settles to a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Hazy peach juice body with a hint of transparency to it.

S - Big earthy and dirty brett, citrus and tropical fruit hops, somewhat musty with a bit of plastic and playdough, some yeasty bread.

T - Pretty similar, with tropical fruit hops, pale malt sweetness, and some musty, medicinal brett. A bit of dirty funk and plastic - don't care for the house brett strain much.

M - Medium-bodied, lower carbonation, chewy and sticky texture, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Reminded me a lot of Green Flash Treasure Chest. It's fairly easy to drink, but the house brett strain produces some flavors I don't enjoy - too medicinal, with more plastic and band-aid than I like.

Photo of iskeptopotamus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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

First off, I don't have a clue as to what "Rayon" or "Vert" mean. But if it means that they are attempting to recreate an Orval type of beer, then they have named the beer very well!

Rayon Vert opens with a hazy golden and copper blend that has an intriguing heavy look. A creamy, slightly yellowish head receeds to a heavy sheet across the beer and leaves behind rings of foam that denote each sip.

Aromas of zesty oranges, lemon, crabapple, and red grapefruit lead the nose with a bright and citrusy hop/ester fusion. Spicy with a white pepper note that creates both soft and sassy spring to the nose. Nearly musty and doughy- the yeast impact to the aromas are bold and rich.

Malty flavors of dry caramel, light breads and dough allow for a rich initial taste that accompanies elements of brine, metal, and bitterness. Hoppy with flavors of citrusy orange peel and ruby red grapefruit pulp- all backed by a soft sandalwood note and the slightly funk-notes of Brettanomyaces. Deeply compelex in taste yet zesty and bright: a tough combination that works effortlessly here.

Creamy textures early on are attributed to malty richness and soft carbonation. The semi-rich body reduces to semi-dryness at mid palate, which ushers in a smooth citrusy dryness and acidity that allows for a dry and warm finish and an aftertaste of lime bitterness and musty shaddows.

Of course this beer is not the classy Orval, but is a classy diatribe of the original in its own right. Though it's not as complex or as dry as its mentor, it's a great substitute especially when considering the difference in cost.

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Brew33
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of getbehindthemule
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of josefnewsong
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep golden color, two fingers white head
S - wow...brett yeast, melon/citrus hops, funky and almost dirty smelling, very strong scent. This is the first time I've actually smelled that cat piss smell that people talk about - and oddly enough it is good albeit a bit off-putting once pinpointed
T - brett yeast spice and funk with some cantaloupe rind and fresh citrus hops. was not expecting such a unique pale - this one truly gets style points. not super clean tasting if you take my meaning, its got some balls to it. The only thing holding it back from a 5 for me is that cat piss characteristic - oddly enjoyable until you think about it. I advise not thinking.
M - crisp and bubbly, especially in the finish, medium-bodied
O - was really surprised at the quality and uniqueness of this beer. two just went down in the cellar. can't wait to see what it turns into over the years

Photo of Swentzel
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz btl into an over-sized snifter..

Big head that calms down but never really goes away.. Belgian spiciness and some tart/funky tones on the nose.. hops are hiding in the background..

Taste is similar to the noise with spicy/funky Belgian yeast balanced nicely with the bitter hops.. Well carbonated. The tart notes are a welcome additive and leaves the mouth with a light bitter aftertaste..

I really like this beer and drink way too much of it...

Photo of fiedler84
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of wcintula
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring gently produces a great head,, ecru, puffy, uneven, leaving lace behind. Smell is a nice balance of malt, honey, dry brett yeast, hops. The taste follows the profile perfectly. I'm picking up a dry smell of plastic or band aid-ness, butt nothing to deter from the enjoy-ability of the beer. Great beer, can't tell it's 7%

Photo of Popp24
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of bentonquest
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ADTaber
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of gingersuds
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of JimmyTango
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Well thats pretty cool the carbonation is so good on this as I pop the cap I can see the bottle top fill with foam. In the glass I get a full inch of head that quickly turns to a patchy lace ring. Color is a hazy dark tinted amber/orange.

S - The nose smells promising with Belgium yeast spiciness, lemon and some floral hops.

T - Not really bad but the hops are pretty dry and piney in this. The sweetness of the Belgium sugar balance is minimal and it's hard to make out any other flavors because of how dry the hopping is.

M - Medium bodied and kind of hard to drink. Could use less hops.

Overall I have had more balanced Belgium pale ales but this one seems to be a Belgium IPA since the level of hopping is kind of excessive. One and done.

Photo of ninner00
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of output01x
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that just never seems to go away. The body is a cloudy sunburst orange amber with a decent amount of small carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing covers the glass like a January snow drift.

Fruity Belgian yeast aromas are the first and strongest character in the nose. Notes of sour, green apple, pineapple, and banana. Sour and rather funky, the nose has a lot more Belgian than Pale Ale.

Belgian yeast with notes of lemon peel and banana meets a slightly spicy hop flavor that carries notes of wood and cinammon. As the beer is swallowed, the fruity Belgian flavors quickly fade to dry, floral hops flavors. After, a sharp bite is expected as a finish but never comes. A slight bitterness persists in the back of the throat between sips.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has a crisp, clean swallow and dry finish. The body is a bit sticky and is definitely coating but is far from syrupy. The carbonation seems a bit weak at first but is definitely helping this beer's drinkability. A little more carbonation would be nice but isn't necessary.

Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber gold color with a huge frothy head into my glass. What an amazing head!

Spicy yeast mixed with piney hops create an interesting combination of styles. It's all in the yeast.

Wow. The belgian yeast adds a whole new dimension. As a result, this ale is "juicy" with a good amount of citrus.

Lingering spiciness and citrus notes make up the mouthfeel. I can't rave enough about it.

One of the more livelier examples of a BPA. Perhaps not as authentic but still a good way to go about business.

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

50 degrees into a duvel tulip

A: Wow, pours awesome, nice head and retention

S: green tea essence, fruity yeast

T: Very balanced, slight yeast finish, hops are perfect

M: Dang near a 5, great carbonation, not too thin.

O: Dang good beer for this style - well done GF

Photo of sd123
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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