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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,337 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,337
Reviews: 422
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 46
Gots: 100 | 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

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Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

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Photo of goldie2828
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Clear orange color. Nice, very dense and big and solid light tan head, that more or less stays put. Light carbonation, very smooth. Some dryness, good texture, sort of estery. Interesting, hard to describe aroma... Some lemon zest, also spice in the hops. Taste is some bitter, zesty sweetness, and some balanced spice. Good, interesting, tasty brew. A nice Belgian-style.

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

Enjoyed very fresh on Super Bowl Sunday (2/5/2012), poured into my Dogfish Head Snifter. Bought at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA (a great store that anyone in the Greater Boston area should certainly stop by).

Appearance: (4) Copper with orange highlights and a soapy white head that sticks around for most of the drinking. The beer looks nice in the glass and you can observe a very healthy carbonation.

Smell: (4) Fresh lemon, pepper, yeasty Brett funkiness, grassy, with some floral hoppiness added to the nose–in other words, a very "fresh" scent emanates from the glass and makes one really want to dive in.

Taste: (4) My thoughts after the first taste were that the beer has remarkably good balance and one is satisfied that what the nose picked up in the aromas nicely translates into what the tongue tastes. You get a good dose of hops that combines with the Brettanomyces and the expected fresh fruit and sweet malt flavors of a Belgian Pale Ale. While enjoying this beer, I was really pleased that Green Flash did not end up producing a run-of-the-mill BPA and sided with that brewery's strength, the hops, with a nice twist. Much more inspired to my mind than, say, Ommegang's Belgian Pale Ale (BPA) Also, no booziness to remark on–the 7% ABV means nothing when it comes to the brew's flavor.

Mouthfeel: (4) The smell and taste, as well as mouthfeel all rate solid 4's in my book. The beer's very nice carbonation level and the Brett twist really make this a highly drinkable, quaffable brew. H

Overall: (4/5) This is a beer with character and a beer for all seasons (though would be a great summertime brew in particular). It is refreshing, quaffable, tasty and–very importantly–a successful departure from the run-of-the-mill, formulaic Belgian-style pale ales many American breweries have produced. While perhaps few people would accuse it of being a rare delicacy, this is a beer that will please beer-drinkers of differing and diverse tastes. Green Flash has a solid beer on its hands–one that should come in six packs (not four)! This beer was a pleasant surprise and I will be buying more of it. Definitely recommended.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

its better than average, but its a weird brew. smells like a well hopped belgian yeasty pale ale, which it indeed claims to be, but the flavor is more akin to a wild or sour ale. very pungent yeasty funk going on, totally dominating in fact. good malt balance and hop accents underneath, but i think the balance is off. mouthfeel is way too carbonated here. or maybe just in regards to its medium to heavy body, which seems an improper paradox here. 7% abv is nice and works well, but this one could use a tune up. lots of potential here.

Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm Brettanomyces. Good thing I poured very slow because the head is 3 fingers thick and doesn't dissipate very quickly. Still couldn't fit the entire bottle into the tulip. The color of the beer is a deep coppery/orange. Lightly hazed, with lively carbonation. Wonderful Brett aroma, tart, floral, soapy, with a strong hop balance. I get notes of sour apple, lemon, and bubblegum. I could smell this for awhile.

Lemony tang with plenty of yeasty Brett in the taste and semi-sweet malt. The finish has a sharp cheddary bitterness. As expected, the carbonation is almost violent, and seemingly stings the tongue with each sip. Not a problem though, I kinda like that. The body feels pretty clean, and not too heavy.

This beer has an intense flavor profile, and if you like Brettanomyces I would highly recommend it. With the strong hoppiness I would label it more of a Belgian IPA really. I like the aging potential here, so I think I might buy a couple more bottles. Too bad I waited so long to try this. I guess I've been down on Green Flash lately, but this is a step in the right direction.

Photo of Massbmx
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,337 ratings.