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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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very good

1,314 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,314
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 45
Gots: 95 | 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 +4.4%

PthPndr, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of n2185
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange with three fingers of white head that fades into a thin cap with decent lacing.

S: Nice mix of sweet and funky aromas here. Sweet candy sugar, bubblegum, and pear notes stand out. Strong, funky barnyard aromas follow with a slight mustiness and sourness as well. Very nice aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma, there are some slight Belgian sweet notes at first with hints of light fruits and bubblegum. The Brett flavors come on strong with lots of funk and barnyard flavors. The finish is lightly bitter and bready. There are some slight medicinal notes on the aftertaste.

M: Medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is slightly watery and could benefit from a lighter body and higher attenuation.

O: A pretty good beer, overall. There's a nice combination of sweet and funky, and it smells wonderful. I'd like the BPA aspects to shine through a bit more in the flavor and to have a drier body, but still it's a cheap alternative to the likes of Orval.

n2185, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of BigJK
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

BigJK, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of movingtrain
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow, leaning toward golden color. Huge head on this one, slowly falling to half a finger, backed by a good amount of carbonation.

Up front in the nose is grapefruit, followed by oak, peppercorn, white lilies, and tarragon. A bit of a winey aroma, and maybe a bit of those earthy Belgian-esque notes.

The flavor here is interesting. It is a pale ale, indeed, with decent hop notes and a lingering citrus taste. But, while the Belgian element isn't too prominent, it is there, making this pale a bit more dynamic. Hints of toasted bread, oranges, clove, white grapes, and green peppercorn. With each sip, the Belgian notes grow a bit stronger, as do the hoppy bitterness of the brew.

On the palate this one is a bit astringent and bitter. Though, that is not to say it is not palatable--because it is. The astringency of the beer on the tongue lingers, but the flavor of the beer does not suffer as a result here.

Overall, an interesting take on what seems to be an increasingly popular style for breweries to take on. I like it because it takes the pale ale to different level...not necessarily a better level, just a place that offers some new flavors from a classic style. Green Flash does a pretty good job with it here.

movingtrain, Jan 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

rbrefbeerman, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of rmaste6282
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

rmaste6282, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, monster 3+ inch creamy, foamy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - West coast ipa hop kick. Belgian yeast, plenty of herb and spices. Grapefruit, lemon and some pepper really make this interesting.

Taste - Nice belgian spices, malty and west coast sytle hops are the main flavor of this beer. Grainy aftertaste and floral, yet smooth and flavorful. Alcohol isnt really present, nor is this beer overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, lots of flavor and easy to drink. Tounge gets alot of malts, spices, hops and sugars. Palette gets remaining malts and hops, and a little hop bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and sweet.

Overall - Really tasty and easy to enjoy. Not too sweet, not to bitter, and not too strong. Nice twist of the west coat hops to make this different from the rest. I find this really enjoyable and not as expensive as some of the other green flash brews. Will drink this oen again for sure.

wvsabbath, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of cestlavie
4/5  rDev +4.4%

cestlavie, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours rich gold in color with reddish hues in the light; has a big three finger head with moderate retention and some splotchy lace left on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of many subtle notes and not really very intense. Very herbal, hops, malt and yeast are all there with noticeable funk. As it warms more fruit comes out, grapefruit, lemon and some tropical notes.

T - Sweet malt and funk upfront and then a little burst of hops takes over the palate, as it fades your left with funky tart and bitterness. Herbal and spicy with more of a lemon rind bitterness.

M - Super smooth and balanced, great feel overall.

O - This is a really well balanced and very enjoyable offering from Green Flash. I would really like to see how this one continues to develop over time.

StoneBrewFanatic, Jan 04, 2012
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4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright glowing hazy blend of orange and yellow amber. Bubbly copper masterpiece. I believe it is bottle fermented. The head jumps out of the beer creating a large foamy 1 finger head with great lacing.

I immediately smell tart cherries and piney hops. This smells like an American IPA brewed like a Wild Ale. This is a really unique beer. I get funky sour notes, floral potpurri and perfume. Mild esters. Secondary aromas of juicy tangerine and sugar malts cling to wild yeast.

The taste is bitter, then sweet, it gets funky and then drys out. I like the variety of phases that this beer goes through. After a long drinking session it leaves a cherry cola sour taste. It could use more hop aroma. I get lemon rind, honey dew melon. resinous and grassy hops like a SN Torpedo IPA. malts are candied but distant.

The mouthfeel is clean San Diego style. Super bright and flavorful a little heavy on the hops side. The wild flavors could be experiemented with.

I enjoyed this ale a lot. It's very well executed and a delight to sip. I would like to get a few more bottles to see how the Wild yeast vary.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jp7161, Jan 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Acoke, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of Swervine44
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Swervine44, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +4.4%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

DaBubs, Jan 01, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with some amber hightlights; a bit hazy. The white head is big, frothy and rocky. The head slowly settles into a chunky cap.

The aroma is floral and hoppy. The is some brightness from the malt and yeast; quite perfumey and floral. Some lemony/champagne notes. Their is a strong citrus hop aroma, mainly grapefruit. There are some tropical fruit notes as well. Aroma reminds me of a AIPA. Could use some more belgian yeast characteristics.

The taste is sweet, candi sugar sweet. The malt is light and dry. Some perfumey notes from the yeast. Some tart notes, lemon and white wine. The hops work well with the rest of the beer. Again, mainly grapefruit but also some tropical fruit notes. Definitely sides on an AIPA style.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Definitely sweet on the palate but the hops balances every thing out. Drinks very well.

A very flavorful beer; nice hop profile. It could use more of a belgian yeast profile.

Gmann, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of Sweasty
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert pours a lightly hazed copper. Things are topped off by a healthy two fingers of bone white head. Head has some staying power. Eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of sticky lace is left in its wake.

The aroma packs an interesting punch. Its a not to typical Belgian nose, but that is to its advantage. Very herbal upfront. Mint and floral notes stand out strong. Some mild lemon notes hit next. A light brett quality shows up. Brett becomes stronger as the beer warms, taking on a faintly barnyard aroma. Some faintly medicinal spice notes rounds things out.

There is some definite funk on the palate. Earthy, faintly barnyard-y brett hits upfront.. The lemon in the nose is stronger on the palate, lending a bit of a tartness. A healthy herbal bitterness takes hold mid palate. Herbal mint notes mix with tart lemons. The finish is lightly tart with a lingering floral quality.

Rayon Vert is light bodied with an effervescent carbonation.

Green Flash have said they spent four years developing this brew. Their efforts have paid off. This a great Belgian style ale. Light and refreshing with a good bit of heft. Their love of hops shines with out overpowering things. The brett adds just enough funk with out over powering. Reminds me of Orval in a way. It will be interesting to see how the brett changes and evolves this beer overtime. As is, Rayon Vert is one heck of tasty quaff. Props to Green Flash for doing Belgian beer right.

Sweasty, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bmoney, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DrunkHead, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of gtermi
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a middy golden brown with a white head. This beer has a HUGE head on it. It slowly fades and looks like the head of a coke float. There is a lot of lace left on the glass. A very nice looking beer

S: This beer has a strong basil and spices scent to it with also a bit of hops. It honestly almost smells like a pasta I have had once at La Madeline, very nice.

T: Again I am getting the basil and spices that I got in the smell. The taste has a decent amount of hops which give it a nice piney taste. It tastes too much like pizza for my tasting though. The taste

M: There is almost no crispness to this beer at all. It is beyond smooth and is very easy to drink.

O: I know I talked a lot about italian food in my review, but this beer tastes so much like a pizza or pasta. I wish it was toned down a little bit in the taste, but everything else in the beer is very awesome. Maybe I will age the other ones and see what this beer does with time.

gtermi, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

trbergman, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of beesy
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Stone Cali-belgique tulip.

A - pours a slightly hazy light orange with 4.5 finger off white, rocky head.

S - smells delic! Some brett, sourness, juicy/citrus hops, alcohol

T - a little of a letdown from the aroma. Lots of brett character with a subdued hop flavor. Not balances at all. Some grainyness tasted with some alcohol present. Good old band aid on the back end. Finished fairly dry but has a slight off aftertaste i cant place.

M - slick, deceivingly thicker than expected, the carb hides this a tad

D - somewhat low. The unbalanced brett makes it a little hard for me to have more than two

Overall, not bad, but room for improvement. It has bonus points for the aroma.

beesy, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert is bottle-conditioned. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent dark golden, huge frosty white head that doesn't go anywhere; great lacing. Pour slow. Phenomenal looking beer. The aromas are great.. lots of cherry and belgian funk. The hops are definitely present, but not in your face. Tastes great with lots of cherry, apricot, peach, pepper, and yeast. Very bitter, but in a subtle way.. great balance. Mouthfeel is smooth, spritzy, creamy. Extremely easy to drink. Wow, this is a winner.

This is probably the best BPA I've had. Pure winner from Green Flash. Try this stuff!

BB1313, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of lpotter
4.25/5  rDev +11%

lpotter, Dec 29, 2011
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,314 ratings.