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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

1,304 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 94 | 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%

LuckyJohn, Aug 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

JoelClark, Aug 03, 2014
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3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Green Flash Brewing was recommended to me by one of my fellow beerethren on BeerAdvocate, and so my journey with them begins with Rayon Vert, a Belgian style Pale Ale with Brettanomyces (a yeast strain) which is often in the viticulture and beer brewing industries seen as a contaminant and can impart: Barnyard, antiseptic, clove, smoke and rancid flavours into a brew (desired or no). As 'Brett' is a wilder strain than regular brewer’s yeast it can also account for a wider variability between batches, I'm just hoping this isn't a fully sour beer (I've had enough sour beers lately thank you).

Poured from a 650ml bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: WARNING: Green Flash Rayon Vert WILL explode out of the bottle as soon as you open it! Thankfully I've become wise enough in my old beer-drinking age to open beers near the kitchen sink. The body is a cloudy tangerine with a 1 inch cream head that slowly recedes leaving sticky lace all over the glass.

S: The influence of Brett is bold with this brew, there are notes of barnyard, rancid apple, orange sherbet and antiseptic all over this Ale. Also noted is a hint of sweet malt and some herbal hops but really the yeast takes an almighty dump all over the aroma and I for one am not looking forward to this next part.

T: Hmmm, better and much more balanced than expected. Yes it's slightly tart from the yeast but there are other flavours at play here; funky and sweet orange sherbet in the mid palate with vinous characters and a long dry Champagne-like finish. After taste is where the hops give a silent citric nod (just to let you know that they're always watching you).

M: Mid to light bodied with a wild carbonation (hence the explosion on opening).

D: This is one beer that just got better and better (aside from the OTT carbonation). I will admit I'm not a big fan but I can see the merits of this brew and I might in the future give it another go (as long as I'm near a sink when opening of course). It could have used more sweetness is my final verdict.

Food match: Hard to nail this one due to that odd funky orange sherbet note, it would however match Thai or South East Asian cuisine (the zesty flavours of which would become a match for it).

doktorhops, Aug 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I almost gave this a 5 for appearance, except the towering fluffy head would be mare at home on a tripel than on a Belgian ale. Nice yeasty aroma some floral notes, a hazy copper orange body, taste is yeast and some mellow hoppiness. Overall a great attempt at the Belgian style.

stevoj, Jul 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

wrightst, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

razorsdescent, Jul 26, 2014
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4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rarely can I find a beer that successfully marries sourness with hops. As someone who dislikes hops in general, anytime a beer has a powerful hops flavor it tends to be overpowering. Rayon Vert, however, finds a way to balance a powerful sourness with a powerful hops flavor and does so with both finesse and strength. Well done!

Brettanomaestro, Jul 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

thufflife, Jul 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Deaner1308, Jul 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

gory4d, Jul 22, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Pens1967, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Canada_Dan, Jul 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.9%

velcrogrip, Jul 16, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

cdog707yo, Jul 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

jbriggs7, Jul 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy orange.

Smell: Spices, yeast, citrus and floral notes.

Taste: Grapefruit is what I got. Along with yeast, fizziness and brett, apparently. (had to look it up to see what it was that I couldn't pin point. Being my second brett beer, I'm not yet familiar with the style.) But I enjoyed it and find the brett to add a unique dynamic.

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation. Also pretty dry.

Overall: Excellent.

TheGenesisOfElegance, Jul 12, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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fosters9, Jul 08, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

david18, Jul 06, 2014
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patlabor44, Jul 06, 2014
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.