Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -1%
2012 bottle sampled June 2014
APP- Massive ivory tower of head fills the glass despite coddling the pour. Billows into a tight, creamy, mesa that peaks over the rim of the glass and includes both fine and large beading. Fades fairly quickly leaving sheets of lace. When some finally turns to liquid, clarity is very good but short of brilliant and color is brassy.
AROMA- Amazingly soft and subtle complex perfumey nose. Where to begin? Citrus, white pepper, straw, green melon, hints of fermeted peach and apricot, light hits of kiwi and rhubarb. Has a big clover dimension which I find to be the mark of my favorite Cantillion offerings. Amazing. Very fresh and inviting. There is nothing even remotely dank, musty, sour, etc...in the aroma here. Medium-light floral/ spicy character that is key to the bouquet but hard to pin down. No diacetyl or harsh alcohol. Not immediately recognizable as hoppy, like when its fresh.
Flavor- Malty- sweetness pervades, surprisingly, with a strong tone of white pepper and pineapple, melon shows up again, as does a faint shadow of rhubarb, slight fusel/acetate note, a fleeting rubbery (oxidized phenol?) character. I get a medium-stong English-Goldings like character (apple, pear, spicy) in the mid-palate, tartness cows to sweentness in the balance but does show up in the backend along with some bitterness. Long finish with a distinctly resinous aftertaste.
MF- solidly medium-bodied, medium carbonation once things settle down (its amazing how quickly the fizz leaves this beer), can be a little flabby on the palate, and also lightly astringent at the same time. I do believe it shows some oxidation effects.
OVERALL- While this might be one of the best beers I've ever smelled, its flavor is a bit messy, despite having some very pleasing characteristics. If this is one to lay down, two years is either too long or some sort of awkward phase.
06-05-2014 06:17:36 | More by JudgeRoughneck
3.7/5 rDev -3.6%
Had this one for a while. Got it as an extra prior to Green Flash entering MN. Looks like it was bottled 7/12.
Pours extremely carbonated. Several fingers of head from a small pour.
The brett seems to have developed. Aroma is mostly a tart apple skin aroma.
Taste is toasted malts with green apple and slight barnyard funk. Brett has really come out.
Qualities of a pale with lots of brett.
06-01-2014 01:08:08 | More by Powderhornphil
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,291 ratings.