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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,353
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 25.32%
Wants: 48
Gots: 106 | 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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Reviews: 427 | Hads: 1,353
Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Too much foamy head! It almost never went away. Im trying to drink this, and all I get is foam. NO NO! Other than that, cooper/dark orange, lots of lacing (obviously), hazy.

S- Sour, citrusy hops, & yeasty. Grapefruit forward. It's Belgian funky for sure!

T- Juicy and carbonated, with a grapefruit kind of hop presence. Sour towards the end. Finish is citrusy and somewhat sweet, and ends sour.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Juicy and bitter qualities prevent this from being extremely drinkable, but this beer was not designed to be a thrust quencher or had quickly.

I had Palm Speciale once, and I felt a sweat coming on when i had that. I am a little sweaty after drinking this. I have no clue if that is just these two beers or a side-effect of Belgian Pale Ales in general.

Overall, this was tasty. It didn't wow me, but it was good.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert pours a hazy, goldenrod color with the most massive head we have ever seen! The bottle conditioning with Brettanoyces creates a large amount of carbonation (especially when aged a year or more). This one takes time to pour, but be patient, the wait is well worth it. An impressive bouquet of aromas delight the senses with whiffs of lemon zest, spices, Belgian yeast and funk. Sweet malt flavors reminiscent of bread and caramel open the palate to more subtle notes of citrus and pepper with Belgian yeast and Brettanomyces funk underlining the entire brew. Extremely effervescent, this Green Flash brew is highly carbonated and medium bodied.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the COOP a couple nights ago.. off white head blooms up to an easy 3"... too much!! The brew is fairly clear light orange... the head takes FOREVER to die back.. great lacing.

The nose is definitely bretty... more than I was expecting.. dusty green apple skins.. something that I associate with lemon zest.. or even Lemon Pledge.. lite fusel alcohols... minor peppery notes and a bit more apricot with warmth.

Ridiculously dry... light plastic/vinyl phenols with warmth.. light lemon.. the RIGID drying almost tannic quality of this beer is not gonna be for everybody including me...

Carbonation is almost abrasive.. the body is light magnified by the huge CO2.

I respect this beer and appreciate the brett character, but it is just over the top.

Not my cup of beer.


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Photo of matjack85
2.52/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 12oz bottle served in a small brandy snifter.

It took awhile to see what color it was because the entire glass filled up with frothy white foam from top to bottom. After a 10 minute wait (I'm not exaggerating) about half the foam dissipated showing a honey/orange liquid. Lacing was good but the retention bordered on being ridiculous.

The beer had a hoppy citrus smell.

Complex mix of flavors that just don't work well together. It's both bitter and sweet, fruity and funky, but the resulting taste is like a bitter medicinal band-aid dipped in fruity alcohol. I didn't care for it at all.

Between light and medium bodied with very high carbonation.

One reviewer thought it tasted like a dirty sock. I won't go that far, but I didn't much care for it either.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - cloudy amber with huge, creamy white head that never seemed to dissipate.

Smell - fruity esters and biscuity malt dominate the aroma with a slight floral note and some yeast funkiness.

Taste - closely follows aroma with a hint of spice and some funky brett tartness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - medium body with prominent carbonation.

Overall - tasty Belgian pale with just enough funkiness to make it interesting.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It foamed up quickly in the pour with lots of head. The body is cloudy medium straw colored.
The aroma is a spicy lemon and pine candy smell, pretty nice though.
It has a bold pine bitterness up front, followed by mild citrus sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Besides the super-foamy head, it's a really great drink.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, cloudy, caramel color that is opaque and unfiltered. Tall, frothy, light, off-white head that laces the glass as the head recedes. Aromas of Belgian yeast funk, with notes of bubble gum, all spice, lavender, and strawberry. Lots going on in the nose on this one. Flavors are roasty and sharp, with a caramel and bready backbone supporting a blending of spices, including all spice, clove, and lemon zest. The palate is pretty dynamic, and there are more and more flavor profiles as you drink. Fruity and bready aftertaste, with a light, slightly filmy finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tannish brown and mostly clear with a touch of haze, a monstrous, lasting head and sticky lace.

Very spicy with tons of Belgian yeast character. Strong and enticing smell, almost like a spring day on the beach, mixes with flavor experience nicely. Tons of earth, green grasses.

It's right up there with other top Belgian pale ales, and that's a pretty heavy-hitting list. A top notch beer in any category.

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Photo of 94Sip
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me start by saying this is a really great beer. Not too bitter, very fragrant and just a really great tasting beer.

A: pours a nice orange color with a great white/cream colored head. Not necessarily opaque but not transparent either.

S: smells of some citrus and floral, but not too strong. Maybe a bit of banana. Can't really identify what it smells like but it reminds me other American brewed tripels.

T: this is really great. Not too bitter like some of the west coast PAs and IPAs. There is some creamy flavors as well, a bit of vanilla. Can't taste any alcohol.

M: not too thick and not too thin. Good amount of carbonation.

O: as spring and summer comes on I start to move to the Belgian Pale Ales, Tripels and farmhouse ales. I just found this one here in Texas and thought I would give it a try. As long as I can get this one it will be a staple in these warm months. Every bit as enjoyable as some of the Belgian ales I enjoy.

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Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

2012 batch, poured from the bottle into a tall snifter glass.

A - Holy crap! This is one crazy thick head. I poured this so slowly and carefully and I still had to wait for the head to die down a bit before getting the final third of the bottle in there. When I popped the cap I actually saw a head form and race toward the top of the bottle. Gargantuan head has excellent retention with pretty solid lacing. Pours a hazy copper tone with a little sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Savory spices and sea salt. Bready yeast and a pretty heavy mossy aroma. I can also pick up a hint of lemon peel and grassy hops. Super earthy.

T - Very bitter right up front, although most of the initial flavor is heavily subdued by the thick carbonation. Yeast is very apparent and the earthy hops comes through as it rolls towards the back of your tongue. Finish is dry and has a grassy bite at first, but as the beer warmed it sweetened up significantly.

M - Extremely fizzy...a bit too distracting I'd say. Light body, not the most drinkable beer.

O - It's a tough beer to rate. Did I enjoy it? Yes. I really did, but the carbonation was just too overpowering. It left the beer unbalanced and it became the focus with every sip. I really liked the beer a lot more once it warmed up. I'll leave the bottle out a bit before drinking the next one in fact. Overall, it's pretty good, but definitely not amazing.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Slow poured from 12oz bottle into a Belgium sniffer.

A- Uh oh. We have a gusher here. Even the most delicate of pours resultes in a 4 finger, massive head. I know the style dictates a high level of carbonation, but this is a bit much. The end result is a half glass of foam and a half glass of a cloudy orange/amber brew with evervesance similar to champagne.

S- A susbdued smell that has probably been masked by the half glass of foam. As it begins to settle I start to pick up a combo of sweet and spicy. Nectar meets pepper. Slight bananas. Fresh fruits and hops. Pale malts and barnyard funk.

T- Well, after waiting about 20 minutes for the head to dissipate, i have decided to jump in. Sweetness dected first with a heavy dose of wild Brett yeast. Band-aid and medicinal flavors appear. Citrus and grassy hops account for a crisp, bitter finish. Quite acidic as well.

M- Here is the biggest issue i have with this. The massive carbonation is difficult to look past. Drinkability suffers due to the evervesance. Dry finish.

O- I wanted to like this beer. I really did. I love Green Flash. I have worked with Brett yeast in my homebrews and understand how unpredictible it can be, but the carb level hurt this brew. It hindered the wonderful aroma from escaping and it caused the drinkability to really suffer. If you let it rest for a good while, then you can experience some nice qualities that remain masked. The characteristics were all there for this to be a great Belgian pale, but it fell short of spectacular.

$8.49 for 4pk

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Photo of blackie
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber, Grape and Gourmet, VA Beach

a: bottle into a piraat chalice, rayon is a slightly hazed honey amber in color, sporting a generous, dense bone-white head that retains long

s: fantastic aroma - crisp malts well fermented provide stone fruits without much sweetness, striking brett presence...lightly wild and complex, lovely hops provide juicy citrus and tropical notes, but are used in perfect proportion so as not to overtake anything - love it

m: carbonation full and lively, but smooth, body crisp and on the lighter side

t: moving on from the aroma, it’s all still here - clean pils malts, dry on the palate, yeasty brett with a nice dose of wild funk, balanced citric hop flavors, finishing dry with a moderate acidity, just misses out on some of the deeply subtle complexities of the nose

o: one of the better stateside belgian pales out there, great brett character and extremely solid balance with just the right touch of west coast hopping - standing out while fitting in

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Photo of danmouer
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've long been a fan of Orval, and Rayon Vert is clearly an approximation of that fine Trappist ale.

At first the Brett aromas and, to a lesser defree, flavors seem to dominate, but as the brew warms a bit, there are plenty of fruity and spicy bits from the Belgian strain of brewers yeast that is the main microbe at work here. I miss the particular flavor of Continental malts, but there is a very firm core of light malt flavor.

The flavor and mouthfeel of this bottle was just nearly perfect for the style. Extravagant, softly effervescent, sweet-and-tangy, and bracingly bitter in the finish. I have stashed several bottles in the cellar along with Orvals and other Brett brews, including many of my own making. I have no doubt this one will continue to develop more character and complexity for the next couple years.

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Photo of lilmissbeer
1.77/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

This beer tasted like it was brewed with dirty socks. At first it was okay, but the warmer it got, the more unbearable the taste became. It tasted more like some kind of strange, bitter hard alcohol than a beer... not something I plan on buying again.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Uhhh...ehhh....uhhhh....I have no intro, just on to the beer:

Even once the crown is cracked, the beer barely stays inside the bottle. Pour it into a chalice, and get a very heady brew, which is burnt orange. With a head which retains as well as this and being a Belgian Pale Ale, the color fits. The aroma has some surprising dry hopping and some Belgian joy. Super fresh grass clipping with barnyard accents...a bit tart? This is a very fun nose.

It's acidic, it's dry, and it's pleasing. Slight sweet at the beigining like a pear, it turns acidic and then comes a blanket of bitterness. A little horse blanket creep into the profile, as does dry grass. As this is happening, it's medium body and bubbly mouthfeel makes the profile more groovy; it feels Belgian.

The taste may not be 100% agreeable with me, but everything else is. Well done Green Flash.

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Photo of JonnyHOPkins
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured into an oversized wine glass, brilliant color almost like fresh honey, a tad cloudy, large creamy head that gradually depleted over a minute to a thin covering that hugs the edge of the glass

Nose: almost toasty hops with a dank funky aroma of hops and yeast

Taste: complex, almost medicinal taste like cherry Chloraseptic sore throat spray or the way a new band-aid smells. very interesting, slight aftertaste of drupes

Mouthfeel: airy, smooth, heavily carbonated feel

Overall: an interesting belgian-style pale ale, well-made, not for everyone but a must try

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Photo of clayrock81
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange with gigantice head that took forever to go away (and was slightly annoying) and left lace ring on top of a piney, earthy hop aroma mixed with some funky belgian yeast and a touch of orange citric. Beer is easy to drink and a smooth passer, even with the possibility of the ABV bleeding into it or something funky/sharp to hit your tongue.
The beer is definitely more hoppy than your typical Belgian, which isn't bad at all but not my preference, but the rather piney, grassy hops mix well with the Belgian yeast and gives a pleasant drinking experience (a touch of sugary sweetness from out of nowhere helps) that ends with a crisp, refreshing experience. This was a pretty good Belgian Ale but it just seemed a little underwhelming/simplistic at times for me, although I did have to let it warm since the idiot bar I went to served it in a frozen mug and called it a triple. I am not excluding this fact as it may have killed off some of the more subtle belgian charateristics and ended up in my lower score.

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Photo of teromous
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crazy volumes of carbonation. Opening the cap let off a hiss like a tractor trailer releasing its air brakes. I barely poured a dash of the beer and the whole glass is filled to the brim with foam. Be careful when opening/pouring. The head is an off-white mountain of clouds. The body is a hazy medium shade of gold. Good lacing on the glass.

S: I get a lot of saison character from the beer. It has a horsey barnyard smell to it...a lot of funk and sour scents.

T: The taste mimics the scent closely, focusing on a musky funk quality. There is a little bit of bread flavor, and a mild hop bitterness...kind of rustic tasting...a bit like rye bread in the aftertaste. Some sour notes in there as well, but it kind-of tinges the tongue and lips then dissipates. Some of the hop character comes through in the aftertaste as well...it is a very complex beer. My rating went from a 3...3.5...to a 4 while I continued to drink the beer.

M: It has a very nice mouthfeel. It's bright and perky, and the bitterness seems to counter-balance that by grounding the overall feel of the beer. It feels medium bodied. Drinkability is moderate, because the beer tends to be a bit abrasive with its sourness and bitterness. It's not something I would have more than a bottle of.

O: Overall I found the beer to be interesting and complex. I would recommend it to die-hard fans of Belgian sours, saisons, farmhouse ales, or just interesting beers in general. The carbonation seemed overdone, which makes it difficult to pour the beer (even for a highly carbonated Belgian beer). I probably won't be buying it again, but I don't regret buying it either.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was on vacation in Branson when I found this at Mac a Doodles liqour store near the Branson Landing. I will write a review on that later, more to follow on that. Anyway, I've never found this in a bottle, only on tap mostly. Side poured with standard vigor into my Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - awesome golden color with a magnificent, three finger pillowy head that towers over the brew. Excellent retention, excellent lacing, one of the best presentations I have ever seen out of any beer. Absolutely ridiculous.

Smell - soapiness, Belgian yeast, funk, some breads and a little citrus. A little short in the nose, but still riding high on the presentation.

Taste - yeast, funkiness, breads, Belgium what! There is a funk at the beginning of the drink which is followed by bready malts on the palate. A little hint of fruit. Barnyard funky, like Geoge Clinton.

Mouthfeel - finishes smooth and clean with a bit of hop bitterness. Funk stays on the palate for a while, really tasty. I love it

Overall - this is a great beer, I really enjoy it. I heard a lot about it from one of my friends, finally got a chance to try it thanks to liqour store in Branson, a little surprising. Condor recommended and approved

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle. Unknown Date. This was a gusher as soon as the cap came off. Four fingers of head mellows out to reveal spotty lacing. Life-like effervescence. The beer is slightly faded, hazy orange.

Nose offers ripe red apples, banana, vinegar, phenols, pepper, plastic, pencil shavings, light fruity hop character.

Very subdued hop presence upfront, wax, unique medicinal flavors, semi sweet grain, finishes with complex Brett bitterness.

Smooth, champagne-like carbonation, medium body, long finish.

Very interesting beer. Must try for anyone looking for a readily available Brett fix.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall fluffy pitted bone white head over pale yellow body.
Big white vinegar nose with some barnyard and no real hops.
Baguette breadiness, apricot, a tart yeast hit and light tangerine hops.
Fruit salad finish and tingly herbal linger.
Light to medium, round, slight cling, fizzy.

Far more Belgian (and wild) than San Diego, which I don't expect from Green Flash. Hops are just missing, really. Even as a Belgian pale, do I need quite so much Brett?

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Photo of pkalix
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

popped the cap and the head began rising... explosive. very low-density, billowy head. want to eat it like an ice cream cone- then you taste the hops...
fruity-, hoppy, belgium-y....
cant yet taste it- it's still too frothy.... huge remaining head. still waiting... has a lemon meringue pie-type of head still.... okay... here is the first sip- hops way up front... sharp grapefruit... still lots of head.... taste reminds me of a unibroue product- dont remember which one although it wasnt as sharply hopped as this.
2nd pour was much more densely packed. definitely lemon meringue pie, non-moving, thick head. decent brew.

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Photo of TCMike
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Careful pouring this one. Produced a massive, fluffy white head. Left lots of lacing. The beer color is a hazy, medium honey color.

The aroma was of bread, banana, and light citrus. Not very strong in the nose department.

The taste was the same, but with a hint of alcohol, and hop bitterness. Somewhat light mouth-feel, and high carbonation.

Good Belgian, and easy drinking once the head receded a bit.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No freshness date.

A- When I was looking for the freshness date, I was able to see small wisps of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Then, from a gentle pour, comes a massive three inches worth of cream colored head that retains and slowly starts to wrinkle away. Definitely bottle-conditioned. After the third pour, I finally get the bottle emptied and in goes the particles of sediment with thin wisps flowing behind them. This is the way beer is supposed to look.

S- Decadently rich Belgian yeast with a bit of wild bacteria certainly present providing a bit of a medicinal aroma. Some soap. Very crisp.

T- Quite hoppy in the onset, making me wonder if they should've just called it a Belgian IPA (especially considering the ABV), but let's not split hairs cuz this is very tasty! On the second sip, I admit that the Belgian characteristic plays the lead role but there's still that lingering bitterness. I'm glad I chose to pour the sediment in because there's a perfect amount of luscious yeast flavor that I personally love. Malts also put in their piece to provide a sturdy backbone amongst the other flavors. Notes of pepper, mild grapefruit, lemon, herbal spices and green olive.

M- Spot-on with high carbonation but still not too sharp. It's actually quite fluffy and there's a decent-sized body from the malts.

O- Damn, this is delicious. Definitely my favorite Green Flash next to Le Freak. I think they should do more Belgians since they're obviously so good at it.

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Photo of charlzm
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed February 17th, 2013 at the Green Flash tasting room.

Slightly hazy medium-to-dark golden. A nice two-finger white head leaves plenty of lacing in the glass.

Aroma is a very tart affair: like tart cherries.

Flavor : floral yeast character, some tart cherries, a little funk. Slightly powdery. Delicately sweet up front, bitter on the back.

Good carbonation tingle and finishes a little dry.

Oh yes, I will drink this again.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.