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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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very good

1,324 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 44
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%

fehrminator, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of benbazi
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into to tulip glass producing a monsterous head! Color is a hazy golden, impressive lacing on the glass.

Some nice fruit flavors, not to intense, pear and grass flavors mixing nicely with a bit of funk.

Taste supports the aroma with fruit, pepper, grass and spice. Brett is working quite well with the flavor profile and the dry finish is just right.

Medium body carbonation a little high

Overall, I'm very much digging this beer. Will buy this beer again.

benbazi, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of piconaut
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

piconaut, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of MarkIntihar
4.25/5  rDev +11%

MarkIntihar, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive foamy head, 3+ fingers in height. Couldn't pour the entire bottle into the glass. Amazing retention and some of the thickest lacing I have ever seen.

S: Light fruit, some pear, apple, faint citrus, and grassy hops. There is a little bit of barnyard funk mixed in. Slightly perfumy.

T: Similar to the aroma with the fruit and light citrus flavors. More grassy hops, some peppery spice, and a little bit of biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Very impressed. Drinks very well with a nice flavor profile. The brett adds nicely to it. Might be one for aging.

mdaschaf, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Kmccabe33
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kmccabe33, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into a pint.

Reviews on this brew are very varied but it is worth a try.

Pours a dark orange with a thick foamy head that dissipates slowly.

This beer smells and tastes great, it's a nice belgian pale ale with a twist. You can really get all the funk that the brettanomyces have to offer.

If this was available to me, it would be the kind of beer i'd by cases of.

oldp0rt, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of kyager2000
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

kyager2000, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy honey gold with a massive white head. It takes forever for the foam to settle, and leaves it rocky along the top of the beer. There is also some serious lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is big on the brett, with spice and citrus coming through. What's odd is that the dominate scent in this beer is metallic. It's like it's been soaking up aluminum.

T: The beer starts out a with mild citrus and bunch of spice. The brett comes on almost right away. I get some rose hips and earth, some coriander, and even some lavender. There is also a nice underlying sweetness that I like.

M: Medium bodied beer. It carries a bit more heft than you typical BPA. It hits the palate soft and sweet, over powers it in the middle, and finishes dry. The carbonation is hard to choke down in this beer.

O: Decent beer. You have to appreciate an off-the shelf brett beer when you are in the mood for it. It's not my favorite, but I'd buy another 4-pack down the road.

trxxpaxxs, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +11%

sholland119, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of jethrodium
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a big white head that takes a while to settle and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity with green apple and apricot, a bit of brett and some breadiness. Initial taste is some green apple and apricot. A bit of brett presence. Finish is bready and slightly drying. Quite nice. Light bodied. Medium carbonation. I'd be curious to see how this evolves, but not sure if I have the space.

jethrodium, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of millertime416
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle (slowly) into a pint class and it quickly exploded with a ton of foam. Aroma on this is amazing; when I cracked open the bottle, I thought I was in for one of the best brett beers I've found. Sadly no...taste is no where near in the same league as the aroma. Tastes very one-deminsonal, a bit too bitter and has an unusual aftertaste.

Will probably buy again, but mostly for the amazing aroma.

millertime416, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of NCBeernut
2.35/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

POUR OVER A SINK OR OUTDOORS! Even with a cautious pour, it turns to a torrent of foam as soon as it hits the glass - impossible to pour without stopping to let it settle or overfill the glass. With a bottle conditioned beer, I chose to let it overflow to keep from disturbing the yeast sediment. Strike 1 for me. One thing I really don't enjoy in the appearance of my beer is seeing it overflowing into the sink. When it all settles, bubbles race up the golden amber liquid to maintain a airy sudsy layer that almost resembles sea foam.

The aroma of peaches and apricots hits first, with hints of green grapes. If you keep inhaling deeply, classic sour brett aromas cut through these light fruity scents. Lemony undertones. Perfumy. Their model for this is Orval, and the aroma is definitely reminiscent of the abbey beer. It is a refreshing aroma that is inviting in the summer heat.

The taste is a let down. Pretty one-dimensional - I mainly just get that brett sourness that is completely overpowering - it has sort of that sour cherry flavor to it that comes with this yeast. No real fruity complexity or malt flavors come through. If you wait long enough, you can almost get a hint of bread crust from the malt, but the sourness clings relentlessly to your tongue. No hop discernible presence, though, but I can't even taste anything through the relentless sourness that is starting to make me cringe with every sip. The more I drink this the more I want to dump it. The smell of perfume can be nice, but I don't enjoy drinking it. The mouthfeel is just foamy and bubbly with puckering sourness that doesn't let up.

The one dimensional sourness and over-carbonation really let you down after getting such a nice refreshing aroma from this beer. I am going to be generous with my overall score because I did enjoy the aroma. I won't be coming back for it though. This makes the press release for this beer look even more absurd. Add on their unjustified price increases, and I am just about done with Green Flash.

For anyone who sees this and is thinking maybe I just don't like the style, I love Orval (just not the price tag).

NCBeernut, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that reached all the way to the top of the snifter glass. The head slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with notes of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast, pale malts and a light amount of bitterness. A light to moderate amount of sourness is also present and persists through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and relatively dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really pleasant beer to sip and savor and the addition of brett really makes the taste very interesting. No traces of alcohol are noticeable in the taste. I would definitely have this beer again and would even consider getting a large bomber or two to age.

metter98, Jun 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

ajsuper1221, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

chrispoint, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of creez
3/5  rDev -21.7%

creez, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Hazy gold with a huge foamy white head and tons of lacing. Bubbly with sediment. Some light comes through.

S. Interesting grape-ish scent. I can't put my finger on it.

T. It has a weed taste mixed with a grape and hops.

M. Not in love with the lasting aftertaste. The taste stays for a while.

O. Very unique but a bit too intense. I appreciate the effort but this needs to be tamed.

Amalak, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Ted, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served to @tobeerornottobe from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a hazed, but not particularly cloudy golden orange hue, with a monumental, almost ridiculous head of frothy white, that forms a solid 3/4 of the top of the glass. It collapses as it should, but it's just a little frustrating when it forms.

Nose is a really pleasant round Belgian note spliced with some crisp American hop fragrance. Lemon and a touch of crisp vegetative pine come through, but it's mostly based around that smooth, light and believable Belgian fragrance. It's a nice amalgam, nicely done.

Taste is very light, and really quite Belgian in inspiration. The palate is flat and empty, just allowing the spicy, peppery notes from the yeast to come through, and get accentuated by the yeast, which gives it a slightly green vegetative note. Really the malt lets it down a little—to be fair, it needs some basis, and this has none. As good as the Belgian spice is, it has so little to back it up that it lacks all the complexity that makes good Belgians, well... good.

It's clean and crisp, but really, it does a poor job of the style, and even on its own terms it feels empty and pointless. No, not a great brew, overall.

lacqueredmouse, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of kmoore149
2/5  rDev -47.8%

kmoore149, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +4.4%

wo87810, May 30, 2012
Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +30.5%

CEDAMA, May 29, 2012
Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +4.4%

ambruns1979, May 29, 2012
Photo of GTB
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

GTB, May 28, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.