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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,325 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,325
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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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ranks up there with ones from Belgium! Wow. Vigorous pour, loads of carbonation, creamy long lasting head. Nose is incredibly assertive with wild bready notes, Brett, and spices. Very carbonated and tickly on the palate with abundance of wild, bretty flavors. Incredibly silky smooth.

yemenmocha, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of TheNapkin
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer tastes almost exactly like my first attempt at brewing a wild ale. The style is defined here as Belgian Pale Ale, though with a brett yeast that asserts itself pretty heavily this beer is more than a pale. Dry, musty, musky, aroma and flavor. Woody, earthy, maybe some mushroom/mineral quality. Not a sweet beer at all for those of you who are looking for something that's heavy on malts. My only complain is that the mouthfeel is maybe a little thin, but otherwise for $10 a 4 pack at Whole Foods this beer is a steal. I've had Green Flash Belgians before where the yeast just didn't match the malt profile, but this one is spot on. Tastes like it should be drunk standing next to a wooden barrel, probably after stabling the horses.

TheNapkin, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of SiflandOlly
4/5  rDev +4.4%

SiflandOlly, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of davey101
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Dark amber clear body with a massive dirty off-white foam head. Dies down to clumpy and soapy foam. Super dense and thick with tons of lacing and retention.

S - Tons of brett aromas. Funk with some hints of lemon and grass.

T - Funk initially. Crisp with hints of citrus fruit and grassy earthy notes. High level of carbonation with a dry and lingering finish.

O - Very delicious beer with the perfect blend between funk and earthiness/fruit. This is a great take on Orval.

davey101, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of marvin213
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This come out a little heavy and heady, but its pale yellow with a darker tinge is true to form. Hesitating to wipe my head and stick a finger in it, I wait for it to settle.

The nose is almost saisonish: a lemony lime peel zest with coriander and ginger. Interesting and, like I said, zesty, but a little off-putting like a fresh whiff of voluminous coriander seed.

Most important, however, is that it tastes good. I do sense those flavors and the ginger is there like slices with sushi from Teeter. The Belgian lemon zest is also there, and it's really a neat and novel concoction of flavors.

That aforementioned lemon peel zing offers a very nice mouthfeel, and the zing adds a perfect palate cleanser. Prelude to a sour?

A neat and welcome addition to the Green Flash Fleet--picked this up at Brawley's--particularly since the West Coast IPA went the way of wood left rotting with the pursuit of the 4-pack (anybody else feel similar slippage since they made that change--really, an ingredient difference?). Ive only seen it once on that most recent pilgrimage to Brawley's, but I'll definitely pick up another foursome if and when I see it again

marvin213, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of FreshZ
4/5  rDev +4.4%

FreshZ, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of whatname
4/5  rDev +4.4%

whatname, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of yergermeister
4.25/5  rDev +11%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of theminutemen
4/5  rDev +4.4%

theminutemen, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +11%

muletrane, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of mdcrouser
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heady like an Ivy League grad, receding only when it decides to, leaving something behind that can only be described as what you'd see from an ice cream float. What is beneath is hazy golden-orange, with significant carbonation pushing upwards.

Massively Belgian on the nose, pungeantly tart, with lemon, grass, earthy freshness. Something Brett-like as well.

Funky, no doubt. Horsey, floral, otherwise difficult to put a finger on.

Dry, with a muted effervescense that pops on the tongue. Closes a bit like champagne.

This second one of the four is growing on me - not outstanding, but interestingly complex and fairly enjoyable.

mdcrouser, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of u2shawn
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding! Balanced with citrus, funk and malt with a lasting white head and a smell of floral, funky bliss. The body is crisp but still full for a brett beer. This is the perfect spring/summer/any time beer! In my opinion this is Green Flash's best effort! Well done!

u2shawn, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear bronze with a massive, rocky head that hangs around.

Aroma is musty basement yeasty funk and herbal hop.

Taste is more of the unrelenting herbal funk from the nose and subtle bready malt. surprisingly peppery, with lemon zest and light tropical fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy medium body.

Overall an interesting beer. The herbal musty funk reminds me of Orval, however I like this much more than Orval. Definitely off the beaten path. A must try.

Blakaeris, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of CHADMC3
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange body with straw colored hues beneath the massive, foamy white head that is very slow to dissolve.

Aromas of generous Belgian yeast, faint citrus and a touch of spice float from the glass.

Tart apple or pear in the flavor! Again generous yeast and perhaps a touch of straw or grass.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a drying finish.

A nice American version of a traditional Belgian that is easy to drink and pleasant on the palate.

CHADMC3, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +4.4%

gratefulbeerhead, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of KMcG
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is explosive. There is a massive head, but it is light with large lacey bubbles. It's a bit sticky too. I didn't pour the last 1/4 form the bottle because I noticed some serious sediment. So this review is pre-sediment pour. Once the sediment is added, which I tried to minimize, the beer is hazy, but without it, the beer is color is a pale orange with only a slight frosty haze. The lace retention is nice.

The aroma is fruity with slight yeast must . Faint citrus, clove and honey sort of like Juicyfruit gum.

The taste is fairly complex. The hops are bright and fruity. There is some barn-like funk, but it is much milder than you would find in a saison for instance. The finish is peaches and pears as well as a carmel sweetness and clove that is combined with a doughy flavor that reminds me of cobbler.

The body is medium with decent carbonation. There is a lingering sweetness to the aftertaste that is pleasant and soft.

This beer was a gift from a friend. I would seek this one out for sure. I enjoyed it!

KMcG, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jmerloni
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - WOW!!! An electrifying hazy, light orange with the most unbelievable head I've ever seen on a beer in my lifetime. It took me three perfect pours to get this whole beer in the glass and I had to suck the overflowing head off the top each time. Huge, sea-foamy, wildly bubbly bright-osteowhite head.

S - Belgian yeast, spices, floral, pineapple, bubblegum.

T - WOW!!! Holy fucking shit. Awesome. Soooo refreshing and pure tasting. Bubblegum galore. Belgian yeast, lemon rind, thyme, rosemary, mint, a good dose of awesome watermelon savoriness. Flower honey. Perfect.

M - Unbelievably refreshing. Perfectly carbonated, medium-bodied. Awesome balance. Everything strikes at the right time.

D - This gets a perfect 5 from me. This beer tastes like it's existed for millennia and comes from a waterfall. I couldn't ask for more. I know no better way to describe it than that.

Edit: had it three times since and I can say this is the greatest beer I've ever had. Genius conception and expert execution in this one. A beer to drop your jaw at.

jmerloni, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of nrs207
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden orange. Huge head, leaves some lacing.

S - Belgian yeast for sure. Very fruity.

T - A little hoppy bitterness, more fruitiness. Not a hoppy fruitiness, just from the yeast I'd imagine. Tastes very similar to other Belgian pales I've had, but the fruitiness really stands out. It's not a banana fruitiness like I've noticed in a lot of these, but more of a tart fruit. Maybe a green apple.

M - Pretty smooth. There's a pretty good amount of carbonation is this one. It's refreshing on the palate, and it's a light mouthfeel. No alcohol presence that I can feel.

O - It's a good beer. Not my favorite, but good for the style. Not a bad choice to try. If you like Belgians, give this a try.

nrs207, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of barczar
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields a clear deep copper body with a 3 finger dense cream head that lingers, leaving huge lacing. Stirring the bottle before the last pour yields cloudy yeast.

Belgian yeast esters dominate the aroma with hints of candi sugar peeking through. Green apple, pineapple, lemon add complexity.

Tart green apple dominates the flavor, with a fairly bitter hop finish cutting the profile short. Initially lacks in complexity. Hints of candi sugar and belgian malt are subtle.

Body is fairly light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and fairly bitter. Alcohol warmth is fairly subdued, but present.

Overall, a bit too simple for my liking. The belgian yeast fruitiness is squashed by the bitter, relatively flavorless hops. I'm disappointed.

Once I added the yeast sediment, a bit more flavor came out, pears, a bit of funk. But there was also some phenolic flavors that were somewhat offputting. Still too bitter for me.

barczar, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4/5  rDev +4.4%

THEOPTIMATOR88, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of musicforairports
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light amber color. Enormous head. Nice lacing.

Barnyard aromas, pears, hay, dried fruit.

Flavor is dominated by young Brett notes--must, lemon, pears, hay, other fruit. Cracker-type malts also. This will taste better once it dries out a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is medium, less than expected for the crazy head.

A good beer, and definitely the most affordable Brett beer out there. I'm curious to see how this one tastes in a year or two.

musicforairports, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of dbossman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold with a huge frothy head and okay lacing though it fades a bit

S: Hoppy with Belgian yest: banana, pineapple, grassy, earthy, bready, and slightly vegetal

T: Delicious blend of tropical fruits from AMerican hops and Belgian yeast; pineapple, mango, grapefruit, bananas on top of a toasty bready malt base

F: A touch thin with a decent amount of sticky residue

O: A really nice blend of west coast American style with Belgian styles; really refreshing; great with lots of food and cheese; I will return

dbossman, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Ryan011235
2.2/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash flute on 4/4/12

Pale, watery caramel brown; medium depth. In a classic "Uh-oh?" moment I'm contending with a head of foam that easily bests four fingers (and the brim of the glass). The head deflates to about a finger's worth but doesn't leave much lace, save a few pepperings here and there. Lace catches more halfway through the glass.

Wow, the aroma is bad. Pale malt trappings and dollops of light fruit are burdened with a wretched vegetal presence that ruins everything. Amid herbs and spices is a pervassive cooked veggie aroma that manages to smell simultaneously steamed, burnt and rotten. Sometimes it smells like an herb garden, sometimes it smells like nursing home kitchen dish pans soaking in water.

Rayon Vert tastes just as unsettling. Onion, herbs, wet grass, pine, and tangy, over-ripe fruit notes. Quite like perfume, too. Zesty citric tones sit underneath and move forward a bit as it warms up.

Medium body with average carbonation. It's kind of gritty, though. The finish is actually ok; juicy citrus notes emerge at that point. Well, some bitterness does linger, too.

Rayon Vert is an good study in palate desensitization and/or acclimation. I started off hating it, then didn't mind it quite as much. Toward the end of the bottle I find myself tired of it. I wouldn't be inclined to drink this again.

Ryan011235, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of DWarcher
4/5  rDev +4.4%

DWarcher, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of MichaelBuck
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

MichaelBuck, Apr 10, 2012
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,325 ratings.