Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 1,350 | Reviews: 427
Photo of Arbitrator
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L.

There's no bottle date, so I am free to assume this is uber-fresh and review it accordingly.

A: Upon pouring, the beer transforms largely into foam, which simply does not dissolve. My Duvel tulip is over 5 fingers of head with an extremely murky, burnt sunset orange body hiding underneath. As the head retreats, it leaves huge swaths of sticky curtains down the sides of the glass. A bit overcarbed and not clear, but otherwise great to look at.

S: Brett funk is evident even from pouring at arm's length. It fills the area with aromas of hay, minerals, lemon rind, and pepper. Occasionally there's an off-note of sulfur. I'm not picking up much in the way of hops aside from a small grapefruit presence; right now this is pretty yeast-dominated, but that's not a bad thing.

T: The taste is somewhat hoppier than the nose indicated. Grapefruit, tangerine blend seamlessly with musty, barnyard brett expressions. There are interesting orchard fruit flavors of apple and peach in here. They lead into lemon rind and white pepper in the finish.

M: This has a very clean finish. One thing I don't like about Sanctification (which isn't quite the same style, but you can see why I'd make a comparison) is the minerally finish it has. This beer closes dry and clean, with just the lightest oiliness far into the aftertaste. The carbonation is spritzy enough to make the beer feel lively, but not watery.

O: I wish they'd bottle date; I get the feeling my bottle isn't really that fresh. That's probably the only thing stopping me from buying more in the future, probably by the case. Otherwise, this is drinkable, refreshing, and affordably priced.

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 3Floyds pint glass.

Great pour, as Rayon Vert sports a lingering taupe head that spatters webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. The body is a hazy, iced-tea orange with ample carbonation. Nice aroma, too, flaunting tangerine flesh and pungent, earthy Brett notes. Hops are floral and bright and the malts grainy with hints of bread dough.

Spicy hops and spicier yeast is the motif of Rayon Vert. Leafy, herbal hops combine with Belgian yeast esters and a kiss of funk from the Brettanomyces. The 7% is well hidden until the end, where a hit of warming alcohol flashes across the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a dry, medium body. Overall, a fairly tasty beer, but I was expecting a bit more from Green Flash given the ingredients to this beer. Perhaps after a few months of aging the Brett will really start to shine.

Photo of mynie
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was sold to me as an American approximation of Orval, which of course is worth 7 bucks a four pack.

It pours like Orval. Very nicely hazy with a rocky white head. Smells like Orval, too: aggressively hopped for the style, big nodes of spice with some light fruity tinges. Only, there's just a wee bit of something off about it, a little hit of medicinal-ness.

Tastes about the same as it smells, only the medicinal nodes are slightly more pronounced and there's a small hint of brett that wasn't present in the aroma. Fruity up front, lightly sour in the back, and then woody and hoppy near in the end. It's all great aside from that one off node, which makes the aftertaste a little offputting.

Photo of tbeckett
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a yeast streaked medium golden colour. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top. Colour turned hazy after the yeast had time to blend in. Good minute streaks of lace and one finger of retention.

S - Super sour. Hay, lemon, mustry and super funky. Can't wait to dive in.

T - Less sour than the aroma would lead you to believe. Light malty character and some light wood.

M - No finish. The flavour simply disappears. Medium to full body and good carbonation.

O/D - Weird mouthfeel and less sourness than the aroma. If those issues weren't there this would be a really nice beer. Good but lacking.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a huge 4-finger white head that sticks all over the rim and reduces slowly, leaving lots of lace.

Reading about this, it sounded like GF was going for something very similar to Orval, and I'd say they certainly Americanized the Orval character, losing the subtleties in this nose with its notes of bread, blood orange pith, pear, honey and earthy herbs.

The medium bodied palate is bright with the slight Brett-tartness and a big carbonation- flavors of bitter orange, apples and earthy herbal tones. The middle brings a sizable bitterness while the booze makes a statement on the finish, lingering with the breadiness and herbal characters.

Overall not bad, but as I've said, it certainly tastes like an Americanized beer, with nowhere near the complexity of the brew I think its trying to mimic. That said, though, this is certainly a candidate for the cellar, and its ageability gives it a few extra points.

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Even with a gentle pour, an enormous, fluffy white head forms immediately and lingers with the amber beer. The liquid is fairly hazy, even taking care not to disturb the yeast. The nose is brett: horsey, some hay. Brett and barnyard dominate the front of the flavor profile too, followed by a light pear or green apple. The finish is exceptionally dry, with a bit of grain. It's a light bodied beer that is quenching and very easy to drink. Very nice.

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tasting glass at the brewery.

Funky for a pale ale. Is there some Brett in here? Whatever Belgian yeast Green Flash uses in their Belgian pales I'm not crazy about. Lightly tart. Fruity. Interesting. Ultimately, I don't think it's for me.

Photo of rinhaak
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to the store looking for Orval. They had sold out that morning, but Rayon Vert was recommended to me as an "Orval clone." Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't hoping for an American Orval and had tasted it on its own merits. In any case, while it certainly owes its influence to Orval, Orval it is not.

Rayon Vert is pretty dry and heavy on the brett. A bit bitter, there's a strong hop presence, as well as lemon candy, honey lozenges, and herbal tea flavors. I didn't feel it was a very balanced beer: while there were certainly many flavors, they almost seemed in competition and didn't really blend.

I would like to try the beer again in a blind tasting; perhaps with an open mind, I might have a different tasting experience. But for me, it doesn't rank among the better Belgian Pales, and it certainly doesn't compare to Orval.

Photo of WEBBEER
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into oversized stemmed tulip. Produced 3 inches of light "root beer float" cream colored head. Frothy meringue like head that lasted for entire serving. Ale is a copper to amber color, slightly cloudy. Heavy lace. Excellent strong malt and bread like smell. Taste of sweet malt, mild hops and of sour fruit. Mild cling of alcohol viscosity in the mouthfeel as expected from a 7%. Overall a pleasant ale that I would recommend and sample again.

Photo of Tone
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, tart citrus, hint of hop, hint of pale malt, hint of spice, hint of grass, hint of alcohol. Fresh, strong, and pungent aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tartness, hint of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of of citrus. Overall, good appearance, amazingly great aroma, but the body is greatly lacking in comparison to the strength of the aroma.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot color with a huge rocky white head. Left behind lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma of herbal hops, clove, menthol and earthy brett notes.

Like the aroma, the taste was herbal with clove, menthol and brett. Menthol notes lingered thru the finish.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

A unique-tasting Belgian pale with the menthol so prominent. I like it but didn't love it.

Photo of themind
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Everytime I have this beer it overflows my beer glass. The beer is just so carbonated that it actually hurts the brew in my opinion. The taste is good but it's hard to judge when I only get half a glass because the other half is on the bar dripping down the barstool. The mouthfeel of this brew is just a mess.

Bottom line: good taste when you can get it into your mouth.

Photo of onechordwonder
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So much foam. I had to pay extra attention on the second bottle to make sure I hadn't just goofed it the first time around; but it does actually pour with a 5 finger head.

The smell may be the best part of this beer, it's bright, citrusy and funky like wet hay. The taste is all funk, with a little more malt than you'd expect.

Overall, just okay. Not the brewery's best effort.

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.

Photo of NardiByNature
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Sediment at the bottom of the bottle; a careful pour yields a massive head: fluffy, cratered, and eggshell white, it really takes its time settling down into a nice pancake; leaves behind plenty of lacing. The beer is sort of a burnt gold with streams of carbonation.

S: Lemon meringue pie or key lime pie. Go figure. Sort of a baby powder smell too. Overall the aroma of this brew is mild. Gets a little funky as the beer warms which I liked.

T: Fruit snacks and a little fresh grass. Some bitter hops in the aftertaste.

M: Soft like most BPAs, but wetter even though it’s a litte more hopped. Fizzy. Alcohol is basically undetectable.

O: It’s appearance (right down to the stylin’ bottle) was its strongpoint for me, followed by the aroma. I found the taste a little bland, and the aftertaste phenol-ically clawing. If you like Green-Flash and you’re curious about their take on a BPA, give it a shot.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Doug for giving me this bottle. He got it from the west coast and now I see the beer on the shelf at Julio’s.

Big foamy head that appears to be soapy suds. Clinging lace. Bright brass colored beer with excellent clarity and some escaping bubbles.

Aroma is of yeast, plastic, a touch of funk and some fruit.

The plastic/rubber taste is up front with a lot of surprising bready notes just after. Lots of yeast notes and what I sometimes describe as spice, but it’s really different here. A nice bitter aftertaste that is a combination of hop bitterness and some complexity from the yeast. Not as fruity in flavor as some of the aroma notes.

Delicate body, really effervescent.

Nice refreshing beer.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow that's approaching gold with tons of bubbles. A soon as you pop the cap you get an above average hiss that translates into billowy, fluffy off white head that takes up half the glass. A constant stream of bubbles from the bottom feeds it's gigantor size.

The nose is a good portion of Belgian yeast, dusty hops and some farmhouse. It's the farm scents that I'll never understand in a beer but someone out there must love it.

Rayon Vert has smooth, balanced flavor that has one foot in the farm and one foot in a brew house. Sweet toasted grains mixed with that Belgian twang, light citrus and subtle ginger like spices. This one puts me out of my comfort zone but in a very good way. I find the flavor unique and interesting.

Mouthfeel is also a light with a fine champagne carbonation, adding to the sizzle and zest of the brew. Unique and tasty well worth trying. I remain not a huge fan of Belgian anything but this one was really good.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever.
Smells of pepper and spice mostly. Light hints of sweet honey like malt countered with grapefruit and zest. Taste is spicy with pepper, lightly sweet with honey like malt, lemony and citrusy with hops. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a fizzy syrupy chalky mouthfeel. Decent Belgian pale that I'm glad I got to try, but probably not something I would seek out again.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and hoppy. A really nice blend of classic belgian sweetness and spiciness with a west coast hop profile. Nothing is overwhelming yet the flavors feel so big. Like a belgian style tripel with a west coast twang. Quite nice. Big yet brisk mouthfeel. Euro hop bitterness, slightly spicy finish. Tasty and drinkable. Little bit of alcohol heat but doesnt take away from the style much.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Came gushing out of the bottle despite no agitation. Has a dark golden color with several inches of head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, funk. Taste is funky, spicy, malts, some fruits, different but good. Feels medium-full in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refrigerated 22 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass

A - Deep amber color, even slow pour results in very large head (4 fingers plus) that lasts a while and produces significant lacing

S - Brett predominates (as it should), then some fruitiness and yeastiness

T - Yeasty/malty at first with a hint of spiciness, then the Brett kicks in and it ends pretty sour

M - A bit thin and dry, moderate carbonation.

O - A pretty good effort, like all the Green Flash offerings I've tried. It's a relatively uncomplex flavor, or I would have bumped up to an overall 4 instead of 3.5, but it's a close call.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a globed DFH glass

A- Poured a hazy medium amber color with fluffy head that leaves quite a bit of spotty lace

S- Hay funk, banana, clove, lemon, and bready notes. Very well balanced aroma

T- Big funky barnyard hay taste, lemon, bready and chalky yeasty notes. A very unique flavor profile, I can't quite put my finger on some of these flavors, but it is spicy, yeasty, and funky.

M- High prickly carbonation, kind of dry chalky quality

O- A very unique tasting beer. I like it, but not sure how often I would go reach for a beer like this. I heard this is very similar to Orval, which I had recently and did not like. I notice some similarities in aroma and a little in taste, but I actually like this beer and did not care for Orval at all. I don't get the overly bitterness and salty qualities I got with Orval.

Photo of capeannbass36
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, golden orange(until the sediment turns the clarity to a haze) with a huge white head. O.K. lacing throughout.

S- Slight clove spice, hops, and an "unknown" "funk" to my senses.

T- Hops. Just a hint of sweet clove spice at the start. Followed by the "unknown" "funk".

M- Clean. Somewhat dry finish. O.K. carbonation.

O- This is my second Green Flash beer. Either my taste buds are uneducated or something is a miss for me with this brewery. Could it be "Brett"? Only asking as I have not had that style. There is an aftertaste here that I am simply not a fan of.

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.