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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Rayon VertRayon Vert

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very good

1,223 Ratings
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Ratings: 1223
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%

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:
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(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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Photo of mattsander

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium clarity, glowing golden with an apricot center. Overcarbonated, a gusher. Long lasting nice head.

S: Spicy yeast character, lots of phenolic brett funk. Smell is complex but sort of 'dull' to me.

T: My bottle was overcarbonated which I feel dulled the experience. I wanted to taste a more malt and hop, the yeast and brett phenolics really dominate this beer.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:29:34 | More by mattsander
Photo of ThomasMetal75


3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:43:52 | More by ThomasMetal75
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a hazy caramel peach color with a dense foam head that is just a touch more tan than it is snow white.

S: Aroma is ridiculously spicy, more than any Belgian I can remember. Pepper, clove, cumin, sage, there's a lot going on here. Supplementing the spice cabinet in your nose is light apricot, bright melon and some potent floral hops.

T/M: Carbonation is stinging but not overwhelming. Spiciness is once again apparent on the tongue but acts as a backbone to light Belgian fruitiness and yeast more than a stand alone trait like it does in the aroma. Floral hops kick in the longer you taste it and end with a bitter touch.

It's actually pretty light with a spicy lingering aftertaste. It's like a Belgian pale ale with spices added. By the way, it's spicy. Did I mention it was spicy?


Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 23:45:46 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of nrs207


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:22:57 | More by nrs207
Photo of twiggamortis420


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a somewhat clear, dark gold color with a massive cap of off-white head, probably a 2:1 ratio in favor of the foam with a gentle pour.

Smells like brettanomyces. Thats about all…big, bold, rotting wood brett.

Taste is all about the brett, which is fine if you are into that sort of thing. There really is very little base beer aspects that are notable. Maybe a kiss of herbal hops on the finish along with a frontal granola grain aspect...and that is reaching. If you want a brett-bomb, this is your beer. I want to say that if you like Orval, this beer will appeal to you, but I don’t think this is as well put together.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 21:14:03 | More by twiggamortis420
Photo of bmwats


3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber hue. Large cascading, frothy head. Settles slowly, and unevenly. Spotty lacing.

S: Pine resin, and lots of lemon citrus. Lavender, fermented raspberry, and freshly cut grass.

T: Bitter pine and hay, with just a slight hint of raspberry.

M: Crisp and steely. Bitter throughout, with a very dry finish.

D: The bitterness will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Amber hue, with a large head and some slight lacing. Nose is really piney, accentuated with citrus and other fruit notes, with a really floral character. Bitter pine and hay with a touch of fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 02:54:06 | More by bmwats
Photo of HalfFull


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazed copper color, and bright orange golden in the light, into a globe glass, this Rayon Vert looks to be somewhat of a Flemish translation of 'Green Flash' and a somewhat modified continuation of their Treasure Chest charity brew concept. The pour has an inch of almost white foam that offers strong retention and lacing.

Malty and fruity aroma when first opened, the nose adds various layers with exposure. Some earthy hops are present along with peppery spice and clove, bit of lemon from the foam. Brett notes are subtle to me, ebbing and flowing through the malty body, and more as clove and fruity(strawberry) cheese than any barnyard aromas.

Taste has several layers as well depending on what you're concentrating on. More pepper and clove up front with layered fruit on the finish. As the beer warms the mouthfeel fills up a bit, adding spice and a grainy texture to the finish. An interesting beer to pick apart, perhaps I should have another one..

Edit: New rendition is sickly overcarbonated as of Spring 2013. Brett is more evident in nose and taste however. Bottom line; if it weren't for these robust bottles this would likely explode in distribution. 4.0 to 2.0 on appearance/overall. Seek this one on tap in the meantime, rare as it may be.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 07:04:31 | More by HalfFull
Photo of Murrhey


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Reviewed live.

A- Fluffed up to a thick three finger whitish head that fades to spotty tufts of foam. Hazy orangish color and good carbonation.

S- Hoppy and some dark grains in the nose as well.

T- Sweet and gummy, some lighter hops but really gentle and sweet.

M- Medium bodied. Weak carbonation. No linger.

O- Not my favorite style, but drinkable and smooth.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 08:19:35 | More by Murrhey
Photo of ArrogantBastage


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a very thick, dense head that tops off the tulip right to the rim. Head slowly dissipates leaving plenty of lacing in the glass and settles into a nice island of meringue like foam. A nice ring of foam remains as well.

S- Loads of phenols in the aroma as well as hops. Smells of band aid, bretty funk, yeast, hops, faint malt and some tropical fruit notes like pineapple in the background. As the beer warms more of the Belgian like aromas take over and the signature brett aromas begin to dominate. Band aid like phenols along with aromas of apricots, pineapple, mango are the dominate smells once the beer opens up all the way.

T- Slightly spicy in the beginning followed by the band aid like phenols swiftly filled in with slightly sweet malt and bitter hops. Dries a little in the finish but not overly so. Hop bitterness lingers as well as a subtle brett like flavor that I can’t quite pin down.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of prickly carbonation.

D- Enjoyable and one that I find is worth sipping on to see how the beer develops as it warms. Not a bad example of an American made Belgian pale ale. I’d be interested to see how Green Flash develops this in future batches. Recommended to those that like beers like Orval and Ommegang BPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:20:34 | More by ArrogantBastage
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great. Golden glowing body, a bit murky..as in, not crystal clear. Big white foamy head, nice lacing

Aroma is a bit dull and subdued. Nothing bad here. Some spice and light malt. Toasted crackers. Some clove and light banana

While the taste isn't spectacular, it does match well with the feel. It's crisp and clean. Some spice on the end just before it leaves for dryness. Light biscuit up front that doesn't last long. These flavors are light, a bit thin. I thought maybe this would have more hops, being from GF, but it's well balanced. White pepper hints. Some clove and mint.

Would like to see this with lover abv as I think it would be a great session beer, or aperitif

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:11:39 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of AdamBear


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-coudy gold with a nice white head

S-i'm getting a hint of old funk and a mustyness. definitely getting the pale belgian malts. has a touch of dogbreath. has a lot going on, decent strength

T-comes in as it smells along with a certain earthyness to it. its a quality taste with a very earthy after-taste. not bad, not extremely belgian tasting but good in its own respect.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-this isn't quite what i was hoping for, but i enjoyed it and would maybe get it again at some point. if you want a good pale belgian, just get one from belgium

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 20:34:24 | More by AdamBear
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent tarnished orange shows a strong display of effervesce. The head builds nicely on this, evident of a Belgian yeast strain that dominates the vessel. Soft cream coloring with a porous foamy content is a good 3 fingers high with a good rate of stay and a very good coverage.

S: Barnyard funk, hay and some horse blanket are first to get noticed from the strong brettanomyces presence. Wet aging barn wood. The yeast is dominant, the hops not so much, musky greenery.

T: Barnyard funk again, strong and musky tones of hay and horse blanket from the yeast. Musky grains, sour citrus and lemon with an earthy musky greenery. Touches of malt sweetness interlude.

M: fairly crisp upfront, frothy on the hold with a slippery texture and mid-range body. Sour musky fade. The brettanomyces yeast truly stands out and may not be for the faint of heart but overshadows what little hoppiness it has. Lots of barnyard funk and love the strong Belgian yeast, an aspect many American breweries tend to shy away from, this embraces it and doesn’t hold back. Youll either love it because of the yeast or be turned off.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 23:35:12 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of greybeardloon

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date.

A: Huge, loose head that hangs around forever.

S: Plasticy, medicinal, tart green apple candy. Quite a prominent nose.

T: Much like the nose, with a definate funk and tartness. Fairly dry on the finish. Light malt presence.

M: Fairly light and surprisingly still given the huge head.

O: A slow sipper for me. A solid beer, but not one I enjoy much or am likely to pick up again. I can see how others would like it, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 02:03:36 | More by greybeardloon
Photo of threeviews

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz "Green Flash" embossed bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- A mostly conservative pour yields a hazy, tangerine orange liquid with a massive, 3+ finger rocky head which sticks around for days. Huge amounts of carbonation geiser up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Wow...something that I've never experienced with a beer. Initially, I get something reminiscent of a creamsicle. However, once the head subsides I get this pungent musty/hay/barnyard/linoleum aroma that seems to make Rayon Vert a style closer to a Geuze than a Belgian Pale Ale.

T- Much like that surprising aroma described earlier, I get a lot of that in the taste. Again, this beer treads much more closely to a Geuze than anything...but without a bottle on date, the flavors I am experiencing might be due to sampling a bottle with some age.

M- Huge carbonation makes this brew finish spicy and a bit tart. The 7.0% ABV is undetectable and the medium body makes this one quite drinkable.

O- Unlike any Belgian Pale Ale I have ever experienced. Unfortunately, this won't be for everyone but for those wishing to expand their palate (or fans of Geuze beers), this is definitely one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 23:07:40 | More by threeviews
Photo of DrDemento456


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Well thats pretty cool the carbonation is so good on this as I pop the cap I can see the bottle top fill with foam. In the glass I get a full inch of head that quickly turns to a patchy lace ring. Color is a hazy dark tinted amber/orange.

S - The nose smells promising with Belgium yeast spiciness, lemon and some floral hops.

T - Not really bad but the hops are pretty dry and piney in this. The sweetness of the Belgium sugar balance is minimal and it's hard to make out any other flavors because of how dry the hopping is.

M - Medium bodied and kind of hard to drink. Could use less hops.

Overall I have had more balanced Belgium pale ales but this one seems to be a Belgium IPA since the level of hopping is kind of excessive. One and done.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 20:41:00 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 01:20:45 | More by Amalak
Photo of JohnnyMc


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a perfect head and has a nice dark golden look to it as well as a decent amount of carbonation.

There is a musty, yeasty aroma with some mild fruit as well. The malt definitely overwhelms the hops in this brew and there is a biscuit type taste. This finishes with a very dry and bitter aftertaste and it feels slightly like champagne in your mouth. This is much better as it gets warmer.

On the bottle it says continuously evolving, so I might try to get some for aging. This is a decent Belgian inspired Pale Ale, but I have had better beers by Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:06:05 | More by JohnnyMc
Photo of crossovert


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle.

It pours a murky amber, huge white head that leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is dominated by brett. Smells like an Orval but less complex with a bigger medicine scent.

The taste is mostly brett too, a subtle bit of hops rounds it out.

If you like brett give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:34:22 | More by crossovert
Photo of bahnfire


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 4 pack of this in the back corner of one of my goto bottle shops. I had read that folks looking for a bretty beer should check this out. I love me some brett so I picked it up. I have also read about some over carbination issues with this beer.

A: Beer poured an giant 5 finger head and just a tiny bit of actual beer. Over carbonated indeed. Took 12 minutes to pour an actual glass. But once it was poured it looked perfectly fine to my eye.

S: The smell is everything I want in a bretty IPA. Brett funk. Loving it.

T: I get no brett in the taste, big letdown for me here. I want funk on the nose and in the taste. Not here. Taste is not bad, but no funk.

MF: Smooth, semi dry, pleasant.

O: This beer is not bad. It is just not what I was expecting given other reviews. It is a perfectly fine belgian IPA. But if you want a bretty IPA that smells and tastes funky, look for Anchorage Galaxy White IPA, Mikkeller Farmhouse Invasion IPA, or Grassroots/Mikkeller Wheat is the new hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:18:27 | More by bahnfire
Photo of od_sf


3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1

I was pretty happy when I discovered Green Flash Rayon Vert last year. Solid brett beer that I was planning on buying regularly so as to not spend massive amounts of money on Orval all the time.

But I'm done with Rayon Vert. Out of the last five 4-packs I have bought recently, every single beer has been a gusher, with 30 to 50% of the liquid not making it into my glass. We're talking miniature beer geysers here. Six inches of over-carbonated beer shooting straight out of the bottle. Good thing they use thick bottles, otherwise I'm sure these would have been bottle bombs. I properly stored them and made sure that they experienced zero agitation for a few days prior to opening, so that's not the issue.

It's such a pain in the ass to clean, and it's a bummer when you lose half the beer like this.

I emailed Green Flash customer service to let them know about my experience, and they didn't even bother sending a quick response to acknowledge my email. Needless to say, I won't be buying any more of their offerings.

In a nutshell: very decent Belgian style pale ale with brett that is quite delicious... when you can manage to get the beer out of the bottle and into your glass instead of on the counter.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 21:18:49 | More by od_sf
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New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:16:36 | More by JonnyHOPkins
Photo of Etan


3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz into a tulip.

AL Pours a darkish gold with a huge spongy white head.

S: Leathery brett, apricot, floral, minerals, mild caramel.

T: Astringent bitterness (hops?), light clove, gamey funk, sweet pale malt, a bit leafy.

M: Light-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: The odd astringent bitterness here sort of ruined the experience. Maybe I'll revisit again and hope it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:29:28 | More by Etan
Photo of udubdawg


3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

let's just get Overall out of the way. This is a relatively tasty beer that doesn't seem at all like what I expect from a Belgian Pale Ale. The Brett is overwhelming the rest of the beer already. I am hopeful that new aromas will come forth as it ages (impoves?)

The beer looks great in the glass. gorgeous. Light coppery color, brilliant other than a tiny whisp of yeast that made it into the bottle and slowly spreads throughout the rest of the glass. Effervescent, topped with a large creamy white with hints of yellow head of such tiny bubbles it looks like meringue. A few lines of tiny bubbles feed the stubborn head and it leaves great lace.

OK, so there's one smell here that overwhelms. I have as good a nose as anyone but all I get is phenolic, specifically band-aid. I like phenolics but I want to smell malt - moderately rich caramel/pilsner/toasty malt aromas - and hops with restrained yeast components in a Belgian Pale Ale. I get a slight spicy hop aroma but really it is hard to think of this as anything but medicine cabinet.

I enjoy the flavor more, and quickly settle in to taste what it has to offer. Sort of a lemony spicy flavor that could be noble hops or a yeast component. ample phenolics. Light pilsner malt. Bitterness is moderate, fruitiness is as well. clean, no diacetyl. Seems skillfully done, but I don't really appreciate the yeast/brett profile in this beer to this point. Some alcohol flavor comes out as it warms.

moderately light body, effervescent, very light alcohol warmth, no astringency. Crisp, enjoyable as it goes down.

so, I'd have it again, but not if I were looking for BPA. Hoping for more depth out of the brett as this ages too...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 23:57:16 | More by udubdawg
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3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Clear orange color. Nice, very dense and big and solid light tan head, that more or less stays put. Light carbonation, very smooth. Some dryness, good texture, sort of estery. Interesting, hard to describe aroma... Some lemon zest, also spice in the hops. Taste is some bitter, zesty sweetness, and some balanced spice. Good, interesting, tasty brew. A nice Belgian-style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 20:15:34 | More by GinaBeerInc
Photo of champ103


3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A towering, bubbly white head forms and leaves rings of lace.
S: Hops, lots of passion fruit hops. Mango, peach, papaya. Then becomes soapy and oily. Just on the nose I would have said this was an IPA. Not surprising from Green Flash. No yeast, nothing I would consider Belgian.
T: Up front is the mango, peach, passion fruit hops. Maybe just a hint of spicy, busty, Belgian yeast in the finish. Though there is no finish or aftertaste what so ever.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Really slick and oily and a bit on the thin side for me. Needs to be way more crisp and dry. Not hard to drink at all. I will finish the bottle in no time.

Really not a bad beer. Just does not hit any style buttons for anything Belgian as far as I am concerned. The four pack will be drunk, but this is not what I am going to reach for when I want Belgian anything.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 21:52:49 | More by champ103
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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