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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,301 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 93 | 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 kylehay2004
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: three finger thick frothy head on a murky golden amber body.

S: strong aroma of clove, yeast, banana, herbs and pineapple.

T: this one is very sharp and spicey off the back with a strong herbal and clove presence. The yeast is nicely represented through out. There is mild citrus sweetness but its very tart in the finish with orange and pineapple.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish as expected.

Overall: this one is pretty tart and yeasty with strong herbal notes that dont get easier to drink as its consumed hurting drinkability.

kylehay2004, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of vgarneth
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew from Green Flash lives up to their standards. Nice pour with a beautiful head that smells of citronella and lemon. The taste also has notes of citronella and citrus fruits with a pleasant body/mouthfeel. This beer was perfect for an 80 degree day on the 1st of March 2012. (Good finish)

vgarneth, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of DemoniChris
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%

DemoniChris, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of TrojanRB
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: huge, huge, huge foamy white head. Be careful with this, it's out of control. Beer is bright copper colored, faintly translucent

S: Floral and citrus

T: Piney, yeasty, a bit of spice. Almost like a saison. Lots going on here

M: light, dances on your tongue. Tastes like a very "active" beer

Overall: A very nice offering from Green Flash. Good to see them try a somewhat unique, non IPA style. Tasty beer.

TrojanRB, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of charlzm
4.11/5  rDev +7%
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.

charlzm, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of thierrynantes
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and herbal aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty, spicy and caramel flavors, leading to a dry yeasty finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Belgian Ale, close to Orval archetype.

thierrynantes, Dec 20, 2013
Photo of Brettanomaestro
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rarely can I find a beer that successfully marries sourness with hops. As someone who dislikes hops in general, anytime a beer has a powerful hops flavor it tends to be overpowering. Rayon Vert, however, finds a way to balance a powerful sourness with a powerful hops flavor and does so with both finesse and strength. Well done!

Brettanomaestro, Jul 24, 2014
Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went thru my Belgian phase years ago, & never was a fan of funky beers made with brett yeast. But I love GF beers & saw this was new, so I decided to give it a go.

Pours a beautiful bright gold with a tight tiny bubble head. Flashed back & smelled that funky Brett yeast along with some pepper & lemon notes prior to the sip. Awesome floral scent, a true symphony of flavors to the nose.

Nice balance of lemon, black pepper & slight funk in the taste. Tight carb & very bubbly on the tongue. Funk is more pronounced in the aftertaste in a good way. Also a bit tart. Alcohol is well hidden & this is a fairly easy-drinking beer.

Really liked this beer & will buy again when I'm in the mood for something Belgian-ish.

SunDevilBeer, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of KDawg
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice and rich orange/gold color with a nice frothy head

very complex with aromas of funk, oranges, florals, spice aromas and a bit of grains. Excellent depth on the aromas as well

medium/full bodied with very balanced flavors of spices, funk, oranges and a hint of various citrus flavors.

A quality belgian ale. The wild yeasts add good complexity along with a real good feel.

KDawg, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of wedge
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling, deep gold color after leaving most of the sediment behind in the bottle. A nice, fat head crowns the top, dropping slightly to a clumpy, frothy covering. Lovely, funky Belgian aroma...spicy, bright lemon, herbs, pear, and leather. Flavors of clean, zesty citrus, grass, phenolics, light earthy hop bitterness, and dry, estery yeast. Funky with a mild sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and a little drying. Good stuff! Pulls off the style very well for a US brewery.

wedge, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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
Photo of shand
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow color with a comically big head, even when paired carefully. This, combined with the very high level of carbonation creates a fantastic looking beer, easily as good looking as a Duvel. The aroma is a solid amount of spice and Belgian yeast, with a bit of hoppy American backbone. The taste is solid, with the funky Brett contributing quite a bit to the flavor. It interacts nicely with the citrus hop profile often associated with an American IPA, without quite becoming the flavor mishmash often referred to on this site as a Belgian IPA. It's quite complex, with peppery and yeasty flavors contributing to the overall effect. The mouthfeel is extremely carbonated and goes down easily, and the drinkability is good. Overall, one of the better Belgian Pales I've had. I'm really not fond of the style in general, but I wouldn't turn this one down.

shand, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber color with a huge white head. A really nice Brett character. Heavy on the fruit (especially apple), a bit of pear, lots of straw and grass, and a mild spice. Some bread and cracker and a light citric quality on the finish. The flavor is slightly tart and citrusy with lemon and lime notes. Light tropical fruit character as well as some pear and apple. Good bread and a mild spice note to it as well. Really nice.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large and lofty pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Goat pasture is featured in the smell, standing out rather boldly but not detracting. Spicy hops are also present, as is mild aromatic malt.

T: Begins bone-dry, with tangy citric acidity and yeast phenolics that suggest baking spices. Green herbaceous hop aromatics gain momentum into the middle, where a whiff of biscuit malt adds to the overall layered effect. Bitterness is striking for the style and of long duration, with some herbaceous spice and lively citrus acidity, yet also clean.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This beer stands out among high-volume, American-brewed Belgian-style ales in that it pulls no punches in its handling of brettanomyces yeast. While the standout brett notes are not unique to this beer, it does as good a job carrying the distinctive rustic notes as any American-brewed beer yet encountered. While not quite truly tart, it does come equipped with a driving acidity that strips the palate, ushering renewal with every well-carbonated sip. A telling move for Green Flash to add this beer to its year-round core lineup; it elevates the brewery above the middle ground of operations that make a decent IPA.

beagle75, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of BlackBearForge
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert pours a light golden amber in the glass, more golden than amber with a truly tremendous frothy foamy bone white head leaving great clumps of bubbly lacing on the glass as it subsides.

The nose is strong and very reminiscent of the barnyard (but in the pleasant beer-ish sort of way) with earthy hops.

The pale malts are fresh baked bread goodness with a stong spicy yeasty ester background and strong earthy hop presence. The barnyard character of the nose is present of course and the beer starts off dry and finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness in the back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium and lightly creamy, and despite the fact this beer forms a four inch head on an initial "gentle" pour, the carbonation is also medium.

After an initial reaction, simply due to being unacustomed to the barnyard Brett character, I developed a great liking to this beer. A very nice change from the IPA's and Oktoberfests I've been consuming mass quantities off.

BlackBearForge, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of PDXtoSoCal
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle in a Tulip Glass

A: golden yellow with a great pillow of head
S: Very nice nose; the Belgian part of the influence is very apparent
T: Funk right up front. Earthy/Floral notes on the back end
M: Tight carbonation with medium body
O: A Great American interpretation of the Belgian Pale Ale

PDXtoSoCal, Mar 03, 2012
Photo of Tucquan
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Golden-straw with a 4-finger pillowy white head into a belgian-style 13 oz goblet. Head fades to 2-fingers pretty quickly.

S - Fruity yeast esters with smells like pear and apple cider starting to ferment and white wine. Mild grassy aroma and very pale malt.

T - Taste has more grassy/hay, malty and bitter than the smell. The pear and apple flavors are still there but the Brett sourness, while tasty, doesn't let their fruit juiciness shine through. The white wine taste is certainly still there. The bready sweetish malt helps support the flavor. The aftertaste is lightly sour and pretty bitter.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and pretty refreshing.

O - A very nice take on a Brett beer. It's not as balanced as Orval but I like the way it is more hopped up both fruit-wise and bitter-wise.

Tucquan, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of billab914
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It pouted a hazy, orange amber color with a thick, rocky white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the earthy Brett to it with some peppery and clove spice and a little bit of a funk to it. I get a good amount of zesty citrus as well with some notes of orange and lemon.

The Brett is also pretty evident in the taste. I get more of the earthy spice with a little bit more of a funk to it in the finish. A citrusy orange and lemon zest is present as well. It's dry and crisp in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer. It had a nice balance between the Brett and the citrusy hops. It was crisp and clean with some really nice flavors. The Brett was well done as well. Very good beer overall and a very impressive American version of a classic style.

billab914, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of TCMike
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

TCMike, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Srsly
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - straw gold with a big whitish head that left some but not a ton of lacing.

S - a very interesting smell. I mostly got hops, both grassy and piney, with some spice and sweetness underneath. Just a hint of Brett on the back end.

T - The taste, like the smell, is unique. First I got a nice mouthful of west coast style hoppiness, then after that I got a hint of Belgian yeast followed by the unmistakable Brett funk. Really a lot going on. As it warmed I felt the hops mellowed and the Belgian/Brett flavors came forward.

M - Light and crisp, plenty of carbonation.

O - I can certainly see why this is a polarizing beer. I did get a whiff of band-aids once or twice, and at first the complexity and funk were a little overwhelming. As I kept drinking, though, it definitely grew on me and in the end it was an enjoyable experience. I will continue to drink it now and then, though it won't exactly be a go-to of mine.

Also, I'm curious to see how it will age and what it will taste like when the hops fade a bit, so I think I'll throw a bottle or two in the cellar.

Srsly, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of Swentzel
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz btl into an over-sized snifter..

Big head that calms down but never really goes away.. Belgian spiciness and some tart/funky tones on the nose.. hops are hiding in the background..

Taste is similar to the noise with spicy/funky Belgian yeast balanced nicely with the bitter hops.. Well carbonated. The tart notes are a welcome additive and leaves the mouth with a light bitter aftertaste..

I really like this beer and drink way too much of it...

Swentzel, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of Gmann
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep golden color with some amber hightlights; a bit hazy. The white head is big, frothy and rocky. The head slowly settles into a chunky cap.

The aroma is floral and hoppy. The is some brightness from the malt and yeast; quite perfumey and floral. Some lemony/champagne notes. Their is a strong citrus hop aroma, mainly grapefruit. There are some tropical fruit notes as well. Aroma reminds me of a AIPA. Could use some more belgian yeast characteristics.

The taste is sweet, candi sugar sweet. The malt is light and dry. Some perfumey notes from the yeast. Some tart notes, lemon and white wine. The hops work well with the rest of the beer. Again, mainly grapefruit but also some tropical fruit notes. Definitely sides on an AIPA style.

The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation. Definitely sweet on the palate but the hops balances every thing out. Drinks very well.

A very flavorful beer; nice hop profile. It could use more of a belgian yeast profile.

Gmann, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of liamt07
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz pseudo-stubby bottle into a tulip.

Orange with some lighter browns scattered in the body. Fluffy white head with good retention and some splotchy lacing. Nose has some dill, underripe citrus/citrus zest, pale malts and some spicing that's somewhat sharp in nature. Good sweet balance however. Taste has more dill, citrus zest, some mild Belgian yeast notes/spicing. Grainy pale malts. Light flavour but subtle and complex. Drying, with a hint of tartness in the finish. Flavourful, gentle and interesting - a nice complex Belgian pale that's quite easy to consume. Something I'd revisit.

liamt07, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Spider889
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the Green Flash bottle design and given the style it just seemed appropriate to pour into a Lost Abbey tulip.

I did see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle so I decanted carefully. Also, after popping the cap this threatened to be a slow gusher. Luckily I was ready to pour without delay.

The beer is wonderfully clear and is a nice brightly shined copper color - though in the right light it looks almost red. The head rises very high despite a pour that would make any Duvel drinker proud. Thick lace smears across the glass intermittently.

The aroma immediately foretells of something unique. Dry, dusty brett is the biggest characteristic, though it doesn't go overboard the way it is so easy to do with brett. Additional aromas of cobweb, spicy hops, a bit of grass, and a more typical Belgian yeast.

Crisp malt, dusty brett, assertive hop bitterness, and yeasty Belgian esters all come at you at once after each sip. There are hints of fruit dangling on the edge of each sip - largely hidden by bitterness, but they're there. I am reminded of melon here.

Carbonation is vigorous, though the beer drinks smoothly enough. There's a ton of lingering bitterness on a dry finish.

Overall Rayon Vert is a tough beer to describe - I want to compare it to both Russian River Temptation and Duvel. At times the bitterness is unwelcome, but I do enjoy Rayon Vert considerably.

Spider889, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Apr 24, 2013
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,301 ratings.