Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 425
Hads: 1,350
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
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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Reviews: 425 | Hads: 1,350
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Damn you, Green Flash, with your cases only bottle dating! Not as big a deal with this one as some of their others, but still a pet peeve.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a huge 3-4 finger pillowy head. I let it settle for five minutes or so, and the head reaches an equilibrium around one finger. After it sits for a few minutes, I notice that at the top of the beer, there is a one finger layer that is a bit lighter in color than the rest of the body. I swirl it a bit and it disappears, then reappears again. I'm not sure what this layer is, but it looks pretty cool, even if it isn't supposed to be there. Also some noticeable tiny floaters suspended in the body.

S - Very floral with lots of coriander. As significant amount of pepper, spicy hops, and fruitiness. Also a touch of Brett-like funk.

T - The floral character follows the nose. Big flavors of peppery lemon, tartness, with a hop bite. There is a bit of a funkiness that makes this beer sort of a BPA/Saison hybrid and I think that is a very good thing. Very well done.

M - Has prickly carbonation, characteristic of the style, and a medium body. The finish is dry, yet refreshing.

O - I was very impressed by this Green Flash offering. The aroma and taste were phenomenal. It has the bite of a BPA, with a bit of saison funkiness/tartness. The flavors melded well, and it has an impressively refreshing character for a 7% beer. Great for a hot day. I will certainly get this again. (1,493 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, summery orange color. Over two fingers of off-white head, and boy is it frothy. It looks like clouds. It laces like a dream too: walls of it wearing a spindly crown. Lovely.

Rayon Vert starts off smelling quite like an Orval: lemony and lightly funky and grassy. As it warms up the hops start revealing some more tropical fruit aromas, but more importantly the years begins to dominate things. The yeast strain throws out plastic and banana peel as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The phenols are nearly out of control. This beer doesn't smell like band-aids -- it smells like a dentist's office. It smells so much of latex and sterilization and even the slight metallic tang of the hops approximates a dental tool. It's not unpleasant, but it isn't great either. This beer would have a more refined aroma if the yeast were reigned in.

The hops hit right up front (as they should in what is ostensibly still an IPA) with a lemon/pineapple/peach flavor. That sounds better than it tastes; it's a bit muddled and not very vibrant. Grassy, steely hop flavors line the sides of the tongue. The phenols, however, are too aggressive. It's very plastic-y and astringent, in a way that somehow diminishes/works against the hop flavor. This does have a healthy amount of Brettanomyces on the finish, which I appreciate. I'm scoring it a 4.0 for the style (of which I find there are few great examples), but it's really more of a 3.5.

The mouthfeel is fine, I guess, for an IPA with Belgian tendencies. It's dry and lively with carbonation. It works. Overall, though, this is a beer in need of some refinement. It's reasonably tasty, but it mimics Orval without capturing it's true refinement and magic. It's probably the best American attempt at capturing Orval, for what it's worth. (1,844 characters)

Photo of peacebone116
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dee over at Bobby's Liquors for sharing this one with me!
12-oz bottle into small Allagash tulip.

A: Pours a bright amber/orange color with noticeable carbonation rising to the top of an off white head that retains well.

N: A citrus nose is quickly overpowered and dominated by a Belgian yeast esters that brings to mind banana, spices, & lilly.

T/M: This one is dominated by the funkiness of wild yeast with flavors of banana, clove & allspice, as well as a bit of sweet dough. There is a nice blend of these floral qualities with a bitter citric hoppiness that compliments the sweet malt flavors. This ale is very light to medium body that finishes very dryly.

Overall, this is an interesting beer. It really is not my favorite style, but I find the style very intriguing. There is a great deal of complexity in general, and this ale does not disappoint in that regard. (887 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to Danieelol, poured into an Amager tulip.

Gigantic 3 finger head of off-white foam and growing as it leaves the bottle. Beer is a deeper golden colour with a bit of haze about it. Decent head retention and some lacing spots.

Nice smell of musty Brett along with citrus in the form of orange and orange peel and a little bit of ground spice.

Taste has some Brett about it along with some "passio-nectar" juice about it. Does seem a little simplified compared to how it smells.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and then you remember the ABV of 7% and it is what it should be. The Brett doesn't dry or tart it out too much as you are keen to always head back for more. The excessive carbonation upon pouring doesn't seem that noticeable here.

Nice beer to drink, refreshing for hot days, enough going on to drink whenever. Seems to execute well what it set about to do. (885 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden hue which leaves a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is a touch of farmhouse funk,peaches,blackberries,white grapes and grassy herbal hops and i find the Brett really dominates the aroma,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and abit overcarbonated with tastes of peaches,farmhouse funk,bready malts and finished with a bittersweet finish of herbal hops and candy and overall its nice and very drinkable but not really something for special occasions just a solid session beer for me cheers. (518 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Has the color of an American Pale Ale as opposed to a lighter colored Belgian coiunterpart. Pours with a massive two to three fingered head, no matter what I did, it was billowing and lots of carbonation in the beginning. Pours a copper gold color that's nice and clear. I opted to leave the sediment in the bottle, didn't want to spoil the appearance.

S - Coriander, some barynyard funk, mild lemon grass, pears, and white grapes.

T - Mimics the nose - pears, white grapes, a little bit of lemon peel, and some sour funk mixed in to make for an interesting beer. There's some slight alcohol presence and the sip ends with a substantial bitter lemon peel, pepper, and citrus bite the darn near sucks the spit off your tongue...very dry and lots of snap.

M - Medium feel with a very DRY body and lots of silky carbonation on the tongue.

O - This beer is well brewed and is a nice venture to a style not seen very often in the U.S. (that I know of so far). Coming from Green Flash, I wouldn't expect anything less - nicely done. (1,034 characters)

Photo of danieelol
4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful golden red with lovely head and lacing.

Smell is brett with peach mango and passionfruit hops. Imagine Orval with the hop profile of WCIPA. Awesome.

Taste is so dry. Lots of passionfruit and a kind of Brett-y bitterness. So drinkable.

Mouthfeel is spiderweb-y Brett and then mango/Tripel style tannins.

Overall blown away by this. A really well-conceived Orval tribute and an instant classic. (414 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little bit of gushing after taking the cap off, quickly poured into my Unibroue tulip and avoided any spillage. Color is a slightly hazy orange with a huge white head that won't quit + good lacing, lots of carbonation evident.

Belgian yeast, candi sugar, lemony hops, a bit of farm/straw and light brett in the scent. Quite nice with good strength as well.

Not quite as good as the scent but similar. Big Belgian yeast, straw, grassiness, light brett, some light hoppage - grapefruit/lemon/citrus? Kind of a saison vibe.

Good full mouthfeel, carbonation is about medium, good balance of flavors.

Coming from Green Flash I expected this to be much hoppier, not a complaint though. It goes easy on the brettiness and hops while still remaining interesting and tasty. (768 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy orange with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows passion fruit and gooseberries. Also very noticeable are funky, horse-blanket notes. A great mix of hops and brett.
Very similar flavours with more fruity hops and slightly tart brett notes, creating a very refreshing start. The fruit and acidity quickly fades however, leaving plain cardboard and bready notes.
Carbonation is a little full on for my liking. (415 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to John for this one! 12 oz. bottle poured on March 9th, 2012 into a Bruery tulip.

A - Cloudy, dark golden coloring. Large, three-finger light yellow head. Okay retention and absurdly thick lacing.

S - Definitely get the Belgian influence here. Bretty must, hay, and wet grass. Light cherry tartness. Acidic light fruits. A light undertone of malt grains.

T - Underwhelming. Bready yeast, light hops, further citrus. Faint residual sugars. Not a whole lot of depth here.

M - Light-medium body, average carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - The brett yeast is a bit soft compared to what I expected, though I still enjoyed the aroma. Taste really didn't bring anything new to the table. (698 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle compliments of Thorpe429 aka Thorpe<3sRayon.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a massive white head. Steadily fades to a thin layer of foam with nice lace. Aroma has a soft funky brett presence with light fruit, Belgian yeast and spice. Enjoyed this after it warmed up and carbonation died down a little bit. Sweet fruit and malt blend with earthy and funky saison like notes for a refreshing, balanced BPA. Very exciting to see this year round. (460 characters)

Photo of aorloski
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a gorgeous golden orange, huge tight white head

Smell - Wow, one of the best smelling beers I've ever smelled in this category. Bretty, spice, lemon, funk, barnyard. Just buy this damn thing NOW and find out for yourself.

Taste - KNOCKOUT. Peppery lemons, funky brett, zesty sweet citrusy oranges. i am in awe

Mouthfeel - great carbonation to allow all these delicate flavors to develop over the tongue.

Overall - I think this one tastes a lot like boulevards saison-brett, which was one of my favorite beers this year and the fact that this is so available and you can lay some down to let the brett develop more is amazing. pair this one with some whole milk bleu cheese or gorgonzola and you are in heaven. This is fantastic. Top 5 of the year so far. (777 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a big, 3+ fingers of off white had.

Smell. Sour funk, some sweet red apples and sweet citrus fruits.

Taste. Funky yeast and brett, some bitter citrus rind and spoiled fruit, old running shoes comes to mind.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body and strong carbonation.

Overall. Nice bold experiment here. The tastes don't work especially well togethe but I still enjoyed it as something different. (437 characters)

Photo of PeterIngemi
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass

A- pours a hazy copper/amber with a rocky 3 finger slightly off white head, which dissapates nicley and leaves a ton of lacing, a very nice looking brew

S- some serious Brett funk, nice and tart, citrus, a hint off clove, but mostly lemony sour funk, touch of pepperyness

T- much like nose, very funky and tart, the clove is there but it takes a back seat and blends in nicley with the rest of the taste profile, a few light grassy notes in there too, this is an awesome tasting beer.

M- lush and refreshing high/medium carbonation gives this brew a touch of effervescence, very drinkable, I guess I would say medium bodied, creamy.

O- this beer is awesome!! And I could see it being really awesome on a nice hot summer day, nice tart citrus funk, very well done. (815 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (888 characters)

Photo of DrFayhee
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden-orange color with a nice thick head.
Smell is reminiscent of dry Breton or Norman cider with some apricot, straw, and hops.
Flavor was more straightforward than the complex smell had lead me to expect. Rather basic, though not unsatisfying. Good hoppy bitterness with a slightly fruity apricot finish.
Very refreshing. Definitely a great beer for a hot day. (377 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a body free of haze. Moderate effervescence, but an inconveniently large head consisting of 3+ fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: rich malt with a biting, spicy character; it almost walks the line between a saison and a Belgian-style IPA. Lightly funky and interestingly spicy; I like it.

Taste: much more like a Saison than a BPA, in my opinion. Dryish malt combines with a horse-blanket funkiness to create an interesting and drinkable brew.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a huge carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Right up my alley; I love it.

Overall: a tasty, interesting, and fulfilling beer. I'd have this again and again. (723 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden amber in color. Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: pine resin, hoppy, grassy, earthy, a bit funky.

Taste: earthy, caramel, hoppy, slightly medicinal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp on the tongue.

Overall: A decent beer. Not terribly complex. Drinkability is high. (364 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Pours a massive head, close to overflowing the glass, composed of large and medium bubbles, the head looking something like an off-white sponge. Head just lasts and lasts, persistently about 1cm high, leaves huge gobs of lacing on sides of glass. Body is an opaque copper-orange color, with lighter orange-yellow highlights around the perimeter. Still, strong carbonation is visible throughout the entire body.

Aroma dominated by some serious phenolic plastic funk, which over time, becomes an animal farmhouse type of scent (Brettanomyces influence). Some sweetness and apple scent lie behind this, but you have to dig at first - aroma opens up much more when this has had a bit of time to breathe.

Taste is very complex, featuring an open of tartness mixed with Brettanomyces plastic phenols and barnhouse funk. Some sweetness blends into this, and mid-palate opens some additional fruity esters. Back of palate reintroduces Brettanomyces plastic phenols and barnhouse funk, but also cheese, malt sweetnes, and slight toasted malt component. Let it be said that behind this is always a noticeable Brettanomyces complex. Aftertaste is slightly band-aid like or medicinal/disinfected hospital quality with a bit of toasted malt flavor as well.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation allows this to be pleasantly fizzy, but generally smooth and clean. Finish is quite dry with slight stickiness from, perhaps, malt. (1,510 characters)

Photo of ahq514
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice.

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive, foamy white head. Appears to have decent carbonation. Gobs of lacing.

Aroma is complex. Consists mostly of a farmhouse funk with a noticeable Brett presence. Gives off typical Belgian yeast aromas, including fruit (lemon, etc.) and spices. Can tell there is a lot going on in here.

This beer is great. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Malt forward in the beginning which evolves to great yeast characteristics. Citrusy, with mostly lemon. A little bit of peppercorn and a generous dose of farmhouse funk gives it a light, dry, tartness.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Probably my favorite Green Flash beer. Layers of complexity, extremely drinkable, and super refreshing. This could be a regular in my fridge. Reminds me of Orval. (852 characters)

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.