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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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426 Reviews
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Reviews: 426
Hads: 1,351
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 47
Gots: 107 | 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

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Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

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Reviews: 426 | Hads: 1,351
Photo of weatherdog
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a standard tulip glass

It pours a nearly crystal clear orange color with a billowing white head. Sticky foam coats the side of the glass and a nice bubbly cap stays on the beer.

The aroma is the classic Brett funk one gets with Orval with a touch less earth and barn and a little more citrus. It's just great, crisp and refreshing and inviting me to take a sip.

The flavor is not as funky as the nose would suggest. Some citrus esters with some dirt coming in at the end. Little to no barn or horse in there. It could very well be an age thing though. A supporting bitterness makes the beer balanced and the medium high carbonation makes for a crisp finish with little aftertaste.

This is for sure a poor mans Orval. $10/4-pack or $5 a bottle. One of these days I'll do a side by side so I can find the difference. Until then I give the nod to Green Flash for copying Goose Island and coming out with a year round Brett finished golden Belgian Ale (976 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of coldriver
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 pz bottle pours a deep amber with massive fluffy head. Aroma is earthy with lemon and a bit of alcohol. Taste is peppery and lemony citrus hops, and coriander. Fairly thick mouthfeel with dry finish. I'm typically not into Belgian styles, but I'm coming around and this one is very enjoyable. (295 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a foamy, lightly billowy off white head that leaves.

The aroma has a good bit of funky, Bretty yeast notes. Also some peppery notes blended with light citrus.

Taste follows the nose, with Brett upfront, followed by some peppery notes. There are some sweeter biscuit malts that come through towards the finish as well.

Medium body with a prickly, active carbonation.

A well done Belgian pale ale. The Brett makes itself obvious, but still allows some other flavor notes to come through. (563 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to acviencko for leaving this at my apartment

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with some darker orange hues. Thick, fluffy white head bubbles up and retains well, leaving coats of lacing on the glass.

Funky and musty in the nose with some touches of lemon peel. Hints of peppery spice with clove and a faint sweetness.

Somewhat floral up front with some soft earthy hop tones. Touches of fruity esters with a citrusy edge driven by lemon peel. Spicy notes mixed with clove and a straw/biscuit backbone. A bit funky and tart towards the finish, which is a little dry and lingering.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit prickly and sticky on the palate. This had a nice combo of funky and tart with some other balancing flavors - definitely something I'd drink again. (831 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly well carbonated, a steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head, that only slowly subsides and leaves a substantial, structural mesa as it does so. The beer is a darkish amber color that shows some haze and a bright orange-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus zest and phenolic, Brettanomyces signature funk, both of which are backed by a solid, supporting grain / malt character. More specifically notes of Curacoa orange zest, touches of tangelo, with an ample, slightly plastic like, musty, not quite sharp, funkiness and a grain character that reminds me of crackers with just a hint of caramel malt. The citrus laden, American hop character is quite nice here and definitely works quite well with the Brett character.

Aggressively carbonated and quite effervescent, my first sip has a biting bitterness and a sort of tartness that is accentuated by the citrusy hop character. The beer has a fairly light body, with almost no viscous heft, though it doesn’t come off as being watery. The citrus hop character provides flavors of tangelo zest, touches of ruby-red-grapefruit and even a citrus like pine needle character. The finish is quite dry with a pale cracker like grain character as well as a touch of nutty, toasted malt character; the dryness is also accentuated by a phenolic, sort of funky, slightly musty and even slightly musky Brettanomyces character that is also found in the finish. The bitterness from the hops combines with the phenolic, sort of plastic like character to provide even more sharpness to this beer.

One can’t help but compare this to Orval type beers, this is far, far better than the latest incarnations of Matilda (the last really good batch I had was 2005), and even gives Orval a run for its money (though I wouldn’t put this on that level quite yet). I can’t wait to see how these age, but I wonder that the Brettanomyces character is already so pronounced; this can’t be that old yet, and the Brett is extremely noticeable already, young Orval is barely kissed by the Brett, so I will be curious to see how these age. My one worry is that the plastic character from the Brett will get a bit out of control as the beer ages. Visually this beer is about perfect, from memory it seems a touch darker than Orval, but I could be wrong, and the extensive, long lasting head is quite impressive. This beer sets itself apart from Orval in its use of expressive, fruity and citrus laden American hops; as a sucker for many an American hop, I can’t help but love this beer more for that. (2,627 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (572 characters)

Photo of Daehpoh
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refrigerated bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Dark golden-orange in color with some lively carbonation. A big fluffy head on this one.

The smell upfront is hoppy and spicy with some musty undertones. Tangerine, pineapple, ripe banana, clove and a bit of rye bread come through. As it warms up, the Brett funk really comes out. Not only does this evolve in the bottle, but it evolves in the glass as well.

The taste of citrusy hops and belgian spiciness leads off, much like the aroma. Solid malt presence, leaning toward a belgian strong pale or strong dark. Nice musty/funky yeast component that gains ground on the hops as it warms.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart with a lightness provided by the carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Overall this one is a winner. A hopped-up belgian pale with a nice combination of tangy flavors and high drinkability. (850 characters)

Photo of DCon
3.06/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ amacho1. Poured from the Blue labeled bottle w/ the normal Green Flash scene into my 0.3L La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a big time spice and peppery aroma from the beginning. Light hops and malt follow up but spice and floral characteristics. Not sure I've smelt something like this before...

Appearance- Pours a 3.5 finger, frothy head that keeps for a long amount of time. Has a amber/copper colored body with semi-haziness. Leaves thick lacing behind that coats the entire glass.

Flavor- Light, soft fruits hit the palate with a ton of Belgian hops (whatever that means). I'm going to say its in between an American hop and English hop character level. Has a ton of malty sweetness with some biscuity notes. A light-medium bitterness level finishes it off.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied, HIGHLY carbonated, Smooth, but then finishes with a musky finish on the palate. Did not find this finish to be enjoyable at all.

Overall Impression- From the beginning of the pour, this was a strange brew! I'm not sure what a "Belgian Pale Ale" should be but this guy was abnormal! The musky finish, non-characterstical hop flavor, and unusual carbonation levels did not make any positive influence on my review of this one. Won't be going back to this one again! Thanks for the try Alex and if you haven't had this one yet, your not missing out... (1,448 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Rayon Vert glides into the glass easy like with a bright orange glaze with some golden specs and a lively frothy creamy bright white head that stays and sticks. Smell is very pungent and fresh with ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, floral notes, some flower, and fresh earthy scent. Wow, this smells inviting. The brett jumps out with some sniffs. Taste is just as fresh as the scent. This is leaps and bounds the best Americanized Belgian pale ale i've had in some time. Fresh fruity esters, bubblegum, fresh grass notes, lemon, orange, bready notes and more. Yum! A great Melange that works. Feel is at about medium with ample and sparkling carb. Flavor grabs ahold of the mouth and kicks it into gear. No sign of the alcohol, which is a tad high. This beer works, it kicks ass in feel and has alot of flavor. Im getting more. (833 characters)

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

Beautiful looking in my Le Merle goblet—hazy, glowing orange with a good dollop of white foam. Head retention and lacing is good.

Smell is bretty! Having had enough brett beers now, this aroma is unmistakable. And there’s not a lot else going on. Pepper, lemon, funk. I like it.

Flavor is a whole lotta brett, too! In fact, I’m initially thinking it’s the sole dimension to this beer. A lot of white pepper flavor, plus some lemon tart, and just a bit o’ herbal hop and cracker malt in the finish. Not especially complex. Finishes with a big pepper bite and dryness leaving me wanting more.

Body is just what I’d hope for in this style: high carbonation yielding a velvety texture and a weightlessness to an otherwise strong beer.

Overall I like it but am not wowed by it. I’m really curious to age this and see how it develops over time, so I will probably buy more for that purpose. Otherwise I think there are better brett beers out there, though maybe not this inexpensive. (996 characters)

Photo of fmccormi
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my trusty Luettich balloon style Bruery tulip. No bottle dating present, but it was bought recently and kept in good storage conditions.

Appearance (5.0): True to style, this head is aggressive as hell. 4+ fingers of just-off-white head, a nice mixture of fine and fat bubbles, falling slowly and surely to a very rocky crater, leaving some heavy-duty lacing all over the glass. The body is a gorgeous, rich orange-amber with a moderate haze going on. This is what this type of beer was meant to look like.

Smell (4.0): Very nice mix of some warm, bready malt character split with a moderate funk note—of the classic musty, barnyard variety—with surprisingly fragrant, floral hops icing that cake.

Taste (4.5): Bright lemons come across just before a mild-to-moderate musty funk character creeps in, closing out with a slightly tart edge that blends seamlessly with a bitter, grassy hop finish that lingers but at no point punishes the tongue. Very tasteful balance of hops and brett, here. The malt is a simple, bready character that almost gets lost underneath the tart-to-grassy, hops-funk-hops transition the beer makes as it passes. The funk is not as musty as it is in the nose, somewhat to my chagrin, but it’s there in the body with a fruitier, tart character like grapefruit pith. Awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very, very nice—lush, smooth, creamy carbonation mixed with just the finest pinpoints of effervescence all across the tongue. This is probably what I’d call exactly medium-bodied, and it finishes quite dry. It’s not a gulper, or necessarily a sipper—it’s in a sweet spot, in my opinion, of mouthfeels. Great for the style.

Overall (4.5): This beer is balanced, in the grand scheme of things. It’s a surprisingly well-tuned mix of flavors that makes transitions across the palate in a much more subtle way than you realize at first. Very tastefully done, though I’d love to see this be funkier in that musty, horsey way I love so much. Better compare a couple of bottles from this batch to a couple a year from now and find out what happens! Personally, I can’t wait. This beer is great.

Note: this is a beer that REALLY wants to be served at the correct temperature (45-50ºF), and personally I think the flavors come out better the warmer it is so aim for 50. It'll make a very big difference. (2,388 characters)

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

Poured a hazy apricot with two fingers of fluffy white head. Fresh, dry aroma of hay, grass, and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Wheat, honey, and lemon up front followed by brett notes and a dry finish with lingering tartness and lots of pepper.

Very refreshing, balanced, and tasty. (314 characters)

Photo of portia99
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth 20th anniversary stemmed glass.

A – Pours a darker medium amber color with a slight haze. Two fingers of fluffy khacki foam rise up (and actually out of the glass a bit) from the surface and show excellent staying power. Several minutes pass before it really begins to fall back to the surface. Thick sheets of lacing coat practically every inch of the glass.

S – Super spicy and fruity on the nose…almost more of a saison aroma than a Belgian pale ale. Very forward in the yeast derived aromas…tons of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, oranges, touches of black pepper, hints of band-aids and a bit of alcohol. What’s not there?…really for the most part, the hops. The spicy character definitely overpowers the hops here…they are difficult to pick up, even straining and focusing on looking for them.

T – Hoppier in the flavor, but still a bit subdued. There is a noticeable hop bitterness that gives a light bite up front falling to a low level, but lasting bitterness that stays thru past the swallow. As the hops fade, the spices pick back up again…cloves and citrus take the lead with touches of alcohol, soft and lightly sweet malt. I like what I’m tasting a lot, but I still say this is more saison than Belgian pale ale.

M – Spicy, fruity, yeasty within a medium body that shows its alcohol a bit. A strong prickly carbonation fattens this up a bit and seems to bring out the spices a bit more.

O – Overall, I find this to be an excellent beer…perhaps straying into a style other than intended by the brewer, but quite good nonetheless. Could perhaps use a bit more of a hop presence (anybody ever think that could be said about a Green Flash offering?) to bring it more in line with the style, but on the other hand, it might end up giving this a bit of a negative effect. Balance is good and flavors and aromas are well nuanced. Definitely give this a shot if you enjoy the Belgian yeasty flavors in your beer. (1,983 characters)

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

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/3/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for the sample, Mario --

A: Glowing, unfiltered orange. A careful pour yields a massive three finger white head. It takes a minute for the head to fade. Not a whole lot of lacing here.

S: Yep, that's brett alright. Yet there's a floral undertone to it. A pinch of wet metal throws off the background profile.

T: The brett hit first. It isn't acutely intense, as it fades a bit on the mid, allowing a mild amount of west coast hops to invade the taste buds. The finish is dry, and features a welcome dose of malt, which balances the beer. Really a complex little number.

M: Incredibly creamy for a wild ale. It's frothy and thick, yet approachable and easy to drink.

O: You can check the box marked "win", as Green Flash has produced a sure fire, everyday funk fix for those in need. I couldn't see myself knocking back more then one in a sitting, but it's none the less a well put together brew, and something I can easily recommend. (1,011 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

So sudsy with such a creamy mouthfeel. Handsome amber color in the Brigand snifter. Thoroughly unmistakable with that slash of Brett funkiness. Rather bitter, though it seems to hit more up front as the yeast and other peculiarities move in. But it's still more like an IPA scale of bitterness. Browned biscuit taste with a fair amount of malt. Here's a good test, if you can describe this edgy stuff. On the sharp side. Nose of fermenting apples with a little cardboard.

Seems a little more bitter than the last time I tasted it. I was a little taken aback, as I thought it was perfectly balanced before. Will be interesting to see if it's evolving in the bottle with all the sediment and bacteria. Four-pack of 12 oz bottles from Barons Marketplace in San Diego (764 characters)

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

Poured a nice and bright golden orange with a bit of haze, had a big and sticky white head, long lasting with tons of lacing.

The smell is Great, very Bretty, a nice big sourdough tartness with a touch of belgiany spice.

The flavor is a bit rustic, with a dry light cedary flavor, a mild bit of sour and a decent level of herbal bitterness. Has some light spicy yeast characters with a lemony flavor, and would be great except for a bit of a light coppery tinge sneaking through that is a bit detracting.

Has a very light body with a long dry finish.

Very Good Bretty Belgian Ale, will be enjoying more of these in the future. (634 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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?

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Photo of timtim
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice orval homage here. burnt orange with an off white head that holds and leaves lace. nose is hops and spicy phenols with a bit of caramel and sweet grain giving it a backbone. tastes what the nose eluded to... us hops on top of spicy yeast and just barely sweet malt, all with just a subtle funk to it. medium body with a slight twang from the brett and slight tickle of strong carbonation like it should. not blown away by this one, but extremely satisfied, and happy to see a brewery attempt their own twist on one of my all-time favorites. bottle says, "continuously evolving". i am curious to see where this is in about 4 months. (636 characters)

Photo of Spider889
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a rich honey amber w/ wispy ribbons of sediment and a massive fluffy white head that hangs around. Vigorous carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Sticky chunks of lacing cling to the sides. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is a combination of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, citrusy hops and pale malt. Some hints of bubblegum as well.

Taste is pale malt, Belgian yeast, and hops. More of the soapy bubblegum. Taste is a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, courtesy of bottle conditioning.

Overall a pretty good Belgian pale ale in a market that is crowded with better ones. (670 characters)

Photo of silentjay
3.24/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

very attractive glowing golden color with a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces among the best.

peppery yeast, a bit of band-aid astringency, a bit funky, a bit hoppy.

again, the damn band-aid adhesive sticks out, but underneath that there is plenty of peppery yeast, bitter hops, crackery malts.

medium bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation and a lingering acrid flavor.

definitely not for me. flavors just do not mesh well. (470 characters)

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert is gold in color. It’s very clear. Backlighting definitely reveals a slight orange tint. A cream colored head tops it off. It rises to over two fingers in height and held firm there for quite a while. Lacing was sticky and left a thick trail down the glass as it descends. Looks good.

The nose is a tad weak, but is still pretty good. It’s fruity up front. There’s a nice apple scent that’s complemented nicely by a little citrus orange and mango. Interesting. Belgian yeast is noted. It adds a nice spicy character to the nose. Smells mostly like pepper. It smells earthy, grainy, and musky throughout. There’s even a touch of Brett funkiness, but it smells quite restrained. I like that here. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell all that strong.

I like the flavor. Up front, it’s quite earthy, musky, and a little grassy. There’s a touch of Brett funkiness in the flavor, but it really isn’t strong. Moderate might even be too strong of a descriptor. Nonetheless, it has a nice flavor and works well with the apple, orange, and grapefruit flavors that follow. There’s definitely a citric hop flavor here. It blends in nicely and fits in better than you might expect. Belgian yeast is easily noted and adds a nice spicy kick to the flavor. Pepper and light clove seem to be present. Alcohol is masked well. Finishes earthy and spicy with a touch of dry, citric hops.

Rayon Vert has a medium. Carbonation is mid-range, but feels nice and soft. They did a nice job with the feel. It’s smooth and goes down easy. I wouldn’t mind another bottle.

Green Flash did a pretty nice job with Rayon Vert. It won’t be confused with the world’s finest, authentic Belgian Pales, but it is a nice take on the style. The use of Brett and hops works very well and doesn’t make it overly complicated. That was my fear. It’s good stuff. Grab a bottle or two if you see it. (1,903 characters)

Photo of beagle75
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (1,401 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always nice to see new 12oz offerings from breweries like Green Flash.

A- Poured into a tulip with a slightly hazy, orange-amber body. This is probably the first beer in many months that the head just exploded out of the glass, had to save it by quickly sipping up some of the foam. The massive cap is bubbly, frothy and you could easily scoop it off like cream, Duvel-esque. Plenty of thick lace patches around the glass.

S- Definite, strong aroma of Belgian yeast up front with hops and malts in the background. Notes of clove/spice, lemon zest, citrus fruit, straw and floral Euro hops.

T- A pleasant mix of the main beer ingredients. Belgian yeast spice (clove, coriander, raisin) and citrus fruit notes are probably the main thing here. The flavor is also influenced by spicy floral hops, light caramel malts and just a tad of the "West Coast" hops. Not much funk but there is a tiny bit of Brett character, straw/barnyard/cherry.

MF- Highly carbonated body with a creamy feel. Finishes with a nice crisp bitterness. The Brett dries this out nicely.

Brings good yeast, citrus and floral flavors as well as some other things. It all balances out quite nicely and makes a very drinkable beer. The yeast profile makes me think of a nice Saison and a tad like Orval. I can see how this beer might take some heat trying to emulate Orval but not many American breweries make Belgian Ales this tasty. (1,404 characters)

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 426 ratings.