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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 91 | 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 mattkoon
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

i was excited to try this belgian style pale ale. i poured about an ounce into a glass and it quickly exploded with head. after several minutes i was able to pour a little more into the glass. the head is a thick white color the beer is a gold color with faint cloudiness. the smell reminds me of an indian grocery store. there is citrus with a hodgepodge of other spices swirled around. as far as the taste goes- i have only managed to pour half the bottle in my glass b/c of the thick head.
-the taste is bitter and lemony with a huge wash of spices on the back end. this beer has a very eastern feel- it is very complex. i almost think that here is too much going on. i dont say this much but i feel like it is almost over done.

mattkoon, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of MarshMan71
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

MarshMan71, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of wiltznucs
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

wiltznucs, Jun 30, 2013
Photo of kjrod20
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

kjrod20, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of bird22
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

bird22, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of unclekeith
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

unclekeith, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of alexgash
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Urgent gushing upon cap removal. Managed to get most of it in the glass though. Ruddy gold, chill hazed body shows itself once the foam settles. Big, rocky, towering, light beige head. Great cobwebs of lace up the glass. Nose features tropicalish fruit malts with a candy edge, grassy, perfume-y hops, and slightly funky farmhouse yeastiness.

Sweetish wheat malt up front. Soft candied tropical fruit notes fill in. Slightly metallic, minerally, herbal hop bitterness comes on toward the end. Somewhat-funky yeast throughout, providing a substantial "Belgian" twang. Juicier fruits in the finish along with pepper-ier, spicier hops. Dries out a bit. Creamy feel in a medium body that finishes with a strong undercurrent of carbonation. Nice.

alexgash, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

ZEB89, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no date on it. Considering the Green Flash has been dating their bottles for a while now, who knows how old this is. They haven't been distributing to Florida for more than about 7 months now though, and I picked up a bottle from a Total Wine that just opened a couple weeks ago, so I have no idea.

It pours a hazy orange amber color with a huge foamy head. Tons of lacing and excellent retention.
It smells old. The brettanomyces are definitely very present, leading me to believe this bottle is indeed old. Very rustic, funky aroma. Slightly fruity and spicy.
The taste is slightly tart and very funky. Some floral hop presense, and some caramel malts. Overall the taste is just dominated by the brett. It is highly carbonated and finishes smooth and dry.

The brett flavor I get here is nice, but not quite the same as what I get from an aged bottle of Orval. Still, seeing as this is half the price and still pretty similar, it's a good option. Orval is possibly my favorite beer in the world, and Rayon Vert is a good homage.

Danny1217, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of mattst
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

mattst, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of scot959
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

scot959, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of dookiebrown
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

dookiebrown, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Janeinma, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased end of PBW at Local 44 bottle shop, slightly dizzy.... bottled on 03 July '12)

A: huge explosive rocky-foamy white head (like an Orval tends to exhibit)... had to pour in shifts and the blanket of sediment on the bottom of the bottle of course eventually broke up a bit and dispersed into the remaining liquid, though I managed to avoid pouring most of it in.... bunch of chunky smears of lace all over... really turbid, sort of peachy-colored hue

S: vinyl inner-tube, like one you'd use in a swimming pool... actually, it smells like pool liner.... this is the second of only two GF beers (the other being the W.C. IPA) I've ever tried and both had this element in spades.... it does eventually taper off a bit, allowing some pleasant fragrant, flowery tangerine to blend in

T: quite a bit of fruitiness up front - almost like bitter orange peel - with a vaguely spicy-phenolic funk taking hold midway through, lasting well through the finish... really don't taste much alcohol - blends in with the fruit flavors?.... it has fine flavor, however, I feel it would come alive more with just 0.5-1.0% more alcohol.... i could swear I start to taste base malt after awhile... tastiest near 60 F

M: despite the voluminous head, there's not much sizzle to speak of - just a tiny tingle up front... the body is sort of a medium-full, but it vanishes... it has a bit of creaminess but balances wonderfully dry.... gradually-building warmth and wellness

O: not a bad job at all! very drinkable, very nicely balanced.... i will hit this again

Bouleboubier, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of jaxon53
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

jaxon53, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Giant 4 or 5 fingers of that activated all the way up the glass and left large pockets of suds around the glass, I'd call it lacing if it were delicate, but it's solid and chunky and pocketed with craters as it slowly settles. The brew is a hazy candied orange, but its the head that steals the show.

S:Yeasty and barnyard funk followed with sweet candied orange and floral notes. Spicy cloves and lemon peels compliment the earthy yeasts.

T: First wash is tart and tangy with a mild funky yeasts. Sweet orange oil and orange peel with peppery spices follow in lock step, complementing the funkiness. Spices of cloves and white pepper round out the flavour profile...all components in expert measure complement each other without overwhelming the palate.

M: Tart and tangy and a little dryness and a medium level of carbonation that highlights the orange smell and taste.

O: Rayon Vert matches the sweet orange scent and taste with the funky yeasts like a boss. The hyper active head is a layer complete and separate from the beer, like the icing on the cake. The combination of florals and fruits with just a little hint of bretta compliment the flavours calling out the best of each element. A delicious offering that I'll most certainly seek out again.

FondueVoodoo, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Lanstrum, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of alex_hart
3/5  rDev -21.9%

alex_hart, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a St. Bernardus chalice
Bottle on 7/4/2012

A - Burnt orange color with a massive 3 fingers of off-white head. This terminator head takes for ever to sink but gives you ample time to smell the awesome aroma.

S - Spicy yeast, full on brett, big aroma of musty tropical fruit, sweettart candy, bubblegum, bright funkiness, orange sherbert, lemons, old church basement, grassy hops.

T - Follows the nose with lots of spice upfront, lemons, orange, pineapple, mango skin, dried papaya, white grapes, pears, hints of banana. Pale malts in the background with plenty of grassy hops. Finishes with a spicy and dry bitterness.

M - Aggressive carbonation adds a prickly bite and lightens up the body quite a bit. Creamy, dry feel.

Sublime aroma on this beer. It's like funky Belgian tropical nirvana. Hoppier than i thought it would be. The flavors seem to effortlessly marry together. This is my kind of beer.

StaveHooks, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of jarrgal
3/5  rDev -21.9%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of vidguy17
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

vidguy17, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of brentblack1
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

brentblack1, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Ray7233
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Ray7233, Jun 08, 2013
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.