Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 106 | 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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Ratings: 1,350 | Reviews: 427
Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An homage to Orval? Sign me up. $2.99 single from the Village Pump.

The pour is clear amber with a dense,white head with pretty excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose already has picked up quite a bit of Brett. Unfortunately, the Brett character is quite plasticy and mildly clove-like. Faintly hoppy with some citrus is present as well. The alcohol's a little too high, and there's some toasted caramel and sugar present. As it warms up, a little sulfur becomes apparent.

The palate is quite fruity with some citrus (ripe oranges), sugar and honey. The mid-palate is where the Brett is more expressive. Dry, earthy Brett with plastic and a little clove. Honey and citrus linger on the finish, but the blend of the honey and the Brett isn't particularly impressive right now, making this rather unpleasantly spicy. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels pretty decent on the palate, but still, a little too sweet. Decent, I will revisit this simply because it's so cheap, but I do wish they dialed down the alcohol to 5.5 or something. This definitely ain't no Orval.

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid Belgian Pale Ale. Highly carbonated with a massive pillowy head. Golden amber color. Assertive spicy phenolic yeast notes, calling to mind Orval. Lots of orchard fruit notes - pear and slightly overripe apple. Some pepper from the alcohol. A lot going on here - almost too much.

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed amber with a tall fluffy white head.

Smells spicy and soapy with a mainly herbal scent and a fair dose of coriander. A little malt sweetness of the honeysuckle type.

Starts out sweet and spicy in the mouth. Low level of bitterness and a grassy hop flavor. This is a basic mild BPA but there is nothing really outstanding in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is mild and pleasing beer but not an outstanding one.

Photo of GinaBeerInc
3.37/5  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.

Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed very fresh on Super Bowl Sunday (2/5/2012), poured into my Dogfish Head Snifter. Bought at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA (a great store that anyone in the Greater Boston area should certainly stop by).

Appearance: (4) Copper with orange highlights and a soapy white head that sticks around for most of the drinking. The beer looks nice in the glass and you can observe a very healthy carbonation.

Smell: (4) Fresh lemon, pepper, yeasty Brett funkiness, grassy, with some floral hoppiness added to the nose–in other words, a very "fresh" scent emanates from the glass and makes one really want to dive in.

Taste: (4) My thoughts after the first taste were that the beer has remarkably good balance and one is satisfied that what the nose picked up in the aromas nicely translates into what the tongue tastes. You get a good dose of hops that combines with the Brettanomyces and the expected fresh fruit and sweet malt flavors of a Belgian Pale Ale. While enjoying this beer, I was really pleased that Green Flash did not end up producing a run-of-the-mill BPA and sided with that brewery's strength, the hops, with a nice twist. Much more inspired to my mind than, say, Ommegang's Belgian Pale Ale (BPA) Also, no booziness to remark on–the 7% ABV means nothing when it comes to the brew's flavor.

Mouthfeel: (4) The smell and taste, as well as mouthfeel all rate solid 4's in my book. The beer's very nice carbonation level and the Brett twist really make this a highly drinkable, quaffable brew. H

Overall: (4/5) This is a beer with character and a beer for all seasons (though would be a great summertime brew in particular). It is refreshing, quaffable, tasty and–very importantly–a successful departure from the run-of-the-mill, formulaic Belgian-style pale ales many American breweries have produced. While perhaps few people would accuse it of being a rare delicacy, this is a beer that will please beer-drinkers of differing and diverse tastes. Green Flash has a solid beer on its hands–one that should come in six packs (not four)! This beer was a pleasant surprise and I will be buying more of it. Definitely recommended.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

its better than average, but its a weird brew. smells like a well hopped belgian yeasty pale ale, which it indeed claims to be, but the flavor is more akin to a wild or sour ale. very pungent yeasty funk going on, totally dominating in fact. good malt balance and hop accents underneath, but i think the balance is off. mouthfeel is way too carbonated here. or maybe just in regards to its medium to heavy body, which seems an improper paradox here. 7% abv is nice and works well, but this one could use a tune up. lots of potential here.

Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmmm Brettanomyces. Good thing I poured very slow because the head is 3 fingers thick and doesn't dissipate very quickly. Still couldn't fit the entire bottle into the tulip. The color of the beer is a deep coppery/orange. Lightly hazed, with lively carbonation. Wonderful Brett aroma, tart, floral, soapy, with a strong hop balance. I get notes of sour apple, lemon, and bubblegum. I could smell this for awhile.

Lemony tang with plenty of yeasty Brett in the taste and semi-sweet malt. The finish has a sharp cheddary bitterness. As expected, the carbonation is almost violent, and seemingly stings the tongue with each sip. Not a problem though, I kinda like that. The body feels pretty clean, and not too heavy.

This beer has an intense flavor profile, and if you like Brettanomyces I would highly recommend it. With the strong hoppiness I would label it more of a Belgian IPA really. I like the aging potential here, so I think I might buy a couple more bottles. Too bad I waited so long to try this. I guess I've been down on Green Flash lately, but this is a step in the right direction.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour is 8 parts foam, 2 parts liquid. A bright hazy gold liquid.

The smell is very peppery, yeasty, spicy, notes of cloves, possibly coriander, and some funky tones. Good nose.

The taste is yeasty, has white pepper, some good hoppy bitterness, earthy maltiness, light cloves,..interesting flavours though I don't think they all come together in perfect unison. A good stab at the style.

Plenty of carbonation with the medium body makes for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, a good rendition of a Belgian Style Pale Ale and I'm glad I got it in a trade as an extra but this isn't something I'd seek out in the future

2nd bottle tried Sept 29, 2012 courtesy of robinsmv.

Wow, this time around I really enjoyed it. Big smells and tastes of Brett make me think this was brewed in Belgium! All the other flavours I mentioned above are there and they *do* work together very well. Review score adjusted..

Photo of ArrogantB
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a four pack that was $9 I believe. I've been avoiding Green Flash beers due to the lack of bottle dating, change to four-packs, and price hikes but this one sounded very interesting so I broke my boycott. Bright orange at first and then very hazy as the yeast makes its way into the glass. Little bit of head and a little lace on the glass. The smell is fruit, slight hops and a very subtle hint of the brettanomyces yeast, not bad. The flavor is a little fruity and then a hint of bitterness that reminds me of aspirin without being offensively medicinal. Sort of dry on the tongue too. Overall? good enough that after buying a single I went back for a couple more four-packs.

Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to thetomG for the share. Served in a FFF/Intelligentsia snifter.

A - A big white foam that settles to a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Hazy peach juice body with a hint of transparency to it.

S - Big earthy and dirty brett, citrus and tropical fruit hops, somewhat musty with a bit of plastic and playdough, some yeasty bread.

T - Pretty similar, with tropical fruit hops, pale malt sweetness, and some musty, medicinal brett. A bit of dirty funk and plastic - don't care for the house brett strain much.

M - Medium-bodied, lower carbonation, chewy and sticky texture, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Reminded me a lot of Green Flash Treasure Chest. It's fairly easy to drink, but the house brett strain produces some flavors I don't enjoy - too medicinal, with more plastic and band-aid than I like.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I don't have a clue as to what "Rayon" or "Vert" mean. But if it means that they are attempting to recreate an Orval type of beer, then they have named the beer very well!

Rayon Vert opens with a hazy golden and copper blend that has an intriguing heavy look. A creamy, slightly yellowish head receeds to a heavy sheet across the beer and leaves behind rings of foam that denote each sip.

Aromas of zesty oranges, lemon, crabapple, and red grapefruit lead the nose with a bright and citrusy hop/ester fusion. Spicy with a white pepper note that creates both soft and sassy spring to the nose. Nearly musty and doughy- the yeast impact to the aromas are bold and rich.

Malty flavors of dry caramel, light breads and dough allow for a rich initial taste that accompanies elements of brine, metal, and bitterness. Hoppy with flavors of citrusy orange peel and ruby red grapefruit pulp- all backed by a soft sandalwood note and the slightly funk-notes of Brettanomyaces. Deeply compelex in taste yet zesty and bright: a tough combination that works effortlessly here.

Creamy textures early on are attributed to malty richness and soft carbonation. The semi-rich body reduces to semi-dryness at mid palate, which ushers in a smooth citrusy dryness and acidity that allows for a dry and warm finish and an aftertaste of lime bitterness and musty shaddows.

Of course this beer is not the classy Orval, but is a classy diatribe of the original in its own right. Though it's not as complex or as dry as its mentor, it's a great substitute especially when considering the difference in cost.

Photo of josefnewsong
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep golden color, two fingers white head
S - wow...brett yeast, melon/citrus hops, funky and almost dirty smelling, very strong scent. This is the first time I've actually smelled that cat piss smell that people talk about - and oddly enough it is good albeit a bit off-putting once pinpointed
T - brett yeast spice and funk with some cantaloupe rind and fresh citrus hops. was not expecting such a unique pale - this one truly gets style points. not super clean tasting if you take my meaning, its got some balls to it. The only thing holding it back from a 5 for me is that cat piss characteristic - oddly enjoyable until you think about it. I advise not thinking.
M - crisp and bubbly, especially in the finish, medium-bodied
O - was really surprised at the quality and uniqueness of this beer. two just went down in the cellar. can't wait to see what it turns into over the years

Photo of Swentzel
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
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...

Photo of wcintula
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring gently produces a great head,, ecru, puffy, uneven, leaving lace behind. Smell is a nice balance of malt, honey, dry brett yeast, hops. The taste follows the profile perfectly. I'm picking up a dry smell of plastic or band aid-ness, butt nothing to deter from the enjoy-ability of the beer. Great beer, can't tell it's 7%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that just never seems to go away. The body is a cloudy sunburst orange amber with a decent amount of small carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing covers the glass like a January snow drift.

Fruity Belgian yeast aromas are the first and strongest character in the nose. Notes of sour, green apple, pineapple, and banana. Sour and rather funky, the nose has a lot more Belgian than Pale Ale.

Belgian yeast with notes of lemon peel and banana meets a slightly spicy hop flavor that carries notes of wood and cinammon. As the beer is swallowed, the fruity Belgian flavors quickly fade to dry, floral hops flavors. After, a sharp bite is expected as a finish but never comes. A slight bitterness persists in the back of the throat between sips.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has a crisp, clean swallow and dry finish. The body is a bit sticky and is definitely coating but is far from syrupy. The carbonation seems a bit weak at first but is definitely helping this beer's drinkability. A little more carbonation would be nice but isn't necessary.

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber gold color with a huge frothy head into my glass. What an amazing head!

Spicy yeast mixed with piney hops create an interesting combination of styles. It's all in the yeast.

Wow. The belgian yeast adds a whole new dimension. As a result, this ale is "juicy" with a good amount of citrus.

Lingering spiciness and citrus notes make up the mouthfeel. I can't rave enough about it.

One of the more livelier examples of a BPA. Perhaps not as authentic but still a good way to go about business.

Photo of BillHilly
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50 degrees into a duvel tulip

A: Wow, pours awesome, nice head and retention

S: green tea essence, fruity yeast

T: Very balanced, slight yeast finish, hops are perfect

M: Dang near a 5, great carbonation, not too thin.

O: Dang good beer for this style - well done GF

Photo of bstave
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Two finger head after semi-aggressive pour. Nice creamy head that has good retention. A good amount of lacing as well. Color is typical of the style.

S- Citrusy hops, malt, and a little bit of funk brought on by the brett.

T- Taste follows nose. I dig the funky yeast, but other than that it's a simple pale ale.

M- Smooth creamy mouth feel. I would say the body is medium. Goes down smooth.

O- A good attempt at a Belgian Pale Ale, but it's lacking on overall flavor. Maybe I have met my Lupulin threshold. Enjoyed the one, but won't be seeking it out in the near future.

Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a De Molen beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average; this brewery has impressed me in the past. Served refrigerator cold.

A: Pours a two finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially considering the above average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper. Not unique nor special, but generally appealing.

Sm: A moderately strong aroma of unexpected brett funkiness, sourness, wild yeast, and vague light hints of citrus esters. Very unexpected and interesting for a pale ale. I really didn't see that coming at all. I'm intrigued.

T: The funkiness is tonal and light, but unmistakably present, reaching its naked apex in the finish. It's yeasty without feeling sedimentary. In fact, yeast may be its main note alongside the vague malts and buried hints of citrus. Atypical and interesting for the style, but also simple and boring - even a bit bland. Bring out the funkiness or the malts. The flavours are muted rather than subtle - to its detriment (and my chagrin). No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream on the finish. Not too thick or too thin per se, but it never feels quite right. It should be a bit lighter on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. This boring pale ale from Green Flash intrigues with its funkiness, but quickly grows tired when it offers little else.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I give much respect to Green Flash for putting the "craft" in craft beer, but for that reason I hold them to high standards. Rayon Vert met my expectations, just barely.

A-Great reddish orange hue with an amazing soapy head that could have hung around all day. I wonder if this is bottle conditioned and the yeast has just produced a ton of carbonation.

S-pineapple up front with hops and yeast hanging in the background. Just a hair of funk.

T-good but not great, having just had Hopslam this is pretty close, just not quite as in your face. I like this and session-wise feel like I could enjoy a few pints of this.

M-great carbonation, it has a really fresh and crisp taste. not too heavy and the carbonation does not make it feel to light either. Tang is good, and this has some tang.

O-looks wonderful and rolls down smooth. As it warms a bit the flavor gets even better. I cannot wait to have this on a warm day out in my porch.

I would like to award Green Flash an additional .02 for great bottle look. Labels are clear and simple and the bottle shape is fantastic.

Photo of bobhits
2.67/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Brett, yeast, apples, pears, spices, and well....this is a pretty good example of American's doing a Belgian pale ale. The carbonation and body are both wonderful. Sadly I'm not a huge fan of these flavors. There's an almost scotch like element mixed in with fruity and sour notes. I don't like how this all blends as far as flavors go.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a hazy apricot color with a huge rocky white head. Left behind lots of sticky lacing.

Aroma of herbal hops, clove, menthol and earthy brett notes.

Like the aroma, the taste was herbal with clove, menthol and brett. Menthol notes lingered thru the finish.

Medium bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

A unique-tasting Belgian pale with the menthol so prominent. I like it but didn't love it.

Photo of udubdawg
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
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...

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.