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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,316 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,316
Reviews: 419
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 95 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Danny1217
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -8.6%

mattst, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of scot959
4.25/5  rDev +11%

scot959, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of dookiebrown
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

dookiebrown, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Janeinma
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Janeinma, Jun 22, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

jaxon53, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +4.4%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Lanstrum
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Lanstrum, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of alex_hart
3/5  rDev -21.7%

alex_hart, Jun 12, 2013
Photo of StaveHooks
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jarrgal, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

vidguy17, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

brentblack1, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Ray7233
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Ray7233, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of SlickestWilly
4/5  rDev +4.4%

SlickestWilly, Jun 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

makeshifty, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DeutschesBier, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of bahnfire
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a 4 pack of this in the back corner of one of my goto bottle shops. I had read that folks looking for a bretty beer should check this out. I love me some brett so I picked it up. I have also read about some over carbination issues with this beer.

A: Beer poured an giant 5 finger head and just a tiny bit of actual beer. Over carbonated indeed. Took 12 minutes to pour an actual glass. But once it was poured it looked perfectly fine to my eye.

S: The smell is everything I want in a bretty IPA. Brett funk. Loving it.

T: I get no brett in the taste, big letdown for me here. I want funk on the nose and in the taste. Not here. Taste is not bad, but no funk.

MF: Smooth, semi dry, pleasant.

O: This beer is not bad. It is just not what I was expecting given other reviews. It is a perfectly fine belgian IPA. But if you want a bretty IPA that smells and tastes funky, look for Anchorage Galaxy White IPA, Mikkeller Farmhouse Invasion IPA, or Grassroots/Mikkeller Wheat is the new hops.

bahnfire, Jun 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

lobos62, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of Budinetz
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle very slowly over many minutes into a grand cru glass

Appearance - Hazy amber in color with a ridiculous amount of head. Head retention is insane, as this head stays clung to the glass for dear life! I slowly poured more on top until about 2 inches remained and began to drink!

Smell - Sour, funky, brett, yeasty

Taste - Slightly sour up front with a bitter lightly hoppy aftertaste. A slight sweetness lingers as I lick my lips...

Mouthfeel - Very carbonated. Quite prickly on the tongue, and the head is very prickly as well. The beer finishes surprisingly smooth, however. NO evidence that this is 7% abv...

Overall - A very Interesting brew! I have not encountered many Belgian Pale Ales with the characteristics of Rayon Vert. Some hoppy tones, some brett funk, some of everything in this beer. I recommend trying this beer to add to your resume. Unlike anything I have had in this category.

(EDIT) - I poured the dregs in halfway through and it was glorious! I would get a four pack of this beer and drink two with dregs and two without.

Budinetz, Jun 06, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

elink00, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of soju6
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a huge head that fades very slowly with lots of lacing.

S: Aroma of yeast, fruity, with some banana, spice.

T: Taste of banana, vanilla spice with a mild fruity sweetness and spice. has sort of a tart bitterness and an unexpected dry finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and creamy. No hint of the 7% ABV. This beer is quite complex with a lot going on.

O: Very enjoyable beer, better than I expected. worth checking out.

soju6, Jun 06, 2013
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,316 ratings.