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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Photo of Srsly
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - straw gold with a big whitish head that left some but not a ton of lacing.

S - a very interesting smell. I mostly got hops, both grassy and piney, with some spice and sweetness underneath. Just a hint of Brett on the back end.

T - The taste, like the smell, is unique. First I got a nice mouthful of west coast style hoppiness, then after that I got a hint of Belgian yeast followed by the unmistakable Brett funk. Really a lot going on. As it warmed I felt the hops mellowed and the Belgian/Brett flavors came forward.

M - Light and crisp, plenty of carbonation.

O - I can certainly see why this is a polarizing beer. I did get a whiff of band-aids once or twice, and at first the complexity and funk were a little overwhelming. As I kept drinking, though, it definitely grew on me and in the end it was an enjoyable experience. I will continue to drink it now and then, though it won't exactly be a go-to of mine.

Also, I'm curious to see how it will age and what it will taste like when the hops fade a bit, so I think I'll throw a bottle or two in the cellar. (1,074 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.81/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't like this bottle, fresh from Pizza Port Carlsblad store. So if you disagree you needn't read any further. A light golden body with a white foamy 3/8" head, lacy. Funky aroma - armpit sweat, menthol, my socks wt and used. The taste is comparable to floor wax, foot liniment, and pepper. Lots of menthol build up as I drink further into it, but it is not all that drinkable and I am forcing myself. Crazy stuff. (418 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great. Golden glowing body, a bit murky..as in, not crystal clear. Big white foamy head, nice lacing

Aroma is a bit dull and subdued. Nothing bad here. Some spice and light malt. Toasted crackers. Some clove and light banana

While the taste isn't spectacular, it does match well with the feel. It's crisp and clean. Some spice on the end just before it leaves for dryness. Light biscuit up front that doesn't last long. These flavors are light, a bit thin. I thought maybe this would have more hops, being from GF, but it's well balanced. White pepper hints. Some clove and mint.

Would like to see this with lover abv as I think it would be a great session beer, or aperitif (694 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy dark orange color with an absolute beast of a head. It took a while for it to settle and it eventually did at about a 1/2 finger and left a ton of lacing.

S: Brett is the first thing that jumps out here. When I first poured, I smelled some band-aids also, but luckily that smell faded quickly. Some hints of stonefruit, jasmine and some other indistinguishable floral notes. Slight hints of grassy hops.

T: The brett is definitely there but it's nice and light and allows some light fruit flavors, grassy hops and some bready malt to come through. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Pretty good stuff though. (620 characters)

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

12oz single, bottleworks

appearance: served in a new glarus shaker pint, hazy orange body with a full frothy white cap and lacy retention.

smell: nice yeasty aroma, fruity esters, grass, spicy hop

taste: Nice stuff here - in the spirit of the classic Orval - heavy on the brett yeast, lots of fruity esters, black pepper, basil, citrus, grass and hay, spicy herbal hops.

mouthfeel: spicy and peppery, nice yeast bite

overall: nice impulse purchase (453 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a two finger head. A nice hazy orange/brown with signs of carbonation from the bottom and top of the glass. Nice clumpy lacing was left on the glass as the beer was consumed.

Smell: Interesting. Deep citrus notes. Spiciness too. Some rubber tire and grassy aroma from Brett too.

Taste: Citrus and rubber tires. Bready and sweet malts, barnyard tastes, and spicy too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, high carbonation, smooth, a little chewy in the rear, and very strange.

Overall: This was a weird road on the BPA style. This is what I would be expecting out of sour beers. I love Brett, but not sure it works well with the style. Drank the beer, but GF might need to work on this one a little more. Brett overpowers the citrus and fruity notes that I am used to in most BPA's. Somewhat still enjoyable though. (881 characters)

Photo of Philousa
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at the green Flash tasting room on 12/30/11. Review done from notes and recent bottle tasting to refresh my memory.

Pours a golden orange color with a wispy white head that clings to the glass. What's there laces well. It should be noted that the bottle version has about a 3 finger head and laces well. Funky lemon sums up the first aroma to hit your nose best. Pineapple, banana, grapefruit, orange, and cardamom followed by spicy yeast. A bit funky. No allspice or "heavy" spices to speak of. Pale Belgian malt backbone is apparent. The taste is surprisingly fruity, with most of the aforementioned aromas translating well to the tongue. Citrus esters with a solid amber malt supporting. Very orangey, which is rare in a beer (without being disgusting). Musky yeast turns bitter along with the hops. Middle to thin mouth feel make this drinkable. Well balanced with a dry finish.

Of all the beers I tried at GF, this was my favorite. I can't believe it's year round. They really melded the best of the West Coast hoppiness with the Belgian Tripel spiciness. It's good on tap or in a bottle. The yeast still shows through when on tap. Not much else to say about this beer except that you need to drink it. (1,217 characters)

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

Purchased from K&L, poured into New Belgium tulip.

This is extremely carbonated. Had to pour very slowly and still got a 2-3 finger billowy head. Appearance is golden with just the faintest red. Smells slightly hoppy and bretty. Smells like a bright, hoppy saison.

Taste is interesting. Very fragrant and floral. There's brett all over the place. I think the floral notes help tone it down somewhat. There isn't really a traditional hop taste/presence. Very unique!

Mouthfeel is great due to high carbonation. It's got a really good body but a little sharp on the palate. Goes down well.

Overall, this is certainly an interesting beer. I like it and would buy it again. It'd be interesting to compare this with Orval and other high Brett beers. Cheers! (757 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to XicanoBeerRun for turning me on to this one.

This is a Belgian-style pale ale from Green Flash. At first impression I thought it was “just” another California-Belgian hybrid beer, albeit one which is exceptionally tasty.

It pours a tan-burnt sienna color with a lot of billowy foam that sits atop it, thick and airy. Hm.

There’s a light, fruity aroma. Very subdued hop profile, but floral and fruity aromas. Taste is something else, with lots of fruit blossom-type notes on the palate. It’s like opening an aromatic, fruity gift with each subsequent sip. Turns out this is made with Brett yeast!

I’m excited by the prospect of this evolving over time. Seek it out, you won’t be disappointed.

Rayon Vert update—I cellared a bottle for the better part of a year, refrigerated & opened in December, 2012.

Immediate geyser, which I was completely unprepared for! At first crack of the bottle the cap foamed over, spraying beer everywhere. I sacrificed half a bottle. But the other half was so delicious—it at once made up for loosing it and made me regret the loss even more.

This beer poured an orange-tinged straw with tremendous foam. The foam fizzles out leaving an aroma that’s zesty, estery, and peppery. Aroma is full of orange hints with some brett notes, but the west coast-Green Flash hops have definitely faded.

The flavor has a nice peppery bite with a bit of zest to complement the estery flavors. There’s not a notable brett funk but it’s in the works—and definitely on the finish.

I still get a hop bite but it’s all bitterness with a clean finish. While it doesn’t develop like an Orval I have no complaints as to its taste. A poor man’s Orval? I’ll still take it. (1,731 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenrod, with a fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Spicy light fruit tones, with citrus, grassy hops, leather and yeast funk

Taste: Opens with a touch of sugary malt, with a move toward spicy, peppery fruit and grassy hop flavors that dominate the mid-palate; nicely balanced, after the swallow, with the sugary malt, the grassy hops and the leathery Brett each adding an element

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation that refreshes the palate

Overall: A tremendous achievement for Green Flash; although I enjoy a lot of their hoppy beers, I had no expectation that this brewery could produce a beer like this one (662 characters)

Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Always thrilled when a new Green Flash offering is bottled and distributed en masse. Because it doesn't happen often. But when it does, it's always high quality, and I hoped this would remain the case with Rayon Vert ("Green Ray," basically).

Pours a rusty copper/orange color, a lot of clarity in the liquid, and the head is a fluffy off-white thing that crackles down fairly quickly but remains a skim all the while. Dabs and dots of lace all over the place.

The nose is such a great example of Brett, that most special of yeast strains. It's stinky and farmy, kind of cheese-like, but also plenty fruity. It sits there waiting for your judgment: you in or out? It cuts no corners, but isn't a Jolly Pumpkin-ish example in the extreme either. It's exotic and exquisite. Very Belgian, but the aroma also exhibits that wide-awake super-fresh southern Cali hop nose we all know and love. Superb.

There's a tangy fruit layer throughout Rayon Vert, especially in the finish, but it can barely keep its feet next to the strong Brett character. Thankfully, though, it's not a one-sided Brett-bomb, bringing in a healthy hop personality that's both citrusy and a tad resin-like. Also something sort of old and musty, which could be mistaken for tasting rubbery, but it's intriguing and even enjoyable, so I don't want to give the impression that anything undesirable is going on here. Quite the contrary...

Hoped for something a little...more...I don't know...different, in terms of its texture. It's fine, nothing I don't like about it, but something that does the unlikely balancing act of tickling bubbles and creaminess, as so many authentic Belgian Pale Ales do, really would have done the trick. It's a hard texture to describe, but I've had it many times in the real Belgian deals. As is, this is fine, just not a characteristic of the beer that does much for me, one way or the other.

The name, Rayon Vert, is appropriate, as Rayon Vert IS what Green Flash is all about. It might as well be the flagship beer for the brewery as much as any of their other offerings. Total quality, through and through. They remain one of the most consistently excellent U.S. brewers, and if the lack of constant new (bottled) offerings is frustrating, it's easy to remind oneself about the quality they continually offer, and then all is A-Okay. (2,335 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden orange color with a LARGE white head that has a slight orange-cream colored hint to it. Head takes a little time to go down. Scent immediately reminds me of fresh Orval. Brett funk with nice hoppiness. Some citrus and floral notes nicely meshed with barnyard. Taste is ALSO very much like fresh Orval, wow, this can only mean one thing...I LOVE THIS BEER! Disclaimer, I'm drinking this one at room temp, and it's tasting awesome. Immediate floral hoppiness with some slight Belgian yeast flavors. Then you get tasty Brett flavors and barnyard funk. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat velvety...dry finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is just great IMO. I need to go buy more of this. (754 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and deeply saturated orange color, compact and creamy head of foam. Some rising carb trails visible, flecks of spotty lace inside the tulip glass. Bright clarity without pouring the yeast dregs.

Brett aroma right off the bat, fruity dried pineapple, fresh herbs, and the appropriate mustiness of old books.

Tangy, dry, and effervescent. Lingering bitter root earthiness and dry herbal bitterness. Smooth with some wet hay and dried wildflower notes. Brett complexity is big, but the wildness is reigned in. Orval-esque. Everything is pretty nicely balanced here. Cellaring this would likely bring out the funkier side of the wild yeast. A nice introductory Brett beer that i'll definitely drink more of. (712 characters)

Photo of wedge
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling, deep gold color after leaving most of the sediment behind in the bottle. A nice, fat head crowns the top, dropping slightly to a clumpy, frothy covering. Lovely, funky Belgian aroma...spicy, bright lemon, herbs, pear, and leather. Flavors of clean, zesty citrus, grass, phenolics, light earthy hop bitterness, and dry, estery yeast. Funky with a mild sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and a little drying. Good stuff! Pulls off the style very well for a US brewery. (485 characters)

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

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Rayon Vert has a hazy copper appearance with thick white head. Great retention and good lacing left behind.

Aroma is really unique and very pleasant. It's loaded with fresh tropical fruit and citrusy, floral hops.

Flavor is intense but balanced. There is a light malt base that really lets the abundant hops and Belgian yeast shine. The hops have lemon, grapefruit, and spice notes. The yeast adds a kick of black pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated. Balanced but lots of good hoppy bitterness.

Overall a really nice Belgian IPA if you ask me. (614 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, bronze color with a three finger, tan head of long-lasting, bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky with phenolic notes. It had some yeasty notes with caramel sweetness.

T - Very phenolic flavor with funkiness and spicy hop bitterness. Good sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is fantastic. It's my favorite beer of the year so far. (477 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

Pours a clear, light copper color with about three fingers of white, whispy foam which slowly deflate. Good retention and lots of lacing. Quite a bit of brett, vanilla, tart citrus fruit. Taste is not quite as impressive, and a little muddled: brett, moderate citrus and piney hops, finishing bone dry with moderate bitterness. More integration would go a long way. Or maybe the hops have just faded some and that's what I'm picking up; can't tell. Medium-light body and carbonation. Overall, interesting and quite drinkable. Pairs perfectly with spicy Indian or Asian food. (588 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a 3Floyds pint glass.

Great pour, as Rayon Vert sports a lingering taupe head that spatters webs of lacing along the inside of the glass. The body is a hazy, iced-tea orange with ample carbonation. Nice aroma, too, flaunting tangerine flesh and pungent, earthy Brett notes. Hops are floral and bright and the malts grainy with hints of bread dough.

Spicy hops and spicier yeast is the motif of Rayon Vert. Leafy, herbal hops combine with Belgian yeast esters and a kiss of funk from the Brettanomyces. The 7% is well hidden until the end, where a hit of warming alcohol flashes across the back of the palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and bubbly with a dry, medium body. Overall, a fairly tasty beer, but I was expecting a bit more from Green Flash given the ingredients to this beer. Perhaps after a few months of aging the Brett will really start to shine. (870 characters)

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

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy rich copper color with some nice vibrant orange hints and some slight amber. There is a nice off-white head that is an inch tall and is quite dense with some bigger medium sized bubbles mixed in there. Active CO2 on the sides of the glass. The head sticks around for a nice long time.

Citrusy nose. Hints of orange and orange peel with some slight grapefruit notes. Hops are quite present up front. There is some nice Belgian yeast funk notes in the background there but the citrusy lemon/orange notes really shine to the forefront.

Flavor starts off fluffy like a BPA should. There is some quick barnyard and Brett funk up front followed by a rush of citrusy lemon and orange notes. Hopy grass notes are present as well. The middle portion also has some slight Belgian malt notes with some nice slight spice and some banana. This brew is pretty delicious. I could see how if Green Flash was Belgian they would brew this as their go-to beer. Very well balanced notes of Belgian with a citrusy West Coast hop profile. Refreshing. Fluffy and crisp mouthfeel.

Good offering from GF. I would purchase this more often along with my regular Hop Head REd fix. Very good flavors a nice balance and definitely a nice take on the BPA style. (1,309 characters)

Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a very thick, dense head that tops off the tulip right to the rim. Head slowly dissipates leaving plenty of lacing in the glass and settles into a nice island of meringue like foam. A nice ring of foam remains as well.

S- Loads of phenols in the aroma as well as hops. Smells of band aid, bretty funk, yeast, hops, faint malt and some tropical fruit notes like pineapple in the background. As the beer warms more of the Belgian like aromas take over and the signature brett aromas begin to dominate. Band aid like phenols along with aromas of apricots, pineapple, mango are the dominate smells once the beer opens up all the way.

T- Slightly spicy in the beginning followed by the band aid like phenols swiftly filled in with slightly sweet malt and bitter hops. Dries a little in the finish but not overly so. Hop bitterness lingers as well as a subtle brett like flavor that I can’t quite pin down.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of prickly carbonation.

D- Enjoyable and one that I find is worth sipping on to see how the beer develops as it warms. Not a bad example of an American made Belgian pale ale. I’d be interested to see how Green Flash develops this in future batches. Recommended to those that like beers like Orval and Ommegang BPA. (1,321 characters)

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to output01x for this beer.
Gave this one a normal pour, nothing special except the stop 75% of the way through to agitate the bottle. This got me two fingers of foamy white head that sat there for a few minutes. Body color is like apple cider, and the beer is cloudy with a good amount of suspended particles noticed. Head finally goes down to a thick foamy ring and topping. Thus I drink.

Strong pine and citrus hop smell. Digging deeper you find the belgian hints, a little funk, some yeast, banana and spices.

Banana was the first flavor I got off the bat. This transitioned to pine with a grapefruit and orange backbone. Yeast and cloves both intermingle and finish her off with some banana.

Medium bodied. Dry. Nothing to write home about on mouthfeel. (769 characters)

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

A decent entry in the hot Belgian IPA genre, but not up to the usual astonishing standards of Green Flash.

Pours a slightly dark golden with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and phenolic, with apricot and a wheaty edge. The flavor is clean and phenolic with apricot and raising and a light rye-toast feeling. There is a deep gasoline-like bitterness, like a good sprig of fresh epazote. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Good, but not quite as good some others such as Flying Dog's Raging Bitch or New Belgium's Belgio. (545 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a globed DFH glass

A- Poured a hazy medium amber color with fluffy head that leaves quite a bit of spotty lace

S- Hay funk, banana, clove, lemon, and bready notes. Very well balanced aroma

T- Big funky barnyard hay taste, lemon, bready and chalky yeasty notes. A very unique flavor profile, I can't quite put my finger on some of these flavors, but it is spicy, yeasty, and funky.

M- High prickly carbonation, kind of dry chalky quality

O- A very unique tasting beer. I like it, but not sure how often I would go reach for a beer like this. I heard this is very similar to Orval, which I had recently and did not like. I notice some similarities in aroma and a little in taste, but I actually like this beer and did not care for Orval at all. I don't get the overly bitterness and salty qualities I got with Orval. (848 characters)

Photo of bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden filtered body. Big frothy lacy white head.

Peppery spicy sweet Belgian aroma. Nice candi sugar citrus notes. Green apple Belgian yeast.

The spicy peppery clove Belgian spice blend couples with a nice floral slight citrus hop. The twang from the brett provides for a nice dry finish.

Light with good amounts of carbonation. Easy sipping flavorful complex brew. Could very easily be my new goto summer higher alcohol beer. (437 characters)

Photo of pmlondrigan
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip. Glowing pale orange color. You can see the CO2 escaping from the base of the glass. This one is capped with a huge merangue like head leaving behind sheets of belgian lace. Bready and slightly phenolic on the nose. Lightly hoppy in the citrus department too. The first sip lets you know the Brett is here. I love how citrus and Brett play together. Horse blanket, funk, smokey and phenolic. Yup its spicy. But wait there is more, bready malts. A little prickly and slightly over-carbed.
A very good interpretation of a Belgian Pale finished with Brett. A little over-carbed. Good Brett presence. I will be purchasing this again. (651 characters)

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