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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1221
Reviews: 410
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%


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:
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(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

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

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:53:22 | More by Bouleboubier
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:37:11 | More by FondueVoodoo
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 20:38:38 | More by StaveHooks
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bahnfire

Vermont

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:18:27 | More by bahnfire
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 07:25:01 | More by Budinetz
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soju6

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 02:42:10 | More by soju6
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harrymel

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 03JUL12

So, I knew this would be overcarbed, but this was stupid. It took a pitcher to pour this 12oz bottle. Nice clear golden underneath. Retained none of the foam once it died down. Smells nice with raisin, pale belgian yeast character, some hints of grain and metal and a bit of bitterness; some green apple skins and meat come through as it warms. Flavor is fruity, apple, lemon, honeydew and grain, some clay and a touch of strep mutans (maybe that's my mouth though). Medium bodied with now minimal carb and an off dry finish. Meh, would like to try fresh because this didn't do well with the age IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 04:39:08 | More by harrymel
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Too much foamy head! It almost never went away. Im trying to drink this, and all I get is foam. NO NO! Other than that, cooper/dark orange, lots of lacing (obviously), hazy.

S- Sour, citrusy hops, & yeasty. Grapefruit forward. It's Belgian funky for sure!

T- Juicy and carbonated, with a grapefruit kind of hop presence. Sour towards the end. Finish is citrusy and somewhat sweet, and ends sour.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Juicy and bitter qualities prevent this from being extremely drinkable, but this beer was not designed to be a thrust quencher or had quickly.

I had Palm Speciale once, and I felt a sweat coming on when i had that. I am a little sweaty after drinking this. I have no clue if that is just these two beers or a side-effect of Belgian Pale Ales in general.

Overall, this was tasty. It didn't wow me, but it was good.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 23:43:52 | More by ThomasMetal75
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phishsihq

Colorado

4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert pours a hazy, goldenrod color with the most massive head we have ever seen! The bottle conditioning with Brettanoyces creates a large amount of carbonation (especially when aged a year or more). This one takes time to pour, but be patient, the wait is well worth it. An impressive bouquet of aromas delight the senses with whiffs of lemon zest, spices, Belgian yeast and funk. Sweet malt flavors reminiscent of bread and caramel open the palate to more subtle notes of citrus and pepper with Belgian yeast and Brettanomyces funk underlining the entire brew. Extremely effervescent, this Green Flash brew is highly carbonated and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 01:06:04 | More by phishsihq
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the COOP a couple nights ago.. off white head blooms up to an easy 3"... too much!! The brew is fairly clear light orange... the head takes FOREVER to die back.. great lacing.

The nose is definitely bretty... more than I was expecting.. dusty green apple skins.. something that I associate with lemon zest.. or even Lemon Pledge.. lite fusel alcohols... minor peppery notes and a bit more apricot with warmth.

Ridiculously dry... light plastic/vinyl phenols with warmth.. light lemon.. the RIGID drying almost tannic quality of this beer is not gonna be for everybody including me...

Carbonation is almost abrasive.. the body is light magnified by the huge CO2.

I respect this beer and appreciate the brett character, but it is just over the top.

Not my cup of beer.

3.25/3.5/3.25/3/3

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:38:03 | More by JohnGalt1
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matjack85

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I tried this at Quencher's Saloon in Chicago. $5 for a 12oz bottle served in a small brandy snifter.

It took awhile to see what color it was because the entire glass filled up with frothy white foam from top to bottom. After a 10 minute wait (I'm not exaggerating) about half the foam dissipated showing a honey/orange liquid. Lacing was good but the retention bordered on being ridiculous.

The beer had a hoppy citrus smell.

Complex mix of flavors that just don't work well together. It's both bitter and sweet, fruity and funky, but the resulting taste is like a bitter medicinal band-aid dipped in fruity alcohol. I didn't care for it at all.

Between light and medium bodied with very high carbonation.

One reviewer thought it tasted like a dirty sock. I won't go that far, but I didn't much care for it either.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 21:32:29 | More by matjack85
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JohnG190

New York

4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - cloudy amber with huge, creamy white head that never seemed to dissipate.

Smell - fruity esters and biscuity malt dominate the aroma with a slight floral note and some yeast funkiness.

Taste - closely follows aroma with a hint of spice and some funky brett tartness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - medium body with prominent carbonation.

Overall - tasty Belgian pale with just enough funkiness to make it interesting.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2013 22:45:59 | More by JohnG190
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Fatehunter

Oregon

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It foamed up quickly in the pour with lots of head. The body is cloudy medium straw colored.
The aroma is a spicy lemon and pine candy smell, pretty nice though.
It has a bold pine bitterness up front, followed by mild citrus sweetness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Besides the super-foamy head, it's a really great drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:38:05 | More by Fatehunter
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, cloudy, caramel color that is opaque and unfiltered. Tall, frothy, light, off-white head that laces the glass as the head recedes. Aromas of Belgian yeast funk, with notes of bubble gum, all spice, lavender, and strawberry. Lots going on in the nose on this one. Flavors are roasty and sharp, with a caramel and bready backbone supporting a blending of spices, including all spice, clove, and lemon zest. The palate is pretty dynamic, and there are more and more flavor profiles as you drink. Fruity and bready aftertaste, with a light, slightly filmy finish. Tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 01:48:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tannish brown and mostly clear with a touch of haze, a monstrous, lasting head and sticky lace.

Very spicy with tons of Belgian yeast character. Strong and enticing smell, almost like a spring day on the beach, mixes with flavor experience nicely. Tons of earth, green grasses.

It's right up there with other top Belgian pale ales, and that's a pretty heavy-hitting list. A top notch beer in any category.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 23:56:35 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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94Sip

Texas

4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me start by saying this is a really great beer. Not too bitter, very fragrant and just a really great tasting beer.

A: pours a nice orange color with a great white/cream colored head. Not necessarily opaque but not transparent either.

S: smells of some citrus and floral, but not too strong. Maybe a bit of banana. Can't really identify what it smells like but it reminds me other American brewed tripels.

T: this is really great. Not too bitter like some of the west coast PAs and IPAs. There is some creamy flavors as well, a bit of vanilla. Can't taste any alcohol.

M: not too thick and not too thin. Good amount of carbonation.

O: as spring and summer comes on I start to move to the Belgian Pale Ales, Tripels and farmhouse ales. I just found this one here in Texas and thought I would give it a try. As long as I can get this one it will be a staple in these warm months. Every bit as enjoyable as some of the Belgian ales I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:58:34 | More by 94Sip
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Mr3dPHD

Florida

3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

2012 batch, poured from the bottle into a tall snifter glass.

A - Holy crap! This is one crazy thick head. I poured this so slowly and carefully and I still had to wait for the head to die down a bit before getting the final third of the bottle in there. When I popped the cap I actually saw a head form and race toward the top of the bottle. Gargantuan head has excellent retention with pretty solid lacing. Pours a hazy copper tone with a little sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Savory spices and sea salt. Bready yeast and a pretty heavy mossy aroma. I can also pick up a hint of lemon peel and grassy hops. Super earthy.

T - Very bitter right up front, although most of the initial flavor is heavily subdued by the thick carbonation. Yeast is very apparent and the earthy hops comes through as it rolls towards the back of your tongue. Finish is dry and has a grassy bite at first, but as the beer warmed it sweetened up significantly.

M - Extremely fizzy...a bit too distracting I'd say. Light body, not the most drinkable beer.

O - It's a tough beer to rate. Did I enjoy it? Yes. I really did, but the carbonation was just too overpowering. It left the beer unbalanced and it became the focus with every sip. I really liked the beer a lot more once it warmed up. I'll leave the bottle out a bit before drinking the next one in fact. Overall, it's pretty good, but definitely not amazing.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 01:35:15 | More by Mr3dPHD
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Slow poured from 12oz bottle into a Belgium sniffer.

A- Uh oh. We have a gusher here. Even the most delicate of pours resultes in a 4 finger, massive head. I know the style dictates a high level of carbonation, but this is a bit much. The end result is a half glass of foam and a half glass of a cloudy orange/amber brew with evervesance similar to champagne.

S- A susbdued smell that has probably been masked by the half glass of foam. As it begins to settle I start to pick up a combo of sweet and spicy. Nectar meets pepper. Slight bananas. Fresh fruits and hops. Pale malts and barnyard funk.

T- Well, after waiting about 20 minutes for the head to dissipate, i have decided to jump in. Sweetness dected first with a heavy dose of wild Brett yeast. Band-aid and medicinal flavors appear. Citrus and grassy hops account for a crisp, bitter finish. Quite acidic as well.

M- Here is the biggest issue i have with this. The massive carbonation is difficult to look past. Drinkability suffers due to the evervesance. Dry finish.

O- I wanted to like this beer. I really did. I love Green Flash. I have worked with Brett yeast in my homebrews and understand how unpredictible it can be, but the carb level hurt this brew. It hindered the wonderful aroma from escaping and it caused the drinkability to really suffer. If you let it rest for a good while, then you can experience some nice qualities that remain masked. The characteristics were all there for this to be a great Belgian pale, but it fell short of spectacular.

$8.49 for 4pk

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 16:35:40 | More by Bosoxfan20
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blackie

Virginia

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bomber, Grape and Gourmet, VA Beach

a: bottle into a piraat chalice, rayon is a slightly hazed honey amber in color, sporting a generous, dense bone-white head that retains long

s: fantastic aroma - crisp malts well fermented provide stone fruits without much sweetness, striking brett presence...lightly wild and complex, lovely hops provide juicy citrus and tropical notes, but are used in perfect proportion so as not to overtake anything - love it

m: carbonation full and lively, but smooth, body crisp and on the lighter side

t: moving on from the aroma, it’s all still here - clean pils malts, dry on the palate, yeasty brett with a nice dose of wild funk, balanced citric hop flavors, finishing dry with a moderate acidity, just misses out on some of the deeply subtle complexities of the nose

o: one of the better stateside belgian pales out there, great brett character and extremely solid balance with just the right touch of west coast hopping - standing out while fitting in

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 03:25:55 | More by blackie
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danmouer

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've long been a fan of Orval, and Rayon Vert is clearly an approximation of that fine Trappist ale.

At first the Brett aromas and, to a lesser defree, flavors seem to dominate, but as the brew warms a bit, there are plenty of fruity and spicy bits from the Belgian strain of brewers yeast that is the main microbe at work here. I miss the particular flavor of Continental malts, but there is a very firm core of light malt flavor.

The flavor and mouthfeel of this bottle was just nearly perfect for the style. Extravagant, softly effervescent, sweet-and-tangy, and bracingly bitter in the finish. I have stashed several bottles in the cellar along with Orvals and other Brett brews, including many of my own making. I have no doubt this one will continue to develop more character and complexity for the next couple years.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 20:19:05 | More by danmouer
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lilmissbeer

Ohio

1.7/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

This beer tasted like it was brewed with dirty socks. At first it was okay, but the warmer it got, the more unbearable the taste became. It tasted more like some kind of strange, bitter hard alcohol than a beer... not something I plan on buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 15:22:33 | More by lilmissbeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Uhhh...ehhh....uhhhh....I have no intro, just on to the beer:

Even once the crown is cracked, the beer barely stays inside the bottle. Pour it into a chalice, and get a very heady brew, which is burnt orange. With a head which retains as well as this and being a Belgian Pale Ale, the color fits. The aroma has some surprising dry hopping and some Belgian joy. Super fresh grass clipping with barnyard accents...a bit tart? This is a very fun nose.

It's acidic, it's dry, and it's pleasing. Slight sweet at the beigining like a pear, it turns acidic and then comes a blanket of bitterness. A little horse blanket creep into the profile, as does dry grass. As this is happening, it's medium body and bubbly mouthfeel makes the profile more groovy; it feels Belgian.

The taste may not be 100% agreeable with me, but everything else is. Well done Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 05:46:18 | More by DoubleJ
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JonnyHOPkins

New Jersey

3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured into an oversized wine glass, brilliant color almost like fresh honey, a tad cloudy, large creamy head that gradually depleted over a minute to a thin covering that hugs the edge of the glass

Nose: almost toasty hops with a dank funky aroma of hops and yeast

Taste: complex, almost medicinal taste like cherry Chloraseptic sore throat spray or the way a new band-aid smells. very interesting, slight aftertaste of drupes

Mouthfeel: airy, smooth, heavily carbonated feel

Overall: an interesting belgian-style pale ale, well-made, not for everyone but a must try

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:16:36 | More by JonnyHOPkins
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy orange with gigantice head that took forever to go away (and was slightly annoying) and left lace ring on top of a piney, earthy hop aroma mixed with some funky belgian yeast and a touch of orange citric. Beer is easy to drink and a smooth passer, even with the possibility of the ABV bleeding into it or something funky/sharp to hit your tongue.
The beer is definitely more hoppy than your typical Belgian, which isn't bad at all but not my preference, but the rather piney, grassy hops mix well with the Belgian yeast and gives a pleasant drinking experience (a touch of sugary sweetness from out of nowhere helps) that ends with a crisp, refreshing experience. This was a pretty good Belgian Ale but it just seemed a little underwhelming/simplistic at times for me, although I did have to let it warm since the idiot bar I went to served it in a frozen mug and called it a triple. I am not excluding this fact as it may have killed off some of the more subtle belgian charateristics and ended up in my lower score.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 16:58:06 | More by clayrock81
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teromous

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crazy volumes of carbonation. Opening the cap let off a hiss like a tractor trailer releasing its air brakes. I barely poured a dash of the beer and the whole glass is filled to the brim with foam. Be careful when opening/pouring. The head is an off-white mountain of clouds. The body is a hazy medium shade of gold. Good lacing on the glass.

S: I get a lot of saison character from the beer. It has a horsey barnyard smell to it...a lot of funk and sour scents.

T: The taste mimics the scent closely, focusing on a musky funk quality. There is a little bit of bread flavor, and a mild hop bitterness...kind of rustic tasting...a bit like rye bread in the aftertaste. Some sour notes in there as well, but it kind-of tinges the tongue and lips then dissipates. Some of the hop character comes through in the aftertaste as well...it is a very complex beer. My rating went from a 3...3.5...to a 4 while I continued to drink the beer.

M: It has a very nice mouthfeel. It's bright and perky, and the bitterness seems to counter-balance that by grounding the overall feel of the beer. It feels medium bodied. Drinkability is moderate, because the beer tends to be a bit abrasive with its sourness and bitterness. It's not something I would have more than a bottle of.

O: Overall I found the beer to be interesting and complex. I would recommend it to die-hard fans of Belgian sours, saisons, farmhouse ales, or just interesting beers in general. The carbonation seemed overdone, which makes it difficult to pour the beer (even for a highly carbonated Belgian beer). I probably won't be buying it again, but I don't regret buying it either.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 15:03:04 | More by teromous
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.