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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

1,263 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,263
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 43
Gots: 82 | 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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rinhaak

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to the store looking for Orval. They had sold out that morning, but Rayon Vert was recommended to me as an "Orval clone." Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't hoping for an American Orval and had tasted it on its own merits. In any case, while it certainly owes its influence to Orval, Orval it is not.

Rayon Vert is pretty dry and heavy on the brett. A bit bitter, there's a strong hop presence, as well as lemon candy, honey lozenges, and herbal tea flavors. I didn't feel it was a very balanced beer: while there were certainly many flavors, they almost seemed in competition and didn't really blend.

I would like to try the beer again in a blind tasting; perhaps with an open mind, I might have a different tasting experience. But for me, it doesn't rank among the better Belgian Pales, and it certainly doesn't compare to Orval.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 16:23:12 | More by rinhaak
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TheWhiskerReview

Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a huge 4-finger white head that sticks all over the rim and reduces slowly, leaving lots of lace.

Reading about this, it sounded like GF was going for something very similar to Orval, and I'd say they certainly Americanized the Orval character, losing the subtleties in this nose with its notes of bread, blood orange pith, pear, honey and earthy herbs.

The medium bodied palate is bright with the slight Brett-tartness and a big carbonation- flavors of bitter orange, apples and earthy herbal tones. The middle brings a sizable bitterness while the booze makes a statement on the finish, lingering with the breadiness and herbal characters.

Overall not bad, but as I've said, it certainly tastes like an Americanized beer, with nowhere near the complexity of the brew I think its trying to mimic. That said, though, this is certainly a candidate for the cellar, and its ageability gives it a few extra points.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 20:37:10 | More by TheWhiskerReview
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Doug for giving me this bottle. He got it from the west coast and now I see the beer on the shelf at Julio’s.

Big foamy head that appears to be soapy suds. Clinging lace. Bright brass colored beer with excellent clarity and some escaping bubbles.

Aroma is of yeast, plastic, a touch of funk and some fruit.

The plastic/rubber taste is up front with a lot of surprising bready notes just after. Lots of yeast notes and what I sometimes describe as spice, but it’s really different here. A nice bitter aftertaste that is a combination of hop bitterness and some complexity from the yeast. Not as fruity in flavor as some of the aroma notes.

Delicate body, really effervescent.

Nice refreshing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 21:19:28 | More by Reagan1984
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jbphoto88

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep yellow that's approaching gold with tons of bubbles. A soon as you pop the cap you get an above average hiss that translates into billowy, fluffy off white head that takes up half the glass. A constant stream of bubbles from the bottom feeds it's gigantor size.

The nose is a good portion of Belgian yeast, dusty hops and some farmhouse. It's the farm scents that I'll never understand in a beer but someone out there must love it.

Rayon Vert has smooth, balanced flavor that has one foot in the farm and one foot in a brew house. Sweet toasted grains mixed with that Belgian twang, light citrus and subtle ginger like spices. This one puts me out of my comfort zone but in a very good way. I find the flavor unique and interesting.

Mouthfeel is also a light with a fine champagne carbonation, adding to the sizzle and zest of the brew. Unique and tasty well worth trying. I remain not a huge fan of Belgian anything but this one was really good.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2012 20:39:52 | More by jbphoto88
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gtermi

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a middy golden brown with a white head. This beer has a HUGE head on it. It slowly fades and looks like the head of a coke float. There is a lot of lace left on the glass. A very nice looking beer

S: This beer has a strong basil and spices scent to it with also a bit of hops. It honestly almost smells like a pasta I have had once at La Madeline, very nice.

T: Again I am getting the basil and spices that I got in the smell. The taste has a decent amount of hops which give it a nice piney taste. It tastes too much like pizza for my tasting though. The taste

M: There is almost no crispness to this beer at all. It is beyond smooth and is very easy to drink.

O: I know I talked a lot about italian food in my review, but this beer tastes so much like a pizza or pasta. I wish it was toned down a little bit in the taste, but everything else in the beer is very awesome. Maybe I will age the other ones and see what this beer does with time.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 05:37:30 | More by gtermi
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this one for a while. Got it as an extra prior to Green Flash entering MN. Looks like it was bottled 7/12.

Pours extremely carbonated. Several fingers of head from a small pour.

The brett seems to have developed. Aroma is mostly a tart apple skin aroma.

Taste is toasted malts with green apple and slight barnyard funk. Brett has really come out.

Qualities of a pale with lots of brett.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 01:08:08 | More by Powderhornphil
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip

A- Pours hazy straw yellow/orange with some particles. A massive white head. Big bubbly lacing. Careful on the pour with this one.

S- I get a big spiciness up front. There is a lot of fruit here. Citrus tones from the hops and a tiny bit a darker fruit. Certainly an intriguing smell on this one.

T- This is a weird one, that's for sure. There is a ton of carbonation up front. The taste, is very fruity, the is some west coast hops in here for sure giving it a citrus and piney taste. The yeast gives this beer a really spicy taste and feel and is very crisp on the finish. The taste is a strange sour hay flavor that im trying to decide just how much I enjoy it.

M- This beer has insane carbonation, at times it was too much. The yeast really gives this beer a full silky feel which is quite nice.

O- This is pretty decent beer, very unique to say the least. I don't know how old my bottle is and if this beer is "constantly evolving" there's no telling here. I would be interested in trying a fresh and aged one side by side just to see the difference. As of now, i am not quite sold on Brett.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:48:13 | More by TwelveOunces
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barczar

Kentucky

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields a clear deep copper body with a 3 finger dense cream head that lingers, leaving huge lacing. Stirring the bottle before the last pour yields cloudy yeast.

Belgian yeast esters dominate the aroma with hints of candi sugar peeking through. Green apple, pineapple, lemon add complexity.

Tart green apple dominates the flavor, with a fairly bitter hop finish cutting the profile short. Initially lacks in complexity. Hints of candi sugar and belgian malt are subtle.

Body is fairly light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and fairly bitter. Alcohol warmth is fairly subdued, but present.

Overall, a bit too simple for my liking. The belgian yeast fruitiness is squashed by the bitter, relatively flavorless hops. I'm disappointed.

Once I added the yeast sediment, a bit more flavor came out, pears, a bit of funk. But there was also some phenolic flavors that were somewhat offputting. Still too bitter for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 05:35:15 | More by barczar
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 01:54:24 | More by wagenvolks
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WEBBEER

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into oversized stemmed tulip. Produced 3 inches of light "root beer float" cream colored head. Frothy meringue like head that lasted for entire serving. Ale is a copper to amber color, slightly cloudy. Heavy lace. Excellent strong malt and bread like smell. Taste of sweet malt, mild hops and of sour fruit. Mild cling of alcohol viscosity in the mouthfeel as expected from a 7%. Overall a pleasant ale that I would recommend and sample again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 21:56:46 | More by WEBBEER
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mynie

Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was sold to me as an American approximation of Orval, which of course is worth 7 bucks a four pack.

It pours like Orval. Very nicely hazy with a rocky white head. Smells like Orval, too: aggressively hopped for the style, big nodes of spice with some light fruity tinges. Only, there's just a wee bit of something off about it, a little hit of medicinal-ness.

Tastes about the same as it smells, only the medicinal nodes are slightly more pronounced and there's a small hint of brett that wasn't present in the aroma. Fruity up front, lightly sour in the back, and then woody and hoppy near in the end. It's all great aside from that one off node, which makes the aftertaste a little offputting.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 02:47:39 | More by mynie
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notchucknorris

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 05:42:29 | More by notchucknorris
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Arbitrator

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L.

There's no bottle date, so I am free to assume this is uber-fresh and review it accordingly.

A: Upon pouring, the beer transforms largely into foam, which simply does not dissolve. My Duvel tulip is over 5 fingers of head with an extremely murky, burnt sunset orange body hiding underneath. As the head retreats, it leaves huge swaths of sticky curtains down the sides of the glass. A bit overcarbed and not clear, but otherwise great to look at.

S: Brett funk is evident even from pouring at arm's length. It fills the area with aromas of hay, minerals, lemon rind, and pepper. Occasionally there's an off-note of sulfur. I'm not picking up much in the way of hops aside from a small grapefruit presence; right now this is pretty yeast-dominated, but that's not a bad thing.

T: The taste is somewhat hoppier than the nose indicated. Grapefruit, tangerine blend seamlessly with musty, barnyard brett expressions. There are interesting orchard fruit flavors of apple and peach in here. They lead into lemon rind and white pepper in the finish.

M: This has a very clean finish. One thing I don't like about Sanctification (which isn't quite the same style, but you can see why I'd make a comparison) is the minerally finish it has. This beer closes dry and clean, with just the lightest oiliness far into the aftertaste. The carbonation is spritzy enough to make the beer feel lively, but not watery.

O: I wish they'd bottle date; I get the feeling my bottle isn't really that fresh. That's probably the only thing stopping me from buying more in the future, probably by the case. Otherwise, this is drinkable, refreshing, and affordably priced.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 05:23:32 | More by Arbitrator
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schoolboy

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, but it disappoints. Wait a minute, maybe some cheese to clear the palate. That helps, I can taste it better, but it's way to much like a strong, hoppy wheat ale that doesn't work.

It is obviously a high quality beverage. It is stunningly beautiful in the glass. It is very fragrant, but the smell is the same as the taste, and I don't really like it. It was very expensive too. I do not intend to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:08:22 | More by schoolboy
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plbirder

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very foamy head with an aroma of bananas and other fruit. Slightly hoppy with lots of fruit flavor. slightly bitter after taste. There's some complexity in this brew that I have a hard time pinpointing but thats what makes it interesting Overall an interesting beer that I would have again. New to this review thing, doing my best.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 19:19:39 | More by plbirder
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StJamesGate

New York

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tall fluffy pitted bone white head over pale yellow body.
Big white vinegar nose with some barnyard and no real hops.
Baguette breadiness, apricot, a tart yeast hit and light tangerine hops.
Fruit salad finish and tingly herbal linger.
Light to medium, round, slight cling, fizzy.

Far more Belgian (and wild) than San Diego, which I don't expect from Green Flash. Hops are just missing, really. Even as a Belgian pale, do I need quite so much Brett?

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 10:47:24 | More by StJamesGate
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aszatk01

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-13-2013 02:01:39 | More by aszatk01
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jaywz

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-07-2013 02:00:38 | More by jaywz
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-12-2013 16:38:08 | More by JamesStreet
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InVinoVeritas

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

11-21-2012 02:21:24 | More by InVinoVeritas
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hansenme

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-14-2012 02:02:31 | More by hansenme
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Griffith

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-19-2014 17:14:18 | More by Griffith
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Photekut

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-19-2013 13:17:55 | More by Photekut
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blknikon

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-07-2013 22:50:56 | More by blknikon
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falconxman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-12-2012 04:19:12 | More by falconxman
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.