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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

Rayon VertRayon Vert

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,223 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1223
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Maryland

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted by Thorpe, thanks buddy. Served in a Russian River goblet. Beer is yellow with a haze, big white head, nice carbonation, some retention but low lacing, looks good.

Aroma is strong Brett character, minor hop and malt contributions.

Beer is light and airy on the palate, heavily carbonated, strong beer overall, I like the finish, not too dry, yeast dominates the palate overall, a very strong funky beer. Decent I'd have it again. Much better than Treasure chest.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 18:43:10 | More by drabmuh
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chugalug06

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - HUGE aggressive thick foamy white head. Brew is slight fogged orange color. No heavy lacing...

S - Huge Brett notes. Heavy orange and lemon too. Smells "wild".

T/M - Not quite a "sour", but definitely a wild! A great flavor. Citrus notes and earthy notes abound! Very bread-y, and smooth. No heat and perfect smooth bitterness.

O - A delightful surprise! Very well rounded! Delicious! Well done Green Flash Brewers. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 04:31:52 | More by chugalug06
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crossovert

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle.

It pours a murky amber, huge white head that leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is dominated by brett. Smells like an Orval but less complex with a bigger medicine scent.

The taste is mostly brett too, a subtle bit of hops rounds it out.

If you like brett give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 03:34:22 | More by crossovert
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a tulip is a fairly dark amber with copper hues. On top is a two inches thick and off white witha frothy texture.

Aroma: Some grapefruit and a little bit of citrus hops. Sweet fruits touches of simple syrup along wtih some almond. Subtle sweetness from the mlats a little bit on the caramel side.

Taste: Lots of dryness on the palate. Yeasty, grainy wheat, Citrus fruits, spice, touches of nutmeg, ginger and a very dry finish.

Notes: Dam this one has a very dry finish and tasty as well. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 02:03:29 | More by horshack7
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jsanford

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a beautifully fluffy white head that settles to a thick, craggy cap and leaves lots of spotty lacing.
S - Nice fruity aromas of lemon and orange peel with a strong Brett character. Earthy, with a touch of plastic, and a bit of clove-like spiciness.
T - Not as flavorful as the Brett-monster of a nose would suggest, instead it's a nicely drinkable mix of crisp citrus, ripe pear, and earthy, plastic-heavy Brettanomyces. Good, but not great.
M - Smooth and a bit creamy, with a medium mouthfeel and good carbonation.
O - A really nice offering from Green Flash, I'd be curious to see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:38:51 | More by jsanford
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mjtiernan

New York

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date info (boo hiss Green Flash!) but there was dust on them so not likely fresh (which is fine for this style).

A: A slow pour resulted in a tight two-finger head. Head retention is good and lacing pretty heavy. Body is copper color and very clear. No haziness to be seen.

S: Light, fruity nose with some floral characteristics down deep. Quite a bit of lemon, tangarine and orange peel. A touch of spiciness..light clove I guess. With some agitation, the barnyard funk starts cutting through.

T: Nice, but a somewhat of a letdown after all the good stuff I just smelled. Tart and funky. A little bit of spice. The lemon is there. Quite a bit of diaper/band-aid...basically plastic. Finish is fairly dry.

M: Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Body is medium-light. Carb is high.

O: The plastic flavor and inability to live up to its nose disappoints me. The aroma really pulled me in, but the taste let me down. I’ll try this again in the near future to double-check my palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 06:29:32 | More by mjtiernan
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice crystal tangerine orange body, hints at red, faint cola carbonation off the pour. Head is soapy, off white, some good retention and faint lace, clumps quite a bit while drinking. A good fast carbonation can bee seen in the middle column rising fast, more slight opaque as more is poured.

Nose seems like a brett funk, some light sour orange, hints at whispy yeast and a juicy texture to come?

Hot heat and sharp yeast, matching a wild content. Crisp palate, mixing with a little tangerine. Super prickly, matching a nice feel and light finish. Flavor lingers, giving to a nice slow and gradual citrus and mild heat. Sense of woodyness, and nicely balanced. There's also a faint sweetness lingering...

Overall this is pretty darn impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:10:15 | More by smakawhat
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FosterJM

California

3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1117th Review on BA
Bottle to Small wine glass
12 oz bottle

Purchased a 4pk at Bevmo Chino Hills, CA for $8.99

App- A darker orange with some ambers and yellows intermixed. A huge 3 finger off white very crackly head took for ever to recede and left a great cling line and even more lacing.

Smell- Opens with a lot of Bretty cheese on the nose. A bit fragant floral and perfume notes and then trails off into a bit of citrus, damp, earth and maybe a touch of spice.

Taste- I called it the Orval of America. It's got that very funky cheese note to it with the Brett coming full ahead and then the pale ale comes in with slight bitter and then a little citrus and floral notes.

Mouth- Medium bodied and Medium carbonation. A little heavy on the Brett residual flavors but still good.

Drink- Overall, a good beer but not a great beer. Needed a bit more restaint and layered balance

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:49:56 | More by FosterJM
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onewetpaw

Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A- Funky brett nose. Like a young (to the US) Orval.

A- Pours clear and amber with a huge stock white head that persists.

F- Tart lemon and light earthy funk. Clean taste that surprises given the strong brett nose. Dry and crisp sensation that leaves you wanting more. Absolutely no hot alcohol or phenols. Subdued fruit flavors, almost like tropical fruit and pineapple.

M- High carbonation lifts this off the palate. Dry, but not at all cidery or overly thin.

O- A really nice interpretation of a belgian pale. I highly recommend this, especially to people interested in funky beers, but not ready for or desiring a punch you in the mouth sour beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 02:15:53 | More by onewetpaw
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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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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bradford for sending this one my way! Poured into a tulip. There is a giant white frothy head here on top of a orange body.

The aroma has some nice lemongrass that blends nicely with the orange candy sweetness from the malt.

The taste is relatively dry, with only a hint of malt sweetness in the middle. there is a dry fruity and spicy yeast flavored finish.

This is pretty light and full of carbonation. This is quite refreshing.

I like this one. It is light and drinkable, with good peppery flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 05:29:51 | More by andrewinski1
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weatherdog

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a standard tulip glass

It pours a nearly crystal clear orange color with a billowing white head. Sticky foam coats the side of the glass and a nice bubbly cap stays on the beer.

The aroma is the classic Brett funk one gets with Orval with a touch less earth and barn and a little more citrus. It's just great, crisp and refreshing and inviting me to take a sip.

The flavor is not as funky as the nose would suggest. Some citrus esters with some dirt coming in at the end. Little to no barn or horse in there. It could very well be an age thing though. A supporting bitterness makes the beer balanced and the medium high carbonation makes for a crisp finish with little aftertaste.

This is for sure a poor mans Orval. $10/4-pack or $5 a bottle. One of these days I'll do a side by side so I can find the difference. Until then I give the nod to Green Flash for copying Goose Island and coming out with a year round Brett finished golden Belgian Ale

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2012 01:51:12 | More by weatherdog
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went thru my Belgian phase years ago, & never was a fan of funky beers made with brett yeast. But I love GF beers & saw this was new, so I decided to give it a go.

Pours a beautiful bright gold with a tight tiny bubble head. Flashed back & smelled that funky Brett yeast along with some pepper & lemon notes prior to the sip. Awesome floral scent, a true symphony of flavors to the nose.

Nice balance of lemon, black pepper & slight funk in the taste. Tight carb & very bubbly on the tongue. Funk is more pronounced in the aftertaste in a good way. Also a bit tart. Alcohol is well hidden & this is a fairly easy-drinking beer.

Really liked this beer & will buy again when I'm in the mood for something Belgian-ish.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 23:25:04 | More by SunDevilBeer
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coldriver

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 pz bottle pours a deep amber with massive fluffy head. Aroma is earthy with lemon and a bit of alcohol. Taste is peppery and lemony citrus hops, and coriander. Fairly thick mouthfeel with dry finish. I'm typically not into Belgian styles, but I'm coming around and this one is very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 19:59:32 | More by coldriver
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vkv822

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a foamy, lightly billowy off white head that leaves.

The aroma has a good bit of funky, Bretty yeast notes. Also some peppery notes blended with light citrus.

Taste follows the nose, with Brett upfront, followed by some peppery notes. There are some sweeter biscuit malts that come through towards the finish as well.

Medium body with a prickly, active carbonation.

A well done Belgian pale ale. The Brett makes itself obvious, but still allows some other flavor notes to come through.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 08:03:24 | More by vkv822
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to acviencko for leaving this at my apartment

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with some darker orange hues. Thick, fluffy white head bubbles up and retains well, leaving coats of lacing on the glass.

Funky and musty in the nose with some touches of lemon peel. Hints of peppery spice with clove and a faint sweetness.

Somewhat floral up front with some soft earthy hop tones. Touches of fruity esters with a citrusy edge driven by lemon peel. Spicy notes mixed with clove and a straw/biscuit backbone. A bit funky and tart towards the finish, which is a little dry and lingering.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit prickly and sticky on the palate. This had a nice combo of funky and tart with some other balancing flavors - definitely something I'd drink again.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 04:51:45 | More by xnicknj
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly well carbonated, a steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head, that only slowly subsides and leaves a substantial, structural mesa as it does so. The beer is a darkish amber color that shows some haze and a bright orange-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus zest and phenolic, Brettanomyces signature funk, both of which are backed by a solid, supporting grain / malt character. More specifically notes of Curacoa orange zest, touches of tangelo, with an ample, slightly plastic like, musty, not quite sharp, funkiness and a grain character that reminds me of crackers with just a hint of caramel malt. The citrus laden, American hop character is quite nice here and definitely works quite well with the Brett character.

Aggressively carbonated and quite effervescent, my first sip has a biting bitterness and a sort of tartness that is accentuated by the citrusy hop character. The beer has a fairly light body, with almost no viscous heft, though it doesn’t come off as being watery. The citrus hop character provides flavors of tangelo zest, touches of ruby-red-grapefruit and even a citrus like pine needle character. The finish is quite dry with a pale cracker like grain character as well as a touch of nutty, toasted malt character; the dryness is also accentuated by a phenolic, sort of funky, slightly musty and even slightly musky Brettanomyces character that is also found in the finish. The bitterness from the hops combines with the phenolic, sort of plastic like character to provide even more sharpness to this beer.

One can’t help but compare this to Orval type beers, this is far, far better than the latest incarnations of Matilda (the last really good batch I had was 2005), and even gives Orval a run for its money (though I wouldn’t put this on that level quite yet). I can’t wait to see how these age, but I wonder that the Brettanomyces character is already so pronounced; this can’t be that old yet, and the Brett is extremely noticeable already, young Orval is barely kissed by the Brett, so I will be curious to see how these age. My one worry is that the plastic character from the Brett will get a bit out of control as the beer ages. Visually this beer is about perfect, from memory it seems a touch darker than Orval, but I could be wrong, and the extensive, long lasting head is quite impressive. This beer sets itself apart from Orval in its use of expressive, fruity and citrus laden American hops; as a sucker for many an American hop, I can’t help but love this beer more for that.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 02:47:42 | More by Gueuzedude
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JohnnyMc

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a perfect head and has a nice dark golden look to it as well as a decent amount of carbonation.

There is a musty, yeasty aroma with some mild fruit as well. The malt definitely overwhelms the hops in this brew and there is a biscuit type taste. This finishes with a very dry and bitter aftertaste and it feels slightly like champagne in your mouth. This is much better as it gets warmer.

On the bottle it says continuously evolving, so I might try to get some for aging. This is a decent Belgian inspired Pale Ale, but I have had better beers by Green Flash.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 00:06:05 | More by JohnnyMc
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Daehpoh

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refrigerated bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Dark golden-orange in color with some lively carbonation. A big fluffy head on this one.

The smell upfront is hoppy and spicy with some musty undertones. Tangerine, pineapple, ripe banana, clove and a bit of rye bread come through. As it warms up, the Brett funk really comes out. Not only does this evolve in the bottle, but it evolves in the glass as well.

The taste of citrusy hops and belgian spiciness leads off, much like the aroma. Solid malt presence, leaning toward a belgian strong pale or strong dark. Nice musty/funky yeast component that gains ground on the hops as it warms.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart with a lightness provided by the carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Overall this one is a winner. A hopped-up belgian pale with a nice combination of tangy flavors and high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 19:58:31 | More by Daehpoh
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DCon

Missouri

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Received a 12 FL. OZ. bottle of this in a trade w/ amacho1. Poured from the Blue labeled bottle w/ the normal Green Flash scene into my 0.3L La Fin Du Monde Tulip Glass. Has no freshness date on the bottle.

Aroma- Has a big time spice and peppery aroma from the beginning. Light hops and malt follow up but spice and floral characteristics. Not sure I've smelt something like this before...

Appearance- Pours a 3.5 finger, frothy head that keeps for a long amount of time. Has a amber/copper colored body with semi-haziness. Leaves thick lacing behind that coats the entire glass.

Flavor- Light, soft fruits hit the palate with a ton of Belgian hops (whatever that means). I'm going to say its in between an American hop and English hop character level. Has a ton of malty sweetness with some biscuity notes. A light-medium bitterness level finishes it off.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied, HIGHLY carbonated, Smooth, but then finishes with a musky finish on the palate. Did not find this finish to be enjoyable at all.

Overall Impression- From the beginning of the pour, this was a strange brew! I'm not sure what a "Belgian Pale Ale" should be but this guy was abnormal! The musky finish, non-characterstical hop flavor, and unusual carbonation levels did not make any positive influence on my review of this one. Won't be going back to this one again! Thanks for the try Alex and if you haven't had this one yet, your not missing out...

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 00:38:37 | More by DCon
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Rayon Vert glides into the glass easy like with a bright orange glaze with some golden specs and a lively frothy creamy bright white head that stays and sticks. Smell is very pungent and fresh with ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, floral notes, some flower, and fresh earthy scent. Wow, this smells inviting. The brett jumps out with some sniffs. Taste is just as fresh as the scent. This is leaps and bounds the best Americanized Belgian pale ale i've had in some time. Fresh fruity esters, bubblegum, fresh grass notes, lemon, orange, bready notes and more. Yum! A great Melange that works. Feel is at about medium with ample and sparkling carb. Flavor grabs ahold of the mouth and kicks it into gear. No sign of the alcohol, which is a tad high. This beer works, it kicks ass in feel and has alot of flavor. Im getting more.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:38:22 | More by BARFLYB
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JEdmund

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking in my Le Merle goblet—hazy, glowing orange with a good dollop of white foam. Head retention and lacing is good.

Smell is bretty! Having had enough brett beers now, this aroma is unmistakable. And there’s not a lot else going on. Pepper, lemon, funk. I like it.

Flavor is a whole lotta brett, too! In fact, I’m initially thinking it’s the sole dimension to this beer. A lot of white pepper flavor, plus some lemon tart, and just a bit o’ herbal hop and cracker malt in the finish. Not especially complex. Finishes with a big pepper bite and dryness leaving me wanting more.

Body is just what I’d hope for in this style: high carbonation yielding a velvety texture and a weightlessness to an otherwise strong beer.

Overall I like it but am not wowed by it. I’m really curious to age this and see how it develops over time, so I will probably buy more for that purpose. Otherwise I think there are better brett beers out there, though maybe not this inexpensive.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 01:52:27 | More by JEdmund
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fmccormi

New York

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my trusty Luettich balloon style Bruery tulip. No bottle dating present, but it was bought recently and kept in good storage conditions.

Appearance (5.0): True to style, this head is aggressive as hell. 4+ fingers of just-off-white head, a nice mixture of fine and fat bubbles, falling slowly and surely to a very rocky crater, leaving some heavy-duty lacing all over the glass. The body is a gorgeous, rich orange-amber with a moderate haze going on. This is what this type of beer was meant to look like.

Smell (4.0): Very nice mix of some warm, bready malt character split with a moderate funk note—of the classic musty, barnyard variety—with surprisingly fragrant, floral hops icing that cake.

Taste (4.5): Bright lemons come across just before a mild-to-moderate musty funk character creeps in, closing out with a slightly tart edge that blends seamlessly with a bitter, grassy hop finish that lingers but at no point punishes the tongue. Very tasteful balance of hops and brett, here. The malt is a simple, bready character that almost gets lost underneath the tart-to-grassy, hops-funk-hops transition the beer makes as it passes. The funk is not as musty as it is in the nose, somewhat to my chagrin, but it’s there in the body with a fruitier, tart character like grapefruit pith. Awesome.

Mouthfeel (4.5): Very, very nice—lush, smooth, creamy carbonation mixed with just the finest pinpoints of effervescence all across the tongue. This is probably what I’d call exactly medium-bodied, and it finishes quite dry. It’s not a gulper, or necessarily a sipper—it’s in a sweet spot, in my opinion, of mouthfeels. Great for the style.

Overall (4.5): This beer is balanced, in the grand scheme of things. It’s a surprisingly well-tuned mix of flavors that makes transitions across the palate in a much more subtle way than you realize at first. Very tastefully done, though I’d love to see this be funkier in that musty, horsey way I love so much. Better compare a couple of bottles from this batch to a couple a year from now and find out what happens! Personally, I can’t wait. This beer is great.

Note: this is a beer that REALLY wants to be served at the correct temperature (45-50ºF), and personally I think the flavors come out better the warmer it is so aim for 50. It'll make a very big difference.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 06:02:57 | More by fmccormi
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grittybrews

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot with two fingers of fluffy white head. Fresh, dry aroma of hay, grass, and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Wheat, honey, and lemon up front followed by brett notes and a dry finish with lingering tartness and lots of pepper.

Very refreshing, balanced, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 14:38:28 | More by grittybrews
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth 20th anniversary stemmed glass.

A – Pours a darker medium amber color with a slight haze. Two fingers of fluffy khacki foam rise up (and actually out of the glass a bit) from the surface and show excellent staying power. Several minutes pass before it really begins to fall back to the surface. Thick sheets of lacing coat practically every inch of the glass.

S – Super spicy and fruity on the nose…almost more of a saison aroma than a Belgian pale ale. Very forward in the yeast derived aromas…tons of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, oranges, touches of black pepper, hints of band-aids and a bit of alcohol. What’s not there?…really for the most part, the hops. The spicy character definitely overpowers the hops here…they are difficult to pick up, even straining and focusing on looking for them.

T – Hoppier in the flavor, but still a bit subdued. There is a noticeable hop bitterness that gives a light bite up front falling to a low level, but lasting bitterness that stays thru past the swallow. As the hops fade, the spices pick back up again…cloves and citrus take the lead with touches of alcohol, soft and lightly sweet malt. I like what I’m tasting a lot, but I still say this is more saison than Belgian pale ale.

M – Spicy, fruity, yeasty within a medium body that shows its alcohol a bit. A strong prickly carbonation fattens this up a bit and seems to bring out the spices a bit more.

O – Overall, I find this to be an excellent beer…perhaps straying into a style other than intended by the brewer, but quite good nonetheless. Could perhaps use a bit more of a hop presence (anybody ever think that could be said about a Green Flash offering?) to bring it more in line with the style, but on the other hand, it might end up giving this a bit of a negative effect. Balance is good and flavors and aromas are well nuanced. Definitely give this a shot if you enjoy the Belgian yeasty flavors in your beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 00:40:50 | More by portia99
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