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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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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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United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-29-2014 19:53:41 | More by mdagnew
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California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-22-2014 14:00:17 | More by buzzy
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-19-2014 23:27:20 | More by larryarms847
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Oklahoma

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-16-2014 21:11:39 | More by Hrdqore
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JC333

New York

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-15-2014 11:18:08 | More by JC333
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420Rick

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-13-2014 18:38:49 | More by 420Rick
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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

03-13-2014 00:40:33 | More by pesekad
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just gorgeous hazy orange, may be the prettiest color I have ever seen a beer be, 5 finger??? head. Has Brett in it so it does not surprise me.

Smell is lemon, sour green apple, barnyard funk, lime, herbal, sharp spruce, earthy malt

Taste is really funky, lemon, lime, herbal funk, spicy yeast, sweet malt, orange rind, definitely some tart cider.

Mouthfeel is medium light, huge carbonation, slight dryness on the finish.

WOW, I can not believe I never grabbed this before, did not know this one was funky! What a pleasant surprise. I heard they were discontinuing 4 packs of this.... I do not like that, I could not take down a whole bomber that is for sure.

I may have to go buy my store out of 4 packs of this! Should be good for a few years!

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 19:24:43 | More by nickapalooza86
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Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

03-10-2014 02:44:43 | More by chefbigjon
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Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-09-2014 18:23:41 | More by northstar23
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Act25

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash (rayon vert means green ray or green flash) has produced a complex ode to Belgian Pale Ale that while a little funky, and perhaps not every bottle is perfect, must be taken seriously. A great brewer.

A: Appearance is a wow as is everything about this beer. I'm getting it again. Apricot body, with an explosive head, that mounts like meringue above my tulip when only 1/2 the 12 oz bottle is carefully poured at cellar temp. "It's evolving" says the bottle, it's alive says I. Nice. Once settled leaves tons of lace and the brew itself is nicely under carbonated. Better than Rochefort. 4.5

S: Complex. Yeast, very musty, and a bit of cider precede a parade of orange / lemon orchard filled with flower store back notes, and a peppery, grassy soup simmering in the back room. Will be too must for some.

T: Follow the smell, Musty, yeasty, cidery start, that is a blend of sour apples and citrus zests.
Briny, minerals with metallic bitterness, blend with spices and fruit. Despite the must it remains zesty, bright, pin point, peppery and upbeat with a long long peppery bitter finish. Loads of complexity like the real thing, like an Orval, but different.

MF: Creamy w malty richness and soft carbonation. It finishes like a great wine, with a dry and warm finish plus as only a beer can, complexity, an aftertaste of lime bitterness and must. Yet it all works.

O: Would I drink this at cellar temperate along with my favorite belgians? Yes, not quite as round, or fruit intense, not quite as red-wine like, but all the upper notes are here, and then some original ones. Bravo. A must try. Not disappointed. Warm warm warm.

Serving type: bottle

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Oklahoma

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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Oregon

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Iowa

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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Belgian goblet. This beer is inspired by Orval and is indeed alive with funk, more so than its more esteemed Trappist progenitor. I have yet to encounter so much head on a beer ... The entire glass is filled with soft beige bubbles and subsequent pours are just as billowing as the first. The head does calm down if you wait a moment and like Orval is savagely bitter if you wish to taste it alone. Color is a honey orange-amber, rather cloudy. Smells compelling. I get ample Brettanomyces funk, bubble gum, orchard fruit, banana, mixed spices, dish soap, leather, and citrus rind ... Very astringent, spicy, sour, fruity, dry. The number of flavor elements I register is quite staggering, although this takes some mindfulness and a willingness to brave the tannic dry bitterness and funk that pervades the proceedings from start to finish. There's a sweet sugar cookie and sour gummy candy malt backbone buried underneath 1) pie cherries, peach, banana, grape, watermelon rind, and lemon-lime fruit notes, 2) nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and ginseng spice flavors, 3) floral rosewater and lemongrass, and 4) bandage and horse blanket phenolic/funk elements. Medium bodied with aggressive yet not prickly carbonation ... Beneath the head the beer is actually quite creamy and smooth. Finish is bone dry and the whole thing makes you thirsty, truth be told. This dryness is a hallmark of an Orval-style Belgian pale though. This brew is a polarizer, with some considering it the second coming while others decry it as overrated and crude. The truth is somewhere in the middle, as is typically the case. Rayon Vert is a personal favorite of mine. It is indeed jagged and coarse at times, lacking the Old World comeliness of Orval, but on the other hand, I can also appreciate the robust flavors and unabashed funkiness. Drink what floats your boat.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 19:25:38 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Colorado

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,263 ratings.