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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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very good

427 Reviews
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Reviews: 427
Hads: 1,353
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 25.32%
Wants: 48
Gots: 106 | 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

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Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

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Reviews: 427 | Hads: 1,353
Photo of DIM
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 2012

a: Heavily hazed peachy golden. Towering head makes for a long pouring process.

s: Lightly funky bready grains, bright fresh lemon zest, peppery spice.

t: Comes across just as the smell suggests it would. Light Brett works great with lemony hops, apricits, and earthy grains.

m: Light and airy, not surprisingly.

o: Been too long since I've had fresh Orval to compare the two, so I'll just say I really like this beer a lot.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky, deep crimson color with huge white head

Smell - fruity and floral, I'm getting lemon, lime, strawberry, apple, yeast

Taste - green apple, lemon, lime, yeast

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, full carbonation, slightly sweet upfront and then the funkiness tartness and sourness kick in the aftertaste

Overall - good and enjoyable beer.

Price point - $3.19/12 oz bottle

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, medium honey color. Head is amazing, the color of a wheat field, towering over the top of my goblet without spilling over the sides; it lasts a long time, and when it fades the lacing is tenacious. Really, as good as it gets for this style.

S: Quite fruity, with pear, apple, and even faint grapefruit aromas. There's a little clove and white pepper, plus a funky earthiness from (I suspect) the Brettanomyces. Again, very good.

T: Finally, first chink in the armor -- after the great appearance and lovely smell, the taste fails to meet expectations, although it's still good. Malty grains flavors are fleeting at best, with tart fruit dominating early (under-ripe plum and granny smith apple come to mind). The fruit gives way to a little more hops bitterness than most Belgian pale ales sport, tending toward the sharp notes of evergreen needles, and lingering a long time on the palate. Some of the aforementioned funkiness ends up on the tongue as well.

M: Heavily carbonated and crisp. There's no hidden alcohol -- it's very evident throughout. The finish is dry to astringent.

O: Stronger in sight and smell than taste and feel in the mouth. Still, a strong member of the style. Green Flash definitely puts effort into their products.

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Photo of Tuffburg-Mississippi
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was incredible!! Amazing and crazy flavor with a great nose. Although a little foamy head and a bit difficult to pour I absolutely loved it. There was something I couldn't pinpoint in the taste and that made it very interesting to say the least. Green flash has a phenomenal product in the Rayon Vert.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 07-03-12. Sampled more than a year later on August 13, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow to golden with a tremendous white and light puffy head. Some haze and busy carbonation.

The aroma is quite nice with an inviting Belgian pale malts, yeast, and Belgian sugar ester with a little clove and nutmeg out back.

The body is in the medium range with a bit of acidity. That could be due to the age of the bottle.

The taste has an upfront toasted biscuit malt character at first which is superseded by a powerful peppery and mildly dry finish.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured fairly slowly from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Apparently bottled on July 2012. Yes, a little over a year ago. Oh well, here goes.

Big frothy white head which crowned over the pint glass. Body was pale orange, somewhat cloudy, but with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Overall, looking very nice indeed. The lacing, well, clumps really, hung all over the glasss. Head, though eventually less than 1/2 inch, retained throughout

Most of what I got from the nose was spices, nutmeg I think. Also a fairly strong bready yeast smell.

Taste was just a bit jarring. The spices hung stongly on the back of the mouth, which was a little over medium. Eventually, the palate got used to it, and the second half went down quite smoothly.

Overall, an interesting beer, which I would likely have again. Certainly not a "slamming" beer, but one to take time and muse over. I have another in the fridge, and will likely try to pour it as slowly as possible, in order to try and avoid any cloudiness at all, just to see if it makes a difference.

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Photo of plbirder
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-cloudy amber, orange color with a giant foamy head. The aroma is filled with yeast, citrus, banana, and other floral scents. The taste is quite citrusy with lots of sweet fruits with a yeasty finish. I will agree with a lot of people and say this is way too carbonated. Still quite smooth but there is room for improvement.

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Photo of Ri0
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Dirty, hazy apricot hue. I poured it so gently and slowly, still took 2 pours as the massive foamy head erupted above the top of my tulip. Head retention is lasting a very long time.

S - Belgian yeast, rotten banana and other fruits (not as bad as you think). Sugar and spice, with a bit of floral hops and wet hay.

T - Belgian yeast and spice up front. Wet hay and some ripe fruit (no banana). A bit of floral hop and sugar round it out. Interesting.

M - Heavy carbonation, light bodied. Finish is slightly dry.

O - I typically like this style, but this one left me scratching my head. It is an odd combination of wet hay, fruit, spice and hop. I'll stick with a more traditional style, but this was good to try.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Divide tulip. Pours a cloudy medium golden amber with massive overproduction of foam; a careful pour was 80% foam and it took a long time to get enough in the glass for a taste; the massive head dissipated completely to a thin film, ring around the glass and pillowy lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, both Belgian and wild yeast, Belgian spicing and a hint of citrus. Flavor is very light bready malt with a strong dose of Bretty wild yeast and hints of apple and stone fruit juice. Finishes with lingering wild yeast and light hops. Light bodied. I'm not a huge fan of wild yeasts, but enjoy a touch of Brett or wild yeast to a sufficiently complex ale; this one did not support the level of wild yeast to my taste. It is light and overall pleasant, but too single note to hold my interest.

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Photo of goochpunch
4.68/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Slightly hazy apricot with a huge, rocky head. Head settles down but maintains a definite presence. Clean, crackery malts with brett all up in the nose. Flavor: pale malts, BRETT, heavy bitterness in the finish. This is awesome. Mouthfeel is very carbonated and feels so light for 7%. Overall holy shit this is less than 10 bucks for a 4 pack??? Lollin at these low reviews. Have these people never tasted brett? This is fucking awesome.

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Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours golden with a huge head that leaves plenty of lacing.

The smell is of bubblegum and cotton candy. A bit of citrus is underneath.

The taste is of sweet bubblegum and cotton candy. It does have a tart touch in the finish.

It is light to medium bodied. Fairly creamy. A bit of a late fizzy tingle to it as it goes down.

It has stereotypical "Belgian" characteristics with the bubblegum/cotton candy. It is not a Duvel. I thought it would be considered a Strong Belgian Pale because of the alcohol content and noticeable character. It is "okay", but missing a Saaz character to balance it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a very large white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains Belgian yeast, spices, caramelized malts, some citrus and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of Belgian yeast and a hearty malt character. Then a strong spice flavor quickly follows along with some sweet flavors of caramel and fruit. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very good flavorful beer to drink for a long time

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.35/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When poured the color was a deep yellow with orange hue and a load of white foam. Pour very slowly because of the foam.

The smell was of spices and bitter type of hops

The flavor of this pale ale was the worst I've had from Green Flash. It was to bitter for this bitter ale and the flavor was over bitter with a vinal taste. The aftertaste on the palate was way to bitter with that vinal flavor. What happen to the aroma? The flavor does not match aroma!

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 yr old bottle

Pours out a hazy golden orange with a voluminousss white head. Looking good.

Smells nice with hints of floral, spice and fruit. Gets much more herbal and grassy funk after warming up a fair bit.

Tastes mustier and earthier than the smell which works for me. A touch tart and fairly bitter for a "Belgian".

Very bubbly on the tongue. Medium bodied and dry.

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Photo of mattkoon
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

i was excited to try this belgian style pale ale. i poured about an ounce into a glass and it quickly exploded with head. after several minutes i was able to pour a little more into the glass. the head is a thick white color the beer is a gold color with faint cloudiness. the smell reminds me of an indian grocery store. there is citrus with a hodgepodge of other spices swirled around. as far as the taste goes- i have only managed to pour half the bottle in my glass b/c of the thick head.
-the taste is bitter and lemony with a huge wash of spices on the back end. this beer has a very eastern feel- it is very complex. i almost think that here is too much going on. i dont say this much but i feel like it is almost over done.

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Photo of alexgash
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Urgent gushing upon cap removal. Managed to get most of it in the glass though. Ruddy gold, chill hazed body shows itself once the foam settles. Big, rocky, towering, light beige head. Great cobwebs of lace up the glass. Nose features tropicalish fruit malts with a candy edge, grassy, perfume-y hops, and slightly funky farmhouse yeastiness.

Sweetish wheat malt up front. Soft candied tropical fruit notes fill in. Slightly metallic, minerally, herbal hop bitterness comes on toward the end. Somewhat-funky yeast throughout, providing a substantial "Belgian" twang. Juicier fruits in the finish along with pepper-ier, spicier hops. Dries out a bit. Creamy feel in a medium body that finishes with a strong undercurrent of carbonation. Nice.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no date on it. Considering the Green Flash has been dating their bottles for a while now, who knows how old this is. They haven't been distributing to Florida for more than about 7 months now though, and I picked up a bottle from a Total Wine that just opened a couple weeks ago, so I have no idea.

It pours a hazy orange amber color with a huge foamy head. Tons of lacing and excellent retention.
It smells old. The brettanomyces are definitely very present, leading me to believe this bottle is indeed old. Very rustic, funky aroma. Slightly fruity and spicy.
The taste is slightly tart and very funky. Some floral hop presense, and some caramel malts. Overall the taste is just dominated by the brett. It is highly carbonated and finishes smooth and dry.

The brett flavor I get here is nice, but not quite the same as what I get from an aged bottle of Orval. Still, seeing as this is half the price and still pretty similar, it's a good option. Orval is possibly my favorite beer in the world, and Rayon Vert is a good homage.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.49/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of bahnfire
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Budinetz
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 427 ratings.