Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
12oz quasi-stubbie single bottle. Pretty stoked about this brewer's wares finally being available in Alberta.
This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with a tower of fluffy, tight foamy white head, which leaves some crooked chain-link fence lace around the glass as it agreeably sinks away.
It smells of sharply bitter grapefruit and lime rind, equally pungent earthy, musty farmhouse yeast, an evolving pear/apple fruitiness, some understated pale grainy malt, and a further spicy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same hefty Belgian yeast and pale malt, married shot-gun style to a west coast hop full frontal - bitter fruits from across the grocery store display, skulking funky yeast, a twinge of green pepper, some tame indeterminate spiciness, and underappreciated, but still plucky, earthy, leafy hops. No real sign of the elevated ABV, another cribbed Belgian specialty.
The bubbles are understandably more than a bit frothy and sassy - there must be some bottle refermentation going on here - the body a not too shabby medium weight, and smooth enough for all the carbonated play. It finishes a bit off-dry, mostly beholden to the semi-sweet pale malt, softly neutered citrus notes, and lingering earthy yeast.
San Diego swagger meets Senne Valley heritage, with predictable results - both hold up quite well, and I would proffer that the Belgian influence wins out in the end, keeping this offering from edging too close to IPA territory, Belgian or otherwise. Good stuff.
11-20-2012 03:42:59 | More by biboergosum
4.5/5 rDev +17.2%
Rayon Vert - interesting name. 7.0%, ehh? It's very hoppy, which is to be expected from Green Flash. It's peppery and citrusy. There's also yeast and mineral. As usual, the aroma carries into the flavor and they're very similar here. The yeast really stands out with it's mineral and leather character, but the fruitiness is pretty strong as well. Additionally given the fact that this may be spiced, it's hard to tell exactly what the yeast has contributed and what's coming from the hops and the spice. It's complex, but at the same time it's the same complexity all the way through. Still, it's an interesting and bold beer that you can't ignore - think Orval with west coast hops on steroids.
08-31-2012 14:01:10 | More by NeroFiddled
3.8/5 rDev -1%
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
07-17-2013 01:55:47 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
A - Pours with a big, three finger head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.
S - Musty hops and smooth malty notes of bread and toffee. Some subtly funky notes of wet earth in the background.
T - Bready malt up front with some pear and musty hop notes. Strong brett funk comes out in the middle with notes of pineapple, wet leaves, and red apple. Finishes with spicy Belgian yeast, lightly toasty malt, and herbal hops. Lingering notes of anise and pineapple.
M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.
D - Enjoyable and very complex, this is a great beer, though I don't know if it is appropriately labeled as a Belgian pale ale. The funky character is fairly strong, without any sourness, and it works well with the base beer. Very much worth trying.
09-06-2012 06:03:43 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Slghtly hazed copper orange body with a bright white head forming thick and billowing above the rim of my chalice. Fine speckled lacing left behind in the glass. Aroma has a bright lemon/citrus nose with some wild barnyard floral notes as well, amplified compared to some other Belgian pale ales. The brett is really kicking in this beer, especially in the flavor with a bitter layer of earthiness, perfume, lemon zest, horse blanket, barnyard funk. Really unrlenting with the brett, either you dig this or you don't but this is heavy on it. Usually brett flavors tend to develop with age this one seems to have had some time in the bottle already to develop those wild yeast flavors. Mouthfeel is a bit rough with some moderate bitterness, noticeable alcohol, and unrelenting brettanomyces guided phenolics. Carbonation is effervescent much like an Orval with a medium body they really nailed the texture of the mother of all BPAs. Overall this beer lacks the finesse and diversity that Orval has but makes up for in true American style, with aggressive citric hops and noticeable alcohol flavors. Decent but I'm not sold on all of this brett.
12-22-2011 02:38:13 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a super effervescent amber with 4+ fingers of cream colored head. Stays hazy, good head retention & lacing
S: Slight funk, that builds as it warms, some green apple
T: Follows the nose, a touch breadyness & caramel, some green apple skin up front. A bit of caramel sweetness mingles with pear & green apples as this warms, along with dryness & a touch of grapefruit hops. Finishes fruitty & funky with sme fairly assertive grapefruit, almost pulled a 4.5
MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation
Very true to the style, nice bit of funk in this. This got better as this warmed, may have to revisit this
07-30-2012 02:28:04 | More by russpowell
4.23/5 rDev +10.2%
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear copper, with a couple fingers of billowy bright-white head. This retains with a ¾ finger cap of rich froth that leaves back heavy swathes of sticky lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells fresh with grass, pine, and citrus, which is undercut by bold Belgian yeast spiciness. Sweet grains and more of a tropical fruit character (orange is really sticking out to me) add a bit of a firm stickiness along the back of the nose.
The taste is sweet up front with doughy grains and more orange citrus flavor, while bitter grapefruit, pine, herbal notes, and peppery spice move out across the back of the profile. I like the spice here, as it’s more integrated than what it was in the nose plus it nicely compliments the more assertive aspects of those hops. The finish is quite dry with a moderately assertive mix of resins, spice, and pith. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick and creamy feel on the edges while that bitterness firms up on the tongue with some light sharpness. Overall though, this mostly has a smooth and bubbly feel to it in the mouth with some minimal warmth on the finish.
I’ve had quite a few American takes on the Belgian Pale Ale style but this was probably the juiciest version that I’ve had yet, as I don’t really think that I gave those citrusy hops enough credit here in this review. The spiciness here wasn’t overdone either and helped add an extra zippy layer of attitude to this. Well done Green Flash. This is one that I will be returning to.
04-26-2012 14:15:31 | More by Kegatron
3.2/5 rDev -16.7%
Thanks to thetomG for the share. Served in a FFF/Intelligentsia snifter.
A - A big white foam that settles to a thin collar, leaving behind minimal lacework. Hazy peach juice body with a hint of transparency to it.
S - Big earthy and dirty brett, citrus and tropical fruit hops, somewhat musty with a bit of plastic and playdough, some yeasty bread.
T - Pretty similar, with tropical fruit hops, pale malt sweetness, and some musty, medicinal brett. A bit of dirty funk and plastic - don't care for the house brett strain much.
M - Medium-bodied, lower carbonation, chewy and sticky texture, and a slightly dry finish.
D - Reminded me a lot of Green Flash Treasure Chest. It's fairly easy to drink, but the house brett strain produces some flavors I don't enjoy - too medicinal, with more plastic and band-aid than I like.
02-03-2012 14:55:47 | More by MasterSki
4.34/5 rDev +13%
Green flash Rayon Vert Belgian-style Pale Ale, Green Flash Brewing, San Diego, CA. "If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would be our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character. Rayon Vert IS Green Flash."ALC. by VOL. 7%.
Highly hazed, golden appearance, beautiful, gigantic white head, overflowing effervescence. Leaving loads of lace.
Aroma: laden with spice and fruit, flush with Belgian yeast character. Invigorating. Angelic. Impressive.
Taste: Ah! That's the first thought that drops into my mind, nothing but "ah!" Light -bodied, lean, but tons of hops, loads of fruity/funky/spicy yeast character. We've got peach, tangerine, orange, lemon, all ending up dryly on the tongue.
Juicy, malty, delicious. Here's a Belgian pale ale done right, one of the best American versions I've ever tasted. These guys know what they're doing!
02-07-2013 01:26:32 | More by feloniousmonk
4.15/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
02-28-2012 18:43:10 | More by drabmuh
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Crazy carbonation yields a huge 4 finger head that leaves about 1/3 of the beer in the bottle still even with careful pour, and the etch at the bottom keeps refueling it and the head billows up with a big fluffy top that grows to at least 1 finger over the top of the glass but never collapses, and the beer itself is crystal clear golden tan orange-ish color.
Nose erupts from the bottle as soon as I pop it, nice Belgian yeast strains, both a light Belgian pale like yeast and plenty of farmhouse saison or almost tripel like yeast aroma, a dry rustic estery like yeast, that almost gets wild funky. Nice light citrus fruit, lemon grass, light floral citrus and grassy hops. Then light belgian fluffy golden malts. The more I nose this the more I think there is Brett or wild yeast in it. It's quite effervescent.
Taste starts with more Belgian flavors, a nice Belgian golden malt, with a hint of sweetness, and almost creamy fluffy feel. Then hops, a nice floral hint citrusy like hop flavor, with a touch of bitterness, and nice lemongrass, orange zest, hint of tropical fruit. Then the yeast kicks in again, not quite the funk the nose had, but plenty of Belgian alright. A nice Belgian golden like yeast blended with some more saison farmhouse rustic flavors, light spices, a light estery saison like rustic funk, bits of seed like coriander spice and a slight bitter rind and earthy seed spice. Fluffy feel and tons of carb help to refresh the palate constantly and keep it drinkable as just a hint of booze and decent bitter bite want to kick in but never come. Finish gets a bit more bitter as it dries quite a bit, clean finish with all the bubbles, some more spicy and bit floral hops, citrus and orange peel, and a bit of a Belgian saison like yeast funk.
Mouth is med bodied, tooons of carb.
Overall pretty good, I'm def impressed with the special belgian funky beers I've tried from Green Flash so far. Nice combination of great hops, light golden malts, and Belgian funky yeast combinations that blend really well and don't overpower in any category. Still very drinkable despite the big heavy yeast, hops that want to get heavy and never do, and the 7% abv. I could drink plenty of this.
02-29-2012 23:33:44 | More by jlindros
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
its better than average, but its a weird brew. smells like a well hopped belgian yeasty pale ale, which it indeed claims to be, but the flavor is more akin to a wild or sour ale. very pungent yeasty funk going on, totally dominating in fact. good malt balance and hop accents underneath, but i think the balance is off. mouthfeel is way too carbonated here. or maybe just in regards to its medium to heavy body, which seems an improper paradox here. 7% abv is nice and works well, but this one could use a tune up. lots of potential here.
02-06-2012 04:17:08 | More by StonedTrippin
4.2/5 rDev +9.4%
The beer pours a dark golden/amber color with a towering white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has a light and refreshing pale and Carapils malt scent along with a mild hop nose and a wonderful yeast aroma. The yeast dominates the nose and provides a multitude of complexity. It has an earthy farmhouse feel with hints of black pepper and horse hair funk. The taste is good. It has a crisp, pale malt flavor with a touch of hop bitterness. It goes down smooth with no sign of an elevated alcohol content. It finishes dry and funky with tons of yeast character. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a solid beer with excellent yeast character. It's complex, yet incredibly easy drinking.
10-19-2012 20:58:24 | More by WesWes
4.23/5 rDev +10.2%
The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a ton of brett, as well as some nice leather notes. Hidden in the background are some spice and orange citrus notes.
The flavor is more of the same. What stands out the most is the brett and orange notes, but there is also quite a bit of leather and white pepper mixed in. The beer is very dry.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very, very nice.
04-07-2012 03:37:16 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
So sudsy with such a creamy mouthfeel. Handsome amber color in the Brigand snifter. Thoroughly unmistakable with that slash of Brett funkiness. Rather bitter, though it seems to hit more up front as the yeast and other peculiarities move in. But it's still more like an IPA scale of bitterness. Browned biscuit taste with a fair amount of malt. Here's a good test, if you can describe this edgy stuff. On the sharp side. Nose of fermenting apples with a little cardboard.
Seems a little more bitter than the last time I tasted it. I was a little taken aback, as I thought it was perfectly balanced before. Will be interesting to see if it's evolving in the bottle with all the sediment and bacteria. Four-pack of 12 oz bottles from Barons Marketplace in San Diego
02-12-2012 05:54:50 | More by mactrail
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Received 2 bottles of this as extras from Nugganooch; thanks Dane! 12 oz. bottle poured into my Gulden Draak Belga Café tulip.
a - Pours a murky yellow orange color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a lot of spotty lacing on the glass.
s - Smells of pepper, spices, Belgian yeast, apples, fruity malts, brett, and some earthy notes. Pretty nice Belgian characteristics, not a lot of hops.
t - Tastes of brett, spices, Belgian yeast, fruity malts, citrus hops, pepper, floral hops and earthy notes. Again, some nice Belgian qualities going on, but more citrus and fruity in the taste, and a ton more brett. Really nice, and a step up from the nose.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.
o - Overall I've never seen or heard of this beer, but liked it quite a bit. I thought the body was great and the taste was really nice, with a good mix of brett, citrus, and fruit. Glad to have another bottle of it.
03-02-2012 00:41:57 | More by mdfb79
3.24/5 rDev -15.6%
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.
07-20-2013 23:28:41 | More by jwc215
4.38/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
02-18-2012 02:47:42 | More by Gueuzedude
4.48/5 rDev +16.7%
12 oz. bottle, I finally found this on the shelves in the Southland,
A: Pours a gorgeous burnt orange into an Orval chalice, with a pillowy full white head, leaving very good lacing, great head retention.
S: Great yeasty nose, tangerine and lemon peel with white pepper.
T: White pepper and citrus peel, lots of yeast character, some bitter melon hop flavour as well. On the hoppy end for its style, but very well balanced.
M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, nice long aftertaste, soft feel.
O: This is fantastic beer as I've certainly come to expect from Green Flash. Really like America meets a Dupont/Orval collab, very well done. I liked this a lot. At $9/4-pack it's a true steal this day and age. I've seen a ton worse for $10+/750 mL that's for sure. This is just really good beer.
03-26-2012 05:55:48 | More by Halcyondays
2.78/5 rDev -27.6%
12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a De Molen beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average; this brewery has impressed me in the past. Served refrigerator cold.
A: Pours a two finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially considering the above average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper. Not unique nor special, but generally appealing.
Sm: A moderately strong aroma of unexpected brett funkiness, sourness, wild yeast, and vague light hints of citrus esters. Very unexpected and interesting for a pale ale. I really didn't see that coming at all. I'm intrigued.
T: The funkiness is tonal and light, but unmistakably present, reaching its naked apex in the finish. It's yeasty without feeling sedimentary. In fact, yeast may be its main note alongside the vague malts and buried hints of citrus. Atypical and interesting for the style, but also simple and boring - even a bit bland. Bring out the funkiness or the malts. The flavours are muted rather than subtle - to its detriment (and my chagrin). No alcohol comes through.
Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream on the finish. Not too thick or too thin per se, but it never feels quite right. It should be a bit lighter on the palate.
Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. This boring pale ale from Green Flash intrigues with its funkiness, but quickly grows tired when it offers little else.
01-27-2012 02:18:57 | More by kojevergas
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,289 ratings.