Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 425
Hads: 1,350
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.93%
Wants: 47
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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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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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! (1,054 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (1,051 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.27/5  rDev -17%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, herbal, pepper, pine, earth, floral, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, pine, herbal, pepper, clove, earth, floral, light funk, toast, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, pine, herbal, floral, earth, toast, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Awesome flavor complexity and balance; very nice hop/yeast flavor balance. Quite crisp and fairly clean on the finish. Fairly high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian pale ale! A lot of nice hop flavors with yeast spiciness; a nice clean finish, and very smooth to drink. Great stuff. (1,174 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a dense small patch of thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of brett sourness/funkiness combined with some Belgian yeast and a light amount of spices.

T: Flavors of pale malts, Belgian yeast, and spices upfront. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness in this beer along with a moderate amount of brett sourness/funkiness, which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: I am a huge fan of beers that have brett added to them and this one does not disappoint. This is a great sipping beer and one that I could enjoy all evening long - I found this one real easy to drink and would happily get it again. (918 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (752 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (442 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive foamy head, 3+ fingers in height. Couldn't pour the entire bottle into the glass. Amazing retention and some of the thickest lacing I have ever seen.

S: Light fruit, some pear, apple, faint citrus, and grassy hops. There is a little bit of barnyard funk mixed in. Slightly perfumy.

T: Similar to the aroma with the fruit and light citrus flavors. More grassy hops, some peppery spice, and a little bit of biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Very impressed. Drinks very well with a nice flavor profile. The brett adds nicely to it. Might be one for aging. (637 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (2,627 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (833 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a huge, soft, bubbly, off white head that has great retention

S - spicy, herbal hops; sage?; mint?

T - faint malt, spicy, herbal, sage, mint, thyme

M - very crisp, overcarbonated, medium bodied

It's overcarbonated for sure. It took three delicate pours to get a full glass. The hops are definitely forward which I see as a plus. There are some intense herbs throughout like sage and mint. I don't get any of the Belgian yeast funk that I would expect from the style. On the whole I enjoyed this beer, mostly for its hoppiness. I would have it again for sure. (586 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (796 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication.

Pours clouded medium apricot tinged amber, nice puffy off white head, dissolves to a fine film and leaves espectable spotty lace.

Nose is full of basil, pepper and Belgian yeasty fumes.

Flavorful and full of intrigue. More fresh basil, some barnyard, more pepper, light leather, layers of Brett charged phenolics and musty/funkyness, add a hint of smoke, a slight bite of ginned up alcohol, and some near dank hoppyness...yeah complex and tasty.

Nice Belgian inspired, San Diegoacized brew. (537 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It pouted a hazy, orange amber color with a thick, rocky white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the earthy Brett to it with some peppery and clove spice and a little bit of a funk to it. I get a good amount of zesty citrus as well with some notes of orange and lemon.

The Brett is also pretty evident in the taste. I get more of the earthy spice with a little bit more of a funk to it in the finish. A citrusy orange and lemon zest is present as well. It's dry and crisp in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer. It had a nice balance between the Brett and the citrusy hops. It was crisp and clean with some really nice flavors. The Brett was well done as well. Very good beer overall and a very impressive American version of a classic style. (888 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle compliments of Thorpe429 aka Thorpe<3sRayon.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a massive white head. Steadily fades to a thin layer of foam with nice lace. Aroma has a soft funky brett presence with light fruit, Belgian yeast and spice. Enjoyed this after it warmed up and carbonation died down a little bit. Sweet fruit and malt blend with earthy and funky saison like notes for a refreshing, balanced BPA. Very exciting to see this year round. (460 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great. Golden glowing body, a bit murky..as in, not crystal clear. Big white foamy head, nice lacing

Aroma is a bit dull and subdued. Nothing bad here. Some spice and light malt. Toasted crackers. Some clove and light banana

While the taste isn't spectacular, it does match well with the feel. It's crisp and clean. Some spice on the end just before it leaves for dryness. Light biscuit up front that doesn't last long. These flavors are light, a bit thin. I thought maybe this would have more hops, being from GF, but it's well balanced. White pepper hints. Some clove and mint.

Would like to see this with lover abv as I think it would be a great session beer, or aperitif (694 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (800 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Uhhh...ehhh....uhhhh....I have no intro, just on to the beer:

Even once the crown is cracked, the beer barely stays inside the bottle. Pour it into a chalice, and get a very heady brew, which is burnt orange. With a head which retains as well as this and being a Belgian Pale Ale, the color fits. The aroma has some surprising dry hopping and some Belgian joy. Super fresh grass clipping with barnyard accents...a bit tart? This is a very fun nose.

It's acidic, it's dry, and it's pleasing. Slight sweet at the beigining like a pear, it turns acidic and then comes a blanket of bitterness. A little horse blanket creep into the profile, as does dry grass. As this is happening, it's medium body and bubbly mouthfeel makes the profile more groovy; it feels Belgian.

The taste may not be 100% agreeable with me, but everything else is. Well done Green Flash. (861 characters)

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh I should have bought more. This tastes like not fresh, but somewhat young Orval for the creeping Brett character. Right now it provides a gentle tang and is beginning to roll over the mild caramel malt taste and Belgian spice. I mean it's clearly a Brett beer. There's the trademark horsey farmhouse funk, but it hasn't overun the ale yet. Very cool beer. Admirably balanced for an American craft brewer, I've had too many failed attempts at sours by domestic breweries. I don't think this beer is at it's most complex yet, but still check it out, this is a very cool beer. (576 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with lots of earthy Brett and funky yeast along with some zesty spice and light fruit. Hints of pepper and clove along with some pear, alcohol and more Brett.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture, zesty spicy musty, dry Brett and light fruit.  Pretty complex with dry funk that lingers throughout over hints of pepper, clove, apple, pear, bread and alcohol sweetness. The musty brett is dominant but really well integrated into the flavor of the base.  Complex but well balanced and extremely drinakble. (675 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a huge fluffy white head that persists forever.
Smells of pepper and spice mostly. Light hints of sweet honey like malt countered with grapefruit and zest. Taste is spicy with pepper, lightly sweet with honey like malt, lemony and citrusy with hops. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation and a fizzy syrupy chalky mouthfeel. Decent Belgian pale that I'm glad I got to try, but probably not something I would seek out again. (480 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served to @tobeerornottobe from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a hazed, but not particularly cloudy golden orange hue, with a monumental, almost ridiculous head of frothy white, that forms a solid 3/4 of the top of the glass. It collapses as it should, but it's just a little frustrating when it forms.

Nose is a really pleasant round Belgian note spliced with some crisp American hop fragrance. Lemon and a touch of crisp vegetative pine come through, but it's mostly based around that smooth, light and believable Belgian fragrance. It's a nice amalgam, nicely done.

Taste is very light, and really quite Belgian in inspiration. The palate is flat and empty, just allowing the spicy, peppery notes from the yeast to come through, and get accentuated by the yeast, which gives it a slightly green vegetative note. Really the malt lets it down a little—to be fair, it needs some basis, and this has none. As good as the Belgian spice is, it has so little to back it up that it lacks all the complexity that makes good Belgians, well... good.

It's clean and crisp, but really, it does a poor job of the style, and even on its own terms it feels empty and pointless. No, not a great brew, overall. (1,206 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed amber with a tall fluffy white head.

Smells spicy and soapy with a mainly herbal scent and a fair dose of coriander. A little malt sweetness of the honeysuckle type.

Starts out sweet and spicy in the mouth. Low level of bitterness and a grassy hop flavor. This is a basic mild BPA but there is nothing really outstanding in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is mild and pleasing beer but not an outstanding one. (436 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/23/2011

On tap at Green Flash. Juxtaposed alongside Treasure Chest. Thanks, Dave!

A: Dark orange with a large pillowy white head. Retention is good and there are sheets of lacing all over the glass.

S: Lightly peppery with pear and apple. I get big earthy notes with some leathery Brett. Herbal and floral notes are evident.

T: Apple up front with an insistent Brett presence that imparts light leather and earth notes. There's a dash of band-aid and a light bitterness that accompanies pear. Peppery phenols are evident in the finish.

M: Lower medium body with high carbonation.

Overall: A very nice Brett Pale Ale. Certainly better than Treasure Chest. It lacks some of the harshness and astringency of the aforementioned beer (though those notes have mostly faded in Treasure Cheat). A great addition to the brewery's year round portfolio. (851 characters)

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88 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.