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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
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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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Vec2267

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - ginormous head on initial pour, nice lacing, good retention, murky straw color, lots of bubbles

S - very funky - Brett, very fruity, pepper

T - Brett, barnyard funky leather, orange, hops, pepper

M - full, well carbonated

O - I despise Brett, that said, the brewer did a good job of integrating it into this brew, the fruit and hops provide a nice balance

That said, I still despise Brett.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 01:05:15 | More by Vec2267
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UnknownKoger

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from K&L, poured into New Belgium tulip.

This is extremely carbonated. Had to pour very slowly and still got a 2-3 finger billowy head. Appearance is golden with just the faintest red. Smells slightly hoppy and bretty. Smells like a bright, hoppy saison.

Taste is interesting. Very fragrant and floral. There's brett all over the place. I think the floral notes help tone it down somewhat. There isn't really a traditional hop taste/presence. Very unique!

Mouthfeel is great due to high carbonation. It's got a really good body but a little sharp on the palate. Goes down well.

Overall, this is certainly an interesting beer. I like it and would buy it again. It'd be interesting to compare this with Orval and other high Brett beers. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 22:17:37 | More by UnknownKoger
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tmzl

Slovenia

3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: A lot of carbonation, too much - tends to happen with brett, Huge, rocky, white head with big bubbles at start. There was so much foam that I couldn't pour the whole bottle at once. And on the second pour the head got even more ridiculously. The head has a very slow retention, mostly stays (thick layer) - well a fucking mountain with a big valley stayed. Had to wait for a while to even start to drink. Leaves behind good amount of random lacing. Color is golden amber with some haze. Looks light, fizzy and quite alive.

Smell: Berry, cherry, forest fruits acidity. Musty, funk. A relatively strong medicinal note with some pine, floral and herbal notes to follow. Light caramel sweetness. Everything makes a sharp, fresh, complex and interesting combo.

Taste: Funk (mostly leathery) steps up a notch and acidity tuned a bit down. Nice light caramel backbone followed with medium pine, grapefruit bitterness which stays for a while. Still some medicinal notes and some metallic ones come with a few sips. Light herbal, floral notes hidden beneath.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, feels less because of relatively high carbonation. Dry.

Overall: Well, yes, it's a Belgian ale. Some mix of bitter, light sour and gueuze. Carbonation flew too high on this one, the funk is fun and dynamic, medicinal part kinda off but overall complex and interesting one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 21:24:44 | More by tmzl
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DRyan

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/blonde with very fluffy white head that sticks around and laces nicely
S: Heavy funk, spicy, citrusy, with a Belgian yeast undercurrent
T: Woody, earthy funk, with some citrus tang to it, aftertaste continues the funk, also has a bit of mustiness to it
M: tingly; very effervescent, dances on the tongue
D: Not one for every day, not tough to drink but wouldn’t want to drink a bunch in a row

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:40:11 | More by DRyan
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Takahiro

Netherlands

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3" foam that lingers for a while. I was very careful not to over foam, but still got to the rim of my Duvel glass. Nice orange/dark golden color. It is not clear, as I poured the sediment as well.

S: funky, some chalky, some orange and apricot hidden behind the funk.

T: hop bitterness that reminds me of orange peel, followed by candy-like orange sweetness and fruitiness. After all that there's some sweetness and warmth coming from alcohol.

M: oily at front. but it dissipates very quickly, leaving a dry finish.

I think this is a very nice beer, with lots of character. It throws a curb ball to the IPA fueled craft beer scene.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 03:06:08 | More by Takahiro
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Glennlawless

New Jersey

2.44/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint.

A - hazy orange.thick froth like head that has huge retention.

S - Burnt plastic....maybe a little spicy and sour...

T - Super carbonated...spicey,peppery....getting some cardamom....but overall this plastic like smell is drowning the rest out...ugh. Compared to the ommegang farmhouse saison, this is pretty bad...im disappointed :\

M- creamy...too carbonated for me though, wow.

Overall, this beer wasn't for me...the plastic like smell and taste drowned everything out to me...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 01:38:21 | More by Glennlawless
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bstave

Washington

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Two finger head after semi-aggressive pour. Nice creamy head that has good retention. A good amount of lacing as well. Color is typical of the style.

S- Citrusy hops, malt, and a little bit of funk brought on by the brett.

T- Taste follows nose. I dig the funky yeast, but other than that it's a simple pale ale.

M- Smooth creamy mouth feel. I would say the body is medium. Goes down smooth.

O- A good attempt at a Belgian Pale Ale, but it's lacking on overall flavor. Maybe I have met my Lupulin threshold. Enjoyed the one, but won't be seeking it out in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 01:13:38 | More by bstave
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ZethOfTheNorth

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from a four-pack bought at Whole Foods, New Orleans, for $8.99. No bottle date.

A: Poured from an undated (so pre-May 2012) bottle into a wine glass. The color is surprising: a deep, opaque gold -- the color of a good IPA, really -- although the head is unmistakably a Belgian head. Big, creamy, and dense with froth. Untouched, the head sits there for a good three minutes before sinking into the beer. Strangely for a yeasty beer, there isn't much obvious carbonation. A thick lacing clings to the glass throughout. A great looking beer.

S: You smell citrus and you smell brett. Oranges and grapefruit lead the fruit charge immediately after poured, then peaches come out when the beer warms. Brett fades as it warms. Smells dry and sweet.

M: Not a strong point for me. For a beer that doesn't demonstrate a ton of carbonation, it's somewhat active in the mouth, though it pales in comparison to Orval's intense carbonation attack. Rayon Vert is light, and creamier than I'd like. Swish it around much and it feels like foam. It ends with a bitter, not unpleasant film of yeast in the mouth.

T: Citrus up front that spreads into a unique blanket of evolving yeast. The back end is pretty bitter for this style -- very California. It changes a lot in the mouth. More agressive than Orval, which is probably its best comparison.

O: This beer has created some heat in the BA forums lately, despite good but not exceptional scores, and it's clear why. Rayon Vert is an important American beer. Sure, it's not Orval's refined perfection, but it's a Californian take on a sort of uncategorizable Belgian style. It's also widely available for about $2.50/bottle, or about half the price of Orval and most other brett beers. I can't think of a similar American beer that's available in four- or six-packs.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 15:15:41 | More by ZethOfTheNorth
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LukeD23

Delaware

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An artfully brewed beer for sure. This ale pours a nice copper orange that is hazy with a creamy ivory head that lingers.

The aroma takes the mind to the country side, the feeling and smells of a farm come to mind and the rustic nature of the beer comes to life with earthy hops backing. The flavor is very much the smae as the aroma, I get hardy grain and spring pollen, a slight bright citrus lime flavor coming through on the finish. The mouthfeel is good but the over carbonation is covering up the body. Overall, this is an interesting beer to drink that keeps you guessing. If you like Orval you will like this. good stuff

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 01:24:36 | More by LukeD23
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Muhly

Alberta (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmer ~20 minutes after removing from
fridge. Poured from bottle into snifter.

A-Amber in colour. Slightly hazy, but I think I caught a bit of the yeast in the pour? Otherwise quite clear. A very carbonated beer. Poured with quite a bit of off white head in spite of my best efforts to pour slowly. Head falls slowly leaving a wall of lacing behind.

S-immediately hit with some piney and citrusy hop aromas upon pouring into the glass. The aroma does seem restrained somehow, but not in a bad way. There are also a hint of light bready malts. As the volatile aromas dissapate you are left with a barn smell.

T-In spite of the immediacy of the hops in the aroma, the taste reveals a similarly restrained hop taste. Not terribly bitter but definitely shows an American edge to this style with some citrus hop flavours. Malts peek through at the last and balance things out nicely. I get something else at the end and I think it could be the Brett influence as it is a funky barn kind of taste.

M-smooth and even with moderate to high carbonation. Silky over the tongue and finishes very dry.

O-a wonderfully balanced beer, IMO. It just seems extremely well crafted and thought out. I'm happy I grabbed a four pack and will be back for more if the chance arises.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 00:39:25 | More by Muhly
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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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loving44

California

4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours honey orange with huge amounts of white head into my Duvel glass. Great head retention and lacing.

S: yeasty, lemon peel, grapefruit, black pepper

T: Amazing. Citrus, black pepper, honey, melon, fruity yeast esters with a nice crisp hoppy finish. It reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum in a way, but with a nice citrus finish that helps balance the sweetness. Hardly any alcohol burn.

Overall: I really, really like this BPA. The fact that I can get it insanely fresh here in San Diego is the icing on the cake.

One of the few beers that have inspired m to write a review in a while. Get some if you can!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 22:14:23 | More by loving44
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RoninTK3

New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - As others have said, ridiculous head on this beer, to the point of being a bit annoying. Golden/orange color. The head on this does not go away.

S - Funky, musty smell. Mostly brett. Honestly, not much gets through all that head. Very muted aroma.

T - The brett definitely comes through in this. Not super sour, but has quite a bit of funk to it. A bit bitter with some fruity aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and very carbonated. Possibly a bit too much carbonation. The ridiculous amount of head on this beer isn't going anywhere.

I'm kind of disappointed with this one. I'm usually very pleased with Green Flash, but this one just hasn't done much for me. It's certainly got the sour funkiness you'd expect, but there just isn't much else going on here.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 23:43:49 | More by RoninTK3
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BillHilly

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

50 degrees into a duvel tulip

A: Wow, pours awesome, nice head and retention

S: green tea essence, fruity yeast

T: Very balanced, slight yeast finish, hops are perfect

M: Dang near a 5, great carbonation, not too thin.

O: Dang good beer for this style - well done GF

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:21:28 | More by BillHilly
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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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beerpadawan

California

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big foamy head even with gentle pour, settling to rocky, marshmallow bluffs some scattered lacing (would probably be prettier if I were using a more appropriate glass). A cloudy bright copper hue held to light.

Citrus zest; grapefruit juice; mint; funk. At room temperature, brut wine/slight alcohol warmth. Aroma and flavor definitely reveal brett addition. It's subtle in the aroma. As the beer comes to temperature, the dry, slightly tangy and funky brett character becomes a feature. Malt back and sugar flavor play a subtle supporting role, as do bittering hops and floral/herbal hoppiness. Peppery/spicy esters.

Light body. Dry; attenuated; slightly sticky finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 23:21:41 | More by beerpadawan
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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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GeckoPunk

Connecticut

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

Oh how I wish I had this beer on hand while writing this review.
It has been a while since I last drank this beer, but I remember it quite well.
There are certainly 4 qualities that I will never forget about the beer.
1) Barnyard Funk!
2) Wet Hay
3) Lemongrass
4) Bretty Sourness

It is a great beer, but certainly not for the faint of heart.
If you are not a fan of Belgian sours, this may not be the beer for you...
At first, I wasn't too fond of this beer, but I have come to really enjoy it now.
Although not always my first choice, I can see myself coming back to this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 02:15:13 | More by GeckoPunk
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danmouer

Virginia

4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've long been a fan of Orval, and Rayon Vert is clearly an approximation of that fine Trappist ale.

At first the Brett aromas and, to a lesser defree, flavors seem to dominate, but as the brew warms a bit, there are plenty of fruity and spicy bits from the Belgian strain of brewers yeast that is the main microbe at work here. I miss the particular flavor of Continental malts, but there is a very firm core of light malt flavor.

The flavor and mouthfeel of this bottle was just nearly perfect for the style. Extravagant, softly effervescent, sweet-and-tangy, and bracingly bitter in the finish. I have stashed several bottles in the cellar along with Orvals and other Brett brews, including many of my own making. I have no doubt this one will continue to develop more character and complexity for the next couple years.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 20:19:05 | More by danmouer
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IvoryFoxhole

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Refrigerated 22 oz. bottle, poured into tulip glass

A - Deep amber color, even slow pour results in very large head (4 fingers plus) that lasts a while and produces significant lacing

S - Brett predominates (as it should), then some fruitiness and yeastiness

T - Yeasty/malty at first with a hint of spiciness, then the Brett kicks in and it ends pretty sour

M - A bit thin and dry, moderate carbonation.

O - A pretty good effort, like all the Green Flash offerings I've tried. It's a relatively uncomplex flavor, or I would have bumped up to an overall 4 instead of 3.5, but it's a close call.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 22:56:41 | More by IvoryFoxhole
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Budinetz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2013 07:25:01 | More by Budinetz
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ArrogantBastage

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a very thick, dense head that tops off the tulip right to the rim. Head slowly dissipates leaving plenty of lacing in the glass and settles into a nice island of meringue like foam. A nice ring of foam remains as well.

S- Loads of phenols in the aroma as well as hops. Smells of band aid, bretty funk, yeast, hops, faint malt and some tropical fruit notes like pineapple in the background. As the beer warms more of the Belgian like aromas take over and the signature brett aromas begin to dominate. Band aid like phenols along with aromas of apricots, pineapple, mango are the dominate smells once the beer opens up all the way.

T- Slightly spicy in the beginning followed by the band aid like phenols swiftly filled in with slightly sweet malt and bitter hops. Dries a little in the finish but not overly so. Hop bitterness lingers as well as a subtle brett like flavor that I can’t quite pin down.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of prickly carbonation.

D- Enjoyable and one that I find is worth sipping on to see how the beer develops as it warms. Not a bad example of an American made Belgian pale ale. I’d be interested to see how Green Flash develops this in future batches. Recommended to those that like beers like Orval and Ommegang BPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 00:20:34 | More by ArrogantBastage
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JupiterJesus

California

1.6/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Tastes like olive brine, drain cleaner and perfume, all mixed together. Slight funk, probably from a souring bacteria or wild yeast, and a heavy phenolic presence I associate with infected homebrew. Those flavors combine with the massive hopping to create an artificial perfumey-chemical aroma and flavor. It's interesting, and tastes better if you keep trying and get used to it, but it never gets past 'horribly infected' to me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 02:02:31 | More by JupiterJesus
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vgarneth

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew from Green Flash lives up to their standards. Nice pour with a beautiful head that smells of citronella and lemon. The taste also has notes of citronella and citrus fruits with a pleasant body/mouthfeel. This beer was perfect for an 80 degree day on the 1st of March 2012. (Good finish)

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 05:17:12 | More by vgarneth
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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured into a pint.

Reviews on this brew are very varied but it is worth a try.

Pours a dark orange with a thick foamy head that dissipates slowly.

This beer smells and tastes great, it's a nice belgian pale ale with a twist. You can really get all the funk that the brettanomyces have to offer.

If this was available to me, it would be the kind of beer i'd by cases of.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 14:59:55 | More by oldp0rt
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,223 ratings.