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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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1,273 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,273
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 43
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Pale Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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Photo of AdamBear


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-coudy gold with a nice white head

S-i'm getting a hint of old funk and a mustyness. definitely getting the pale belgian malts. has a touch of dogbreath. has a lot going on, decent strength

T-comes in as it smells along with a certain earthyness to it. its a quality taste with a very earthy after-taste. not bad, not extremely belgian tasting but good in its own respect.

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

O-this isn't quite what i was hoping for, but i enjoyed it and would maybe get it again at some point. if you want a good pale belgian, just get one from belgium

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2012 20:34:24 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Danny1217


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 16:05:22 | More by Danny1217
Photo of polishkaz


4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-22-2012 20:26:17 | More by polishkaz
Photo of schoolboy


3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, but it disappoints. Wait a minute, maybe some cheese to clear the palate. That helps, I can taste it better, but it's way to much like a strong, hoppy wheat ale that doesn't work.

It is obviously a high quality beverage. It is stunningly beautiful in the glass. It is very fragrant, but the smell is the same as the taste, and I don't really like it. It was very expensive too. I do not intend to buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 23:08:22 | More by schoolboy
Photo of babaracas


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

Pours a mostly clear amber with dense rocky white head that settles slowly to a thick cap and leaves big clumps down the glass. Smell: semi-sweet, lemon, pepper, green apple, Brett funk. Taste: spicy, slightly acetic and medicinal, mildly sweet then into a peppery finish. Medium bodied with active carbonation and a creamy feel. Nice, fairly easy drinking, use of Brett.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 05:39:12 | More by babaracas
Photo of Chico1985


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

Little bit of gushing after taking the cap off, quickly poured into my Unibroue tulip and avoided any spillage. Color is a slightly hazy orange with a huge white head that won't quit + good lacing, lots of carbonation evident.

Belgian yeast, candi sugar, lemony hops, a bit of farm/straw and light brett in the scent. Quite nice with good strength as well.

Not quite as good as the scent but similar. Big Belgian yeast, straw, grassiness, light brett, some light hoppage - grapefruit/lemon/citrus? Kind of a saison vibe.

Good full mouthfeel, carbonation is about medium, good balance of flavors.

Coming from Green Flash I expected this to be much hoppier, not a complaint though. It goes easy on the brettiness and hops while still remaining interesting and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 02:00:08 | More by Chico1985
Photo of rangerred


3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours with a huge head of foam. So much so that it takes several minutes to completely drain the bottle. Body is a hazy dark orange with amazing head retention and lacing.

Aroma is almost all Brett. I can detect some lemon coming through but barely underneath the barnyard funk.

The taste is largely the same: Brett. Now I do love this flavor in the correct style or if properly balanced but that is not the case here. I'm not sure of the age of this beer but the Brett has really taken over leaving just a faint hint of lemon and bread underneath and nearly no bitterness. Mouthfeel is soft with a slightly sticky finish.

Overall, I was expecting a lot more complexity from this beer. It almost reminds me of a poorly made Geuze. Might have to revisit this sometime.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2012 01:59:06 | More by rangerred
Photo of draheim


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a rich honey amber w/ wispy ribbons of sediment and a massive fluffy white head that hangs around. Vigorous carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Sticky chunks of lacing cling to the sides. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is a combination of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, citrusy hops and pale malt. Some hints of bubblegum as well.

Taste is pale malt, Belgian yeast, and hops. More of the soapy bubblegum. Taste is a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, courtesy of bottle conditioning.

Overall a pretty good Belgian pale ale in a market that is crowded with better ones.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:43:04 | More by draheim
Photo of funkel81


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-30-2012 01:11:55 | More by funkel81
Photo of vkv822


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip snifter.

Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange with a foamy, lightly billowy off white head that leaves.

The aroma has a good bit of funky, Bretty yeast notes. Also some peppery notes blended with light citrus.

Taste follows the nose, with Brett upfront, followed by some peppery notes. There are some sweeter biscuit malts that come through towards the finish as well.

Medium body with a prickly, active carbonation.

A well done Belgian pale ale. The Brett makes itself obvious, but still allows some other flavor notes to come through.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 08:03:24 | More by vkv822
Photo of sgttibbs


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

01-30-2014 13:12:55 | More by sgttibbs
Photo of Etan


3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz into a tulip.

AL Pours a darkish gold with a huge spongy white head.

S: Leathery brett, apricot, floral, minerals, mild caramel.

T: Astringent bitterness (hops?), light clove, gamey funk, sweet pale malt, a bit leafy.

M: Light-bodied with frothy carbonation.

O: The odd astringent bitterness here sort of ruined the experience. Maybe I'll revisit again and hope it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 00:29:28 | More by Etan
Photo of ryan1788a5


4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A pour of moderate strength saw foam cascading over the top of the glass. It seems highly effervescent. Rocky white head stays forever. Sticky, clumpy lacing affixes itself firmly to the glass.

S: Lots of phenol and black pepper on the nose. Very spicy. Banana, walnuts, sweet bread. Musty funk becomes more apparent as it warms. Touch of green, oily hops. Nice complexity on the nose.

T: Pear and green apple up front with a light tartness. Slight clovey/metallic phenol taste and a hint of pepper. A light rustic, funky taste is the center of this beer; all other flavors seem to play off it. Oily and herbal hop flavors with a hint of citrus wield a modest bitterness, considering the style. Biscuity and grainy malt tastes. Nutty and chalky yeast toward the end, with black pepper emerging again. Finishes dry with yeasty tastes, pepper, and faint banana.

M: Medium bodied. High level of carbonation. Seems very slightly astringent. Creamy and foamy.

O: This is a very solid beer, but a ballsy move for Green Flash. A funky Belgian Pale released year-round in four packs? That is a swift departure from the hoppy west coast stuff that dominates the rest of their year-round portfolio. It takes most people a little while to warm up to funk. I love the idea of a readily-available and wallet-friendly funky Belgian, but it remains to be seen how the average American craft beer drinker will receive it.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 01:52:57 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-29-2012 23:04:22 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of ryanpj


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-05-2012 22:24:04 | More by ryanpj
Photo of Jimmys


3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into tulip. cant seem to locate a bottled on date.

A: a very hazy, very orange looking brew. the head is quite voluminous and wont allow me to pour the entire bottle at once. head is big and fluffy and has great retention. lacing is good.

S: chalky, earthy, boatloads of yeast esters. little barny-hay, dry action going on here.

T: black pepper, tart dryness. cantaloupe. yeasty esters. dry finish. lemony.

M: mouthfeel is a little flatter than i would imagine/like. medium bodied.

D: pretty tasty shit. dry, refreshing. reminds me of Orval, but not quite on that level. worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 01:29:05 | More by Jimmys
Photo of Jason1337


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-27-2013 16:14:34 | More by Jason1337
Photo of CEDAMA


5/5  rDev +30.2%

05-29-2012 14:48:51 | More by CEDAMA
Photo of Blakaeris


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

Pours clear bronze with a massive, rocky head that hangs around.

Aroma is musty basement yeasty funk and herbal hop.

Taste is more of the unrelenting herbal funk from the nose and subtle bready malt. surprisingly peppery, with lemon zest and light tropical fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy medium body.

Overall an interesting beer. The herbal musty funk reminds me of Orval, however I like this much more than Orval. Definitely off the beaten path. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 20:28:22 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of Bouleboubier


4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2013 05:53:22 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of nrs207


3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden orange. Huge head, leaves some lacing.

S - Belgian yeast for sure. Very fruity.

T - A little hoppy bitterness, more fruitiness. Not a hoppy fruitiness, just from the yeast I'd imagine. Tastes very similar to other Belgian pales I've had, but the fruitiness really stands out. It's not a banana fruitiness like I've noticed in a lot of these, but more of a tart fruit. Maybe a green apple.

M - Pretty smooth. There's a pretty good amount of carbonation is this one. It's refreshing on the palate, and it's a light mouthfeel. No alcohol presence that I can feel.

O - It's a good beer. Not my favorite, but good for the style. Not a bad choice to try. If you like Belgians, give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 01:22:57 | More by nrs207
Photo of pkalix


4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

popped the cap and the head began rising... explosive. very low-density, billowy head. want to eat it like an ice cream cone- then you taste the hops...
fruity-, hoppy, belgium-y....
cant yet taste it- it's still too frothy.... huge remaining head. still waiting... has a lemon meringue pie-type of head still.... okay... here is the first sip- hops way up front... sharp grapefruit... still lots of head.... taste reminds me of a unibroue product- dont remember which one although it wasnt as sharply hopped as this.
2nd pour was much more densely packed. definitely lemon meringue pie, non-moving, thick head. decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 02:07:29 | More by pkalix
Photo of gratefulbeerhead


4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-15-2012 02:56:20 | More by gratefulbeerhead
Photo of dgherm


3/5  rDev -21.9%

07-21-2013 14:02:31 | More by dgherm
Photo of kvgomps


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-22-2014 02:42:00 | More by kvgomps
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,273 ratings.