Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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very good

1,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 45
Gots: 94 | 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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Photo of grittybrews
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy apricot with two fingers of fluffy white head. Fresh, dry aroma of hay, grass, and lemon.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Wheat, honey, and lemon up front followed by brett notes and a dry finish with lingering tartness and lots of pepper.

Very refreshing, balanced, and tasty.

Photo of polishkaz
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of gillagorilla
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle with no date (dust on it, but I was looking for it aged) into a Burley Oak snifter

A: A nice hazy copper/straw body with a thick foamy head that got to at least 4 fingers. It is quite long-lasting. Lots of visible effervescence in the glass.

S: Interesting smell, it is almost medicinal. I can't place it. I've never experienced this smell in a beer before. A bit floral and fruity as well.

T: Refreshing. It's quite floral. Some nice fruity esters throughout it. Nice and light on the palate.

M: Quite smooth with only the slightest tickling of bubbles.

O: I bet this is even better fresh. Quite good for the probable year or two on it. Now I really can't wait to open my three year old Orval.

Photo of draheim
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beagle75
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large and lofty pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Goat pasture is featured in the smell, standing out rather boldly but not detracting. Spicy hops are also present, as is mild aromatic malt.

T: Begins bone-dry, with tangy citric acidity and yeast phenolics that suggest baking spices. Green herbaceous hop aromatics gain momentum into the middle, where a whiff of biscuit malt adds to the overall layered effect. Bitterness is striking for the style and of long duration, with some herbaceous spice and lively citrus acidity, yet also clean.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This beer stands out among high-volume, American-brewed Belgian-style ales in that it pulls no punches in its handling of brettanomyces yeast. While the standout brett notes are not unique to this beer, it does as good a job carrying the distinctive rustic notes as any American-brewed beer yet encountered. While not quite truly tart, it does come equipped with a driving acidity that strips the palate, ushering renewal with every well-carbonated sip. A telling move for Green Flash to add this beer to its year-round core lineup; it elevates the brewery above the middle ground of operations that make a decent IPA.

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3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden orange color with a LARGE white head that has a slight orange-cream colored hint to it. Head takes a little time to go down. Scent immediately reminds me of fresh Orval. Brett funk with nice hoppiness. Some citrus and floral notes nicely meshed with barnyard. Taste is ALSO very much like fresh Orval, wow, this can only mean one thing...I LOVE THIS BEER! Disclaimer, I'm drinking this one at room temp, and it's tasting awesome. Immediate floral hoppiness with some slight Belgian yeast flavors. Then you get tasty Brett flavors and barnyard funk. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat velvety...dry finish. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is just great IMO. I need to go buy more of this.

Photo of heygeebee
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Etan
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of AdamBear
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
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

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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.