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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,299 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,299
Reviews: 418
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.32%
Wants: 44
Gots: 91 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

smutty33, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

avaldivia, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4/5  rDev +4.2%

DeanMoriarty, Jun 14, 2013
Photo of Scotchboy
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Rock island snifter.

A: Crystal clear orange until the yeast is poured. Epic off-white head is soapy and sticks around; minimal lace though.

S: Big fruity notes, citrus pith, lemon, hints of banana. Peppery spices, flowery, clean grain, Belgian yeast. Juniper? Hints of herbs, evergreen. Brett sweetness with a decent amount of tartness.

T: Lots of mandarin orange, lemon peel, grapefruit, banana, peppery spice, almost to the point of being herbal. Lemon, fresh flowers, juniper berries and cardamom. Brett, clean grain, light sweetness with underlying tartness.

MF: Creamy medium body, dryer tart finish.

O: Really decent brew, this suits me more than Orval did. There is a nice peppery, tart, fruity component.

Scotchboy, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of stephens101
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We have a winner of the beauty pageant right here. Voluptuous off-white head that stays full and bouncy. Golden orange in color. Smells spicy with the yeast shining through the middle, accompanied by light fruits (apple, orange). Tastes of fruit juice backed with notes of grain and faint brett funk. Dry all the way through and just plain easy drinking. Session this, session that, blah, blah, blah, blah...session this!

stephens101, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent entry in the hot Belgian IPA genre, but not up to the usual astonishing standards of Green Flash.

Pours a slightly dark golden with a fluffy white head and nice lacing. The aroma is fruity and phenolic, with apricot and a wheaty edge. The flavor is clean and phenolic with apricot and raising and a light rye-toast feeling. There is a deep gasoline-like bitterness, like a good sprig of fresh epazote. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean.

Good, but not quite as good some others such as Flying Dog's Raging Bitch or New Belgium's Belgio.

Seanibus, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of kell50
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

kell50, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of dfillius
4/5  rDev +4.2%

dfillius, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of grahamboudreaux
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

grahamboudreaux, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of mjtiernan
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a goblet. No bottle date info (boo hiss Green Flash!) but there was dust on them so not likely fresh (which is fine for this style).

A: A slow pour resulted in a tight two-finger head. Head retention is good and lacing pretty heavy. Body is copper color and very clear. No haziness to be seen.

S: Light, fruity nose with some floral characteristics down deep. Quite a bit of lemon, tangarine and orange peel. A touch of spiciness..light clove I guess. With some agitation, the barnyard funk starts cutting through.

T: Nice, but a somewhat of a letdown after all the good stuff I just smelled. Tart and funky. A little bit of spice. The lemon is there. Quite a bit of diaper/band-aid...basically plastic. Finish is fairly dry.

M: Mouthfeel is prickly and dry. Body is medium-light. Carb is high.

O: The plastic flavor and inability to live up to its nose disappoints me. The aroma really pulled me in, but the taste let me down. I’ll try this again in the near future to double-check my palate.

mjtiernan, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

pirmannt1, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of BeerManDan
2.29/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When poured the color was a deep yellow with orange hue and a load of white foam. Pour very slowly because of the foam.

The smell was of spices and bitter type of hops

The flavor of this pale ale was the worst I've had from Green Flash. It was to bitter for this bitter ale and the flavor was over bitter with a vinal taste. The aftertaste on the palate was way to bitter with that vinal flavor. What happen to the aroma? The flavor does not match aroma!

BeerManDan, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from ny Duvel tulip

A - Pours a pale Golden colour with a nice foamy White head that reduces to a film quickly.

S - The nose is a nice aroma of oak, green grapes and apple.

T - Nice woody flavours up front with plenty of spice. Apple, pineapple and green grapes also very present in this brew. Reminds me of Orval.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Probably the most authentic Belgian beer that I have tried out of the U.S. and there have been so many let downs.

eric5bellies, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.69/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle and was pleased to find this one marked with a bottling date--or one that hadn't rubbed off, I should say. The bottling date on this one was 7/24/12, so it's got a good 18 months on it for those of you counting at home. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip glass. I've had this beer many times, but decided it was about time I actually reviewed it, before it goes away temporarily before coming back in a new bottle format. But onto the review...

Appearance - No gushing (thankfully), but I do set the bottle down for a moment after opening and the foam slowly starts to creep up out of the mouth of the bottle. I begin to pour as gently as possible and get about halfway through the bottle before I stop to prevent the glass from foaming over. Wait and repeat several times until I get the rest of the bottle emptied. Throughout the course of this there is an enormous cream-colored rocky head of hundreds of medium-sized and smaller bubbles. If I didn't know better, I would tell you it's whipped cream. It makes the beer look like an ice cream float. The body is a murky golden orange, somewhat resembling orange marmalade without the particles of orange. It's also a little darker--maybe the color of dried apricots.

Smell - Musty, barnyard funk and yeast, wet hay, grass clippings, as well as lemon zest, nectarine, granny smith apple, grapefruit juice, light grain and even some wet leather. The funkiness of the Brettanomyces is the star here, much to my pleasure. Of course, I suppose that is to be expected after a year and a half.

Taste - Wonderfully funky, with some faint sourness--maybe more tart--of lemon juice. Musty, damp cellar, woody notes as well as some fresher notes of grass and baby garden greens. There is a pleasant undertone of water crackers and a slight peppery element as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and highly carbonated. Probably one of the most carbonated beers I've ever had--prickly and effervescent like champagne, but with a heftier body.

Overall, this is easily my favorite offering from Green Flash. It bills itself as an Orval-inspired beer, and I'll say this: the heavy use of Brett and the fact that this beer is wonderful fresh or with a good amount of age on it definitely put it in the same company with Orval. However, to its credit, it is a different and interesting beer in its own right. Just a fantastically imaginative beer from GF and I can't really think of anything in the U.S. that is quite like it--or maybe quite like it and as good.

LambicPentameter, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of Jason1337
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Jason1337, Apr 27, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

BlueMoon10, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Mattyb79
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Mattyb79, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

ObeMaltKinobee, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of freduardo
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

freduardo, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of ocelot2500
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden, amber color with a frothy white head that leaves a sheet of lacing.

Smells of funky brett with some mild fruit undertones.

Tastes of the mild fruitiness with a brett underpinning rounded out with some hops. Fruits are characterized by apple and pear with some banana as well. Some toasted notes come through with a bit of breadiness. Brett adds in with its funkiness. Hops add grassy notes and lemon that leave a bit of bitterness. Spice is present with clove and pepper, but I find it to get lost as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

Overall, I find this to be quite good and anybody who loves Orval should check this out.

ocelot2500, Dec 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of Shaw
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely red-orange with a monster white head. The head is so big it takes several minutes of careful pouring to get the bottle into my 0.4 L tulip.

Nice earthy aroma, which I'm guessing comes from the Brett, mixing with yeasty and sour fruit notes.

The flavor is dry and crisp with sour fruit notes. This beer is all about the wild yeast. Reminds me of a basement.

Body is light and fizzy, but not watery.

If you don't like funk, you won't like this beer. Wild ale fans, seek it out.

Shaw, May 05, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

dansmcd, Feb 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

bluntedboywonder, Jul 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

ChrisL24481, Feb 23, 2014
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,299 ratings.