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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Rayon VertRayon Vert

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very good

1,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | 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 smutty33


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-01-2012 16:41:43 | More by smutty33
Photo of DelicateDelirium


4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-04-2012 22:09:09 | More by DelicateDelirium
Photo of CGMLS3


2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

10-13-2012 21:49:54 | More by CGMLS3
Photo of dwagner003


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

11-26-2013 05:02:44 | More by dwagner003
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 13:00:38 | More by eric5bellies
Photo of ObeMaltKinobee


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

01-07-2013 07:06:26 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
Photo of freduardo


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

02-18-2012 05:11:06 | More by freduardo
Photo of DeanMoriarty


4/5  rDev +4.2%

06-14-2013 01:21:17 | More by DeanMoriarty
Photo of grahamboudreaux


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

01-18-2013 23:51:59 | More by grahamboudreaux
Photo of Mattias


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-25-2013 20:34:53 | More by Mattias
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 05:30:43 | More by Shaw
Photo of daledeee


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice unusual bottle used by the folks from Green flash

This beer poured one of the most uncontrollable heads ever. Dark gold with off white head(and more head).

Nose is funky and yeasty.

Taste. It appears the Californians can't control them selves with the hops. This is listed as a Belgian style pale ale. However the hops are really bitter and in your face. Not saying this is a bad thing. Actually, this is quite unique. Very tasty beer. Mouth feel is very bubbly.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 21:26:47 | More by daledeee
Photo of dansmcd


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

02-20-2013 14:14:04 | More by dansmcd
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 02:29:13 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of Bendurgin


4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden color with a three finger pillow of creamy white head with great retention. Nice sticky gobs of thick lace when it settles down a bit.

The aroma first gives off scents of sourdough yeast with hints of orange zest with some lemon and bananas. A little bit of a spicy undertone here with pepper but mostly fruity. The pallet lives of a mellow fruity flavor with a yeasty background. Candied orange zest with some lemon hits with some lingering spice and mellow bitter hops.

Light body with some expansive carbonation. Lingers on the pallet nicely. Overall this one is pretty enjoyable. A nice west coast take on some a Belgian style.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 00:43:02 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of lovindahops

New York

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

A- good rampant head of foam covers a hazy orange appearance. Very bright

S- lemon spices and herbal scents are rounded off with some Brett

T- massive lemon and citric flavors are blended with the sour Brett. Really heightened flavor with the Brett so young

M- strong carbonation

O- wow, I'm impressed with the flavor of rayon vert. Need to find some

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 01:56:49 | More by lovindahops
Photo of touchmeimsac


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

05-15-2013 14:10:30 | More by touchmeimsac
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 06:15:06 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of bluntedboywonder

New York

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

07-20-2012 01:19:46 | More by bluntedboywonder
Photo of kell50

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

08-09-2013 14:04:56 | More by kell50
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and hoppy. A really nice blend of classic belgian sweetness and spiciness with a west coast hop profile. Nothing is overwhelming yet the flavors feel so big. Like a belgian style tripel with a west coast twang. Quite nice. Big yet brisk mouthfeel. Euro hop bitterness, slightly spicy finish. Tasty and drinkable. Little bit of alcohol heat but doesnt take away from the style much.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 23:18:11 | More by jtierney89
Photo of silentjay


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

very attractive glowing golden color with a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces among the best.

peppery yeast, a bit of band-aid astringency, a bit funky, a bit hoppy.

again, the damn band-aid adhesive sticks out, but underneath that there is plenty of peppery yeast, bitter hops, crackery malts.

medium bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation and a lingering acrid flavor.

definitely not for me. flavors just do not mesh well.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 06:40:36 | More by silentjay
Photo of magictacosinus


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on "07/24/13."

Yeah, that's a perfect pour right there - amber sunset, and the yeast is so intense in this that the first few ounces yielded about 5 fingers worth of head and tons of bubbles. As it settled, I continued to pour more in until it produced a foamy, ice cream like topping that stuck above the regular creamy pour for a good long while. Tons of soap like bubbles pop around the creamy froth, and some decent stickiness comes around. It doesn't last forever and the head eventually vanishes by the very end. However, I haven't seen a beer of this caliber this beautiful since, say, Orval.

Wow, that's some funky stuff - if this is supposed to be their take on Orval it's quite a good one, but far more rustic in its own manner. Notes of grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple are soaked in all kinds of barnyard notes from the Brett, which ranges on wet hay, dried grass, horse blanket, and one of those damp, moist cloths that's spent some time in this very vivid, imaginative environment I keep picturing. A little bit of lactic sourness rounds it up, as well as a brief whiff of toffee, but it's otherwise truly funky - and the extra Belgian-styled ingredients add nothing but extra spiciness and fruitiness that make it truly unique.

The flavor immediately takes me straight to a farm or countryside, much like the ones I grew up around in my childhood - wet hay, a damp cloth-like flavor, alongside notes of cheese rind, horse saddle, grass, and all kinds of other earthy flavors. This is a true out-of-body beer drinking experience - the barnyard flavors are full fledged at this point and provide a farmhouse recipe that is to be reckoned with other breweries of this size. A little smoky at the finish, as well as bitter, with notes of orange peel, pine, grapefruit, apricots, and pineapple. It's like a West Coast IPA in some respects, and the caramel, yeasty texture makes it similar to various Belgian varieties, but the funk due to the Brett makes this very intense in a sense that kind of transcends the farmhouse style - basically, not for beginners! While it's refreshing, it loses its gas rather quickly as it warms up, which is super disappointing given how initially enjoyable it was. Gets flatter, less funky, and far maltier in the end. Oh, well, better consume it cold as quick as possible next time.

Overall, I can say this is a high quality farmhouse ale, and definitely one that is more experimental and funky as it can get. Great stuff, and I only wish it weren't as delicate. I definitely will pick some of these up and cellar them in the future - my only fear is if my timing goes wrong, that this will turn into a smoky band-aid mayhem rather than a progressively grassier result that it seems destined to become.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2013 05:18:49 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of Mattyb79


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

10-27-2013 21:47:14 | More by Mattyb79
Photo of InfernoBoss


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-11-2012 05:26:46 | More by InfernoBoss
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.