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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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86
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1,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 423
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 45
Gots: 104 | 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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Ratings: 1,344 | Reviews: 423
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  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

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of vkv822
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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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%

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4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of beagle75
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 yr old bottle

Pours out a hazy golden orange with a voluminousss white head. Looking good.

Smells nice with hints of floral, spice and fruit. Gets much more herbal and grassy funk after warming up a fair bit.

Tastes mustier and earthier than the smell which works for me. A touch tart and fairly bitter for a "Belgian".

Very bubbly on the tongue. Medium bodied and dry.

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jbertsch
4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly hazy gold in color. An apple white head, huge at first, comes to rest at a 1 inch cap that stays until the end. Beautiful.

The aroma is big on funky brett, along with lemon, lime, sour apple, herbs.

Its flavor follows with acidic citric notes. More lemon, lime, apple, but also notice apricot. Otherwise it's got funky yeast and offers essence of bread from its malt profile. Short finish, but notes of yeast and brett linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, great for summer.

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. THIS is the type of brew I love for summer. Full of flavor and character that demands your attention, yet it's refreshing and simple. If it had a bit more depth, it would be a home run, but I'm not complaining.

Photo of Etan
3.41/5  rDev -11%
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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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of Jimmys
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle review part II. bottled on 07-03-12. consumed over 2 years later.

head forms as soon as the cap is off. this thing had some action going on inside it over the past two years. getting the barny aroma and that is about it. a little musty as well. drinks mildly tart with a little barnyness and then get bone dry. really, really, really fucking dry. i cant find anything on there except the mildest of yeast bitterness bite. carb has definitely picked up with time, might have had my first sample very close to its bottling date and had not given the conditioning enough time to kick in. held up very well over time and true to its label stating that it is continually evolving. i actually cant say for sure they are still making this brand (couldn't find anything on their website), so it perhaps would be worth it to snatch up any seen on shelves!

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.

Photo of AdamBear
3.49/5  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

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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