Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.
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3.8/5 rDev -1%
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.
02-26-2012 06:29:32 | More by mjtiernan
2.29/5 rDev -40.4%
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!
07-04-2013 19:16:22 | More by BeerManDan
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
03-24-2012 13:00:38 | More by eric5bellies
4.69/5 rDev +22.1%
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.
01-06-2014 06:15:06 | More by LambicPentameter
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
05-05-2012 05:30:43 | More by Shaw
4.25/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
12-14-2011 02:29:13 | More by ocelot2500
4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
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.
07-15-2012 21:26:47 | More by daledeee
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
04-05-2012 00:43:02 | More by Bendurgin
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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
12-15-2012 01:56:49 | More by lovindahops
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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