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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

1,324 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,324
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.62%
Wants: 44
Gots: 95 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

HRamz3, Feb 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

dgherm, Jul 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Mattyb79, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Blakaeris
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear bronze with a massive, rocky head that hangs around.

Aroma is musty basement yeasty funk and herbal hop.

Taste is more of the unrelenting herbal funk from the nose and subtle bready malt. surprisingly peppery, with lemon zest and light tropical fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy medium body.

Overall an interesting beer. The herbal musty funk reminds me of Orval, however I like this much more than Orval. Definitely off the beaten path. A must try.

Blakaeris, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

jbertsch, Aug 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DelicateDelirium, Sep 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

RochefortChris, Mar 31, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Janeinma, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

csfcmitchell, Aug 23, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

artoolemomo, May 05, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

CGMLS3, Oct 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Kramerbarthomer, Feb 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

BlueMoon10, Aug 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ZachT, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%
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
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

braican, Dec 06, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - HUGE aggressive thick foamy white head. Brew is slight fogged orange color. No heavy lacing...

S - Huge Brett notes. Heavy orange and lemon too. Smells "wild".

T/M - Not quite a "sour", but definitely a wild! A great flavor. Citrus notes and earthy notes abound! Very bread-y, and smooth. No heat and perfect smooth bitterness.

O - A delightful surprise! Very well rounded! Delicious! Well done Green Flash Brewers. Highly recommended.

chugalug06, Feb 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

BKotch, Aug 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

avaldivia, Feb 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Evan, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

dfillius, Jan 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

ncelauro, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of LambicPentameter
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,324 ratings.