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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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87
very good

1,331 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 420
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 44
Gots: 93 | 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 kojevergas
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a De Molen beer stemflute in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Expectations are above average; this brewery has impressed me in the past. Served refrigerator cold.

A: Pours a two finger head of decent cream, good thickness, and great retention - especially considering the above average ABV. Colour is a nontransparent murky copper. Not unique nor special, but generally appealing.

Sm: A moderately strong aroma of unexpected brett funkiness, sourness, wild yeast, and vague light hints of citrus esters. Very unexpected and interesting for a pale ale. I really didn't see that coming at all. I'm intrigued.

T: The funkiness is tonal and light, but unmistakably present, reaching its naked apex in the finish. It's yeasty without feeling sedimentary. In fact, yeast may be its main note alongside the vague malts and buried hints of citrus. Atypical and interesting for the style, but also simple and boring - even a bit bland. Bring out the funkiness or the malts. The flavours are muted rather than subtle - to its detriment (and my chagrin). No alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some cream on the finish. Not too thick or too thin per se, but it never feels quite right. It should be a bit lighter on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. This boring pale ale from Green Flash intrigues with its funkiness, but quickly grows tired when it offers little else.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Incredibly well carbonated, a steady pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a four-finger thick, pale tan colored head, that only slowly subsides and leaves a substantial, structural mesa as it does so. The beer is a darkish amber color that shows some haze and a bright orange-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus zest and phenolic, Brettanomyces signature funk, both of which are backed by a solid, supporting grain / malt character. More specifically notes of Curacoa orange zest, touches of tangelo, with an ample, slightly plastic like, musty, not quite sharp, funkiness and a grain character that reminds me of crackers with just a hint of caramel malt. The citrus laden, American hop character is quite nice here and definitely works quite well with the Brett character.

Aggressively carbonated and quite effervescent, my first sip has a biting bitterness and a sort of tartness that is accentuated by the citrusy hop character. The beer has a fairly light body, with almost no viscous heft, though it doesn’t come off as being watery. The citrus hop character provides flavors of tangelo zest, touches of ruby-red-grapefruit and even a citrus like pine needle character. The finish is quite dry with a pale cracker like grain character as well as a touch of nutty, toasted malt character; the dryness is also accentuated by a phenolic, sort of funky, slightly musty and even slightly musky Brettanomyces character that is also found in the finish. The bitterness from the hops combines with the phenolic, sort of plastic like character to provide even more sharpness to this beer.

One can’t help but compare this to Orval type beers, this is far, far better than the latest incarnations of Matilda (the last really good batch I had was 2005), and even gives Orval a run for its money (though I wouldn’t put this on that level quite yet). I can’t wait to see how these age, but I wonder that the Brettanomyces character is already so pronounced; this can’t be that old yet, and the Brett is extremely noticeable already, young Orval is barely kissed by the Brett, so I will be curious to see how these age. My one worry is that the plastic character from the Brett will get a bit out of control as the beer ages. Visually this beer is about perfect, from memory it seems a touch darker than Orval, but I could be wrong, and the extensive, long lasting head is quite impressive. This beer sets itself apart from Orval in its use of expressive, fruity and citrus laden American hops; as a sucker for many an American hop, I can’t help but love this beer more for that.

Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of GClarkage
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, I finally found this on the shelves in the Southland,

A: Pours a gorgeous burnt orange into an Orval chalice, with a pillowy full white head, leaving very good lacing, great head retention.

S: Great yeasty nose, tangerine and lemon peel with white pepper.

T: White pepper and citrus peel, lots of yeast character, some bitter melon hop flavour as well. On the hoppy end for its style, but very well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, nice long aftertaste, soft feel.

O: This is fantastic beer as I've certainly come to expect from Green Flash. Really like America meets a Dupont/Orval collab, very well done. I liked this a lot. At $9/4-pack it's a true steal this day and age. I've seen a ton worse for $10+/750 mL that's for sure. This is just really good beer.

Photo of yourefragile
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle compliments of Thorpe429 aka Thorpe<3sRayon.

Pours a hazy golden orange with a massive white head. Steadily fades to a thin layer of foam with nice lace. Aroma has a soft funky brett presence with light fruit, Belgian yeast and spice. Enjoyed this after it warmed up and carbonation died down a little bit. Sweet fruit and malt blend with earthy and funky saison like notes for a refreshing, balanced BPA. Very exciting to see this year round.

Photo of dbrauneis
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy dark golden yellow to orange in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a three finger tall creamy off-white head that reduces to a dense small patch of thick film and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of brett sourness/funkiness combined with some Belgian yeast and a light amount of spices.

T: Flavors of pale malts, Belgian yeast, and spices upfront. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness in this beer along with a moderate amount of brett sourness/funkiness, which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: I am a huge fan of beers that have brett added to them and this one does not disappoint. This is a great sipping beer and one that I could enjoy all evening long - I found this one real easy to drink and would happily get it again.

Photo of corby112
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden orange color with a one finger off white head that quickly fades into a thin ring.  Streaks of soapy lacing left behind.

Musty, funky aroma with lots of earthy Brett and funky yeast along with some zesty spice and light fruit. Hints of pepper and clove along with some pear, alcohol and more Brett.

Medium bodied with a slight creamy texture, zesty spicy musty, dry Brett and light fruit.  Pretty complex with dry funk that lingers throughout over hints of pepper, clove, apple, pear, bread and alcohol sweetness. The musty brett is dominant but really well integrated into the flavor of the base.  Complex but well balanced and extremely drinakble.

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, herbal, pepper, pine, earth, floral, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, pine, herbal, pepper, clove, earth, floral, light funk, toast, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, pine, herbal, floral, earth, toast, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Awesome flavor complexity and balance; very nice hop/yeast flavor balance. Quite crisp and fairly clean on the finish. Fairly high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian pale ale! A lot of nice hop flavors with yeast spiciness; a nice clean finish, and very smooth to drink. Great stuff.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication.

Pours clouded medium apricot tinged amber, nice puffy off white head, dissolves to a fine film and leaves espectable spotty lace.

Nose is full of basil, pepper and Belgian yeasty fumes.

Flavorful and full of intrigue. More fresh basil, some barnyard, more pepper, light leather, layers of Brett charged phenolics and musty/funkyness, add a hint of smoke, a slight bite of ginned up alcohol, and some near dank hoppyness...yeah complex and tasty.

Nice Belgian inspired, San Diegoacized brew.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served to @tobeerornottobe from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a hazed, but not particularly cloudy golden orange hue, with a monumental, almost ridiculous head of frothy white, that forms a solid 3/4 of the top of the glass. It collapses as it should, but it's just a little frustrating when it forms.

Nose is a really pleasant round Belgian note spliced with some crisp American hop fragrance. Lemon and a touch of crisp vegetative pine come through, but it's mostly based around that smooth, light and believable Belgian fragrance. It's a nice amalgam, nicely done.

Taste is very light, and really quite Belgian in inspiration. The palate is flat and empty, just allowing the spicy, peppery notes from the yeast to come through, and get accentuated by the yeast, which gives it a slightly green vegetative note. Really the malt lets it down a little—to be fair, it needs some basis, and this has none. As good as the Belgian spice is, it has so little to back it up that it lacks all the complexity that makes good Belgians, well... good.

It's clean and crisp, but really, it does a poor job of the style, and even on its own terms it feels empty and pointless. No, not a great brew, overall.

Photo of LXIXME
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring this from a bit above the glass is a slight mistake, leaves three quarters of the glass in frothy white head that doesn't give up its domain very easily. After trying to drink through this frothy head i gave it a rest to let it fall into a pretty nice lacing.

A rich golden honey colored beer that seems impossible to see threw on an almost creamy medium bodied beer.

Crazy, citrus fruits, light caramel malts, light malts, some yeast, floral aspects, light spices, and smells I don't know, as I drank a glass of this I would take a whiff of the aroma and be baffled as it seemed to change slightly but in good way.

The taste almost follows the aroma, with malts, hops, yeasts all making random appearances and keeping me totally focused on trying to discern what exactly is going on. I wish I knew more about the brewing process, really, might help me know what or how to make beers taste like this.

The only draw back is, well as I see it, this beer lacks the traditional light dry aftertaste of beer, with it's hidden or lingering grains or hops or yeasts, or whatever gives most beers it light to not so light dry aftertaste. But, other than that this really impressed me, I hope it's not just an amazing bottle or a crappy beer prior to it, but I hope this beer gives these tastes to everyone who tries it.

And, on that note, give this beer a try.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh I should have bought more. This tastes like not fresh, but somewhat young Orval for the creeping Brett character. Right now it provides a gentle tang and is beginning to roll over the mild caramel malt taste and Belgian spice. I mean it's clearly a Brett beer. There's the trademark horsey farmhouse funk, but it hasn't overun the ale yet. Very cool beer. Admirably balanced for an American craft brewer, I've had too many failed attempts at sours by domestic breweries. I don't think this beer is at it's most complex yet, but still check it out, this is a very cool beer.

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of mdaschaf
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a massive foamy head, 3+ fingers in height. Couldn't pour the entire bottle into the glass. Amazing retention and some of the thickest lacing I have ever seen.

S: Light fruit, some pear, apple, faint citrus, and grassy hops. There is a little bit of barnyard funk mixed in. Slightly perfumy.

T: Similar to the aroma with the fruit and light citrus flavors. More grassy hops, some peppery spice, and a little bit of biscuity malt.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Very impressed. Drinks very well with a nice flavor profile. The brett adds nicely to it. Might be one for aging.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Green Flash Rayon Vert glides into the glass easy like with a bright orange glaze with some golden specs and a lively frothy creamy bright white head that stays and sticks. Smell is very pungent and fresh with ripe fruit, Belgian yeast, floral notes, some flower, and fresh earthy scent. Wow, this smells inviting. The brett jumps out with some sniffs. Taste is just as fresh as the scent. This is leaps and bounds the best Americanized Belgian pale ale i've had in some time. Fresh fruity esters, bubblegum, fresh grass notes, lemon, orange, bready notes and more. Yum! A great Melange that works. Feel is at about medium with ample and sparkling carb. Flavor grabs ahold of the mouth and kicks it into gear. No sign of the alcohol, which is a tad high. This beer works, it kicks ass in feel and has alot of flavor. Im getting more.

Photo of DoubleJ
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Uhhh...ehhh....uhhhh....I have no intro, just on to the beer:

Even once the crown is cracked, the beer barely stays inside the bottle. Pour it into a chalice, and get a very heady brew, which is burnt orange. With a head which retains as well as this and being a Belgian Pale Ale, the color fits. The aroma has some surprising dry hopping and some Belgian joy. Super fresh grass clipping with barnyard accents...a bit tart? This is a very fun nose.

It's acidic, it's dry, and it's pleasing. Slight sweet at the beigining like a pear, it turns acidic and then comes a blanket of bitterness. A little horse blanket creep into the profile, as does dry grass. As this is happening, it's medium body and bubbly mouthfeel makes the profile more groovy; it feels Belgian.

The taste may not be 100% agreeable with me, but everything else is. Well done Green Flash.

Photo of Zorro
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chill hazed amber with a tall fluffy white head.

Smells spicy and soapy with a mainly herbal scent and a fair dose of coriander. A little malt sweetness of the honeysuckle type.

Starts out sweet and spicy in the mouth. Low level of bitterness and a grassy hop flavor. This is a basic mild BPA but there is nothing really outstanding in the taste.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is mild and pleasing beer but not an outstanding one.

Photo of afsdan
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of smakawhat
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

A real nice crystal tangerine orange body, hints at red, faint cola carbonation off the pour. Head is soapy, off white, some good retention and faint lace, clumps quite a bit while drinking. A good fast carbonation can bee seen in the middle column rising fast, more slight opaque as more is poured.

Nose seems like a brett funk, some light sour orange, hints at whispy yeast and a juicy texture to come?

Hot heat and sharp yeast, matching a wild content. Crisp palate, mixing with a little tangerine. Super prickly, matching a nice feel and light finish. Flavor lingers, giving to a nice slow and gradual citrus and mild heat. Sense of woodyness, and nicely balanced. There's also a faint sweetness lingering...

Overall this is pretty darn impressive.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks great. Golden glowing body, a bit murky..as in, not crystal clear. Big white foamy head, nice lacing

Aroma is a bit dull and subdued. Nothing bad here. Some spice and light malt. Toasted crackers. Some clove and light banana

While the taste isn't spectacular, it does match well with the feel. It's crisp and clean. Some spice on the end just before it leaves for dryness. Light biscuit up front that doesn't last long. These flavors are light, a bit thin. I thought maybe this would have more hops, being from GF, but it's well balanced. White pepper hints. Some clove and mint.

Would like to see this with lover abv as I think it would be a great session beer, or aperitif

Photo of DrBier
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of biegaman
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert could be used as a fourth-grade science experiment; a volcanic-like gush of white froth spills up and over the glass while nimble bubbles oscillate like jelly fish. The froth, which looks something akin to an abominable snowman, pulsates up and down. I'll need a straw if I ever hope to get to the orange-gold liquid...

A lot of mean things are said about Brettanomyces. It's been called all kinds of mean names - "horse blanket", "sweaty saddle", "stinky cheese" - but that's mostly by winemakers; brewers appreciate the rogue yeast, which, indeed, does contribute a lot of "funky" flavours and aromas (which at times may bear some resemblance to a horse stable).

In this case, the wild yeast has added a galaxy of complexity to the beer, making it seem as though it had gained a distinct "aged" character, possibly by being aged in wood. Lo and behold, however, it's a fresh (and un-oaked) offering. The 'fresh' factor is appreciated by the glistening, budding, vividly leafy essence of its hoppiness.

All that vinous hoppiness is not without a sharp trace of citrus and a breezy pungency. The malts taste strongly honeyed and meld wonderfully with the tart orchard fruit flavours of the yeast. Considering the scene it caused earlier, the carbonation is surprisingly tamed, as the flavours are allowed to docilely sit on the tongue for some time.

There is a striking likeness to Orval that is impossible not to mention. By the look (and smell and taste) of things, one would guess the two brothers (or first cousins at least). Although I'm not ready to grant it the same holy status, Rayon Vert drinks with near equal delight and, perhaps, comes across even more so perfumed (probably owing to the hops).

Green Flash has spun gold with Rayon Vert. It is a simple yet shape shifting beer that offers a balance between delicacy and density. I wish to have been able to buy more bottles to track the changes this beer is sure to undergo with time, although I am mightily satisfied having tried it fresh. And I'd be mighty excited to try it again!

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 1,331 ratings.