Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,350 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,350
Reviews: 427
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 14.36%
Wants: 47
Gots: 106 | 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: 1,350 | Reviews: 427
Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, cloudy, caramel color that is opaque and unfiltered. Tall, frothy, light, off-white head that laces the glass as the head recedes. Aromas of Belgian yeast funk, with notes of bubble gum, all spice, lavender, and strawberry. Lots going on in the nose on this one. Flavors are roasty and sharp, with a caramel and bready backbone supporting a blending of spices, including all spice, clove, and lemon zest. The palate is pretty dynamic, and there are more and more flavor profiles as you drink. Fruity and bready aftertaste, with a light, slightly filmy finish. Tasty brew.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. 1.5 years old.

dark golden color. great head. very bretty and funky aroma...oooh! taste starts out dry and then the funk of the brett hits you full force. wow! age has done this beer wonders. so much better than when it was fresh. medium carbonation and a mild body. great!

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/3/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for the sample, Mario --

A: Glowing, unfiltered orange. A careful pour yields a massive three finger white head. It takes a minute for the head to fade. Not a whole lot of lacing here.

S: Yep, that's brett alright. Yet there's a floral undertone to it. A pinch of wet metal throws off the background profile.

T: The brett hit first. It isn't acutely intense, as it fades a bit on the mid, allowing a mild amount of west coast hops to invade the taste buds. The finish is dry, and features a welcome dose of malt, which balances the beer. Really a complex little number.

M: Incredibly creamy for a wild ale. It's frothy and thick, yet approachable and easy to drink.

O: You can check the box marked "win", as Green Flash has produced a sure fire, everyday funk fix for those in need. I couldn't see myself knocking back more then one in a sitting, but it's none the less a well put together brew, and something I can easily recommend.

Photo of liamt07
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Steve, 12oz pseudo-stubby bottle into a tulip.

Orange with some lighter browns scattered in the body. Fluffy white head with good retention and some splotchy lacing. Nose has some dill, underripe citrus/citrus zest, pale malts and some spicing that's somewhat sharp in nature. Good sweet balance however. Taste has more dill, citrus zest, some mild Belgian yeast notes/spicing. Grainy pale malts. Light flavour but subtle and complex. Drying, with a hint of tartness in the finish. Flavourful, gentle and interesting - a nice complex Belgian pale that's quite easy to consume. Something I'd revisit.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at the COOP a couple nights ago.. off white head blooms up to an easy 3"... too much!! The brew is fairly clear light orange... the head takes FOREVER to die back.. great lacing.

The nose is definitely bretty... more than I was expecting.. dusty green apple skins.. something that I associate with lemon zest.. or even Lemon Pledge.. lite fusel alcohols... minor peppery notes and a bit more apricot with warmth.

Ridiculously dry... light plastic/vinyl phenols with warmth.. light lemon.. the RIGID drying almost tannic quality of this beer is not gonna be for everybody including me...

Carbonation is almost abrasive.. the body is light magnified by the huge CO2.

I respect this beer and appreciate the brett character, but it is just over the top.

Not my cup of beer.

3.25/3.5/3.25/3/3

Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent tarnished orange shows a strong display of effervesce. The head builds nicely on this, evident of a Belgian yeast strain that dominates the vessel. Soft cream coloring with a porous foamy content is a good 3 fingers high with a good rate of stay and a very good coverage.

S: Barnyard funk, hay and some horse blanket are first to get noticed from the strong brettanomyces presence. Wet aging barn wood. The yeast is dominant, the hops not so much, musky greenery.

T: Barnyard funk again, strong and musky tones of hay and horse blanket from the yeast. Musky grains, sour citrus and lemon with an earthy musky greenery. Touches of malt sweetness interlude.

M: fairly crisp upfront, frothy on the hold with a slippery texture and mid-range body. Sour musky fade. The brettanomyces yeast truly stands out and may not be for the faint of heart but overshadows what little hoppiness it has. Lots of barnyard funk and love the strong Belgian yeast, an aspect many American breweries tend to shy away from, this embraces it and doesn’t hold back. Youll either love it because of the yeast or be turned off.

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

This beer really appealed to me. It's kind of like a well-hopped Orval. It looks great - hazy orange coppery color, big fluffy whip cream head, excellent retention, nice lace.

The aroma has noticeable brett; funky hay, grass, barnyard notes, and a prominent citric hoppiness. Flavor follows suit, striking a nice balance between the west coast-style citrus hops and the brett. Musty and herbal. Complex and interesting.

Carbonation is medium-high, body medium-thin, finish is quite dry and crisp. Excellent overall mouthfeel has you going back for more quickly.

A real winner from Green Flash sure to appeal to fans of brett beers.

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

A - Foamy white head. Excellent retention and lace. Deep orange apricot brown body.

S - Almost wit-like with a bright tart twang. Bitter white wine grapes, sour apple, apricot and pear.

T - Dry, deeply waxy, and tart. White stone fruits, wheat, grapefruit, and apricot.

M - Light body. Par carbonation.

O - Wax dominates the profile and bullies some of the softer, more interesting fruit flavors in the brew.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Divide tulip. Pours a cloudy medium golden amber with massive overproduction of foam; a careful pour was 80% foam and it took a long time to get enough in the glass for a taste; the massive head dissipated completely to a thin film, ring around the glass and pillowy lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, both Belgian and wild yeast, Belgian spicing and a hint of citrus. Flavor is very light bready malt with a strong dose of Bretty wild yeast and hints of apple and stone fruit juice. Finishes with lingering wild yeast and light hops. Light bodied. I'm not a huge fan of wild yeasts, but enjoy a touch of Brett or wild yeast to a sufficiently complex ale; this one did not support the level of wild yeast to my taste. It is light and overall pleasant, but too single note to hold my interest.

Photo of Duff27
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a huge three inch head, not normal I don't think. Have to wait a few minutes for it to subside. Fluffy white head on a dull amber colored body. Head stays thick the whole pint through with clumpy lacing.

S- Definite funk, floral, and fruity. Digging the aromas, different...Orval-esque.

T- Yeast strain is the star or the show here. Hints at citrus hops at the tail end of each sip.Drinks closer to 6% rather than 7%. Belgian Pale Ale fits this perfectly, as opposed to Belgian IPA.

M- Above average carbonation but nicely done. Medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Was looking forward to this one but still very pleasantly surprised. Well integrated Belgian yeast funkiness with just enough American hop presence to know which country it was brewed in. Wouldn't hesitate to have again.

Photo of Tone
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. One inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, tart citrus, hint of hop, hint of pale malt, hint of spice, hint of grass, hint of alcohol. Fresh, strong, and pungent aroma. Fits the style of a Belgian Pale Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of tartness, hint of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, hint of hop, and a hint of of citrus. Overall, good appearance, amazingly great aroma, but the body is greatly lacking in comparison to the strength of the aroma.

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a body free of haze. Moderate effervescence, but an inconveniently large head consisting of 3+ fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: rich malt with a biting, spicy character; it almost walks the line between a saison and a Belgian-style IPA. Lightly funky and interestingly spicy; I like it.

Taste: much more like a Saison than a BPA, in my opinion. Dryish malt combines with a horse-blanket funkiness to create an interesting and drinkable brew.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a huge carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Right up my alley; I love it.

Overall: a tasty, interesting, and fulfilling beer. I'd have this again and again.

Photo of tone77
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Came gushing out of the bottle despite no agitation. Has a dark golden color with several inches of head. Smell is of fruits, yeast, funk. Taste is funky, spicy, malts, some fruits, different but good. Feels medium-full in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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

The first pour is 8 parts foam, 2 parts liquid. A bright hazy gold liquid.

The smell is very peppery, yeasty, spicy, notes of cloves, possibly coriander, and some funky tones. Good nose.

The taste is yeasty, has white pepper, some good hoppy bitterness, earthy maltiness, light cloves,..interesting flavours though I don't think they all come together in perfect unison. A good stab at the style.

Plenty of carbonation with the medium body makes for a good mouthfeel.

Overall, a good rendition of a Belgian Style Pale Ale and I'm glad I got it in a trade as an extra but this isn't something I'd seek out in the future

2nd bottle tried Sept 29, 2012 courtesy of robinsmv.

Wow, this time around I really enjoyed it. Big smells and tastes of Brett make me think this was brewed in Belgium! All the other flavours I mentioned above are there and they *do* work together very well. Review score adjusted..

Photo of Brad007
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mild amber gold color with a huge frothy head into my glass. What an amazing head!

Spicy yeast mixed with piney hops create an interesting combination of styles. It's all in the yeast.

Wow. The belgian yeast adds a whole new dimension. As a result, this ale is "juicy" with a good amount of citrus.

Lingering spiciness and citrus notes make up the mouthfeel. I can't rave enough about it.

One of the more livelier examples of a BPA. Perhaps not as authentic but still a good way to go about business.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber color with about an inch and a half off-white head that stays around for a long time. There's also a good amount of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy hops (lemon peel, tropical fruit), peppery spice, pears and some bretty funk. Taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like citrusy hops (apricots, orange peel, tropical fruit), peppery spice, bready malt and a bit of brett. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little creamy and well carbonated. I think it's a good beer. I'll have to try and save a bottle for a while to see how it changes (or evolves as stated on the label), but that's going to be hard to do! The 4-pack was $10.99.

Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 07-03-12. Sampled more than a year later on August 13, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow to golden with a tremendous white and light puffy head. Some haze and busy carbonation.

The aroma is quite nice with an inviting Belgian pale malts, yeast, and Belgian sugar ester with a little clove and nutmeg out back.

The body is in the medium range with a bit of acidity. That could be due to the age of the bottle.

The taste has an upfront toasted biscuit malt character at first which is superseded by a powerful peppery and mildly dry finish.

Photo of spinrsx
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from IGA Potsdam NY for 3$

Appearance – Hazy dark amber colour with a huge size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, hops, yeast, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon, hops, and some faint yeast. There is also some coriander/herbal notes mixed some grapefruit. It ends with a slightly bitter yeasty hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – Another brewery that can do no wrong. I've enjoyed every beer I've had from them and this one is no different. The mouthfeel is excellent and the flavours compliment each other well.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Well thats pretty cool the carbonation is so good on this as I pop the cap I can see the bottle top fill with foam. In the glass I get a full inch of head that quickly turns to a patchy lace ring. Color is a hazy dark tinted amber/orange.

S - The nose smells promising with Belgium yeast spiciness, lemon and some floral hops.

T - Not really bad but the hops are pretty dry and piney in this. The sweetness of the Belgium sugar balance is minimal and it's hard to make out any other flavors because of how dry the hopping is.

M - Medium bodied and kind of hard to drink. Could use less hops.

Overall I have had more balanced Belgium pale ales but this one seems to be a Belgium IPA since the level of hopping is kind of excessive. One and done.

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

12oz single, bottleworks

appearance: served in a new glarus shaker pint, hazy orange body with a full frothy white cap and lacy retention.

smell: nice yeasty aroma, fruity esters, grass, spicy hop

taste: Nice stuff here - in the spirit of the classic Orval - heavy on the brett yeast, lots of fruity esters, black pepper, basil, citrus, grass and hay, spicy herbal hops.

mouthfeel: spicy and peppery, nice yeast bite

overall: nice impulse purchase

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an absolutely massive, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good aroma of light fruit, malt, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, fruit (apples, something citrus), spices (pepper), and malt. This is a well balanced flavor that's light, complex and easy to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable beer that's well made and drinkable.

Photo of dgilks
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber colour with a thick, creamy and long lasting off-white head. Great lacing.

Orval. Thick and wonderful Brettanomyces aroma with some fruit notes but it is mostly Brett. I love it.

Slightly sweet malt and a little hoppy but the biggest flavour is Brettanomyces. Great imitation of Orval even if it isn't supposed to be.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very nice.

A delightful Belgian ale with hop notes and Brett. Well balanced and eminently drinkable.

Photo of xnicknj
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to acviencko for leaving this at my apartment

Pours a slightly hazed golden straw color with some darker orange hues. Thick, fluffy white head bubbles up and retains well, leaving coats of lacing on the glass.

Funky and musty in the nose with some touches of lemon peel. Hints of peppery spice with clove and a faint sweetness.

Somewhat floral up front with some soft earthy hop tones. Touches of fruity esters with a citrusy edge driven by lemon peel. Spicy notes mixed with clove and a straw/biscuit backbone. A bit funky and tart towards the finish, which is a little dry and lingering.

Medium body, slightly higher carbonation, a bit prickly and sticky on the palate. This had a nice combo of funky and tart with some other balancing flavors - definitely something I'd drink again.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An homage to Orval? Sign me up. $2.99 single from the Village Pump.

The pour is clear amber with a dense,white head with pretty excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose already has picked up quite a bit of Brett. Unfortunately, the Brett character is quite plasticy and mildly clove-like. Faintly hoppy with some citrus is present as well. The alcohol's a little too high, and there's some toasted caramel and sugar present. As it warms up, a little sulfur becomes apparent.

The palate is quite fruity with some citrus (ripe oranges), sugar and honey. The mid-palate is where the Brett is more expressive. Dry, earthy Brett with plastic and a little clove. Honey and citrus linger on the finish, but the blend of the honey and the Brett isn't particularly impressive right now, making this rather unpleasantly spicy. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels pretty decent on the palate, but still, a little too sweet. Decent, I will revisit this simply because it's so cheap, but I do wish they dialed down the alcohol to 5.5 or something. This definitely ain't no Orval.

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,350 ratings.