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Rayon Vert - Green Flash Brewing Co.

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86
very good

1,278 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,278
Reviews: 416
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 43
Gots: 86 | 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:
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(Beer added by: ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011)
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 19:35:55 | More by yourefragile
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 10:45:06 | More by lacqueredmouse
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tempest

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:06:22 | More by tempest
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zestar

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

10-24-2013 07:26:57 | More by zestar
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-21-2013 00:23:08 | More by oriolesfan4
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Billolick

New York

4.3/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 01:48:17 | More by Billolick
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:22:48 | More by dbrauneis
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Zorro

California

3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2012 01:35:07 | More by Zorro
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-20-2014 02:55:32 | More by Georgiabeer
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DoubleJ

California

4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 05:46:18 | More by DoubleJ
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 03:38:22 | More by BARFLYB
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

09-26-2013 01:07:30 | More by BillRoth
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 00:52:43 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 05:45:28 | More by superspak
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drewone

California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-21-2012 04:29:06 | More by drewone
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

02-07-2012 03:12:40 | More by Gonzoillini
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 05:11:39 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 23:35:12 | More by beerthulhu
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 03:10:15 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-24-2014 18:29:10 | More by Latarnik
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:56:22 | More by mdaschaf
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LXIXME

New Mexico

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 23:28:40 | More by LXIXME
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a huge, soft, bubbly, off white head that has great retention

S - spicy, herbal hops; sage?; mint?

T - faint malt, spicy, herbal, sage, mint, thyme

M - very crisp, overcarbonated, medium bodied

It's overcarbonated for sure. It took three delicate pours to get a full glass. The hops are definitely forward which I see as a plus. There are some intense herbs throughout like sage and mint. I don't get any of the Belgian yeast funk that I would expect from the style. On the whole I enjoyed this beer, mostly for its hoppiness. I would have it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 01:53:56 | More by tdm168
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -21.9%

04-23-2013 04:30:15 | More by Kelp
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 05:38:03 | More by JohnGalt1
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 1,278 ratings.