Rayon Vert
Green Flash Brewing Co.

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From:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Style:
Belgian Pale Ale
ABV:
7%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 14.32%
Reviews:
434
Ratings:
938
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Mar 03, 2022
Added:
Dec 14, 2011
Wants:
  46
Gots:
  103
SCORE
86
Very Good
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Notes: None
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Ratings by TenHornsProud:
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Reviewed by TenHornsProud from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a cloudy dark orange with a big, fine white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet malt, orange zest, and funky, musky brett. Big, pleasant nose on this one.

Taste is up front brett funk that fades into a carbonated ever slightly malty taste and ends on a bitter and bretty finish. Musky and earthy flavors ride high. It is a nice brett platform but there is little complexity here...too one note, maybe some time will improve this.

Lighter body, high carbonation, and bone dry. Really nice.

This is a good brett beer but it is too straightforward. Nice for a brett kick but little else. This is far from Orval, make no mistake about that.
Dec 24, 2011
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Holy shit I never reviewed this beer? I drank it fresh and stuff, wasn't super impressed, but then I came into contact w some hella old bottles, drank great, traded dude for the rest of his stash. Anyhoo, one of the brettiest beers I've ever had. Marketing tug job of "continuously evolving" is absolutely true. Consumed October 2021.

Pours an amber to dark orange color, 1/2" off white head, good retention. The aroma was all encompassing, brett notes of fruityness and leather. Very light Belgo yeast presence. Light orange/citrus note. Cool. What a brett ass nose, done so well.

Taste drinks so much lighter than its appearance, there is this breezy light malt mouth feel, but a plethora of citrus and berry like notes entertaining the palate solely based off of the brett development. Its been an amazing journey and this really is one of the best expressions of brett I've ever come across. Even the horseblanket seems to provide maximum warmth with the lowest weight threshold possible.

Trade me all of your dusty Rayon Vert bottles.
Mar 03, 2022
 
Rated: 2.65 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 01, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From old, undated notes.

Murky bright orange color.

Huge bright white head (careful pouring!); strong lacing.

Orange, banana & clove in the nose; effervescent.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Nice citrus hops in the taste; banana clove belgian yeast as well.

A nice sipper; I could see this tasting great on a hot summer day.
Aug 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2019
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Reviewed by ONUMello from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz bottle poured into a tulip
A: Hazy amber, two-finger head
S: Brett, sour cherry, wheat, Belgian yeast
T: Quite funky/Bretty with some cherry/malt towards the finish
M: Medium-bodied, funky
O: Unique especially at this age. I’m not sure I’d drink it again, but I’d recommend trying it
Mar 30, 2019
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Reviewed by mothmanscott from Georgia

4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From notes 11/6/12: Pours a hazy amber orange producing a huge, to the point of being difficult to pour, finely bubbled and foamy, lasting, egg shell white head that leave a nice coating of chunky lace. Aroma is tart lemon/lime citrus, Brett musty funk, earth and hay, resinous hops. Taste is Brett mustiness, earth, citric and pine hops, carbonation heavy peppery bite and band-aide phenolic. At first I didn't like this combination of hops and Brett but after waiting a few days for a slow, contemplative drink of a second bottle I think this could grow on me. More later.... With the third bottle I am developing a fondness and appreciation for this. Upon deep analysis I am becoming a fan. (Note: Too bad Green Flash abandoned this. I've not found anything to replace its uniqueness!)
Dec 07, 2017
 
Rated: 3.33 by brother_rebus from Maine

Aug 29, 2016
 
Rated: 3.84 by baklo from North Carolina

Jul 25, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by beaulabauve from Louisiana

Jul 17, 2016
 
Rated: 3.94 by Brewlinson from Virginia

Jul 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.01 by Squire from Mississippi

Jun 28, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by psoriasaurus from Thailand

Jun 09, 2016
 
Rated: 3.74 by CBrodbeck from Florida

Jun 04, 2016
 
Rated: 3.85 by AD17 from New Jersey

Apr 26, 2016
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
This is Green Flash's most rated beer ever to be retired.
I am reducing my rating in this review because it really does have too many bitter hops for foods that customarily go with Belgian foods. But I also could have had Rayon Vert with spicy food... if I was thinking far enough in advance.
On the positives: a persistent foam, enough fruity and herbal aromas to intrigue... and a really soft mouth.
At any rate, it is now a moot point.
Apr 22, 2016
 
Rated: 3.5 by icemanls4 from Switzerland

Apr 13, 2016
 
Rated: 3.77 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Mar 10, 2016
 
Rated: 4.04 by yeaprolly from Washington

Feb 14, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by Kurmaraja from California

Nov 25, 2015
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Reviewed by Zach136 from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from the last 12oz bottling. Enjoyed 9/6/15

Pours golden with a huge rocky head. Aroma and palate follow each other with earthy, mildly fruity funk. Toasty cracker malt character. No acid.
Sep 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.25 by Keith_R from Georgia

Sep 06, 2015
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Reviewed by Onemoresolo from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I've been pet sitting in a different part of Connecticut for the past two weeks. Fortunately for me, that puts me about two miles from the largest liquor store in the state. I was taking my time browsing through the exotic sours/Belgians/European oddities section today when I came across a few bottles of Rayon Vert. I'd always wanted to give it a shot since I love Orval (especially with age on it), so I bought three bottles. Their dates? 07/24/12. That makes these over three years old. Mmmmm, bring on da funk!

Look: The 10 minutes of slowly pouring this foamy monster into a glass was totally worth it. Atop a brassy opaque beer sits possibly the most lusciously fluffy head the world has ever seen. This looks like the top of a root beer float after mixing the vanilla ice cream in. It's white, wispy and beautiful.

Smell: Ohhhh man! I can smell the funk wafting its way over already. On closer nasal inspection, it throws all those crazy bretty barnyard goodies up my nose. Hay, leather, citrus, it's all here!

Taste: Ripe peach and apricot flavors lead into an earthy/funky brett flavor explosion that's backed by a little citrus, clove, and even some hop bitterness. Not quite as tactful as Orval, and there are some hints of metallic bitterness on the finish, which is oh so delightfully dry. But hey, at three years old, it's still quite the beer.

Feel: Mmmmm, luscious. Nice medium carbonation and full-ish body. Nice tingly finish, but I just can't seem to shake that whole metallic thing.

We need more beers like this. I think the modern interpretation would be to dry hop the shit out of it with some new world hops, maybe Galaxy or Citra? I'll probably drink another one of these within a few weeks, but I think I'm going to cellar that last bottle for a long time.

PS. I love brett burps. So funkayy
Aug 25, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

May 26, 2015
 
Rated: 3.65 by SABERG from Massachusetts

May 23, 2015
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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L: Pours bright gold – a very slight chill haze that disappears as the beer warms. Has a very rocky 3” finely bubbled white foam collar that grips the side of the glass.
S: Resiny, piney hops backed by citrus and light bread.
T: Blends Belgian yeast flavors ripe and over ripe fruit, a light dose of funk, with a West Coast hop character and pale ale malts for a very balanced blend of flavors. Starts with a light sweetness and finishes dry and refreshing.
F: Very creamy, luscious and soft in the mouth with the kind of texture only Brett can produce.
O: A well designed and well balanced of West Coast meets Belgium.
May 09, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by jopezu from Georgia

May 05, 2015
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Reviewed by Cyberkedi from Georgia

3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Fruity aroma has a yeasty overtone and a malty underpinning. Pours a pretty clear amber with a very thick and fluffy eggshell head. Sharp flavor is fruity and a little sour, with malty and yeasty undertones and a hint of woody hops. Smooth, firm texture has a subtle but persistent tingle and leaves a fruity, slightly hoppy finish. Overall, decent.
Apr 24, 2015
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Reviewed by SoupKitchenBeerSnob from Florida

3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
I love a good Belgian so of course I had try this one... Pours a thick, foamy head that settles after a few minutes. Has a nice look, but the smell has a slightly sour note to it... Taste wise, it gives off an initially promising flavor that is almost immediately followed by a less appealing funky aftertaste... Good carbonation with a crisp mouth-feel though... Unfortunately, I just can't get past the aftertaste. When I think Belgian pale ale, I think Duvel, and this beer just doesn't do it for me. I'd still say that you might want to give it try anyway-- God knows I've tried far worse and I'm sure you have too... Cheers!
Apr 18, 2015
 
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Mar 07, 2015
 
Rated: 3.75 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Feb 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.6 by wulfie85 from California

Feb 27, 2015
 
Rated: 3.4 by CTJman from Connecticut

Feb 24, 2015
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Reviewed by tfsimpkins from Florida

4.64/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Effervescent and crisp. head dissipates quickly. orange/amber borderline in color. earthy, musty, hoppy scent. "horseblanket" brett'ey on the nose and palate. Very brett forward. Possible age on the 4 pack I purchased. Drinks very nice. Though, would love a fresh take on this.
Feb 16, 2015
 
Rated: 3.87 by wethorseblanket from California

Feb 15, 2015
 
Rated: 3.3 by Spaceman_Jer from Colorado

Jan 29, 2015
 
Rated: 3.8 by RayReed522 from Florida

Jan 18, 2015
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Rated by Harvest06 from Oregon

3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Similar to Orval but not as delicious. Much lower price point.
Jan 14, 2015
 
Rated: 4.17 by ovaltine from Indiana

Jan 14, 2015
 
Rated: 3.17 by wsr602 from Texas

Jan 12, 2015
Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 1372 ratings