Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Rayon VertRayon Vert
BA SCORE
3.84/5
1,366 Ratings
Rayon VertRayon Vert
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
greenflashbrew.com

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,366
pDev:
14.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
102
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of Sammy
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I didn't like this bottle, fresh from Pizza Port Carlsblad store. So if you disagree you needn't read any further. A light golden body with a white foamy 3/8" head, lacy. Funky aroma - armpit sweat, menthol, my socks wt and used. The taste is comparable to floor wax, foot liniment, and pepper. Lots of menthol build up as I drink further into it, but it is not all that drinkable and I am forcing myself. Crazy stuff.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: three finger thick frothy head on a murky golden amber body.

S: strong aroma of clove, yeast, banana, herbs and pineapple.

T: this one is very sharp and spicey off the back with a strong herbal and clove presence. The yeast is nicely represented through out. There is mild citrus sweetness but its very tart in the finish with orange and pineapple.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish as expected.

Overall: this one is pretty tart and yeasty with strong herbal notes that dont get easier to drink as its consumed hurting drinkability.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky honey orange with a 3 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap. Thick chunks of lace stick to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of herbal and grassy hops with some funky Brett aromas. Taste is of herbal hops, some grains, and earthy flavors on the finish from the Brett. A quick band aid flavor comes and goes quickly. There is a mild bitterness and slightly funky aftertaste with each sip. This beer has a crisp carbonation level with a bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is an interesting beer for sure. I read they might have been going for an American Orval but this one just isn't as good.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

its better than average, but its a weird brew. smells like a well hopped belgian yeasty pale ale, which it indeed claims to be, but the flavor is more akin to a wild or sour ale. very pungent yeasty funk going on, totally dominating in fact. good malt balance and hop accents underneath, but i think the balance is off. mouthfeel is way too carbonated here. or maybe just in regards to its medium to heavy body, which seems an improper paradox here. 7% abv is nice and works well, but this one could use a tune up. lots of potential here.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that reached all the way to the top of the snifter glass. The head slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with notes of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast, pale malts and a light amount of bitterness. A light to moderate amount of sourness is also present and persists through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and relatively dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really pleasant beer to sip and savor and the addition of brett really makes the taste very interesting. No traces of alcohol are noticeable in the taste. I would definitely have this beer again and would even consider getting a large bomber or two to age.

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

First off, I don't have a clue as to what "Rayon" or "Vert" mean. But if it means that they are attempting to recreate an Orval type of beer, then they have named the beer very well!

Rayon Vert opens with a hazy golden and copper blend that has an intriguing heavy look. A creamy, slightly yellowish head receeds to a heavy sheet across the beer and leaves behind rings of foam that denote each sip.

Aromas of zesty oranges, lemon, crabapple, and red grapefruit lead the nose with a bright and citrusy hop/ester fusion. Spicy with a white pepper note that creates both soft and sassy spring to the nose. Nearly musty and doughy- the yeast impact to the aromas are bold and rich.

Malty flavors of dry caramel, light breads and dough allow for a rich initial taste that accompanies elements of brine, metal, and bitterness. Hoppy with flavors of citrusy orange peel and ruby red grapefruit pulp- all backed by a soft sandalwood note and the slightly funk-notes of Brettanomyaces. Deeply compelex in taste yet zesty and bright: a tough combination that works effortlessly here.

Creamy textures early on are attributed to malty richness and soft carbonation. The semi-rich body reduces to semi-dryness at mid palate, which ushers in a smooth citrusy dryness and acidity that allows for a dry and warm finish and an aftertaste of lime bitterness and musty shaddows.

Of course this beer is not the classy Orval, but is a classy diatribe of the original in its own right. Though it's not as complex or as dry as its mentor, it's a great substitute especially when considering the difference in cost.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz quasi-stubbie single bottle. Pretty stoked about this brewer's wares finally being available in Alberta.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber hue, with a tower of fluffy, tight foamy white head, which leaves some crooked chain-link fence lace around the glass as it agreeably sinks away.

It smells of sharply bitter grapefruit and lime rind, equally pungent earthy, musty farmhouse yeast, an evolving pear/apple fruitiness, some understated pale grainy malt, and a further spicy, leafy hoppiness. The taste is more of the same hefty Belgian yeast and pale malt, married shot-gun style to a west coast hop full frontal - bitter fruits from across the grocery store display, skulking funky yeast, a twinge of green pepper, some tame indeterminate spiciness, and underappreciated, but still plucky, earthy, leafy hops. No real sign of the elevated ABV, another cribbed Belgian specialty.

The bubbles are understandably more than a bit frothy and sassy - there must be some bottle refermentation going on here - the body a not too shabby medium weight, and smooth enough for all the carbonated play. It finishes a bit off-dry, mostly beholden to the semi-sweet pale malt, softly neutered citrus notes, and lingering earthy yeast.

San Diego swagger meets Senne Valley heritage, with predictable results - both hold up quite well, and I would proffer that the Belgian influence wins out in the end, keeping this offering from edging too close to IPA territory, Belgian or otherwise. Good stuff.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -26.6%
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 emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright and deeply saturated orange color, compact and creamy head of foam. Some rising carb trails visible, flecks of spotty lace inside the tulip glass. Bright clarity without pouring the yeast dregs.

Brett aroma right off the bat, fruity dried pineapple, fresh herbs, and the appropriate mustiness of old books.

Tangy, dry, and effervescent. Lingering bitter root earthiness and dry herbal bitterness. Smooth with some wet hay and dried wildflower notes. Brett complexity is big, but the wildness is reigned in. Orval-esque. Everything is pretty nicely balanced here. Cellaring this would likely bring out the funkier side of the wild yeast. A nice introductory Brett beer that i'll definitely drink more of.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy goldenrod, with a fluffy head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Spicy light fruit tones, with citrus, grassy hops, leather and yeast funk

Taste: Opens with a touch of sugary malt, with a move toward spicy, peppery fruit and grassy hop flavors that dominate the mid-palate; nicely balanced, after the swallow, with the sugary malt, the grassy hops and the leathery Brett each adding an element

Mouthfeel: Medium body with high carbonation that refreshes the palate

Overall: A tremendous achievement for Green Flash; although I enjoy a lot of their hoppy beers, I had no expectation that this brewery could produce a beer like this one

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Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zeff80
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a hazy, bronze color with a three finger, tan head of long-lasting, bubbly foam. It left sticky patches of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled funky with phenolic notes. It had some yeasty notes with caramel sweetness.

T - Very phenolic flavor with funkiness and spicy hop bitterness. Good sweet caramel backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is fantastic. It's my favorite beer of the year so far.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of funky barnyard notes with dry hoppy notes with light floral undertones. Taste is a wonderful mix between some Brett notes with its characteristics barnyard notes which are well integrated with the dry hoppy notes with a solid malt backbone that is not overly sweet. Body is quite full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Great balance between the different aspects of this beer while retaining some very good drinkability.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,366 ratings
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