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 muletrane
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of mdcrouser
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heady like an Ivy League grad, receding only when it decides to, leaving something behind that can only be described as what you'd see from an ice cream float. What is beneath is hazy golden-orange, with significant carbonation pushing upwards.

Massively Belgian on the nose, pungeantly tart, with lemon, grass, earthy freshness. Something Brett-like as well.

Funky, no doubt. Horsey, floral, otherwise difficult to put a finger on.

Dry, with a muted effervescense that pops on the tongue. Closes a bit like champagne.

This second one of the four is growing on me - not outstanding, but interestingly complex and fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of u2shawn
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is outstanding! Balanced with citrus, funk and malt with a lasting white head and a smell of floral, funky bliss. The body is crisp but still full for a brett beer. This is the perfect spring/summer/any time beer! In my opinion this is Green Flash's best effort! Well done!

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear bronze with a massive, rocky head that hangs around.

Aroma is musty basement yeasty funk and herbal hop.

Taste is more of the unrelenting herbal funk from the nose and subtle bready malt. surprisingly peppery, with lemon zest and light tropical fruit sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a very creamy medium body.

Overall an interesting beer. The herbal musty funk reminds me of Orval, however I like this much more than Orval. Definitely off the beaten path. A must try.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange body with straw colored hues beneath the massive, foamy white head that is very slow to dissolve.

Aromas of generous Belgian yeast, faint citrus and a touch of spice float from the glass.

Tart apple or pear in the flavor! Again generous yeast and perhaps a touch of straw or grass.

Medium in body with generous carbonation and a drying finish.

A nice American version of a traditional Belgian that is easy to drink and pleasant on the palate.

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Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of KMcG
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is explosive. There is a massive head, but it is light with large lacey bubbles. It's a bit sticky too. I didn't pour the last 1/4 form the bottle because I noticed some serious sediment. So this review is pre-sediment pour. Once the sediment is added, which I tried to minimize, the beer is hazy, but without it, the beer is color is a pale orange with only a slight frosty haze. The lace retention is nice.

The aroma is fruity with slight yeast must . Faint citrus, clove and honey sort of like Juicyfruit gum.

The taste is fairly complex. The hops are bright and fruity. There is some barn-like funk, but it is much milder than you would find in a saison for instance. The finish is peaches and pears as well as a carmel sweetness and clove that is combined with a doughy flavor that reminds me of cobbler.

The body is medium with decent carbonation. There is a lingering sweetness to the aftertaste that is pleasant and soft.

This beer was a gift from a friend. I would seek this one out for sure. I enjoyed it!

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Photo of jmerloni
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - WOW!!! An electrifying hazy, light orange with the most unbelievable head I've ever seen on a beer in my lifetime. It took me three perfect pours to get this whole beer in the glass and I had to suck the overflowing head off the top each time. Huge, sea-foamy, wildly bubbly bright-osteowhite head.

S - Belgian yeast, spices, floral, pineapple, bubblegum.

T - WOW!!! Holy fucking shit. Awesome. Soooo refreshing and pure tasting. Bubblegum galore. Belgian yeast, lemon rind, thyme, rosemary, mint, a good dose of awesome watermelon savoriness. Flower honey. Perfect.

M - Unbelievably refreshing. Perfectly carbonated, medium-bodied. Awesome balance. Everything strikes at the right time.

D - This gets a perfect 5 from me. This beer tastes like it's existed for millennia and comes from a waterfall. I couldn't ask for more. I know no better way to describe it than that.

Edit: had it three times since and I can say this is the greatest beer I've ever had. Genius conception and expert execution in this one. A beer to drop your jaw at.

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Photo of nrs207
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden orange. Huge head, leaves some lacing.

S - Belgian yeast for sure. Very fruity.

T - A little hoppy bitterness, more fruitiness. Not a hoppy fruitiness, just from the yeast I'd imagine. Tastes very similar to other Belgian pales I've had, but the fruitiness really stands out. It's not a banana fruitiness like I've noticed in a lot of these, but more of a tart fruit. Maybe a green apple.

M - Pretty smooth. There's a pretty good amount of carbonation is this one. It's refreshing on the palate, and it's a light mouthfeel. No alcohol presence that I can feel.

O - It's a good beer. Not my favorite, but good for the style. Not a bad choice to try. If you like Belgians, give this a try.

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Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive pour yields a clear deep copper body with a 3 finger dense cream head that lingers, leaving huge lacing. Stirring the bottle before the last pour yields cloudy yeast.

Belgian yeast esters dominate the aroma with hints of candi sugar peeking through. Green apple, pineapple, lemon add complexity.

Tart green apple dominates the flavor, with a fairly bitter hop finish cutting the profile short. Initially lacks in complexity. Hints of candi sugar and belgian malt are subtle.

Body is fairly light, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is dry and fairly bitter. Alcohol warmth is fairly subdued, but present.

Overall, a bit too simple for my liking. The belgian yeast fruitiness is squashed by the bitter, relatively flavorless hops. I'm disappointed.

Once I added the yeast sediment, a bit more flavor came out, pears, a bit of funk. But there was also some phenolic flavors that were somewhat offputting. Still too bitter for me.

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Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of musicforairports
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy light amber color. Enormous head. Nice lacing.

Barnyard aromas, pears, hay, dried fruit.

Flavor is dominated by young Brett notes--must, lemon, pears, hay, other fruit. Cracker-type malts also. This will taste better once it dries out a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is medium, less than expected for the crazy head.

A good beer, and definitely the most affordable Brett beer out there. I'm curious to see how this one tastes in a year or two.

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

A: Gold with a huge frothy head and okay lacing though it fades a bit

S: Hoppy with Belgian yest: banana, pineapple, grassy, earthy, bready, and slightly vegetal

T: Delicious blend of tropical fruits from AMerican hops and Belgian yeast; pineapple, mango, grapefruit, bananas on top of a toasty bready malt base

F: A touch thin with a decent amount of sticky residue

O: A really nice blend of west coast American style with Belgian styles; really refreshing; great with lots of food and cheese; I will return

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.21/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into an Allagash flute on 4/4/12

Pale, watery caramel brown; medium depth. In a classic "Uh-oh?" moment I'm contending with a head of foam that easily bests four fingers (and the brim of the glass). The head deflates to about a finger's worth but doesn't leave much lace, save a few pepperings here and there. Lace catches more halfway through the glass.

Wow, the aroma is bad. Pale malt trappings and dollops of light fruit are burdened with a wretched vegetal presence that ruins everything. Amid herbs and spices is a pervassive cooked veggie aroma that manages to smell simultaneously steamed, burnt and rotten. Sometimes it smells like an herb garden, sometimes it smells like nursing home kitchen dish pans soaking in water.

Rayon Vert tastes just as unsettling. Onion, herbs, wet grass, pine, and tangy, over-ripe fruit notes. Quite like perfume, too. Zesty citric tones sit underneath and move forward a bit as it warms up.

Medium body with average carbonation. It's kind of gritty, though. The finish is actually ok; juicy citrus notes emerge at that point. Well, some bitterness does linger, too.

Rayon Vert is an good study in palate desensitization and/or acclimation. I started off hating it, then didn't mind it quite as much. Toward the end of the bottle I find myself tired of it. I wouldn't be inclined to drink this again.

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Photo of DWarcher
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MichaelBuck
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of LukeD23
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An artfully brewed beer for sure. This ale pours a nice copper orange that is hazy with a creamy ivory head that lingers.

The aroma takes the mind to the country side, the feeling and smells of a farm come to mind and the rustic nature of the beer comes to life with earthy hops backing. The flavor is very much the smae as the aroma, I get hardy grain and spring pollen, a slight bright citrus lime flavor coming through on the finish. The mouthfeel is good but the over carbonation is covering up the body. Overall, this is an interesting beer to drink that keeps you guessing. If you like Orval you will like this. good stuff

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Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of farrago
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big head that initially fills a quarter of the glass, very fine and delicate foam of eggshell white, much better retention than expected albeit with minimal stickiness to the lacing. Cloudy liquid with a strong orange rust metallic coloration, perhaps a light brown tint while more yellow at the rims, loosely assembled but large bubbles rise swiftly throughout. Yeast, flowers, orange peel, wheat germ, apples and pears comprise most of the nose, some earthiness but not really as funky as one might expect, good density but lacks staying power. Full-bodied, here in the mouth it’s creamy and bottom heavy, sinks deeply into the palate. Develops a peppery kick as well as added grassiness, supports the tartness of the orange, lemon citrus and clove. Vague minerally aspect but, again, clean on the whole. Dry, the pear, peach, apple fruit feels cellar dried, most of the sweet juiciness gone. Manages to not appear overtly hoppy nor malty, minimal breadiness or doughiness. The citrus outlasts the rest. More interesting than pleasurable, little is casual about it.

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Photo of cooler4life
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a monster 2 and a half finger head. I'll be a big more subdued on the pour next time. Carbonation appears robust. This beer looks alive. Color is a caramel fig brown. Lacing and glass retention are standout.

S: Fruity and funky!! Pear, apple, and funk. It is very sweet and grassy.

T: Yeast, pepper, barnyard funk, apple, pear, spices. Interwoven through the fruitiness is a floral green stem flavor. The ABV is almost completely masked.

M: Tingly, full, sticky. This beer is moving and shaking across your tongue. Finishes clean, tart, and ever so slightly wet.

O: For me, this beer is controversial. It's complexity confuses. Others have mentioned this beer is a homage to the mighty Orval. There certainly are parallels, however it does not have the complexity of Orval. For this style, this beer truly delivers.

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Photo of DaveJanssen
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of wdarcy77
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of HumphreyLee
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is very nice. I get a ton of brett, as well as some nice leather notes. Hidden in the background are some spice and orange citrus notes.

The flavor is more of the same. What stands out the most is the brett and orange notes, but there is also quite a bit of leather and white pepper mixed in. The beer is very dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very, very nice.

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Photo of thesarahfuller
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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