Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,366
Reviews:
428
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.07%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
102
For Trade:
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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Golden-straw with a 4-finger pillowy white head into a belgian-style 13 oz goblet. Head fades to 2-fingers pretty quickly.

S - Fruity yeast esters with smells like pear and apple cider starting to ferment and white wine. Mild grassy aroma and very pale malt.

T - Taste has more grassy/hay, malty and bitter than the smell. The pear and apple flavors are still there but the Brett sourness, while tasty, doesn't let their fruit juiciness shine through. The white wine taste is certainly still there. The bready sweetish malt helps support the flavor. The aftertaste is lightly sour and pretty bitter.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and pretty refreshing.

O - A very nice take on a Brett beer. It's not as balanced as Orval but I like the way it is more hopped up both fruit-wise and bitter-wise.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Brilliant slightly hazy orange/light brown. A few cascading carbonation bubbles lead to a huge head that lasts.

S - A light farmhouse/hay funk is detected first with just a slight noble hop aroma as well. A few very light citrus aromas are present as well. Not too deep but pleasing.

T - Follow the aroma and has a light funk at the beginning but quickly transitions to an orange-like Belgian flavor that is sweet, but pleasant. Finishes with a light floral and lite tartness from the brett. Not too pungent or heavy on flavors but meld well and nicely done.

M/O - Medium body with great carbonation. The brett definitely turns this beer into something very good and Green Flash pulled it off well. Slightly velvet-like on the palate and finishes semi-dry but aftertaste fades quickly. For $9/4-pack it's not a bad deal an affordable brett-beer that doesn't suck.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Bendurgin
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. This one pours a clear golden color with a three finger pillow of creamy white head with great retention. Nice sticky gobs of thick lace when it settles down a bit.

The aroma first gives off scents of sourdough yeast with hints of orange zest with some lemon and bananas. A little bit of a spicy undertone here with pepper but mostly fruity. The pallet lives of a mellow fruity flavor with a yeasty background. Candied orange zest with some lemon hits with some lingering spice and mellow bitter hops.

Light body with some expansive carbonation. Lingers on the pallet nicely. Overall this one is pretty enjoyable. A nice west coast take on some a Belgian style.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert opens with a crisp, fruity Belgian nose, bursting with banana, apple, pear, and white grape, accompanied by clove and black pepper. An almost Flemish like sourness (though very light in potency) lingers in the background, coming across here as grapefruit, lemon, and lime juices, with hints of rose hips. Touches of toast crust and biscuit, as well as brown sugars, help ground the brew. As a whole, the nose is excellent, the only marring character being a slightly-too-strong sourness that adds a strange quality. But the rest of the nose is well-balanced and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a series of flavors that initially closely resemble the aromas: strong bananas and cloves, with smaller doses of apples and pears, and a small sourness about the edges that comes across as lemon/lime/grapefruit citrus. But a good hop addition brings touches of dandelion stem and grapefruit rind, helping to offset this sourness. The hops are light, but do stand out nicely, and also slightly tingle the soft palate. Late in the mouthful, as the sugars die off, a good toast crust and baguette base appears. The aftertaste is mainly hoppy grapefruits, cloves, and bread, and lingers for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium-high, adding to the burning sensation on the tongue and soft palate.

Overall, this is very good beer, and surprising in the potency and balancing effect of the hops, setting this brew firmly aside from most of the Belgian Ales. Personally, I find the hops a great addition, and think more beers of this style should follow suit. The beer is still well-balanced, even with the hops. The 7.0% ABV does come out a bit, giving the brew vodka-like alcoholic vapors, and the sourness is slightly strange, but for the most part this is great fare. Worth trying.

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Photo of clivem
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug

Appearance - hazy yellowish orange with a frothy thick two finger head that stays around. Looks delicious.

Smell - Fruity, banana, light hops, not to strong though.

Taste - Moderate hops up front followed by malt and brett, funky but yummy, definitely different than traditional American ales.

Mouthfeel - Light dry mouthfeel, fairly carbonated, carbonation feels a bit zesty on my tongue.

Overall - A good beer in a style that i haven't had much of. The flavor of the brett takes a bit to get used to but is enjoyable.

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Rick's in Alexandria. Served in a Green Flash Rayon Vert chalice.

Pours a nice, fairly-clear amber color with a nice off-white head. Good retention of the foamy white head. Some lacing on the way down and a good cap and collar throughout.

The nose carries some moderate hopping as well as a nice fruitiness and light earthy character. Great presence in the nose, really serving to complement the hops.

Flavor brings a nice bit of fruity hops along with some earth, light malt, and some Brett through the background. Body is light-to-medium with a good bitterness and a nice bit of Brett and earth to really round things out. Quite dry through the finish.

This is a really fantastic beer and I'm beyond excited that it's year round. This is finally an off-the-shelf year-round beer that is worthy of sitting beside sixers of Two Hearted in my fridge. Bravo, Green Flash.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle with the typical lack of bottle date thanks to Green Flash. Come on guys! Poured this one into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a really pretty crystal clear, bright orange color. Finger and a half of bright white fluffy head. Bottle conditioned beer. Great carbonation.

S: I definitely get that Brett on the nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Horse blanket. Wet hay. You know the types. Smells bright and airy and clean. Lemon, grassy hop notes so I feel this is one on the fresher side.

T: It's still a sort of fresh bottle, and you get some hop character up front. But then you get that funk from the Brett. It's pretty darn refreshing. Lemon, pepper, grassy, etc. There is a mild metallic flavor in the mid palate, but that is really the only thing that I didn't like about this sip. Good bottle.

M: Medium bodied beer with great carbonation.

O: If their plan was a homage to Orval, I think they did them justice. it's a solid brew for sure. Just like Orval, the earlier you get it the more hops you'll get. The later, the more Brett you should pull. I'd be interested to see what this one tastes like down the road.

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Photo of Huffaroma
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Profchaos20
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ChiBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Duvel tulip. Beautiful clear orange gold color with a massive chunky head and excellent retention. The beer has a tart, dry smell. Grassy, lemony, and herb-like. Carbonation is quite high. There is a slight barnyard scent on the nose as well (from the Brett).

Very interesting flavor. High carbonation excites the tastebuds and opens your palate. The flavor is tart, dry, champagne-like, and slightly sour. Lightly hopped with a slightly dry finish. The flavor lingers a bit as a lemony finish. Mouthfeel is lively and crisp.

For me, this beer is almost like a hybrid between a pale ale and a geuze. It has a stony dryness that is reminiscent of Duvel, yet also has a slight sour Geuze-like note to it as well. The flavor is very appetizing and dry and the price is not prohibitive. Sadly, since I haven't yet tried an extensive variety of Belgian-style beers, I feel that the novelty of this beer (with its use of Brett) is a bit wasted on me. I shall have to try it again after I've had an opportunity to experience a few more beers.

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Photo of capeannbass36
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, golden orange(until the sediment turns the clarity to a haze) with a huge white head. O.K. lacing throughout.

S- Slight clove spice, hops, and an "unknown" "funk" to my senses.

T- Hops. Just a hint of sweet clove spice at the start. Followed by the "unknown" "funk".

M- Clean. Somewhat dry finish. O.K. carbonation.

O- This is my second Green Flash beer. Either my taste buds are uneducated or something is a miss for me with this brewery. Could it be "Brett"? Only asking as I have not had that style. There is an aftertaste here that I am simply not a fan of.

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Photo of airbag11
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of lvoutlawjlh
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of tempest
4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of gleemonger
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of fubofnic
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Purchased from K&L.

There's no bottle date, so I am free to assume this is uber-fresh and review it accordingly.

A: Upon pouring, the beer transforms largely into foam, which simply does not dissolve. My Duvel tulip is over 5 fingers of head with an extremely murky, burnt sunset orange body hiding underneath. As the head retreats, it leaves huge swaths of sticky curtains down the sides of the glass. A bit overcarbed and not clear, but otherwise great to look at.

S: Brett funk is evident even from pouring at arm's length. It fills the area with aromas of hay, minerals, lemon rind, and pepper. Occasionally there's an off-note of sulfur. I'm not picking up much in the way of hops aside from a small grapefruit presence; right now this is pretty yeast-dominated, but that's not a bad thing.

T: The taste is somewhat hoppier than the nose indicated. Grapefruit, tangerine blend seamlessly with musty, barnyard brett expressions. There are interesting orchard fruit flavors of apple and peach in here. They lead into lemon rind and white pepper in the finish.

M: This has a very clean finish. One thing I don't like about Sanctification (which isn't quite the same style, but you can see why I'd make a comparison) is the minerally finish it has. This beer closes dry and clean, with just the lightest oiliness far into the aftertaste. The carbonation is spritzy enough to make the beer feel lively, but not watery.

O: I wish they'd bottle date; I get the feeling my bottle isn't really that fresh. That's probably the only thing stopping me from buying more in the future, probably by the case. Otherwise, this is drinkable, refreshing, and affordably priced.

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Photo of StarRaptor
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of tobelerone
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of rapidsequence
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. $3.10 from Neds.

Appearance: Clear light orange, gold. Pours very bubbly, with a huge rocky head. It fades down to a thin layer of foam, but never fades. Pretty good lacing. Bonus points for the head.

Smell: Sweet pale malt and light fruit swirling around in slightly musty yeast and fresh Brett aroma. There's a clean, grassy hops aroma too.

Taste: Surprising hoppy bitterness here. Not too much funky yeast flavor, but lots of Brett. Hops are bitter grassy, and citrus peel-esque. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Very soft and creamy. Its bubbly, but not sharp. A little dry on the finish, but not as dry as Orval.

Overall: A very nicely done Belgian pale with Brett. A bit too much hops bitterness detracts a bit from the flavor and the overall enjoyment, but very well done. I'll definitely get this again. Its also a good cheap way to show someone what Brett smells/tastes like.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,366 ratings.
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