Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Rayon VertRayon Vert
1,366 Ratings
Rayon VertRayon Vert

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

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a cloudy, burnt orange with golden highlights. Has 4+ fingers of rich, thick, creamy head that sticks around forever. Lacing is spotty by the time it finally dissipates. Has moderate carbonation with yeast laying at the bottom of the glass.

N: The yeast is very prominent. Clove, black pepper, barnyard and somewhat tart Brett characteristics similar to a Wild Ale. There's also McIntosh apple and pear along with hints of caramel and honeydew melon. Smells fantastic!

T: Perfume-like florals, slightly tart Brett, barnyard and hints of white wine upfront. Mid-palate brings in huge doses of crisp McIntosh apple, pear and honeydew along with some clove and notes of caramel. Peppercorn and a hint of wild cherry hit the back end. The finish has everything in harmony in a Brett induced symphony. Very perfume-y.

M: Light-medium bodied, chalky, crisp, semi-dry and refreshing.

O: Crisp, refreshing and yeasty. Very balanced and flavorful showing some subtle Wild Ale characteristics. An excellent value. A 4-pack was about $12 in PA. This is just excellent for the Brett lover.

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Photo of czmate
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Halcyondays
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle, I finally found this on the shelves in the Southland,

A: Pours a gorgeous burnt orange into an Orval chalice, with a pillowy full white head, leaving very good lacing, great head retention.

S: Great yeasty nose, tangerine and lemon peel with white pepper.

T: White pepper and citrus peel, lots of yeast character, some bitter melon hop flavour as well. On the hoppy end for its style, but very well balanced.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy carbonation, nice long aftertaste, soft feel.

O: This is fantastic beer as I've certainly come to expect from Green Flash. Really like America meets a Dupont/Orval collab, very well done. I liked this a lot. At $9/4-pack it's a true steal this day and age. I've seen a ton worse for $10+/750 mL that's for sure. This is just really good beer.

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Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with a massive white head. Only slight lacing. A sweet and funky smell; sugary lemon, hay, and some pepper. Flavor starts off with some lemon and apple that leads into some tartness, some pepper, and sugared hay. Funky. Crisp, medium bodied to this. A nice brew for sure, the funkiness to this certainly adds a uniqueness to the style. They do it well but not sure I prefer this approach to the usual.

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

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The head was massive and the color of old paper. The beer was a semi-hazy orange color.

The smell was earthy, yeasty. Bubblegum. Juicy fruit.

The taste reflected the aroma. Additionally there was a vivid spiciness and tart apple character. A bit medicinal, band-aid like.

The mouthfeel was very zesty on the tongue. Medium bodied with plant of carbonation.

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Photo of Pahn
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Big thanks to BA KevSal for including this as an extra in a recent trade!

Appearance: Moderate pour yields a 3 inch, white, fluffy head (let the Orval comparisons begin). Head dissipates slowly, leaving several tight parallel rings around the glass along with additional clumps of lacing. Pours a clear orange before adding the yeast at the bottom of the bottle, then hazy.

Smell: Whoa, sensory overload! Hops, herbs, fresh greens, too much to keep track of.

The primary aroma is sort of a hoppy effervescence that reminds me of fresh Houblon Chouffe. Along with that is lots of berry fruitiness, with a slightly cologne-like brettanomyces tang underneath. Lots of aromas reminiscent of aromatic herbs come up, not rosemary but that kind of thing (if I was told that they put herbs in the beer, I'd be praising the tactful, seamless blending of herbs and beer).

Stays pretty consistent, with a background but growing brett funk and some lemony aroma coming out as well. Very nice.

Taste: Fruity up front, some peach and berry through the middle, then moderately bitter, dry finish (way less dry than I expected--let the Orval comparisons end). Pleasant toasted malt underneath it all.

It's clear early on what Green Flash was talking about when they said this might be their flagship beer if they were from Belgium. It's a well put together, crisp, refreshing pale ale with distinct but restrained hop and malt flavors--that happens to have some brett flavor as well.

The brett isn't dirty, nor is it really that funky or even tangy. It's more this highly recognizable, acidic, slight fruit flavor that I associate with several brett beers. This flavor blends beautifully with the fruity hops. Further into the bottle, some lemon rind and just the slightest bit of brett funk come out, mixing well with everything else.

On the subject of flagship pale ales, the alcohol here is hidden masterfully; I'd believe 4% ABV as opposed to the actual 7%.

Great tasting beer. Easily one of the more satisfying non-lambic/wild ale beers with brett that I've had.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Creamy. Carbonation is soft and unobtrusive at first, then prickly during the dry, bitter finish.

Overall: Really an exceptional beer. I can see why the brewers at Green Flash were excited to release it, and I hope it's successful. Will pick up more if I see it in Boston or NYC.

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Photo of rinhaak
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to the store looking for Orval. They had sold out that morning, but Rayon Vert was recommended to me as an "Orval clone." Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't hoping for an American Orval and had tasted it on its own merits. In any case, while it certainly owes its influence to Orval, Orval it is not.

Rayon Vert is pretty dry and heavy on the brett. A bit bitter, there's a strong hop presence, as well as lemon candy, honey lozenges, and herbal tea flavors. I didn't feel it was a very balanced beer: while there were certainly many flavors, they almost seemed in competition and didn't really blend.

I would like to try the beer again in a blind tasting; perhaps with an open mind, I might have a different tasting experience. But for me, it doesn't rank among the better Belgian Pales, and it certainly doesn't compare to Orval.

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Photo of MaineMike
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of eric5bellies
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from ny Duvel tulip

A - Pours a pale Golden colour with a nice foamy White head that reduces to a film quickly.

S - The nose is a nice aroma of oak, green grapes and apple.

T - Nice woody flavours up front with plenty of spice. Apple, pineapple and green grapes also very present in this brew. Reminds me of Orval.

M - Light to medium body and medium carbonation.

O - Probably the most authentic Belgian beer that I have tried out of the U.S. and there have been so many let downs.

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

Pours a golden almost-orange with a monstrous white head. I like it already. Head settles, plenty of lacing left on the glass between sips.

Smells like... Orval. Which is just fine by me. Promising. Musty notes of medicine and spice. "Old man soap", according to my girlfriend, which seems fair enough. Band-aid, bread, grapefruit, rock candy, overripe banana. A great big mouthful of all sorts of stuff - lovely pale malts, big brett character, pepper, grassy and citric hops. A good but not amazing balance - the yeast dominates and the hops are not quite allowed to shine through. Still, pretty damn impressive beer.

Highly carbed & fluffy. Refreshing. A better Orval knock-off than say, Russian River Damnation. Something I will return to.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Bubbalito
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ChrisTHE
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Damn you, Green Flash, with your cases only bottle dating! Not as big a deal with this one as some of their others, but still a pet peeve.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a huge 3-4 finger pillowy head. I let it settle for five minutes or so, and the head reaches an equilibrium around one finger. After it sits for a few minutes, I notice that at the top of the beer, there is a one finger layer that is a bit lighter in color than the rest of the body. I swirl it a bit and it disappears, then reappears again. I'm not sure what this layer is, but it looks pretty cool, even if it isn't supposed to be there. Also some noticeable tiny floaters suspended in the body.

S - Very floral with lots of coriander. As significant amount of pepper, spicy hops, and fruitiness. Also a touch of Brett-like funk.

T - The floral character follows the nose. Big flavors of peppery lemon, tartness, with a hop bite. There is a bit of a funkiness that makes this beer sort of a BPA/Saison hybrid and I think that is a very good thing. Very well done.

M - Has prickly carbonation, characteristic of the style, and a medium body. The finish is dry, yet refreshing.

O - I was very impressed by this Green Flash offering. The aroma and taste were phenomenal. It has the bite of a BPA, with a bit of saison funkiness/tartness. The flavors melded well, and it has an impressively refreshing character for a 7% beer. Great for a hot day. I will certainly get this again.

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Photo of leinie13
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Bobbydigi
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Reagan1984
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my buddy Doug for giving me this bottle. He got it from the west coast and now I see the beer on the shelf at Julio’s.

Big foamy head that appears to be soapy suds. Clinging lace. Bright brass colored beer with excellent clarity and some escaping bubbles.

Aroma is of yeast, plastic, a touch of funk and some fruit.

The plastic/rubber taste is up front with a lot of surprising bready notes just after. Lots of yeast notes and what I sometimes describe as spice, but it’s really different here. A nice bitter aftertaste that is a combination of hop bitterness and some complexity from the yeast. Not as fruity in flavor as some of the aroma notes.

Delicate body, really effervescent.

Nice refreshing beer.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Even with a gentle pour, an enormous, fluffy white head forms immediately and lingers with the amber beer. The liquid is fairly hazy, even taking care not to disturb the yeast. The nose is brett: horsey, some hay. Brett and barnyard dominate the front of the flavor profile too, followed by a light pear or green apple. The finish is exceptionally dry, with a bit of grain. It's a light bodied beer that is quenching and very easy to drink. Very nice.

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Photo of beerFool28607
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of cburns48
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of bylerteck
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Beer Deluxe. From notes.

A - Poured a yeast streaked medium golden colour. Two fingers of fluffy white head on top. Colour turned hazy after the yeast had time to blend in. Good minute streaks of lace and one finger of retention.

S - Super sour. Hay, lemon, mustry and super funky. Can't wait to dive in.

T - Less sour than the aroma would lead you to believe. Light malty character and some light wood.

M - No finish. The flavour simply disappears. Medium to full body and good carbonation.

O/D - Weird mouthfeel and less sourness than the aroma. If those issues weren't there this would be a really nice beer. Good but lacking.

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Photo of jlordi12
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Reaper16
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours a light, summery orange color. Over two fingers of off-white head, and boy is it frothy. It looks like clouds. It laces like a dream too: walls of it wearing a spindly crown. Lovely.

Rayon Vert starts off smelling quite like an Orval: lemony and lightly funky and grassy. As it warms up the hops start revealing some more tropical fruit aromas, but more importantly the years begins to dominate things. The yeast strain throws out plastic and banana peel as the beer comes closer to room temperature. The phenols are nearly out of control. This beer doesn't smell like band-aids -- it smells like a dentist's office. It smells so much of latex and sterilization and even the slight metallic tang of the hops approximates a dental tool. It's not unpleasant, but it isn't great either. This beer would have a more refined aroma if the yeast were reigned in.

The hops hit right up front (as they should in what is ostensibly still an IPA) with a lemon/pineapple/peach flavor. That sounds better than it tastes; it's a bit muddled and not very vibrant. Grassy, steely hop flavors line the sides of the tongue. The phenols, however, are too aggressive. It's very plastic-y and astringent, in a way that somehow diminishes/works against the hop flavor. This does have a healthy amount of Brettanomyces on the finish, which I appreciate. I'm scoring it a 4.0 for the style (of which I find there are few great examples), but it's really more of a 3.5.

The mouthfeel is fine, I guess, for an IPA with Belgian tendencies. It's dry and lively with carbonation. It works. Overall, though, this is a beer in need of some refinement. It's reasonably tasty, but it mimics Orval without capturing it's true refinement and magic. It's probably the best American attempt at capturing Orval, for what it's worth.

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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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