Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Rayon VertRayon Vert
BA SCORE
70.6%
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3.84 w/ 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
Liked:
965
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
14.32%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
102
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of beerhawk41
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of flagmantho
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: nice golden hue with a body free of haze. Moderate effervescence, but an inconveniently large head consisting of 3+ fingers of frothy ivory foam. I like it.

Smell: rich malt with a biting, spicy character; it almost walks the line between a saison and a Belgian-style IPA. Lightly funky and interestingly spicy; I like it.

Taste: much more like a Saison than a BPA, in my opinion. Dryish malt combines with a horse-blanket funkiness to create an interesting and drinkable brew.

Mouthfeel: medium-rich body with a huge carbonation and bodacious creaminess. Right up my alley; I love it.

Overall: a tasty, interesting, and fulfilling beer. I'd have this again and again.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden amber in color. Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: pine resin, hoppy, grassy, earthy, a bit funky.

Taste: earthy, caramel, hoppy, slightly medicinal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp on the tongue.

Overall: A decent beer. Not terribly complex. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Whole Foods in Omaha, NE
No bottled on date
Poured into a standard US pint glass

Pours a massive head, close to overflowing the glass, composed of large and medium bubbles, the head looking something like an off-white sponge. Head just lasts and lasts, persistently about 1cm high, leaves huge gobs of lacing on sides of glass. Body is an opaque copper-orange color, with lighter orange-yellow highlights around the perimeter. Still, strong carbonation is visible throughout the entire body.

Aroma dominated by some serious phenolic plastic funk, which over time, becomes an animal farmhouse type of scent (Brettanomyces influence). Some sweetness and apple scent lie behind this, but you have to dig at first - aroma opens up much more when this has had a bit of time to breathe.

Taste is very complex, featuring an open of tartness mixed with Brettanomyces plastic phenols and barnhouse funk. Some sweetness blends into this, and mid-palate opens some additional fruity esters. Back of palate reintroduces Brettanomyces plastic phenols and barnhouse funk, but also cheese, malt sweetnes, and slight toasted malt component. Let it be said that behind this is always a noticeable Brettanomyces complex. Aftertaste is slightly band-aid like or medicinal/disinfected hospital quality with a bit of toasted malt flavor as well.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation allows this to be pleasantly fizzy, but generally smooth and clean. Finish is quite dry with slight stickiness from, perhaps, malt.

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Photo of ahq514
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into St Bernardus chalice.

Pours a hazy golden color with a massive, foamy white head. Appears to have decent carbonation. Gobs of lacing.

Aroma is complex. Consists mostly of a farmhouse funk with a noticeable Brett presence. Gives off typical Belgian yeast aromas, including fruit (lemon, etc.) and spices. Can tell there is a lot going on in here.

This beer is great. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Malt forward in the beginning which evolves to great yeast characteristics. Citrusy, with mostly lemon. A little bit of peppercorn and a generous dose of farmhouse funk gives it a light, dry, tartness.

Medium body and moderate carbonation. Extremely drinkable.

Probably my favorite Green Flash beer. Layers of complexity, extremely drinkable, and super refreshing. This could be a regular in my fridge. Reminds me of Orval.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was an absolutely massive, foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A good aroma of light fruit, malt, and some yeast.

T: Tasted of Belgian yeast, fruit (apples, something citrus), spices (pepper), and malt. This is a well balanced flavor that's light, complex and easy to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, clean finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable beer that's well made and drinkable.

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Photo of ng85
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of hpthebull
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of shand
4.11/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

This beer pours a slightly hazy orange-yellow color with a comically big head, even when paired carefully. This, combined with the very high level of carbonation creates a fantastic looking beer, easily as good looking as a Duvel. The aroma is a solid amount of spice and Belgian yeast, with a bit of hoppy American backbone. The taste is solid, with the funky Brett contributing quite a bit to the flavor. It interacts nicely with the citrus hop profile often associated with an American IPA, without quite becoming the flavor mishmash often referred to on this site as a Belgian IPA. It's quite complex, with peppery and yeasty flavors contributing to the overall effect. The mouthfeel is extremely carbonated and goes down easily, and the drinkability is good. Overall, one of the better Belgian Pales I've had. I'm really not fond of the style in general, but I wouldn't turn this one down.

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Photo of dcook11
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with a light tan head. In the aroma, cinnamon and a fruity yeast. In the taste, green apples, and a cinnamon like spice. A spice bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry green apple skin and cinnamon in the aftertaste. Quite apple like, big cinnamon spice, yet very nice.

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Photo of PDXtoSoCal
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle in a Tulip Glass

A: golden yellow with a great pillow of head
S: Very nice nose; the Belgian part of the influence is very apparent
T: Funk right up front. Earthy/Floral notes on the back end
M: Tight carbonation with medium body
O: A Great American interpretation of the Belgian Pale Ale

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden color with hints of orange. A pour of moderate strength saw foam cascading over the top of the glass. It seems highly effervescent. Rocky white head stays forever. Sticky, clumpy lacing affixes itself firmly to the glass.

S: Lots of phenol and black pepper on the nose. Very spicy. Banana, walnuts, sweet bread. Musty funk becomes more apparent as it warms. Touch of green, oily hops. Nice complexity on the nose.

T: Pear and green apple up front with a light tartness. Slight clovey/metallic phenol taste and a hint of pepper. A light rustic, funky taste is the center of this beer; all other flavors seem to play off it. Oily and herbal hop flavors with a hint of citrus wield a modest bitterness, considering the style. Biscuity and grainy malt tastes. Nutty and chalky yeast toward the end, with black pepper emerging again. Finishes dry with yeasty tastes, pepper, and faint banana.

M: Medium bodied. High level of carbonation. Seems very slightly astringent. Creamy and foamy.

O: This is a very solid beer, but a ballsy move for Green Flash. A funky Belgian Pale released year-round in four packs? That is a swift departure from the hoppy west coast stuff that dominates the rest of their year-round portfolio. It takes most people a little while to warm up to funk. I love the idea of a readily-available and wallet-friendly funky Belgian, but it remains to be seen how the average American craft beer drinker will receive it.

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThirstyInAustin
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First ever review. Poured from a bottle into a new belgium globe glass.

A - Nice dark golden almost copper in color. Thick cream color head that really seemed to last for a couple of minutes.

S - Sweeter smell with a stronger alcohol smell on the end of it. lots of fruit on it as well.

T - Pretty smooth tasting. A bit of a bite and it seems like the alcohol taste is more in the middle than the end although it it isnt that high of an alcohol content.
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M - Seems pretty balanced. Has a nice solid taste that doesn't linger to long. Taste good and not to overly hoppier or complex.

O - Decent beer, Would probably drink again. Not overly impressive but good enough to drink if i needed something differnt.

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

This brew from Green Flash lives up to their standards. Nice pour with a beautiful head that smells of citronella and lemon. The taste also has notes of citronella and citrus fruits with a pleasant body/mouthfeel. This beer was perfect for an 80 degree day on the 1st of March 2012. (Good finish)

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Photo of mdfb79
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received 2 bottles of this as extras from Nugganooch; thanks Dane! 12 oz. bottle poured into my Gulden Draak Belga Café tulip.

a - Pours a murky yellow orange color with three fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves a lot of spotty lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of pepper, spices, Belgian yeast, apples, fruity malts, brett, and some earthy notes. Pretty nice Belgian characteristics, not a lot of hops.

t - Tastes of brett, spices, Belgian yeast, fruity malts, citrus hops, pepper, floral hops and earthy notes. Again, some nice Belgian qualities going on, but more citrus and fruity in the taste, and a ton more brett. Really nice, and a step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Super smooth and creamy, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall I've never seen or heard of this beer, but liked it quite a bit. I thought the body was great and the taste was really nice, with a good mix of brett, citrus, and fruit. Glad to have another bottle of it.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark orange with a huge 4-finger white head that sticks all over the rim and reduces slowly, leaving lots of lace.

Reading about this, it sounded like GF was going for something very similar to Orval, and I'd say they certainly Americanized the Orval character, losing the subtleties in this nose with its notes of bread, blood orange pith, pear, honey and earthy herbs.

The medium bodied palate is bright with the slight Brett-tartness and a big carbonation- flavors of bitter orange, apples and earthy herbal tones. The middle brings a sizable bitterness while the booze makes a statement on the finish, lingering with the breadiness and herbal characters.

Overall not bad, but as I've said, it certainly tastes like an Americanized beer, with nowhere near the complexity of the brew I think its trying to mimic. That said, though, this is certainly a candidate for the cellar, and its ageability gives it a few extra points.

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Photo of mattyrubes
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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

Crazy carbonation yields a huge 4 finger head that leaves about 1/3 of the beer in the bottle still even with careful pour, and the etch at the bottom keeps refueling it and the head billows up with a big fluffy top that grows to at least 1 finger over the top of the glass but never collapses, and the beer itself is crystal clear golden tan orange-ish color.

Nose erupts from the bottle as soon as I pop it, nice Belgian yeast strains, both a light Belgian pale like yeast and plenty of farmhouse saison or almost tripel like yeast aroma, a dry rustic estery like yeast, that almost gets wild funky. Nice light citrus fruit, lemon grass, light floral citrus and grassy hops. Then light belgian fluffy golden malts. The more I nose this the more I think there is Brett or wild yeast in it. It's quite effervescent.

Taste starts with more Belgian flavors, a nice Belgian golden malt, with a hint of sweetness, and almost creamy fluffy feel. Then hops, a nice floral hint citrusy like hop flavor, with a touch of bitterness, and nice lemongrass, orange zest, hint of tropical fruit. Then the yeast kicks in again, not quite the funk the nose had, but plenty of Belgian alright. A nice Belgian golden like yeast blended with some more saison farmhouse rustic flavors, light spices, a light estery saison like rustic funk, bits of seed like coriander spice and a slight bitter rind and earthy seed spice. Fluffy feel and tons of carb help to refresh the palate constantly and keep it drinkable as just a hint of booze and decent bitter bite want to kick in but never come. Finish gets a bit more bitter as it dries quite a bit, clean finish with all the bubbles, some more spicy and bit floral hops, citrus and orange peel, and a bit of a Belgian saison like yeast funk.

Mouth is med bodied, tooons of carb.

Overall pretty good, I'm def impressed with the special belgian funky beers I've tried from Green Flash so far. Nice combination of great hops, light golden malts, and Belgian funky yeast combinations that blend really well and don't overpower in any category. Still very drinkable despite the big heavy yeast, hops that want to get heavy and never do, and the 7% abv. I could drink plenty of this.

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Photo of nh2032
4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

I heard things about this one...so I 4-packed it up!

12oz bottle w/ pint glass
*Tasted on 02/24/12

A: Pour is just super heady. Like 3/4's of my glass full and lively with large pocketed bubbles. Bone-white rocky foam peaks. Eventually secede to reveal a light amber-gold ale. Nice clarity. Real chunky lace.

S: Smells of big pine and citrus hops up front. Tangerine peels. Light tartness. Grapefruit juice-like with a bit of sour spice to it. Rather nice and hoppy.

T: Tastes of bright citrus fruits, pine, and a bit of peppery spice. Lots of grapefruit. Trace amounts of alcohol. Malt is just a sugary afterthought. Hops are resinous and combine with the tart yeast to give a real puckering effect. Rather tasty and well balanced. Refreshingly tart and hoppy.

M: Mouthfeel is more on the lighter side and probably my only grievance. Somewhat watery once your palate recovers from the pucker. Finish is dry with a little sleek mouthcoating.

D: This is the West Coast Belgian IPA. Probably my fav Belgian IPA thus far. Real hoppy and without that phenolic clovey spice character that I am just not a big fan of. Just the right amount of tart. Very refreshing and drinkable.
Will probably hold on to a few to see how the Brett develops over time.

Rayon Vert is Green Flash!

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Photo of brewedbehaviour
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Daniellobo
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very rich brett offering, quite a nice brew...

Presentation: 12 oz custom brown capped bottle. Radial blue designed label with rays spreading from the Green Flash seal... Repetitive and identifiable. Short bottle description with a more elaborate note on the background shown in the 4-pack cardboard. Shows 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy pale amber pour, towering creamy head, rich retention, nice surface memory and strong touches of lacing. Great appearance and on par with the best of the style.

S - Very fresh and rich bretty nose, rather pungent notes of bretty funk… earthy, citric, musty herbal notes…

T - Taste follows nicely but it is difficult to compete with that nose. Still it holds its ground firmly with a lightly attenuated version, that rich and now fresh bretty funk, hint of leather, plenty of citric and grassy notes with an insinuation of fresh green apples, raw cider notes...

M - Medium body and carbonation holding up the flow with a rich tingle over the bitter and dry finish.

O - Very pleasing and quite remarkable.

Notes: Another stellar offering from Green Flash, a surprise maybe given the style and intensity, but not so much thinking of their average quality. A nicely hopped take on a brett Belgian ale, which sure enough draws a mental connection with Orval. This one might become a regular in the fridge selection...

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Photo of jk3
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70.6% out of 100 with 1,366 ratings
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