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Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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

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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/3/12
*From notes

-- Thanks for the sample, Mario --

A: Glowing, unfiltered orange. A careful pour yields a massive three finger white head. It takes a minute for the head to fade. Not a whole lot of lacing here.

S: Yep, that's brett alright. Yet there's a floral undertone to it. A pinch of wet metal throws off the background profile.

T: The brett hit first. It isn't acutely intense, as it fades a bit on the mid, allowing a mild amount of west coast hops to invade the taste buds. The finish is dry, and features a welcome dose of malt, which balances the beer. Really a complex little number.

M: Incredibly creamy for a wild ale. It's frothy and thick, yet approachable and easy to drink.

O: You can check the box marked "win", as Green Flash has produced a sure fire, everyday funk fix for those in need. I couldn't see myself knocking back more then one in a sitting, but it's none the less a well put together brew, and something I can easily recommend.

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Photo of brentusaurus
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jstewart1130
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

So sudsy with such a creamy mouthfeel. Handsome amber color in the Brigand snifter. Thoroughly unmistakable with that slash of Brett funkiness. Rather bitter, though it seems to hit more up front as the yeast and other peculiarities move in. But it's still more like an IPA scale of bitterness. Browned biscuit taste with a fair amount of malt. Here's a good test, if you can describe this edgy stuff. On the sharp side. Nose of fermenting apples with a little cardboard.

Seems a little more bitter than the last time I tasted it. I was a little taken aback, as I thought it was perfectly balanced before. Will be interesting to see if it's evolving in the bottle with all the sediment and bacteria. Four-pack of 12 oz bottles from Barons Marketplace in San Diego

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Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of SMason
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of bashiba
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice and bright golden orange with a bit of haze, had a big and sticky white head, long lasting with tons of lacing.

The smell is Great, very Bretty, a nice big sourdough tartness with a touch of belgiany spice.

The flavor is a bit rustic, with a dry light cedary flavor, a mild bit of sour and a decent level of herbal bitterness. Has some light spicy yeast characters with a lemony flavor, and would be great except for a bit of a light coppery tinge sneaking through that is a bit detracting.

Has a very light body with a long dry finish.

Very Good Bretty Belgian Ale, will be enjoying more of these in the future.

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

Bottle poured into a chalice

A: Pours a hazy caramel peach color with a dense foam head that is just a touch more tan than it is snow white.

S: Aroma is ridiculously spicy, more than any Belgian I can remember. Pepper, clove, cumin, sage, there's a lot going on here. Supplementing the spice cabinet in your nose is light apricot, bright melon and some potent floral hops.

T/M: Carbonation is stinging but not overwhelming. Spiciness is once again apparent on the tongue but acts as a backbone to light Belgian fruitiness and yeast more than a stand alone trait like it does in the aroma. Floral hops kick in the longer you taste it and end with a bitter touch.

It's actually pretty light with a spicy lingering aftertaste. It's like a Belgian pale ale with spices added. By the way, it's spicy. Did I mention it was spicy?


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

nice orval homage here. burnt orange with an off white head that holds and leaves lace. nose is hops and spicy phenols with a bit of caramel and sweet grain giving it a backbone. tastes what the nose eluded to... us hops on top of spicy yeast and just barely sweet malt, all with just a subtle funk to it. medium body with a slight twang from the brett and slight tickle of strong carbonation like it should. not blown away by this one, but extremely satisfied, and happy to see a brewery attempt their own twist on one of my all-time favorites. bottle says, "continuously evolving". i am curious to see where this is in about 4 months.

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Photo of RyanGoodman
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Spider889
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the Green Flash bottle design and given the style it just seemed appropriate to pour into a Lost Abbey tulip.

I did see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle so I decanted carefully. Also, after popping the cap this threatened to be a slow gusher. Luckily I was ready to pour without delay.

The beer is wonderfully clear and is a nice brightly shined copper color - though in the right light it looks almost red. The head rises very high despite a pour that would make any Duvel drinker proud. Thick lace smears across the glass intermittently.

The aroma immediately foretells of something unique. Dry, dusty brett is the biggest characteristic, though it doesn't go overboard the way it is so easy to do with brett. Additional aromas of cobweb, spicy hops, a bit of grass, and a more typical Belgian yeast.

Crisp malt, dusty brett, assertive hop bitterness, and yeasty Belgian esters all come at you at once after each sip. There are hints of fruit dangling on the edge of each sip - largely hidden by bitterness, but they're there. I am reminded of melon here.

Carbonation is vigorous, though the beer drinks smoothly enough. There's a ton of lingering bitterness on a dry finish.

Overall Rayon Vert is a tough beer to describe - I want to compare it to both Russian River Temptation and Duvel. At times the bitterness is unwelcome, but I do enjoy Rayon Vert considerably.

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Photo of draheim
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle (no dates or codes) into a tulip. Pours a rich honey amber w/ wispy ribbons of sediment and a massive fluffy white head that hangs around. Vigorous carbonation bubbles up from the bottom of the glass. Sticky chunks of lacing cling to the sides. A beautiful beer.

Aroma is a combination of Belgian yeast, fruity esters, citrusy hops and pale malt. Some hints of bubblegum as well.

Taste is pale malt, Belgian yeast, and hops. More of the soapy bubblegum. Taste is a bit of a letdown compared to the aroma.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, courtesy of bottle conditioning.

Overall a pretty good Belgian pale ale in a market that is crowded with better ones.

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Photo of silentjay
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

very attractive glowing golden color with a sizable almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces among the best.

peppery yeast, a bit of band-aid astringency, a bit funky, a bit hoppy.

again, the damn band-aid adhesive sticks out, but underneath that there is plenty of peppery yeast, bitter hops, crackery malts.

medium bodied with an abundance of prickly carbonation and a lingering acrid flavor.

definitely not for me. flavors just do not mesh well.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of prototypic
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert is gold in color. It’s very clear. Backlighting definitely reveals a slight orange tint. A cream colored head tops it off. It rises to over two fingers in height and held firm there for quite a while. Lacing was sticky and left a thick trail down the glass as it descends. Looks good.

The nose is a tad weak, but is still pretty good. It’s fruity up front. There’s a nice apple scent that’s complemented nicely by a little citrus orange and mango. Interesting. Belgian yeast is noted. It adds a nice spicy character to the nose. Smells mostly like pepper. It smells earthy, grainy, and musky throughout. There’s even a touch of Brett funkiness, but it smells quite restrained. I like that here. Alcohol is there, but doesn’t smell all that strong.

I like the flavor. Up front, it’s quite earthy, musky, and a little grassy. There’s a touch of Brett funkiness in the flavor, but it really isn’t strong. Moderate might even be too strong of a descriptor. Nonetheless, it has a nice flavor and works well with the apple, orange, and grapefruit flavors that follow. There’s definitely a citric hop flavor here. It blends in nicely and fits in better than you might expect. Belgian yeast is easily noted and adds a nice spicy kick to the flavor. Pepper and light clove seem to be present. Alcohol is masked well. Finishes earthy and spicy with a touch of dry, citric hops.

Rayon Vert has a medium. Carbonation is mid-range, but feels nice and soft. They did a nice job with the feel. It’s smooth and goes down easy. I wouldn’t mind another bottle.

Green Flash did a pretty nice job with Rayon Vert. It won’t be confused with the world’s finest, authentic Belgian Pales, but it is a nice take on the style. The use of Brett and hops works very well and doesn’t make it overly complicated. That was my fear. It’s good stuff. Grab a bottle or two if you see it.

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Photo of ChuckStingray
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of beagle75
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large and lofty pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Goat pasture is featured in the smell, standing out rather boldly but not detracting. Spicy hops are also present, as is mild aromatic malt.

T: Begins bone-dry, with tangy citric acidity and yeast phenolics that suggest baking spices. Green herbaceous hop aromatics gain momentum into the middle, where a whiff of biscuit malt adds to the overall layered effect. Bitterness is striking for the style and of long duration, with some herbaceous spice and lively citrus acidity, yet also clean.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This beer stands out among high-volume, American-brewed Belgian-style ales in that it pulls no punches in its handling of brettanomyces yeast. While the standout brett notes are not unique to this beer, it does as good a job carrying the distinctive rustic notes as any American-brewed beer yet encountered. While not quite truly tart, it does come equipped with a driving acidity that strips the palate, ushering renewal with every well-carbonated sip. A telling move for Green Flash to add this beer to its year-round core lineup; it elevates the brewery above the middle ground of operations that make a decent IPA.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cbutova
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always nice to see new 12oz offerings from breweries like Green Flash.

A- Poured into a tulip with a slightly hazy, orange-amber body. This is probably the first beer in many months that the head just exploded out of the glass, had to save it by quickly sipping up some of the foam. The massive cap is bubbly, frothy and you could easily scoop it off like cream, Duvel-esque. Plenty of thick lace patches around the glass.

S- Definite, strong aroma of Belgian yeast up front with hops and malts in the background. Notes of clove/spice, lemon zest, citrus fruit, straw and floral Euro hops.

T- A pleasant mix of the main beer ingredients. Belgian yeast spice (clove, coriander, raisin) and citrus fruit notes are probably the main thing here. The flavor is also influenced by spicy floral hops, light caramel malts and just a tad of the "West Coast" hops. Not much funk but there is a tiny bit of Brett character, straw/barnyard/cherry.

MF- Highly carbonated body with a creamy feel. Finishes with a nice crisp bitterness. The Brett dries this out nicely.

Brings good yeast, citrus and floral flavors as well as some other things. It all balances out quite nicely and makes a very drinkable beer. The yeast profile makes me think of a nice Saison and a tad like Orval. I can see how this beer might take some heat trying to emulate Orval but not many American breweries make Belgian Ales this tasty.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An homage to Orval? Sign me up. $2.99 single from the Village Pump.

The pour is clear amber with a dense,white head with pretty excellent retention and nice lacing. The nose already has picked up quite a bit of Brett. Unfortunately, the Brett character is quite plasticy and mildly clove-like. Faintly hoppy with some citrus is present as well. The alcohol's a little too high, and there's some toasted caramel and sugar present. As it warms up, a little sulfur becomes apparent.

The palate is quite fruity with some citrus (ripe oranges), sugar and honey. The mid-palate is where the Brett is more expressive. Dry, earthy Brett with plastic and a little clove. Honey and citrus linger on the finish, but the blend of the honey and the Brett isn't particularly impressive right now, making this rather unpleasantly spicy. Medium in body with moderate carbonation, this feels pretty decent on the palate, but still, a little too sweet. Decent, I will revisit this simply because it's so cheap, but I do wish they dialed down the alcohol to 5.5 or something. This definitely ain't no Orval.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,367 ratings
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