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

Firm and towering white head.... enormous tufts of lace and a milky-haze of yeast. Very attractive beer. The aroma is all Belgian: yeast, phenolic peppery spice and some background fruit. A bit grainy and some alcohol warmth in the taste. The beer is a little more bitter than expected, but the yeast character is pronounced and gives the beer a greater smoothness than I expected. Lingering fruit and hop finish with lots of Belgian character. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of jurbanik
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of nickfl
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with a big, three finger head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The rocky head settles slowly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

S - Musty hops and smooth malty notes of bread and toffee. Some subtly funky notes of wet earth in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some pear and musty hop notes. Strong brett funk comes out in the middle with notes of pineapple, wet leaves, and red apple. Finishes with spicy Belgian yeast, lightly toasty malt, and herbal hops. Lingering notes of anise and pineapple.

M - Medium-thick body, high carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - Enjoyable and very complex, this is a great beer, though I don't know if it is appropriately labeled as a Belgian pale ale. The funky character is fairly strong, without any sourness, and it works well with the base beer. Very much worth trying.

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Photo of DelicateDelirium
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of a_sh0pping_cart
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of vfgccp
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Foamy white head. Excellent retention and lace. Deep orange apricot brown body.

S - Almost wit-like with a bright tart twang. Bitter white wine grapes, sour apple, apricot and pear.

T - Dry, deeply waxy, and tart. White stone fruits, wheat, grapefruit, and apricot.

M - Light body. Par carbonation.

O - Wax dominates the profile and bullies some of the softer, more interesting fruit flavors in the brew.

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

Rayon Vert - interesting name. 7.0%, ehh? It's very hoppy, which is to be expected from Green Flash. It's peppery and citrusy. There's also yeast and mineral. As usual, the aroma carries into the flavor and they're very similar here. The yeast really stands out with it's mineral and leather character, but the fruitiness is pretty strong as well. Additionally given the fact that this may be spiced, it's hard to tell exactly what the yeast has contributed and what's coming from the hops and the spice. It's complex, but at the same time it's the same complexity all the way through. Still, it's an interesting and bold beer that you can't ignore - think Orval with west coast hops on steroids.

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Photo of FrancisT
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2-3 finger fluffy off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, lime, herbal, pepper, pine, earth, floral, and yeast spices. Very nice aromas with good strength, balance, and complexity. Taste of pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, orange zest, pine, herbal, pepper, clove, earth, floral, light funk, toast, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, pine, herbal, floral, earth, toast, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Awesome flavor complexity and balance; very nice hop/yeast flavor balance. Quite crisp and fairly clean on the finish. Fairly high carbonation and medium bodied; with a very crisp and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent Belgian pale ale! A lot of nice hop flavors with yeast spiciness; a nice clean finish, and very smooth to drink. Great stuff.

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Photo of duff247
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of TheMaimed
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of scottiethebody
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jbertsch
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly hazy gold in color. An apple white head, huge at first, comes to rest at a 1 inch cap that stays until the end. Beautiful.

The aroma is big on funky brett, along with lemon, lime, sour apple, herbs.

Its flavor follows with acidic citric notes. More lemon, lime, apple, but also notice apricot. Otherwise it's got funky yeast and offers essence of bread from its malt profile. Short finish, but notes of yeast and brett linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, great for summer.

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. THIS is the type of brew I love for summer. Full of flavor and character that demands your attention, yet it's refreshing and simple. If it had a bit more depth, it would be a home run, but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of cmoody91
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crisp and hoppy. A really nice blend of classic belgian sweetness and spiciness with a west coast hop profile. Nothing is overwhelming yet the flavors feel so big. Like a belgian style tripel with a west coast twang. Quite nice. Big yet brisk mouthfeel. Euro hop bitterness, slightly spicy finish. Tasty and drinkable. Little bit of alcohol heat but doesnt take away from the style much.

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Photo of slowdaddy
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of iamatreestump
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of GregoryMo
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of bobotron
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of artvandelay44
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: A very delicate pour led to an enormous, oversized, foamy head. Beneath it rested a pretty lively and bubbly, straw-yellow colored beer.

SMELL: Sour apple is the dominant aroma here, but some grapefruit, lemon and a touch of funk come through as well. I was surprised to see some people say that this didn’t smell like a Belgian, because I could have told you it was from 15 feet away and blindfolded. The aroma is distinctly that of a Belgian-style brew.

TASTE: There is a ton of citrus in this beer. Lemon and grapefruit come through the strongest, but that sour apple from the nose is still present in the flavor. A nice tart flavor kicks about mid-sip to provide a nice pucker before the finish cleanses the palate with a nice, clean, lemon wash.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, the Rayon Vert is puckering and very crisp and dry. Very nice feel.

OVERALL: Another solid effort from Green Flash. Belgian Pale Ales are not my favorite style, but I can certainly appreciate a good one when I taste it, and that’s exactly what this is.

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Photo of twowheelssoar
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with three fingers of pillowy white foam. Obviously very carbonated.

S: Fruity Brett starts off, tart lemons and grapefruit with some must in the background. Mixes seamlessly with a bit of citrusy hops.

T: Very dry flavor, I get quite a bit of barnyard and lemony brett with citrus and piney hops in the background. The brett is the star of the show here, though. Also quite bitter.

M: Medium body with very strong carbonation, a bit too strong for me even for the style.

O: Very refreshing and unique. Quite a bit of Brett character, yet a nice hop character as well. A bit too bitter for me, though.

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Photo of champ103
3.36/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/orange color. A towering, bubbly white head forms and leaves rings of lace.
S: Hops, lots of passion fruit hops. Mango, peach, papaya. Then becomes soapy and oily. Just on the nose I would have said this was an IPA. Not surprising from Green Flash. No yeast, nothing I would consider Belgian.
T: Up front is the mango, peach, passion fruit hops. Maybe just a hint of spicy, busty, Belgian yeast in the finish. Though there is no finish or aftertaste what so ever.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Really slick and oily and a bit on the thin side for me. Needs to be way more crisp and dry. Not hard to drink at all. I will finish the bottle in no time.

Really not a bad beer. Just does not hit any style buttons for anything Belgian as far as I am concerned. The four pack will be drunk, but this is not what I am going to reach for when I want Belgian anything.

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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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