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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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Ratings: 1,367 |  Reviews: 429
Photo of Greywulfken
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden beer with an impossibly huge head, settles down with lace

S: some floral and citrus, fresh and bright

T: tasted like across between an IPA and a Belgian pale ale - some wood and citrus flavors, crisp hops and zesty yeast

M: crisp, clean, refreshing

O: a well-made Belgian-style ale, but unique enough that it presents its own merits; slightly hoppier and less smooth than the Orval to which I have heard it compared

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Photo of bspain5
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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

A- Pours a cloudy, murky golden orange into my DFH glass. A tremendous yellow tinted head floats and hangs on for dear life. The head is so big that it takes a while to finish the pour. Carbonated like champagne!!! The lacing is sticky as hell and really hangs in for the long haul. Damn near perfect!

S- Right off the bat, that Bretty, yeasty funk kicks you in the nose like a Mule in a barnyard. Smells like a horse stall at the Saratoga Race track on a hot day. Some nice hints of lemony citrus, notes of caramel and grapefruit peel on the backend. This is mostly all about the Manure and citrus zest.

T- WOW! Just as the nose tells you it's going to be... It's like drinking a lemonade at the back end of a horse. Manure, lemons, black pepper, hints of caramel, clove and banana. This is funk-a-licious!!! I gotta try to grab all I can of this fantastic brew before it disappears!

M- It's hard to rate something that makes you mouth literally taste like shit... but that's exactally what it's supposed to do, and it does it sooo well! Lots more going on than just that tho... brilliant lemon/grapefruit/orange zest notes, sweet wheaty caramel, delicate spices and of course that all too familar horse shit stank!!!

O- Fantastic! So full of Brett love, beautiful bright citrus, amazing carbonation and I'm finally glad I got around to trying this fantastic brew.

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Photo of biegaman
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert could be used as a fourth-grade science experiment; a volcanic-like gush of white froth spills up and over the glass while nimble bubbles oscillate like jelly fish. The froth, which looks something akin to an abominable snowman, pulsates up and down. I'll need a straw if I ever hope to get to the orange-gold liquid...

A lot of mean things are said about Brettanomyces. It's been called all kinds of mean names - "horse blanket", "sweaty saddle", "stinky cheese" - but that's mostly by winemakers; brewers appreciate the rogue yeast, which, indeed, does contribute a lot of "funky" flavours and aromas (which at times may bear some resemblance to a horse stable).

In this case, the wild yeast has added a galaxy of complexity to the beer, making it seem as though it had gained a distinct "aged" character, possibly by being aged in wood. Lo and behold, however, it's a fresh (and un-oaked) offering. The 'fresh' factor is appreciated by the glistening, budding, vividly leafy essence of its hoppiness.

All that vinous hoppiness is not without a sharp trace of citrus and a breezy pungency. The malts taste strongly honeyed and meld wonderfully with the tart orchard fruit flavours of the yeast. Considering the scene it caused earlier, the carbonation is surprisingly tamed, as the flavours are allowed to docilely sit on the tongue for some time.

There is a striking likeness to Orval that is impossible not to mention. By the look (and smell and taste) of things, one would guess the two brothers (or first cousins at least). Although I'm not ready to grant it the same holy status, Rayon Vert drinks with near equal delight and, perhaps, comes across even more so perfumed (probably owing to the hops).

Green Flash has spun gold with Rayon Vert. It is a simple yet shape shifting beer that offers a balance between delicacy and density. I wish to have been able to buy more bottles to track the changes this beer is sure to undergo with time, although I am mightily satisfied having tried it fresh. And I'd be mighty excited to try it again!

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

big thanks to scott for hosting a mini-tasting and pulling this treat out.

a - brew poured a murky orange with half a finger of foamy fizzy head. streaky lacing.

s - smells of orange peel and belgian sweetness.

t - orange with some zing. kind of like orange tang. other soft tropical fruitiness in there as well.

m - a bit fizzy.

o - overall really nice. this beer is simply delicious.


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Photo of hockenbeer
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of WDJersey
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of pumptrick
3/5  rDev -21.9%

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

Pours a super effervescent amber with 4+ fingers of cream colored head. Stays hazy, good head retention & lacing

S: Slight funk, that builds as it warms, some green apple

T: Follows the nose, a touch breadyness & caramel, some green apple skin up front. A bit of caramel sweetness mingles with pear & green apples as this warms, along with dryness & a touch of grapefruit hops. Finishes fruitty & funky with sme fairly assertive grapefruit, almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Very true to the style, nice bit of funk in this. This got better as this warmed, may have to revisit this

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Photo of acevenom
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice. Pours clear golden with a large, moderately dissipating white head. Plenty of tiny bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom and side of the glass. There are citrus hop aromas as well as Brett. The beer smells sweet. The citrus from the hops comes first on the taste, but this quickly followed by the Brett. The Brett brings that nice sour flavor. The malt profile is there, bringing some sweetness to this beer that I picked up in the aroma. The flavor profile strongly reminds me of Orval. The body is on the lighter side of medium with adequate carbonation. The finish is dry. This is an excellent beer. I wish I could try this side by side with a fresh Orval for a proper taste comparison.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of impending
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


22oz into a tulip. Pours a lightly hazed copper orange, egg cream colored towering head recedes leaving froth dangling, excellent lacing.

Citrus hop wrestles a forward brett scent. Spicy clean upbeat. Inhaling though the mouth the taste floats to the tongue.

Strong grapefruit begins the taste. Grains and grass. The brett again tumbles with bittering hops in the aftertaste. Warms well as the brett comes more forward but a bit of zinc appears. Thin to medium bodied mouthfeel.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of blmar311
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of bbadger
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from a four-pack bought at Whole Foods, New Orleans, for $8.99. No bottle date.

A: Poured from an undated (so pre-May 2012) bottle into a wine glass. The color is surprising: a deep, opaque gold -- the color of a good IPA, really -- although the head is unmistakably a Belgian head. Big, creamy, and dense with froth. Untouched, the head sits there for a good three minutes before sinking into the beer. Strangely for a yeasty beer, there isn't much obvious carbonation. A thick lacing clings to the glass throughout. A great looking beer.

S: You smell citrus and you smell brett. Oranges and grapefruit lead the fruit charge immediately after poured, then peaches come out when the beer warms. Brett fades as it warms. Smells dry and sweet.

M: Not a strong point for me. For a beer that doesn't demonstrate a ton of carbonation, it's somewhat active in the mouth, though it pales in comparison to Orval's intense carbonation attack. Rayon Vert is light, and creamier than I'd like. Swish it around much and it feels like foam. It ends with a bitter, not unpleasant film of yeast in the mouth.

T: Citrus up front that spreads into a unique blanket of evolving yeast. The back end is pretty bitter for this style -- very California. It changes a lot in the mouth. More agressive than Orval, which is probably its best comparison.

O: This beer has created some heat in the BA forums lately, despite good but not exceptional scores, and it's clear why. Rayon Vert is an important American beer. Sure, it's not Orval's refined perfection, but it's a Californian take on a sort of uncategorizable Belgian style. It's also widely available for about $2.50/bottle, or about half the price of Orval and most other brett beers. I can't think of a similar American beer that's available in four- or six-packs.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I managed to miss the boat on this one for so long. 12oz bottle, poured into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Whoa, tons of head on this. This beer is alive. I poured a bit aggressively, but I got at least 2 inches of head and only got half the bottle into the glass on first pour. Color was nice, a deeper amber than I expected for a BPA, slightly hazy.

S - Balanced. The hops gave off a slight citrus aroma, but it wasn't over the top. The brett was detectable in the smell as well and contributed a little bit of funk, but again, not overwhelming.

T - Really, really delicious. I didn't get any alcohol at all in the taste. The brett is present while not overpowering and provides a really nice counter punch to the hop profile. Just the right balance of bitterness, funkiness, and refreshment.

M - Almost creamy. I didn't notice any over carbonation despite the gigantic head on this. Very, very drinkable.

O - Fantastic BPA, and a new staple in my fridge. For a style that I think is very easy to mess up, Green Flash nails it. While entirely different, this is every bit as good as their West Coast IPA.

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Photo of dogfish7
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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

Poured into a large tulip glass a hazed peach infused light golden with a sticky one and a half finger white head atop.Alot of citrus fruit in the nose with lighter yeasty spice and funk notes,the citrus fruit really jumps out.Fresh orange lemony citric flavors domante the flavor profile,refreshing and sharp,light phenols and funky brett are kept in check pretty well,the alcohol provides a little sweet punch as it warms.This is top notch and dangerous with its refreshing citrusy flavors,it's too easy to drink.

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Photo of Takahiro
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3" foam that lingers for a while. I was very careful not to over foam, but still got to the rim of my Duvel glass. Nice orange/dark golden color. It is not clear, as I poured the sediment as well.

S: funky, some chalky, some orange and apricot hidden behind the funk.

T: hop bitterness that reminds me of orange peel, followed by candy-like orange sweetness and fruitiness. After all that there's some sweetness and warmth coming from alcohol.

M: oily at front. but it dissipates very quickly, leaving a dry finish.

I think this is a very nice beer, with lots of character. It throws a curb ball to the IPA fueled craft beer scene.

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Photo of FriendO
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of elgiacomo
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, unknown date. Served at around 40F.

Pours lightly cloudy golden amber with a large foamy head that leaves nice walls and rings of lacing and recedes to a good cap.

Aroma is yeast and brett funk, fruity, good deal of lemon and orange citrus. Excellent strength.

Flavor is lemon, orange peel, fruity, quite citrusy, some brett funk, but not as much as the nose, bread & yeast, mild malt sweetness in the middle, and finishes with really nice hop bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, oily, a touch sticky, strong carbonation.

Freakin’ excellent stuff. Balances the hops and brett funk perfectly. Incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of splendidsplinter
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of GoGators
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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