Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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:
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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,366
Reviews:
428
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.07%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
102
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy honey gold with a massive white head. It takes forever for the foam to settle, and leaves it rocky along the top of the beer. There is also some serious lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is big on the brett, with spice and citrus coming through. What's odd is that the dominate scent in this beer is metallic. It's like it's been soaking up aluminum.

T: The beer starts out a with mild citrus and bunch of spice. The brett comes on almost right away. I get some rose hips and earth, some coriander, and even some lavender. There is also a nice underlying sweetness that I like.

M: Medium bodied beer. It carries a bit more heft than you typical BPA. It hits the palate soft and sweet, over powers it in the middle, and finishes dry. The carbonation is hard to choke down in this beer.

O: Decent beer. You have to appreciate an off-the shelf brett beer when you are in the mood for it. It's not my favorite, but I'd buy another 4-pack down the road.

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Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jethrodium
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a big white head that takes a while to settle and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity with green apple and apricot, a bit of brett and some breadiness. Initial taste is some green apple and apricot. A bit of brett presence. Finish is bready and slightly drying. Quite nice. Light bodied. Medium carbonation. I'd be curious to see how this evolves, but not sure if I have the space.

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Photo of millertime416
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle (slowly) into a pint class and it quickly exploded with a ton of foam. Aroma on this is amazing; when I cracked open the bottle, I thought I was in for one of the best brett beers I've found. Sadly no...taste is no where near in the same league as the aroma. Tastes very one-deminsonal, a bit too bitter and has an unusual aftertaste.

Will probably buy again, but mostly for the amazing aroma.

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Photo of NCBeernut
2.48/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

POUR OVER A SINK OR OUTDOORS! Even with a cautious pour, it turns to a torrent of foam as soon as it hits the glass - impossible to pour without stopping to let it settle or overfill the glass. With a bottle conditioned beer, I chose to let it overflow to keep from disturbing the yeast sediment. Strike 1 for me. One thing I really don't enjoy in the appearance of my beer is seeing it overflowing into the sink. When it all settles, bubbles race up the golden amber liquid to maintain a airy sudsy layer that almost resembles sea foam.

The aroma of peaches and apricots hits first, with hints of green grapes. If you keep inhaling deeply, classic sour brett aromas cut through these light fruity scents. Lemony undertones. Perfumy. Their model for this is Orval, and the aroma is definitely reminiscent of the abbey beer. It is a refreshing aroma that is inviting in the summer heat.

The taste is a let down. Pretty one-dimensional - I mainly just get that brett sourness that is completely overpowering - it has sort of that sour cherry flavor to it that comes with this yeast. No real fruity complexity or malt flavors come through. If you wait long enough, you can almost get a hint of bread crust from the malt, but the sourness clings relentlessly to your tongue. No hop discernible presence, though, but I can't even taste anything through the relentless sourness that is starting to make me cringe with every sip. The more I drink this the more I want to dump it. The smell of perfume can be nice, but I don't enjoy drinking it. The mouthfeel is just foamy and bubbly with puckering sourness that doesn't let up.

The one dimensional sourness and over-carbonation really let you down after getting such a nice refreshing aroma from this beer. I am going to be generous with my overall score because I did enjoy the aroma. I won't be coming back for it though. This makes the press release for this beer look even more absurd. Add on their unjustified price increases, and I am just about done with Green Flash.

For anyone who sees this and is thinking maybe I just don't like the style, I love Orval (just not the price tag).

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Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high white head that reached all the way to the top of the snifter glass. The head slowly died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface along with lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of Belgian yeast in the nose along with notes of sourness.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of Belgian yeast, pale malts and a light amount of bitterness. A light to moderate amount of sourness is also present and persists through the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and relatively dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a really pleasant beer to sip and savor and the addition of brett really makes the taste very interesting. No traces of alcohol are noticeable in the taste. I would definitely have this beer again and would even consider getting a large bomber or two to age.

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Photo of ajsuper1221
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of chrispoint
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of creez
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Amalak
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Hazy gold with a huge foamy white head and tons of lacing. Bubbly with sediment. Some light comes through.

S. Interesting grape-ish scent. I can't put my finger on it.

T. It has a weed taste mixed with a grape and hops.

M. Not in love with the lasting aftertaste. The taste stays for a while.

O. Very unique but a bit too intense. I appreciate the effort but this needs to be tamed.

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Photo of Ted
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.34/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle served to @tobeerornottobe from Slowbeer in Melbourne.

Pours a hazed, but not particularly cloudy golden orange hue, with a monumental, almost ridiculous head of frothy white, that forms a solid 3/4 of the top of the glass. It collapses as it should, but it's just a little frustrating when it forms.

Nose is a really pleasant round Belgian note spliced with some crisp American hop fragrance. Lemon and a touch of crisp vegetative pine come through, but it's mostly based around that smooth, light and believable Belgian fragrance. It's a nice amalgam, nicely done.

Taste is very light, and really quite Belgian in inspiration. The palate is flat and empty, just allowing the spicy, peppery notes from the yeast to come through, and get accentuated by the yeast, which gives it a slightly green vegetative note. Really the malt lets it down a little—to be fair, it needs some basis, and this has none. As good as the Belgian spice is, it has so little to back it up that it lacks all the complexity that makes good Belgians, well... good.

It's clean and crisp, but really, it does a poor job of the style, and even on its own terms it feels empty and pointless. No, not a great brew, overall.

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Photo of kmoore149
2/5  rDev -48.8%

Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of GTB
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of rwilde
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a somewhat clear, dark gold color with a massive cap of off-white head, probably a 2:1 ratio in favor of the foam with a gentle pour.

Smells like brettanomyces. Thats about all…big, bold, rotting wood brett.

Taste is all about the brett, which is fine if you are into that sort of thing. There really is very little base beer aspects that are notable. Maybe a kiss of herbal hops on the finish along with a frontal granola grain aspect...and that is reaching. If you want a brett-bomb, this is your beer. I want to say that if you like Orval, this beer will appeal to you, but I don’t think this is as well put together.

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Photo of mynie
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was sold to me as an American approximation of Orval, which of course is worth 7 bucks a four pack.

It pours like Orval. Very nicely hazy with a rocky white head. Smells like Orval, too: aggressively hopped for the style, big nodes of spice with some light fruity tinges. Only, there's just a wee bit of something off about it, a little hit of medicinal-ness.

Tastes about the same as it smells, only the medicinal nodes are slightly more pronounced and there's a small hint of brett that wasn't present in the aroma. Fruity up front, lightly sour in the back, and then woody and hoppy near in the end. It's all great aside from that one off node, which makes the aftertaste a little offputting.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.72/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber with a big rocky off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bready malts with spicy earthy yeasty notes and a touch of brett as it warms.

The flavor is subdued - watery earthy malts and a little fruit with spicy floral hops that linger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery with lots of sharp carbonation.

Overall, I haven't really liked the Belgian IPAs, and this is not a great rendition of one (watery, subdued). I didn't pick up much brett - a little came out as it warmed.

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Photo of Fattsmagee
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of aminobutyricacid
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light clear honey, huge thick near white head slow to leave. Lots of cling.

S - Bandaids, mostly. A sharp, funky quality.

T - Nice malt, plus the sharp bandaide like taste. Nice.

M - Medium body, fairly creamy, balance is pleasant.

D - A very drinkable beer. THank you Green Flash!

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Photo of Dual45s
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,366 ratings.
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