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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: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of PatGreer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Looking forward to this one for some reason.

A: Pours a...HOLY BAJEEZUS LOOK AT THE HEAD ON THIS THING! For the briefest of split seconds, I thought it was infected, then I realized nope, this is just a brett beer. Anyhoo, the beer pours a milky golden yellow color with vibrant carbonation trails rising to the top. Like I said before, the head on this is truly epic, taking up 3/4ths of the entire glass after non-aggressively pouring the beer for a couple seconds. The head's color is eggshell. At first, the head starts off with big bubbles and a soapy texture, but as the yeast near the bottom is mixed in, the head becomes denser in its construction. Massive clumps of lacing are left on the glass as the head retains itself in infuriating fashion. Aesthetically jaw-dropping.

S: The scent is downright bi-modal; at first I get bubblegum, cream soda, peppermint, candied sugar, and licorice. Once the beer has been left to sit a while, notes of grass, band-aids, and yes, horse blanket-y funk. Extremely interesting to say the least.

T: Initially has a slightly sour, phenolic edge to it. This ultimately gives way to a grassy, funky finish, with traces of bubblegum and citrus abounding. Also features a general graininess throughout resembling a good pilsener. After lovingly waxing on how beautiful this looked and how great it smelled, I'm disappointed I don't have more to say on this one. It's just a solid, well made BPA with a (welcome) funky twist, nothing that blows the mind, but one that refreshes nicely on a warm late spring day. For what it's worth, this is the second Green Flash beer that smelled much better than it tasted.

M: Quite astringent...after several successive sips, though, this astringency calms down to become a general dryness. It still manages to be refreshing despite its heavier texture, which is damn hard to pull off. Well carbonated without being overly intense.

O: It is what it is, and that's a solid no-frills pale ale with a nice brett infusion. The funk may require a little getting used to, but this is a great place to start for drinkers unfamiliar with brett beers.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of JupiterJesus
1.67/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Tastes like olive brine, drain cleaner and perfume, all mixed together. Slight funk, probably from a souring bacteria or wild yeast, and a heavy phenolic presence I associate with infected homebrew. Those flavors combine with the massive hopping to create an artificial perfumey-chemical aroma and flavor. It's interesting, and tastes better if you keep trying and get used to it, but it never gets past 'horribly infected' to me.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of threeviews
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz "Green Flash" embossed bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A- A mostly conservative pour yields a hazy, tangerine orange liquid with a massive, 3+ finger rocky head which sticks around for days. Huge amounts of carbonation geiser up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Wow...something that I've never experienced with a beer. Initially, I get something reminiscent of a creamsicle. However, once the head subsides I get this pungent musty/hay/barnyard/linoleum aroma that seems to make Rayon Vert a style closer to a Geuze than a Belgian Pale Ale.

T- Much like that surprising aroma described earlier, I get a lot of that in the taste. Again, this beer treads much more closely to a Geuze than anything...but without a bottle on date, the flavors I am experiencing might be due to sampling a bottle with some age.

M- Huge carbonation makes this brew finish spicy and a bit tart. The 7.0% ABV is undetectable and the medium body makes this one quite drinkable.

O- Unlike any Belgian Pale Ale I have ever experienced. Unfortunately, this won't be for everyone but for those wishing to expand their palate (or fans of Geuze beers), this is definitely one to seek out.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

a - hugely carbonated and settled into a three-fingers thick rocky, light tan head into a tulip glass that left nice sheeting and lacing throughout. the body was a dark amber color.
s - big belgian yeast aromas with hints of apples and grape with a little lemon sourness. hops are non-existent.
t - grainy and bready with citrus, lemon and a little funk. hops are faint.
m - very crisp and refreshing.
o - really nice offering.

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Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wow! That carbonation just exploded in the glass. It expanded so quickly. Clarity is fantastic and the color is a deep, rich golden orange. The head is white, fluffy, enormous and rocky. Nice lacing. Great action inside the glass which is to be expected. Well green flash got the look right. It's beautiful, albeit a little darker than I was expecting.

S: I'm getting tons of apple and fruits which is a must as a Belgian Pale Ale (Pale Ale? Not strong Pale at 7%?). Tons of spice which I love assuming it comes from the yeast. Hops are a little tough perceive. There's a little bit of a plasticy aroma too. Something I would expect more in a saison, gueuze or other funky beer. Not bad at all, just unexpected. Hops are harder to put my nose on.

T: Another left turn! The beer only tastes lightly like it smells. At first I get just faint hints at that funk that was present in the nose. Just a little barnyard that turns into slightly fruity, but not quite as fruity as a belgian normally is. Then the slightly caramel, mostly grainy malt profile comes in. The finish is lightly of hops with a clean crisp bitterness. Tasty!

M: Huge carbonation which I love mixed with a medium body.

O: So I came into this having had a few of their belgian offerings (grand cru and le freak come bo mind) but for whatever reason I wasn't expecting much from this. And now I know I was sadly mistaken! This is awesome!

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

A 12 oz bottle pored into a Green Flash pint glass

A - Dark amber with 3 fingers of head! Incredible lacing. Beautiful.

S - A funky farmhouse ale smell. Lots of belgian yeast. Interesting, not what I was expecting

T - Interesting, lots of sweetness. Grapefruit, citrus, offset by a wild belgian yeast strain.

M - Lots of carbonation, and crisp

O - A very interesting beer, not at all like I was expecting. Hard to "classify" it. Very good. I think I would enjoy it the more I have it. Will try it again...

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zvanwink
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, Josh!

Hazy golden orange with a thick, quickly growing, and persistent near-white head that leaves irregular spiderwebs of lace down the glass. Quite the looker.

An earthy combination of hops, citrus, and funk combine to make a very pleasant aroma, though, even after significant warming, there's not a huge aroma here. If everything were just a bit more expressive, it'd be even better. As is, it's still quite good.

The flavor is a nice combination of fresh, citrusy, and earthy hops, a moderate level of bitterness, and distinct Brett yeast character. I'm excited to see what this beer tastes like after a year or so.

Medium to full bodied per the style with moderate to high carbonation. A joy to drink, though, for whatever reason, the Belgians still do it better.

An extraordinary American version of a distinctly Belgian style.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of greybeardloon
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

No date.

A: Huge, loose head that hangs around forever.

S: Plasticy, medicinal, tart green apple candy. Quite a prominent nose.

T: Much like the nose, with a definate funk and tartness. Fairly dry on the finish. Light malt presence.

M: Fairly light and surprisingly still given the huge head.

O: A slow sipper for me. A solid beer, but not one I enjoy much or am likely to pick up again. I can see how others would like it, though.

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Photo of CircusBoy
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I open the bottle and it immediately starts slowly foaming out of the bottle. Pour into a goblet and produces a white creamy, bubbly 2" head that sits there forever. Appearance is a very hazy, rustic orange color and leaves sticky lacing down the sides.

Getting small sour notes and funkiness in the aroma, with a bit of fruitiness but overall not very strong.

The taste makes up for the aroma, up front is initial funk and sourness, taste of belgian yeast then backed up with citrus and hops.

This beer is very drinkable, has good carbonation that goes down easy and has a nice mouthfeel.

Overall this is a good beer that drinks well and combines funky and hoppy notes. Will be picking this up again.

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Photo of DSlim71
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,366 ratings
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