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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

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428
Ratings:
1,366
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.07%
 
 
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Reviews: 428 | Ratings: 1,366
Photo of ummswimmin
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When I opened the bottle I immediately put my nose to the lip. I get a ton of the yeast. I like this horse-blanket smell.

I poured this beer into a fluted glass. I get a ton of foam on the pour. I recommend letting the beer settle for a minute after opening, or be patient until your first sip. The upside is clumpy foam making for some cloud-like lacing on the side of my glass.

I really enjoy the smell coming off the top of this glass. You get some really good saison like sour quality. I also detect a little bit of spicyness. There wasn't any hoppiness that I could pick up.

The flavor is a little bit of a challenge. I get a decent amount of bitterness. This is one of those beers that smells much better than the taste.

Overall this was a good beer, but it is a challenging drinker.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 07-03-12. Sampled more than a year later on August 13, 2013.

The pour is pale yellow to golden with a tremendous white and light puffy head. Some haze and busy carbonation.

The aroma is quite nice with an inviting Belgian pale malts, yeast, and Belgian sugar ester with a little clove and nutmeg out back.

The body is in the medium range with a bit of acidity. That could be due to the age of the bottle.

The taste has an upfront toasted biscuit malt character at first which is superseded by a powerful peppery and mildly dry finish.

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Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
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 ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden hue which leaves a two finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is a touch of farmhouse funk,peaches,blackberries,white grapes and grassy herbal hops and i find the Brett really dominates the aroma,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and abit overcarbonated with tastes of peaches,farmhouse funk,bready malts and finished with a bittersweet finish of herbal hops and candy and overall its nice and very drinkable but not really something for special occasions just a solid session beer for me cheers.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: A lighter straw color with a huge aggressive white frothy head on a conservative pour. Huge sticky lacing.

S: Barnyard funk, musty, yeasty, some hop citrus.

T: Light fruit is combined with the barnyard brett flavors. Musty, yeasty, some pear and apple, tart floral hops pepper, some slight sweet malt as the finish turns dry and musty again.

M: Carbonation was huge (must be bottle conditioned) as the mouthfeel is dry and prickly.

O: A nice brett beer with a fairly aggressive hop profile. As someone else said, this is almost an Orval clone that is not as good.

A good brett beer, but not a great brett beer. Give me a Matilda any day of the week, it has more balance and complexity. Still, not bad.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Great Divide tulip. Pours a cloudy medium golden amber with massive overproduction of foam; a careful pour was 80% foam and it took a long time to get enough in the glass for a taste; the massive head dissipated completely to a thin film, ring around the glass and pillowy lacing. Aroma of light bready malt, both Belgian and wild yeast, Belgian spicing and a hint of citrus. Flavor is very light bready malt with a strong dose of Bretty wild yeast and hints of apple and stone fruit juice. Finishes with lingering wild yeast and light hops. Light bodied. I'm not a huge fan of wild yeasts, but enjoy a touch of Brett or wild yeast to a sufficiently complex ale; this one did not support the level of wild yeast to my taste. It is light and overall pleasant, but too single note to hold my interest.

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Photo of Ri0
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A - Dirty, hazy apricot hue. I poured it so gently and slowly, still took 2 pours as the massive foamy head erupted above the top of my tulip. Head retention is lasting a very long time.

S - Belgian yeast, rotten banana and other fruits (not as bad as you think). Sugar and spice, with a bit of floral hops and wet hay.

T - Belgian yeast and spice up front. Wet hay and some ripe fruit (no banana). A bit of floral hop and sugar round it out. Interesting.

M - Heavy carbonation, light bodied. Finish is slightly dry.

O - I typically like this style, but this one left me scratching my head. It is an odd combination of wet hay, fruit, spice and hop. I'll stick with a more traditional style, but this was good to try.

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Photo of teromous
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crazy volumes of carbonation. Opening the cap let off a hiss like a tractor trailer releasing its air brakes. I barely poured a dash of the beer and the whole glass is filled to the brim with foam. Be careful when opening/pouring. The head is an off-white mountain of clouds. The body is a hazy medium shade of gold. Good lacing on the glass.

S: I get a lot of saison character from the beer. It has a horsey barnyard smell to it...a lot of funk and sour scents.

T: The taste mimics the scent closely, focusing on a musky funk quality. There is a little bit of bread flavor, and a mild hop bitterness...kind of rustic tasting...a bit like rye bread in the aftertaste. Some sour notes in there as well, but it kind-of tinges the tongue and lips then dissipates. Some of the hop character comes through in the aftertaste as well...it is a very complex beer. My rating went from a 3...3.5...to a 4 while I continued to drink the beer.

M: It has a very nice mouthfeel. It's bright and perky, and the bitterness seems to counter-balance that by grounding the overall feel of the beer. It feels medium bodied. Drinkability is moderate, because the beer tends to be a bit abrasive with its sourness and bitterness. It's not something I would have more than a bottle of.

O: Overall I found the beer to be interesting and complex. I would recommend it to die-hard fans of Belgian sours, saisons, farmhouse ales, or just interesting beers in general. The carbonation seemed overdone, which makes it difficult to pour the beer (even for a highly carbonated Belgian beer). I probably won't be buying it again, but I don't regret buying it either.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey snifter.

A - The hyper carbonation of this beer yielded a very heady pour of a rocky off white head. The beer that rested underneath was a nice, slightly hazy dark orange. As the head receded it left behind some serious lacing.

S - The Aroma is definitely belgian with some nice brett characters, tropical fruits, citrus and a slight sour note and a nice hop presence. Looking forward to this.

T - The taste follows the nose rather closely with a fairly prevalent, earthy brett character and juicy tropical fruits. There is a nice hop bitterness. The finish has a slight band aid flavor to it. Fairly dry finish.

M - As mentioned, the carb levels are really high on this beer, but that also does an amazing job cutting the fairly heavy body.

O - This was a good beer that i am happy to see come on the scene from an american brewer. Its not as good as Damnation and has lots of room for growth, but its a great first atempt. I'll give this a shot after a few months again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

its better than average, but its a weird brew. smells like a well hopped belgian yeasty pale ale, which it indeed claims to be, but the flavor is more akin to a wild or sour ale. very pungent yeasty funk going on, totally dominating in fact. good malt balance and hop accents underneath, but i think the balance is off. mouthfeel is way too carbonated here. or maybe just in regards to its medium to heavy body, which seems an improper paradox here. 7% abv is nice and works well, but this one could use a tune up. lots of potential here.

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: straw gold and hazy. A massive three finger head that sticks around for a while. Eventually it breaks down and leaves a thin film with a small foamy iceberg in the center of the glass.

S: sour apples and funkyness.

T: follows the nose...seems a bit like some saisons I have had, but this seems a little off.

M: high carbonation and dry finish.

O: honestly, I am a little befuddled by this beer. It would seem that everyone I know who has had it has had a different reaction. I can't say I didn't enjoy this beer, but I can't say I did either. It continues to be an enigma to me.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden amber in color. Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: pine resin, hoppy, grassy, earthy, a bit funky.

Taste: earthy, caramel, hoppy, slightly medicinal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp on the tongue.

Overall: A decent beer. Not terribly complex. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Too much foamy head! It almost never went away. Im trying to drink this, and all I get is foam. NO NO! Other than that, cooper/dark orange, lots of lacing (obviously), hazy.

S- Sour, citrusy hops, & yeasty. Grapefruit forward. It's Belgian funky for sure!

T- Juicy and carbonated, with a grapefruit kind of hop presence. Sour towards the end. Finish is citrusy and somewhat sweet, and ends sour.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Juicy and bitter qualities prevent this from being extremely drinkable, but this beer was not designed to be a thrust quencher or had quickly.

I had Palm Speciale once, and I felt a sweat coming on when i had that. I am a little sweaty after drinking this. I have no clue if that is just these two beers or a side-effect of Belgian Pale Ales in general.

Overall, this was tasty. It didn't wow me, but it was good.

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Photo of ThirstyInAustin
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First ever review. Poured from a bottle into a new belgium globe glass.

A - Nice dark golden almost copper in color. Thick cream color head that really seemed to last for a couple of minutes.

S - Sweeter smell with a stronger alcohol smell on the end of it. lots of fruit on it as well.

T - Pretty smooth tasting. A bit of a bite and it seems like the alcohol taste is more in the middle than the end although it it isnt that high of an alcohol content.
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M - Seems pretty balanced. Has a nice solid taste that doesn't linger to long. Taste good and not to overly hoppier or complex.

O - Decent beer, Would probably drink again. Not overly impressive but good enough to drink if i needed something differnt.

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Photo of mattsander
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium clarity, glowing golden with an apricot center. Overcarbonated, a gusher. Long lasting nice head.

S: Spicy yeast character, lots of phenolic brett funk. Smell is complex but sort of 'dull' to me.

T: My bottle was overcarbonated which I feel dulled the experience. I wanted to taste a more malt and hop, the yeast and brett phenolics really dominate this beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fruity aroma has a yeasty overtone and a malty underpinning. Pours a pretty clear amber with a very thick and fluffy eggshell head. Sharp flavor is fruity and a little sour, with malty and yeasty undertones and a hint of woody hops. Smooth, firm texture has a subtle but persistent tingle and leaves a fruity, slightly hoppy finish. Overall, decent.

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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 nrs207
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy golden orange. Huge head, leaves some lacing.

S - Belgian yeast for sure. Very fruity.

T - A little hoppy bitterness, more fruitiness. Not a hoppy fruitiness, just from the yeast I'd imagine. Tastes very similar to other Belgian pales I've had, but the fruitiness really stands out. It's not a banana fruitiness like I've noticed in a lot of these, but more of a tart fruit. Maybe a green apple.

M - Pretty smooth. There's a pretty good amount of carbonation is this one. It's refreshing on the palate, and it's a light mouthfeel. No alcohol presence that I can feel.

O - It's a good beer. Not my favorite, but good for the style. Not a bad choice to try. If you like Belgians, give this a try.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
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?

TheBeerAlmanac.com

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Photo of bmwats
3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Amber hue. Large cascading, frothy head. Settles slowly, and unevenly. Spotty lacing.

S: Pine resin, and lots of lemon citrus. Lavender, fermented raspberry, and freshly cut grass.

T: Bitter pine and hay, with just a slight hint of raspberry.

M: Crisp and steely. Bitter throughout, with a very dry finish.

D: The bitterness will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Amber hue, with a large head and some slight lacing. Nose is really piney, accentuated with citrus and other fruit notes, with a really floral character. Bitter pine and hay with a touch of fruit. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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Photo of greybeardloon
3.51/5  rDev -10.2%
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 beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Translucent tarnished orange shows a strong display of effervesce. The head builds nicely on this, evident of a Belgian yeast strain that dominates the vessel. Soft cream coloring with a porous foamy content is a good 3 fingers high with a good rate of stay and a very good coverage.

S: Barnyard funk, hay and some horse blanket are first to get noticed from the strong brettanomyces presence. Wet aging barn wood. The yeast is dominant, the hops not so much, musky greenery.

T: Barnyard funk again, strong and musky tones of hay and horse blanket from the yeast. Musky grains, sour citrus and lemon with an earthy musky greenery. Touches of malt sweetness interlude.

M: fairly crisp upfront, frothy on the hold with a slippery texture and mid-range body. Sour musky fade. The brettanomyces yeast truly stands out and may not be for the faint of heart but overshadows what little hoppiness it has. Lots of barnyard funk and love the strong Belgian yeast, an aspect many American breweries tend to shy away from, this embraces it and doesn’t hold back. Youll either love it because of the yeast or be turned off.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Well thats pretty cool the carbonation is so good on this as I pop the cap I can see the bottle top fill with foam. In the glass I get a full inch of head that quickly turns to a patchy lace ring. Color is a hazy dark tinted amber/orange.

S - The nose smells promising with Belgium yeast spiciness, lemon and some floral hops.

T - Not really bad but the hops are pretty dry and piney in this. The sweetness of the Belgium sugar balance is minimal and it's hard to make out any other flavors because of how dry the hopping is.

M - Medium bodied and kind of hard to drink. Could use less hops.

Overall I have had more balanced Belgium pale ales but this one seems to be a Belgium IPA since the level of hopping is kind of excessive. One and done.

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a very thick, dense head that tops off the tulip right to the rim. Head slowly dissipates leaving plenty of lacing in the glass and settles into a nice island of meringue like foam. A nice ring of foam remains as well.

S- Loads of phenols in the aroma as well as hops. Smells of band aid, bretty funk, yeast, hops, faint malt and some tropical fruit notes like pineapple in the background. As the beer warms more of the Belgian like aromas take over and the signature brett aromas begin to dominate. Band aid like phenols along with aromas of apricots, pineapple, mango are the dominate smells once the beer opens up all the way.

T- Slightly spicy in the beginning followed by the band aid like phenols swiftly filled in with slightly sweet malt and bitter hops. Dries a little in the finish but not overly so. Hop bitterness lingers as well as a subtle brett like flavor that I can’t quite pin down.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of prickly carbonation.

D- Enjoyable and one that I find is worth sipping on to see how the beer develops as it warms. Not a bad example of an American made Belgian pale ale. I’d be interested to see how Green Flash develops this in future batches. Recommended to those that like beers like Orval and Ommegang BPA.

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Photo of threeviews
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,366 ratings.
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