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

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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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1,366
Reviews:
428
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.07%
 
 
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Photo of axeman9182
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle as part of Amanti Vino's Beer of the Month package for April 2012. It was poured into my petite Duvel tulip.

Rayon Vert pours a nearly opaque burnt orange, lightening a fair bit along the edges when backlit. The fluffy white head tops out at more than four fingers worth of foam, and shows pretty good retention. Lacing is noticeably weak compared to some of its authentic Belgian brethren. The nose is both aromatic and complex. The brett quickly jumps out as I inhale, surprisingly potent for a relatively young bottle. There's lots of wet hay and lemon juice, with some light pepper and horse blanket present as well. Hops do a beautiful job of filling in the gaps, lending both herbal and light tangerine-grapefruit citrus aromas. The flavor manages to follow through on just about all the promise of the nose, delivering lots of funk buttressed by some well chosen hops. Those same hops though provide a touch too much bitterness, and it just becomes abrasive against the delicate balance of flavors otherwise present. The mouthfeel is superb, with a dry and crisp body and carbonation that's sneaky in how bubbly it is. Rayon Vert is a close domestic substitute for Orval, and that's pretty high praise.

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Photo of leaddog
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a golden amber with a large effervescent head.

Smell - Belgian yeast (brett), peach, tropical fruit, a touch of leafy hops.

Taste - Lots of flavour from the brett (e.g. peach), slight touch of leafy hops. Takes a sweeter, fruitier approach. Nice light bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a high level of carbonation. Slightly fluffy.

Overall - An enjoyable Belgian pale ale by Green Flash. The fruitier approach worked well in their favour. Looking forward to trying more offerings from this brewery.

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Photo of wcintula
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring gently produces a great head,, ecru, puffy, uneven, leaving lace behind. Smell is a nice balance of malt, honey, dry brett yeast, hops. The taste follows the profile perfectly. I'm picking up a dry smell of plastic or band aid-ness, butt nothing to deter from the enjoy-ability of the beer. Great beer, can't tell it's 7%

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Bottled on "07/24/13."

Yeah, that's a perfect pour right there - amber sunset, and the yeast is so intense in this that the first few ounces yielded about 5 fingers worth of head and tons of bubbles. As it settled, I continued to pour more in until it produced a foamy, ice cream like topping that stuck above the regular creamy pour for a good long while. Tons of soap like bubbles pop around the creamy froth, and some decent stickiness comes around. It doesn't last forever and the head eventually vanishes by the very end. However, I haven't seen a beer of this caliber this beautiful since, say, Orval.

Wow, that's some funky stuff - if this is supposed to be their take on Orval it's quite a good one, but far more rustic in its own manner. Notes of grapefruit, papaya, and pineapple are soaked in all kinds of barnyard notes from the Brett, which ranges on wet hay, dried grass, horse blanket, and one of those damp, moist cloths that's spent some time in this very vivid, imaginative environment I keep picturing. A little bit of lactic sourness rounds it up, as well as a brief whiff of toffee, but it's otherwise truly funky - and the extra Belgian-styled ingredients add nothing but extra spiciness and fruitiness that make it truly unique.

The flavor immediately takes me straight to a farm or countryside, much like the ones I grew up around in my childhood - wet hay, a damp cloth-like flavor, alongside notes of cheese rind, horse saddle, grass, and all kinds of other earthy flavors. This is a true out-of-body beer drinking experience - the barnyard flavors are full fledged at this point and provide a farmhouse recipe that is to be reckoned with other breweries of this size. A little smoky at the finish, as well as bitter, with notes of orange peel, pine, grapefruit, apricots, and pineapple. It's like a West Coast IPA in some respects, and the caramel, yeasty texture makes it similar to various Belgian varieties, but the funk due to the Brett makes this very intense in a sense that kind of transcends the farmhouse style - basically, not for beginners! While it's refreshing, it loses its gas rather quickly as it warms up, which is super disappointing given how initially enjoyable it was. Gets flatter, less funky, and far maltier in the end. Oh, well, better consume it cold as quick as possible next time.

Overall, I can say this is a high quality farmhouse ale, and definitely one that is more experimental and funky as it can get. Great stuff, and I only wish it weren't as delicate. I definitely will pick some of these up and cellar them in the future - my only fear is if my timing goes wrong, that this will turn into a smoky band-aid mayhem rather than a progressively grassier result that it seems destined to become.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a goblet.

Rayon Vert has a hazy copper appearance with thick white head. Great retention and good lacing left behind.

Aroma is really unique and very pleasant. It's loaded with fresh tropical fruit and citrusy, floral hops.

Flavor is intense but balanced. There is a light malt base that really lets the abundant hops and Belgian yeast shine. The hops have lemon, grapefruit, and spice notes. The yeast adds a kick of black pepper.

Mouthfeel is medium-light in body and well carbonated. Balanced but lots of good hoppy bitterness.

Overall a really nice Belgian IPA if you ask me.

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Photo of wineman77
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into an Affligem goblet.

Rich orange amber with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Heavy lacing.

Nose of tart lemon, Bretty funk, a fruity aroma reminiscent of cherry infused vinegar. Very aromatic. Very interesting.

Lighter in body with a ton of carbonation. Very refreshing. A bone dry finish that made we come back for more. Earthy, slight tartness, herbal notes, lightly roasted malt finish.

I drank this by itself, but would love to experiment with food pairings. Can see this being a very versatile food beer. I have thoughts of steamed mussels, hard cheeses, and much more.

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Photo of JMad
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden copper color with a lofty, foamy off white head that kept growing, The aroma consists of some lemon, vinegar, nice and funky with some grassy notes. It tastes of bitter lemon peels with just a slight sourness, lots of citrus peel, grass a,d belgian yeast. The beer is pretty light bodied with a ton of carbonation and a dry metallic finish. I think this beer will really develop with some age, seemed quite 'raw' at this point. Still good though, dont get me wrong.

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Photo of rand
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12 oz bottle to tulip...sneaked this into a movie and reviewed on my phone 08/21/2012

A: Copper-tan in color, the beer forms a huge, fluffy head. Slowly receding, the tulip glass is covered in sticky lacing.

S: The nose is crisp lemon-pepper and funk. Grassy and spicy, with lemon rind lingering.

T: Flavors are layered on the palate, with lemon sweetness and drying funk leading the way. Yeast has a surprising, almost puckering, drying effect. Earthy grassy flavors blend with toffee-tinged malts. Notes of white pepper close a long, dry finish.

S: Quite carbonated and effervescent, which works with the complex and layered flavors.

It's nice to see 4-pack bottles of this everywhere. This is the kind of brew you'd look for in a special release, but Green Flash graced us with wide availability. I'm sure I'll have many more of these in my beer-drinking career.

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Photo of coldriver
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 pz bottle pours a deep amber with massive fluffy head. Aroma is earthy with lemon and a bit of alcohol. Taste is peppery and lemony citrus hops, and coriander. Fairly thick mouthfeel with dry finish. I'm typically not into Belgian styles, but I'm coming around and this one is very enjoyable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: three finger thick frothy head on a murky golden amber body.

S: strong aroma of clove, yeast, banana, herbs and pineapple.

T: this one is very sharp and spicey off the back with a strong herbal and clove presence. The yeast is nicely represented through out. There is mild citrus sweetness but its very tart in the finish with orange and pineapple.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. semi dry finish as expected.

Overall: this one is pretty tart and yeasty with strong herbal notes that dont get easier to drink as its consumed hurting drinkability.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Huge gushing head that takes up the whole glass and takes a while to settle. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A yeasty, sour, and funky Belgian style aroma with a lots of tart fruit hints. Belgian yeast upfront with lots of hints of funk and Brett. Big hints of sour green apples and tart cherries. Spice hints of clove, white peppers, and coriander. Wheat and pale malt with hints of grains, straw, and crackers. Citrus hints of orange peel, lemon zest, mango, lime, grapefruit, and pineapple. Also some candied sugar sweetness and hints of grassy and piney hops. A very nice zesty aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma, a very yeasty, funky, and sour Belgian pale ale taste with big notes of tart and zesty fruits and a nice backing of hops. Belgian yeast with some upfront funky notes of Brett. Mix of spices including some clove, white pepper, and coriander. Big taste of tart green apples and cherries. Bready pale malt and wheat with notes of grains, cracker, and straw. Citrus fruit notes of orange peel, mango, grapefruit, pineapple, lime, and lots of lemon zest. Some sweet candied sugar. Solid backing presence of hops with some grassy and piney notes. Pretty solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very high amount of carbonation. Tart and fairly prickly and smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice spin on a Belgian style pale ale. Good zesty fruit flavors with a good dose of Brett tartness. Carbonation could of been tamed a bit.

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Photo of argock
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date obvious. Single purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.89.

A: SLightly hazy apricot with massive 5-finger head that mushroom clouds with foamy light ivory colored out the top of the glass. There is some lacing near the top of the glass.

S: To me the Brett character is medium-to-strong, but I don't have a very high tolerance for that aroma. The sweaty, medicinal, phenolic character is dominant without a doubt, but there are some citrusy and piney hops notes and light caramel and cracker malt attributes.

T: The flavor is also strong on Brett character, which I usually do not enjoy very much, but this beer integrates it with the pine and grapefruit/honeysuckle/lemongrass hops character and crackery malt very nicely. There is a high degree of phenol in this beer along with pungent sour sweat but also lemon pepper and tart apple/crabapple. If I had to associate this beer with one smell it would be with souring/rotting crabapples under my grandparents' tree in their backyard. It is a very interesting flavored beer, and too Green Flash's credit, the first beer I thought of when drinking it was Orval.

M: If I have one complaint about this beer is that the feel is too slick and solvent-like. The dryness in the finish is medium, but it accentuates the somewhat solventy feel too much. The very high degree of carbonation is understandable given the desire to create a lighter feel, but I think it could be ratcheted down a notch or two.

O: I enjoyed Rayon Vert more than I thought I would as I usually don't like Brett beer very much at all. I would still pick Flying Dog Raging Bitch over this in a head-to-head of American interpretations of Belgian styles (I like the malt and hops character a little more and body of that beer a lot more), but Rayon Vert is a brew I will try again as my palate continues to develop as it does serve up a wondrous number of aromas and flavors.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy light amber color with a big chewy pile of eggshell white head with loads of chunky lacing left behind. The aroma is a pleasant, polite herbaceous clove that fights back the hint of bubblegum sweetness. Intense grain and the herbal hop are a compelling marriage. The taste brings a similar effect with clove, bubblegum and murky rice/wheat/malt. The herbal, near mint tea, blends smoothly with the stubborn earthy grain for a somewhat unique mouthful of Belgian nuance. Medium bodied with a crisp feel, this is entirely loveable! Another nice Green Flash!

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Photo of CircusBoy
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
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 SunDevilBeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went thru my Belgian phase years ago, & never was a fan of funky beers made with brett yeast. But I love GF beers & saw this was new, so I decided to give it a go.

Pours a beautiful bright gold with a tight tiny bubble head. Flashed back & smelled that funky Brett yeast along with some pepper & lemon notes prior to the sip. Awesome floral scent, a true symphony of flavors to the nose.

Nice balance of lemon, black pepper & slight funk in the taste. Tight carb & very bubbly on the tongue. Funk is more pronounced in the aftertaste in a good way. Also a bit tart. Alcohol is well hidden & this is a fairly easy-drinking beer.

Really liked this beer & will buy again when I'm in the mood for something Belgian-ish.

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Photo of KDawg
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice and rich orange/gold color with a nice frothy head

very complex with aromas of funk, oranges, florals, spice aromas and a bit of grains. Excellent depth on the aromas as well

medium/full bodied with very balanced flavors of spices, funk, oranges and a hint of various citrus flavors.

A quality belgian ale. The wild yeasts add good complexity along with a real good feel.

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Photo of wedge
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sparkling, deep gold color after leaving most of the sediment behind in the bottle. A nice, fat head crowns the top, dropping slightly to a clumpy, frothy covering. Lovely, funky Belgian aroma...spicy, bright lemon, herbs, pear, and leather. Flavors of clean, zesty citrus, grass, phenolics, light earthy hop bitterness, and dry, estery yeast. Funky with a mild sweetness. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, and a little drying. Good stuff! Pulls off the style very well for a US brewery.

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Photo of beagle75
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with over one finger of off-white foam head that diminishes to a large and lofty pad. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Goat pasture is featured in the smell, standing out rather boldly but not detracting. Spicy hops are also present, as is mild aromatic malt.

T: Begins bone-dry, with tangy citric acidity and yeast phenolics that suggest baking spices. Green herbaceous hop aromatics gain momentum into the middle, where a whiff of biscuit malt adds to the overall layered effect. Bitterness is striking for the style and of long duration, with some herbaceous spice and lively citrus acidity, yet also clean.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and acidic on the palate, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: This beer stands out among high-volume, American-brewed Belgian-style ales in that it pulls no punches in its handling of brettanomyces yeast. While the standout brett notes are not unique to this beer, it does as good a job carrying the distinctive rustic notes as any American-brewed beer yet encountered. While not quite truly tart, it does come equipped with a driving acidity that strips the palate, ushering renewal with every well-carbonated sip. A telling move for Green Flash to add this beer to its year-round core lineup; it elevates the brewery above the middle ground of operations that make a decent IPA.

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Photo of DemoniChris
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of PDXtoSoCal
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle in a Tulip Glass

A: golden yellow with a great pillow of head
S: Very nice nose; the Belgian part of the influence is very apparent
T: Funk right up front. Earthy/Floral notes on the back end
M: Tight carbonation with medium body
O: A Great American interpretation of the Belgian Pale Ale

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. 1.5 years old.

dark golden color. great head. very bretty and funky aroma...oooh! taste starts out dry and then the funk of the brett hits you full force. wow! age has done this beer wonders. so much better than when it was fresh. medium carbonation and a mild body. great!

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Photo of Tucquan
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-04-05 in Columbia, PA

A - Golden-straw with a 4-finger pillowy white head into a belgian-style 13 oz goblet. Head fades to 2-fingers pretty quickly.

S - Fruity yeast esters with smells like pear and apple cider starting to ferment and white wine. Mild grassy aroma and very pale malt.

T - Taste has more grassy/hay, malty and bitter than the smell. The pear and apple flavors are still there but the Brett sourness, while tasty, doesn't let their fruit juiciness shine through. The white wine taste is certainly still there. The bready sweetish malt helps support the flavor. The aftertaste is lightly sour and pretty bitter.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Crisp and pretty refreshing.

O - A very nice take on a Brett beer. It's not as balanced as Orval but I like the way it is more hopped up both fruit-wise and bitter-wise.

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Photo of alexgash
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Urgent gushing upon cap removal. Managed to get most of it in the glass though. Ruddy gold, chill hazed body shows itself once the foam settles. Big, rocky, towering, light beige head. Great cobwebs of lace up the glass. Nose features tropicalish fruit malts with a candy edge, grassy, perfume-y hops, and slightly funky farmhouse yeastiness.

Sweetish wheat malt up front. Soft candied tropical fruit notes fill in. Slightly metallic, minerally, herbal hop bitterness comes on toward the end. Somewhat-funky yeast throughout, providing a substantial "Belgian" twang. Juicier fruits in the finish along with pepper-ier, spicier hops. Dries out a bit. Creamy feel in a medium body that finishes with a strong undercurrent of carbonation. Nice.

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Photo of billab914
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Mad Fox glass. It pouted a hazy, orange amber color with a thick, rocky white head to it.

The aroma shows a lot of the earthy Brett to it with some peppery and clove spice and a little bit of a funk to it. I get a good amount of zesty citrus as well with some notes of orange and lemon.

The Brett is also pretty evident in the taste. I get more of the earthy spice with a little bit more of a funk to it in the finish. A citrusy orange and lemon zest is present as well. It's dry and crisp in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being above average. Overall it was a pretty solid beer. It had a nice balance between the Brett and the citrusy hops. It was crisp and clean with some really nice flavors. The Brett was well done as well. Very good beer overall and a very impressive American version of a classic style.

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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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