Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3.84/5
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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
1,367
pDev:
14.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
102
Trade:
0
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Photo of thierrynantes
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer bottle (33 cl.) purchased from Le Souffleur de Bières, and tasted in 2013.

Appearance : orange amber color, with white foamy head.
Smell : hoppy and herbal aromas.
Taste & mouthfeel : malty, spicy and caramel flavors, leading to a dry yeasty finish.
Drinkability : a nice beer in the style Belgian Ale, close to Orval archetype.

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: huge, huge, huge foamy white head. Be careful with this, it's out of control. Beer is bright copper colored, faintly translucent

S: Floral and citrus

T: Piney, yeasty, a bit of spice. Almost like a saison. Lots going on here

M: light, dances on your tongue. Tastes like a very "active" beer

Overall: A very nice offering from Green Flash. Good to see them try a somewhat unique, non IPA style. Tasty beer.

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3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into oversized stemmed tulip. Produced 3 inches of light "root beer float" cream colored head. Frothy meringue like head that lasted for entire serving. Ale is a copper to amber color, slightly cloudy. Heavy lace. Excellent strong malt and bread like smell. Taste of sweet malt, mild hops and of sour fruit. Mild cling of alcohol viscosity in the mouthfeel as expected from a 7%. Overall a pleasant ale that I would recommend and sample again.

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4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,367 ratings
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