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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of StoutSnob40
4.46/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

3 years old. The brett has developed so perfectly. It's light, effervescent, funky. Smells so dirty and wonderful. This beer was good fresh, but it's amazing aged.

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4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle decanted into an oversized snifter. 7% ABV.
Appearance: Hazy amber with a thick, rocky head (3.75/5).
Aroma: Sweet, earthy funk! Subtle layers of papaya and pineapple, and a touch of noble spiciness (4.25/5).
Taste: The aromas come through in the flavor as well, as does a beautiful wood quality. The flavor also introduces an interesting cherry character, as well as a subtle citrus note
Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium/high carbonation. There is also a touch of puckering quality from the wood flavor (4.25/5).
Overall: Beautiful example of how well Brett works in a Belgian Pale Ale. The base beer is solid, and the wild yeast adds layers and complexity. I am very impressed (4.25/5).

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3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy, beautiful orange-gold with huge head that just keeps foaming away. Takes quite a while for the head to recede to a drinkable level, and still leaves plenty of chunky, wispy foam.

S - Very funky. Sour grapes and cool pine.

T - Taste mimics the nose and is a bit one-dimensional at first. Very crisp, dry and tart white grape, grapefruit and pine. Only a quick, fleeting hint of caramel sweetness at first, but this deepens as the beer warms and helps to balance things out. A very floral flavor profile also emerges - pleasant, but bordering on soapy. Citrus flavors, especially lemon zest, also ramp up as the beer warms.

M - Abrasively crisp and over-carbonated at first. But this mellows to become velvety, only slightly prickly, and coats the palate nicely.

O - The bottle's main descriptor, "Belgian-Style Pale Ale," is a bit misleading. This brew drinks almost like a sour, thanks to the Brett, and is not for the faint of heart. If left to mellow for 10-15 minutes after pouring, it's really enjoyable - bitter-sweet and floral, with a faint vinegar presence lingering in the background to keep things interesting.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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2/5  rDev -47.9%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a Rock island snifter.

A: Crystal clear orange until the yeast is poured. Epic off-white head is soapy and sticks around; minimal lace though.

S: Big fruity notes, citrus pith, lemon, hints of banana. Peppery spices, flowery, clean grain, Belgian yeast. Juniper? Hints of herbs, evergreen. Brett sweetness with a decent amount of tartness.

T: Lots of mandarin orange, lemon peel, grapefruit, banana, peppery spice, almost to the point of being herbal. Lemon, fresh flowers, juniper berries and cardamom. Brett, clean grain, light sweetness with underlying tartness.

MF: Creamy medium body, dryer tart finish.

O: Really decent brew, this suits me more than Orval did. There is a nice peppery, tart, fruity component.

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy dark gold in color with a very large off white head that faded very slow and left a heavy lace
S-spicy bubble gum with some lemon many smells in this beer
T-spicy with a fruity bubble gum. Malt is there but the spice seems to be to main flavor with a warming flavor that leaves a spicy aftertaste
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-was better the first time I will try again and see what I get then

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ISmith87
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - 3.5 - Waaay too much carbonation on this one. The head is like 20 fingers deep, of loose white bubbles, but leaving a nice lacing on the glass ;) . The beer itself is a nice clear golden color.
S - 3.75 - Very peppery, spicy, belgian yeast scent. Reminds me a ton of Friendship Brew. Definitely some wheat, maybe some bread smells in there too.
T - 4.00 - This is a unique Belgian Pale Ale. Very spicy, peppery, the taste follows the nose. What's impressive about it is the taste comes really close to Orval. There's a breadiness to it that I like too.
M - 4.00 - light-medium, alc covered. Aftertaste is belgian yeasty/peppery notes.
O - 3.75 - This is a good belgian pale ale. I'm surprised at how similar it tastes to Orval. I wonder if maybe they're using the same yeast strain or something? It has a nice off flavor (yea, I know it's contradictory) that reminds me of the beer my grandpa drinks.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,367 ratings