Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

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428
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1,366
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
25.32%
 
 
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Photo of Mongrel
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of Scotchboy
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of a0lbudman
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of ISmith87
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
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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Photo of zbkai189
2.21/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured an ounce or two into a pint... ended up with 1/2 inch of beer and about a 5 inch head. Far too much carbonation, IMO. Very spicy. Tingly. The first thing that came to mind about the taste was "dish soap." Really, not good. Big letdown from GF... I'm a big fan of their other stuff. I'll try it again... maybe it was a bad batch?

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Photo of ClippersSD
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the most truly underrated beers out there. A very unique belgain pale ale. The closest beer it tastes like is Goose Island Matilda. Zesty and tart yet spliced with fruitiness. The only issue I run across with this beer is the carbonation. The poor resulted in an extra layer of foam. If you run across this, give it a try, a great beer.

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Photo of Glennlawless
2.45/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint.

A - hazy orange.thick froth like head that has huge retention.

S - Burnt plastic....maybe a little spicy and sour...

T - Super carbonated...spicey,peppery....getting some cardamom....but overall this plastic like smell is drowning the rest out...ugh. Compared to the ommegang farmhouse saison, this is pretty bad...im disappointed :\

M- creamy...too carbonated for me though, wow.

Overall, this beer wasn't for me...the plastic like smell and taste drowned everything out to me...

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured 2 oz. into my 12 ounce tulip and head overflowed. Kind of ridiculous. Took 15 min just to get the whole bottle intoy glass. Nice yeasty hop aroma with fruity floral notes. Clear golden orange once the fluff disappears off the top. A lot of funk on the flavor in a good way. I was expecting something very hop forward but this was closer to an effervescent farmhouse belgian. Very nice fruit, spice and yeast flavor with just a but of nice hop bite. A refreshing and well done brew.

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Photo of Bernoulli
1.92/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a pale yellow with a head that's at least 40% of the glass when poured by a pro... have napkins ready if you're less practiced or if any of your guests aren't forewarned.

The odor is strong and medicinal -- the closest we could come up with was somewhere between a lemon dish soap and, as noted by the server, vaguely reminiscent of a freshly opened plastic Band-aid.

The taste was much better than the smell ... but there was enough taste that matched the odor to make it hard to pull out the details a more refined palate might notice.

Mouthfeel was light and pleasant.

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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 thegodfather1076
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Simple label in the Green Flash style with simple yet nice graphics and color scheme that is very eye-catching. Label gives web info, a bit of brewery info, ABV info, states “Continuously everlasting”. No bottled on date. Bottle is embossed with Green Flash logo. Green Flash logo on cap.

Appearance: A slow pour from its 12oz brown bottle into a 13oz tulip glass led to a 3 finger tightly packed white head that turns airy and rocky atop a semi hazy deep golden orange color. Head explodes in the glass so much so that I had to make multiple pours to empty bottle. Amazing retention that was still going strong at 7 min leading to a thick coating and ring with extremely excellent lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells of a tart fruity estery aroma with a deep brett belgium yeast aroma. Has a bit of a green apple and spice in the smell as well as being slightly floral. Kinda Funky.

Flavor/Taste: Taste is very spicy and heavy on brett belgium yeast on the front end with a floral hop bitterness that come through midpoint along with a slight tart fruitiness that gives way to a floral brett finish and aftertaste. Funky and intersting.

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Heavily carbonated leading to a mouthfeel that is on the full side of medium bodied. Drinkable but funky!

Overall/Comments: This is a very unique and enjoyable beer that allows that drinker to sample some obscure flavors in a beer. Very interesting and complex. Classified as a Saison/Farmhouse Ale @ 6.8% ABV. Consumed 8/8/2013.

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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 M_C_Hampton
2.47/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle ( bottled 7/3/13) into a pint glass, Um...a gentle pour yields 3/4 of a glass of frothy off white foam on a layer orange amber colored cloudy liquid

S: bubblegum and apple, cider-like aromas, caramel

T: Sour apple, something is wrong here

M: very high carbonation

O: Is this beer supposed to taste like this or is something wrong? I don't like the sour apple hop funk taste.

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Photo of brurevu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Rayon Vert poured a hazy gold with a substantial off white head that speaks to the delightful effervescence. The aroma is all over the place with citrusy hops, some funky sourness, and a bit of Belgian yeast that sets you up for a dynamic flavor adventure. The taste is all over the flavor map in a good way with the citrus and bitter hops, some sweet fruitiness, along with some funk from the Brettanomyces that is all riding the wave of the Belgian yeast. Yes it’s all in there and it all tastes great. The flavors are delicately and deliciously balanced on a creamy medium body with plenty of that delightful effervescence that makes this a truly unique beer. I really dig this beer.

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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 AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tasting glass at the brewery.

Funky for a pale ale. Is there some Brett in here? Whatever Belgian yeast Green Flash uses in their Belgian pales I'm not crazy about. Lightly tart. Fruity. Interesting. Ultimately, I don't think it's for me.

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Photo of DIM
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled July 2012

a: Heavily hazed peachy golden. Towering head makes for a long pouring process.

s: Lightly funky bready grains, bright fresh lemon zest, peppery spice.

t: Comes across just as the smell suggests it would. Light Brett works great with lemony hops, apricits, and earthy grains.

m: Light and airy, not surprisingly.

o: Been too long since I've had fresh Orval to compare the two, so I'll just say I really like this beer a lot.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - murky, deep crimson color with huge white head

Smell - fruity and floral, I'm getting lemon, lime, strawberry, apple, yeast

Taste - green apple, lemon, lime, yeast

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, full carbonation, slightly sweet upfront and then the funkiness tartness and sourness kick in the aftertaste

Overall - good and enjoyable beer.

Price point - $3.19/12 oz bottle

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy, medium honey color. Head is amazing, the color of a wheat field, towering over the top of my goblet without spilling over the sides; it lasts a long time, and when it fades the lacing is tenacious. Really, as good as it gets for this style.

S: Quite fruity, with pear, apple, and even faint grapefruit aromas. There's a little clove and white pepper, plus a funky earthiness from (I suspect) the Brettanomyces. Again, very good.

T: Finally, first chink in the armor -- after the great appearance and lovely smell, the taste fails to meet expectations, although it's still good. Malty grains flavors are fleeting at best, with tart fruit dominating early (under-ripe plum and granny smith apple come to mind). The fruit gives way to a little more hops bitterness than most Belgian pale ales sport, tending toward the sharp notes of evergreen needles, and lingering a long time on the palate. Some of the aforementioned funkiness ends up on the tongue as well.

M: Heavily carbonated and crisp. There's no hidden alcohol -- it's very evident throughout. The finish is dry to astringent.

O: Stronger in sight and smell than taste and feel in the mouth. Still, a strong member of the style. Green Flash definitely puts effort into their products.

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Photo of Tuffburg-Mississippi
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was incredible!! Amazing and crazy flavor with a great nose. Although a little foamy head and a bit difficult to pour I absolutely loved it. There was something I couldn't pinpoint in the taste and that made it very interesting to say the least. Green flash has a phenomenal product in the Rayon Vert.

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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 MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured fairly slowly from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Apparently bottled on July 2012. Yes, a little over a year ago. Oh well, here goes.

Big frothy white head which crowned over the pint glass. Body was pale orange, somewhat cloudy, but with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Overall, looking very nice indeed. The lacing, well, clumps really, hung all over the glasss. Head, though eventually less than 1/2 inch, retained throughout

Most of what I got from the nose was spices, nutmeg I think. Also a fairly strong bready yeast smell.

Taste was just a bit jarring. The spices hung stongly on the back of the mouth, which was a little over medium. Eventually, the palate got used to it, and the second half went down quite smoothly.

Overall, an interesting beer, which I would likely have again. Certainly not a "slamming" beer, but one to take time and muse over. I have another in the fridge, and will likely try to pour it as slowly as possible, in order to try and avoid any cloudiness at all, just to see if it makes a difference.

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Photo of plbirder
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very foamy head with an aroma of bananas and other fruit. Slightly hoppy with lots of fruit flavor. slightly bitter after taste. There's some complexity in this brew that I have a hard time pinpointing but thats what makes it interesting Overall an interesting beer that I would have again. New to this review thing, doing my best.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a semi-cloudy amber, orange color with a giant foamy head. The aroma is filled with yeast, citrus, banana, and other floral scents. The taste is quite citrusy with lots of sweet fruits with a yeasty finish. I will agree with a lot of people and say this is way too carbonated. Still quite smooth but there is room for improvement.

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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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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 428 ratings.
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