Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

Rayon VertRayon Vert
BA SCORE
70.6%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 1,366 ratings
Rayon VertRayon Vert
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
428
Ratings:
1,366
Liked:
965
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
14.32%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
102
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,366 |  Reviews: 428
Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of BigMike
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of MacQ32
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Burt
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of JimmyFlatRock
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of srandycarter
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light clear honey, huge thick near white head slow to leave. Lots of cling.

S - Bandaids, mostly. A sharp, funky quality.

T - Nice malt, plus the sharp bandaide like taste. Nice.

M - Medium body, fairly creamy, balance is pleasant.

D - A very drinkable beer. THank you Green Flash!

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Photo of ehammond1
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Volsdawg10
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of BB1313
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert is bottle-conditioned. 12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours a transparent dark golden, huge frosty white head that doesn't go anywhere; great lacing. Pour slow. Phenomenal looking beer. The aromas are great.. lots of cherry and belgian funk. The hops are definitely present, but not in your face. Tastes great with lots of cherry, apricot, peach, pepper, and yeast. Very bitter, but in a subtle way.. great balance. Mouthfeel is smooth, spritzy, creamy. Extremely easy to drink. Wow, this is a winner.

This is probably the best BPA I've had. Pure winner from Green Flash. Try this stuff!

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Photo of schoolboy
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came highly recommended, but it disappoints. Wait a minute, maybe some cheese to clear the palate. That helps, I can taste it better, but it's way to much like a strong, hoppy wheat ale that doesn't work.

It is obviously a high quality beverage. It is stunningly beautiful in the glass. It is very fragrant, but the smell is the same as the taste, and I don't really like it. It was very expensive too. I do not intend to buy this again.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ranks up there with ones from Belgium! Wow. Vigorous pour, loads of carbonation, creamy long lasting head. Nose is incredibly assertive with wild bready notes, Brett, and spices. Very carbonated and tickly on the palate with abundance of wild, bretty flavors. Incredibly silky smooth.

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Photo of philbe311
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A standard pour yields a mammoth perfectly uniform fluffy light tan colored head comprised of big chunky bubbles... Stellar retention... The color is a dull slightly hazy amber... Loaded with swirling micro bubbled rapid paced carbonation... Loads of lacing clings to the glass...

S - A dynamic mix of Belgian yeast and potent earthy slightly pungent hoppiness... Some light fruit notes lie beneath the surface... There is also a distinctive funkiness... This really is a bit intoxicating, I love this aroma...

T - A mix of funkiness and Belgian yeast to start... An earthy hop presence... Some light fruity notes... White pepper notes... A light spiciness on the finish...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... The carbonation has a certain unique potency... A bit on the dry side of the equation throughout...

D - A very nice rather assertive Belgian IPA... A home run in terms of aroma... Solidly above average in all other facets... Definitely an American interpretation of the style... Tasty and something I would gladly drink again...

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Photo of DIPAFAN
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of thecheapies
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert. 12oz into a Rodenbach Grand Cru tulip.

Big flowery head that's pretty bleachy white in color. Slightly hazy orange-amber body. Okay lacing.

Smells woody, funky, a little floral, and a little tart. Moldy lemon peel, straw, bar soap, and green tea; but a tad sweeter than those descriptors suggest.

Taste follows the nose. A mildy spicy yeast bite plays as an introduction to funky Bretty textures of hay, detergent, and wet blanket. Lightly tart and a bit citrusy. Crisp and a little buttery. A bit of peach skin in the finish.

Medium in body, medium in carbonation or maybe a notch higher. Good scrub with some play. Well-balanced without any intrusive alcohol strength.

This is pretty kick-ass. Glad to have landed a four-pack. Didn't mean to crack this one open at 4:30 in the afternoon, but I dropped it against another bottle and it hissed at me. Very enjoyable Belgian Pale (a style I must pay more attention/respect to). Recommended!

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Photo of KeyWestGator
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of denver10
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange with a massive white head. Only slight lacing. A sweet and funky smell; sugary lemon, hay, and some pepper. Flavor starts off with some lemon and apple that leads into some tartness, some pepper, and sugared hay. Funky. Crisp, medium bodied to this. A nice brew for sure, the funkiness to this certainly adds a uniqueness to the style. They do it well but not sure I prefer this approach to the usual.

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Photo of Herky21
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of harrymel
3.11/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 03JUL12

So, I knew this would be overcarbed, but this was stupid. It took a pitcher to pour this 12oz bottle. Nice clear golden underneath. Retained none of the foam once it died down. Smells nice with raisin, pale belgian yeast character, some hints of grain and metal and a bit of bitterness; some green apple skins and meat come through as it warms. Flavor is fruity, apple, lemon, honeydew and grain, some clay and a touch of strep mutans (maybe that's my mouth though). Medium bodied with now minimal carb and an off dry finish. Meh, would like to try fresh because this didn't do well with the age IMO.

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Photo of DIM
4.26/5  rDev +10.9%
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 Pens1967
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of campfirebrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of wvsabbath
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, monster 3+ inch creamy, foamy head. Tons of lacing.

Smell - West coast ipa hop kick. Belgian yeast, plenty of herb and spices. Grapefruit, lemon and some pepper really make this interesting.

Taste - Nice belgian spices, malty and west coast sytle hops are the main flavor of this beer. Grainy aftertaste and floral, yet smooth and flavorful. Alcohol isnt really present, nor is this beer overly bitter.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, lots of flavor and easy to drink. Tounge gets alot of malts, spices, hops and sugars. Palette gets remaining malts and hops, and a little hop bitterness. Aftertaste is dry and sweet.

Overall - Really tasty and easy to enjoy. Not too sweet, not to bitter, and not too strong. Nice twist of the west coat hops to make this different from the rest. I find this really enjoyable and not as expensive as some of the other green flash brews. Will drink this oen again for sure.

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Photo of Danny1217
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a bottle with no date on it. Considering the Green Flash has been dating their bottles for a while now, who knows how old this is. They haven't been distributing to Florida for more than about 7 months now though, and I picked up a bottle from a Total Wine that just opened a couple weeks ago, so I have no idea.

It pours a hazy orange amber color with a huge foamy head. Tons of lacing and excellent retention.
It smells old. The brettanomyces are definitely very present, leading me to believe this bottle is indeed old. Very rustic, funky aroma. Slightly fruity and spicy.
The taste is slightly tart and very funky. Some floral hop presense, and some caramel malts. Overall the taste is just dominated by the brett. It is highly carbonated and finishes smooth and dry.

The brett flavor I get here is nice, but not quite the same as what I get from an aged bottle of Orval. Still, seeing as this is half the price and still pretty similar, it's a good option. Orval is possibly my favorite beer in the world, and Rayon Vert is a good homage.

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Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70.6% out of 100 with 1,366 ratings
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