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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ocelot2500 on 12-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Givemebeer
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle in between 1-2 years old.

A: HUGE fluffy head. Currently just smelling and waiting for it to dissipate. Copper color is best I can describe the color. Tantalizing.

S: Barnyard funk, acidic, tart cherries galore. The brett has definitely done it's work here.

T: Taste does not follow the nose as much as I expected. Spicy with some real funk. Herbal, woodsy and lemon.

M: Medium bodied with a nice, dry finish.

O: The Brett has worked wonders on this. Complex in the nose and taste and it all rounds out to a relatively clean beer in the end. I'll get this again.

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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 BradtheGreat7
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review taken from notes: Late Spring 2013

12 oz brown bottle Green Flash style. Freaking love their bottle shape!! Label is typical Green Flash design with the designated color for Rayon Vert. Beautiful bottle and label as usual. Poured into a stemmed Belgian style tulip. This glass has had some work of late! But still as stunning as ever. Libbey crafts excellent glassware.

A - golden orange sunset in color with a bit of haze to it. Creamy and massive off white colored head is described in one word: Huge. It just keeps rising and carries an excellent thick texture and creaminess to it. One of the clumpiest rings of lace I've ever seen. It just floats there leaving a unworldly amount of stick. A real treat to look at. Some thin yeast sediment floating about the semi hazy body.

S - citrus hops up front with juicy grapefruit whiffs and softer orange notes. A bit of candied fruit, green apple, and the faintest hint of candied apricot. The Brett yeast shows no weakness and seers right through the citrusy hops up front adding a slap of belgian funk. Hops quickly turn to classic west coast pine like hops midway. Fresh hay like malt lays way to the overall complexity of the nose, balancing the aroma in a near perfect manner.

T - doesn't quick backup the almost amazing nose, but still provides a nice flavor. Just not quite as complex. Fruit and Brett yeast funk up front with the Brett notes never really falling out of the spotlight. Yeast has some funk and twang about it which goes well with the style. Malts a bit subdued compared to the nose but the hay and semi sweet candied malt do show up for a brief moment. Green apple, citrus inspired hops also give it a west coast feel but just not as pronounced.

M - medium bodied and drinks like a typical ale that uses Brett. Texture and thickness is there from Green Flash though not quite as good as some of their other stuff. Fairly refreshing and almost dry mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

O - I enjoyed Rayon Vert and have multiple since my review. It's a consistent brew that push the Bretty yeast across the palate in fashion. I'm not usually big on Brett, but for those who are this is a tremendous ale that does quite nicely at what its called for. You always get well crafted ales from Green Flash and Ragon Vert doesn't disappoint. A solid Belgian style pale. I can see why so many people enjoy this. Ill be running back to this one in the future.

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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 KMcG
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is explosive. There is a massive head, but it is light with large lacey bubbles. It's a bit sticky too. I didn't pour the last 1/4 form the bottle because I noticed some serious sediment. So this review is pre-sediment pour. Once the sediment is added, which I tried to minimize, the beer is hazy, but without it, the beer is color is a pale orange with only a slight frosty haze. The lace retention is nice.

The aroma is fruity with slight yeast must . Faint citrus, clove and honey sort of like Juicyfruit gum.

The taste is fairly complex. The hops are bright and fruity. There is some barn-like funk, but it is much milder than you would find in a saison for instance. The finish is peaches and pears as well as a carmel sweetness and clove that is combined with a doughy flavor that reminds me of cobbler.

The body is medium with decent carbonation. There is a lingering sweetness to the aftertaste that is pleasant and soft.

This beer was a gift from a friend. I would seek this one out for sure. I enjoyed it!

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to output01x for this beer.
Gave this one a normal pour, nothing special except the stop 75% of the way through to agitate the bottle. This got me two fingers of foamy white head that sat there for a few minutes. Body color is like apple cider, and the beer is cloudy with a good amount of suspended particles noticed. Head finally goes down to a thick foamy ring and topping. Thus I drink.

Strong pine and citrus hop smell. Digging deeper you find the belgian hints, a little funk, some yeast, banana and spices.

Banana was the first flavor I got off the bat. This transitioned to pine with a grapefruit and orange backbone. Yeast and cloves both intermingle and finish her off with some banana.

Medium bodied. Dry. Nothing to write home about on mouthfeel.

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

Imbibed at the green Flash tasting room on 12/30/11. Review done from notes and recent bottle tasting to refresh my memory.

Pours a golden orange color with a wispy white head that clings to the glass. What's there laces well. It should be noted that the bottle version has about a 3 finger head and laces well. Funky lemon sums up the first aroma to hit your nose best. Pineapple, banana, grapefruit, orange, and cardamom followed by spicy yeast. A bit funky. No allspice or "heavy" spices to speak of. Pale Belgian malt backbone is apparent. The taste is surprisingly fruity, with most of the aforementioned aromas translating well to the tongue. Citrus esters with a solid amber malt supporting. Very orangey, which is rare in a beer (without being disgusting). Musky yeast turns bitter along with the hops. Middle to thin mouth feel make this drinkable. Well balanced with a dry finish.

Of all the beers I tried at GF, this was my favorite. I can't believe it's year round. They really melded the best of the West Coast hoppiness with the Belgian Tripel spiciness. It's good on tap or in a bottle. The yeast still shows through when on tap. Not much else to say about this beer except that you need to drink it.

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Photo of PeterIngemi
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel glass

A- pours a hazy copper/amber with a rocky 3 finger slightly off white head, which dissapates nicley and leaves a ton of lacing, a very nice looking brew

S- some serious Brett funk, nice and tart, citrus, a hint off clove, but mostly lemony sour funk, touch of pepperyness

T- much like nose, very funky and tart, the clove is there but it takes a back seat and blends in nicley with the rest of the taste profile, a few light grassy notes in there too, this is an awesome tasting beer.

M- lush and refreshing high/medium carbonation gives this brew a touch of effervescence, very drinkable, I guess I would say medium bodied, creamy.

O- this beer is awesome!! And I could see it being really awesome on a nice hot summer day, nice tart citrus funk, very well done.

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Photo of JohnG190
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - cloudy amber with huge, creamy white head that never seemed to dissipate.

Smell - fruity esters and biscuity malt dominate the aroma with a slight floral note and some yeast funkiness.

Taste - closely follows aroma with a hint of spice and some funky brett tartness. Finishes dry.

Mouthfeel - medium body with prominent carbonation.

Overall - tasty Belgian pale with just enough funkiness to make it interesting.

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Photo of pmlondrigan
4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my tulip. Glowing pale orange color. You can see the CO2 escaping from the base of the glass. This one is capped with a huge merangue like head leaving behind sheets of belgian lace. Bready and slightly phenolic on the nose. Lightly hoppy in the citrus department too. The first sip lets you know the Brett is here. I love how citrus and Brett play together. Horse blanket, funk, smokey and phenolic. Yup its spicy. But wait there is more, bready malts. A little prickly and slightly over-carbed.
A very good interpretation of a Belgian Pale finished with Brett. A little over-carbed. Good Brett presence. I will be purchasing this again.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle kept in fridge, poured into a Tulip Glass.

A- Pours a very clear deep golden almost pumpkin orange color with 4 fingers of foamy, off white head. Even with a careful pour the head on this one piles up quick and lingers a while, and leaves chunky lacing on the glass.

S- Sour pears, some Brett funk, earthy herbal hop aromas.

T- Interesting flavor. Starts off with some spicy, peppery flavors that give way to a moderate Brett flavor. Finishes a tad dry.

M- Nice amount of carbonation. Would say it's a high amount. Easy drinking medium body.

O- Would buy this again. A good one to try if you want to experience Brett flavor thats not overwhelming.

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Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Damn you, Green Flash, with your cases only bottle dating! Not as big a deal with this one as some of their others, but still a pet peeve.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a huge 3-4 finger pillowy head. I let it settle for five minutes or so, and the head reaches an equilibrium around one finger. After it sits for a few minutes, I notice that at the top of the beer, there is a one finger layer that is a bit lighter in color than the rest of the body. I swirl it a bit and it disappears, then reappears again. I'm not sure what this layer is, but it looks pretty cool, even if it isn't supposed to be there. Also some noticeable tiny floaters suspended in the body.

S - Very floral with lots of coriander. As significant amount of pepper, spicy hops, and fruitiness. Also a touch of Brett-like funk.

T - The floral character follows the nose. Big flavors of peppery lemon, tartness, with a hop bite. There is a bit of a funkiness that makes this beer sort of a BPA/Saison hybrid and I think that is a very good thing. Very well done.

M - Has prickly carbonation, characteristic of the style, and a medium body. The finish is dry, yet refreshing.

O - I was very impressed by this Green Flash offering. The aroma and taste were phenomenal. It has the bite of a BPA, with a bit of saison funkiness/tartness. The flavors melded well, and it has an impressively refreshing character for a 7% beer. Great for a hot day. I will certainly get this again.

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Photo of dubinsky
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Lost Abbey snifter.

A - The hyper carbonation of this beer yielded a very heady pour of a rocky off white head. The beer that rested underneath was a nice, slightly hazy dark orange. As the head receded it left behind some serious lacing.

S - The Aroma is definitely belgian with some nice brett characters, tropical fruits, citrus and a slight sour note and a nice hop presence. Looking forward to this.

T - The taste follows the nose rather closely with a fairly prevalent, earthy brett character and juicy tropical fruits. There is a nice hop bitterness. The finish has a slight band aid flavor to it. Fairly dry finish.

M - As mentioned, the carb levels are really high on this beer, but that also does an amazing job cutting the fairly heavy body.

O - This was a good beer that i am happy to see come on the scene from an american brewer. Its not as good as Damnation and has lots of room for growth, but its a great first atempt. I'll give this a shot after a few months again.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours rich gold in color with reddish hues in the light; has a big three finger head with moderate retention and some splotchy lace left on the glass.

S - Aroma is full of many subtle notes and not really very intense. Very herbal, hops, malt and yeast are all there with noticeable funk. As it warms more fruit comes out, grapefruit, lemon and some tropical notes.

T - Sweet malt and funk upfront and then a little burst of hops takes over the palate, as it fades your left with funky tart and bitterness. Herbal and spicy with more of a lemon rind bitterness.

M - Super smooth and balanced, great feel overall.

O - This is a really well balanced and very enjoyable offering from Green Flash. I would really like to see how this one continues to develop over time.

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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 bfields4
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden filtered body. Big frothy lacy white head.

Peppery spicy sweet Belgian aroma. Nice candi sugar citrus notes. Green apple Belgian yeast.

The spicy peppery clove Belgian spice blend couples with a nice floral slight citrus hop. The twang from the brett provides for a nice dry finish.

Light with good amounts of carbonation. Easy sipping flavorful complex brew. Could very easily be my new goto summer higher alcohol beer.

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Photo of Auracom
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to John for this one! 12 oz. bottle poured on March 9th, 2012 into a Bruery tulip.

A - Cloudy, dark golden coloring. Large, three-finger light yellow head. Okay retention and absurdly thick lacing.

S - Definitely get the Belgian influence here. Bretty must, hay, and wet grass. Light cherry tartness. Acidic light fruits. A light undertone of malt grains.

T - Underwhelming. Bready yeast, light hops, further citrus. Faint residual sugars. Not a whole lot of depth here.

M - Light-medium body, average carbonation, semi-dry finish.

D - The brett yeast is a bit soft compared to what I expected, though I still enjoyed the aroma. Taste really didn't bring anything new to the table.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, thanks to Danieelol, poured into an Amager tulip.

Gigantic 3 finger head of off-white foam and growing as it leaves the bottle. Beer is a deeper golden colour with a bit of haze about it. Decent head retention and some lacing spots.

Nice smell of musty Brett along with citrus in the form of orange and orange peel and a little bit of ground spice.

Taste has some Brett about it along with some "passio-nectar" juice about it. Does seem a little simplified compared to how it smells.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and then you remember the ABV of 7% and it is what it should be. The Brett doesn't dry or tart it out too much as you are keen to always head back for more. The excessive carbonation upon pouring doesn't seem that noticeable here.

Nice beer to drink, refreshing for hot days, enough going on to drink whenever. Seems to execute well what it set about to do.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heady like an Ivy League grad, receding only when it decides to, leaving something behind that can only be described as what you'd see from an ice cream float. What is beneath is hazy golden-orange, with significant carbonation pushing upwards.

Massively Belgian on the nose, pungeantly tart, with lemon, grass, earthy freshness. Something Brett-like as well.

Funky, no doubt. Horsey, floral, otherwise difficult to put a finger on.

Dry, with a muted effervescense that pops on the tongue. Closes a bit like champagne.

This second one of the four is growing on me - not outstanding, but interestingly complex and fairly enjoyable.

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Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured with a ridiculous amount of head. I mean honestly, I had to suck down foam twice just to get this thing into the glass! The foam sticks around for awhile too; the beer itself is a light coppery haze that when held up to the light becomes golden.

S- Very sweet and citrusy in the nose.

Taste - Very balanced, not nearly as sweet as I would have believed from the nose alone. There is still a lot of sweet malt flavor here but it plays fairly nicely with some peppery hop bits. Quite a flavorful gulp!

Mouthfeel - Solid presence here, not watery and not anything you will choke on.

Overall - I am very impressed with this beer. It is quite a bit hoppier than I would expect from a belgian pale ale but quite tasty. Color me a big fan of this beer.

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Photo of TheCondor
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was on vacation in Branson when I found this at Mac a Doodles liqour store near the Branson Landing. I will write a review on that later, more to follow on that. Anyway, I've never found this in a bottle, only on tap mostly. Side poured with standard vigor into my Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - awesome golden color with a magnificent, three finger pillowy head that towers over the brew. Excellent retention, excellent lacing, one of the best presentations I have ever seen out of any beer. Absolutely ridiculous.

Smell - soapiness, Belgian yeast, funk, some breads and a little citrus. A little short in the nose, but still riding high on the presentation.

Taste - yeast, funkiness, breads, Belgium what! There is a funk at the beginning of the drink which is followed by bready malts on the palate. A little hint of fruit. Barnyard funky, like Geoge Clinton.

Mouthfeel - finishes smooth and clean with a bit of hop bitterness. Funk stays on the palate for a while, really tasty. I love it

Overall - this is a great beer, I really enjoy it. I heard a lot about it from one of my friends, finally got a chance to try it thanks to liqour store in Branson, a little surprising. Condor recommended and approved

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Photo of josefnewsong
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - deep golden color, two fingers white head
S - wow...brett yeast, melon/citrus hops, funky and almost dirty smelling, very strong scent. This is the first time I've actually smelled that cat piss smell that people talk about - and oddly enough it is good albeit a bit off-putting once pinpointed
T - brett yeast spice and funk with some cantaloupe rind and fresh citrus hops. was not expecting such a unique pale - this one truly gets style points. not super clean tasting if you take my meaning, its got some balls to it. The only thing holding it back from a 5 for me is that cat piss characteristic - oddly enjoyable until you think about it. I advise not thinking.
M - crisp and bubbly, especially in the finish, medium-bodied
O - was really surprised at the quality and uniqueness of this beer. two just went down in the cellar. can't wait to see what it turns into over the years

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

What a bretty beast... Pours a murky orange with a huge bubbly head. Brett barnyard funk dominates the nose, with some spice and a hint of fruit. Those same things are fully present in the taste, along with coriander and even a bit of a cardamom. A bit astringent. Crisp medium mouth without a lot of carbonation. It's not as refined and balanced as Orval, but nonetheless good if you're a brett head.

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Photo of BlackBearForge
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rayon Vert pours a light golden amber in the glass, more golden than amber with a truly tremendous frothy foamy bone white head leaving great clumps of bubbly lacing on the glass as it subsides.

The nose is strong and very reminiscent of the barnyard (but in the pleasant beer-ish sort of way) with earthy hops.

The pale malts are fresh baked bread goodness with a stong spicy yeasty ester background and strong earthy hop presence. The barnyard character of the nose is present of course and the beer starts off dry and finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness in the back of the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium and lightly creamy, and despite the fact this beer forms a four inch head on an initial "gentle" pour, the carbonation is also medium.

After an initial reaction, simply due to being unacustomed to the barnyard Brett character, I developed a great liking to this beer. A very nice change from the IPA's and Oktoberfests I've been consuming mass quantities off.

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Photo of flayedandskinned
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle date, but I originally picked up this bottle in early 2012, So its about a year old.
Poured into a Duvel Tulip.

Appearance: Pours a cloady, pale orange with a mountainous 3 finger pure white head with great retention and leaves some sparse lacing behind.

Aroma: Wild Brettanomyces yeast right upfront; damp and musty hay, and big tart juicy pineapple. Light grassy hops linger in the background and if you search for it, you'll find the soft bready malts.

Taste: Big wild yeast right up front; more funk and slighty tart pineapple, with lemony hops in toe, after the high carbonation dies on your palate, you're greeted by more citrusy hops and funk before a comforting cracker-like malt comes in to smooth over your carbonation ravaged tongue. Finishes dry and bitter with a lingering funkiness from the brettanomyces.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with brisk, high carbonation.

Overall: Seemingly Green Flash's take on Orval. Very refreshing with it's bright, tart funkiness. It has developed quite nicely over the last year; the live yeast taking on a more acerbic tone. The pineapple forward yeast definitely makes me wish that this was 100% fermented with Brettanomyces, ala Russian River's Sanctification rather than just bottle conditioned with it. This is still a wonderful example of a refreshing, funky beer. I'd definitely recommend drinking this on a hot day.

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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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