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Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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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

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3.91
pDev:
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Photo of rinhaak
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I went to the store looking for Orval. They had sold out that morning, but Rayon Vert was recommended to me as an "Orval clone." Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if I wasn't hoping for an American Orval and had tasted it on its own merits. In any case, while it certainly owes its influence to Orval, Orval it is not.

Rayon Vert is pretty dry and heavy on the brett. A bit bitter, there's a strong hop presence, as well as lemon candy, honey lozenges, and herbal tea flavors. I didn't feel it was a very balanced beer: while there were certainly many flavors, they almost seemed in competition and didn't really blend.

I would like to try the beer again in a blind tasting; perhaps with an open mind, I might have a different tasting experience. But for me, it doesn't rank among the better Belgian Pales, and it certainly doesn't compare to Orval.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a just gorgeous hazy orange, may be the prettiest color I have ever seen a beer be, 5 finger??? head. Has Brett in it so it does not surprise me.

Smell is lemon, sour green apple, barnyard funk, lime, herbal, sharp spruce, earthy malt

Taste is really funky, lemon, lime, herbal funk, spicy yeast, sweet malt, orange rind, definitely some tart cider.

Mouthfeel is medium light, huge carbonation, slight dryness on the finish.

WOW, I can not believe I never grabbed this before, did not know this one was funky! What a pleasant surprise. I heard they were discontinuing 4 packs of this.... I do not like that, I could not take down a whole bomber that is for sure.

I may have to go buy my store out of 4 packs of this! Should be good for a few years!

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

Pours a cloudy dark orange with a big, fine white head that lingers and laces.

Smells of sweet malt, orange zest, and funky, musky brett. Big, pleasant nose on this one.

Taste is up front brett funk that fades into a carbonated ever slightly malty taste and ends on a bitter and bretty finish. Musky and earthy flavors ride high. It is a nice brett platform but there is little complexity here...too one note, maybe some time will improve this.

Lighter body, high carbonation, and bone dry. Really nice.

This is a good brett beer but it is too straightforward. Nice for a brett kick but little else. This is far from Orval, make no mistake about that.

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

Slightly hazy light amber color. Enormous head. Nice lacing.

Barnyard aromas, pears, hay, dried fruit.

Flavor is dominated by young Brett notes--must, lemon, pears, hay, other fruit. Cracker-type malts also. This will taste better once it dries out a bit.

Mouthfeel is medium. Carbonation is medium, less than expected for the crazy head.

A good beer, and definitely the most affordable Brett beer out there. I'm curious to see how this one tastes in a year or two.

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Photo of wcintula
4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pouring gently produces a great head,, ecru, puffy, uneven, leaving lace behind. Smell is a nice balance of malt, honey, dry brett yeast, hops. The taste follows the profile perfectly. I'm picking up a dry smell of plastic or band aid-ness, butt nothing to deter from the enjoy-ability of the beer. Great beer, can't tell it's 7%

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Photo of output01x
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a tulip glass.

A moderate pour yields a 2-finger cream-colored head that just never seems to go away. The body is a cloudy sunburst orange amber with a decent amount of small carbonation bubbles. Thick lacing covers the glass like a January snow drift.

Fruity Belgian yeast aromas are the first and strongest character in the nose. Notes of sour, green apple, pineapple, and banana. Sour and rather funky, the nose has a lot more Belgian than Pale Ale.

Belgian yeast with notes of lemon peel and banana meets a slightly spicy hop flavor that carries notes of wood and cinammon. As the beer is swallowed, the fruity Belgian flavors quickly fade to dry, floral hops flavors. After, a sharp bite is expected as a finish but never comes. A slight bitterness persists in the back of the throat between sips.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has a crisp, clean swallow and dry finish. The body is a bit sticky and is definitely coating but is far from syrupy. The carbonation seems a bit weak at first but is definitely helping this beer's drinkability. A little more carbonation would be nice but isn't necessary.

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Photo of Greenplastic615
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure how I managed to miss the boat on this one for so long. 12oz bottle, poured into my St. Bernardus goblet.

A - Whoa, tons of head on this. This beer is alive. I poured a bit aggressively, but I got at least 2 inches of head and only got half the bottle into the glass on first pour. Color was nice, a deeper amber than I expected for a BPA, slightly hazy.

S - Balanced. The hops gave off a slight citrus aroma, but it wasn't over the top. The brett was detectable in the smell as well and contributed a little bit of funk, but again, not overwhelming.

T - Really, really delicious. I didn't get any alcohol at all in the taste. The brett is present while not overpowering and provides a really nice counter punch to the hop profile. Just the right balance of bitterness, funkiness, and refreshment.

M - Almost creamy. I didn't notice any over carbonation despite the gigantic head on this. Very, very drinkable.

O - Fantastic BPA, and a new staple in my fridge. For a style that I think is very easy to mess up, Green Flash nails it. While entirely different, this is every bit as good as their West Coast IPA.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

2012 bottle sampled June 2014

APP- Massive ivory tower of head fills the glass despite coddling the pour. Billows into a tight, creamy, mesa that peaks over the rim of the glass and includes both fine and large beading. Fades fairly quickly leaving sheets of lace. When some finally turns to liquid, clarity is very good but short of brilliant and color is brassy.

AROMA- Amazingly soft and subtle complex perfumey nose. Where to begin? Citrus, white pepper, straw, green melon, hints of fermeted peach and apricot, light hits of kiwi and rhubarb. Has a big clover dimension which I find to be the mark of my favorite Cantillion offerings. Amazing. Very fresh and inviting. There is nothing even remotely dank, musty, sour, etc...in the aroma here. Medium-light floral/ spicy character that is key to the bouquet but hard to pin down. No diacetyl or harsh alcohol. Not immediately recognizable as hoppy, like when its fresh.

Flavor- Malty- sweetness pervades, surprisingly, with a strong tone of white pepper and pineapple, melon shows up again, as does a faint shadow of rhubarb, slight fusel/acetate note, a fleeting rubbery (oxidized phenol?) character. I get a medium-stong English-Goldings like character (apple, pear, spicy) in the mid-palate, tartness cows to sweentness in the balance but does show up in the backend along with some bitterness. Long finish with a distinctly resinous aftertaste.

MF- solidly medium-bodied, medium carbonation once things settle down (its amazing how quickly the fizz leaves this beer), can be a little flabby on the palate, and also lightly astringent at the same time. I do believe it shows some oxidation effects.

OVERALL- While this might be one of the best beers I've ever smelled, its flavor is a bit messy, despite having some very pleasing characteristics. If this is one to lay down, two years is either too long or some sort of awkward phase.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow, leaning toward golden color. Huge head on this one, slowly falling to half a finger, backed by a good amount of carbonation.

Up front in the nose is grapefruit, followed by oak, peppercorn, white lilies, and tarragon. A bit of a winey aroma, and maybe a bit of those earthy Belgian-esque notes.

The flavor here is interesting. It is a pale ale, indeed, with decent hop notes and a lingering citrus taste. But, while the Belgian element isn't too prominent, it is there, making this pale a bit more dynamic. Hints of toasted bread, oranges, clove, white grapes, and green peppercorn. With each sip, the Belgian notes grow a bit stronger, as do the hoppy bitterness of the brew.

On the palate this one is a bit astringent and bitter. Though, that is not to say it is not palatable--because it is. The astringency of the beer on the tongue lingers, but the flavor of the beer does not suffer as a result here.

Overall, an interesting take on what seems to be an increasingly popular style for breweries to take on. I like it because it takes the pale ale to different level...not necessarily a better level, just a place that offers some new flavors from a classic style. Green Flash does a pretty good job with it here.

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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 UnderPressure
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Highly carbonated. Huge head. Golden orange color.

Funky aroma. Grainy and a little papery. (Hard to describe.) Lots of hops, though.

Fruity flavor from the yeast. Maybe a little bubble gum. Nice bitterness. Complex flavor.

Medium bodied. Very, very carbonated. The carbonation is appropriate for the style, I suppose. But, I don't like it so much.

An interesting beer. Makes me want to explore this style more.

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Photo of SunDevilBeer
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I went thru my Belgian phase years ago, & never was a fan of funky beers made with brett yeast. But I love GF beers & saw this was new, so I decided to give it a go.

Pours a beautiful bright gold with a tight tiny bubble head. Flashed back & smelled that funky Brett yeast along with some pepper & lemon notes prior to the sip. Awesome floral scent, a true symphony of flavors to the nose.

Nice balance of lemon, black pepper & slight funk in the taste. Tight carb & very bubbly on the tongue. Funk is more pronounced in the aftertaste in a good way. Also a bit tart. Alcohol is well hidden & this is a fairly easy-drinking beer.

Really liked this beer & will buy again when I'm in the mood for something Belgian-ish.

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

Enjoyed very fresh on Super Bowl Sunday (2/5/2012), poured into my Dogfish Head Snifter. Bought at the Craft Beer Cellar in Belmont, MA (a great store that anyone in the Greater Boston area should certainly stop by).

Appearance: (4) Copper with orange highlights and a soapy white head that sticks around for most of the drinking. The beer looks nice in the glass and you can observe a very healthy carbonation.

Smell: (4) Fresh lemon, pepper, yeasty Brett funkiness, grassy, with some floral hoppiness added to the nose–in other words, a very "fresh" scent emanates from the glass and makes one really want to dive in.

Taste: (4) My thoughts after the first taste were that the beer has remarkably good balance and one is satisfied that what the nose picked up in the aromas nicely translates into what the tongue tastes. You get a good dose of hops that combines with the Brettanomyces and the expected fresh fruit and sweet malt flavors of a Belgian Pale Ale. While enjoying this beer, I was really pleased that Green Flash did not end up producing a run-of-the-mill BPA and sided with that brewery's strength, the hops, with a nice twist. Much more inspired to my mind than, say, Ommegang's Belgian Pale Ale (BPA) Also, no booziness to remark on–the 7% ABV means nothing when it comes to the brew's flavor.

Mouthfeel: (4) The smell and taste, as well as mouthfeel all rate solid 4's in my book. The beer's very nice carbonation level and the Brett twist really make this a highly drinkable, quaffable brew. H

Overall: (4/5) This is a beer with character and a beer for all seasons (though would be a great summertime brew in particular). It is refreshing, quaffable, tasty and–very importantly–a successful departure from the run-of-the-mill, formulaic Belgian-style pale ales many American breweries have produced. While perhaps few people would accuse it of being a rare delicacy, this is a beer that will please beer-drinkers of differing and diverse tastes. Green Flash has a solid beer on its hands–one that should come in six packs (not four)! This beer was a pleasant surprise and I will be buying more of it. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of jethrodium
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a big white head that takes a while to settle and leaves a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is fruity with green apple and apricot, a bit of brett and some breadiness. Initial taste is some green apple and apricot. A bit of brett presence. Finish is bready and slightly drying. Quite nice. Light bodied. Medium carbonation. I'd be curious to see how this evolves, but not sure if I have the space.

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

Bright glowing hazy blend of orange and yellow amber. Bubbly copper masterpiece. I believe it is bottle fermented. The head jumps out of the beer creating a large foamy 1 finger head with great lacing.

I immediately smell tart cherries and piney hops. This smells like an American IPA brewed like a Wild Ale. This is a really unique beer. I get funky sour notes, floral potpurri and perfume. Mild esters. Secondary aromas of juicy tangerine and sugar malts cling to wild yeast.

The taste is bitter, then sweet, it gets funky and then drys out. I like the variety of phases that this beer goes through. After a long drinking session it leaves a cherry cola sour taste. It could use more hop aroma. I get lemon rind, honey dew melon. resinous and grassy hops like a SN Torpedo IPA. malts are candied but distant.

The mouthfeel is clean San Diego style. Super bright and flavorful a little heavy on the hops side. The wild flavors could be experiemented with.

I enjoyed this ale a lot. It's very well executed and a delight to sip. I would like to get a few more bottles to see how the Wild yeast vary.

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Photo of phishsihq
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert pours a hazy, goldenrod color with the most massive head we have ever seen! The bottle conditioning with Brettanoyces creates a large amount of carbonation (especially when aged a year or more). This one takes time to pour, but be patient, the wait is well worth it. An impressive bouquet of aromas delight the senses with whiffs of lemon zest, spices, Belgian yeast and funk. Sweet malt flavors reminiscent of bread and caramel open the palate to more subtle notes of citrus and pepper with Belgian yeast and Brettanomyces funk underlining the entire brew. Extremely effervescent, this Green Flash brew is highly carbonated and medium bodied.

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Photo of phichifiji00
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden amber in color. Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades fairly quickly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: pine resin, hoppy, grassy, earthy, a bit funky.

Taste: earthy, caramel, hoppy, slightly medicinal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, crisp on the tongue.

Overall: A decent beer. Not terribly complex. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of TCMike
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Careful pouring this one. Produced a massive, fluffy white head. Left lots of lacing. The beer color is a hazy, medium honey color.

The aroma was of bread, banana, and light citrus. Not very strong in the nose department.

The taste was the same, but with a hint of alcohol, and hop bitterness. Somewhat light mouth-feel, and high carbonation.

Good Belgian, and easy drinking once the head receded a bit.

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Photo of tony223366
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Wow! That carbonation just exploded in the glass. It expanded so quickly. Clarity is fantastic and the color is a deep, rich golden orange. The head is white, fluffy, enormous and rocky. Nice lacing. Great action inside the glass which is to be expected. Well green flash got the look right. It's beautiful, albeit a little darker than I was expecting.

S: I'm getting tons of apple and fruits which is a must as a Belgian Pale Ale (Pale Ale? Not strong Pale at 7%?). Tons of spice which I love assuming it comes from the yeast. Hops are a little tough perceive. There's a little bit of a plasticy aroma too. Something I would expect more in a saison, gueuze or other funky beer. Not bad at all, just unexpected. Hops are harder to put my nose on.

T: Another left turn! The beer only tastes lightly like it smells. At first I get just faint hints at that funk that was present in the nose. Just a little barnyard that turns into slightly fruity, but not quite as fruity as a belgian normally is. Then the slightly caramel, mostly grainy malt profile comes in. The finish is lightly of hops with a clean crisp bitterness. Tasty!

M: Huge carbonation which I love mixed with a medium body.

O: So I came into this having had a few of their belgian offerings (grand cru and le freak come bo mind) but for whatever reason I wasn't expecting much from this. And now I know I was sadly mistaken! This is awesome!

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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 marvin213
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This come out a little heavy and heady, but its pale yellow with a darker tinge is true to form. Hesitating to wipe my head and stick a finger in it, I wait for it to settle.

The nose is almost saisonish: a lemony lime peel zest with coriander and ginger. Interesting and, like I said, zesty, but a little off-putting like a fresh whiff of voluminous coriander seed.

Most important, however, is that it tastes good. I do sense those flavors and the ginger is there like slices with sushi from Teeter. The Belgian lemon zest is also there, and it's really a neat and novel concoction of flavors.

That aforementioned lemon peel zing offers a very nice mouthfeel, and the zing adds a perfect palate cleanser. Prelude to a sour?

A neat and welcome addition to the Green Flash Fleet--picked this up at Brawley's--particularly since the West Coast IPA went the way of wood left rotting with the pursuit of the 4-pack (anybody else feel similar slippage since they made that change--really, an ingredient difference?). Ive only seen it once on that most recent pilgrimage to Brawley's, but I'll definitely pick up another foursome if and when I see it again

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Photo of jmerloni
5/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - WOW!!! An electrifying hazy, light orange with the most unbelievable head I've ever seen on a beer in my lifetime. It took me three perfect pours to get this whole beer in the glass and I had to suck the overflowing head off the top each time. Huge, sea-foamy, wildly bubbly bright-osteowhite head.

S - Belgian yeast, spices, floral, pineapple, bubblegum.

T - WOW!!! Holy fucking shit. Awesome. Soooo refreshing and pure tasting. Bubblegum galore. Belgian yeast, lemon rind, thyme, rosemary, mint, a good dose of awesome watermelon savoriness. Flower honey. Perfect.

M - Unbelievably refreshing. Perfectly carbonated, medium-bodied. Awesome balance. Everything strikes at the right time.

D - This gets a perfect 5 from me. This beer tastes like it's existed for millennia and comes from a waterfall. I couldn't ask for more. I know no better way to describe it than that.

Edit: had it three times since and I can say this is the greatest beer I've ever had. Genius conception and expert execution in this one. A beer to drop your jaw at.

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Photo of weatherdog
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a standard tulip glass

It pours a nearly crystal clear orange color with a billowing white head. Sticky foam coats the side of the glass and a nice bubbly cap stays on the beer.

The aroma is the classic Brett funk one gets with Orval with a touch less earth and barn and a little more citrus. It's just great, crisp and refreshing and inviting me to take a sip.

The flavor is not as funky as the nose would suggest. Some citrus esters with some dirt coming in at the end. Little to no barn or horse in there. It could very well be an age thing though. A supporting bitterness makes the beer balanced and the medium high carbonation makes for a crisp finish with little aftertaste.

This is for sure a poor mans Orval. $10/4-pack or $5 a bottle. One of these days I'll do a side by side so I can find the difference. Until then I give the nod to Green Flash for copying Goose Island and coming out with a year round Brett finished golden Belgian Ale

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Photo of mattkoon
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

i was excited to try this belgian style pale ale. i poured about an ounce into a glass and it quickly exploded with head. after several minutes i was able to pour a little more into the glass. the head is a thick white color the beer is a gold color with faint cloudiness. the smell reminds me of an indian grocery store. there is citrus with a hodgepodge of other spices swirled around. as far as the taste goes- i have only managed to pour half the bottle in my glass b/c of the thick head.
-the taste is bitter and lemony with a huge wash of spices on the back end. this beer has a very eastern feel- it is very complex. i almost think that here is too much going on. i dont say this much but i feel like it is almost over done.

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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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