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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Photo of capeannbass36
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear, golden orange(until the sediment turns the clarity to a haze) with a huge white head. O.K. lacing throughout.

S- Slight clove spice, hops, and an "unknown" "funk" to my senses.

T- Hops. Just a hint of sweet clove spice at the start. Followed by the "unknown" "funk".

M- Clean. Somewhat dry finish. O.K. carbonation.

O- This is my second Green Flash beer. Either my taste buds are uneducated or something is a miss for me with this brewery. Could it be "Brett"? Only asking as I have not had that style. There is an aftertaste here that I am simply not a fan of.

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Photo of Momar42
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel artist tulip

A - clear, light to medium amber color. HUGE head. I mean, huge. Smooth pour yielded a dense, tight white fluffy head that had to be consumed before I could get the whole bottle in the glass. Lacing is great too.

S - Bretty, soapy, Belgian yeast in your face aroma. If you dont like that, steer VERY clear of this beast. Luckily I do, so great nose.

T - After I got through the foam, and trust me, when you drink this you will understand, there was a great Belgian IPA to be found. Nice level of Brett and great yeast taste throughout. Just a delicious beer.

M - full. high carbonation but it works. thick and chewy almost at times, but like I said, it works here.

O - I have to freely admit that I have been under selling Green Flash. Everytime I revisit one of their beers, I am impressed. Now that they have found their way to the East Coast I'm going to seek them out. Rayon Vert is truly great Belgian IPA. If you dont like those qualities, dont drink it. But if you do, find it and see for yourself. This is a damn fine beer.

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Photo of JupiterJesus
1.67/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Tastes like olive brine, drain cleaner and perfume, all mixed together. Slight funk, probably from a souring bacteria or wild yeast, and a heavy phenolic presence I associate with infected homebrew. Those flavors combine with the massive hopping to create an artificial perfumey-chemical aroma and flavor. It's interesting, and tastes better if you keep trying and get used to it, but it never gets past 'horribly infected' to me.

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

Poured into to tulip glass producing a monsterous head! Color is a hazy golden, impressive lacing on the glass.

Some nice fruit flavors, not to intense, pear and grass flavors mixing nicely with a bit of funk.

Taste supports the aroma with fruit, pepper, grass and spice. Brett is working quite well with the flavor profile and the dry finish is just right.

Medium body carbonation a little high

Overall, I'm very much digging this beer. Will buy this beer again.

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

The Beers of California


Freshness Date: None

A: Towering off white head sits on top of this hazy golden brew. The head refuses to give out leaving behind pillows of foam.

S: Biscuit and grain intertwined with bright fruitiness which consists of peach, citrus, and tropical fruit. There are even notes of lychee mostly upon first pour. There is an earthy base to the nose with a hint of grass and the barnyard funk comes through more and more as the brew warms and the huge head of foam fades.

T: The malt back bone is mostly grainy and biscuity with a hint of caramel sweetness. There is also ample amounts of barnyard funk from the Bret with a some sour, acidic bite. Layered on top of this is a nice fruit sweetness which is mostly of peach, banana, along with a splash of pineapple juice. The hops balance things out with a fresh citrus, cut grass bitterness. There is a spicy and warming alcohol finish which comes through more as the beer warms.

M: Lace all over the glass. Lively carbonation, medium feel, decent linger and awesome chewiness.

O: An interesting West Coast Belgian which sports a melange of flavors that, for the most part, find a balance. At times the brew seems busy but settles to a nice smoothness as you adjust to the palate. More balanced than Green Flash's Le Freak, Rayon Vert transplants the heart of a Belgian into the body of a California ale transfused with several pints of Brett. With ample love and nursing this brew heralds the beginning of a new style of craft beers.

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

Oh how I wish I had this beer on hand while writing this review.
It has been a while since I last drank this beer, but I remember it quite well.
There are certainly 4 qualities that I will never forget about the beer.
1) Barnyard Funk!
2) Wet Hay
3) Lemongrass
4) Bretty Sourness

It is a great beer, but certainly not for the faint of heart.
If you are not a fan of Belgian sours, this may not be the beer for you...
At first, I wasn't too fond of this beer, but I have come to really enjoy it now.
Although not always my first choice, I can see myself coming back to this one again.

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

Pours amber orange with vigorous carbonation supporting lots of fluffy foam. Aroma is complex with biscuit malt, citrus and some classic funk, slightly sweet. Sweet malts and funky bretty orangey tartness are cut through with the high carbonation. It finishes slightly sweet and the funk lingers a little. The carbonation hurts the drinkability on this one, but it's still very good, and worth picking up. only a few months age in this bottle from when I bought it has already shown changes (i tried one fresh when I bought it) I'm tempted to pick up some more to age for at least 6 months or a year.

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Photo of Takahiro
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3" foam that lingers for a while. I was very careful not to over foam, but still got to the rim of my Duvel glass. Nice orange/dark golden color. It is not clear, as I poured the sediment as well.

S: funky, some chalky, some orange and apricot hidden behind the funk.

T: hop bitterness that reminds me of orange peel, followed by candy-like orange sweetness and fruitiness. After all that there's some sweetness and warmth coming from alcohol.

M: oily at front. but it dissipates very quickly, leaving a dry finish.

I think this is a very nice beer, with lots of character. It throws a curb ball to the IPA fueled craft beer scene.

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Photo of MCDuhamel
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a tulip. Even with a gentle pour, an enormous, fluffy white head forms immediately and lingers with the amber beer. The liquid is fairly hazy, even taking care not to disturb the yeast. The nose is brett: horsey, some hay. Brett and barnyard dominate the front of the flavor profile too, followed by a light pear or green apple. The finish is exceptionally dry, with a bit of grain. It's a light bodied beer that is quenching and very easy to drink. Very nice.

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

Poured into my Allagash tulip glass.

Poured a beautiful light gold and had a thick two finger head.

My first taste of this beer was a few months back when it was originally released and wasn't impressed. However, over time this beer grew into a very nice Belgian Style Pale Ale with great flavor.

Had a very subtle taste of hops and a nice citrus appeal to it. Once again Green Flash impressed me.

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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 NardiByNature
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Sediment at the bottom of the bottle; a careful pour yields a massive head: fluffy, cratered, and eggshell white, it really takes its time settling down into a nice pancake; leaves behind plenty of lacing. The beer is sort of a burnt gold with streams of carbonation.

S: Lemon meringue pie or key lime pie. Go figure. Sort of a baby powder smell too. Overall the aroma of this brew is mild. Gets a little funky as the beer warms which I liked.

T: Fruit snacks and a little fresh grass. Some bitter hops in the aftertaste.

M: Soft like most BPAs, but wetter even though it’s a litte more hopped. Fizzy. Alcohol is basically undetectable.

O: It’s appearance (right down to the stylin’ bottle) was its strongpoint for me, followed by the aroma. I found the taste a little bland, and the aftertaste phenol-ically clawing. If you like Green-Flash and you’re curious about their take on a BPA, give it a shot.

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Photo of bstave
3.21/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head tulip pint glass.

A- Two finger head after semi-aggressive pour. Nice creamy head that has good retention. A good amount of lacing as well. Color is typical of the style.

S- Citrusy hops, malt, and a little bit of funk brought on by the brett.

T- Taste follows nose. I dig the funky yeast, but other than that it's a simple pale ale.

M- Smooth creamy mouth feel. I would say the body is medium. Goes down smooth.

O- A good attempt at a Belgian Pale Ale, but it's lacking on overall flavor. Maybe I have met my Lupulin threshold. Enjoyed the one, but won't be seeking it out in the near future.

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Photo of Vec2267
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - ginormous head on initial pour, nice lacing, good retention, murky straw color, lots of bubbles

S - very funky - Brett, very fruity, pepper

T - Brett, barnyard funky leather, orange, hops, pepper

M - full, well carbonated

O - I despise Brett, that said, the brewer did a good job of integrating it into this brew, the fruit and hops provide a nice balance

That said, I still despise Brett.

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Photo of DRyan
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy orange/blonde with very fluffy white head that sticks around and laces nicely
S: Heavy funk, spicy, citrusy, with a Belgian yeast undercurrent
T: Woody, earthy funk, with some citrus tang to it, aftertaste continues the funk, also has a bit of mustiness to it
M: tingly; very effervescent, dances on the tongue
D: Not one for every day, not tough to drink but wouldn’t want to drink a bunch in a row

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

I've long been a fan of Orval, and Rayon Vert is clearly an approximation of that fine Trappist ale.

At first the Brett aromas and, to a lesser defree, flavors seem to dominate, but as the brew warms a bit, there are plenty of fruity and spicy bits from the Belgian strain of brewers yeast that is the main microbe at work here. I miss the particular flavor of Continental malts, but there is a very firm core of light malt flavor.

The flavor and mouthfeel of this bottle was just nearly perfect for the style. Extravagant, softly effervescent, sweet-and-tangy, and bracingly bitter in the finish. I have stashed several bottles in the cellar along with Orvals and other Brett brews, including many of my own making. I have no doubt this one will continue to develop more character and complexity for the next couple years.

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Photo of LukeD23
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An artfully brewed beer for sure. This ale pours a nice copper orange that is hazy with a creamy ivory head that lingers.

The aroma takes the mind to the country side, the feeling and smells of a farm come to mind and the rustic nature of the beer comes to life with earthy hops backing. The flavor is very much the smae as the aroma, I get hardy grain and spring pollen, a slight bright citrus lime flavor coming through on the finish. The mouthfeel is good but the over carbonation is covering up the body. Overall, this is an interesting beer to drink that keeps you guessing. If you like Orval you will like this. good stuff

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Photo of Muhly
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warmer ~20 minutes after removing from
fridge. Poured from bottle into snifter.

A-Amber in colour. Slightly hazy, but I think I caught a bit of the yeast in the pour? Otherwise quite clear. A very carbonated beer. Poured with quite a bit of off white head in spite of my best efforts to pour slowly. Head falls slowly leaving a wall of lacing behind.

S-immediately hit with some piney and citrusy hop aromas upon pouring into the glass. The aroma does seem restrained somehow, but not in a bad way. There are also a hint of light bready malts. As the volatile aromas dissapate you are left with a barn smell.

T-In spite of the immediacy of the hops in the aroma, the taste reveals a similarly restrained hop taste. Not terribly bitter but definitely shows an American edge to this style with some citrus hop flavours. Malts peek through at the last and balance things out nicely. I get something else at the end and I think it could be the Brett influence as it is a funky barn kind of taste.

M-smooth and even with moderate to high carbonation. Silky over the tongue and finishes very dry.

O-a wonderfully balanced beer, IMO. It just seems extremely well crafted and thought out. I'm happy I grabbed a four pack and will be back for more if the chance arises.

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Photo of loving44
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours honey orange with huge amounts of white head into my Duvel glass. Great head retention and lacing.

S: yeasty, lemon peel, grapefruit, black pepper

T: Amazing. Citrus, black pepper, honey, melon, fruity yeast esters with a nice crisp hoppy finish. It reminds me of Juicy Fruit gum in a way, but with a nice citrus finish that helps balance the sweetness. Hardly any alcohol burn.

Overall: I really, really like this BPA. The fact that I can get it insanely fresh here in San Diego is the icing on the cake.

One of the few beers that have inspired m to write a review in a while. Get some if you can!

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Photo of Daehpoh
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Refrigerated bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Dark golden-orange in color with some lively carbonation. A big fluffy head on this one.

The smell upfront is hoppy and spicy with some musty undertones. Tangerine, pineapple, ripe banana, clove and a bit of rye bread come through. As it warms up, the Brett funk really comes out. Not only does this evolve in the bottle, but it evolves in the glass as well.

The taste of citrusy hops and belgian spiciness leads off, much like the aroma. Solid malt presence, leaning toward a belgian strong pale or strong dark. Nice musty/funky yeast component that gains ground on the hops as it warms.

Mouthfeel is dry and tart with a lightness provided by the carbonation. Quite refreshing.

Overall this one is a winner. A hopped-up belgian pale with a nice combination of tangy flavors and high drinkability.

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Photo of onewetpaw
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip

A- Funky brett nose. Like a young (to the US) Orval.

A- Pours clear and amber with a huge stock white head that persists.

F- Tart lemon and light earthy funk. Clean taste that surprises given the strong brett nose. Dry and crisp sensation that leaves you wanting more. Absolutely no hot alcohol or phenols. Subdued fruit flavors, almost like tropical fruit and pineapple.

M- High carbonation lifts this off the palate. Dry, but not at all cidery or overly thin.

O- A really nice interpretation of a belgian pale. I highly recommend this, especially to people interested in funky beers, but not ready for or desiring a punch you in the mouth sour beer.

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

This brew from Green Flash lives up to their standards. Nice pour with a beautiful head that smells of citronella and lemon. The taste also has notes of citronella and citrus fruits with a pleasant body/mouthfeel. This beer was perfect for an 80 degree day on the 1st of March 2012. (Good finish)

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Photo of WEBBEER
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into oversized stemmed tulip. Produced 3 inches of light "root beer float" cream colored head. Frothy meringue like head that lasted for entire serving. Ale is a copper to amber color, slightly cloudy. Heavy lace. Excellent strong malt and bread like smell. Taste of sweet malt, mild hops and of sour fruit. Mild cling of alcohol viscosity in the mouthfeel as expected from a 7%. Overall a pleasant ale that I would recommend and sample again.

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Photo of ArrogantBastage
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A-Pours a hazy orange/amber with a very thick, dense head that tops off the tulip right to the rim. Head slowly dissipates leaving plenty of lacing in the glass and settles into a nice island of meringue like foam. A nice ring of foam remains as well.

S- Loads of phenols in the aroma as well as hops. Smells of band aid, bretty funk, yeast, hops, faint malt and some tropical fruit notes like pineapple in the background. As the beer warms more of the Belgian like aromas take over and the signature brett aromas begin to dominate. Band aid like phenols along with aromas of apricots, pineapple, mango are the dominate smells once the beer opens up all the way.

T- Slightly spicy in the beginning followed by the band aid like phenols swiftly filled in with slightly sweet malt and bitter hops. Dries a little in the finish but not overly so. Hop bitterness lingers as well as a subtle brett like flavor that I can’t quite pin down.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of prickly carbonation.

D- Enjoyable and one that I find is worth sipping on to see how the beer develops as it warms. Not a bad example of an American made Belgian pale ale. I’d be interested to see how Green Flash develops this in future batches. Recommended to those that like beers like Orval and Ommegang BPA.

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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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