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 portia99
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth 20th anniversary stemmed glass.

A – Pours a darker medium amber color with a slight haze. Two fingers of fluffy khacki foam rise up (and actually out of the glass a bit) from the surface and show excellent staying power. Several minutes pass before it really begins to fall back to the surface. Thick sheets of lacing coat practically every inch of the glass.

S – Super spicy and fruity on the nose…almost more of a saison aroma than a Belgian pale ale. Very forward in the yeast derived aromas…tons of cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg, oranges, touches of black pepper, hints of band-aids and a bit of alcohol. What’s not there?…really for the most part, the hops. The spicy character definitely overpowers the hops here…they are difficult to pick up, even straining and focusing on looking for them.

T – Hoppier in the flavor, but still a bit subdued. There is a noticeable hop bitterness that gives a light bite up front falling to a low level, but lasting bitterness that stays thru past the swallow. As the hops fade, the spices pick back up again…cloves and citrus take the lead with touches of alcohol, soft and lightly sweet malt. I like what I’m tasting a lot, but I still say this is more saison than Belgian pale ale.

M – Spicy, fruity, yeasty within a medium body that shows its alcohol a bit. A strong prickly carbonation fattens this up a bit and seems to bring out the spices a bit more.

O – Overall, I find this to be an excellent beer…perhaps straying into a style other than intended by the brewer, but quite good nonetheless. Could perhaps use a bit more of a hop presence (anybody ever think that could be said about a Green Flash offering?) to bring it more in line with the style, but on the other hand, it might end up giving this a bit of a negative effect. Balance is good and flavors and aromas are well nuanced. Definitely give this a shot if you enjoy the Belgian yeasty flavors in your beer.

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Photo of stephens101
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

We have a winner of the beauty pageant right here. Voluptuous off-white head that stays full and bouncy. Golden orange in color. Smells spicy with the yeast shining through the middle, accompanied by light fruits (apple, orange). Tastes of fruit juice backed with notes of grain and faint brett funk. Dry all the way through and just plain easy drinking. Session this, session that, blah, blah, blah, blah...session this!

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Photo of Dogleg
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Evan
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of IpeeA
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Amalak
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A. Hazy gold with a huge foamy white head and tons of lacing. Bubbly with sediment. Some light comes through.

S. Interesting grape-ish scent. I can't put my finger on it.

T. It has a weed taste mixed with a grape and hops.

M. Not in love with the lasting aftertaste. The taste stays for a while.

O. Very unique but a bit too intense. I appreciate the effort but this needs to be tamed.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of HalfFull
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazed copper color, and bright orange golden in the light, into a globe glass, this Rayon Vert looks to be somewhat of a Flemish translation of 'Green Flash' and a somewhat modified continuation of their Treasure Chest charity brew concept. The pour has an inch of almost white foam that offers strong retention and lacing.

Malty and fruity aroma when first opened, the nose adds various layers with exposure. Some earthy hops are present along with peppery spice and clove, bit of lemon from the foam. Brett notes are subtle to me, ebbing and flowing through the malty body, and more as clove and fruity(strawberry) cheese than any barnyard aromas.

Taste has several layers as well depending on what you're concentrating on. More pepper and clove up front with layered fruit on the finish. As the beer warms the mouthfeel fills up a bit, adding spice and a grainy texture to the finish. An interesting beer to pick apart, perhaps I should have another one..

Edit: New rendition is sickly overcarbonated as of Spring 2013. Brett is more evident in nose and taste however. Bottom line; if it weren't for these robust bottles this would likely explode in distribution. 4.0 to 2.0 on appearance/overall. Seek this one on tap in the meantime, rare as it may be.

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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 hardy008
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gentle pour fills the glass with foam. As the foam settles down, The beer in the glass is a light amber color. As expected, the foamy white head has excellent retention, and lacing. The aroma has green apples, citrus, pepper, leather, and Brett.

Very nice flavor to this beer. There is some sweetness, bitterness, and some funk. The flavors I can pick out are oranges, citrus zest, pepper, Brett, and green apple.

Light to medium bodied, well carbonated, with a dry finish and citrus zest aftertaste. A really nice Belgian Pale Ale. I definitely need to try this again.

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Photo of brandon911
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of pmarlowe
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tulip glass.

Pours a clear, light copper color with about three fingers of white, whispy foam which slowly deflate. Good retention and lots of lacing. Quite a bit of brett, vanilla, tart citrus fruit. Taste is not quite as impressive, and a little muddled: brett, moderate citrus and piney hops, finishing bone dry with moderate bitterness. More integration would go a long way. Or maybe the hops have just faded some and that's what I'm picking up; can't tell. Medium-light body and carbonation. Overall, interesting and quite drinkable. Pairs perfectly with spicy Indian or Asian food.

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Photo of sholland119
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Beer21
1.5/5  rDev -61.6%

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

Tannish brown and mostly clear with a touch of haze, a monstrous, lasting head and sticky lace.

Very spicy with tons of Belgian yeast character. Strong and enticing smell, almost like a spring day on the beach, mixes with flavor experience nicely. Tons of earth, green grasses.

It's right up there with other top Belgian pale ales, and that's a pretty heavy-hitting list. A top notch beer in any category.

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Photo of seanchai
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Phigg1102
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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

Photo of bashiba
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice and bright golden orange with a bit of haze, had a big and sticky white head, long lasting with tons of lacing.

The smell is Great, very Bretty, a nice big sourdough tartness with a touch of belgiany spice.

The flavor is a bit rustic, with a dry light cedary flavor, a mild bit of sour and a decent level of herbal bitterness. Has some light spicy yeast characters with a lemony flavor, and would be great except for a bit of a light coppery tinge sneaking through that is a bit detracting.

Has a very light body with a long dry finish.

Very Good Bretty Belgian Ale, will be enjoying more of these in the future.

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Photo of thufflife
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 1,366 ratings.
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