Rayon Vert | Green Flash Brewing Co.

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3.84/5
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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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
429
Ratings:
1,367
pDev:
14.32%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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47
Gots:
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Ratings: 1,367 |  Reviews: 429
Photo of seanchai
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(purchased end of PBW at Local 44 bottle shop, slightly dizzy.... bottled on 03 July '12)

A: huge explosive rocky-foamy white head (like an Orval tends to exhibit)... had to pour in shifts and the blanket of sediment on the bottom of the bottle of course eventually broke up a bit and dispersed into the remaining liquid, though I managed to avoid pouring most of it in.... bunch of chunky smears of lace all over... really turbid, sort of peachy-colored hue

S: vinyl inner-tube, like one you'd use in a swimming pool... actually, it smells like pool liner.... this is the second of only two GF beers (the other being the W.C. IPA) I've ever tried and both had this element in spades.... it does eventually taper off a bit, allowing some pleasant fragrant, flowery tangerine to blend in

T: quite a bit of fruitiness up front - almost like bitter orange peel - with a vaguely spicy-phenolic funk taking hold midway through, lasting well through the finish... really don't taste much alcohol - blends in with the fruit flavors?.... it has fine flavor, however, I feel it would come alive more with just 0.5-1.0% more alcohol.... i could swear I start to taste base malt after awhile... tastiest near 60 F

M: despite the voluminous head, there's not much sizzle to speak of - just a tiny tingle up front... the body is sort of a medium-full, but it vanishes... it has a bit of creaminess but balances wonderfully dry.... gradually-building warmth and wellness

O: not a bad job at all! very drinkable, very nicely balanced.... i will hit this again

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Photo of jbertsch
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured slightly hazy gold in color. An apple white head, huge at first, comes to rest at a 1 inch cap that stays until the end. Beautiful.

The aroma is big on funky brett, along with lemon, lime, sour apple, herbs.

Its flavor follows with acidic citric notes. More lemon, lime, apple, but also notice apricot. Otherwise it's got funky yeast and offers essence of bread from its malt profile. Short finish, but notes of yeast and brett linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, great for summer.

I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. THIS is the type of brew I love for summer. Full of flavor and character that demands your attention, yet it's refreshing and simple. If it had a bit more depth, it would be a home run, but I'm not complaining.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Phigg1102
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ucsbmullet
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of zbooks
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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

Photo of Kopfschuss
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of tedho21
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of bashiba
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 randylangford
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of thufflife
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz bottle with the typical lack of bottle date thanks to Green Flash. Come on guys! Poured this one into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a really pretty crystal clear, bright orange color. Finger and a half of bright white fluffy head. Bottle conditioned beer. Great carbonation.

S: I definitely get that Brett on the nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Horse blanket. Wet hay. You know the types. Smells bright and airy and clean. Lemon, grassy hop notes so I feel this is one on the fresher side.

T: It's still a sort of fresh bottle, and you get some hop character up front. But then you get that funk from the Brett. It's pretty darn refreshing. Lemon, pepper, grassy, etc. There is a mild metallic flavor in the mid palate, but that is really the only thing that I didn't like about this sip. Good bottle.

M: Medium bodied beer with great carbonation.

O: If their plan was a homage to Orval, I think they did them justice. it's a solid brew for sure. Just like Orval, the earlier you get it the more hops you'll get. The later, the more Brett you should pull. I'd be interested to see what this one tastes like down the road.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice slightly hazy rich copper color with some nice vibrant orange hints and some slight amber. There is a nice off-white head that is an inch tall and is quite dense with some bigger medium sized bubbles mixed in there. Active CO2 on the sides of the glass. The head sticks around for a nice long time.

Citrusy nose. Hints of orange and orange peel with some slight grapefruit notes. Hops are quite present up front. There is some nice Belgian yeast funk notes in the background there but the citrusy lemon/orange notes really shine to the forefront.

Flavor starts off fluffy like a BPA should. There is some quick barnyard and Brett funk up front followed by a rush of citrusy lemon and orange notes. Hopy grass notes are present as well. The middle portion also has some slight Belgian malt notes with some nice slight spice and some banana. This brew is pretty delicious. I could see how if Green Flash was Belgian they would brew this as their go-to beer. Very well balanced notes of Belgian with a citrusy West Coast hop profile. Refreshing. Fluffy and crisp mouthfeel.

Good offering from GF. I would purchase this more often along with my regular Hop Head REd fix. Very good flavors a nice balance and definitely a nice take on the BPA style.

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Photo of jacewg
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of FreshZ
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of crossovert
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

355ml bottle.

It pours a murky amber, huge white head that leaves soapy lacing.

The smell is dominated by brett. Smells like an Orval but less complex with a bigger medicine scent.

The taste is mostly brett too, a subtle bit of hops rounds it out.

If you like brett give it a try.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a New Haven Craft Beer Week tumbler pint glass.

A: Murky, golden orange in color beneath a massive, three-finger head that fiercely bubbles over. The rocky head clings to the glass leaving chunks of sticky, off-white lace.

S: Sweet, funky, herbal, spicy and hoppy with a little bit of lemony tartness thrown in and a pinch of elephant.... yep.

T: Spicy, malty and effervescent up front with loads of herbal and citrus sweetness. Peppery and grassy flavors meld with funky, tart wheat and yeasty fruit esters. A little bit of acidic booziness creeps onto the palate before washing down bright, bubbly and ramped up with Belgian yeast flavors.

M: Very tart, bubbly effervescent mouthfeel, packed with carbonation and a chewy yeast feeling.

O: A fine BPA and one that has just the right amount of Green Flash flair with a hopped out profile and 7% ABV. Drinkable and flavorful, but not crazy about the "horse-blanket" aroma that I can't quite identify outside of the circus. Smell for yourself, but I'll breathe before I sip for now.

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Photo of SaxmanRick
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of ambruns1979
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of MikeWard
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured fairly slowly from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Apparently bottled on July 2012. Yes, a little over a year ago. Oh well, here goes.

Big frothy white head which crowned over the pint glass. Body was pale orange, somewhat cloudy, but with plenty of carbonation bubbles. Overall, looking very nice indeed. The lacing, well, clumps really, hung all over the glass. Head, though eventually less than 1/2 inch, retained throughout

Most of what I got from the nose was spices, nutmeg I think. Also a fairly strong bready yeast smell.

Taste was just a bit jarring. The spices hung strongly on the back of the mouth, which was a little over medium. Eventually, the palate got used to it, and the second half went down quite smoothly.

Overall, an interesting beer, which I would likely have again. Certainly not a "slamming" beer, but one to take time and muse over. I have another in the fridge, and will likely try to pour it as slowly as possible, in order to try and avoid any cloudiness at all, just to see if it makes a difference.

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Photo of teromous
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Crazy volumes of carbonation. Opening the cap let off a hiss like a tractor trailer releasing its air brakes. I barely poured a dash of the beer and the whole glass is filled to the brim with foam. Be careful when opening/pouring. The head is an off-white mountain of clouds. The body is a hazy medium shade of gold. Good lacing on the glass.

S: I get a lot of saison character from the beer. It has a horsey barnyard smell to it...a lot of funk and sour scents.

T: The taste mimics the scent closely, focusing on a musky funk quality. There is a little bit of bread flavor, and a mild hop bitterness...kind of rustic tasting...a bit like rye bread in the aftertaste. Some sour notes in there as well, but it kind-of tinges the tongue and lips then dissipates. Some of the hop character comes through in the aftertaste as well...it is a very complex beer. My rating went from a 3...3.5...to a 4 while I continued to drink the beer.

M: It has a very nice mouthfeel. It's bright and perky, and the bitterness seems to counter-balance that by grounding the overall feel of the beer. It feels medium bodied. Drinkability is moderate, because the beer tends to be a bit abrasive with its sourness and bitterness. It's not something I would have more than a bottle of.

O: Overall I found the beer to be interesting and complex. I would recommend it to die-hard fans of Belgian sours, saisons, farmhouse ales, or just interesting beers in general. The carbonation seemed overdone, which makes it difficult to pour the beer (even for a highly carbonated Belgian beer). I probably won't be buying it again, but I don't regret buying it either.

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Rayon Vert from Green Flash Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 1,367 ratings