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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Reviews: 428 | Ratings: 1,366
Photo of Mr3dPHD
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

2012 batch, poured from the bottle into a tall snifter glass.

A - Holy crap! This is one crazy thick head. I poured this so slowly and carefully and I still had to wait for the head to die down a bit before getting the final third of the bottle in there. When I popped the cap I actually saw a head form and race toward the top of the bottle. Gargantuan head has excellent retention with pretty solid lacing. Pours a hazy copper tone with a little sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

S - Savory spices and sea salt. Bready yeast and a pretty heavy mossy aroma. I can also pick up a hint of lemon peel and grassy hops. Super earthy.

T - Very bitter right up front, although most of the initial flavor is heavily subdued by the thick carbonation. Yeast is very apparent and the earthy hops comes through as it rolls towards the back of your tongue. Finish is dry and has a grassy bite at first, but as the beer warmed it sweetened up significantly.

M - Extremely fizzy...a bit too distracting I'd say. Light body, not the most drinkable beer.

O - It's a tough beer to rate. Did I enjoy it? Yes. I really did, but the carbonation was just too overpowering. It left the beer unbalanced and it became the focus with every sip. I really liked the beer a lot more once it warmed up. I'll leave the bottle out a bit before drinking the next one in fact. Overall, it's pretty good, but definitely not amazing.

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Photo of XxNitExX
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle

A- Pours a nice amber color with a huge fluffy white head that sticks around forever. B e a utiful

S- Hops then spice then the Belgian yeast character to finish. Nice combination of everything you should love in a pale ale and a Belgian.

T- Very hoppy up front but it eases into a nice malty backbone. Ends with a peppery spice and Belgian yeast flavor. A little strong with the hops but not a complaint.

M- I think this is a little too carbonated for me. Makes it to thin for me. Not a deal breaker but kind of decreases the drinkability.

Overall a pretty great beer minus the mouthfeel. Like the hoppy with Belgian character combination.

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Photo of CircusBoy
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I open the bottle and it immediately starts slowly foaming out of the bottle. Pour into a goblet and produces a white creamy, bubbly 2" head that sits there forever. Appearance is a very hazy, rustic orange color and leaves sticky lacing down the sides.

Getting small sour notes and funkiness in the aroma, with a bit of fruitiness but overall not very strong.

The taste makes up for the aroma, up front is initial funk and sourness, taste of belgian yeast then backed up with citrus and hops.

This beer is very drinkable, has good carbonation that goes down easy and has a nice mouthfeel.

Overall this is a good beer that drinks well and combines funky and hoppy notes. Will be picking this up again.

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Photo of ThirstyInAustin
3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First ever review. Poured from a bottle into a new belgium globe glass.

A - Nice dark golden almost copper in color. Thick cream color head that really seemed to last for a couple of minutes.

S - Sweeter smell with a stronger alcohol smell on the end of it. lots of fruit on it as well.

T - Pretty smooth tasting. A bit of a bite and it seems like the alcohol taste is more in the middle than the end although it it isnt that high of an alcohol content.
M - Seems pretty balanced. Has a nice solid taste that doesn't linger to long. Taste good and not to overly hoppier or complex.

O - Decent beer, Would probably drink again. Not overly impressive but good enough to drink if i needed something differnt.

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Photo of DrFayhee
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful golden-orange color with a nice thick head.
Smell is reminiscent of dry Breton or Norman cider with some apricot, straw, and hops.
Flavor was more straightforward than the complex smell had lead me to expect. Rather basic, though not unsatisfying. Good hoppy bitterness with a slightly fruity apricot finish.
Very refreshing. Definitely a great beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Bernoulli
1.92/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a pale yellow with a head that's at least 40% of the glass when poured by a pro... have napkins ready if you're less practiced or if any of your guests aren't forewarned.

The odor is strong and medicinal -- the closest we could come up with was somewhere between a lemon dish soap and, as noted by the server, vaguely reminiscent of a freshly opened plastic Band-aid.

The taste was much better than the smell ... but there was enough taste that matched the odor to make it hard to pull out the details a more refined palate might notice.

Mouthfeel was light and pleasant.

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Photo of TheNapkin
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer tastes almost exactly like my first attempt at brewing a wild ale. The style is defined here as Belgian Pale Ale, though with a brett yeast that asserts itself pretty heavily this beer is more than a pale. Dry, musty, musky, aroma and flavor. Woody, earthy, maybe some mushroom/mineral quality. Not a sweet beer at all for those of you who are looking for something that's heavy on malts. My only complain is that the mouthfeel is maybe a little thin, but otherwise for $10 a 4 pack at Whole Foods this beer is a steal. I've had Green Flash Belgians before where the yeast just didn't match the malt profile, but this one is spot on. Tastes like it should be drunk standing next to a wooden barrel, probably after stabling the horses.

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Photo of 94Sip
4.8/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Let me start by saying this is a really great beer. Not too bitter, very fragrant and just a really great tasting beer.

A: pours a nice orange color with a great white/cream colored head. Not necessarily opaque but not transparent either.

S: smells of some citrus and floral, but not too strong. Maybe a bit of banana. Can't really identify what it smells like but it reminds me other American brewed tripels.

T: this is really great. Not too bitter like some of the west coast PAs and IPAs. There is some creamy flavors as well, a bit of vanilla. Can't taste any alcohol.

M: not too thick and not too thin. Good amount of carbonation.

O: as spring and summer comes on I start to move to the Belgian Pale Ales, Tripels and farmhouse ales. I just found this one here in Texas and thought I would give it a try. As long as I can get this one it will be a staple in these warm months. Every bit as enjoyable as some of the Belgian ales I enjoy.

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Photo of TheGenesisOfElegance
4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Cloudy orange.

Smell: Spices, yeast, citrus and floral notes.

Taste: Grapefruit is what I got. Along with yeast, fizziness and brett, apparently. (had to look it up to see what it was that I couldn't pin point. Being my second brett beer, I'm not yet familiar with the style.) But I enjoyed it and find the brett to add a unique dynamic.

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation. Also pretty dry.

Overall: Excellent.

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Photo of JAYAR1
1.68/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1


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Photo of onechordwonder
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

So much foam. I had to pay extra attention on the second bottle to make sure I hadn't just goofed it the first time around; but it does actually pour with a 5 finger head.

The smell may be the best part of this beer, it's bright, citrusy and funky like wet hay. The taste is all funk, with a little more malt than you'd expect.

Overall, just okay. Not the brewery's best effort.

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

Bottle. Clear orange color. Nice, very dense and big and solid light tan head, that more or less stays put. Light carbonation, very smooth. Some dryness, good texture, sort of estery. Interesting, hard to describe aroma... Some lemon zest, also spice in the hops. Taste is some bitter, zesty sweetness, and some balanced spice. Good, interesting, tasty brew. A nice Belgian-style.

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

A - straw gold with a big whitish head that left some but not a ton of lacing.

S - a very interesting smell. I mostly got hops, both grassy and piney, with some spice and sweetness underneath. Just a hint of Brett on the back end.

T - The taste, like the smell, is unique. First I got a nice mouthful of west coast style hoppiness, then after that I got a hint of Belgian yeast followed by the unmistakable Brett funk. Really a lot going on. As it warmed I felt the hops mellowed and the Belgian/Brett flavors came forward.

M - Light and crisp, plenty of carbonation.

O - I can certainly see why this is a polarizing beer. I did get a whiff of band-aids once or twice, and at first the complexity and funk were a little overwhelming. As I kept drinking, though, it definitely grew on me and in the end it was an enjoyable experience. I will continue to drink it now and then, though it won't exactly be a go-to of mine.

Also, I'm curious to see how it will age and what it will taste like when the hops fade a bit, so I think I'll throw a bottle or two in the cellar.

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Photo of lilmissbeer
1.77/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

This beer tasted like it was brewed with dirty socks. At first it was okay, but the warmer it got, the more unbearable the taste became. It tasted more like some kind of strange, bitter hard alcohol than a beer... not something I plan on buying again.

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Photo of Swentzel
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz btl into an over-sized snifter..

Big head that calms down but never really goes away.. Belgian spiciness and some tart/funky tones on the nose.. hops are hiding in the background..

Taste is similar to the noise with spicy/funky Belgian yeast balanced nicely with the bitter hops.. Well carbonated. The tart notes are a welcome additive and leaves the mouth with a light bitter aftertaste..

I really like this beer and drink way too much of it...

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Photo of clivem
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a mug

Appearance - hazy yellowish orange with a frothy thick two finger head that stays around. Looks delicious.

Smell - Fruity, banana, light hops, not to strong though.

Taste - Moderate hops up front followed by malt and brett, funky but yummy, definitely different than traditional American ales.

Mouthfeel - Light dry mouthfeel, fairly carbonated, carbonation feels a bit zesty on my tongue.

Overall - A good beer in a style that i haven't had much of. The flavor of the brett takes a bit to get used to but is enjoyable.

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Photo of wineman77
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into an Affligem goblet.

Rich orange amber with 2 fingers of creamy white head. Heavy lacing.

Nose of tart lemon, Bretty funk, a fruity aroma reminiscent of cherry infused vinegar. Very aromatic. Very interesting.

Lighter in body with a ton of carbonation. Very refreshing. A bone dry finish that made we come back for more. Earthy, slight tartness, herbal notes, lightly roasted malt finish.

I drank this by itself, but would love to experiment with food pairings. Can see this being a very versatile food beer. I have thoughts of steamed mussels, hard cheeses, and much more.

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Photo of HopToIt420
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rayon Vert is what I drink when I am not in the mood for something as "in your face" as a west coast IPA. Another good beer from Green Flash. Golden color with a nice head (had this in a pilsner glass). Smooth mouthfeel with a little bit of lemon curd, grapefruit, and honeysuckle on the palate which is highlighted by a much more citrus driven hop characteristic than the West Coast IPA. Good solid beer for hop lovers that aren't looking to take a nap after putting down a big IPA.

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Photo of totallyrelaxed
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- An almost obnoxiously huge head. It was like fake beer from a bad movie but in a good way. Literally a slow pour gave me about 4 fingers of foamy pillowy head.

S- Brett. Barnyard and funk. I had an Italian Barolo right after and it was amazing how similar the nose was. Sour funk.

T- More sour musty Brett. In a good way. Quite tasty and pleasing on the palate. Not super complex but refreshing and addictive. Was surprised that this was a 7% ABV cause it drank like a saison.

M- Super carbonated but didn't mind. Light bodied.

O- I actually enjoyed this beer quite a bit. Wasn't the holy grail of beers but one I will look for in the summer. Really drinkable and just a pleasure to drink (and look at). Bottles were super cool and retro feeling.

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Photo of Friedmanandeggs
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle purchased from Total Wine poured into a pint glass (I know, sorry guys).

A - Bottle conditioned is no joke. Like granted I don't pour beer very well this thing practically gushed out of the bottle. Deep carrot or safety orange in the middle, peach around the edges. Tons of light, whipped, frothy head, like a steamer or egg whites. Buoyant. Chalky and cloudy as you get to the end of the bottle (obvi).

S - I think the yeast gives it a sharp, sweaty funk backed up by a light, hoppy evergreen (pine needles? who knows) with just whiff of orange (almost more like cleaner than fruit). It's pleasant. Very clear. Not so much simple or singular as it is meshed or well blended.

T -It's got a clarity and a juiciness up front, light and brightness around the edges with a sharper yeast/citrus on the swallow and a long, lingering hop finish on the roof of the mouth (for some reason it makes me think of burlap) with pleasant, restrained bitterness. Working it around brings out more of the greener flavors (pine, etc). Very subtle, almost unnoticeable malts.

M - Light to mid-range. Not quite milky, not quite orange juice. Again, airy and buoyant. Cottony.

O - A very pleasant beer balancing ease of drinking with depth and complexity of flavor. A nice bridge between hops and more wild grains, to move someone on from lighter styles such a witbiers to more interesting European ones. I really like, too, how the hops serve to accentuate and spice the other flavors (rather than overpowering them). Motion within moderation. Smooth transitions. Well crafted. Very happy.

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Photo of plbirder
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very foamy head with an aroma of bananas and other fruit. Slightly hoppy with lots of fruit flavor. slightly bitter after taste. There's some complexity in this brew that I have a hard time pinpointing but thats what makes it interesting Overall an interesting beer that I would have again. New to this review thing, doing my best.

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Photo of Brettanomaestro
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rarely can I find a beer that successfully marries sourness with hops. As someone who dislikes hops in general, anytime a beer has a powerful hops flavor it tends to be overpowering. Rayon Vert, however, finds a way to balance a powerful sourness with a powerful hops flavor and does so with both finesse and strength. Well done!

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

From a bottle in a Tulip Glass

A: golden yellow with a great pillow of head
S: Very nice nose; the Belgian part of the influence is very apparent
T: Funk right up front. Earthy/Floral notes on the back end
M: Tight carbonation with medium body
O: A Great American interpretation of the Belgian Pale Ale

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Photo of Tuffburg-Mississippi
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It was incredible!! Amazing and crazy flavor with a great nose. Although a little foamy head and a bit difficult to pour I absolutely loved it. There was something I couldn't pinpoint in the taste and that made it very interesting to say the least. Green flash has a phenomenal product in the Rayon Vert.

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Photo of JonnyHOPkins
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: poured into an oversized wine glass, brilliant color almost like fresh honey, a tad cloudy, large creamy head that gradually depleted over a minute to a thin covering that hugs the edge of the glass

Nose: almost toasty hops with a dank funky aroma of hops and yeast

Taste: complex, almost medicinal taste like cherry Chloraseptic sore throat spray or the way a new band-aid smells. very interesting, slight aftertaste of drupes

Mouthfeel: airy, smooth, heavily carbonated feel

Overall: an interesting belgian-style pale ale, well-made, not for everyone but a must try

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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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