Review of Green Flash Rayon Vert

11 Sep
Hello again everyone.  Thanks for checking back in.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Rayon Vert produced by the Green Flash Brewing Company located in San Diego, California.

I’ve really liked all of the Green Flash products that I’ve been able to get my hands on and although I have tried this brew before, I haven’t given it a proper review…. until now.

Let’s get to the website,, and read the commercial description.  Shall we?

If Green Flash were founded in historical Belgium, Rayon Vert would have been our flagship brew. A bold layering of hops finds balance from traditional malts. Bottle conditioning with fresh ale yeast and Brettanomyces finishes the beer, adding a delightful effervescence, dryness and continuously evolving character. Rayon Vert is Green Flash.

Time to pour.

This beer comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 7.0%.

It poured a cloudy, deep orange to light/medium amber color.  A huge, soapy, rocky, fluffy, white head was formed from a relatively easy pour.  It had a combination of both tightly compacted smaller bubbles and loose larger ones.  The retention time was awesome.  The foam stuck around forever.  Once it finally decided to subside a bit it left a ton of clingy lacing on the sides of the glass.  A very inviting looking beer I must say.

The aroma was beautifully funky and barnyard”y”.  It had a slight ammonia hint and a medium strength sourness.  Touches of spicy pepper and lemon citrus coalesced well with a stab of wild yeast and grassy hops.  Very nice.

The taste wasn’t quite as forceful as the aroma, however it still presented a worthwhile dose of the barnyard funk.  Savors of green apple and lemon citrus along with further implications of spicy pepper.  The sourness seemed very relaxed and easy going.  An additional relish of yeast and grassy hops completed the flavor and helped it in being harmonious with the bouquet.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Dry, snappy, crisp, refreshing and thirst quenching.  It had a lively, prickly and enjoyable carbonation.  A solid amount of flavor was left behind on the palate after each sip, however it began to get just a wee bit watery toward the end of the drink.  Oh well.

Well, Green Flash has brewed another very good beer here.  It would be splendid for Spring and Summer.  It’s very easy to drink and is filled with enough aroma and flavor to satisfy most any craft beer drinker.  It started rather strong then settled in nicely as it opened up.  I’d say if you like the funky, “Brett” type of beers, give the Green Flash Rayon Vert a try.  It may not blow you away, although I think that it will give you a very pleasing and enjoyable drinking experience.  Feel free to let me know your opinion if you have tried it.   

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.15 out of 5
Grade:  A-  

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Posted by on September 11, 2012 in Country: USA, Green Flash


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