Vista, California’s Green Flash Brewing Company unveiled a new beer in their arsenal recently, adding Rayon Vert to their already impressive portfolio. A Belgian-style pale ale bottle conditioned with yeast and Brettanomyces, the beer clocks in at 7% alcohol and 32 IBUs.
This Rayon Vert was poured from a chilled 12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass, with a slightly hazed golden straw color and some darker orange hues. A thick, fluffy white head bubbles up and retains well, leaving coats of lacing on the glass. The nose has a funky and musty scent driven by the Brett, along with some touches of lemon peel. Residual hints of peppery spice with clove and a faint sweetness add in with a dash of hops.
The beer begins somewhat floral with notions of soft earthy hop tones. Touches of fruity esters continue with a citrusy edge driven by lemon peel. Spicy notes mixed with clove and a straw-biscuit backbone lie underneath. A bit funky and tart towards the finish, which is a little dry and lingering.
Rayon Vert is medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation, feeling a bit prickly and sticky on the palate. This has a nice combo of funky and tart tendencies with some other balancing flavors to keep it from becoming too sour or experimental, which could turn some drinkers off. If you’re looking for something a bit different, enjoy Belgian pale ales, or are a fan of Orval, definitely give this one a try.
Rayon Vert is available in 4 packs for around $10 where quality craft beer is sold.