Natura Morta Plum

California
United States
Green Flash Natura Morta Plum Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
5 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Natura Morta Plum begins as a Belgian-style Saison fermented in foudres with Brettanomyces, then is aged in red wine barrels with Italian plum puree. After six months, a pink hued ale emerges. Elegant and flavorful, it renders notes of tart plum, rosewater and almond, balanced by barrel-drawn tannins and a refined dry finish.

Profile

ABV: 
5.5%
IBUs: 
14
Judges Review 
Tom Cannon's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
5 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

It’s rare that you see this much going on in a relatively light beer. There’s a fruity aroma that could be plum, but that’s such a light fruit that it would be hard to emphasize. There’s acetic sourness along with some supporting Brettanomyces funk. All is done with a light touch, and that approach is supported in the flavor as well. It pours a hazy pinkish, almost peach color. You might expect a big funky flavor, but the subtle plum, along with the light sourness and background funk, only provide subdued complexity. The whole package comes across as very light with a pleasant, quenching nature. This is another beer that’s not for everyone, but the light touches of the plum and funk make this one a bit easier than other more aggressive and bigger sour barrel-aged beers.