Natura Morta W/ Plum
Green Flash Brewing Co.

Natura Morta W/ PlumNatura Morta W/ Plum
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Wild Ale
Ranked #751
Ranked #7,766
4.09 | pDev: 9.29%
Green Flash Brewing Co.
California, United States
Natura Morta W/ PlumNatura Morta W/ Plum
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a pink tint and a cloudy complexion. There's basically no head. I smell merlot and tart Brettanomyces. I taste a very nice blend of merlot, oak, tart Brett, and sweet plum. The mouth is moderately carbonated, slightly thin, and effervescent from all of the carbonation bubbles.

Jul 10, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by Mark the other night.

This one pours a light pinkish amber color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells a little bit diapery, with lots of sweaty Brett, red wine, some really damp oak, and musty plums.

This is a quite intensely funky offering here. There's some slightly unpleasant aspects of he funk, mainly the diaper thing, and the sweat, but there is some nice citrus, with wet oak, leather, plum and red wine.

There's a medium body on this, with a moderate level of carbonation.

This is definitely an interesting offering, but not perfectly executed.

Oct 19, 2015
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Stevem68 from Ohio

4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light grapefruit cloudy color. Has a nice sour aroma. Has a nice amount of tartness but it's not too sour. You get a subtle plum flavor. Has a pretty smooth finish with a mild aftertaste. Overall a nice offering

Oct 15, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage. Batch 01. Brewed in February 2014. Bottled on 5/7/15.

Pours a murky orange-red with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, dark fruit, red wine, wood, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour fruit, red wine, wood, and acidic flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Oct 07, 2015
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FlandersNed from Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tap. Cloudy peach hue with a moderate off-white head. Tangy / sour fruit nose. A green & sour plum taste with a little funk and an acetic edge. Medium+ body & carbonation.

Sep 16, 2015
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superspak from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/7/2015. Pours lightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big tart cherry, plum, raspberry, pineapple, green apple, red wine, vanilla, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of plums, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bready malt, and oak barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big tart cherry, plum, raspberry, pineapple, green apple, red wine, vanilla, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, bread, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness. Moderate amount of fruity/acidic tartness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of cherry, plum, raspberry, pineapple, green apple, red wine, vanilla, oak, pepper, wheat, cracker, hay, straw, grass, musty funk, leather, light white vinegar, and yeast/oak earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of plums, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bready malt, and oak barrel flavors; with a great sweetness/tartness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth, moderately acidic, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is great. Lightly crisp finish with some lingering acidity after the finish. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome fruited wild ale. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of plums, fruity/funky/acidic yeast, bready malt, and oak barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on with the balanced acidity. This is labeled as a saison on the bottle, and while some spicy yeast notes are present; I’d still classify this as a sour/wild ale due to acidity and overall flavor profile. None of the spices listed on the bottle are noticeable in the final beer either. A highly enjoyable offering regardless.

Sep 12, 2015
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WellRested518 from New York

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Nice effervescent head that fades quickly to a ring around the glass. There was a touch of pink to the head that really made it seem unique. An opaque, yet nearly clear, salmon-orange body. Really gorgeous. Something similar to grapefruit juice.

S- Dusty & jammy. Lemon, must, plum, dust, sour cherry. It honestly smells a lot more like a spontaneous beer. Truly well crafted.

T- Similar to the aroma, but obviously more tart. The plum isn't as big, but it's still there under the acidity & oak. I do get some red wine character as well. The oak is really well balanced here.

M- Quite effervescent, but mildly thin as well. It's very much like many other wilds out there. I guess I'm just looking for more tannin to bring it all together.

O- Great brew. I would certainly say that this is more of a wild ale, or psuedo-lambic than a saison, but that's subjective. My only gripe is that this could use more fruit.

Sep 06, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

amazing beer right here, on tap at hops and pie. one of the best i have ever had from green flash, so glad they have gone in this direction a little bit. its nice to see what they are capable of outside of insanely hoppy west coast ipa types. this has a slightly crimson hue to it, but remains rather pale despite the fruit. it has a shaort but lasting white head on it, and smells fantastic. i get the plum right away, and the french oak red wine barrels too, almost tart and sweet at the same time, both the grape and the plum working together. there is plenty of acidity here, i didnt expect this to be a wild ale for some reason, but there is a lemony lacto hit there before the finish, and an almost sharp tannic thing going too, likely from the wine barrels. i love how light it is, really dry and well carbonated and low in alcohol. it allows some of the complexity to show more i think. love the yeast profile too, saison for a second, a flash of funk, and an acidity from bacteria on the back end. the fruit is more obvious in nose than taste, i get more of the wine than the plum here, but the piquant skins are there on the tongue, and they go together super well. the base is light but not too light, with enough structure for all the flavors, but i appreciate it being delicate. i would love to try the other fruited editions of this one. i was overly impressed with this, loved every drop.

Aug 30, 2015
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oldn00b from Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours copper with a good amount of haze. Yeast sediment impossible to avoid even in the first glass. Fizzy head forms and stays longer than most sours I've had. No lacing but a bit remains around the edge of the glass.

Nose is ripe fruit, I don't pick up "plum" so much as cherry and raisin but the funk of the sour aspect is there.

Flavor is damn near perfect for me. Great sour and pucker, bright ripe fruit and the plum definitely comes through in the flavor.

Mouthfeel is basically perfect imo. Great body, bright acidic and drying. Finish is sweet, lingering hints of plum and citrus.

I don't know why I feel this is so much better than the ratings here but I do. Carbonation was huge here, more so than most sours I'm used to. I didn't get the malt mess someone else described (maybe my palate isn't there?). I agree it's not overly complex but this is a fantastic treat. I even say worth the price tag give the size of the bottle. I'm an outlier I suppose but this does a fantastic job for me.

Aug 28, 2015
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teromous from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottled on May 7, 2015
5.5% ABV 14 IBU

Appearance: A light grapefruit pink color with a white fizzy head that fades very quickly. The body is too hazy to even let small shadows pass through. No lacing on the glass, no bubbles.

Aroma: Lots of sour fruit aroma comes from the glass before I even get a chance to approach it. It smells like tart berries.

Taste: I pick up tart cherry and raspberry flavors. I don't get any plum at all. There is this nice cereal grain flavor to the beer when I first start drinking it and it lingers on the palate after the sourness is gone. It's kind of like eating Cheerios with sliced berries in the bowl.

Mouthfeel: It has a pretty decent level of abrasiveness in the sour department. There is no question when drinking this that it is a sour. It is medium dry with a spritz of carbonation at the end.

Overall: It was a pretty good sour. It will "scratch an itch" if you have a general sour craving and aren't looking for anything else in particular. I was pretty disappointed that i couldn't taste any plum. Plum is a very delicate fruit but I feel like it's a bit of a rip-off to put a giant purple swath of color on the label and write "Plum" and then deliver nothing more than a bottle of "standard sour beer." I would recommend this beer because it is good, but be forewarned that it won't give you that juicy plum flavor or the beautiful aromatics that plums have been known to posess.

Aug 27, 2015
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RocketFrogDavid from Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer, as it warms up flavored of plum and the sourness are more pronounced. I think this will develop nicely over time, looking forward to aging a bottle and seeing how it goes. Love the purple tint in the color. A well made beer.

Aug 27, 2015
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Furlinator from California

4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The label describes this as a saison. This definitely come across more as a wild ale. Moderate vinegar tartness. The plum puree really shines through and prevents this from being too sour. Just a hint of citrus. This is very good.

Aug 27, 2015
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charlzm from California

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed August 22nd, 2015 from a snifter. Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle. ABV is noted on bottle as 5.5%.

Beer pours a mostly-clear purplish/pinkish (?) color with minimal head.

Aroma is sour fruit, but not in a bad way.

Flavor is very tart and fruity with good acidic bite. Slight wincing. Simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin and sharp with adequate carbonation.

Not a style-defining brew, but enjoyable enough. The ROI is a bit low, though.

Aug 23, 2015
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Nife from California

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a great tart - fruit beer. Moderate sour. Medium complexity. Great balance of sour w plum. Pink and cloudy to boot. Wine sour character in the background but definitely present. Very nice! Oh and it's lower alcohol!!

Aug 23, 2015
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T_Hass from Georgia

4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one on tap at the Iron Press's Flight of Tartness. Poured into a 4 ounce taster. A pinkish orange hazy pour with minimal head that quickly dissipated. I was surprised by that I got so much plum on the nose. Not that I've had that many plum beers but this beer had a strong fresh floral plum smell. The taste was tart and refreshing with a juicy plum flavor. There have been some problems with the new Cellar 3 program but this beer was a great summer sour.

Aug 20, 2015
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donnyowens from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

sour. label mentions tartness from the plums but this is a sour. has an aftertaste that's not terribly appealing. descent but not at this price point.

Aug 01, 2015
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crazycatcouple from Arizona

4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This greenflash beer was a definite surprise. It was a bit more sour than expected, which was enjoyable. The only thing i would've changed would be i felt the carbonation could be higher. Other than that a tasty beer me and the wife enjoyed.

Jul 26, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decently sour. Wheat undertones. Some plastic. Nothing mind blowing. I thought plum was the best of the series. Good plum flavor slightly overshadowed by the lacto.

Jul 23, 2015
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putonyourwalkingshoes from California

2.82/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

You know one of those beers that looks like it's going to be nice, smells like it's going to be nice, and initially tastes nice only to let you down immediately with an awful malt flavor akin-ed to something really cheap in the lager category? Happened here. A lot of great sours out there and I wished this one to deliver but I'd stay away because this just has this awful off putting characteristic in the mouthfeel that is unforgivable.

Jul 18, 2015
Natura Morta W/ Plum from Green Flash Brewing Co.
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