Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Green Flash Brewing Company Natura Morta Plum
What the brewers say
“Natura Morta Plum begins as a Belgian-style saison fermented in foedres with Brettanomyces, then is aged in red-wine barrels with Italian plum puree… It renders notes of tart plum, rosewater, and almond, balanced by tannins and a refined dry finish.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Tart lactic, touch of earthy horse blanket, light vanilla and wine/tannic notes, light plum and raspberry. A wonderful fruit aroma—not singularly plum. Subtle peach and even blueberry like a mixed-fruit yogurt cup.”
Flavor: “Plum is very much present in the taste, but a considerable amount is going on—a mineral character adds to the dryness and subtle brinyness of the beer, a subtle earthiness works with the undercurrent of funk and tartness, and it finishes surprisingly dry given the fruit character. Wonderful woody Brett aftertaste, with some tack room leather component.”
Overall: “Very fruit-forward saison with a complex multidimensional Brett character. Slightly bigger body than expected, but still finishes dry. A deliciously complex beer that I want more of.”
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Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
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Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.