Revealing Motley

2014-03-24 03
2014-03-24 03

Earlier this week we gave you the smallest, most frustrating sneak peek of this year's Motley Cru barrel blend release. Although we don't really have that many years to base our bold semi-statistical claims on, we're telling you earnestly that this particular beer is something we get very excited about EVERY year. We talked about the blending and tasting processes, and revealed that making these sorts of beers requires an almost zen-like approach to time. You must be patient, you must trust in the beer, the barrel, and -- well, it sort of sounds like we're advertising a restorative couples retreat. Suffice to say, Motley Cru 2014 is a beer worth marrying.

As much as the journey of making these aged beers is both a creative challenge and reward, the real excitement comes just after we finally release the durn thing and witness the varied reactions. Most people embrace each new strange and delicious beer, and of course haters gon' hate, but to rely on a trusty cliché, it's all par for the course. And thank God for golf metaphors, because at least sometimes we really do hit a hole in one. Sorry. I'll stop.

But seriously, you plead, what the hell kind of beer is this?! I'm glad you asked.

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Motley Cru barrel blend 2014 is an IPA aged in barrels with Brett for just over 14 months, transferred to a fermentor, dry-hopped with a healthy dose of Citra and Mosaic, before conditioning in the bottle with fresh champagne yeast for another 2 months. Given the long-term aging that the beer went through over most of 2013, it has emerged deeply oaky in both its aroma and flavour, exhibiting bold vanillins and tannins. It's extended affair with Brett contributes soft smoke and cherry flavours, and a characteristic dryness. And yet, the dry-hopping applied another, strangely complimentary layer to the beer, imparting intense aromatics of fresh lychee and fuzzy peaches. The resulting Cru is beautifully juicy, with a bright orange colour, thick mousse-like head, and muted bitterness.

It ranks very high on the yum scale, can out-perform lab mice in obstacle courses, and may encourage the use of profanities, sometimes even consecutively.

Motley Cru Barrel Blend 2014 will be released in our Bottle Shop on our anniversary, Sunday April 6th @ 12 noon. Bottles are $13, with a limit of 4 p/p. There are around 1000 bottles in existence.

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