Motley cru 2018: Black Raspberry
blend of barrel aged wild ale conditioned on Black Raspberries
Motley Cru is our anniversary barrel blend, released (fashionably late)
each year to commemorate another lap around the sun. It represents a
lot of planning, labour, patience and creativity – a final destination for some of our most prized barrels.
This year’s blend -- comprised of sours, brett beers, and wild ales
that we picked from both foudres and barrels -- is a particularly
significant one because it happens to be the first MC to be
brewed, barrel aged, blended, and bottle conditioned entirely
within our Hafis production facility. In this setting the barrels
slumber in peace, produce better beers, and house a sassy
cohort of bugs and yeast that are constantly working on becoming their best selves.
In the 2018 blend we prioritized punchy acidity and bright
fruitiness, nuanced brett characteristics, and complex wild yeast
derived flavours. We divided the beer unequally into 3 parts, before adding fruit to create variants.
Black Raspberry Variant: The most fruit forward in the trio, pouring a
deep, almost opaque burgundy, with berry-tinted head.
Aromatics of raspberry, blue freezee, subtle smoke, and
chocolate. Flavours of tart raspberry jam, soft herbal notes, and
bold acidity. Very lively carbonation with a robust body.