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Bellwoods Motley Cru 2014

Bellwoods Motley Cru 2014
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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Toronto, Canada
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RATINGS: 22   MEAN: 3.93/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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Initially a collection of IPA barrels aged with Brett Lambicus for 14 months, the 2014 Motley Cru was later dry hopped with mosaic and citra and bottle conditioned for a further two months. A juicy, oaky brett beer with notes of lycee and peach. Released April 6, 2014.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GregClow (2879) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 11, 2014
Bottle from the brewery. Dark golden-copper body with a good sized white head. Layered and nuanced aroma with notes of peach and apricot, mild funkiness, subtle oak, mellow vanilla. Similar character and complexity in the flavour - lots of fruit (peach, apricot, tangerine, lychee), oak and funk, peppery yeast, and a nicely dry and tart finish with a medicinal tinge. Hops have been blunted somewhat when compared to the sample I had from a fresher bottle a couple of months ago, but they still contribute some good citrus and pineapple notes. Really nicely done!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
mathieuc (1226) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2014
Pours a clear dark golden with a medium white head that leaves really good lacing. Nose is quite impressive with ultra ripe peaches and mangoes. Some light peppery alcohol also. Really perfumy. Taste is somewhat sweeter than expected, carries some nice tropical fruits again and is moderately bitter. There is a tangerine or orange flavor that is really fun in there, too. Alcohol is felt throughout but is never really cumbersome. Still pretty intense, though. Body is medium, carbonation too I guess but it might be the alcohol that stings. Overall an interesting brew, aroma and flavors are just perfect but it isn’t sessionable at all so I suggest that you split this bottle with a few friends.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (6641) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
Bottle, sent to me by jercraigs (thanks Jeremy!), and shared at RBAG 2014. Hazy orange, bright tropical fruits, mango and citrus, with underlying barnyard funk. Finishes more tart/sour than bitter. Fantastic!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5726) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUL 16, 2014
bottle shared with rudolf. a lot going on with this one. golden orange pour, medium bodied. lots of tropical fruit, coconut, peach, mango, tangerine, bretty funk, touch of vanilla. quite complex.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ferris (3800) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2014
Bottle - Mandarin, mango, tropical fruit and Brett. Clearish gold with a rich white head. Juicy mango and mandarin. Next to no bitterness and light yeast notes. Well balanced and nice.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beerenberger (1414) - Fischer, Texas, USA - JUN 24, 2014
Thanks to Sammy for the enlightenment- Apricots/peaches/tropical fruit dominate from the first sniff wafting from a hazy, glowing peach hued pour. A thin, non-lasting white head quickly forms a white ring and provides modest lacing. The palate is similar to the nose - tropical fruit, peaches, a bit of Brett, and rather dry satisfying finish. A delightfully deligate sourness is present but not one that particularly puckers. Medium-light body and moderate carbonation. Overall, an enjoyable and well crafted sour/wild ale that stimulates while satisfying one’s thirst

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jredmond (5295) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUN 13, 2014
Bottle at Paul’s May 2014 tasting. Pours an orange body with white lacing. Aroma is bretty peach character up front followed by some bright citrus/tropic fruit notes. Mouthfeel is medium with bright carbonation and notes of dank, funky hops, pineapple, melon, peach and brett.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jercraigs (7699) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 30, 2014
2014-05-19. Lightly hazy dark orange body with a modest beige head. 3+ Aroma is quite nice, with tons of oak up front that eventually blows off after a bit releasing some lovely orange citrus and funk, lemon notes as it warms. Flavour is surprisingly citrusy, sweet orange up front, moderate oak and funk throughout. Smooth average plus bodied palate, soft moderate carbonation. surprisingly nice. I’d prefer less oak and more funky citrus for my own tastes but it is pretty nice as is. Bottle from the brewery, Toronto

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Marheb (1998) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 28, 2014
La pêche, l’abricot, la mangue et les houblons citriques et tropicaux s’ebattent dans le brett lambicus fermier, cuiré et fruité. Buvabilité animale.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
PhillyCraft (3166) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2014
Bottle. Pours orange with white ring of head and dct amount of lace. Smell is citra pineapple, pine, brett, and peach. Flavor is most of the same with the additional presence of mosaic hop coming through...dank blueberry pine on top of the brett. Well carbonated.


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