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Brewed by Bellwoods Brewery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Toronto, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.94/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 189   ABV: 6.3%
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wild ale w/ passion fruit blend of 1 and 2 year barrels Motley Cru is our anniversary release, with the only requirement being that the final beer must incorporate a blend of various barrels. This year's edition is a wild ale with passion fruit blended from two mixed grain ales (containing pale ale barley malt, wheat, oats, and rye). Both new American oak barrels, and old use (wild ale program) barrels from Niagara and Prince Edward County provide an eclectic range of wild and local yeast strains, and several hundred kilos of passion fruit puree create a fantastic balance of old world sour flavours and bright tropical notes. Extra time spent conditioning in the bottle provides a lively carbonation. What is smells and tastes like: A crisp acidity, healthy oak backbone, bursting passion fruit aroma, and plenty of wild ale funk. A crazy balance of fuzzy peach, five alive, bell pepper, and cracked pepper.

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3.4
GRM (4330) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 6, 2018
Brown bottle, 500 ml, trade with Peter Killam (thank you!), savoured on February 6 2018; eye: golden, clear, no effervescence, minuscule ring of beads, slight lacing; nose: acidity, sourness, passion fruit, musk, light rubber; mouth: acidity, sourness, passion fruit, musk, acridness of small black berries, light rubber, sour finale with presence of acidity, medium body, good carbonation, slightly sweet, slick texture; overall: fine

FRANÇAIS
Bouteille brune, 500 ml, échange avec Peter Killam (thank you!), savourée le 6 février 2018; œil : dorée, limpide, pas d'effervescence, minuscule collier de petites bulles, très légère dentelle; nez : acidité, aigreur, fruit de la passion, musc, léger caoutchouc; bouche : acidité, aigreur, fruit de la passion, musc, âcreté de petits fruits noirs, léger caoutchouc, finale aigre avec bonne présence d'acidité, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, très légèrement sucrée, texture coulante; en résumé : bien

3.7
beerplace (2505) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 28, 2018
500ml bottle (thx, Nick M.!). Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a white head. Aroma is very fruity with lots of passion fruit note notes. Taste is low to moderate tart with lots of passion fruit and some ascorbic notes. Pretty juicy stuff. Good.

4.1
neongolden (2257) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 15, 2018
(500ml bottle @ the brewpub, Jan 13/18) Pours moderately hazed dark gold with a white head and spotty lace. Notes of sweet-tart passionfruit, grapefruit, white wine, lactic juiciness, bare hint acetic, straw, some wet funk more prominent on the nose, soft minerality, oak is quite light though slightly more prominent on the finish. Overall, it hits with a big biting sour juicy core initially, the passionfruit really feeding into that but the bracing nature is actually quite pleasant. As the tongue adapts, it reveals less complexity than I might have hoped for but remains full of flavour. Finish is moderate to high tart, drying oak, floral passionfruit, touches of hay and funk. Medium bodied and oily with soft effervescent carbonation. Nice stuff, drinkable in the extreme despite the acidity, with pleasing fruit extraction.

3.9
Tranquillity (2684) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2018
Bottled. Clear golden body, almost no head. The aroma is strong of flowers, berry and some oak. The taste is sour and refreshing. Wonderful flowery at the end. When adding yeast sediment it gets sweeter and has a bolder flavor.

4.2
mabel (10136) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 25, 2017
[9896-20171217] 500mL bottle. Fruity sour peach apricot passionfruit aroma. Slightly hazy, light gold orange body with a quick foamy white head. Super sour fruity apricot flavour has a long sour finish. Medium body is very, very sour. Delicious. (9/3/9/5/16) 4.2
(w/ Ferris, jercraigs)

3.8
jercraigs (11344) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2017
2017-12-18. Crisp yellow body, modest white head. 3+ Aroma is interesting, tangy fruit, something I can't quite place. Flavour is quite tart, fruity, passion-fruit and berry notes. 7+ Average bodied palate, good carbonation. 3+ Pretty tasty. Arguably not as much depth as some previous Motley Cru vintages but perhaps more quaffable than some as well. 7/3/7-8/3/16+ Bottle from Bellwoods, Toronto.

3.8
Ferris (18231) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2017
Bottle - Funk and light rubber with some tropical notes. Clear pale gold with a decent white. Soured apricot and stone fruit. Dry finish and nice acidity.

4
Johnsense (1850) - - SEP 26, 2017
Gold pour, fairly hazy, thumb-sized white head that fizzes out into a small ring. Big passionfruit in the aroma, sour, tart stonefruit. Tart up front, loads of passionfruit, light citrus, apricot, vinous. Bold flavour without killing the palate - not always easy to do.

3.9
tom10101 (6373) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2017
Without a doubt the most intense beer from the Motley Cru series so far. The acidity (which is amplified by the passionfruits and lemony notes) is borderline too much for drinkability but the intense funk give this beer a nice layer of complexity.

Bouteille (500 ml) à la maison. Merci à Matthew! Apparence légèrement voilée, couleur jaune paille dorée avec une tête blanche qui disparaît rapidement. Au nez c'est hyper funky avec une tonne de fruits de la passion, des notes vineuses ainsi que quelques effluves de citron. Au goût c'est assez funky avec encore une fois beaucoup de fruits de la passion, une acidité modérée à moyenne, des notes vineuses, des brettanomyces et du citron. Corps moyen. Carbonatation modérée. Texte qui mélange les aspects vineux et boisés. Finale sèche et citronnée. Probablement la plus intense de la série Motley Cru avec une acidité (accentuée par les fruits de la passion et l'aspect citronné) à la limite de ce qui est acceptable pour conserver une bonne buvabilité. L'aspect funky assez intense donne une certaine profondeur intéressante à la bière.

4
LouisP (630) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 31, 2017
Une bière orangée, avec une minuscule carbonatation et une bonne effervescence. Au nez, c'est assez funky, avec beaucoup de mangues également. La bière en bouche est beaucoup plus soft sur les levures sauvages, laissant place à un côté plus surette, avec une mangue et des fruits de la passion bien en avant plan. Les levures sauvages sont beaucoup plus discrètes. Le mélange des saveurs est fort bien fait, tout en équilibre. Le défaut que je lui donnerais est qu'elle est peut-être un peu trop sucrée, on goûte assez facilement ce sucre tout au long de la dégustation, mais on lui pardonne ce (mince) défaut, tant l'exécution est bien faite.


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