Motley Cru 2014 | Bellwoods Brewery

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Motley Cru 2014Motley Cru 2014
24 Ratings
Motley Cru 2014Motley Cru 2014

Brewed by:
Bellwoods Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by jrenihan on 04-06-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 24 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by peensteen:
Photo of peensteen
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy deep orange colour, ring of white head, little lace as well. Smell is incredibly fruity, lots of nectarine, mango and lychee, bretty with a bit of musty fruits, some blackberry and only the faintest suggestion of oak. Taste is massively fruity like the nose orange, mango and nectarine, nice musky brett flavours, tons of juicy fruit and nice and dry, bitter throughout but never too hoppy or too bretty and a nice mix of both. Medium carbonation, dry medium-full body. This is incredibly drinkable, exceptional stuff, so tasty and drinks incredibly quickly, easily in my top 5 from this brewery.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JonnyBeers
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Bugs318
4.6/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A hazy reddish with a fizzy white head that leaves a slight creamy ring of head after initial dissipation. Nose wafts strawberries, fruit, some musty vinous qualities, floral esters, lemon rind, and barnyard dust. As complex as the nose, so too is the taste, but hops has faded some, but initial fruity sweetness is tempered by both a bretty dryness, and mild heat. Body is slightly fuller than medium, with a lightly prickly carbonation.

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Photo of Rutager
4.27/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Sammy, didn't know what I was getting until I read the description, now I'm excited.

Appearance. Pours a deep peachy-orange with a thin white head that fades pretty quickly.

Smell. Huge pineapple, peach, oranges and other exotic/tropical fruits. Really huge on the fruits with some sweet sugary notes and a touch of vanilla. Really amazing.

Taste. Really dry which wasn't expected. Tons of brett and dry tropical fruit notes. Unsweetened coconut and a bitterness that's slightly woody.

Mouthfeel. Medium body, drying, medium carbonation.

Overall. The smell on this one was almost a 5 but the dryness was a little much for the juicy fruit flavours going on. Still a very interesting beer that I would absolutely drink again.

Edit: 5/21/2012 - So you know those rare movies that you can't seem to keep from thinking about for days after? That's been this beer for me. Definitely the most interesting thing from Canada that I've had for a long time ...I'm actually thinking ever. A real experience with just so much going on, and in non-traditional ways. Cheers, Bellwoods.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.72/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery and in a bottle. Identical experience with both.

A - Poured an opaque light orange colour with a huge glow along the bottom and a thin layer of eggshell coloured head.

S - A massive fresh peach aroma with lighter tropical fruit aromas (passion fruit and mango), sweet honey and a slight brett presence.

T - Fresh peach dominates with bright mango and tangerine profiles also coming through in the forefront. The brett plays a bigger role than the nose suggested, adding a nice dryness without much of a funk presence. Sweet caramel/honey flavours and oak flaovurs add more another layers to this already complex beer.

M - Medium body. Dry but juicy. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -29.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -18%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of jrenihan
4.37/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a dark orange colour with a moderately-sized white head. Head fades quickly, leaves a bit of lace.

Incredible aroma. The hops take centre-stage. Very fruity, with a tropical focus. Lychee is the standout aroma, with other tropical fruit scents joining. There is an oak scent as well. I don't get much Brett in the nose, just a bit of powdery-dry cherry.

Taste is also great. Lychee and other tropical fruits, including kiwi and pineapple, with some citrus. Oak is notable, and the Brett makes itself known but is not dominant - it adds a slightly tart cherry flavour, with a medicinal tinge (in a good way). Very complex and very good.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite smooth. Nice.

Overall, a terrific beer. One of the best Bellwoods has done to date, IMO. Very complex, very flavourful ad quite unique. I don't know, but I doubt it has much aging potential - the hops play a huge and vital role. But it is a shame - because I wish I could have this for a long time. I know it is a "one-time only", but I hope they decide to brew it again. Great stuff!

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Photo of andrenaline
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Props to Peensteen for the bottle...

A - Pours a slightly hazy, golden orange, thumb of head, solid retention and sporadic lacing.

S - Loads of fruit, mangos and pineapple, sweet citrus, hints of barnyard funk, touch of woodiness.

T - The sweet citrus IPA notes paired insanely well with a subtle funk and sour flavour, lingering citrus rind, sweet pineapple, hints of bubble gum and candied lemon notes linger.

M - Lighter bodied, nicely carbonated, surprisingly wet.

O - Fantastic brew. Insanely drinkable, loaded with flavour and a unique combination of styles makes for a memorable experience. My only beef with this beer is not being able to have another.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Motley Cru 2014 from Bellwoods Brewery
Beer rating: 4.27 out of 5 with 24 ratings