Moa says: DON’T DRINK FOR A DECADE

Moa has launched its latest rare “collector’s edition” beer – but we urge people not, under any circumstances, to drink it.

Well, for the next decade at least.

The Moa Ten Year Beer is a barrel-aged cherry lambic made in a unique traditional Belgium style. Just 180 specially labelled bottles have been produced, and Moa founder Josh Scott says those lucky enough to get their hands on a bottle should take their hands off the bottle and put it into a cellar, pronto.

“Our Ten Year Beer already tastes great, but the complex nature of the brew means that it’s designed to taste best after a decade of cellar aging.

“Traditionally Belgian lambics have been cellared for a few years – however some of these old-style lambics can also be quite sour.  We’ve crafted our Ten Year Beer to be a little easier on the palate, albeit without substituting on the quality or heritage… but good things take time.”

Josh adds, “Most drinkers probably aren’t used to thinking of beer as something to be cellared. Just treat it like a fine Central Otago Pinot Noir and you’ll be alright.

“Or think of it as the ideal gift for your eight-year old son – after a decade of cellaring it’ll be ready to drink on his 18th birthday”.

The Ten Year Beer has been fermented as a tripel ale, then poured into French oak puncheons with Marlborough cherries stuffed in the barrel. Wild yeast is added and it is left to slowly ferment and age over 10 months.

Josh says, “The use of wild yeast plays an important role in making this beer so amazing – but it’s a risky business, and if mishandled it can easily contaminate vineyards, for example. Luckily, especially considering my dad’s vineyard is across the road, we got away with it this time.”

The end product pours strawberry golden and has powerful aromas of cherries and dried herbs. The oak and cherries integrate over time and the base characters of banana and butterscotch are evident at the end of the palate.

Just 180 collectable 750ml bottles of the Moa Ten Year Beer have been created, RRP $30. Regional Wines and Spirits in Wellington, www.beerstore.co.nz each have 60 bottles; Castle MacAdam Wines in Dunedin, New World Blenheim, Fresh Choice Richmond and Fresh Choice Merivale have just 12 bottles per store. Get one while stocks last – but for god’s sake, don’t bloody drink it.