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RATINGS: 73   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Abbey-style Quadrupel Aged in Virginia Bourbon Barrels
Hardywood Bourbon Cru is brewed in the fashion of the abbey quadrupel, the grand cru of many of Belgium’s revered monastic breweries. Bourbon Cru displays a sunset orange hue with a substantial head and brilliant clarity after months of barrel ageing. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained, half-decade old Virginia bourbon barrels from Fredericksburg’s A. Smith Bowman Distillery lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Cru. Almond toffee and oaky vanilla aromatics give way to dark cherries, raisins and mature whiskey. A bit of plum flavor is greeted by caramel overtones and an assertive yet incredibly rounded body and a lingering, bourbon-laced finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
UDBeernut (1897) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - JAN 13, 2015
Bottle from Beechner, the whale slayer himself. Pours muddy Amber, slim off white head with zero retention. Nose is typical quad with some bourbon. Taste is more muddled, some bourbon, burnt sugars. Booze is hot and burns. It’s pefect in that regard. Body is full.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
dfroms (382) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2014
Bottle, 2012 vintage. Pours a clear orangey garnet, no head. Aroma is very nice: bourbon, brandy, sweet red fruits, caramel apple, prune, lots of OG Belgian quad character. Taste is a bit of a letdown relative to the nose: honey, light bourbon, Earl Grey tea, light sourness, caramel. Slightly spritzy carbonation. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (4269) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 14, 2014
750 I brought to share. Malty sweet bourbon nose and taste. Light fruit. Some vanilla in finish. Not what I expected. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ads135 (3155) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - OCT 22, 2014
Thick and delicious. A strong, bourbony take on the quad. Not much vanilla, but the dark fruit is delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (3315) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2014
Draft pour. Pours a clear copper with a thin white head of foam. The aroma has big boozy bourbon with notes of vanilla, caramel, coconut. The taste is major sweetness and boozyness. Thicker body with a sticky mouthfeel and a moderate carbonation level.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jkwood04 (4244) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2014
750ml bottle in a teku. Pours deep brown with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of bourbon and oak, some spicy yeast, some caramel and pale malts, notes of dark fruits, and some light bitterness. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer but could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8803) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2014
This brew pours a dark reddish-mahogany color with a medium dense light beige head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel and dark fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of dark fruit, earthy yeast and caramel malt. Subtle oaky bourbon in the background. The finish is oaky vanilla and dark fruit. Above average overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2062) - California, USA - AUG 23, 2014
Reddish brown in color... Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon... Flavor is dark fruits, raisins, almonds... Bourbon overpowers beer, boozy finish... Fairly thin base beer in comparison... Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (707) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2014 vintage. Pours a clear dark amber with one finger of whispy white foam. Nose is very whiskey forward. Toffee, vanilla, oak, and char. Dark fruits and brown sugar finish it off but the barrel is the real start here. Taste is butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, oak, candi sugar and some pit fruits. Finishes slightly bitter and boozy but the oak and vanilla really smooth things out. This is a very delicious barrel aged beer, although I don’t get very many quadruple characteristics.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (572) - Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours from the bottle with a hazy, rust color, an average head, and tenacious lace. Big legs on this one, no surprise at 12% abv. The nose is pears, figs, butterscotch, lemon-grass, and booze. The flavor is really boozy. There’s a big oak presence, lots of vanilla, and a spicy finish. Medium mouthfeel, crisp, and lots of alcohol vapor on the finish. This was right up my ally.

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