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RATINGS: 103   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   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.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2316) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2016
Tap. Dark hazy cola brown. Candied fig, simple syrup, dark fruit, vanilla and a lot of sweeter notes in the aroma. Flavor is too sweet for me, even for the style, coconut butter, dark rum raisin, and falls sorta flat and sweet in the finish. Medium flat body.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3802) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 18, 2016
Bottle, brought in by a customer. Pours a clear, headless deep amber beer. It looks like young wort. Aroma has loads of bourbon and vanilla in there, some red fruits, hint of caramel. Flavor is sweet, but not too overpowering, defintely some booze in there, some oaky touches. A bit of a nutty touch in the end. Aftertaste is long, sweet but not so sticky. A nice example of the style, but maybe a bit too young.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (975) - New York, USA - FEB 15, 2016
Pours a dark amber with minimal white head. Aroma is vanilla, heavy bourbon, belgian yeast, fruity jam. Flavor is majorly sweet, vanilla & fruits.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2549) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2016
Draft at Bru Craft. Murky brown amber pour with good khaki foam on top. Nice bourbon barrel elements but the Belgium Quad underneath feels unexceptional. Modest dark fruit and medium caramel malts. Tastes good but the depth of flavor appears to be coming mostly from the Bourbon.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sirmixsomewhat (180) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
This is a good ass beer. It’s not on par with Allagash’s Curieux, but it’s a great bourbon aged beer. It’s got a vanilla aftertaste, which is easy on the tastebuds, but not extremely pleasing because it kind of tastes out of place, but it’s a good product overall.

2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
HippieFee (290) - - OCT 27, 2015
Large Format - Milky red/amber color. Distinct bourbon smell to it. Very distinct bourbon taste to it, alcohol taste to it as well.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (621) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 2, 2015
Poured from a tap at The Torch. Great beer, lighter color than I expected. Aroma of dark chocolate and cherries. Not as creamy/smooth on the way down as I had hoped, but still delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6108) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2015
This poured a lighter brown color with a small beige head. Aroma was of big barrel, some dark fruits and caramel. Flavor doesn’t have as much heat as the nose would suggest, somewhat complex balance of barrel and dark fruit. Tasty stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7802) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2015
2/20/15. Sampled during RBWG 2015. Amber pour with a nice khaki head, good lacing. Light almond aroma, bourbon, wood, sweet fruits and caramel. Great flavor, bourbon, wood, vanilla, marzipan, caramel, Belgian esters. Tasty.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MadIndian (2718) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2015
On draft. Notes of Honey, prune, caramel , vanilla and wood. Nice bready finish. It was really good.


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