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RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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 Belgiumís 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 Fredericksburgís 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.

Westmeister's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. UPDATED: Pours a ruby red/brown with thinner tan head. Smells big maltiness with known bourbon and vanilla. Taste comes off very fruity/cherry, sweet caramel malts, lighter than expected bourbon notes, some booze, raisins, oak. Medium body. Complex, and I liked it because the bourbon aging was not overly powerful. Would have been better if not for the big cherry notes which grew tiresome by the end of the brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3766) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
drsandman (927) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NikkTwist (2469) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sirmixsomewhat (173) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
This is a good ass beer. Itís not on par with Allagashís Curieux, but itís a great bourbon aged beer. Itís got a vanilla aftertaste, which is easy on the tastebuds, but not extremely pleasing because it kind of tastes out of place, but itís a good product overall.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
HippieFee (287) - - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (605) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (6053) - 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 doesnít have as much heat as the nose would suggest, somewhat complex balance of barrel and dark fruit. Tasty stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
drowland (7775) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dr_Fellini (1020) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2015
Bottle to glass. Pours a copper deep orange light brown color with a light tan head. Aroma is toffee, vanilla. Same in the flavor. Overall a pretty decent beer.

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