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RATINGS: 111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 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.

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   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dnstone (2707) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Deep Amber color with a hint of white head. Boozy, raspberry and vanilla aromas. Boozy bourbon flavor up front then some subdued cherry and sweet malty body, with light carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Luvystypotables (1689) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Aroma with a hint of smoke, bourbon whiskey, plums and caramel. Pours a hazy copper color with a lasting white head. Taste of sweet caramel, fruit and whiskey. Medium body with a sweet bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rlgk (18322) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 28, 2016
Bottle at Chris and Ruths place after GBBF 2016, Wednesday. Cloudy amber beer with a small head. Fruity woody aroma, caramel, toffee, bourbon, vanilla notes, some grapes and raisins. Fruity woody flavor, vanilla, spicy, bourbon notes, caramel, toffee, raisins, some figs. Great beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1656) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 15, 2016
Whiskey aromas and some toffee and slightly sour fruit. Vanilla. Lots of warm alcohol notes, dark berry, vanilla and raisin. The refined quad and the 12%ABV push back against the heavy richness of the bourbon aging in a unique way. It’s very effective at balancing the palate, and it’s delicious, too.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21868) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle in cropredy 2016 day 3... Dark brown black... Thin tan... Soft sweet yeasty toffee fruit nose... Rich sweet fruit.. Large sweet yeasty toffee fruit.. Sweet toffee malts... Rich cake fruit Lightest Bourbon.. Its certainly not killing it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9674) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - AUG 14, 2016
Bottle courtesy of Craig (cheers Craig!) had this at Fairports Annual Reunion Festival, Cropredy Saturday 13th August 2016 Soft in the mouth, really warning, there is a nice carbonation to this , dangerously drinkable. Toffee and caramel and a little nuttiness, chewy and fruity there is also a little spice, it’s quite good. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (14268) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - AUG 10, 2016
Bottle shared @ ChrisO after GBBF Day 2. Nice dark red color, small beige head. Aroma is malts, sweetish dark fruits, bourbon, wood. Taste malts, caramelised sugar, bourbon, wood, sweetish. Medium to full body and suitable moderate carbonation. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (17277) - P´Castle, GERMANY - AUG 10, 2016
75cl bottle. Pours slightly hazy dark orange brown colour with a small off-white head. Aroma of ripe red fruits, sweet bourbon, oak. Taste of sweet ripe fruits, oak, bourbon, some alcohol, delicous, very good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2388) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (3999) - 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.

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