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RATINGS: 108   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   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 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

3.8
   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jefcon (1633) - 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. Itís very effective at balancing the palate, and itís delicious, too.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (21037) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fin (9457) - 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, itís quite good. A7 A4 T7 P4 Ov14 3.6

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Benzai (13619) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerhunter111 (16416) - Hasborn, 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nickls (2356) - 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 (3896) - 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 (1030) - 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 (2662) - 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 (196) - 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.


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