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RATINGS: 90   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2016) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2514) - New York, USA - MAY 24, 2015
Bottled maroon pour. Oak and vanilla. Boozy with malts ND plums. Pretty nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Emeister84 (1447) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 23, 2015
Aromas of bourbon-soaked plums, cherries. Clear ruby color with a mostly lasting white head. A little sweet, boozey, fruity, rich. Full bodied, a little hot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ben4321 (4545) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 22, 2015
Location: 750 ml bottle, 2014 Release, 5/22/15

Aroma: It has a strongly bourbon aroma, with some wood and vanilla as well
Appearance: It pours a clear reddish color without much head and some mild, spotty lace
Flavor: The flavor is really strong on the bourbon as well, it dominates the taste
Palate: Fairly full bodied, big and boozy, with a soft carbonation, and plenty of heat
Overall Impression: Definitely not a beer for those who don’t like bourbon. I think it is a pretty solid example of the style, but I feel like a like balance could have been in order here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tsd08460 (129) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2015
Aroma: bourbon, vanilla, caramel, alcohol, Appearance: amber, clear, slight tan head Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter, bourbon Palate: full body, creamy, soft carbonation, long finish, Excellent

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (12090) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle in the hotel lobby, RBWG ’15, night 2 - 20/02/15 thanks to whomever shared this number. Rich amber with a moderately appointed beige covering. Nose is toffee, booze tunes, spice, dark malts. Taste comprises biscuit, toffee, sweet licks, hint of chocolate, dark fruits, light wood. Full bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close. Decent enough quad, sweetness tempered with some bitter strokes, masks the ABV well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pyobon (1060) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2015
(On Tap) Clear brown with ruby hints and a small white head. Aroma is bourbon and esters. Excellent palate - medium bodied with bright and mouthfilling carbonation. Taste is bourbon, vanilla, oak and alcohol. Very impressive beer, bourbon dominated.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
c_lee_burton (179) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 9, 2015
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark amber with a reddish hue that has a small cream colored head. The scent is oak and booze. It tastes very bourbon boozy. There is some raisin, plum, and malts present. Acts more like a barleywine than quad. Would definitely benefit from aging for 6-12 months. Alright, would definitely cellar.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (416) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
An aroma of dates or raisins. Oak too. Deep color. A little bit of an alcohol finish but still interesting. Bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
OldGrowth (2865) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2015
bottle, from brewery. 2014 release. Good aroma, sweet. bourbon, oak, plum raisin, clean orangy brown color, ok head that faded quick, no lace. sweet flavor. heavy body, oily creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. it’s good, but it’s not exctitng me for more,

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1791) - Illinois, USA - FEB 28, 2015
750, thanks Richard. Dark brown copper color. Smell and taste are butterscotch candy, touch of vanilla and bourbon. Has a slight Belgian yeast. Pretty tasty.

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