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RATINGS: 67   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   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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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
babymaddy (6) - richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
750 ml, caged and corked bottle. Drank one of my last bottles of this last night. The bourbon is the first thing I notice in the aroma with hints of caramel, molasses and toffee and a slight hint of vanilla. This beer has a nice warmth from the alcohol and the vanilla comes through more in the flavor than the aroma. An almost full bodied beer in terms of the mouthfeel with a nice lasting finish. Very fortunate to have this brewery in my backyard!


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8149) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2014
This brew pours a dark reddish-mahogany color with a medium dense light beige head that recedes gradually. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of malt, caramel and dark fruit. Full-bodied with flavors of dark fruit, earthy yeast and caramel malt. Subtle oaky bourbon in the background. The finish is oaky vanilla and dark fruit. Above average overall.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (1903) - USA - AUG 23, 2014
Reddish brown in color... Aroma of vanilla, oak, caramel, bourbon... Flavor is dark fruits, raisins, almonds... Bourbon overpowers beer, boozy finish... Fairly thin base beer in comparison... Decent ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 18, 2014
2014 vintage. Pours a clear dark amber with one finger of whispy white foam. Nose is very whiskey forward. Toffee, vanilla, oak, and char. Dark fruits and brown sugar finish it off but the barrel is the real start here. Taste is butterscotch, toffee, vanilla, oak, candi sugar and some pit fruits. Finishes slightly bitter and boozy but the oak and vanilla really smooth things out. This is a very delicious barrel aged beer, although I don’t get very many quadruple characteristics.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Darwenus (554) - Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2014
Pours from the bottle with a hazy, rust color, an average head, and tenacious lace. Big legs on this one, no surprise at 12% abv. The nose is pears, figs, butterscotch, lemon-grass, and booze. The flavor is really boozy. There’s a big oak presence, lots of vanilla, and a spicy finish. Medium mouthfeel, crisp, and lots of alcohol vapor on the finish. This was right up my ally.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3489) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2014
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark ruby red pour with a tan head. Big bourbon and dark fruit nose. Some dark fruits as well. Flavor is predominantly vanilla bourbon notes with some plum and cherry hints underneath. Lots of booze in the background and a slightly odd aftertaste, but not too bad.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5263) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUL 28, 2014
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged. Coppery pour with a short tan head. Very sweet with lots of ripened dark fruit, vanilla, booze, sweet malt, caramel notes and toasted grains. Taste is big and sweet with lots of booze, caramel, vanilla, soft wood, dark fruit, toasted grains, bready notes, toffee and soft coconut. Body is medium with a strong, prickly carbonation. Lots of sugary stickiness and boozy warmth to this one! Finishes with more toasted malt, sweet malt, caramel, booze, vanilla, fruit notes, soft oak and brown sugar notes.

1.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
books2brl (10) - - JUL 15, 2014
I did not like this beer because it is too sweet and has too high of an alcohol content.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtdewa1 (310) - rome, New York, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Deep amber pour. Aroma is boozy and vanilla. Taste is vanilla, malts, yeast, bourbon and some caramel. Finish is malt and booze. Smooth for abv. Very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
sonnycheeba (3570) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle shared by beerandblues2. Pours mostly clear dark amber/ruby. Aroma is cookie and bready malts, mixed berries, spicy and floral hops, Belgian yeast, vanilla, oak, and light booze. Flavor is boozy with vanilla, dark fruit esters, faint floral notes, bready malts, and light Belgian yeast esters; semisweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9730) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JUL 7, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours clear dark amber with a small, creamy, tight bubbled beige head, short retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast and cookie malt, dates and figs, vanilla and bourbon with light oak and spicy hops. Flavor is sweet malt, light hops and bitterness with heavy dark fruits, vanilla and oak with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.


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