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RATINGS: 97   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   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 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kidobutai (546) - 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 (5480) - 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 doesn’t 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 (7095) - 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 (2621) - 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 (938) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
weihenweizen (2370) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2015
Refrigerated brown bottle poured into a glad. Clear light Amber with no head. Aroma is light bourbon, medium body, low carbonation, and no lacing. Taste is light bourbon, vanilla, som.e plums, and hints of wood.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8674) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 31, 2015
750 ccs from whole foods. Pours hazy dark brown with minimal head. Nose is heavy bourbon oak some caramel, molasses. Tastes of molasses, caramel, oak, bourbon, dark fruit, prune. Great beer, and would go great with a few cigars.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Maverick34 (2652) - 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 (1640) - 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 (4881) - 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.

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