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RATINGS: 83   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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 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 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
katrinaez (338) - 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 (2841) - 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 (1710) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (6505) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - FEB 28, 2015
bottle as shown, not a can of spray paint .. . lots of rum, whiskey, wood, and christmas cake from your drunk aunt .. . dark brown .. lively foam .. . john o’shea was the original perpetrator, rooney slots home the penalty! .. . finish is mild, as was this beer for the most part .. . . placing tiny legwarmers and headbands on each of my 12 cats..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sledutah (5599) - Utah, USA - FEB 26, 2015
Bottle shared at the RBWG hotel share
Clear dark golden with a medium sized off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is malty and woody. Taste is caramel and bourbon

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13189) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - FEB 21, 2015
Bottle shared late night during RBWG 2015. Pours clear russet with a creamy off-white head. The nose has some tangerine, marmalade, grainy pale bread. Big sweet flavor with vanilla cake, more tangerine, hay. Medium to full bodied with average carbonation. Warming finish with rich, ripe citrus fruits, melon, tangerine. Decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (7934) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2015
22oz bottle, tasted during RBWG hotel tasting. Hazy red orange color. Thin off-white head. Dots and bits of lace. Bourbon, oak, some dark fruit, mild spice, some paper. Moderate-plus bitter taste, light sweet, kind of dry finish. Bigger body. Kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Dry finish. Alright bourbon cru. Doesn’t seem fresh to me. Not enough quad character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ferris (6744) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 20, 2015
Bottle - Sweet bourbon notes and light dark fruit. Clear Amber with a decent beige head. Bourbon notes, dark fruit and booze on the throat. Not enough quad, too much bourbon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mikem409 (1765) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Bottle. Color is orange brown head is much to be desired. Aroma of toffee and malt Taste is sweet vanilla caramel nuts.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madvike (3044) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2015
Bottle shared at the Funk Factory release - Pours brown with a white ring of head. Nose is sweet, fruity malt, honey, and sweet barrel notes. Taste is tropical fruit, honey bread, and lots of bourbon-soaked dark bread malt. Slick and medium-bodied with medium carbonation.

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