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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   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.


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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!


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mtdewa1 (268) - 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 (3303) - 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 (9400) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (3896) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Poured a honey brown body with a foamy beige head. Aroma of booze, bourbon and butterscotch, wood, pine needles, bread. Medium bodied, average to stronger carbonation and a lingering aftertaste. Flavor of butterscotch, bread crusts, wood, grassy hops, tea leaves, bourbon. Meh, didnít really care for this one too much.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jesterdeal (1789) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JUN 10, 2014
On tap at the POPE for beer week. Aroma of bourbon, caramel, and oak. Pours hazel brown with a small fluffy head. Taste is very oaky bourbon with some notes of dark fruit and malt. No heat but plenty of bourbon.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcos (1520) - Maryland, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Location/Date:Bottle split with Dave on June 1st, 2014..

Appearance: Pours dark brown red.
Aroma: Aroma of bourbon, caramel, vanilla.
Taste: Caramel, vanilla, bourbon, kind of a mess.
Palate:Medium, lingering aftertaste, boozy.

Summary: I guess this sets out what it means to do, but I didnít get any of the fruit suggested in this description Iím now reading above. At 12%, I donít enjoy this enough to want again.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
gendv138 (1000) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAY 10, 2014
2-4 ounce bottle pour at SAVORís Friday night session during the Cigar City and Hardywood salon. Pours dark brown with off-white head. Aromas of bourbon, dark fruit, caramel. Tasting notes of bourbon, dark fruit, caramel, toffee. Medium body with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (305) - - MAY 8, 2014
On tap at Rustico Ballston. Pours a clear dark maroon with wispy head and lasting lacing. Aroma is sweet malt, Begian yeast and caramel. Flavor is Belgian quad with oaky vanilla over the top. Alcohol fairly present.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ed5388 (1972) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2014
750ml bottle shared by Dan P. Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a finger of foamy tan head. Aroma of light funk, sweet fruit, apple juice, caramel malt, and boozy bourbon. Taste of booze, bourbon, dry wood, sweet fruit, and caramel malt.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (3605) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Bourbon is well balanced here with some light vanilla notes. Some sweet plum and light smoke. Pretty full palate. Pours cloudy maroon with good head and lacing and soft carbonation. Some wood in here, finishes with light sweetness. Cask at Churchkey.


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