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RATINGS: 117   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Westmeister (2129) - 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.


3.6
mR_fr0g (12574) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 30, 2017
Keg at Brewdog Soho. A clear nut brown coloured pour with a lasting fine beige head. Aroma is vanilla, rough oak, toasted brown sugars, cakey malts. Raisin loaf.. Flavour is composed of semi sweet, brown sugars, woody, bark, dried raisin, vanilla oak and spicy woody. Lingering oak tannin. Palate is semi sweet, little thin, medium bodied, spicy finish. Moderate to high carbonation. Lingering hot alcohol. Disappointed.

2.8
Beese (2934) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2017
Keg at BrewDog Soho. Nice, but a bit too much coconut sweetness, and also the booze is a little heavy.

3.9
hershiser2 (3476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 18, 2017
Draft Taproom (Charlottesville). Clear amber with a small beige head. Aroma of alcohol, dark fruit... quite nice, actually. Flavor is oooh...ahhh... Sweet dark fruits, alcohol, light earth. This is very tasty.

4.3
strap (937) - Sindelfingen, GERMANY - APR 8, 2017
dark red/brown. nice sweet, plums and cherries. some bourbon aroma and taste, but not overpowering. smooth, with a little vanilla taste on the finish. one of the better bourbon barrel bears i’ve consumed.

3.9
OnTheTrail (519) - USA - APR 8, 2017
Sample at Trader Joe’s. Light red brown. Aroma is malty fruity, not intense. Taste starts with wood, dark fruit, plum and cherry, then vanilla and toffee. Medium mouthfeel. Excellent.

3.5
Suttree (6415) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 8, 2017
At the 2017 Superbowl Bottleshare. Smells like caramel and bourbon. Taste is bourbon and caramel. Very heavy, slick palate.

3.5
anders37 (26726) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JAN 9, 2017
Bottle. Pours a dark amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty caramel and dark fruit aroma with weak hints of bourbon. Sweetish malty woody bourbon caramel and dark fruit flavor. Has a sweetish malty woody bourbon caramel and dark fruit finish.

3.8
blueshockey24 (611) - Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Bottle. Pours reddish hazy amber. Aroma is sweet fruity toffee bourbon. Taste is sweet raison prune fruitiness with toffee bourbon sweet finish. Pretty good.

3.6
dnstone (3429) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Deep Amber color with a hint of white head. Boozy, raspberry and vanilla aromas. Boozy bourbon flavor up front then some subdued cherry and sweet malty body, with light carbonation.

3.8
Luvystypotables (1993) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2016
Aroma with a hint of smoke, bourbon whiskey, plums and caramel. Pours a hazy copper color with a lasting white head. Taste of sweet caramel, fruit and whiskey. Medium body with a sweet bourbon finish.


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