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Bourbon Cru - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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50 Reviews
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Reviews: 50
Hads: 296
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.29%
Wants: 49
Gots: 79 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: YumYumGumGum on 05-02-2012

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.

18 IBU
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Reviews: 50 | Hads: 296
Reviews by yamar68:
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4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to cw577enfield for this one!

Swampy ruby gold body with a half finger of milky tan head... great sense of lace.

The nose really caught me off guard, in a good way. Quadruples and bourbon barrels can produce a pretty overpowering nose on their own, so I expected this is really be strong. Not really, though... mellow sweet grains layered with honey and faint bourbon.

The heavy malts and bourbon both surface on the palate, but it's still surprisingly drinkable. Cereal sweetness, smooth bourbon, a bit of that metallic brown malt... velvety consistency. Nice.

Another tasty treat from Hardywood. Thanks Colin! (627 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Pours a hazy amber, not much of a head, a little cling. Nice looking beer. Smell leads with malt; also grapes, dates, brown sugar, raisins, a little bourbon and vanilla. Taste also leads with malt, continues the grapes, dates, raisins. Adds some cherries and caramel. A little more bourbon and vanilla than the nose, some oak. Smooth for the ABV, has a good feel.

Good beer- flavorful and well blended. Have to admit to expecting this to be a little better. (498 characters)

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangey amber, hazy brownish color, thin residual off white head

Aroma; spicy/peppery Belgian yeast phenols, sugary sweetness in the malth, thick bready scent, orange and banana fruit whiffs, slight bourbon aroma

Taste: Belgian yeast character peppery and spicy up front, heavy breadiness, slight bourbon like alcohol burn in the throat on the finish, slight banana and orange fruitiness, sweet finish

Mouthfeel: thick and viscous, full bodied, slightly vinous with noticeable alcoholic strength, medium carbonation

Overall impression: A comparatively less complex quad than the true Belgian Trappists but with some interesting bourbon notes that make for an interesting sipper. Much closer to an abbey quad than a Trappist style quad because of sweet finish. (775 characters)

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.16/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.73/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Kinda cola looking, thinnish white head.

Rich and magnificent nose, vanilla and oak and lots of Belgian quad fruit.

The bourbon lends a bit of tang to this, traces of orange, plums, dates, and plenty of figs. It's truly a magnificent quad even fresh. A bit hot on the finish, but this came from the brewery just a couple weeks ago.

Thinnish, but with some cola-ish brightness. Not the best, but really I have to dig to find anything wrong with this.

It is absolutely all I could have hoped for from a bourbon barrel quad. I hesitate to say perfect, but then I say it anyway. (578 characters)

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.32/5  rDev +5.6%

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Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.