1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Bourbon Cru - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

Not Rated.
Bourbon CruBourbon Cru

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding

206 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 206
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.79%
Wants: 39
Gots: 57 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Quadrupel (Quad) |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: YumYumGumGum on 05-02-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Bourbon Cru Alström Bros
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 36 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of catboy
catboy

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

10-03-2013 22:02:00 | More by catboy
Photo of ZachRVA
ZachRVA

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

06-02-2012 08:38:04 | More by ZachRVA
Photo of Beershack
Beershack

Virginia

5/5  rDev +22.9%

07-13-2014 08:36:49 | More by Beershack
Photo of Earpe
Earpe

North Carolina

4.95/5  rDev +21.6%

Not sure how you can get a much better bourbon stout than this.

Stout is awesome from pop of the cork until finish of the glass. slight chocolate taste with nice coffee hints. ABV is high, however it is not noticeable in taste. The stout is definitely one of the best. Loved it from beginning to end, only wish the cost was a little less.

Can't go wrong here if you are a bourbon stout drinkier

02-11-2014 15:27:52 | More by Earpe
Photo of rfbenavi80
rfbenavi80

Missouri

4.85/5  rDev +19.2%

Bottle poured into a snifter. Shared with a friend.

A- Pours a hazy medium orange color, with a touch of caramel and yellow highlights. The head is minimal, not lingering very long just long enough to settle into a ring around the edge of the glass that does not lace.

S- Sweet bourbon and vanilla right off the bat. Lots of caramel and oaky barrel aging aroma.

T- Follows nose well. Sweet bourbon, oaky, vanilla, flavors with a caramel aftertaste. Finishes remarkably smooth for a 10% ABV beer.

M- Full bodied creaminess. With a smooth aftertaste.

O- An outstanding beer that I would recommend to anyone who like or dislikes beer. Bourbon Cru brings a new depth to beer that is unparalleled.

11-27-2012 10:16:59 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of zaphodchak
zaphodchak

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

05-19-2012 02:14:49 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of tclipse
tclipse

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-25-2014 02:17:17 | More by tclipse
Photo of SpecialN32
SpecialN32

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

10-01-2012 02:26:12 | More by SpecialN32
Photo of pcarney8
pcarney8

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-29-2013 12:22:07 | More by pcarney8
Photo of KohlbeckM
KohlbeckM

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

05-27-2013 21:57:12 | More by KohlbeckM
Photo of AWB3
AWB3

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-13-2014 15:33:25 | More by AWB3
Photo of mrterdferguson
mrterdferguson


4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

12-17-2012 02:54:40 | More by mrterdferguson
Photo of jfozzy
jfozzy

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

11-26-2012 20:08:17 | More by jfozzy
Photo of canyouspell
canyouspell

Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +15.7%

Bourbon Cru 2014 Release (bottle)

This beer is one of my favorites; boozy caramel and vanilla notes play together nicely with the cru. I believe they changed the bourbon barrels this year (in my opinion, for the better) it seems more vanilla-y than last years. My only qualm with this beer is the price; At $14.99 a bottle, I would think twice about stocking up on a bunch of bottles - but I'll always get it on draft if available.

05-20-2014 16:15:25 | More by canyouspell
Photo of vfgccp
vfgccp

New York

4.69/5  rDev +15.2%

06-10-2012 17:28:57 | More by vfgccp
Photo of YumYumGumGum
YumYumGumGum

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13%

A - Beautiful hazel appearance. Very clean translucent beer, with two fingers of barely off-white head. Minimal lacing occurred when served in a bar glass.

S - Ultra aromatic. Bourbon, oak, dark fruit. Bourbon is pretty overbearing but pleasing.

T - Bourbon, wood, pretty figgy, something more distinct maybe grape in the tart aftertaste. Blew me away when it was room temperature.

M - Good carbonation, should be great next year from corked 750ml bottle.

O - Very strong brew from a relatively new brewery here in Richmond. I got 9 bottles from the release and I am ecstatic. I was very impressed with the bourbon barrel-aged quad.

05-02-2012 13:47:58 | More by YumYumGumGum
Photo of Uf0T0fU
Uf0T0fU

District of Columbia

4.56/5  rDev +12%

08-24-2014 16:03:18 | More by Uf0T0fU
Photo of alpinebryant
alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +11.5%

A: Pours a light clear chestnut color with a sticky lacing head that hung around for a while but was mostly around the edges.

S: Aroma of a sweet fresh bourbon oak barrel. Sweet malt and very light bourbon with a light belgian musky aroma. Vanilla and toffee.

T: The wood flavors are fresh and oily rather than aged or stale / Still green tasting in barrel. After reading the description a little clearer, I guess these barrels are only 5 years old. I kinda like this flavor added to a strong ale to be honest. Flavors of vanilla, green pear, purple plums and light toffee mix together for an interesting combo.

M: Medium body with light carbonation .

O: Overall, I enjoyed this pretty well. I have not had a ton of Cru's per se, but this is one of the more interesting that I have had. A Greenhorn barrel aged cru with notes of vanilla , toffee and bourbon. Definitely would have again

01-19-2013 02:01:30 | More by alpinebryant
Photo of WVbeergeek
WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

08-04-2013 05:28:03 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BeerBellyTrojan
BeerBellyTrojan

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-13-2014 03:59:24 | More by BeerBellyTrojan
Photo of Beerontwowheels
Beerontwowheels

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-31-2012 12:43:34 | More by Beerontwowheels
Photo of itsthepleats
itsthepleats

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-10-2013 13:43:26 | More by itsthepleats
Photo of Links41
Links41

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

07-23-2014 19:42:03 | More by Links41
Photo of BeastLU
BeastLU

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-30-2013 23:52:28 | More by BeastLU
Photo of JWing
JWing

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-15-2013 12:36:21 | More by JWing
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.