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Bourbon Cru - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

200 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 38
Gots: 57 | FT: 4
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)
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AWB3

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +17%

06-13-2014 15:33:25 | More by AWB3
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vfgccp

New York

4.75/5  rDev +17%

06-10-2012 17:28:57 | More by vfgccp
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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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

Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +17%

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

Virginia

4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2014 16:15:25 | More by canyouspell
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YumYumGumGum

Virginia

4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 13:47:58 | More by YumYumGumGum
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:01:30 | More by alpinebryant
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West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-15-2013 12:36:21 | More by JWing
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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-25-2014 02:10:56 | More by Drknight
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Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again huge thanks to rudzud.

Big fizzy 1+ finger fizzy head fades fairly quickly decent lacing, fairly hazy cranberry chestnut reddish mahogany colored.

Nose big bourbon, vanilla oak, sweet molasses caramel like, the bourbon is ridiculous. Some toffee and light nutty caramel malts, little earthy grassy spicy hops as well. Then some fruits, dried dark figs and dates like little plum. Very nice.

Taste starts kinda sweet, caramel toffee malts, little toasty and syrupy. Then bourbon and vanilla galore! Nice sweet toffee bourbon, light oak barrel and vanilla, etc. Some candi sugar, toffee and caramel, etc with fairly sweet. Quad is somewhat background like now, with some fig, date, plan, etc, but the bourbon oak overpowers it. Light booze warmth and tingly even, some light esters from the booze with a light green booze flavor. Finish adds light bitterness, more quad flavors and dark dried fruits, some bourbon and vanilla, etc. Long lingering flavor, light sticky sweetness.

Mouth is fuller bodied, good carb for abv,

Overall quite nice. Malts are nice, hops add a decent lighter touch, and most of all the bourbon barrel really adds nicely.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 04:51:51 | More by jlindros
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Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.