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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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raveskdr

Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -56.9%

10-22-2013 13:46:51 | More by raveskdr
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gillkid

Virginia

2/5  rDev -50.7%

07-18-2014 01:52:24 | More by gillkid
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drummermattie02

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -38.4%

07-28-2013 20:52:23 | More by drummermattie02
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mendvicdog

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

08-13-2013 13:19:30 | More by mendvicdog
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Wmbolling

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -32.3%

06-15-2012 22:53:59 | More by Wmbolling
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HellAwaits

Virginia

3/5  rDev -26.1%

01-25-2014 15:50:26 | More by HellAwaits
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Dactrius

Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -26.1%

04-09-2014 12:19:38 | More by Dactrius
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hops202

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -26.1%

07-29-2014 23:56:11 | More by hops202
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.1%

06-05-2014 04:43:38 | More by oglmcdgl
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SalukiAlum

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -20%

10-19-2013 06:18:47 | More by SalukiAlum
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MidloRapid

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20%

07-03-2012 22:16:56 | More by MidloRapid
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Sonofalime

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -20%

05-15-2014 21:27:47 | More by Sonofalime
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dkw0063

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -20%

11-04-2013 16:23:15 | More by dkw0063
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beernads

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20%

06-05-2013 09:43:17 | More by beernads
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lunarbrew

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -20%

04-09-2014 04:38:18 | More by lunarbrew
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Matt for picking this up. Served in a cervoise. Pours a brownish color with a slight reddish hue. The nose has loads of sweet malt and just a touch of bourbon in the background. Mild dark-fruit notes,but nothing really Belgian about this. Flavor is similar. Too heavy on the sugar without much barrel and no notes from Belgian yeast. Medium body. Boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 19:59:55 | More by Thorpe429
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle into a Duvel tulip. Because nothing says a hot summer day like a barrel-aged quad.

A: Pours a dark chestnut color. The head is a one finger off-white shade that starts off looking rough, but becomes smoother as it recedes. It retains a thin collar around the edges of the glass quite well, and tries to leave slight lacing on the glass.

S: There isn't a huge oak character here, more of a general bourbon note - still, it's presence is very welcome. I actually pick up more in the way of milk chocolate and hazelnut than I do typical dark fruits. However, they are there, if not as bold as I'd like them to be. Good aroma, but I expected more.

T: Bourbon opens the flavor profile quite respectably. After that...to be frank, I'm not picking up a whole lot. I think the problem is that apart from the bourbon character, the other flavors blend too much, harming its distinctive complexity. The finishing flavor is far more nutty than fruity, or even caramel-y. I don't note much of an oak character, either. I'd say it's closer to an English barleywine than a Belgian quad. Still, I love how it isn't remotely harsh. In this barrel-aged world, I can safely say I've had a few non barrel aged 10%'ers that were boozier than this. Still, I wish it had SOME depth to it - it's getting a little boring drinking this.

M: This one is pretty dry on the back end. Really dry, actually. It's also rather clean (for a quad) as well - giving it good drinkability and roundness at the cost of reduced decadence and flavor. That's actually this beer's best feature; in spite of the bourbon presence, it could honest-to-Slaanesh pass for a 7% brew. Even as it warms up, the alcohol presence is well hidden. Good carbonation helps drinkability, too.

O: This does an excellent job of providing bourbon qualities without the heat. As a quad, though, it's not very successful. There isn't much sense of complexity or boldness. But you know what? I like it to an extent. I won't have much trouble killing this by myself.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 20:45:26 | More by ThisWangsChung
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-26-2013 17:34:20 | More by acurtis
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

05-25-2013 21:42:08 | More by Gonzoillini
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mkirkland80

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-09-2014 01:01:37 | More by mkirkland80
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-03-2012 22:27:55 | More by ygtbsm94
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chefduff2

New York

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

08-20-2013 03:31:38 | More by chefduff2
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sspencer367

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

06-26-2014 19:37:01 | More by sspencer367
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer shared by someone at a recent tasting, thanks. Served in a ticking snifter for the purposes of ticking. Beer is brown and hazy with a thin tan head of small and medium bubbles, no lacing, low retention.

Aroma is sort of bourbony, malty, syrup.

Beer is thick and sweet with a boozy finish, hard to drink, not very enjoyable. I don't think this will be a repeat for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 15:41:54 | More by drabmuh
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GregSVT

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

02-25-2013 06:31:58 | More by GregSVT
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Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.