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Bourbon Cru - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

207 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 12.32%
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)
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SalukiAlum

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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%

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.

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

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -15.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

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%

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.

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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fredmugs

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

10-28-2013 11:25:16 | More by fredmugs
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -12.3%

sort of a weird one here, dubbed a quad, im not sure it meets those specs. it pours a pink hued burnt orange color with just some suds along the edges. the nose is real sweet, real alcoholic, and real bourbon heavy. some figs and brown sugar as well, and a spice element. its pretty crowded. the flavor boasts a nice Belgian yeast, which is about as quad as it gets, the rest is punishingly sweet, under carbonated, and a little thin. it just lacks the depts. of a good quad, despite flashing all of that in the aroma. I taste alcohol soaked raisins too, which is the best flavor feature. thin on the body, unsatisfying in that way because it doesn't hold up with all the booze, which becomes too intense with all the sugar in the sweetness. a tough combination for drinkability, and when combined with not quite enough bubbles, it drags a bit. still though, an interesting release, and a beer that might do well with some age. thanks to drlovemd87 for exposing me to this oddball.

06-02-2013 16:53:59 | More by StonedTrippin
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.69/5  rDev -9.1%

2013 Release

Appearance: Pours a murky chestnut color with a layer of big bubbles capping; the head faded quickly though it did leaves a number of dots on the side of the tulip

Smell: Caramel, vanilla and Bourbon

Taste: The caramel base is complemented quickly by the Bourbon, oak and vanilla tones with almond developing, in the middle; after the swallow, just a hint of raisin appears but the finish is dominated by the Bourbon and oak

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer is enjoyable and I would score it higher if it didn't claim to be a Quad, because on that mark it falls short; it tastes more like a barrel-aged English old ale; call it that and it would be in the 4 range

03-08-2014 20:21:16 | More by brentk56
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -8.1%

A. Pours a nice cloudy ruby color. A nic quarter finger of head emerges from the beer with some good lacing.

S. Vanilla, caramel, some dark fruit, bourbon, and a light earthy/vegetal kick.

T. Sweet cherry, brown sugar, caramel, lots of bourbon and oak, and some very sweet, bready notes. Base beer feels a bit thin and lacks the toasty, chocolatey character I expect from a quad. But the barrel aging is excellent, and imparts some lovely qualities to this.

M. Medium-full bodied with good carb level and some of the best barrel integration I have seen.

O. A good, but not great, beer. A barrel alone does not make a beer great, and in this case I think Hardywood's base beer is lacking in robust flavor: it drinks a bit thin. All the same, this is a quality offering and I encourage you to give it a tick if the opportunity presents itself.

07-14-2012 21:41:16 | More by siege06nd
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smakawhat

Maryland

3.74/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a snifter glass.

Real nice deep red and dark brown body color, very clear too. Forms a nice light espresso and coffee tan head. Settles to a solid collar that always gets populated.

The bouquet on this beer is stunning. Huge classic perfect bourbon notes of caramel, charred oak, charcoal, thick and full and lucisious. It smells more like bourbon than beer, no hint of Belgian style or malt or even sucrose like sweetness. Very impressive.

As impressive as the nose is the palate just doesn't deliver. Light bodied and quite wet for a quad. Virtually no Belgian character to this beer at all. Ashtray like char and the sensations on the nose don't come out on the palate. Some light toasty oak chips and very grainy character with a weak whiskey heat. There might be some mild sensations of grape like fruit towards the end hinting there might be something Belgian to this.

Overall it starts out very impressive, but for a barrel aged quad this really let me down.

08-14-2013 23:59:12 | More by smakawhat
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Todd

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-12-2013 03:11:59 | More by Todd
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

09-12-2013 03:11:59 | More by Jason
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tabascosigned

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

08-11-2013 22:25:39 | More by tabascosigned
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DCgolfpro

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

07-05-2014 00:35:21 | More by DCgolfpro
Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.