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Bourbon Cru - Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

208 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 208
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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gopens44

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-05-2012 22:30:47 | More by gopens44
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Drknight

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-18-2014 01:43:08 | More by ckollias
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RyanBeer13

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

01-25-2013 10:11:17 | More by RyanBeer13
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notdriving

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-06-2014 21:14:49 | More by notdriving
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LambicKing

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-21-2013 18:23:25 | More by LambicKing
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Tacoboomerang

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-16-2013 02:13:13 | More by Tacoboomerang
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ccariano

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-23-2014 11:35:45 | More by ccariano
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JasonMccuen


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-04-2014 06:38:49 | More by JasonMccuen
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

05-22-2014 01:32:03 | More by Bubbalito
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McBraniel

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-29-2013 03:19:13 | More by McBraniel
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nandemo1

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

11-03-2013 04:16:21 | More by nandemo1
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Fijimertz


4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-17-2014 22:02:06 | More by Fijimertz
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

08-25-2014 01:42:05 | More by sammyg832
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jayluf

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-23-2014 01:48:46 | More by jayluf
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Seasmom

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-19-2014 20:35:04 | More by Seasmom
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booyabojangles

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-12-2012 04:00:28 | More by booyabojangles
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Eriktheipaman

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-07-2012 13:42:00 | More by Eriktheipaman
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bellbw

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-20-2014 22:09:45 | More by bellbw
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axeman9182

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

04-07-2013 20:28:56 | More by axeman9182
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joegard

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

07-04-2014 01:01:31 | More by joegard
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ao125

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

This is solidly one of the best beers I've had in 2012... and possibly ever.

Drank out of a plastic pint-sized cup, at the Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, in Richmond, VA on 6/2/12

The beer itself is a bourbon barrel quad, that appears to have been aged in A. Smith Bowman Distillery barrels - which can mean only one thing: Virginia Gentleman brand bourbon whiskey.

Appearance: Beautiful dark rust-colored maple syrup in color. A bit darker than what I would expect for a quad, but it hints at what you're going to find.

Smell: Explosive bourbon. Also vanilla and burnt sugar.

Taste: Did I mention bourbon? Bourbon. The malts turn this is into an easily drinkable bourbon beer. A tiny bit of Belgian "funk" on top of a really nice balance of traditional quad flavors.

Mouthfeel: My only argument against this beer is the mouthfeel, which is a little thin for my taste, but the thinness definitely makes this easier to drink than if it were closer to motor oil.

Overall: Wow. Find this beer. Lay a bottle down and drink one as soon as you're able to. I cleaned out the Whole Foods in Richmond, VA since the brewery wasn't selling bottles that day (though they typically do). This is a special beer.

I look forward to more greatness from this brewery.

06-06-2012 16:40:33 | More by ao125
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rhartogsq

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

06-25-2014 13:47:13 | More by rhartogsq
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FLenoci

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

10-27-2013 02:58:26 | More by FLenoci
Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.