Bourbon Barrel Cru | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Virginia, United States
hardywood.com

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Hardywood Bourbon Barrel 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 aging. The maturity and melding of flavors brought on by the freshly drained bourbon barrels lends an extraordinary sense of harmony to Bourbon Barrel 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.
Abbey-style Quadrupel Aged in Bourbon Barrels
12% ABV
18 IBU"

Added by YumYumGumGum on 05-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,712
Reviews:
69
Ratings:
377
pDev:
10.86%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Reviews by upton7418:
Photo of upton7418
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bottle poured into a glass

A-Pours a dark caramel brown, light head the disappears quickly

S-bourbon dried fruit very sweet.

T-Taste is bready, dried fruit dates raisins, caramel, sweet bourbon finish.

M-Medium body and well balanced light feel on the finish. light carbonation

O-overall a great quad without an overbearing bourbon flavor. good beer

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of stortore
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a chalice.

Pours a hazy amber, not much of a head, a little cling. Nice looking beer. Smell leads with malt; also grapes, dates, brown sugar, raisins, a little bourbon and vanilla. Taste also leads with malt, continues the grapes, dates, raisins. Adds some cherries and caramel. A little more bourbon and vanilla than the nose, some oak. Smooth for the ABV, has a good feel.

Good beer- flavorful and well blended. Have to admit to expecting this to be a little better.

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Photo of teromous
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle has an image of a barrel on the back that says: "CUVEE DE RVA 2015"
The front of the bottle says "2016 RELEASE"

Appearance: The body of the beer has a brown tea color and it is opaque. It has no head but a lot of small carbonation bubbles form along the surface of the beer in a fizzy fashion.

Aroma: The beer has an obvious alcohol aroma but it is quickly replaced with the scent of dates, cherries, and brown sugar.

Taste: Up front the alcohol kisses the edges of the tongue. Then, a sweetness rolls over the palate with a brown sugar and caramel flavor mixed with a light touch of cherry. It is a sweet tasting beer but it feels mellow and easy to drink so that the sweetness never becomes too strong. The aftertaste is a bit more of the alcohol with a bit of what tastes like cinnamon. Over time a bit of toffee flavor develops on the palate while drinking the beer which is very nice.

Mouthfeel: It's a very smooth and easy to drink beer with good carbonation. It's just a very enjoyable beer.

Overall: The aroma was decent but it was nothing compared to the flavor and smoothness of the beer. It is the kind of high alcohol beer that you could sit back and enjoy. The beer focuses on a sweet caramel and toffee flavor which is very mellow.

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Photo of CDGoin
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

MUCH better cold, and DANGEROUS when Cold too..

It already hides its high ABV and booziness within its complex and yet sweet smoothness.

Cold its so drinkable you could swear its a simple belgian.

Drink it room temp or even say a little on the hot side and the bourbon really comes out.. and you can feel the alcohol hit up front.

Either way its a favorite and I look forward to it every year.. buy a few cases to celebrate and for special events.. A great beer to share with others.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of dwren89
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: orangey amber, hazy brownish color, thin residual off white head

Aroma; spicy/peppery Belgian yeast phenols, sugary sweetness in the malth, thick bready scent, orange and banana fruit whiffs, slight bourbon aroma

Taste: Belgian yeast character peppery and spicy up front, heavy breadiness, slight bourbon like alcohol burn in the throat on the finish, slight banana and orange fruitiness, sweet finish

Mouthfeel: thick and viscous, full bodied, slightly vinous with noticeable alcoholic strength, medium carbonation

Overall impression: A comparatively less complex quad than the true Belgian Trappists but with some interesting bourbon notes that make for an interesting sipper. Much closer to an abbey quad than a Trappist style quad because of sweet finish.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.69/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Bourbon Barrel Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 377 ratings