Bourbon Cru | Hardywood Park Craft Brewery

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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 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

Added by YumYumGumGum on 05-02-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
358
Reviews:
64
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
11.06%
 
 
Wants:
50
Gots:
106
For Trade:
10
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Ratings: 358 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of buzzy
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A really nice clear cherry red look that borders on a brown. It's very good looking. The bourbon is fairly powerful but not enough to dominate the quad and adds a nice sweetness as a result. The smell is a nice dark fruit and light caramel malt smell with a slight toffee in the middle of all of it. The taste has a much stronger bourbon and alcohol note. You still get a good caramel note to it but the other notes aren't as strong. Still good.
The feel is heavy and slightly syrupy but a bit smooth. There is a small thinness and burn from the alcohol but it isn't half bad. Go for it.

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Photo of King_Lich13
4.82/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Riff
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with about a half finger of white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly to a little ring around the glass. Smells strongly of caramel upon opening the bottle, bourbon, vanilla, fortified wine. Tastes of raisins, fortified wine, vanilla, bourbon, plum, and a note of cherries on the finish. Lighter than I expected but a nice feel to it. Finishes rather quickly and cleanly. Fantastic beer, good flavors, light, and certainly doesn't feel like it's alcohol level.

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Photo of ThreeBeersWalkedIn
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of avalon07
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a bright orange-y color with ruby tints and a clear consistency. There was a two inch, foamy, somewhat long-lasting. Not much lacing.

S: An aggressive aroma of citrus, whiskey, malt, and a bit of vanilla.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of malt, some Belgian yeast (not a whole lot), a lot of citrus (orange), a hint of vanilla, a big shot of whiskey, caramel, raisins, and some other dark fruit. An interesting flavor, due to the barrel aging. It doesn't always seem to work, but is still fascinating.

F: Not a huge amount of carbonation with a slightly syrupy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Bourbon Cru is an uneven beer with some good qualities. Oddly drinkable.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle:
It has a nice clear deep ruby brown body, but the head fizzes away like a Sprite commercial.

Nose is a light dark cherry with a little orange zest. There's a little fortified wine nature that comes out with the barrel aspects.

Flavor is a little more pitted fruity than dark fruity, the cherry and a little sweet plum with a half splash of orange liqueur. Vanilla notes add to the sweet impression, with the rawness and spice of the bourbon alcohol countering it. A little sticky sweet feel up front, that dissipates with an unexpectedly high level of prickly carbonation. There's a hint of a semi-dry red wine in the ending. Time diminishes the carbonation, helping the feel a tad.

There are some nice notes to this beer, especially the nose. The flavors need to blend a little better, and are thrown off to me by the feel early, which I expected/hoped would be smoother. That aspect weighed oddly heavily on my overall enjoyment.

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Photo of 57md
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a muddy brownish copper with a half finger of head. The nose has really nice bourbon notes. The bourbon comes through really well in the flavor profile and there is no discernible burn. The downside is that the body is thin for the style and the rich sweet readiness that I love so much in a quad is just not present.

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

Photo of Zonian1
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of N1Nkasi
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VABA
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PprBurke
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of trekbiker3000
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Aisha
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of obywan59
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grapey brown in color with a 2 finger light tan head. Murky.

Aroma of cherries and bourbon with vanilla and musty oak Very fruity. Along with the cherries, I get raisins and plums with a hint of spice and sometimes, substantial caramel.

A taste similar to a fortified wine, grapey and rich. Again, bourbon and oak with dark fruit and caramel. The alcohol is noticeable.

Possibly the best Virginia beer I've sampled,. Outstanding in aroma, taste, and body. Luxurious. Decadent.

Full bodied with low carbonation, but very warming alcohol. Smooth and creamy.

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Photo of cts309
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Pours a dark amberish with a thin tan head which leaves spots of lace. Dark fruits, molasses and some vanilla notes. Taste follows the nose. Boozy and full bodied.

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Photo of vainosuomi
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap in a snifter

Look: Deep amber.caramel color, frothy tan head, no sediment
Smell: Booze, dark fruit, brown sugar, vanilla
Taste: Follows nose, quite sweet, rich plum and raisin up front, followed by faint but bright citrus/sour notes, caramel
Feel: Smooth, moderate carbonation, medium to heavy body, warm

Overall a solid quad, rich malt flavors.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cjohns73
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a nice copper originally that turned cloudy and sludgy. Smell is smooth vanilla. Taste was pretty much whiskey cut with some beer. Overall very smooth.

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Bourbon Cru from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
4.07 out of 5 based on 358 ratings.
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