Class Of '88 Belgian-style Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.21/5 rDev +10.5%
Goose Island : Class of '88
Pours a cloudy peach color with a short lived head. Aroma is sour and musty, white grapes, Belgian yeast, funk.
In the taste, sour grape, must, white wine tartness, oak, vinegar, and light earthy hops from whole flower, Mt.Hood hops. Nice winesque flavor going with barrel and funk. Whether its a sour barrel aged Belgian pale or American wild ale brewed with grapes, this is great.
Medium bodied, well carbonated ale. Has a sour wine barrel lingering with tannins drawing the palate to a semi dry finish.
Overall, a quality barrel aged brew from Goose Island. Very, very good stuff.
08-03-2014 16:54:42 | More by Stinkypuss
3.76/5 rDev -1.3%
765mL into a tulip. Opens with a pathetic pft and pours a clear golden copper color, but the head barely builds to anything and within a minute of the pour it lies still as glass. There's carbonation, but this is a disappointing looking beer.
Aroma is both floral and vinous, sweet and vaguely tart.
Taste is brightly sweet and sour; crisp. Green apples, white wine, pear juice, lemons, pale malt. Just a touch of boozy warmth hits the throat. Despite its inauspicious beginnings, I actually like this beer quite a lot. And the high ABV is extremely well disguised.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and round. The lack of carbonation doesn't detract too much; in fact it's just a touch prickly.
Overall this beer got off to a rocky start but I'm enjoying it. Not sure I'd drop $20 for another bottle, but it was good for what it was.
05-27-2014 01:51:28 | More by draheim
3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Bright orange, absolutely no head, which is laudable in its own right, and equal lacing. Not much carbonation either; a few weak streams were present for a while but are gone now. It's the least lively beer I've ever seen (save the vibrant color), to my amusement.
S: The opposite of the appearance. Decent sour character, with cherries, grapes, and strawberry notes. Funky yeast on the fringes. Embracing and assertive.
T: Same as the nose. The intensity of the sourness is moderate; it will scare off people who don't like sours, but I wouldn't mind it upped a little. I get surprising, but still minor, appearance of hops and malt on the finish, decently well integrated into the rest of the profile but kind of a detour. A little watery.
M: Light, slightly syrupy, tiny carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.
O: A damn good beer. Can't fault it for anything for hardly anything based on the style, only on my personal preferences.
05-25-2014 06:21:47 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
Class Of '88 Belgian-style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
85 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.