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Class Of '88 Belgian-style Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Class Of '88 Belgian-style AleClass Of '88 Belgian-style Ale

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very good

14 Reviews
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 104
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 16.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 26 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: artoolemomo on 01-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Smells vinous. Sweet and white grapes. Light hop bitterness. A little bit of phenols.

The white grapes/muscat is very present, giving it a sparkling sweet white wine feel but also some over-ripe banana.

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765 ml bottle, with bottled on date of January 13, 2014 printed on the back label. Acquired this bottle at the local Binny's. Another big beer in this big bottle from Goose Island; these guys have really been cranking them out lately. Vintage 2014, my bottle lists an 11.20% abv. "Michigan Riesling and Oregon Pinot Noir grapes aged with whole flower Mt. Hood hops and pilsner malt in muscat casks". Expectations are pretty good, based on the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a very pale white wine-like color, but appears more of a hazed golden orange in the glass. About a half a finger of fizzy white bubbles for a head that audibly sizzles down to a ring instantly. A few lonely strands of lacing. Has a slightly thick / viscous appearance.

S - Smell is of musty yeast funk, oak wood, wine-like alcohol fumes, vinous white grapes, strawberries, some buttery diacetyl, mildly leathery. It smells okay, but I was hoping for more.

T - Taste is mostly all vinous wine-beer hybrid, and no Belgian anything. White grape, strawberry, apple, pear, maybe a hint of banana towards the end. Very tart, but not sour at all, which is slightly disappointing. Lightly grainy at times which offsets from the wine-like tartness nicely.

M - Feel is lightly tart and citric. Sticky and dry finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Good drinkability for the high abv.

Overall, very wine like and cider like a lot of the time, but never is it very Belgian at all. I have to say, I am disappointed with this outing, but I had high expectations based on the success of Goose Island Halia and Goose Island Gillian. I definitely appreciate what they were trying to do, and the quality is obviously there, but something about this doesn't do it for me. Maybe I will try the Deschutes version for comparison's sake.

Goose Island Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale ---3.5/5 (1,865 characters)

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Class Of '88 Belgian-style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
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