Class Of '88 Belgian-style Ale - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.76/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2014 01:51:28 | More by draheim
3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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.
Serving type: bottle
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 56 ratings.