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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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71 Ratings
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: artoolemomo on 01-25-2014)
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Clear golden-straw. The head is alka-seltzer fizzy and completely dissolves just as fast as it was raised.

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

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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.

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Overall, a quality barrel aged brew from Goose Island. Very, very good stuff.

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Class Of '88 Belgian-style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
86 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.