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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Class Of '88 Belgian Style AleClass Of '88 Belgian Style Ale

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very good

80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 25 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Michigan Riesling and Oregon Pinot Noir grapes age with whole flower Mt. Hood hops and pilsner malt in Muscat casks. The fruit aroma unites with Belgian yeast esters and oak for a crisp, dry, and slightly tart flavor.

(Beer added by: Melman on 01-02-2014)
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I am drinking this beer with tostadas that are coveted in Chipotle Cholua. I would give the tostadas a 3.75, they're something I wouldn't break out on a special occasion, but for an everyday, sessionable mexican dish, they'll do. This beer has a serious wine taste. The Pinot grapes are hyper present, like the feeling of loss or an overbearing mother. My day was pretty good so I don't feel guilty drinking this. There is light foam and little carbonation on this one.

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Best after 12/16/14; couldn't wait

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Stays effervescent, perfect lacing & head retention

S: Pineapple, tartness, sourness. pears & jammyness, plus sourness

T: Slight sourness, pears, red grapes, a touch of Chardonay & then pineapple & pink grapefruit up front. I catch some of that Muscat sweetness as this warms, pears, dryness & pleasing tartness & leafy hops. Finishes super dry, a touch of concord grape & finally a little booze

MF: Medium body & crisp carbonation, terrific balance, warming at a point or two, never hot

I need to go buy a bottle or 2 & age this; terrific now, would love to see where this goes. So damn drinkable for the ABV. Didn't expect to love it so much & if I had known I would have bought way more!

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Forget where I picked this one up, but it is at all the usual haunts now. Pours with a short lasting white head... only spotty lacing.. the brew is fairly clear .. looks like apple juice.

Nose is pretty much overwhelmingly sweet phenolic/estery/oaky wine barrels.. No other way to describe it. Tons of barrel essence with plenty of pale maltiness that is punctuated by a light clove presence and huge overripe apples and pears.

I thought this was going to be waaay sweeter judging by the aroma, glad it isn't. Flavor has a pretty pronounced oaky presence.. the wine barrel essence leans toward a tartness that helps round out the maltiness and fruity yeasty esters. This is pretty interesting.. Not sure I will drink too many of them because I am not a big wine guy, but this is well done.

Light/medium body with a big mildly abrasive carbonation.... Sorta tannic/wine burps.

I am not a big fan of wine barrel aged beers in general, but I see the pieces of something special here... I am interested in trying the Goose Island take on it.

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the bottle says best AFTER 12/16/14.... so, maybe i should have waited. but tbh, just release it closer to the optimum date, why sell something that is definitely not good for a year?

the pour is not very exciting, bronze color with seemingly no carbonation. clear liquid, well filtered, but not enticing.

the smell is alcoholic and very fruity pointing to the grape varieties added to the beer and the aging in Muscat casks... the muscat is pronounced, but if you did not tell me, i probably would not have guessed that is what it was.

the taste follows suit, it is underwhelming to be honest. there is very little bitterness, the drink is really thin, flat tasting with more aromatics and estery notes penetrating the roof of the mouth than there is anything to appreciate on the tongue. chalky.

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A: wow, so clear. The clarity in the apple juice color is amazing. I feel like I am about to drink martinellis sparkling cider around the holidays. nice white head that disappears fairly quickly. Not as fast as champagne, but no sticky, staying around characteristics of many beers.

S: Very winy. Sweetness on the nose with some underlying alcohol. The Muscat is so present. A much different nose than I anticipated. Lots of barrel notes, but no Belgian yeast esters to really speak of.

T: Very delicious. Quick and prickly on the tongue with a acidic, Riesling finish that represents the tart characteristics mentioned on the bottle. Barrel notes are quite nice. Coming from a stout filled winter season with bourbon barrels, this is a refreshing, woody wine barrel that is lighter and more earthy. The actual flavor of the grapes is astounding.

M: Very inviting, soft with some wine like characteristics. Spritzy and refreshing, especially for being 11%. so very drinkable.

O: This beer pushes some of my comfort levels of wine essence in beer and multiple barrel aging. A little sweet for me, but I tend to be a hop head and the grape/muscat barrel in this replace that general idea. The high abv is very nice, since the price is on the higher end. I look forward to cellaring this beer, one bottle for a year and depending on development longer for the next bottle. MUST try from two powerhouse breweries in a great collaboration.

BeerRangerBrooks, Jan 28, 2014
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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.