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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.37%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: Melman on 01-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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4.8/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer follows what I seek in beer. Flavor comes first and innovation second. When I pay $17 for a beer Its because I want something that is entirely different from what I can get for $2. This beer gave me a full complex flavor that hit every part of my palate and did not skimp on the nose either. Boo to critics, stick to your IPAs and Ris's.

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3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: poured into a Duvel tulip to a slightly hazy light orange topped by a finger of dense white head that retains well and leaves some lacing
S: smells of melons, oak, white grape juice and a slight tartness
T: taste is oak, fruity esters, slightly spicy, grapes, bready malt, and a slight tartness. swallow is more oaky wine barrel, tartness and grape flavor
M: medium in body with light and soft carbonation with a drying finish
O: lots of complexity and great flavors. Maybe not the most true to style Belgian Strong Pale but it's very enjoyable and drinkable. the flavor profile on this beer seems to be closer to wine than beer as well. my only gripe would be Deschutes practice of putting a best after date on this beer.

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3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine one finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of white wine, apple juice, bready malt, mild port notes. Flavor is also dominated by dry white wine, with white and red grape notes, light oak barrel, subtle bready malt and Belgian yeast that are almost completely dominated by the vinous character, vinous finish with light grassy hops. Medium bodied with nice peppery carbonation. An interesting Belgian inspired ale that clearly shows the influence of the wine barrel aging. I drink wine rarely, much preferring the taste of beer and this one reminds me that my tastes haven't changed. Quite interesting and well made and nicely blended white wine and ale flavors, but I probably wouldn't have this again; simply not my style. This was an interesting series and I'm glad I had a chance to sample all of them.

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3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KateK
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekDudley
3.39/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gush
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from TW Arrowhead back in February for $15.99. Best after 12/6/14.

Beer poured a golden orange with a nice controlled fluffy white head that is hanging quite well and leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is predominately white grapes with a classic pilsner malt sweetness.

Taste is dessert wine, sweet without being cloying. Riesling and Muscat grapes are crafted expertly on top of a huge pilsner malt backbone. I am not catching the imperial pils taste as the Belgian yeast strain imparts some notes of apple and pear.

Mouthfeel is light and pretty smooth.

Overall this is an expertly crafted beer that has resulted into an interesting convergence of wine and beer that has worked very well. This makes an excellent dessert beverage or would pair well with apples and a lighter cheese.

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3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.61/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this beer. It comes from two great companies, but I am not a huge wine fan so the Riesling and Pinot Noir grapes turned me off. It ended up being amazing.

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3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Class of '88 Belgian Style Ale pours a golden color with a small lacing head. There is a dry aroma, sweet, and very much like a white wine. Big white wine flavors, with a barley noticeable crisp malt backbone. Good flavors, nice body. Overall it's a carbonated white whine.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4.04/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.