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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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86
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 2
Gots: 24 | 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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mnredsoxfan69

Minnesota

2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

05-06-2014 00:29:21 | More by mnredsoxfan69
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dunlap926

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -28.8%

01-07-2014 02:37:28 | More by dunlap926
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colforbin73

California

2.93/5  rDev -24.1%

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.

it's boozey, and it doesn't leave a bad aftertaste, that is the best i can say of this brew.

signed,
generous grader

02-04-2014 04:44:51 | More by colforbin73
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GeorgeCarroll

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -22.3%

08-21-2014 19:39:00 | More by GeorgeCarroll
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Herky21

Iowa

3/5  rDev -22.3%

01-11-2014 15:49:13 | More by Herky21
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bierdeflanders

California

3.1/5  rDev -19.7%

S: fruity, grapes, hints of spice in the background with some champagne notes.

A: copper, very clear with bright carbonation.

T: fruity, with some oak notes, dry finish

O: very easy to drink for a 10.5% bier. body is light to medium with a bright carbonation.

01-31-2014 04:32:41 | More by bierdeflanders
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

3.23/5  rDev -16.3%

This pours a very bright light gold with no head of foam, no lacing.

The smell is yeasty, oaky, fruity..very fruity. a nice set of aromas.

The taste has a fruity dryness that borders on being tart. Other flavours I note are from the oak, and a spiciness that kind of reminds me of cinnamon; kind of.

Mouthfeel is okay...the carbonation is on the low side and the lightish body makes the mf...okay.

This is one dry drinking son of a gun that does not bring the goods, imho. I'm gonna have to say, Class of '88 wise, this is on the bottom of the 3. Firmly.

01-09-2014 23:18:52 | More by Bitterbill
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deebo

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

04-23-2014 17:54:38 | More by deebo
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

04-21-2014 22:51:42 | More by sweemzander
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mactrail

Washington

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

Pale amber in the glass with some attractive foam. Interesting cidery nose. Spritzy on the tongue.

Sugary and sharp. Grape punch with a dash of bitters. This just tastes sweet and fruity to me, with an unfortunate acidic twist. Bitter finish with grape skin tannins. Alcohol pounds the brain. Drying Belgian yeasty sensation with a bitterish aftertaste. Except for the bitterness, this is more like a very strange champagne.

This tastes like a $6 white wine with a spritzy touch from Trader Joe's. But at eighteen bucks, this is not one I will try again. Or anything in this series. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's Liquor in San Diego.

03-17-2014 05:58:17 | More by mactrail
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IndyDad

New York

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

04-20-2014 03:59:43 | More by IndyDad
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

07-25-2014 03:02:56 | More by AlaskanYoung
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Shawner

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-26-2014 20:27:51 | More by Shawner
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

3.5's across the board.

01-15-2014 07:12:02 | More by JohnGalt1
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wolf_switzer

California

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

02-10-2014 01:25:07 | More by wolf_switzer
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drinkcraftbrew

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-18-2014 21:01:30 | More by drinkcraftbrew
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Bobhoya

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-16-2014 23:41:26 | More by Bobhoya
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-18-2014 07:41:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

01-25-2014 19:51:21 | More by artoolemomo
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R_J_FearNoBeer

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

04-04-2014 19:54:01 | More by R_J_FearNoBeer
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KAF

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

08-30-2014 02:15:47 | More by KAF
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

01-02-2014 23:59:48 | More by DerekQXQX
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Hardcore

Hawaii

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

06-09-2014 06:30:51 | More by Hardcore
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tjcamm

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

04-06-2014 23:58:45 | More by tjcamm
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kerry4porters

Arizona

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-23-2014 19:37:37 | More by kerry4porters
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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.