Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale - Deschutes Brewery
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4.71/5 rDev +22%
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!
02-26-2014 06:12:07 | More by russpowell
3.8/5 rDev -1.6%
the newest of a great series in both spirit and output. another beer/wine hybrid, this one with three grapes in the mix, pinot, muscat, and riesling. they claim a dry finish, and while this isn't dry, it isn't sweet either, and for muscat casks, I'm satisfied. blonde in color, maybe a faint pink hue, not a ton of head but some airy sparse white bubbles. grape and apple combine on the nose, very fruity, how can this be dry i am wondering, but sure enough it comes out that way. brilliant execution of a far out idea. belgian yeast just adds to the fruitiness in the taste, and aside from the awesome finish, i am most impressed by the relative lack of alcohol presence for being so close up against 11% abv. its a great success really. the grapes add a lot, and i think they nailed both the grain bill and the yeast, its clean and bright, and light for what it is. unique for sure. renews my faith in beer/wine crossover brews. still somehow hoppy too, which stokes me up. well done.
02-15-2014 23:31:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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
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
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
3.95/5 rDev +2.3%
a: Clear, golden apple juice color; pours with a short lived fizzy head.
s: Musty grape skins, apple cider, huge oaky tannins, funky yeast.
t: Kind of sweet up front, light sugar and grape juice. This is quickly overrun by a nice combination of bitter grape skin, oaky tannins, and funky yeast. Pretty dry overall.
m: Light bodied with short lived, aggressive carbonation.
o: Dry and tasty, I like it a lot.
05-11-2014 01:14:14 | More by DIM
Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.