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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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87
very good

92 Ratings
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Ratings: 92
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 4
Gots: 26 | FT: 3
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Newhall Refinery in Newhall, CA.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly tart with malt, grain, wine grape, grape juice, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly tart malt, wine grape, acidic, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with an interesting sourness that works well with the wine barrel aging.

Serving type: on tap.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +3.6%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

GRG1313, Sep 26, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 15, 2014
Photo of russpowell
4.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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
warmth

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!

russpowell, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
Photo of mactrail
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

mactrail, Mar 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

KAF, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

JohnGalt1, Jan 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

HuskyinPDX, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of Bitterbill
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Bitterbill, Jan 09, 2014
Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Axnjxn, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of sweemzander
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

sweemzander, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

mhaugo, May 18, 2014
Photo of Holland
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Holland, Mar 14, 2014
Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Whiskeydeez, Feb 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ste5venla, Apr 17, 2014
Photo of DIM
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

DIM, May 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jzlyo, Jul 03, 2014
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Herky21, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

brotherloco, Feb 15, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

bigbeers84, Jan 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

t2grogan, Oct 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev +3.6%

jklecko2, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev +3.6%

MNBeerGeek, May 23, 2014
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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.