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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
86
very good

73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 22 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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russpowell

Oklahoma

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!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 06:12:07 | More by russpowell
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 23:31:18 | More by StonedTrippin
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mactrail

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 05:58:17 | More by mactrail
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

05-08-2014 01:24:15 | More by XmnwildX12
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Wyoming

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

05-18-2014 05:18:19 | More by mhaugo
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-11-2014 05:10:26 | More by Axnjxn
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Holland

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

03-14-2014 04:24:01 | More by Holland
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-10-2014 02:52:13 | More by Whiskeydeez
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ste5venla

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

04-17-2014 17:24:36 | More by ste5venla
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DIM

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2014 01:14:14 | More by DIM
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Herky21

Iowa

3/5  rDev -22.3%

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

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-15-2014 03:11:06 | More by brotherloco
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

01-27-2014 00:21:59 | More by bigbeers84
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jklecko2

Missouri

4/5  rDev +3.6%

01-06-2014 20:48:47 | More by jklecko2
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-28-2014 17:22:06 | More by ryanpj
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

02-23-2014 23:22:30 | More by dgherm
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

01-21-2014 03:13:32 | More by OregonGrown7
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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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jzlyo

Iowa

4/5  rDev +3.6%

07-03-2014 22:17:38 | More by jzlyo
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black-waxed bomber split into white wine glasses with the wife.

A: Gold, mostly clear, with two fingers of head that fade pretty quickly. Minimal lace.

S: White grapes and apple, a fruity nose boasting lots of sweetness. Muscat is prominent and brings suggestions of orange/orange peel. Faint oaky presence reminiscent of vanilla and brown sugar. Very vinous and white wine-like, with some booze thrown in for good measure.

T: More muscat grapes and white wine characteristics. Sweetness is cut significantly by some surprising dryness, though its not extreme. Woody wine barrel characteristics meld with some fruity tartness and Belgian yeast funk that finally makes an appearance. Light sweet alcohol, reminiscent of a dessert wine or Riesling. Moderate (sweet) malt body as well.

MF: Starts sweet but definitely turn more dry, which is a good thing. There is some malt presence, some booze as well, but not enough to cut the body down from full. Dry finish for sure.

O: I'm impressed. Sure, its not an A+ for my palate, but its pleasant and very well executed. Fruity and vinous, I see something unique here, and I like it. 6-8oz or so is perfect for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 22:36:28 | More by Scotchboy
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

03-09-2014 02:55:07 | More by Cramerican
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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.