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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
THE BROS
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 22 | 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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mactrail

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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.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.6%

03-04-2014 04:02:22 | More by hermit990
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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.

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Oklahoma

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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!

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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

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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.