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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

83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
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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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

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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.

mactrail, Mar 17, 2014
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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.

Scotchboy, Mar 03, 2014
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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.