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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

87 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | 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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Ratings: 87 | Reviews: 12 | Display Reviews Only:
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MNBeerGeek, May 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -41.7%

mnredsoxfan69, May 06, 2014
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deebo, Apr 23, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

ariceclemson, Apr 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

sweemzander, Apr 21, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

IndyDad, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

ste5venla, Apr 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

PacificCoaster, Apr 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

leroybrown10, Mar 20, 2014
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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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4/5  rDev +3.6%

Axnjxn, Mar 11, 2014
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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.