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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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very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 28 | 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:
Beer added by: Melman on 01-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.
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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.

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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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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.