Class Of '88 Belgian-style Ale | Goose Island Beer Co.

Class Of '88 Belgian-style AleClass Of '88 Belgian-style Ale
BA SCORE
3.86/5
120 Ratings
Class Of '88 Belgian-style AleClass Of '88 Belgian-style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by artoolemomo on 01-25-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
120
pDev:
13.73%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
35
Trade:
5
HISTOGRAM
 
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1/13/14; drank 6/24/15 @ California Split.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Opaque light orange appearance.

Minimal white head; minimal lace.

Peach & mild apple cider notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Peach & mild apple cider flavors up front; no booze heat on the finish. A refreshing, faintly tart treat; I hope to have another soon!

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Photo of kraticus41
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TastyIsBeer
4.29/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Birdlegs
3.59/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Masterson89
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sposter4
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of impending
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sgttibbs
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beernoobie
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drpimento
3.2/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I guess it’s not a bad beer, though there’s certainly no "dessert wine flavor". Actually about the opposite with a slightly funky sour taste. Very short lived head. A one off for me.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big heavy wine bottle. Nice for marketing but is it necessary for a bottle of beer? I get it with a $100 bottle of wine; but....? I'm just saying....

In any event, cellar cleaning and found this one that I'd not tasted. Pours a crystal clear gold with a fast fading head - not even lacing after the head fades.

Smell of Belgian esters and carnuba wax with undertones of sweet citrus.

Mouth feel is very tart and acidic. Very wine like and with a real champagne characteristic. I'm not sure if this is intentional.

Flavor profile is interesting in that there is clearly grapes and a muscat characteristic. Actually tastes a bit like old wine. Very much a sour apricot taste is best description of complex flavors with a pucker character. I'm trying to like this one - just not sure. Not what I expected at all.

Clean, salvating, pucker finish. Biggest criticism is that this tastes nothing like a strong ale. On the good side, you'd never guess the abv in a million years.

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Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of corky310
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- Cloudy golden peach, no head to speak of.
Smell- musky fruity wine scent
Taste- sour to me, more wine like than beer, carbonation similar to DP champagne with a cider base. No hint of the alcohol which is nice considering it's 11.2%, very balanced flavor throughout.

Don't think I would ever drop another $20 on this.

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Photo of Amtchicago
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I have had 2 bottles under the Deschutes label and at least 6 by Goose Island. They are completely different in my opinion, the Goose Island being the superior of the two. Slightly tart, extremely refreshing. This beer is a must try for anyone who loves wine and beer equally.

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Photo of Faroveryonder
4.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Travitten
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of afroitguy
4.93/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Take your favorite wine and mix it with the best beer and you have something that doesn't sound spectacular but it ...if you get this save it for a real special occasion.

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Photo of dvmin98
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dukeufo
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Class Of '88 Belgian-style Ale from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 120 ratings
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