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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
BA SCORE
3.84/5
Very Good
146 Ratings
Class Of '88 Belgian Style AleClass Of '88 Belgian Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States
deschutesbrewery.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.90%

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.

Added by Melman on 01-02-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
146
pDev:
10.94%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
35
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 146 |  Reviews: 26
Photo of Kurmaraja
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rawfish
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AuntBea
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tigg924
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is chardonnay, grapes, dry riesling, apricot, hay, and touch of wood. One of the most wine like beers I think I have ever had. A lot lighter bodied than I would have thought with slight bitterness. Good, but I prefer other Deschutes beer more. Glad I gota chance to have this one though

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from Albertsons. Very much dominated by the wine grapes, light and fruity. Does not remind me of a Belgian at all. Sour essence without the sourness.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought mine a year or so ago and threw it in the cellar.
Poured into a Westmalle chalice.
A - Pours clear, looks like apple cider. Small head that settles immediately.
S - The aroma is not strong but is wine-like.
T - I really like the wine flavor notes that come from the barrels. The tartness is perfect for me. The 10.9 ABV is well hidden.
M - Medium mouth feel. Crisp dry finish.
O - I love Belgians, and I like the twist Deschutes has put on this beer. I would buy more if I could.

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Photo of A-BIack_Man
2.88/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AppaZappa
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of scottfrie
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into snifter. Best after bottle date 12/06/14.

A: Pours a clear light apricot color with a short finger of soft white head that faded into a thick and lasting collar.
S: Spicy and fruity yeast leads followed by vinous and musty notes of wine grapes. Both the Riesling and pino are noticeable in their own way, followed by sweet and raisiny muscat. There is an underlying peppery quality along with a touch of alcohol.
T: Similar to the nose with tons of vinous grapes, sugary fruity sweetness, fruity yeast, and tons of peppery and spicy yeast. Sweetness sits on my tongue until the swallow. The finish is crisp and has a light white wine tartness. You can really taste the individual components.
M: Medium-full body, tingly and crisp carbonation, sweet and peppery mouthfeel with a lighter, drying finish.
O: I loved the complexity of the different wine grapes, but the sweetness and yeast character were a little heavy for my taste. An excellent beer, however, and very unique in flavor. Definitely very wine-like.

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Photo of kingmaker
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of impending
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheHopsman
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured... Slight head with a nice rush of bubbles all along the sides of the glass. Amber color with orange and pink hues. Floral grape smell like that of moscato and pinot wines. The booze is definitely present in the smell and the taste. Dry and tad bit tart. Got a taste of raspberry as I licked my lips. Carbonated and crisp mouthful. Felt like I was drinking wine more so than beer. Decent. Been any better if I had aged it longer? Perhaps.

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Photo of AMarkle6524
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CSO
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BWood
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent beer. Feels like white wine mixed with ale. Good summer beer. My wife actually liked this one.

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Photo of jason_nwx
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KFBR392
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance. Poured with a finger of head which stuck to the sides of the glass. Very pretty beer, amber golden transparent hue. Bright active carbonation.

Smell: ripe fruits and sweet white wine characteristics all over the nose. Pears, apricots, tangerines, pineapple, and cantaloupe come in waves throughout. Some dry stone fruit and fresh oak flavors add a welcome transition in the aroma. There is a slight boozy burn which helps accents the heavier ripe fruits and biting oak.

Taste: soapy effervescent fruits open on the palate. Lingering sting of some boozy meshes well with the white wine and oak profile on the body. Just a touch of mossy hops add an extra exotic kick toward the back end of the body. Yeast and leafy greens really shine on the finish and linger on the palate long after drinking.

Mouthfeel: the oak and sharp carbonation add some extra dimensions to a sweet white wine mouthfeel on the front.

Overall: this is a very good effort by those involved. Barrel character took well with some boozy and fruit profiles that mesh well. Lingers long on the palate after drinking. Age has suited this brew.

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Photo of shelby415
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of whatname
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lanciloti
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gouettn
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BESTIALEX
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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