Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale | Deschutes Brewery

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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
Ratings:
145
Reviews:
26
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
35
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 26
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2.25/5  rDev -40%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of A-BIack_Man
2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of colforbin73
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

the bottle says best AFTER 12/16/14.... so, maybe i should have waited. but tbh, just release it closer to the optimum date, why sell something that is definitely not good for a year?

the pour is not very exciting, bronze color with seemingly no carbonation. clear liquid, well filtered, but not enticing.

the smell is alcoholic and very fruity pointing to the grape varieties added to the beer and the aging in Muscat casks... the muscat is pronounced, but if you did not tell me, i probably would not have guessed that is what it was.

the taste follows suit, it is underwhelming to be honest. there is very little bitterness, the drink is really thin, flat tasting with more aromatics and estery notes penetrating the roof of the mouth than there is anything to appreciate on the tongue. chalky.

it's boozey, and it doesn't leave a bad aftertaste, that is the best i can say of this brew.

signed,
generous grader

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of bierdeflanders
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

S: fruity, grapes, hints of spice in the background with some champagne notes.

A: copper, very clear with bright carbonation.

T: fruity, with some oak notes, dry finish

O: very easy to drink for a 10.5% bier. body is light to medium with a bright carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This pours a very bright light gold with no head of foam, no lacing.

The smell is yeasty, oaky, fruity..very fruity. a nice set of aromas.

The taste has a fruity dryness that borders on being tart. Other flavours I note are from the oak, and a spiciness that kind of reminds me of cinnamon; kind of.

Mouthfeel is okay...the carbonation is on the low side and the lightish body makes the mf...okay.

This is one dry drinking son of a gun that does not bring the goods, imho. I'm gonna have to say, Class of '88 wise, this is on the bottom of the 3. Firmly.

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3.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of CPAles
3.39/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of shelby415
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Moose90
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of impending
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Shawner
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Forget where I picked this one up, but it is at all the usual haunts now. Pours with a short lasting white head... only spotty lacing.. the brew is fairly clear .. looks like apple juice.

Nose is pretty much overwhelmingly sweet phenolic/estery/oaky wine barrels.. No other way to describe it. Tons of barrel essence with plenty of pale maltiness that is punctuated by a light clove presence and huge overripe apples and pears.

I thought this was going to be waaay sweeter judging by the aroma, glad it isn't. Flavor has a pretty pronounced oaky presence.. the wine barrel essence leans toward a tartness that helps round out the maltiness and fruity yeasty esters. This is pretty interesting.. Not sure I will drink too many of them because I am not a big wine guy, but this is well done.

Light/medium body with a big mildly abrasive carbonation.... Sorta tannic/wine burps.

I am not a big fan of wine barrel aged beers in general, but I see the pieces of something special here... I am interested in trying the Goose Island take on it.

3.5's across the board.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Class Of '88 Belgian Style Ale from Deschutes Brewery
3.75 out of 5 based on 145 ratings.
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