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Deschutes Class of ’88 Belgian Style Ale

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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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Michigan Riesling and Oregon Pinot Noir grapes age with Mt. Hood whole flower 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. Sip slowly and enjoy the complexity.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - FEB 16, 2015
Black waxed 22oz bomber pours with a crystal clear copper body that supports a weak dirty white head. The aroma offers up apples, plums, white grapes, a raisin or two and then a mild level of sugary honey malts. The taste starts with apple and grape sweetness before some tannin and white wine like tartness shoulder in amid the sweet notes. To midway a raspberry sort of Bing cherry thing murmurs to the surface. It then lingers with white wine and modest tartness well into the after taste. Not my bag.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2843) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2015
Very wine like aroma with the grapes coming though. You get a hint of spice and some wood. The flavor is quite interesting. Sip it slowly and allow it to warm to bring out all the characteristics. It’s tart and fruity up front but gets more mellow and oaky as it warms. Dry and lingering.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alphadelic (1860) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Mushy, past-it fruit is dominant. Can’t say I’m much of a fan of this one at all. It’s just too sickly sweet and really musty. I’m not sure.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
digrod (111) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2014
From bottle Best After 12/6/14. Pours hazy orangy golden with thin white head. Aromas of green apple, ripe berries, chardonnay. Flavors are similar plus tart cider, sugar plums, yeasty funk, and amazing oak. Finishes dry, fruity, and slightly tart. Incredibly complex and refreshing. One of the best Belgian Style Ales I have ever had.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1665) - Idaho, USA - DEC 14, 2014
22 oz, best after 12/06/14- Pours from a pain in the ass wax dipped bottle a hazy golden beer with a thin white head that reduces quickly. Aroma is fruity, candy sweet, barnyard funk, citrusy. Taste is very similar, citrusy, lightly funky, semi sweet, wine grapes are very noticeable. Decent but I can’t believe i paid $16.99 for this, having aged it for the proper amount of time, I don’t think i’d pay more than $6.99 based on what i’m tasting, average at best.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
This beer is a clear orange-gold color with a medium thick white head that diminishes gradually. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral yeast, fruit and malt. Full-bodied with flavors of grassy yeast, caramel malt and vinous oak. The finish is oak and yeast with a mildly tart white wine aftertaste. Pretty good overall.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
commonmac (537) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Tap at Busters in a tulip glass. Deschutes tap takeover. Medium orange to burnt copper in color. Beautiful appearance. Funkiness in the aroma and faint, tart fruit. Taste brings to mind biere de garde, tripels, and Belgian pale ales. Citrus characteristics and a subdued floral backing. Really bright finish with an alcohol warming quality. Very good collabo.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IrishBoy (3922) - Bakersfield, California, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bomber from Imbibe Wine. Nose is tart white wine, oak, a hint of funk, and sweet candisugar that appears after the tartness and funk fade your olfactory lobes. Clear golden orange with a small off white head. Flavor is very white winey with tons of wood and competing sweet and funky tart sides. Very different but good!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
onceblind (5154) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 29, 2014
Clear slightly burnt copper hue with a bubbly/rocky white head. Powerful and pleasant nose of belgian Parmesan frites and a splash of olive oil, with more belgian beery notes of light tree fruit with a playful estery yeast, a kiss of blueberry, passion fruit, light dustiness and light white wine. The flavor brings a big white wine and oak flavor right to the front, with playful bright tree fruit notes, a Belgian earthy yeast, a little toast and hay, with a warning finish. Eccentric and deep

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (7441) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 29, 2014
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2014 Sampled at ABR 2014. Pours a mostly clear golden color. Rich aroma and taste. Belgian yeast, grape, with a slightly dry finish. Really good.


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