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Deschutes Class of í88 Belgian Style Ale



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RATINGS: 57   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 8, 2015
Bottle-wow, this is my first "against the grain" rating in a very long time. This thing is awesome. Maybe the little age did this brew great things is what i am thinking. The nose is insanely good-lots of musket, pinot barrel, vanilla, bright fruits, woody goodness, lots of complexity here and its a good thing. Flavors exhibit the Musket grapes and pinot barrel huge-the grape favors here are insane! bright vanilla undertones under all the fruit. Im really digging this. Im sure if anybody can find this or has some in the cellar, bust it out now because it is hitting its prime! Long oaky vanilla finish with lingering musket grape notes. Work of art.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
stevoj (2954) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Very much dominated by the wine grapes, light and fruity. Does not remind me of a Belgian at all. Sour essence without the sourness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
MartinT (8619) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2015
My Bottom Line:
This fruity Belgian-style brew juxtaposes floral notes and honeyed malts with bubbly and lightly acidic impressions.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the misty dull golden.
-Oxydation already mars the nose and flavor profile.
-Alcohol is well hidden.
-This doesnít have the complexity or drinkability I would look for in this type of brew.


   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsnicholas (399) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 14, 2015
Bottle (22oz ): Golden with thin white head. Aroma most white wine like. Grapes. Taste the same with a little Belgian yeast. Nice alternative to wine.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ibrew2or3 (7511) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
keepersj12 (2945) - 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. Itís tart and fruity up front but gets more mellow and oaky as it warms. Dry and lingering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Alphadelic (1936) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2015
Mushy, past-it fruit is dominant. Canít say Iím much of a fan of this one at all. Itís just too sickly sweet and really musty. Iím not sure.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
digrod (119) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1744) - 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 canít believe i paid $16.99 for this, having aged it for the proper amount of time, I donít think iíd pay more than $6.99 based on what iím tasting, average at best.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (9625) - 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.

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