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RATINGS: 1683   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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When reading the name “Stone Cali-Belgique IPA”, “Cali” hints that it is a California style IPA, and this brew has an undeniable Belgian influence, indicated by the word “Belgique” (which is how Belgium’s French-speaking population says the word “Belgian”; the Dutch speaking Belgians say “Belgie”). We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect of the beer that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA.

The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone Brew – and Stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bomber (one of the Cali-Belgie bottles). Pours nearly pumpkin orange with a large, frothy beige head that leaves sheets of lacing. Aromas of sweet spruce, orangepeel, coriander, slight Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Flavor is brown sugar and pine, sugary yeast, and some slight spice notes. The mild bitterness allows nice Belgian notes to come through. Thick, creamy, and slightly warming. Really good, a nice hybrid of two styles.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2010
On draft at Seattle International Beer Fest. Pours peachy orange with off-white clings. Floral and citrus aromas. More florals in the taste with some bitter grapefruit. Earthy.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
robinvboyer (4107) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
big hoppy nose, loads of citrus, and quite a bit of fruit! This is basicly like a west coast IPA, but with loads of fruit, and yeast notes. Its not awful, but really, not my bag.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2010
On tap @ Specific Gravity, Salisbury Md- Clear golden pour w/a moderate white head. Somewhat sweet hop aroma. Mild hop flavor w/traces of belgian candied sugar sweetness, bread dough, & yeast. Too hoppy to be a Belgian & too sweet to be an IPA, was too muddled for me. Pick a style & make that beer, don’t try and do too many things @ once. Interesting, but I doubt I would drink it again, unless the other choices were very poor.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
Sampled at Mondial: Deep gold in the glass, rich frothy cap lasts and laces. Modest carbonation. Aroma is citrusy-floral and fruity over rich malts. Medium bodied, oily mouth feel. Rich sweet malts in front balanced with citrus-resinous bittering, mid palat4 becomes very fruity - peaches spices earthy sweetness.....finish gets bitter and dries a bit. Interesting IPA with some fruity complexity.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22 oz bottle (shared with a good friend). Although, I took minimal notes on this one the day I tried it 2 weeks ago, I still have the score I had in mind that night. Ultimately, this beer fit its description to a T. All of the glorious, hop goodness that’s in the ipa, mixed with a little bit of Belgian flair. More specifically, mixed florals and citrus hops with a twinge of earth, combined with some light yeasty bread. The balance and feel to this beer was exquisite similar to the standard ipa with the right amount of kick, carbonation, and smoothness right through the finish. The pour had a nicely thick, creamy, frothy white head, and golden orange in color. Overall, this was an outstanding beer, though the final product wasn’t quite as enjoyable as the standard. Maybe its just that the Belgian aspects took away ever so slightly from the wonderful hop bitterness. I’ll have to update my notes at some point.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6246) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
This poured a cloudy light amber color with an off white head. Aroma was belgian spices, citrusy hops and some yeast character. Flavor was a bit of a let down, mainly belgian spicey and yeasty characteristics with a light bitter hoppines. More of a belgian than an IPA

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 7, 2010
So this beer just hit Texas at the end of June and has a Enjoy by date of 8/17/10. Pours a nice golden color with a small but nice head. The aroma is sweet, very floral- maybe coming from the Belgian yeast. The taste is again very floral, really like a mouthful of flowers, pepper, but is really dominated by its floral character. Leaves nice lacing on the glass. My least favorite Stone beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1854) - Granville, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Hazy golden peach colored pour with a white head. Aroma is spicy, hoppy, candi sugar, yeasty. Taste is yeasty, spicy, peppery. It is quite the quenching beer. It left great lacing.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (5610) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUL 4, 2010
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of frothy fine to large sized clear colored bubbles that were and left behind a softly carbonated transparent orange colored body. The aroma was mild hop. The mouth feel was strongly tingly at the start and mediumly tingly at the finish. The strong flavor contained notes of hops. A decent one that I would consider drinking again.


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