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RATINGS: 1330   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   SEASONAL: Special   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.


4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (601) - Dahlonega, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Beer fit for a king. Wonderful glowing golden color with white head. Head laces well down the glass. Good sweet smell and taste. Wonderful IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luv2brew (196) - Chesterfield, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
a very floral nose, not over the top at all. The beer is very bright, and light. The head doesnt stay around long. It has a strong belgian style with coriander or something reminiscent of a Belgian white, this beer makes no sense with the billing, but it comes together marvelously. Another great brew by these guys. Is this the greatest American Brewery?

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
cathcacr (634) - Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Aroma certainly delivers on the billing - floral IPA. The flavor is that of a sweetened version of the regular IPA, definitely smoothed around the edges. The flavors are delightful, not being overpowering with the usual hoppy aggressiveness. The finish has a tinge of what I imagine dandelion might taste like. Some people might think it "doesnít work" to mix genres - it just disappoints fans of both by diluting each, so the argument goes. For me, however, it works quite agreeably. Iíd do it again. This could work quite awesomely for a session drink.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 14, 2009
clear golden orange color with virtually no head, bright hop flavor and strong presence of what tastes like WLP500 trappist yeast, or atleast something quite similar, the hop fruitiness is partialy lost in the muddled yeast sweetness, strange to have a brew with such a strong belgian yeast flavor and yet has no yeast in the bottle, a pretty decent belgian IPA... try la chouffe trippel ipa if you thought this was good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5541) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 22 oz bomber. Pours a murky dark gold to light orange with a soft silky white head that leaves elegant lacing. Clean, fresh aroma with hints of muted citrus, some floral accents, some white grapes. Flavor is smooth and refined. Detect a presence of grapefruity hoppiness, some candied sugar notes, a hint of mint, some other fruitiness - nectarines perhaps. Mouthfeel is thick and sticky. Interesting experiment - not as over the top as some Stones - but solid.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
fidel (1302) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Poured golden amber, hoppy, citrus, malty, yeasty, spicey, little caramel, little peach.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nearbeer (3719) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bomber at the Spring Cleansiní. This one was sampled deep into the cleansiní, so my notes just have my numbers and the word "bubblegum" written down twice. That usually means fruity-spicy and maybe some notes of wheat. I remember some citrus and resin, and that I thought it was pretty good, but not great.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4943) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold body with a one inch fizzy white head that receded to a thin film. Lots of lacing from this one. The nose is citrusy hops with just a little bit of a belgian yeast influence, A bit of a soapy note below the tangerine and hops. The taste is a bit medicinal and floral for my liking. Reminds me of when you eat the decorative orchid that they place on your plate at wedding receptions (they wouldnít put it on the plate if you werenít supposed to eat it right?). Not a whole lot of Belgian character to it, but thereís a certain sweetness on the back end along with some fruity and spicy notes that remind me a bit that this is a Belgian inspired effort. Seems like there should be some yeastiness going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly sticky and clingy finish and fizzy pinpoint champagne like carbonation. Overall, this was OK, but very much pales in comparison to a lot of the other Belgian IPAs (See Bullfrog Houblonium P38).

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11083) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2009
22oz bottle-pours an off white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is perfumy, sweet citrus-orange/lemon/grapefruit/pine. Taste is perfumy, sweet citrus-orange/lemon/grapefruit/pine and herbal hops, light malt, dry, yeast, some pepper. OK effervescence. Thanks decaturstevo for sharing this.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Bottle. Pours clear amber with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is mostly Belgian, spicy yeast and candi sugar, with a little bit of citrusy hops if you smell hard enough. The flavor starts off with the Belgian bubblegum sweetness but the hops take over and the finish is pretty good. Interesting stuff.


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