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RATINGS: 1553   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2009
22 oz bomber, enjoyed with MLR. Wow what an interesting beer, but that is what I’ve come to expect from Stone. Aroma is of earthy citrus hops with a hint of dry spice. Flavor is similar but with added complexity of the hidden malts, hot alcohol, and the not-so-Belgian yeast. I’ve had Belgian IPAs before, and this isn’t one of them. Overall, a very intriguing brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2009
Pours a slightly hazy golden with a big fluffy head that leaves excellent lacing... Aroma is yeasty, somewhat citrusy, fruity, very floral with no real discernable hop presence.... Flavor of bubblegum, yeast, a certain hop i cant pick out, low key malts, subtle spices... Hoppy up front with some lingering dryness... Medium bodied, medium mouthfeel, creamy as it warms... Not a big fan of these Belgian IPAs....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jjh19 (62) - California, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Appearance: A rich golden color. 12-15 SRM, perhaps. Poured clear. Smell: A bright hoppy nose. Taste: This is where the ale shines. The Cali-Belgique features a nice balance of a sharp hoppiness and a belgian spiciness. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth but with sharp initial hops Drinkability: This is my first try at a California IPA/Belgian hybrid. And I liked it! I really enjoyed the belgain influence on the IPA-ness. You get some really nice hop notes but it’s not as heavy handed as a lot of IPA’s I’ve tried. I don’t know what the availability of this beer is but if you have a chance, it’s definitely worth a pint. Or two. Serving type: bottle

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - NOV 24, 2009
I was really excited about this one when I bought it, but was a little dissapointed. The yeast in the belgian white ale side of it conflicted with the hops of a traditional cali IPA and really didnt help each other. A very interesting idea from Stone, but not the peanut butter and chocolate combination they were hoping for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiddleBrau (1052) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Hazy golden (slight haze) with dense white head and visible carbonation. Citrus nose and hint of yeast. Pine citrus hop flavor, prickly on tongue, dry almost astringent finish. Earthy and grassy similar to farmhouse ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bomber from Canals in Lawrenceville, NJ. Pours a rich hazy orange under a medium off-white rocky head. Thick curtains of lacing. Wonderfully fruity aroma with notes of citrus, bubblegum and pine. Initial flavors are banana and lightly toasted malt followed quickly by a healthy rush of Stone signature hops, caramel, milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel and a long, fruity and mildly bitter finish. Another best in class brew from Greg and the Stone Brew Crew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Tasty belgian nose, murky with a fairly large beige head--looks pretty much like a dark-ish IPA but with a mean head on it. At first it tastes more like a trippel than an IPA; it takes a minute for the hop character to settle into the palate, but once it does what materializes is a rowdy, delicious, and very well balanced beer. To me this particular hybridization of brews is so ridiculous, yet somehow it makes perfect sense. To say this is a "twin" of Stone IPA is very misleading; it is vastly different. Almost as good, more complex, and very well executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap from the brewery in Escondido. I love plain old Stone IPA, but I *really* enjoyed this Belgian-yeasted version. I am usually not a fan of traditional Belgian ales, but this hop-infused, bastardized Belgian was so pleasing and unique that I took home a growler full. It has since become one of my most desired regular drinkers. Now if they would just ship it to Houston somehow!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2009
Not a fav but interesting, nice hops on the nose and a bit of triple style spice. flavor is sweet but some hops, and again that triple flavor. well done but not really a fan of most american triples

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (7418) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear dark golden color with a medium frothy white head. The aroma quickly fills the nose with sweet tropical fruits, citrus, floral hints, caramel, and mild bready malts. The flavor shows all of the west coast notes one would expect: oranges, grapefruits, and light berries, bready malts, some caramel sweetness, and some mild spices. Medium bodied with a slightly slippery mouthfeel.

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