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RATINGS: 1423   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle. Aroma of bubblegum, hay, circus peanuts, flowers (particularly lavender), honey, crackers. Flavor moderately sweet, crackery again, with strong floral bitterness and lingering lavender. A bit chalky, quite dry. This beer really transcends classification. Crazy stuff, and good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AndyReynolds (1035) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - JUN 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2009 Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head. Aroma is strong with hops and sweet malts. Notes of grapefruit really stand out, as well as a bit of bread, grass, and sweet malts. On the palate, this beer felt like very bubbley. The taste brought out a strong Belgian flavor. The finish was dry and hoppy, leaving a nice hop after taste in the back of the throat. I really think I need to try this one again.

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhatB420 (714) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2009
If there ever was one, this is the best summer IPA out there, not a strong as some east coast brews Ive had before but the delicated combination of the hops and barely makes due for an impressive brew.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bacummings (21) - Alabama, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Very hoppy as you would expect an IPA to be. Golden with nice fluffy head. A bit of a sweet finish.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
djtimeless (222) - Colorado, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Pours out clear golden with lots of foamy head. Taste is sweet and spicey with lots of hops. The Belgian yeast and malt gives it a different twist. Sweet and fruity with nice malty flavor. Crisp and clean finish. Great alternative to the regular IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6844) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 30, 2009
22oz bottle shared generously by footbalm. Pours a clear golden color with a nice foamy white head. The aroma is sweet; lots of hops, some Belgian yeast and malts. The flavor is more hoppy than anything else, which is of course fine with me. A lighter Belgian malt and yeast profile. Overall, a very nice beer.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pivo (2622) - GERMANY - MAY 30, 2009
Stone. Gotta love em. I mean, just one great beer after another. Deep gold color with a fluffy head. Citrus notes and a great hoppy bitterness. Overall very smooth. Nothing mind-blowing (for Stone), but this is a solid brew any way you slice it.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkrkr27 (903) - Berkley, Michigan, USA - MAY 29, 2009
Gold pour with a huge, rocky, white head and lots of lacing. Nice citrus aroma balanced with bubblegum, yeast, banana, clove, honey, coriander, pepper and bread. Lots of bright citrus and belgian ester flavors with some peppery phenols and a sweet honey biscuit malt background. Sticky, medium-ful body with soft carbonation.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
j12601 (7395) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAY 28, 2009
Bottle. Pours a clear golden amber with a thick white head. Somewhat complex nose comprised of pine, citrus, toast, malt. Light sweetness, malty with a nice caramel note. Big grapefruit bitterness. Pretty good, and better than I had anticipated.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffManSW (436) - Riverside, California, USA - MAY 27, 2009
Bottle from La Bodega.. Pours golden with a fluffy white head and lots of carbonation bubbles...Floral and citrus hops in the nose with some belgian yeast.. Slightly sweet with alot of citrus hops.. Super tasty.. Nice twist on a already solid beer.


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