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RATINGS: 1321   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.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (10814) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bomber from San Diego Drug. Amber gold color with a frothy multi-finger white head. Nice light pine aroma. Medium body with mild carbonation. A herbal hop flavor with touches of citrus and pine. Quite astringent. Nearly dry. Extremely delicious.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajm (1065) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 30, 2008
Bottle from Joey at South Bay. Looks like a Pils. Smells like that Taras Boulba I had at Concordia Ale House. Tastes a lot like that too, but less rich and vaporous. Tastes like a just shy of textbook Belgian IPA, with no trace of any SoCal flourish. Hmm.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1500) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bottle from sparky27. Thanks E! Light yellow in color orange tint to it. Decent head. Sweet aroma of hops. Taste was a nice hop bitterness up front and an almost saison like beer towards the end. Spicy but clean and crisp. Kind of like 080808. Belgian (candy) yeast. Light in texture easy to drink but not watery. Good beer. Thanks Eric for sending this one my way!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Bomber at EVT. Beautiful, tight white head in an Allagash tulip. Aroma is an intoxcating banana yeast with just a mellow spiciness of lime and orange zest. Great head retention and lacing. Peppery spice is first noticeable with some sweet banana bread flavors. Decent stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (3735) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 18, 2009 Bomber pours clear gold with fair offwhite head. Nose is sweet citric belgian and grapefruit funky. Flavor is belgian yeast, cloying malt, citric hop. Medium body with medium high carbonation. Fruity finish

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevin (2066) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 28, 2008
bottle. i could smell the citrus as soon as i popped the cap. looks beautiful. dark yellow dehydrated urine color with a thick frothed up white head. burnt yeast and lemons hit me first and make me smile. a slight scent of bananas in there also. oh yeah, that is a good bitter bite. banana flavor comes through more here. bubblegum yeast notes that i like paired with this high bitterness. grassy flavors are enjoyable. caramel sweetness and a bit thick. the yeast is really dominant in this. a touch of rubber, but not necessarily always a bad thing. sweaty bitter and enjoyable. i look forward to trying this with some chili and cornbread i made last night. 5 8 6 2 14

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 28, 2008
22 oz. bottle - Pours a clear orangish-golden color with a one finger thick off white head. Light lacing. Aroma is pine and grassy hops, light yeast, and esters. Flavor is sweet toasted malt, light esters, yeast, and herbal hops. Medium body. Soft carbonation. Fairly smooth on the palate. A nice beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
LinusStick (2823) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2008
A great and different beer. Im not too big on this whole "Belgian style IPA" thing, but this is good. Aroma was fantastic. Strong citrus and pine hops. Very full. Pour was a nice medium gold with a one finger off white head. Taste was very hoppy in the front. Grapefruit, pine and bitter until the sweet light fruit aftertaste comes in from the Belgian yeast. Ive been a homebrewer for about 4 months now and this beer shows me how big a difference a yeast strain can make in a beer. By the aroma I would think this was going to be a huge hop bomb. It starts out that was, but quickly brings in apricot and peach flavors . Nice and different. As it warms there is a big battle of bitter and sweet with the sweet overpowering.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DialSquare (2555) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2008
bomber from marinos in toledo. hazy yellow pour with small white head. light citrus aroma. good thin to medium texture. overall this comes off as a hoppy bitter stone ipa that is knocked down a bit with the belgian yeast - not necessarily in a bad way though. light fruits, yeast, peppery, crisp bitter finish. good stone change up. K-8

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
KimJohansen (10349) - Frederiksberg C, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2008
Clear golden with tiny head. Sweet yeasty aroma with fruity notes and hints of hops. Sweet yeasty flavour with hoppy and fruity Notes.


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