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RATINGS: 1359   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.


4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Appearance: Pours a light orange-hued body with a large, frothy, white head. Splotchy, sporadic lacing on the way down. Smell: Delightfully aromatic nose smelling sweetly of bright, fresh tropical fruits and citrus oils with a minor backing of lightly bready malts and spice. Taste: Sweet, lightly bready maltiness gently yields to a tropical mixture of juicy oranges and grapefruit with a late addition of pine. As the punchy bitterness dies down tastes of artificially-sweetened chewing gum and faint, peppery spice begin to appear. Finishes expectantly dry with lingering aftertastes of bitter, pithy citrus fruit peels. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Lightly oily mouthfeel. Drinkability: As tasty and supremely drinkable as the original, though I dare say itís just a skosh bit better than the standard Stone IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
malrubius (1862) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - JAN 21, 2009
22 ounce bottle in pint glass. Hazy golden with lasting white head and lace. Fresh hoppy floral and citrus aroma with hint of sugar and yeast. Mildly fruity sweet melon with flowery hoppy spice and medium lingering bitter finish. Medium body and carbo. Nice and delicious but more like and American IPA than a Chouffe Houblon or Hopsinjoor, which are two of my new faves in this synthesized style. Still, very enjoyable. Excellent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
theisti (3297) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JAN 20, 2009
22 oz bomber courtesy of bvc. Pour is slightly hazed straw golden with a three inch thick and lasting, slightly off white head. Settles slowly with thick lacing. Pretty in the glass. Aroma of grassy Belgian yeastiness and fresh resin pine citrus hops. Fresh and clean nose. Taste is the nose, plus some nice floral sweetness along with the grassy perfume yeast notes. The hops lend a nice soft bitterness to the mid palate and finish. The palate is thin medium, flavors layered nicely. Drinkable, really a fun beer. Thanks Brandon.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
waolsen (1360) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - JAN 19, 2009
copper pour clarity. Thin white head. Lacing. Fresh hops, apricot, liquorice, light spice aroma. Light and a bit thin. Easy drinking and nice flavors that follow aroma. There is an earthiness that lasts through finish

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
dwyerpg (4653) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 19, 2009
What an aroma! A great mix of Belgian spice and fresh hops. The flavor is also a great balance of the two. First spice, then hops, then spice again in the end. Really a fantastic beer, and I had it almost warm.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrob21 (2677) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2009
Pours clear golden color with a bit of a frothy white head. Aroma is distinctly west coast hops with some grassiness and grapefruit. Hop flavor profile is diverse and complex but starts with some bubblegum type flavors and grapefruit. Bitter hop finish as well. Bigger hop profile than a straight IPA. The body is decent and sweet and where you get the belgian influence with this one. A little syrupy as well. Pretty tasty and glad this one is recently available in the ATL.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 18, 2009
Pours a clear rusty orange color with a decent sized cream colored head that leaves rings of lacing around the glass. The aroma shows notes of orange peel, citrus fruits, grassy hops, and a rather distinctive blegian yeast character. The flavor follows with the fresh citrus, spices, and some dry yeast. The hop bitterness is present throughout, but balanced nicely by the fruity yeast profile. Medium bodied mouthfeel with good carbonation with a long, dry bitter finish. This was different for sure, but one I enjoyed.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009

Name: Cali-Belgie IPA
Date: October 12, 2008
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy gold, fine off white head, sudsy lace
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with light fruity esters complemented by citrus hops and spicy phoenolics
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, nice fruity character accented by the fruity esters, well balanced with earthy hops, nice light spicyness, light bitter finish

Name: Cali-Belgie IPA
Date: October 17, 2008
Mode: draft
Source: brick store
the spicy phoenolics are even stronger on draft, bitterness is even bigger

Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 15/20
Rating: 3.6/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DSG (6351) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2009
(11/3/08) Draught sample at the brewpub in Escondido. Clear goldem color. Aroma of fruits, yeast, spicy hops and some flowery notes. Flavor has a bit of sweetness in the beginning but is mostly dry with hoppy bitterness, yeast, spiciness and citric notes in the finish. Medium-bodied.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2010 22oz bomber from grape & gourmet. pours a bright, clear golden color with a fluffly, bubbly, clean white head. aroma is purely belgian, sweet and slightly hoppy, bright but not huge. the aroma is balanced by hints of floral west coast hops, citrus, some notes of spice, vanilla, and lavender. flavor is great as well. definitely dominated by the sweet belgian yeast and spiciness with citrus flavors of grapefruit and lemon zest, vanilla, and light/sweet malts. has a very dry, bittersweet flavor after the swallow. palate is very smooth with solid carbonation and is quite crisp. iím beginning to really enjoy this style and this a great example from stone.


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