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RATINGS: 1459   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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
944play (371) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - MAR 30, 2009
I am so sick of this crap from GOOD BREWERIES that tastes like plastic and dirt. Like this Stone offering, all of Russian River Brewingís "clean" (not sour) Belgian ales are the same -- this ugly, horrible, dirty phenolic note just ruins everything. This is a yeast strain selection FAIL. In contrast, Achouffe and Westmalle (who both, reportedly, use the same strain) make luscious, candylike beers, proving that "Belgian" does not mean "smells like a box of band-aids with a side of loam."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2419) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 25, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 24, 2009 22 oz bomber. Pours a beautiful medium golden brass with a medium oft white head. Aroma of light bananas, faint floral hops, bubble gum and dish soap. Taste of faint floral hops, bubble gum, bananas, tea and belgian yeast. Light and refreshing.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2009
Ah yes Stone does it again. Nice pour leaves just shy of an inch head. Nice floral hop aroma on the nose. Drinkable, yes indeed this will be the perfect summer beer. Can almost taste the sweetness here and an aftertaste that is oh so pleasant. Very nice IPA that is also very unique as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours a light to medium golden with a persistent one inch white head. Powerful aroma of orange with notes of angel food cake, and pine. Flavor is not quite as potent as other IPAs, although it it quite pleasant. I detect floral hops, dish soap, and bananas. This beer is very smooth on the palate with a pleasant subtle lingering bitterness that I found refreshing. I approached this with an open mind and found it to be an extremely smooth and easy to drink IPA with an interesting twist.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Pours copper with a thin white head that sticks around. Smells of citrus, fruity, melons, some soapy hints. Tastes citrussy and grassy with some underlying earthiness and a light spicy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (1999) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 24, 2009
bomber from Ginger Man NYC Poures medium gold with thick white head. Floral apple aroma, some citrus, earthy yeasty tones. Flavour was light floral bitterness, pale malt, light spiciness. Lingering dry bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (2145) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009

Nice amber color, substantial head. Super-fruity sour-peach aroma; here the hops and belgian yeast dance nicely together. But in the flavor, not so. Bubblegum and clove yeasts struggle against classic west-coast IPA hops, citrus all around, too much like a bastard hoppy imperial wit. While I could have easily drank it without minding, thereís better in the fridge. I ended up leaving this one to my friends and cracking another Green Flash. This is no Hop-It, thatís for certain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle sampled in 8/2008: Pours a transparent dark golden brass color with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Aroma of assertive grapefruity hops and some light toasty pale malty notes and a touch of light fruity esters. Body starts with decent fullness and faint malty sweetness with a lot of citrusy bittering hops before a drier crisp bittersweet finish. Could use a little more sweetness and some Belgian yeasty character.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Slipstream (2218) - USA - MAR 16, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2009 Amber pour. Aroma of floral hops, orange, and a touch of yeast. The flavor was dry, herbal, and hoppy, almost like a rich APA. Very flavorful, but I donít taste much of Belgium in this equation. Stone used a Belgian yeast, according to the label. A very enjoyable, fully bittered IPA, some esters, powerful and flavorful. Another excellent Stone release.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
nathan30533 (893) - Clifton, Ohio, 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.

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