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RATINGS: 1471   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   IBU: 77   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
AgentSteve (1647) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - APR 2, 2009
Pours golden with a two finger off white head. Nose and flavor are sweet citrus and yeast. Lively on the palate.

2.8
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2009
bottle. Pour yields a vibrant clear golden color, highly burnished shiny copper. Small swirly foam head clears quick, leaving a nice layer of lacing. Aroma is dominated by a heavy sticky candy sweetness. Some smooth floral notes in the background, but dominant aroma is a saccharin-sweet candy aspect. Flavor luckily improves on the nose. Peppery spice phenol kick starts things off and stays. Prominent hop character does not blend well- sharp citric hops and peppery phenols clash, creating a fair amount of harshness. Not overpowering, but definitely noticeable. Certainly does not blend well either with the heavily sweet malty base. Drinkable, but certainly not an outstanding example of a hoppy belgian pale.

1.6
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
944play (372) - 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 Brewing’s "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."

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2421) - 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.

4.2
   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.

3.9
   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.

3.8
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Trev (2011) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
OldMrCrow (2157) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Bottle.

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, there’s better in the fridge. I ended up leaving this one to my friends and cracking another Green Flash. This is no Hop-It, that’s for certain.

3.6
   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.


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