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RATINGS: 1311   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Fresh bomber. Pours mostly clear and medium orange-amber in color. A frothy, cream colored head shows a nice, bubbly retention at the edge. Jagged, sticky rings of lacing circle the glass. Aromas include citrus blossoms, bitter orange peel, fresh cut grass, and estery light fruits. A distinctly Belgian, doughy yeast note is prominent throughout, as is a touch of coriander and peppery spice. Flavors continue this theme, bright, fresh citrus hop bitterness shining throughout, with sharp coriander and clove and a dry, fruity yeast profile. The palate is medium-bodied and semi-dry, with balanced carbonation and a lingering, grassy hop finish. This trend of American IPA’s done with Belgian yeast isn’t one I’m a big fan of, but this one is well executed and highly enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Brilliant clear amber with no head. Bizzarre aroma is piney hops with clove coriander sweet spice. Medium body. Flavor is mainly malty grainy caramel with clove and coriander again, with a taste of floral hops. The Belgian wins the battle of styles in this brew.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - OCT 25, 2008
DTM picked this one out at Hollingshead in Orange, CA. I heard about it originally via email, and thought the taste combo sounded odd at the time -- not so. The Belgian hints modifed/added to the IPA style in such a way to give it more body, even though the beer was generally light on the palate. I’d buy again, if I saw it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3350) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
22oz bottle from hophead22.....pours a semi-transparent orange brown with a thin soapy off-white head....aroma of yeast, citrus notes as well as light grassy hops and pine.... tangerine citrus flavors, earthiness, some sweet candied sugar, and an earthy bitterness in the finish. soft carbonation...i liked this more that the collaboration but that’s not saying a whole lot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
holdenn (2078) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2008
10/25/08 Thanks to pantanap for this. Pours a golden orange with a white head. Nose is yeasty and doughy, lots of that Belgian ale doughy yeast - with a touch of spicy hops. Sweet malts that are doughy with a grassy spicy finish. The hops are somewhat cloying and without that fresh pop to them. Solid beer though. 3/7/3/7/15 = 3.5

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 23, 2008
This was Avery Fifteen deja vu. Although not nearly as bad...Avery 15 w/o the heavy pepper. Dry, hoppy, spicy, piny - a bit weird, kinda makes your eyes get wide, and not necessarily in a good way. Super average, would never buy again.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kbjames (244) - Utah, USA - OCT 22, 2008
I must say this is interesting to mix and IPA with a belgian style brew. I think in this case the belgian aspects overpower the IPA hoppy aspects and while its good, not my cup of tea. Then again, I’m no big fan of belgians either, so that could explain it.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Avengedpoet (326) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Thanks to Rustychiles for this one. Pours the generic pale ale color. Little bit of chill haze and absolutely no head to speak of. Aroma much like the usual Stone of citrusy hops, especially Simcoe. Faint hints of sulphur? Something a little off. I wouldn’t really call it a ííBelgianíí smell. Taste is mostly the same as generic Stone IPA, but with a little different mouth texture. Smoother, a little less biting. Once I let this warm up more, I could finally pick out some distinct Belgian-ness. A little bit of spiciness that played well with some of the spicy hop varieties used. Not much different at all from their normal IPA, but better.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 20, 2008
Draught at Falling Rock. Clear amber coloured with a medium sized creamy off white head. Fruity aroma of hops, spices and pine needles with metallic notes. Fruity flavour of hops, pine needles and grape fruits with notes of yeast. Dry hoppy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 19, 2008
22 oz. bottle. Light golden pour. Thin, white head. Hoppy, citrus aroma. Slightly hoppy flavor, but vegetal and banana undertones quickly take over. Clean, dry finish. Interesting take from Stone.


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