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RATINGS: 1656   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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When reading the name ďStone Cali-Belgique IPAĒ, ďCaliĒ hints that it is a California style IPA, and this brew has an undeniable Belgian influence, indicated by the word ďBelgiqueĒ (which is how Belgiumís French-speaking population says the word ďBelgianĒ; the Dutch speaking Belgians say ďBelgieĒ). 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 Ė 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kopher (593) - New York, USA - OCT 24, 2009
clear orange, thin foamy white head. nice mixed aroma of belgian fruit and citrus and pine-y hops. flavor is fairly mild, orange peel, grass, and candied bitter fruit. long mild bitter finish. a bit on the thin side, and light carbonation, but good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2009
had the stone tastes to it but it also had an unrelenting dryness to it that I liked. Itís yeast tasted banana-ey and clovey, but it was ridiculously crisp. Like, popping taste buds crisp. Great and clean, spirited and lively, but the malt balance seemed gone. Great beer none the less, and an interesting take on a classic.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajwilliams (132) - , Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
This one is just as described: the Stone IPA with Belgian yeast. Nice crispness of the IPA with a little funk of the yeast. A nice variation of a classic.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Bottle from SL a week or two after having this at a SL rep tasting (but no rating). Quite nice, glad the IPA was the primary style here with the Belgian character in the background. Primarily the Stone IPA (a fav of mine) with some Belgian yeasts and breadiness in the background and a brighter fruity aspect perhaps. A good brew, but somewhat of a rebadge if you were looking for a new creation, as itís not really that (perhaps thatís a good thing!).

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (981) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Poured a hazy golden yellow with a small white head. Light hoppy, grapefruit aroma. Somewhat lacking. Surprising malty sweetness that reminds me more of a double. By itself, a pretty good beer, but canít compare to the Stone IPA or Ruination.

3.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 16/20
obguthr (5421) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Hoppy grapefruit, banana, and pear aroma with a slight mustiness. Hazy golden, medium yellow head, nice lacing. Banana, pear, and pine needle flavor with copious amounts of the latter. Resinous mouthfeel at first that improves upon warming. Not a strong beer, but the IBUs seem to be off the charts.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3085) - Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2009
The aroma is citrus hops, yeasty, slightly fruity, and a small component of pungent basement aromas. Nice overall. The appearance is a nice orange-yellow, mostly opaque, white head. The flavor is a surprise; citrus hops, grapefruit, bread, yeast, slightly sour, like a sour orange candy. The finish is strong citrus hop bitterness, lingering, astringent. Medium mouthfeel, even slightly on the thin side. Not my usual cup of tea, but a unique, interesting and enjoyable beer none the less.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
biznizness (1128) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Didnít love it. Nope. Two great tastes that donít taste great together. I actually kind of of suffered through this. Had a weird, astringent, sour bitterness that I did not enjoy. Watched Watchmen while drinking this.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jbender (23) - Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Grapefruit dominates the aroma...pours out with a medium white head. Clear golden appearance. Citrus fruit taste along with american hops...canít put my finger on the specific one...but def one of the northwestern hops. The belgian yeast adds a fruity complex....Iím not sure that the IPA blends well with it. While its interesting, I donít think that its my style.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcr (2517) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 7, 2009
Bomber. Clear gold body with a frothy white head, mostly diminishing. The aroma is hoppy with resin, grapefruit and sweet oranges along with notes of toasted grain, alcohol and with slight hints of spice, dust, lacquer, soap. The flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately bitter. It finishes ligtly sweet, moderately acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Medium body, watery texture and mild carbonation. Itís ashame that the hops overpower whatever characteristics the Belgian yeast is trying to give this beer. Still, the hops are good with the orange/grapefruit flavors lingering for some time. I expected the mouthfeel to be more substantial or at least the caronbation to provide crispness to the watery texture which it doesnít.


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