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RATINGS: 1688   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuilTTy (728) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bomber from Canals in Lawrenceville, NJ. Pours a rich hazy orange under a medium off-white rocky head. Thick curtains of lacing. Wonderfully fruity aroma with notes of citrus, bubblegum and pine. Initial flavors are banana and lightly toasted malt followed quickly by a healthy rush of Stone signature hops, caramel, milk chocolate and a hint of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel and a long, fruity and mildly bitter finish. Another best in class brew from Greg and the Stone Brew Crew!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2009
Tasty belgian nose, murky with a fairly large beige head--looks pretty much like a dark-ish IPA but with a mean head on it. At first it tastes more like a trippel than an IPA; it takes a minute for the hop character to settle into the palate, but once it does what materializes is a rowdy, delicious, and very well balanced beer. To me this particular hybridization of brews is so ridiculous, yet somehow it makes perfect sense. To say this is a "twin" of Stone IPA is very misleading; it is vastly different. Almost as good, more complex, and very well executed.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2009
On tap from the brewery in Escondido. I love plain old Stone IPA, but I *really* enjoyed this Belgian-yeasted version. I am usually not a fan of traditional Belgian ales, but this hop-infused, bastardized Belgian was so pleasing and unique that I took home a growler full. It has since become one of my most desired regular drinkers. Now if they would just ship it to Houston somehow!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomthompson89 (1976) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2009
Not a fav but interesting, nice hops on the nose and a bit of triple style spice. flavor is sweet but some hops, and again that triple flavor. well done but not really a fan of most american triples

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8917) - Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2009
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a clear dark golden color with a medium frothy white head. The aroma quickly fills the nose with sweet tropical fruits, citrus, floral hints, caramel, and mild bready malts. The flavor shows all of the west coast notes one would expect: oranges, grapefruits, and light berries, bready malts, some caramel sweetness, and some mild spices. Medium bodied with a slightly slippery mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 11, 2009
Bottle generously provided by BBB63! Pours a hazy orange with a nice offwhite head. leaves some nice lace on the glass. aroma was a nice combo of floral hop aroma, mellon, orange peel, caramel, pear, some light booze. Flavor was mellon, caramel, pine, grapes, and earth. Pretty good stuff. Thanks again mike!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LearninBeer (470) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2009
Pours a cloudy yellow/orange, with an off white head, creamy with excellent lacing. The aroma is wonderful I could smell hops right after I poured. The flavor is bitter, hops, with a little sweetness kicking in at the end.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thebeertourist (5179) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 10, 2009
Bottle from Kris Wines, London. Orangey golden with a solid offwhite head. Sweet ,malts and brettanomyces aroma. Well-balanced brett flavours, good hop bitterness, fruity, quite dry. An interesting Belgian-style IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2009
Bouteille de 22 oz. Arômes de houblon américain (agrumes, fruits tropicaux, résine) et on remarque également une pointe de levure épicée. Robe orangée, très légèrement trouble, peu de mousse. Plus près d’une IPA américaine que d’une bière belge, le houblon est très aromatique et expressif (agrumes, fruits). On remarque tout de même une touche de levure légèrement épicée, ce qui engendre une bière un peu moins focusée sur le houblon que leur IPA. Finale bien amère.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vyvvy (5744) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 4, 2009
UPDATED: APR 20, 2011 Pours golden orange with a soapy off-white head. The aroma has earthy Belgian yeast, butterscotch, band aid and floral hops. Medium / thin body with some papery traits & biting carbonation. The taste is oxidized with wet cardboard in addition to the aroma traits. The finish is harsh and not very pleasant. This was consumed before the best-by date, but hopefully I can get a fresher bottle to rerate at some point. If they came to MO that would make things easier. (7/3/5/3/13-3.1)

Rerate notes - thank goodness this is in STL now & I get to try this (and others) the way they should be - fresh. It looks the same as the original notes and the aroma is similar, but no butterscotch or band aid. There are more assertive hops that are floral and piny. There’s quite a bit of fruity, earthy and estery Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is similar - a bit more full, but not much. The taste is completely different & quite complex. Starts with fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, caramel malt, spicy/piny/earthy/citrusy hops and a bit of bubblegum. The finish has more bubblegum and lots more hops that are really pronounced with harshness of earth and pine & it works here. Very interesting and unique beer. This may move up in my rating number after having it a few more times.


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