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RATINGS: 1445   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
MaltOMeal (1092) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - FEB 4, 2009
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2009 bomber thanks to jrob21. Pours a clear, pale yellow with a huge white head. Nose was spicy, perfume and floral hops. Taste is Belgian yeast and spice. Mouthfeel is medium with a bitter finish. OK, now this was different. Like an IPA, but with Belgian yeast thrown in. Kinda odd, but still decent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jdjuice (417) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - FEB 4, 2009
Pours a regular gold. Doesnít look like anything special. The aroma is strong hops. First taste is in stark contrast to aroma; taste is hoppy, but not overly so. Very interesting how the Belgian yeast changes the flavor profile of Stone IPA. While itself this beer may be somewhat unremarkable, I find it very interesting to for a brewery to change one aspect of a flagship beer and release it to the public. By changing the yeast, drinkers get educated regarding the impact the yeast strain has on the beer. I applaud this approach and would like to see more beers that are slight variations on well known varieties so that the consumer better understands the effects of the ingredients and brewing techniques on the final flavor of a beer. I applaud thee, Stone! All in all, a drinkable, pretty hoppy yet strangely light IPA that is distinctly Stone yet distinctly Belgian. Unique yet entirely quaffable.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
That1Guy (2033) - Greeley, Colorado, USA - FEB 4, 2009
Crushed with Jakebra. Fuck. Skunked bottle. Not sure how old it is. Will have to keep my eye out for it when it comes out again. Some hop presence is detectable, but overall itís skunky. And I respect this brewery too much to assume the brew sucks when itís fresh. Bummer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - FEB 3, 2009
bomber. Clear golden in color with a medium off white head that recedes but retains well. Aroma has a good deal of citrus and some light floral hops, some fuity esters from the yeast- touch of banana and spice, a touch of earth. Taste has a good deal of citrus hops, some mild belgian esters- banana mostly and a touch of yeast spice. Medium bodied, finishes with a moderate hop bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lawless (8) - , California, USA - FEB 2, 2009 does not count
A very surprising and unique beer. I tried this awhile ago so I dont remember the specifics, but I have to admit that it is the first beer from stone that I have enjoyed.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jason (1713) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 2, 2009
Bottle. Iím happy to see this around. At first I wasnít sure of itís availability near one of the places I usually hit for beer. Interesting unique use of Belgian yeast. Light floral notes and low hop profile.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2009
golden with white head. estery nose of belgian yeast which continue into the flavor. some hop flavor that comes through. not terribly complex and little alcohol warmth. solid but not spectacular

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2592) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Bottle. A golden orange color with a laced white head. A Belgian wit or tripel like aroma with a more subtle IPA character. A nicely spiced flavor with plenty of candy sugars, orange, and pepper with a dry bitter finish. Interesting blend and hard to categorize.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerheart (237) - Erie, Colorado, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Pours a light orange-amber with a thin, frothy white head and ebullient carbonation that last throughout the pour. Very nice lace, too. Very big yeasty nose with some spiciness, particularly cloves. It is more oily on the tongue than I would expect. Taste is a bit of lemon, bread, cloves. It finishes a bit more grassy than I expect from an IPA.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - FEB 1, 2009
Nice dark amber pour with an almost invisible white head. Hefty yeast aroma with some nice malts and a bit of lemon citrus in the back. Big citrus hops going crazy throughout the beer with solid malt and quite a bit of yeast flavor as well. An interesting if not outstanding brew.


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