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RATINGS: 1358   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.73   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.


3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - 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 (2083) - 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 (329) - 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 ’’Belgian’’ 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 (21497) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale über alles, Arizona, USA - OCT 19, 2008
pours a brilliant clear golden yellow with a medium frothy barely off white head. the aroma delivers as promised... bready, pears, hay, grapefruit, sour peaches, faint earthy rosemary and loads of spicy grassy hops. the flavor is hoppy as hell but without bitterness... pineapple, peach, citrus pith, pale malt sweetness, bready yeast, a faint bitterness and a dry finish which leaves behind some skunk. medium body. creamy smooth texture but at the same time prickly and bitey from the hops and carbonation. just relentlessly drying...

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
Draft at the Brick Store. Looked like a Tripel. Smelled like a Tripel. Lacked intensity and lacked the marvelous mouthfeel of a Tripel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (10039) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 17, 2008
Draught at Falling Rock Tap House, GABF 2008. Pours sparkling dark yellow with a large, frothy, white head, mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (grain, hay, straw, meal), average hops (flowers, herbs, grass), heavy yeast (dough, sweat, horse blanket) with notes of banana and ginger. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, and a bitter finish. Average duration, light sweetness and acidity, moderate bitterness.


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