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RATINGS: 1328   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2008
On tap at the Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens on 08/03/2008 on day three of RBSG 2008. Cloudy pale orange body with a small off-white head. Big citrus hop aroma. Belgian spice flavor with citrus and floral hops. Medium body with moderate carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TomDecapolis (4477) - Milton, Delaware, USA - SEP 27, 2008
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this bomber. Pours a mostly translucent golden amber with a large foamy/bubbly off white head that left nice lacing. Aroma of orange peel, Belgian yeast esters, lots of citrusy notes, some pine, Belgian yeast really showcased with a bunch of American hops. Flavor was a nice mix of Belgian Ale meets American IPA. Banana, orange peel, clove, spicy Belgian yeast notes, floral, pine, moderate hop bitterness, bready malt with a touch of caramel malt. Well done...a big fan of the Belgian meets aggressive American hopping.

4.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nik925 (751) - California, USA - SEP 26, 2008
The aroma gives little suggestion at the wonderful flavor this one has to offer. A simple Belgian smell gives way to an amazing IPA that has highlights of all the wonderful flavors you can coax out of hops. Strong grapefruit (Cascade), grass, hemp, and even a bit of bubblegum. The head is great, fades out though leaving some great lacing. Every now and then I think Stone is over-rated, but then beers like this remind me that they deserve all the praise they get.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (6881) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 26, 2008
Pours clear gold with off white head. The aroma is an even mix of malt sweetness and grapefruit hops and then some mild bubble gum and faint banana. The taste brings up a nice level of Belgian yeast notes like mild bubble gum that mixes with tart grapefruit hops, some acidity and a background of sweet maltiness. The malt note grows some into the finish. This is a fresh tasting brew with tasty hops. I think I prefer the standard IPA version better. Although itís fun experiencing the impact the Belgian yeast strain creates.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Bottle. Poured a hazy yellow/gold with a three finger white head. Aroma of pine and floral hops. Flavor is grapefruit and candied sugar. Very different beer than I’ve ever had.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheRealBastard (145) - The-No, California, USA - SEP 25, 2008
Gracias WeeHeavy! Yellowish body with pleanty of white head. Nose is pine and taste is all grapefruit for me. Pure grapefuit with a nice hoppy touch on the tounge before going down. This is more of a sipping IPA, not a session. Another solid brew from Stone.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ilovedarkbeer (2286) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 24, 2008
Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a yellow somewhat honey esque color. Nose is flowers, violets, cloves, and apples. Taste is bazooka joe bubble gum, yeast, and finishes fairly dry and slightly bitter. Very different interpretation of the IPA style.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2008
UPDATED: MAR 18, 2011 Bottle thanks to Bu11zeye. Pours a clear deep gold with white fluffy head. Aroma of hoppy citrus, horse blanket, a bit wild and malt. Flavor is very much the same with a hoppy bite and nice fruit notes. Mouth feel is medium body with lively carbonation. Good stuff!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Odeed (1776) - Bakersfield, California, USA - SEP 23, 2008
nice looking translucent yellow body with a white head that leaves lacing.the aroma is a mix of orange ice cream,belgian yeat,and spices.flavor is much of teh same with some lemon peel and hops in the finish.very nice stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (3977) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - SEP 21, 2008
I’m drinking this right on the heels of the Mikkeller/Alesmith collaboration and the new Vertical Epic. I have to say, all three are very similar. This one is not as "candy" intense at the Epic, and not as dry as the collaboration, but of a family tree that is not hard to detect. Same yeasts? The yeast here tells all. It masks the IPA so that a blind taste would call this a Tripel. It is a Tripel, a light Tripel. The IPA is very hidden.


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