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RATINGS: 1444   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Bottle thanks to and shared with FunkyBrewster. Pours a clear yellow golden, looks more like a pilsner/lager, thin dense creamy white froth on top. Super piney resiny sappy spicy aroma, hint of sugary honey, really smells like ST Krampus, very green. Super resiny flavor with a very light maltiness, lightly woody, christmas tree like, light fruitiness. Again, similar to Krampus. Medium/light bodies with smooth creamy carbonation, lighter mouthful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Barrios (1243) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 11, 2009
Bottle with Butters at the First Cellar Reduction. Pours a white head and dark gold color body. Fruity hop nose. Floral hop flavor with a balanced malty body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade with dkachur. Pours a hazy gold with a moderate linen white head that lasted until the end of the glass and left partial lace. Very pleasant aroma of oranges, lemons and Belgian yeast. There is some malt in the flavor initially, however this is quickly washed over by bitter grapefruit hops and some mild Belgian yeast lurking in the background. The flavor is less fruity than the aroma suggests. Bitter and dry at the finish. An interesting interpretation of the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nhorween (645) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bomber. Gold color with a tight white head and excellent lacing. Apricoty IPA aroma, light citrus, and spicy. Definite belgian character in the sweetness. Fairly tame hop aroma as far as stone is concerned. Thereís a sweet fresh herbal smell there also. Drinks much more like a typical IPA. Bitter grapefruity hops, little sweetness, light bodied. I enjoyed the aroma much more than the flavor. But, an enjoyable beer overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (11683) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2009
Bottle from Riverís Bend. Poured golden color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate sour citrus hop and pepper aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy spicy bittersweet finish of medium duration. This is a standout brew and very good for style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (2771) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JAN 9, 2009
22oz bottle in a Remy Martin snifter. Color is clear orange/golden. Aroma is aggressively hopped with aromas of sweet bubblegum and some citrus. Taste has more bitterness than the aroma leads one to think and overly less bountiful hop flavor. Has a lightly oily and resiny hop finish. I did not really pick up any of the Belgian yeast aspects, and it seemed very filtered. But decent type of all hop brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sauceyhops (104) - carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bottle from the brewery. Pours amber with a good 1 finger, white head. The aroma is of bread and citrusy-pine. The mouthfeel is pretty complex. It has the smoothness of a belgian and the bite of an ipa. It balances out pretty nicely and the bready-malt flavors compliment the more abrasive hop flavors. pretty good brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Shared at tjthreshís house - Aroma is floral hops with tripel yeast, lemon and orange peel. Pours transparent gold with a small head and good lacing. Flavor matches aroma. Palate is tart and creamy. Tasty and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
jujubeast6000 (854) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2009
Reviewed 12/30/2008(Draft @ Stone Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA): Pours an amber orange color body. Small creamy snow white head, diminishing. Fruity hoppy aroma. Fruity, grapefruity taste. Some hoppy dryness on the aftertaste. Some carbonation. Some fruity bitterness. Nice taste, Belgiany and hoppy. Light fruit taste, maybe pear or something. Creamy palate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brigg (533) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 8, 2009
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2010 Date: 1/8/2009: (bottle) Clear light orange body and a medium white head with lots of lace. Aroma is strong with floral and fruity notes - orange, grapefruit, pine, wood, spice. Flavor is moderately sweet but also very bitter - it seems to undulate between the two, which is kinda odd but cool. Medium bodied. Date: 7/26/2010: (bottle) Hazy body. Also lots of banana in the nose. Same bitter, citrus hops. The Belgian style, while evident in the flavor, is much more pronounced in the aroma. Iím really liking these Belgian-IPA beers - recently had Terrapinís Monkís Revenge. The Stone is significantly more of an IPA (more bitter) than the Terrapin.

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