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RATINGS: 1325   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
alexanderj (3311) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 17, 2008
Bottle; nice looking pour. Golden, copper with a medium sized, slightly creamy head. Aroma was definitely of belgian yeast, spice, banana and grapefruit. Something a bit strange about it, but not bad. Definitely hit what they were going for in the flavor profile; alot of belgian yeast and banana up front, some sweetness which gives way to the grassy, citrus hop finish. That being said, despite really liking those two flavor components, they don’t seem to compliment eachother for me. This is probably about as high of a rating I’d give a beer of this kind, so in sum they did a good job.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
Draft. Amber beer with a whitish head. PNW hop aroma with some underlying spice. Grapefruit, pine, and some summer fruit hop flavor that melds nicely with the yeasty spiciness. Medium body. Lingering hop and yeast. Bitterness is pretty good and doesn’t take it too out of whack for the Belgian influences.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
padrefan98 (854) - (San Diego) Santee, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
Bottle purchased at Beverages for Less in Santee. A very nice IPA. Lots of bubbles and a nice head. Flavors of hops and some pine as well. Very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 17, 2008
On tap at Hamiltons. Pours wtih a copper body topped by a thick head with a good amount of lacing left behind. It’s slightly sweet and yeasty wtih an underlying grassy and piney hop note as well as a hint of malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9686) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 14, 2008
On tap @ City Beer poured a clear golden amber with a small lasting offwhite head. Aromas of fruittiness, yeast, light pine, light carmel and a bit of vanilla. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of carmel, fruittiness,yeast and light pine with a smooth lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HopheadHans (804) - Bay Area, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Tap at CityBeer. Pours with a copper color and a nice frothy head. Aroams of pine that are intermigled with a slightly bready note. Flavors are very nice: some definite grapefruit and pine and hoppiness with the Belgian yeast giving it a nice smoothness and some bready flavors. Probably more Cali than Belgian but not far off from a Chouffe say.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Draught. Nose is buttery with citrus notes and a mild spiciness. Clear gold with active carbonation up to a thin white head. Flavor is magnificently balanced hop bitterness and yeast spiciness with a mildly sweet finish. Settles into a good spicy buttery flavor, balancing both intended elements of the beer. Drinks easy with a full-bodied palate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
paytoplay (146) - , California, USA - SEP 12, 2008
Very impressed with this brew on at SD Toronado. Like it’s labeled, very CA and Belg. Big dose of pine resin / sap. Hops are nice and the mid doens’t go so belgium aged hop sweet but still has a hint of it and the great texture. Would this possibly age?? Complex nose and maybe the carbination was a bit high? Nice complexity and mission accomplished as it felt 50/50 CA and Belg.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2008 Bottle from Casa De Oro Liquor. Medium amber in color. On the orange side. Fairly dry smelling peppery hoppiness with good amount of yeastiness in the nose as well. Peppery hops up front, followed by a smoothness from the Belgian Yeast. Has a little clove and banana. Finish is fairly bitter. Solid brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 11, 2008
On tap at Toronado San Diego with Katie. A beginning to a long evening of drinking down in North Park. I really like these Belgian-style IPA’s. Hazy yellow color with a fading white head that settles into a light ring. Lots of fresh bubblegum notes in the aroma. A big biscuit yeast base balances out the hops that linger on the back of the tongue. Very interesting character. It has the Cascade-Centennial attitude of regular Stone IPA, but with a cool yeasty twist. Almost like Chouffe Houblon, but more West-Coast with the hops. Finishes nice and easy.

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