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RATINGS: 1647   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 77   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2009
Draft. Pours a hazy gold with a small, foamy white head. The head has solid staying power. The nose is an interesting mix of hops featuring soap, oranges, yeast, and floral notes. Medium-high carbonation with a medium-light mouthfeel. The palate seems to be similar to the nose with a good dose of bittering hops thrown in. Floral notes, oranges, and yeast on the tongue. Some pineapple and fruitiness emerge as the beer warms. Medium-long finish with some lingering hop bitterness. For me this one was unique, but not as great as either might be alone. Sort of a 1+1=1.75.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JUL 25, 2009
On tap. Clear deep golden with a creamy off-white head that leave broad curtains of lacework. Aroma of yeast and fruit. Medium body, very fruity, some yeast. Late comes some citrusy hops that leave a dry finish with a light bitterness. A rare US/Belgo hybrid, that actually works. 070709

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2009
hoppy, cascade hops, resinous hops, pine, tart zest. a very but good sweetness, that i assume is the belgian aspect to it. yeasty aftertaste.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 24, 2009
Tap @ OBF... Poured orange with a thick white head, nice retention. Hoppy aroma. Well carbonate and foamy palate. Hoppy up front with a leafy, herbal character. Crisp finish. Well balanced with malts. A zesty yeast character that gives at the Belgian feel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 22, 2009
22oz bomber (Best by 09 05 09) served in a shaker. This beer poured a glowing amber with a light haze and a lasting one-finger thick head of beige foam. Excellent lacing. The aroma had tangerines, tropical fruit, and pine accented by some spicy and fruity yeast esters. Also some strong toffee and graham cracker. The flavor had crisp citrus and tropical fruit on top of strong graham cracker. Also a bit of pepper and spicy yeast. A nice, even bitterness. Medium-bodied mouthfeel with light carbonation. The yeast definately brings some tripel characteristics into the mix, but the heavy-handed hopping leaves no doubt that this is an IPA. I like it.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - JUL 21, 2009
golden pour slight fizzy head. fruity hops and some subtle yeast and spice. Very fruity backbone - peach and nectar - hoppy and nice bitter finish. nice and refreshing. very good.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Clear amber pour with a small white head. Aroma relates quite nicely to the commercial description; very reminiscent of Stone IPA, with citrus, nectar, and floral notes, but that addition of the yeast is subtle but evident, with a definite spiciness. Flavor is similar to the aroma, and wonderful- apricot, citrus and floral hop, and a bit of caramel malt. Really nice palate, drinks absurdly well. I really dig this brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours with a similar foam and bead to base beer. This girl wears the same perfume as her sister, the nose is piney and somewhat sticky. Ah, a touch of soft fruit emerges. It softens the usual clipped malt structure, almost a touch of cream and banana gum perhaps? Am I making that up? The hop and malt, are in deft balance, even for the hop-forward style of the brewery. I think this places well in the pantheon of Stone Brews. But, I should recommend trying this in tandem with original to polarize the differences. Had this slightly Chilled in a large Pinot Noir glass. Should provide nice porch enjoyment. 90

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
On tap 6/25 @ Stone Brewing & World Bistro: Pours a clear golden color with a medium off-white heat. Has a sweet fruit aroma and sour flavor that finishes dry and bitter.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Medium gold pour with a creamy white head which quickly settles leaving lots of lacing. Smells of pine, peach, some pear. Slight sour favor with predominate bitter hops. Dry floral finish with clove coming through. Crisp feel with a full body..


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