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RATINGS: 1690   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
weaselkenievil (1608) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
Bottle. Copper / amber with white head. Love that Belgian yeast smell. More sweet with lower bitterness than a usual IPA but enjoyed this a lot. Nice sweet car mel flavour with a fresh spice and hop thing. Quite a dry long finish. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - AUG 25, 2009
THOUGHTS: I think they did a better job with this than Victory did with Wild Devil. These Belgian style IPAs are really fun, because we get to taste a new style as it is being created. Not as good as I think these beers will be in a few years, but very nice. Still nowhere near as good as Green Flash Le Freak. More and more of the IPA shines through as it warmed. TECHNICAL: Bottle. Mine was labeled Belgiê. Poured a clear, medium orangey copper like a new penny with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished but kept a decent sheet for a while and left excellent lacing. The aroma was very light caramel malt, light to moderate pine hops, and some barnyard, earthy, dusty yeast. The initial flavor was rather sweet, bitter and acidic; while the finish was sweet, acidic, very bitter and fairly sour with and average to long duration. There was caramel malt, pine and citrus hops, funky, sour yeast, and leather. The light to medium body was very dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly metallic, slightly chalky and moderately astringent finish.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
crashcarr (5) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 24, 2009 does not count
Lovely take on the Stone IPA brewed with Belgian yeast that adds a more citrus light flavor and sweetness that balances the bitterness of the "Stone" hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7034) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2009
Bouteille de 22 oz achetée chez Beverage Warehouse (Winooski, VT). Arôme: Odeur d’agrumes et de conifères avec une pointe de caramel. Apparence: La couleur est blonde légèrement voilée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût d’agrumes et de pins avec une pointe d’épices. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement huileuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Arrière goût légèrement houblonné. (Rating #2602)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
IndianaRed (3743) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottel pours a clear light yellow-beige. Thin off white fine head. Big aroma of Belgian spicy funkiness and citrusy hops. A little bit of gym socks. Flavor is planty bitter IBUs ala STONE. Fairly light feel with a mild carbonation. Decent lingering bitterness. This is definatly what I would think of if Stone made a belgian ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BuckeyeBoy (5857) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2009
Bottle Pours out a light gold topped with a white head. Aroma of pine and citrus hops a little belg funk. Taste to sweet caramel hops plenty of citrus bitterness. Along with the belg yeast. Thanks IndianaRed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pinkzambia (1803) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Bottle compliments of Indiana Red: Clear gold with white ring head. This reminds me of Urthel’s Hop It, but way better. The aroma is a battle between huge hops and funky Belgian yeast. The flavor has a flowery hop taste with an English Breakfast tea aftertaste. Smooth and thin finish which leaves a solid hop coating on your tongue. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
Sonicdescent (384) - Donora, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 22, 2009
Pours a very nice yellow/golden color with a decent fluffy white head and nice carbonation out of my Sam Adams Sensory glass. Smell is of the typical pine and citrus hops with a belgian yeast character of breadiness. Taste is closer to a tripel than any IPA, it isn’t very hoppy but obviously that’s a part of the style. Has small hints of spice and clove. Mouth is medium and carbonation is high. Probably wouldn’t get this one again, but it was nice to try this once.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhHoppyDay (9) - USA - AUG 21, 2009 does not count
APPEARANCE: A beautiful bright orange beer, with a beautiful white foamy head. AROMA: A noticeably hoppy scent, citrusy – grapefruity or lemony – with a slight yeasty, spicy note. FLAVOR: The hop smell comes through in a hoppy California IPA sort of way. Very citrusy hops, very little malt or sweetness, which I expected from the “Belgique” side. The PALATE: Medium-bodied, balanced but hoppy. As it got to room temp in the glass the malt seemed to start to peak its head in, and it finished nicely. It was just creamy and complex, as I would expect from a Belgian, but just thin enough that I could take a few down like an IPA. NOTES: The only regret I have surrounding this beer is that I only picked up one bottle. There wasn’t anything I didn’t like about this. I could get into some trouble if I had a keg of this laying around. I’m not a hugely crazy Belgian fan, truth be told I haven’t made it a point to really try a whole lot of Belgians, but this was just IPA enough that I could put more that a few down and be happy. I think I usually find the Belgians to be too rich for my taste, but this was more of a medium body and just rich enough that it was a joy to drink.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dchmela (3008) - Orlando, Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden amber with a thick white head. Super citrus hop aroma (Centennial hops?) just bursting out of the glass with some malt sweetness and Belgian esthers, peppery notes. Light crisp malt body with a big citrus, Belgian funk and tart dry body. A unique twist on a Stone classic.

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