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RATINGS: 1366   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Pours a light amber orange, heavily carbonated, almost no head. Fruity aroma with floral hops, peach, and pine. Some hints of grass and nuts. Flavor: sharp hop bitterness followed by a nice bouquet of fruit, strawberries, peach, apricot, and a piny wood finish. Palate is smooth, balanced, and interesting. Drinking it at stone bistro really helps the experience.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rusty (1537) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Pours a golden color with a small white head. Aroma is sweet malt, belgian yeasts and some hops. Flavor is pineapple, lots of sweetness, citrus, spices, esthers, belgian yeasts with a hoppy finish. Interesting take on the style. Decent brew.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2008
Bottle. Golden in color. Strong Belgium yeast nose. Very interesting taste as the IPA fights back and forth with the Belgium. Very malty, and a nice sweetness that pokes out every few sips. Lots of yeast flavors, and some tough of pine. Different yet familiar flavors. Good beer!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2008
bottle from Naven. Not as good as I was expecting. A little musty. I just don’t think I’m a fan of the style.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Bottle thanks to doubleo. Pours a dark gold with white head. Hoppy and belgian yeast nose. Flavor has a good citurs bit up front with a lot of yeast and sweetness from the malt. Well balanced with a hoppy crisp finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyJ (4624) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 3, 2008
On tap and from growler. Pours a clear golden orange with creamy white head. Grapefruit, citrus, floral hops, banana, belgian yeast, and pepper. Very nice drinkable IPA with a twist.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Moosington (28) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
Bottle From Hi-Times. Pours a great copper-orange hue. Off white head with medium to solid lacing. Light hoppiness in the nose, moreso dominated by banana/citrus esters with a touch of spice and a belgian yeast finish. This beer accomplishes its end. Flavor profile starts with a heavily belgian golden ale tint, with a flavor akin to the nose. The hoppiness flows in and extends to the finish without too much of a lasting impression. Fantastic brew from Stone, maybe my favorite of theirs so far.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 2, 2008
bottle thanks to dad- pours golden with orange tints. big yellow tinted head, nose is intensely hoppy, orange, pineapple. but also some distinct yeastyness. my nose wasnt a hundred percent so it was kinda hard to gauge. taste was much the same with a hint of sweetness to balance the hoppyness. very good brew. i could drink like 20 of these happily.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11975) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
(22oz. bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of pineapple, peach, apricot, ripen banana, and clove. Flavor of pepper, coriander, crisp grassy hops, peach, orange peel, and Belgian yeast.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 11, 2013 22oz from WeeHeavySD - thanks, Jon! Lovely pour recalls typical Stone vibrant, yeasty orange brews. Nice creamy head and an appealing aroma of yeasty esters and tropical fruits with a bit of spice. The name does seem appropriate. Itís less hop-dominant than I was expecting, or at the very least has a different hop profile than one is accustomed to - take that, Stone haters. Not a typical banana and clove (blah blah) concoction but something like mild mango and grapefruit in there, nice and mellow rather than overpoweringly sweet. But whatís really appreciated is not only the subdued and well balanced flavors but the pleasant dry finish. A real treat.


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