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RATINGS: 1554   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   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
nearbeer (4382) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2009
Bomber at the Spring Cleansin’. This one was sampled deep into the cleansin’, so my notes just have my numbers and the word "bubblegum" written down twice. That usually means fruity-spicy and maybe some notes of wheat. I remember some citrus and resin, and that I thought it was pretty good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5501) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a perfectly clear gold body with a one inch fizzy white head that receded to a thin film. Lots of lacing from this one. The nose is citrusy hops with just a little bit of a belgian yeast influence, A bit of a soapy note below the tangerine and hops. The taste is a bit medicinal and floral for my liking. Reminds me of when you eat the decorative orchid that they place on your plate at wedding receptions (they wouldn’t put it on the plate if you weren’t supposed to eat it right?). Not a whole lot of Belgian character to it, but there’s a certain sweetness on the back end along with some fruity and spicy notes that remind me a bit that this is a Belgian inspired effort. Seems like there should be some yeastiness going on here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly sticky and clingy finish and fizzy pinpoint champagne like carbonation. Overall, this was OK, but very much pales in comparison to a lot of the other Belgian IPAs (See Bullfrog Houblonium P38).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11670) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - MAR 9, 2009
22oz bottle-pours an off white head that laces and gold color. Aroma is perfumy, sweet citrus-orange/lemon/grapefruit/pine. Taste is perfumy, sweet citrus-orange/lemon/grapefruit/pine and herbal hops, light malt, dry, yeast, some pepper. OK effervescence. Thanks decaturstevo for sharing this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 8, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2009 Bottle. Pours clear amber with a nice frothy off-white head. Aroma is mostly Belgian, spicy yeast and candi sugar, with a little bit of citrusy hops if you smell hard enough. The flavor starts off with the Belgian bubblegum sweetness but the hops take over and the finish is pretty good. Interesting stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chrism86 (294) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - MAR 7, 2009
Interesting idea, no reason why it shouldnt work well. Pours golden orange body with a nicely packed off white head. Straight-up the nose is more belgian than US. Fruit present but tending to peach and lemon more so than grapfruit and apricot. Palate translates well, milder fruit present early with only a touch of caramel malt. Medium-high hop bitterness drives us back into US territory. Quite good. The use of belgian yeast tones down the usual overt sweetness and pine hop notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ethereal (2417) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Bottle from Utobeer, shared at home with Mes, 27th Feb 2009. Golden amber with a big white head. Sublime floral aroma. Good flavours - fruit, soft malts, varied hops. Nice palate. Really impressive stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pineypower (2833) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Bottle from EZ. To me beers like this are the best of both worlds, I’m a huge Belgian fan and a huge IPA fan, so this works. Pours out a slightly orange, light copper color with a small to moderate white head. Aroma is of floral and citrus hops, fruit and slight spice notes. Taste is complex with a good balance of both worlds, citrus, piney hops go with some sweet fruity malt notes, dry finish. Another winner from stone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - MAR 5, 2009
I didn’t know Stone brewed IPA’s. Wow, news to me. This one has been sitting in my fridge for long enough, I finally decided to drink it. The aroma is more of a perfumey floral hop scent, not spicy or too citrus-y. It has a kinda sugary scent in there (almost bubble-gum like). The flavor is really smooth and full of sweetness and bitterness. Again, there is this sugary flavor to it, more like candy. But with the hop characteristic... it all works out pretty nice. A good mingling of styles.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ben4321 (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Location: Tried this one out of a 22 at RFDs. Jan ’09

Overall Impression: This one was really tasty, though I’d expect nothing less from the boys at Stone. A Cali IPA made with Belgian hops? Yes, please! An excellent experiment.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
decaturstevo (5586) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2009
Golden pour with a hint of orange with a creamy off white head and lace. Citrus, cinnamon, pine, and perfume on the nose. Abv, citrus hops, clove, semi sweet malt on the flavor. A bit aggressive on the carbonation. Very unusual and interesting beer with a nice bitter.

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