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RATINGS: 1317   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 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 5, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2009 Tasted at Pacific Park Market in Aliso Viejo and brought a bottle home: Nice looking golden pour with a frothy white head. Very nice aroma of sweetness. I liked the balance between the belgian candy sweetness and the IPA hoppiness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
22oz bottle. Poured a med. gold color, white head. Smells orangy/hoppy kind of weird, but in a good way. Very interesting flavor, nice hoppiness with that belgian character in the backround, very tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
StefanSD (2084) - Lakeside, California, USA - SEP 4, 2008
650 ml bottle from Bev4less. Pours a translucent copper color with a big sudsy white head that leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is moderate with Belgian yeasts, mild hops and sweet fruits. The taste is sweet with rock candy, bananas, and wheat--followed up by moderately biter hops. The mouthfeel was full and malty. The finish was long, dry and biter. Overall: A very enjoyable concoction, but as far as Belgian style IPA’s go, I much preferred Coronado’s Hoppy Daze.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bsierra (213) - Vista, California, USA - AUG 29, 2008
Had on tap at Stone World Bistro. Pours hazy orange amber hue with a creamy white head. Aroma is that of citrus and Begian yeast notes. It had a medium bodied and nice refreshing texture. Initial flavor of pale belgian wheat malts with a nice amount sweetness. Mid palate is clovey with a hint of white pepper and hops. Finish was crisp and was an excellent match with my Buffalo Burger and garlic mashed potato.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2008
Draft @ Stone, RBSG. Cloudy yellow-orange with a thin broken white head. Aroma reminiscent of a wit with some spice and banana phenols, plus a moderate earthy hoppiness is behind it. Light astringent notes. Decent hop strength to it than some other recent Belgian IPAs. Different in the sense they have some other Belgian characters besides simply using a Belgian yeast strain.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - AUG 23, 2008
Draft @ Stone bistro. Pours golden with white head. Aroma of hops and spice. Mild hops with yeasty flavor. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
hopscotch (8848) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Draft... RBSG Ď08... Cloudy golden ale with a mid-sized, creamy, white head. Good retention. Fruity, phenolic aroma provides spicy hops with notes of banana, clove and bubblegum. Medium-bodied with fizzy carbonation. Tilts toward the bitter side of balance with medium to heavy hop bitterness alongside a banana ester, clove phenol and alcohol warmth. Finishes crisp, bitter and spicy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
travita (3856) - Frisco, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2008
On tap at the brewery. Yellow to golden in color with a light white head. Aromas of floral and citrus hops, definete belgian like aroma, fruits, and spices. Taste is fruits, spices, medium bitterness, and bubbly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - AUG 15, 2008
Tasted on tap at Stone Bistro during the 08 RBSG. This Belgian Ale pours a slightly hazy medium orange gold color from the tap. Small sized white foamy head. The aroma is fruity and sweet, yeasty with some citrusy hops. A medium bodied Belgian Ale. The malts are fruity and estery, lots of orange of citrus. The hops are citrusy and floral. Kind of hoppy for a Belgian ale. Nice lively carbonation. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7833) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 13, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2008 On tap. Pours with an long lasting off-white head that leaves good lacing. Chill hazed amber body. Smell is bananas, spices, hops and bubble gum. Taste is a nice spicey hoppiness, some sugar, and light alcohol on the finish. Very nice. Creamy mouthfeel, with sharp light bubbles. After having this beer in a bottle (thanks to bu11zeye), I find that the beer loose a bit in the tap to bottle transition. Hops die down quite a bit and the sugars and yeast come moree to the forefront. I would only rate the bottle version a 3.8.

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