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RATINGS: 1680   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.


3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - AUG 10, 2009
Sampled as part of a 22oz bottle. Pours light yellowish brown. A very crisp brew. Very little head on it. The aroma is very malty. A really interesting IPA but more like a strong ale. Pretty good brew and worth a try.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (12765) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2009
A golden IPA with a thin white head. Mix of C-hops, coriander, herbs and fruity esters in aroma. In mouth, very maltuy with good restrained c-hops, light spiced notes, more IPA than Belgian. Medium bodied. Tap at BCTC 2009

3.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gservo (23) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 7, 2009
This is a good, Turkey Sandwich beer, or a Grilled Chicken. It would also go well with Buffalo wings. Call me weird but Give me some Cold Green Apples and a bottle of this on a summers day, and I would be happy I has to Choose between and A normal IPA and a Belgian IPA, the Belgian would always win. I am not the biggest fan of IPA’s but I really did enjoy this

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jercraigs (9722) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 6, 2009
2009-08-01. Golden yellow body with a creamy beige head. (4+) Big hoppy aroma of green leafy hops. (7+) Flavour is also quite hoppy, modest resin with a melange of citrus touches. (7+) Smooth average plus palate. Pretty decent. On tap at BCTC 2009

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
slang (654) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - AUG 6, 2009
22 Funky, a completely different trip than the IPA. The fresh hop bite is very nice w/ the fruity Belgie yeast. It really brings more depth to the beer; the sugars taste a lot more Belgian... but they’re the same as the IPA?? Crazy brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (7021) - Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 3, 2009
on tap @ BCTC 2009. Perhaps my favorite of the 2 to 6 shift. Deeper golden pour. My second favorite in the style to Houblon Chouffe with the Belgian aspect is a bit more prounced. Yeasty belgian ness in the aroma along with that big Stone hop profile. Taste is somewhat hop dominated with the Belgian yeast cutting it down a tad. Extremely drinkable & mostly delicious. Come to Buffalo. Dennis Flynn are you listeneing??

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
WabashMan (1023) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2009
I really like the concept of this beer...but the execution doesn’t quite live up. The Belgian influence is most notable in the nose, but the more aggressive IPA flavors tend to dominate once it hits the mouth. I wouldn’t describe it as an "identical twin" to the Stone IPA, either. Much of the citrus flavor is lost on this one, presumably replaced by the Belgian influence. Still, very good. Just not quite up there with its cousin, the Stone IPA.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beernovice39 (3270) - Idaho, USA - JUL 31, 2009
IPAs are gaining in my appreciation of late and this is no exception! Copper/brown pour with light white head...little more complex in taste than thier standard IPA not sure what causes that but its good.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
trayns (246) - Beverly Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 30, 2009
Bomber. Pours a light golden color with a quick large white head. Aroma is large, with fruity yeast and hops being the most present. The taste is phenomenal. there is such a complex flavor of the hops and the big yeast character. It is almost a perfect balance of yeast and hops, as opposd to the usual malts and hops. This is quickly one of my favorites. It is a great twist on the IPA, there is the flavor and complexity of no other IPA. A wonderful drink all around.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JUL 28, 2009
Oregon Brew Fest: hazy light brown with white head, aroma just hops and malt, flavor pretty much just like their IPA with a little twist. still a great brew.


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