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RATINGS: 1719   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Block (2207) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
Gold-orange pour with a white head. Aroma is sweet, mostly citrus and hops. Flavor is balanced between the malts and hops. Great citrus hops flavor with a nice bitterness at the finish. Very good but not as potent as I expected. Decent alcohol content which is masked very well. Almost sessionable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
grandet (501) - Scranton, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 3, 2009
bottle from jessup plaza. Poured a golden color with a nice big white head. Aroma of hops, bread, clove, banana. Taste is well balanced hops with lots of nice candy sweetness. Nice and dry at the end. I like this alot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2009
Bottle from Whole Foods (Tampa, FL). Pours a hazy dark golden color with one finger white head that settles slowly. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of honey, wheat, grass, light floral esters, light floral hops. Flavor is sweet and floral with notes of honey, caramel, pine, light citrus/grapefruit, floral hops. Generally light to medium body with a floral hop finish.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - AUG 29, 2009
This is an interesting combination of an IPA and a Belgium golden ale. The hops predominate, but there is an underlying bready flavoring.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - AUG 29, 2009
bottle, courtesy of Dennis Flynn at Lily’s NYC. off-white creamy head, lightly hazy yellow golden body. aroma is light grapefruit rind, sweet crystal malt, and some faint banana. flavor is piney hop, some earthy malt, and a rounded citrusy bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2009
This beer was very good. It reminded me of a slightly more expensive and harder to get version of Bell’s Two Hearted. This isn’t meant as faint praise - I love Two Hearted, common though it may be. A golden yellow with a bright white head that quickly fades to a scummy coating. A light but sweet citrus aroma backed by a good framework of maltiness. Flavor is more hop citrus, and delicious. Mouthfeel is pretty light and not at all sticky. Really good, but I’m not sure it is worth the trouble for those of us here in the Midwest.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Crit (3820) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 28, 2009
Hazy gold,fast fading white head.Lt cat piss nose.Spicy yeast start,piney hop mid,lasting citrus/bitter hop end. Interesting !!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Pours gold amber w/ thick white head. Aroma is delicious hoppiness with a balancing touch of caramel malt. Flavor was much maltier than I was expecting with a bitter grassy hop finish. Body is a bit weak. Wish the hop flavor was more pronounced and delicious.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beeronaut (176) - Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - AUG 27, 2009
FIRSTLY: What’s with all the mediocre ratings for this beer? Is it just simply because it shows finesse and restraint? This is as good as any other Stone IPA I have tried! And they all get 4+ each to their own I suppose. Well, oh my, this is a tasty treat. I had my doubts about this (God, I do NOT know why...) but I did I should learn to trust more in Stone Brewing Co’s consistency. Not only am I pleasantly relieved, but I think I may have found one of my favourite Stone beers to date! It looks perfect in the glass, glowing rich golden with a fat creamy almost pure white head standing two fingers high. The aroma! The aroma is sweet, with grapefruit, herbs and the faintest - but most definite - trace of Belgian yeast reminiscent of Saison yeast or Westmalle Tripel. The flavour is excellent, classic Stone, somewhere between their Levitation pure blood grapefruit and their IPA... but then, whats this? in comes the clear flavour of a belgian beer, once again reminding me of the aftertaste from a sip of Westmalle tripel or perhaps Saison Dupont, this comes in very pleasantly tempering the full on Hop attack and mellowing it to a creamy grapefruit/cream cocktail. It is soft and voluptuous in the mouth, it looks as if it’s going to be overly effervescent but no, it’s creamy and mouth filling, defying your preconceptions when looking at it in the glass. The beer takes you o a journey of the best parts of Stone’s hop science then into sweet, herbal, spicy, citrusy, Belgian territory, finishing on a refreshing relatively bitter end with notes of resin, soap and Belgian yeast, balanced like I say with a burnt candy/sugar sweetness hovering over the death of the flavour. Stupendous people! This beer rocks. It is a great all year rounder, but especially brilliant on this sunny warm day. I will state - though there is probably no need - but as is to be expected the alcohol is kept low in the mix and well hidden. Bravo!!!

3.6
   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.


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