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RATINGS: 1419   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2008
bottle thanks again to Kan for sharing. pours hazy gold with white head, nose of spice, herbal, floral, and phenolic. flavor has some spice, herbs, flowers, dough, a bit sticky body with some bitterness in the finish. decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (9113) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Thanks to Homerwantsbeer for sharing a growler from the brewpub. This brew is a clear pale yellow color with a minimal bone white head that recedes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. The aroma is citrusy hops and yeast along with some spices. Medium body with sweet yeast, citrus and hops flavors. The finish is alternatingly yeasty and hoppy, with a resiny hops aftertaste. Sometimes you strike gold when you try something like this, and sometimes you crash and burn. While this beer falls somewhere between those extremes, I always appreciate that Stone is willing to try new beers like this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hank1980 (963) - Athens, Georgia, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle from Joey at South Bay. Pours gold clear with a huge white head. Aroma of fruit, yeast, faint hop. Taste is a little different, kind of like a tripel with hop. This seems to be a trendy style right now, and this was probably my least favorite of all yeasty hoppy beers I’ve had. LeFreak is much better IMO. This beer tasted a little soapy. Not too appealing. Mouth is like a tripel, very light. Finish is mildly bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
puzzl (3254) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
1L growler provided by JoeMcPhee. Pale pour, highly filtered. Nice, tropical fruity aroma, lychee and mango and banana and such, but there is a brutal rubbing alcohol bit on the late aroma. Bleh. Only lightly Belgian in the flavor, a touch of noticable yeast, but mostly just a light, fruity hoppy sweetness. Not very distinct.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
Bottle: (Thanks Mike!) Orange pour with good clarity and a thin off white head. Aroma is a nice blend of American resiny hops and Belgian yeast esters.Mix of oranges, pine and bubblegummy yeast notes. Creamy on the palate. The flavor is bright with a nice resiny and fruity hop character of orange, subtle peach, brief Belgian yeast phenols and a bitter clean finish. Solid and very drinkable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9999) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2008
Ghastly overpriced 22 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA and shared with Alraomon, cdumler and Mark the bartender, who seems like a cool guy. Pours a clear orange color with a medium frothy head. Low head retention but nice lacing. Aroma of grassy hops, pear, strone fruits, caramel and mint. Very dry taste with notes of bubblegum, grassy and bitter hops, spiciness and breadiness. Full bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brewsmith (148) - Torrance, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
From a growler filled at Stone today. Aroma is hoppy and phenolic. Appearance is a deep gold with a big fluffy white head. Hop flavor and fruitiness from the yeast. Grainy malt flavor. Bitter, dry with a clean finish. An interesting twist on their regular IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theis (14088) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - OCT 30, 2008
Draught at Falling Rock Taphouse.Clear amber - white head. Coriander, fruity, apples, peppery, sweetness, nice hoppy, bitterness, high bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Fresh bomber. Pours mostly clear and medium orange-amber in color. A frothy, cream colored head shows a nice, bubbly retention at the edge. Jagged, sticky rings of lacing circle the glass. Aromas include citrus blossoms, bitter orange peel, fresh cut grass, and estery light fruits. A distinctly Belgian, doughy yeast note is prominent throughout, as is a touch of coriander and peppery spice. Flavors continue this theme, bright, fresh citrus hop bitterness shining throughout, with sharp coriander and clove and a dry, fruity yeast profile. The palate is medium-bodied and semi-dry, with balanced carbonation and a lingering, grassy hop finish. This trend of American IPA’s done with Belgian yeast isn’t one I’m a big fan of, but this one is well executed and highly enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AmEricanbrew (6181) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 28, 2008
Brilliant clear amber with no head. Bizzarre aroma is piney hops with clove coriander sweet spice. Medium body. Flavor is mainly malty grainy caramel with clove and coriander again, with a taste of floral hops. The Belgian wins the battle of styles in this brew.

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