Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap

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RATINGS: 1657   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheBeerGod (5920) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 30, 2009 Bottle. Orange amber pour. Short white head leaves spotty lacing on the tulip glass. Aroma is big floral hops, citrus oils, orange peel, sweet malt, yeast notes and light spice. Almost some ginger as well. Taste is strong floral hops, citrus juice, orange zest, yeast notes, light caramel, sweet malt and spices. Body is medium with a full carbonation. Ends with more flowery hops, orange peel, grapefruit juice, yeast and sweet malt. OK, but not really my cup of tea.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - JUN 27, 2009
The pour is golden-orange, with a floral, grapefruit, hoppy aroma. The taste has a medium hops bite, with a flowery, alcohol, and not real exciting yeast flavor. Sadly, this didn’t impress me very much. I might have been expecting too much from Stone, though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
JonnyC22 (164) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JUN 25, 2009
Floral, very floral. Tastes like grapefruit and azaleas. Probably nice with cheese. Alcohol not very well hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nerdrocker101 (102) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2009
A orange-golden pour with a lingering thin white head. A citrus fruit and floral aroma. More citrus fruits in the taste with some sweet yeasty notes and lite spice on the back end. This is not the big brew I expected it to be, but it certainly doesn’t disappoint.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2775) - California, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Yellow orange in color... Aroma of floral and citrus hops... Flavor has a distinct Belgian flavor of citrus and yeast like a blonde, but a nice crisp flavor with a gently bitter finish... Like the style.. Very intrigued..

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
matt20102 (6) - Michigan, USA - JUN 21, 2009 does not count
Pours copper-gold with a thick, lasting head. Aroma of grapefruit and citrus. Taste of bitter orange and grapefruit (cascade hops) but not overpowering (like Ruination). By flavor, it’s unmistakably a Stone brew but is generally quite pleasant. Well carbonated but without excess carbonation- this beer would pair very well with a burger and fries.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ron (3471) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 20, 2009
Pours copper with a thin white head that sticks around. Smells of citrus, fruity, melons, some soapy hints. Flavor of citrus and some underlying earthiness and a light spicy finish. Some IPA’s are alittle too hoppy for my taste, but this one is so different that I really enjoyed it. Thanks JB.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnovacanes (61) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2009
Appearance: medium reddish gold with orange as well; white head with pretty good head stand; clear Aroma: the distinction from straight American IPAs from yeast is more pronounced than expected; lots of citrus fruit, predominantly; much stronger yeast presence than usual; not necessarily bad Flavor: lovely balance; lots of citrus, fruity hops from America; Belgian yeast provides more of a supporting role on the palate, but it supports nicely!; malt flavor is low; not an over-the-top bitterness; nicely kept under control and in balance with the rest of the flavors Palate: smooth with moderate carbonation; medium-light bodied; without too much astringency

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5737) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 18, 2009
Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of slightly bitter hops with a light fruity yeast. Taste is also dominated by some light fruity ester with some dry hoppy notes and some neutral malt in the background. Body is full for style with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well done thought there is some better example for this style with better balance between yeast and hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2829) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUN 17, 2009
Picked up this bottle in Ohio. Didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly surprised. Why, don’t know, Stone has never disappointed me. Heavy heavy grapefruit and pine aroma, fresh hops basically. Clear, gold appearance with fine lacing. Palate is art. Apricot, wheat, bubble gum, awesome interesting and complex there is more going on there. Nice middle part, velvety, then finishes dry.

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