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RATINGS: 1681   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Clear amber pour with a small white head. Aroma relates quite nicely to the commercial description; very reminiscent of Stone IPA, with citrus, nectar, and floral notes, but that addition of the yeast is subtle but evident, with a definite spiciness. Flavor is similar to the aroma, and wonderful- apricot, citrus and floral hop, and a bit of caramel malt. Really nice palate, drinks absurdly well. I really dig this brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bigsilky (327) - Charleston, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Pours with a similar foam and bead to base beer. This girl wears the same perfume as her sister, the nose is piney and somewhat sticky. Ah, a touch of soft fruit emerges. It softens the usual clipped malt structure, almost a touch of cream and banana gum perhaps? Am I making that up? The hop and malt, are in deft balance, even for the hop-forward style of the brewery. I think this places well in the pantheon of Stone Brews. But, I should recommend trying this in tandem with original to polarize the differences. Had this slightly Chilled in a large Pinot Noir glass. Should provide nice porch enjoyment. 90

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - JUL 19, 2009
On tap 6/25 @ Stone Brewing & World Bistro: Pours a clear golden color with a medium off-white heat. Has a sweet fruit aroma and sour flavor that finishes dry and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GardenGabe (137) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Medium gold pour with a creamy white head which quickly settles leaving lots of lacing. Smells of pine, peach, some pear. Slight sour favor with predominate bitter hops. Dry floral finish with clove coming through. Crisp feel with a full body..

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 15, 2009
Bomber into a pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small, rocky, cream head that has very good retention and leaves some good lacing. Very nice aroma of honey, grapefruit, herbal hops, caramel, Pina Colada! Taste is heavy on the piney and resiny hops and then quickly turns to a dry, cardboard, Brazil nut, bitter finish but with the Belgian yeast aspect making it very similar to a weizenbock. I think the combination of Belgian yeast with my third favorite IPA of all time sounds like a shoe-in for one of my favorite beers. But this really disappoints. I wish that Stone went all out and made a true, hoppy weizenbock with a big rather than subtle yeast presence. I know there is an unflitered version of this but it likewise has obtained low scores.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - JUL 13, 2009
Bomber into pint glass. Nice light golden pour with an enticing and dense white head that holds and laces respectably. The aroma is all belgian - belgian yeast, banana, and cloves, like a wit. Only a hint of hops on the aroma. Definitely more hops on the flavor than the aroma. Tastes like an over-hopped (given the traditional guidelines) belgian wit or maybe a german hefe. Dry resinous finish. It takes a while to get used to, since it is two conflicting flavors combined, but it is pretty enjoyable on the whole. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Overall: interesting and pleasant.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Caramel orange with a thin white cover. Aroma is pine, spicy, grassy, sweet malt. Taste is again spicy, pleasant pine resin, bitter, sweet malt, caramel, yeast spicy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 11, 2009
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of hops, Belgian yeast, pollen, slight dish-soap, and a hints of coconut and bubblegum. Poured amber/gold in color with a medium-sized, creamy, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Very good lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of hops, Belgian yeast, pollen, pine, slight fruit, and some bubblegum. Light to medium body. Slightly sticky, lightly dry texture. Average carbonation. Hops, yeast, and pollen finish. I’m disappointed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CamdenD (1181) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 11, 2009
Very strong, grassy and not overwhelmingly hoppy, IPA. Stone has done well here to make something without a mallet. Nice job.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - JUL 9, 2009
Draught at the Stone Company Store, thanks to Phil (I had to get something extra for asking all of those intelligent questions on the tout, right?). Fruity and yeasty aroma with bubblegum and banana evident. This shows up in the flavor as well, but the rest is all Stone IPA. Nice, but not quite as good as the original.

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