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RATINGS: 1500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72   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.

KajII's rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2012
Bottle. The pour was a medium golden orange with a slight reddish hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that reduced to a thin film with a large collar, which offered up some fair spotty lacing. The aroma was of a grain malt, floral hops and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (orange peel) and possessed a mild fruity sweetness. The taste was a moderately bitter with a mildly malty sweet undertone and had a note of caramel from the beginning, with the finish having a much more pronounced bitterness with a nice strong yeasty flavor and a bitter citrus peel presence at the end. The flavor lingered for an extremely long time proceeding the swallow with a bold bitterness and a mild fruitiness left hanging around. Mouthfeel was a few shades beyond light in body with a dry and somewhat oily texture and a solid medium carbonation. Overall an IPA that was extremely hoppy. Although it was somewhat offset by the Belgian yeast, making it a smooth easy drinkable brew...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1172) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - AUG 31, 2015
From a 355ml bottle on 31/8/2015. Pours a clear golden with a small white head. The nose features lots of Belgian yeast and spice. In the mouth, there’s beady malt, more Belgian yeast, orange, lemon and spice, finished off by a big, lingering hop bitterness.Medium bodies with average carbonation. A very enjoyable, full on IPA variant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
foyle (325) - Wyoming, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass Appearance: pours a sudsy 1"+ white head that drops slowly with plenty of lacing. Color is golden-orange with tons of streaming carbonation. Aroma: distinctive with floral and citrus hops along with Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel: medium bodied, viscious and sticky with a mostly dry warming finish. Flavor: citrus, pine, white bread, brett yeast flavors and a spicy sweetness. Overall: interesting twist on an IPA

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AnokaBrewer (99) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2015
The aroma of both an IPA (hoppy) and the sweetness of a Belgian beer. Similar flavor, sweet at first from the Belgian, and then a bitter finish from the hops in the IPA portion. Not overly strong at 6.9% alcohol.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
CacheManyHose (402) - HONG KONG - AUG 29, 2015
From QC. Drank with Matt after AJ's birthday scavenger hunt. Clear light orange. Thin whitehead with big sudsy bubbles and spotty lacing. Smells of apple, lightly spiced fruity yeast, heavily grassy (hay, wood shavings) hop. Tastes of apple juice, lemon, citric yeast, woody yeast, light white pepper. More citric yeasty sourness in taste than aroma. A very nice example of a Belgian-style IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HKdIPA (470) - HONG KONG - AUG 29, 2015
Bottle (enjoy by 7/25/2015, thanks QClub) from QClub at home. Clear golden pour. Foamy frog eyes head. Aroma is what it says on the bottle - Belgian with spice and honey with pine hops. Taste follows - nicely balanced between the two. Certainly better than most "Belgian IPAs". Taste has some pine hops, good honey malt, Belgian yeastiness. Tasty. Not my favorite style but really nice nonetheless.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Alengrin (3401) - BELGIUM - AUG 28, 2015
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2015 Stone IPA fermented with a Belgian yeast strain, thanks to Beertemple’s Ster for keeping this one aside for me. Clear ’old gold’ colour with calm sparkling under a creamy, egg-white, lacing head consisting of medium-sized but equal little bubbles. Interesting aroma indeed bearing the Stone IPA characteristics with an estery Belgian twist: bubblegum and banana on the one hand and fragrant, delicate, blossomy hops on the other hand; I get, apart from the aforementioned bubblegum and banana odours, lots of delicate impressions involving lime zest, toasted bread, chamomille, raw parsley as in many other Stone IPAs, white pepper, pink grapefruit, rose petals, a whiff of fresh cantaloupe, dry hay, dried apricot, dry crémant, bitter honey, lavender soap, strawberry, hints of cigar tobacco, faint pine resin and green, moist moss, as well as some very weak ’burnt rubber’ (maybe DTMS, but too weak to be sure) - the ’Belgian’ qualities seem a bit stronger than the American hop qualities, but I guess I left this one standing in the cellar for too long, making it lose part of its fragrance; my mistake. Clean fruity onset, touching the tip of the tongue with suggestions of unripe pear, raw pineapple and passion fruit, some minerals as usual with Stone but also a (remarkably restrained) impression of ’Belgian banana’, medium carb, smooth and lean body of slightly biscuity malt sweetishness with a vaguely honeyish as well as undisturbing metallic edge but rather ’bitter honey’ (and yes, such a thing really exists) in combination with the hop bitterness, which becomes apparent from an early stage, bittering with a salty touch and increasing in the finish, where they far overrule the Belgian yeast qualities; this IPA ends with the resiny, oily, piney, citrus peel-like hop bitterness you’d expect, fragrant retronasally, with a long but still fairly gentle and deep, tonic water-like bitterness to it. A dash of warming alcohol is noticeable too without disturbing. Very interesting, quite complex and flavourful beer with an elegantly ’feminine’, delicate aroma and well-balanced taste. The Belgian effect, if it can be qualified that way, renders this beer some extra depth; the aroma has certain ’animalistic’ traits but in all, blends the Belgian fruitiness with the American hoppiness very well. This is Stone IPA with an extra dimension just the way it was intended. Hugely enjoyed this, and many would-be Belgian IPAs in Belgium can take this as an example.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ametras (811) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2015
22oz bottle. Hazy amber with a frothy white head. Flavors are pale cereals, bubblegum, lemongrass, orange peel and pine with floral and spicy notes. Medium body, moderate carbonation, slick texture. Subtle Belgian yeast character blends with classic IPA essences in a cohesive manner. But somehow, the sum of its parts falls short of becoming something memorable.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (946) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 25, 2015
Bottle from Stone in Asagaya. Pours a clear goldenrod color with a small soapy white head. Aromas of iyokan, orange and lemon with some nice Belgian yeast character on the nose. Taste is more of the same. Very bright citric flavor on the palate with a nice light peppery and semi-sweet character. Mouthfeel is almost saison-like...wonderful carbonation throughout. Very crisp and refreshing. It is what it says it is perfectly.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sudomorph (929) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2015
Enjoy by 10/01/15 650ml bottle. Pours a nearly clear yellow/gold with a one finger, white head that thins but leaves mild lacing. Aroma has bright notes of citrus, bubble gum, candy sugar, and medium pine/resin. Taste is balanced. Starts with candy sugar and bubble gum, then goes resiny and piney with citrus, slight bread/caramel, and a drawn out, resiny ending. Medium-full body with a medium carbonation. Resiny texture with a dry finish. Overall a fantastic Belgian IPA. Big American hop flavours mixed with classic Belgian notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Listigovers (530) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 19, 2015
Pour is slightly hazy gold with a big white head, no sediment at the bottom, curious for a Belgian style. Smells yeasty and citrusy hmmm. This beer was exactly as I imagined it, not quite as bitter as the regular IPA but with much weirder flavours, some yeasty and banana flavours, bitter enough but that doesn’t seem to be the focus here. The palate is great, rolls around your tongue with lots of carbonation, medium bodied, very long aftertaste, dry. I always have high expectations of Stone this lived up to them!

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