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RATINGS: 1847   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.

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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Tasted 5/5/11. 22oz bomber. The first pour is rather clear with a honey golden hue. Brainy white head. Nice and full with a bitter and grassy, piney and grapefruit. Dry as a bone. The Belgian yeast really melds wonderfully with the astringent effervescence, giving the palate a degree more depth of bitterness and tartness than the hops alone. The bitter and dry really carry the palate, but the yeast adds a doughy, candied note that starts to shine as it comes to temperature. Nice amalgamation of styles and flavors! This is tasty!

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thomas15 (689) - Alabama, USA - MAY 4, 2011
UPDATED: MAY 19, 2011 kind of a letdown. really just an average ipa with a different yeast strain that results in slight change from the norm. its good but not a standout nor worth the price that you’ll see it at. a good ipa but not that different... had on tap at foundry. does not have the vivid flavors of other stone beers. belgian yeast and hops rival each other more than they marry in this beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bullit (4565) - Burgos, SPAIN - MAY 4, 2011
Keg @ Brewdog Bar, Edinburgh. Clear golden colour, white head. Aroma is spicy, yeasty and fruity. Flavour is hoppy, yeasty and fruity, bit of sugar. Well drinkable.

2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
JAG55 (77) - O’Fallon, Missouri, USA - MAY 2, 2011
Poured 22oz bomber in tulip glass; light amber color with nice tall head that does not last long but nice lacing; lighter than expected from a Stone IPA oily and flat with long astringent finish; too flowery in the aroma with smell of hay; bitter flowery taste to with strong alchohol; pretty dissapointing for a Stone brew!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnRMurdoch (4788) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - MAY 2, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 26, 2012 Bottles from Utobeer Market Stall, London & BrewDog Glasgow. Sweet perfumey aroma. Golden yellow colour not much head. Strong sweet resin hoppy flavour. Fairly smooth, slightly sickly sweet. Much better than the keg version I had at the BrewDog Bar in Edinburgh which must have been off.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
headheldhigh (100) - Walnut, California, USA - APR 30, 2011
22 oz bottle shared with friend Damian. Pours out a bright orange yellow and produces a nice creamy head. Aromas of grapefruits, pine resins, Belgium yeast California hops. Tastes of Belgium yeasts spices citrus fruits and hops. A complex mixture of flavors with the hops adding to but not overpowering the palate. Very nice and refreshing!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnurda (1281) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 29, 2011
Bottled sample from Blue MAx. Wish Piscator was here to share this one. Great tasting IPA with a strong Belgian influence. Not my favorite but he woudl have loved it

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Blairgus (4473) - California, USA - APR 27, 2011
24 April 2011, tap. yellow, clear, no bubbles, frothy head. interesting nose. coriander, sweet corn and belgian yeast and bananas. med/full body and fizzy. taste is gorgeous! fresh squeezed OJ and pineapple juice. really soft/faint grassy hops, soft alcohol and bananas. great!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rader58 (895) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 25, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2016 22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden/orange color. Aroma of lemon, coriander, ginger, pepper, grapefruit, pineapple. Flavor is banana, pineapple, spice, pepper, floral. This is a wild ride for the nose and tongue. Finish is slightly more sour than I’d like, but overall this is an excellent tweak of an already fantastic beer.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 24, 2011
22 oz capped bottle (2011 version, fresh): pours a crystal clear gold with an ivory, medium bubbled head. The generous head leaves a strong lace and exhumes an incredibly fresh grapefruit and cotton candy aroma. Creamy mouthfeel with a fairly subtle bitterness. Truly the best of both worlds: bold citrusy west coast aroma with a malty, doughy belgian flavor. Great beer! Stone: thanks so much for coming to STL!


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