RATINGS: 1787   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - JAN 22, 2011
(22 oz. bottle ("enjoy by 03 03 11") from Bottleggers) Pours lightly hazy gold, a very different color for an IPA. Three fingers of off-white head. Wow what an aroma. Like sweet fresh pine boughs and sweet fresh citrus with some Belgian-like spice and yeast notes (lilies) underneath with some light caramel. Mouthfeel is smooth, almost light, particularly for an IPA. Not chewy, but not thin. Light, broken rings of lacing but not the big globby, sticky rings usually seen in a hoppy beer. Taste is hoppy and sweet, unique, very drinkable. No bitter hoppy harshness. Floral, piney, citrusy, sweet, a bit fruity, light spice and Belgian yeast. Mild resin. Very interesting how the Belgian yeast takes this beer in a new direction

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2296) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2011
I usually love just about everything that Stone produces, but this one missed the mark. The Belgian yeast, in my opinion, really threw this beer off. I didn’t get enough hops, either. The body was rather bland and didn’t have enough flavor. I was forced to choke back a pint of this at Canal Street in under ten mintues. I absoutely needed to move on to something else.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GJF (1520) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 16, 2011
Big fluffy head, hazy yellow pour. Very subtle aroma. Interesting take on their IPA here with fruity yeast flavors. It’s very tasty but doesn’t wow me like many Stone beers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13713) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 16, 2011
On tap at The Euston Tap, Euston, London. Orange amber with white head. Pretty expensive on the old wallet. Bright and particularly hoppy, drying, crisp and quite bitter. There is a sugary background though with a touch of bread crust. Long and tangy on the tongue. Liked it lots.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Bottle:   Pale orange, fairly clear and bright, moderate to large white frothy white head, sticky lacing, minimal carbonation.   Powdered sugar nose, faint orange peel and hops.   Wow, this one is much more on the Belgian side than the IPA side and I think perhaps a bit too far to one side.   Normally I complain about the IPA dominating, but this one is a very light IPA with most of the emphasis on the Belgian side.   Having said that, the Belgian aspect is kept to a barnish mustiness along with a powdery sweetness.   It really isnt over the top, seems rather dry but without much sweetness that I think it needs to make it that much better.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Has the citrus aspect of an IPA but without any of the sweetness or bitterness.   Quite a contrast to most other examples.   Its nice that its not overly bitter, but the dryness without the sweetness sorta kills it.   Decent, but could stand to be a bit more hoppy with more sweetness to balance it out.   However, its nice to see that it isn’t a hop bomb overshadowing the Belgian asepct.   Sorta the other side ofthe coin on this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2011
Date: 8/9/2010 Source:Other Tremont Taphouse Cleveland. Interesting combination of American hops and Belgian yeast character in aroma and flavor. Slightly cloudy golden with small white head.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Bottle. An awesome bottle. Although, after reading my fellow raters reviews, I think I have to revisit this one. I detected apples and pine resin on this one, lots of pine resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2011
From notes: Pours a clean golden orange color with a thin white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal lacing. Crisp citrus and floral hop aroma with light golden fruit, pale malt and bubblegum. Medium bodied with a nice balance of crisp light fruit and bitter/sweet citrus hops. Hints of pale malt and a weird bubblegum flavor make this taste like a hoppy Belgian golden ale. Very weird. Hints of apple, grape and pear blended with sweet citrus peel, pale malt and subtle alcohol sweetness. A bit too bitter to be a Belgian ale and to sweet to be an IPA. Dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Atom (2236) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bomber pours clear light orange with a large white head. Aroma is orange citrus, spices, floral, pine and slight caramel. Very nice balance of orange citrus flavors with Belgian spices and pine. Very nice and interesting taste the Belgian influence on this IPA works very well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 8, 2011
22 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, served in a snifter. Pours clear golden-orange with huge, dense white head. The head remains and leaves a large amount of fine lace. The nose is a complex bouquet of high alpha hops, spice, flowers and nutmeg. The flavour is similarly complex--surprisingly caramel sweet, it is balanced with a nice dose of complex hop bitterness. There is also a Belgian-style spiciness throughout, with nutmeg, clove and ginger. The finish is long and spicy. On the palate, it is medium in body with a sticky, syrupy texture and lively carbonation. Overall, this is an excellent IPA. The Belgian yeast imparts a very complex, spicy character that perfectly complements the bitter hops. A truly amazing IPA. 2011-01-07

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