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RATINGS: 1801   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.7/5   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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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - JAN 25, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2012 22oz bomber. Golden color with a decent white head. Mash up of Belgian and West Coast aromas - from pine and citrus to clove and banana. Hop bitterness hits me first with a delicious funk on the back end. Another hit from Stone, i’m very glad this is in my area to stay.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - JAN 24, 2011
22oz bottle. Aroma of the same floral and resin hop notes as the Stone IPA. Same golden hue as the IPA as well with added cloudiness. Added is a hearty touch of musty, buscuit character. Very noticeable in the nose but much more dominate in the flavor. Finishes very dry, loads of buscuit flavor, along with a powerful California IPA hop bitterness. I pleasant experiment for the palate. 6,4,7,5,13

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
mlunger12 (645) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2011
On tap at fermentation lounge, pours with a light frothy head, spicy aroma, some hippy citrus, the Belgian yeast has really done this well, not overly hoppy and well balanced.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
spilledpint (352) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2011
22 oz. bottle from Binny’s Chicago. Best by 11/29/2010. It was the freshest I could find, and I wanted to try this one. Here goes. Ar: Lots of belgo character. Clove, banana, a little bit of citrus. It’’s just a bit musty, though. Ap: Served at 45’F in tulip. Hazy orange pour with a pillowy 1 1/2" head. Nice lace. T: Up front, this one is a bit sweet, with citrus and apricot notes. The finish is powerfully bitter, with notes of resin and citrus rind. P: Creamy body for an IPA. It’s a bit sticky with medium carbonation. O: This is good, but I’m not getting that into it. It’s not perfectly fresh, so perhaps that’s why.

3.9
   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

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
obxdude10 (2299) - 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.

3.4
   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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
imdownthepub (13833) - 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.

3.6
   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.


3.8
   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.


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