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RATINGS: 1867   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   IBU: 77   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
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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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3.6
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice. Appearance: Slightly hazy burnt yellow with foamy head and pretty strong lacing. Aroma: Funky barnyard over a citrusy backbone. Smells very floral and almost sickly. Taste: The fantastic citrusy hop taste of Stone IPA is still there, but strangely subdued and overwhelmed by the Belgian yeast, which is slightly tart, funky and clove-like. Palate: Medium body, moderate carbonation and very dry. Overall: Doesn’t jive as well as I had hoped. Maybe Stone should have done more than simply take their standard IPA and add Belgian yeast. More finesse and thought was needed.

3.5
Strykzone (7560) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2011
Sampled at an esbls aroma. Clear With light copper. A very light head. Yeast in the nose with soft fruit. The flavor is lots of fruit with yeast and sugar. The hops are kind of muted but offer floral and citrus. Nice.

3.3
annunz123 (963) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours cloudy orange with a medium head. Yeast and hops in the aroma. Sweet base with some candy and fruit flavors, followed by a fair amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Lots of strong flavors here, but they kind of compete. I respect their attempt at something different here, but instead of a really good IPA or a really good white ale, this is something that falls short.

4
fraternie (1011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Very yeasty on the nose, with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Intense flavors of sweet citrus, orange peel, melon and candy sugar. Medium hop presence on the palate but this intensifies through the long finish. Very refreshing and still packs a punch, a perfect IPA- Wheat hybrid from Stone.

3.9
ExpendableHero (925) - Florida, USA - AUG 25, 2011
Wow, Stone is such a great brewer. A hazy golden beer, with a lively, white head. Aromas of intense hops, and tropical fruits. Tastes very much like a strong hoppy beer, with pine/spruce/floral notes. Very refreshing. What really makes this one unique is the noticeable Belgian yeasts used in the beer. Sweet candy sugar, and biscuit mixes in quite nicely with the hops to make a one of a kind experience. Hoppy, sweet finish. Extremely easy drinking, and delicious.

3.8
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2012 22oz bottle, purchased from Dutch’s for $8. Shared with my friend Robby (robotopera). Clear yellow-orange color, massive fluffy off-white persisting head. Aroma is toffee/caramel, what I expect from belgian yeast... but it’s a bit forward for what is supposed to be an IPA. Hops through the finish, tasty lasting aftertaste. More savory than a regular IPA. Great carbonation, very crisp texture (typical of Stone). Quite expensive, however. Definitely not worth the price, and not at all superior to the classic Stone IPA. In fact, it barely tastes like an IPA at all. Maybe I just don’t like Belgian yeast. Robby: "3.4/5"

Re-rate from early March 2012 at Jackie-Os brewpub, this time it was the 2x Dry-Hopped version on tap served in a goblet: I enjoyed this so much more than the bottled version, that I swore it was a completely different brew. They must have tweaked this more than just dry-hopping and adding a new hop varietal, it’s much, much better now. Maybe it was fresher this time around? Clear golden color. White head leaving sheets of lace. Carbonation is really light and crisp, the body feels kinda light - it’s very drinkable. The fruitiness of the belgique really comes through this time, adding something tasty to the aroma, rather than just an obligatory funk. Nice, fresh sweet taste, in a fresh and zesty way. Bit of dry hop bitterness to balance it out. Good citrusy piney aroma, with some caramel-funkiness. Great, longer aftertaste. Great brew, that’s finally been perfected, here. Aroma score adjusted from 7 to 8. Overall score adjusted from 12 to 14.

3.1
temporrari (398) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 14, 2011
This beer bores me. I’ll just be upfront about it. I’m not offended by it... but it falls flat in every category. It tastes like a Belgian, sort of... it’s like this beer can’t decide on a direction, and ends up being a little confused. The Belgian aspects of it, the yeast, the spice, it comes across to me as being kind of like a fraud. I’d like to know what yeast they used. It just makes me wish I’d spent my money on something else.

3.7
gunnar (9438) - Sandnes, NORWAY - AUG 13, 2011
Bottle from myBrewerytap.com. Pours clear golden with a big frothy white head. Strong fruity hop aroma with some yeasty notes. Taste is fruity and quite dry fruity hop bitterness. Interesting spices lurking under the surface,. Lingering dry end.

3.8
teorn88 (7687) - Rimini, ITALY - AUG 13, 2011
22oz bomber. On the orange side. Fairly dry smelling peppery hoppiness with good amount of yeastiness in the nose as well. Peppery hops up front, followed by a smoothness from the Belgian Yeast. Has a little clove and banana. Finish is fairly bitter

4
Wombata (625) - Kobe, JAPAN - AUG 11, 2011
Aroma: Grass & pine from the hops, earthy, dried apricot, orange rind and spice. Flavors: Like the nose--though the earthiness is even more pronounced. Good dry finish. Well balanced.


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