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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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2010
On tap at Crunchy’s, East Lansing. This one passed by my radar for awhile. Medium orange body, medium buff head. Citrusy nose, well-hopped, with some fruity, spicy esters. The beer description is quite accurate- this is definitely at heart a well-hopped India Pale Ale, with bright, juicy citrus and bitter pine, but given an interesting twist with the fruit (pineapple, banana) and hints of clove from the Belgian yeast. While I prefer Stone’s fantastic base IPA, this beer was an enjoyable diversion.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tejas (996) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Draught > Gingerman. Taste like a cross between chimay white and an American IPA. so, I guess they succeeded in accomplishing what they set out to do. Fruity and dry and has a hoppy bite to finish it off. Glad I tried it for something different but if were going to drink an IPA, next time I order a std. American IPA instead of a blend.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JW32Hoops (70) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 25, 2010
Aroma is akin to Ale Smith’s Lil Devil, along with some hints of pine, hops and Belgian style sweetness. Appearance beautiful golden, with minimal off white head, leaves behind some lacing. Palate is robust Stone hoppiness, but doesn’t take long for the Belgian influence to rear its head...sweet sugar pie, oh how I wish you were mine. Still getting some of that weird "hairspray" effect I got from Raging Bitch, but this Belgian IPA is much, much better than Flying Dog, its just not as overdone, Cali Belgique just hands the ball to the ref, likes its been there before. It has all the things you’d like in a Belgian along with the piney hoppyness that is Stone’s trademark. More "experimental" than "go to" but I’m diggin it. Can’t wait to try Green Flash Le Freak now.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
joshpiledean (316) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Pour is a clear deep golden color White, quickly fading head. Aroma is dominated by hops, both citrus and floral notes. Interesting balance between hops and belgian yeast, although in the finish, the hops dominate. Luxurious mouthfeel, long finish of grassy hops. All around, a great IPA with some belgian notes.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2010
Cask. Overly sweet, under hopped, watery, sloppy, wet grains, astringent finish. Bleh.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 22, 2010
Tap. Pours to a super nice golden straw colored body with a huge white head and superbly perfect lacing. The aroma is of peaches and wit yeast? Flavor is super juicy with peaches, white grapes, and bitter orange peel. Wit-like yeast. Nice texture that finishes smooth but bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daleharshman (1061) - Escondido, California, USA - MAR 17, 2010
Bomber purchased at the Stone brewery ($5.50). Pours a clear honey color with a finger and a half of thick white foam leaving nice lacing. Lovely aroma of that nicely blends the fruity elements from the Belgian yeast and the American hops. Along with the musty yeast and citrus-y hops, there is some grainy malt in the nose. Sharp flavor of spicy and citric hops leans more toward the American side. Dry finish with more spiciness. A pretty good blending of the styles/origins, and I do prefer this over the Stone SuperCaliBelgolistic Ale. (546, 254)

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
shakespeare33 (203) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 10, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2011 Re-rate on 8.4.10 raised score Bomber from my main man Sid at 7th and C downtown san diego.. best cold micro selection around.. Pours a light, almost feathery golden with hints of brown highlights, the head is frothy with some serious movement.. The aroma catches me off guard as I am immediately reminded of the belgian style.. the yeast is definitely apparent and a musty, bitter yet surprisingly arousing aromas billows over the top.. Initial hit to the palate is very well balanced with good retention throughout the sip.. I obviously taste the trademark CALI hops but they quickly disappear and make way for the "belle of the ball" this distinct belgian yeast.. Oh yeah, the yeast is probably named SADE (pronounced SHAH- DEY) because its a smooth operator.. This flavor is consistent throughout each sip as the bitter floral is again overshadowed by a light doughyness that mellows this IPA from a CALI King to a more English style. Quite frankly, I really enjoy it.. In my opinion, worlds better than the regular stone and even maybe the slightest leg up on the Ruination, I know I know thats blasphemy but its true... Looks like I finally found my favorite Stone!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bomber served in a tulip. Light honey in color with a medium-sized bubbly white head. Average retention and light lacing. Aroma dominated by sweet belgian yeast. A layer of complexity is added in the form of citrus, leather and dough. Flavor is that of a light belgian ale. Sweet medium-light body, creamy texture, good carbonation, and a mildly bitter, sticky-sweet finish. Has a little pistachio too. Better than Stone IPA.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
italianjohn (2991) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2010
Clear copper pour white head aroma of belgian yest and citrusy hops light lacing .... taste matches up to the aroma sweet malt with a light spice and belgian yeast with citrusy hops ..... very balanced with a light bitter finish .... good choice of belgian yeast .... enjoyed this one


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