RATINGS: 1821   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
I liked this beer but am not a huge fan of the belgian style. Love stone IPA nad I think I’ll stick with it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beernbourbon (1582) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 4, 2010
On tap. Hmm, this was interesting. Pour is copper with a large white head. Aroma is light caramel malt, bubblegum, corriander, light spice, faint hop, and belgian yeast. A much fruitier aroma than I was expecting. Not much hop prominence. Flavor is very true to nose with lots of characteristics of a belgian strong ale. Not bad, but nothing like IPA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle from TXJeep.
Pours a chunky cheddar yellow with a subtle head and an aroma of perfumy-sweet grapefruit and lemon yeast bread. Flavor is watery, perfumed hops and perfumy orange juice. Average mouthfeel. Too perfumy. Yep, I get a prize every time I use the term "perfumy."

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - MAR 31, 2010
March Madness tasting -

Aroma: Fantastic hop-forward aroma, huge notes of grapefruit, pine resin, lemony with an underlying bread dough angle.

Appearance: Amber/orange body, clear with a classic Stone style creamy off-white head.

Taste: Juicy hop flavor, resinous, citrus rind with a bubblegum/Juicy Fruit kind of flavor. Don’t know if it was the hops and yeast causing this, but it was nice. It didn’t seem quite as refined as their regular IPA, but still dang good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3643) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 30, 2010
orange with a small white head-soapy and didnt last long. kind of a crazy nose-orange peal, fruity esters, somewhat candy-ish and some sweet grains-spice. fruity flavors-some candy sugar?, lots of orange peel flavors with a slight plastic note as it warmed. long finish of citrus and sweet grainy malts with some estery yeast twang to go along. palate is slick and crisp for stone standards. as the beer warmed, the finish had a slight onion note. This beer is great fresh-this one had a bit of age on it, but wasnt in terrible condition. this rating would be around a 4 if it was fresh i can tell (i have had it fresh and its better than this)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5480) - Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Strong aroma is hoppy and evergreen with a firm, sour citrus overtone, a mixture of lemon and orange with just a whisper of lime. It pours an average golden amber with a decent off-white head, but appearance is this beer’s weakest suit. Flavor is fairly hoppy, but pleasantly sour citrus dominates with orange and lemon and a little bit of lime. Texture is exceptionally smooth, yet tingly and fizzy enough for a beer. Recommended to all hop-heads.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2010
Available in a 22oz bomber, in the case of Cali-Belgique, more is most definitely better. So highly drinkable is this beer, I could easily drink two. She glows freshly picked oranges with subtle hues of polished amber and garnet beneath a soft head of orange pith. She slowly settles into a puffy blanket while random splotches of foam decorate the sides of my glass. I don’t have to travel far before I run into a wall of pine needles, pine trees, and fir. Their essence of sticky resins, sap, and prickly needles permeate the air and pierce my soul. Zooming in from above is the always enjoyable and discernibly unique zip of Belgian yeast; spicy, peppery, doughy, and slightly citrusy. Such a wet and sticky nose promises an equally wet and sticky bounty inside. Flittering in the shadows are essences of white oak, orange, mango, and aloe. Smells such as these set my heart aflutter and soothes this weary body. I need no further encouragement to partake of her liquid gold, and so I do. Crisp, hoppy, snappy, and playfully mischievous, she starts with all her green delights: pine needles, fir, and all their sticky resins bound inside. Pine and pithy bitterness immediately cleanse my palate. Despite a wet mouthfeel, her body is actually rather light and soft with effervescence I would typically associate with bottle-conditioned Belgian ales. Dry spice, white oak, and toasted white bread hold her center steady while a gentle undercurrent of orange, mango, and aloe exude their juicy character. Spice peppers my breath along with lingering subtle warmth. Her finish is long and wholly enjoyable. Each quaff blends together exquisitely, shining upon my humble person like the midmorning sun ready to greet my Self with open arms and infinite joy.

Truly an amazing beer. Not quite an IPA and not quite a Belgian ale; the Stone Cali-Belgique is both. Grab a bottle or two fresh, pour, sup, and savor.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - MAR 28, 2010
Bottle/22oz - Pours a darkish golden amber in color with a small white head that hung around to produce some minor lacing on the glass. Aroma has plenty of resinous hops, but also has that bready yeastiness of a Belgian. Flavor is nice and hoppy and plainly reminiscent of the Stone IPA, but the Belgian yeast is strong enough to clearly add its own influence. Finish is lingering and bitter. Definitely reminds of a Belgian IPA-style beer... really good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tenacubus (14) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 27, 2010
Draft at Crunchy’s in East Lansing. Clear and golden color but would have loved the white head to stick around longer. Slightly fruity aromas with some citrus. Strongly hopped for a Belgian style IPA but I think it balances just fine. Long lingering fish lets you appreciate the flavors long after you’re done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 26, 2010
Pours a clear golden honey color with a fluffy fizzy white head that is dissipates quickly. Aroma is citrusy with a hint of pineapple and a dank resiny hop. A spicy saison quality to it as well. The flavor is pretty sweet with the hop-tea quality that a lot of west coast IPAs have. A little peppery and grassy that finishes with a very noticeable piney hop flavor, but not at all overpowering like some of Stone’s offerings. My one problem is the body of this beer. I feel that it needs a little more spritz or something to fill it out. Something just seems to be missing in that aspect. Other than that, it’s a very solid beer.

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