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RATINGS: 1867   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   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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3.5
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 16, 2010
Taster at The Mondial de la biere in Montréal 2010. The color is honey with a thick off white head and lace. The aroma is of citrus fruits and malt. The taste is a mix of citrus fruits, herbs, and spicies with hops. It has a very pleasing taste in the mouth that last .

3.9
reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 15, 2010
pours a nice slightly hazy golden honey color...reminiscent of some triples...nice creamy, thick white head with nice retention and lacing. aroma has a touch of maltiness followed by nice delicate floral hops...grassy, grapefruity, and spicy...also a hint of sweetness. flavor is somewhat like a triple but less sweet up front and more grapefruity with a hint of spicy hops towards the end...hint of alcohol too. mouthfeel is odd...a little watery at first but then creamy towards the end. finish is gently lingering with a mild waming effect. very nice beer!

3.8
dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - JUL 15, 2010
This beer pours a cloudy orange with a thin white head. The aeomas are musk, closet odors with citrus. The mouthfeel is very dry and lightly oily with a bitterness. This was quite interesting. Cheers!

3.9
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2010
Bomber (one of the Cali-Belgie bottles). Pours nearly pumpkin orange with a large, frothy beige head that leaves sheets of lacing. Aromas of sweet spruce, orangepeel, coriander, slight Belgian yeast, and candi sugar. Flavor is brown sugar and pine, sugary yeast, and some slight spice notes. The mild bitterness allows nice Belgian notes to come through. Thick, creamy, and slightly warming. Really good, a nice hybrid of two styles.

3.7
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 12, 2010
On draft at Seattle International Beer Fest. Pours peachy orange with off-white clings. Floral and citrus aromas. More florals in the taste with some bitter grapefruit. Earthy.

3.2
robinvboyer (4740) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 12, 2010
big hoppy nose, loads of citrus, and quite a bit of fruit! This is basicly like a west coast IPA, but with loads of fruit, and yeast notes. Its not awful, but really, not my bag.

2.7
beachbum25 (1092) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JUL 10, 2010
On tap @ Specific Gravity, Salisbury Md- Clear golden pour w/a moderate white head. Somewhat sweet hop aroma. Mild hop flavor w/traces of belgian candied sugar sweetness, bread dough, & yeast. Too hoppy to be a Belgian & too sweet to be an IPA, was too muddled for me. Pick a style & make that beer, don’t try and do too many things @ once. Interesting, but I doubt I would drink it again, unless the other choices were very poor.

3.6
pootzboy (1790) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 9, 2010
Sampled at Mondial: Deep gold in the glass, rich frothy cap lasts and laces. Modest carbonation. Aroma is citrusy-floral and fruity over rich malts. Medium bodied, oily mouth feel. Rich sweet malts in front balanced with citrus-resinous bittering, mid palat4 becomes very fruity - peaches spices earthy sweetness.....finish gets bitter and dries a bit. Interesting IPA with some fruity complexity.

4.2
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
22 oz bottle (shared with a good friend). Although, I took minimal notes on this one the day I tried it 2 weeks ago, I still have the score I had in mind that night. Ultimately, this beer fit its description to a T. All of the glorious, hop goodness that’s in the ipa, mixed with a little bit of Belgian flair. More specifically, mixed florals and citrus hops with a twinge of earth, combined with some light yeasty bread. The balance and feel to this beer was exquisite similar to the standard ipa with the right amount of kick, carbonation, and smoothness right through the finish. The pour had a nicely thick, creamy, frothy white head, and golden orange in color. Overall, this was an outstanding beer, though the final product wasn’t quite as enjoyable as the standard. Maybe its just that the Belgian aspects took away ever so slightly from the wonderful hop bitterness. I’ll have to update my notes at some point.

3.5
Beerman6686 (6607) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2010
This poured a cloudy light amber color with an off white head. Aroma was belgian spices, citrusy hops and some yeast character. Flavor was a bit of a let down, mainly belgian spicey and yeasty characteristics with a light bitter hoppines. More of a belgian than an IPA


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