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RATINGS: 1800   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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4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 2, 2011
Duvel glass coaxes a fine channel of carbonation through a clear, deep amber body beneath a fading, soapy white head. Incredibly floral aroma with lavender being prominent. Yes. I used to enjoy munching those little lavender pressed-sugar candies and this is right on the money. Seriously perfumed, so much as to make my nose twitch. Gentle cheese yeasts eventually make their way through that garden with a bitter backing of hops which seems more German than the PNWs I was expecting. Flavor is intriguing in its layers, starting with hops (both grassily bitter and grapefruitily citric) and finishing on pungent, bittersweet flower petals floating on honeyed orange juice. In all, Cali-België has an almost otherworldly uniqueness. If I could not call this a "beer", I’d call it a potion. Or an elixir. I never imagined I’d write this in a review, but this brew is magically delicious. ~~~~~~~~ The beer I selected for my 42nd birthday, 22 oz. bomber from Kenwood Liquors, Oak Lawn, IL.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DraftDodger (1262) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2017
Copenhagen 19/2 2017. 33 cl can from Meny. Happy lil’ devil gulping beer on the can together with information that this beer should be regarded as the Evil Twin to the normal Stone IPA where this off-shot was raised in Belgium (nort exactly considered to be IPA-heartland) . Pours slightly hazy golden yellow with white head. Settles as fine thin layer of foam. No lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel, fermented fruit, light fruity tartness reminding me of gooseberries and currant. Soft carbonation and medium thick palate. Flavor is medium sweet followed by medium to heavy bitterness. Aftertaste is bitter and lingering. Dry finish. More a Belgian than IPA but certainly drinkable when you get around this fact.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dutchbeerpages (2368) - Wilnis, NETHERLANDS - FEB 19, 2017
Finally the illustrous Stone IPA. Very good one, maybe not the best but well above average. An evolving bitterness makes it strange and wonderful. Tap at De Natte in Alphen

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bontus (780) - Flanders, BELGIUM - FEB 18, 2017
IPA from a can, 33cl from Geers. Pours perfect golden and clear. Low almost flat carbonation. Nose of ’stone’ fruit and ripe fruit. Not super hoppy. Palate is very soft with a long nice bitter finish. Not sure about the yeast contribution but I’ll compare with the regular Stone IPA later.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Marko (5287) - Split / Zagreb, CROATIA - FEB 13, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2017 MBR. Thanks Ludo! Clear golden, white head.Dry pear taste, nicely phenolic. Some citrus. Vague bubblegum. Saison aroma. Nicely mixed taste, soft maltiness, caramel, bubblegum, sweetish banana, phenols on peppery bitterness going to a long herbal aftertaste. Dryyyy. Very interesting stuff.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wunderkath (11) - - FEB 13, 2017
From Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens - Berlin. Belgian yeast, spice, coriander. Citrus & pine hop aromas.

3.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Michael27 (1400) - Berlin, GERMANY - FEB 13, 2017
Aus der Büchse getrunken (Händlerlieferung). Schönes Gold mit mächtiger Schaumkrone im Glas. Es riecht wie ein belgisches Tripel. Im Antrunk beachtliche Bitterwerte, danach eine subtile finale Blumigkeit.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
fajry (1831) - SLOVAK REPUBLIC - FEB 12, 2017
Vycap. Zlata farba, biela pena. Vona sladka, belgicke kvasnice, prazdna. Chut sladka, prazdna, anglicke kvasnice. Toto pivo som teda dopit nevedel.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
PowY (431) - AUSTRIA - FEB 10, 2017
330 ml can. Pours a clear dark golden with a white head. Lightly yeasty aroma, sweetish fruity, pear, banana, some hoppiness. Medium to full body with a mild carbonation, a light sweetness and a medium bitterness. The taste is medium malty (mild caramel) and hoppy - mainly bitter hops, some faint notes of ripe fruits.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
charlotte (5244) - rødovre, DENMARK - FEB 3, 2017
Can Hazy yellow colour with medium white head.Aroma of mandarin and bananas,good fruity with some yeast flavor aswell,spicey and livley mouthfeels and slight oily finish.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
shreddermx (72) - POLAND - FEB 2, 2017
Barwa zlota, piwo zamglone, opalizujace. Piana drobna i bujna. W aromacie glownie nuty belgijskie, chmiel malo wyrazny. W smaku lagodne, belgijskie. Fenolowe. Goryczka cytrusowa. Bardzo pijalne, lekkie jak na 6,9%.


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