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Stone Cali-Belgique (White Wine Barrel Aged) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Cali-Belgique (White Wine Barrel Aged)
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87
very good

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 15.44%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: SocalKicks on 11-15-2013)
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watermelon

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler poured into a tulip glass. Growler was purchased from Peabody's earlier this evening.

A: Cloudy amber in color with a medium toffee colored head.

S: Smell of white wine is the most apparent note.

T: Very strong grape flavors it is fairly obvious this was aged in wine barrels. Some hop bitterness as well. Juiciness of citrus makes its way around the palette.

M: Booze is fairly prevalent, The mouthfeel is light and nicely carbonated.

O: I've never had the original, however this version is excellent. I will be purchasing another growler before this gem runs out.

Serving type: growler

03-26-2014 02:18:20 | More by watermelon
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4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cali-Belgique has been one of my long time standing favorite beers from Stone. I think it is almost a perfect blend of craftsmanship, uniqueness, quality, complexity and drinkability. I thought it would be hard to top, but I think they may have out-done themselves with the white wine variant. It adds some honey sweetness, vibrant fruit notes (apple, mango, pineapple) , and some subtle tartness. Makes it a superbly complex beer, with too many layers to name. It is refreshing and bright, and a pleasure to drink. One of my new favorites from Stone.

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3.18/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

At 2014 Most Arrogant Bar Bash (Barleys in Greenvillle, SC).

Pours with a very good white head over an amber body. Clear.

Aroma: Lightly sweet; floral; herbal; Belgian yeast; touch of vinegar.

Flavor: medium tart; fruity (soft fruits); light white pepper.

Feel: Medium body and carbonation. Semi-dry finish

O: ABV not hidden but compatible with other characterisitcs of this ale.

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4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's rather incredible how the procession of flavors build, and build, and build and build. But equally as incredible is how the layering on of complexity doesn't make the beer confused. It make the beer smooth and complex. What was once American IPA collides with Belgian character and is then soaked in white wine barrels for a taste that's just that- smooth and complex.

Medium amber and with strong golden tendencies, the ale's look is of softly back-lit honey. Following with a soft perfume of honeysuckle, orange blossom, rose and lemon drop. Its tantalizing aromatics scents fold in on the chamomile, white pepper and clove that offer as a rebuttal. But unlike the standard "Cali-Belgique", the white wine barrel influence mutes its perfume and aggressively asserts its spicy oak, vinous tartness and earthy charm.

The highly complex ale dances on the early palate with the malty-sweet taste of honey, corn syrup and angel food cake. As its creamy richness approaches the middle, its fruit tones take command- piling on the citrus and orchard fruit flavors in all their tangy and juicy forms. What follows is a tangy wine taste that attests to the barrel- equipped with spicy wood tannin, cedar and cinnamon in the beer's lingering warmth.

Medium-light on the palate, the barrel-aged beer is further lightened with its expressive carbonation and its high vinous tartness. A peppery pang against the palate further removes the sweetness and richness of the beer from the tongue and easily ushers in a zesty warmth that cleanses the palate and strips its taste.

Where I find the standard Cali-Belgique a highly formidable American-brewed, Belgian-inspired Indian Pale Ale, it was always siding on the off-balanced perfumy side and insists on a soapy finish. This white wine barrel-aged version seems to temper its floral-ness and dissolves its detergent-like taste; all the while promoting vinous sour grapes and tantalizing acidity.

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Part of a tap takeover at Tap + Bottle in Tucson, Ariz.

The white wine barrel aging allows the Cali to pick up dry wine-like characteristics. Add in the Belgian yeast and IPA hops, and you have an incredibly complex beer to explore and savor.

A great, unique beer worth seeking out.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very nice light colored yellow. Very fresh looking. a very thick head, 2 finger widths and nice retention.

S - This smells straight up like white wine. A bit of pine coming through, citrus, grape, a very wine smelling brew.

T - Tart, sweet, hoppy, bitter. A fusion of grape with pine, orange, mango, pineapple. Very refreshing.

M - Very light body, carbonation is a mild, silky, light. Very drinkable.

O - I really liked this. I just started getting into wine before trying this and I must say, it definitely is a wonderful fusion. You definitely get wine characteristics through this IPA. I'm glad I got a growler fill. A must try. I'm surprised I reviewed a Belgian IPA this high. It is one of my least favorite styles.

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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.
8.4% abv according to the growler label

A: Clear, light amber color with over one finger of diminishing white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: A dominating combination of crisp and peppery Begian yeast, bright vinous fruit, as well as milled oak. Hops-derived aromas exert a minimal influence upon the smell--from this perspective this beer's identity as an IPA is concealed; it could just as easily be a strong blond ale. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins dry, with bright vinous fruit and restrained biscuit malt. Acidity is moderate into the middle where bitterness begins to develop fairly early amidst mild yeast phenolics and oak. The finish is well-oaked and substantially bitter; absolutely bone-dry. No alcohol is detected.

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D/O: This experimental treatment of Stone's Cali-Belgique IPA succeeds at capturing the intended barrel qualities. A side-by-side comparison with Russian River Temptation would reveal a beer just as woody and wine-infused, although far less sour due to the omission of bacterial inoculants on the part of Stone. The hops-derived bitterness turns out to be this beer's greatest distraction, although it is excusable. After all, it is not easy to conjure up the name of another production recipe that would fulfill the role of the Cali-Belgique here, but also repress the hops.

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Stone Cali-Belgique (White Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.