Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Buschyfor3:
4/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bomber poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This bottle is one of the "Cali-Belgie" variety with the Dutch/Flemish spelling of Belgium. Learned that off of the back of the bottle... neat-o.
A: Fairly clear, pure amber colored body with golden highlights around the edges of the tulip. Pour produces a 1 finger thick, foamy, off-white colored head. Head reduces to a sheet of wispy foam after a couple sips and a couple seconds, but reforms to a centimeter depth upon a quick swirling. Good lacing grips the side of the glass with each sip, forming notches and rings.
S: Definitely got that Stone aroma to it with some prominent hop notes (even though, surely, the hop character has faded after this much time on the shelf and then in subsequent cellar storage). Still getting blasts of resiny pine/herbal hops and some sweeter citrusy notes. Then there is the familiar Belgian aspect of this beer, with the yeast strain giving off a bit of barnyard - some sweet, grassy straw and a bit of musky, definitely soapy funk. Also picking up what I believe to be touches of honey interspersed between grainy/cereal-like wheat aromas. Only a kiss of alcohol present in the nose, just slightly stinging the nostrils right before you exhale Interesting to say the least, but I enjoy it.
T: Where to begin? You get an initial dose of hops in all their earthy herbal and piney glory, followed by a moderating flash of lighter citrus/foral hops and honey notes. Then the malt bill takes charge with a lightly toasted grain flavor that is punctuated by flashes of a soapy like funkiness (obviously from the yeast) and some light, grassy flavors. Then a sharp, stale bread flavor takes charge of the palate and dominates well into the finish, which ends with that slightly soapy, funk flavor competing with some light, flowery esters on the palate. Alcohol starts to creep in with a slightly medicinal bite late into the glass, but its not overwhelming. All-in-all, complex and quite funky, as advertised.
M: This Belgian IPA has some texture to it - slightly syrupy/oily. Carbonation is moderate, but what is there is very refined and quite fine in texture, leaving a wave of tiny prickles across the tongue.
D: Quoted at 6.9% ABV, and while you can start to catch the alcohol near the bottom of the glass, it never dominates the palate, making Cali-Belgie enjoyable to drink. Still, one bomber is probably enough, given the uniqueness of the flavor profile and the funkiness in this beer, you'll probably only need one to do the job.
A nice Americanized twist on a Belgian IPA. Nice to get this brew since it was a one-off limited production bottle. Not sure if it bests Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but its still an interesting and tasty Belgian IPA. If you can find a bottle, give it a try - the hops might be faded, but the funk from the Belgian yeast strain definitely makes up for that.
Serving type: bottle
08-12-2009 03:44:42 | More by Buschyfor3
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3.71/5 rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
I was looking for something a bold and different and went with this unique brew.
color:7-9 SRM, a beautiful rich golden color.
Appearance: poured thick like tripple, nice thick head, and slightly effervescent.
Mouthfeel: thick, heavy
Smell: yeasty, hints of orange, lemon.
Taste: yeasty and bread like with lemon and slight citrus notes.
Experience: was stoked at the thought of a Belgian/American IPA hybrid beer. Poured a great golden color and nice long lasting 1 finger head. From the first taste I think Belgian all the way. It's heavy mouthfeel and bready/yeasty flavors soak the palate, only to be cut by a slight lemon citrus finish from those west coast hops.
I expected more of a hop presence, but I'm disappointed in a good way. This beer is descriptively complex and is a must try for hop heads and Belgian lovers alike.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 03:34:03 | More by Ziggyzig
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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