Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Foxman:
3.95/5 rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
It pours a very clear and carbonated golden amber. A single finger of thin off-white head slips briskly to a frothy archipelago. Twists of lacing gyrate on the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, pale malt and fruity sugar are crisped by soft esters, dry and spiced with clove. Apple, grapefruit, and pineapple bring the hops aromatically to mind.
Upon tasting, the malt is toasted and berry sweet, and joined by a sprinkle of candy sugar. Toffee, caramel, and yeasty biscuit are brought to earth by crisp apple and spice esters. Dry grapefruit and floral hops bring the bitter to play. Residual grain sweetness joins a slice of melon and toasted bread. A fairly lingering finish bears a dry bitterness that cleans as it goes. It delivers well on the name's hybrid promise.
Medium bodied, its creamy initially but the drop-off to almost nothing but glow is surprisingly abrupt.
This is easily one of my favorite hybrid styles, and perhaps this is one of the top American examples, if not the top. It's not flawless, but it is bold and adventurous, and it comes across as fun and nicely blended. The manageable ABV and understated complexity give it a solidly drinkable character. It's a nice benchmark for a damned intriguing international union.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2009 17:43:48 | More by Foxman
More User Reviews:
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.
90 out of 100 based on 2,187 ratings.