Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Rudgers73:
4.43/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
First off, I love the idea that that had for this beer. What better way to better understand beer, brewing, and different brewing methods than to do something like this. It's also a great way to teach people that might not know much about brewing and yeast and brewing conditions how specific things can completely change a beer. Ok. On to the tasting...
It looks exactly like standard stone IPA, but maybe a little bit of cloud that isn't normally there. The head is still very "Stone" and west coast hoppy in character. The hops still punch the nose, but there is an underlying sweetness in that Belgian yeast. Different from that sweetness that you get on the other side of those hops. This is a more round and broad sweetness that come only from Belgium (or areas very close to...) There is bubblegum hidden in the glass too. I love how much the yeast changes everything. The smell, the structure, the flavor, the mouthfeel, and the overall drinking experience. It's like your tongue wants to taste Stone IPA, but the yeast makes you forget what it tasted like. The American Ale yeast normally used in this beer works differently with the hops. It normally acts as strong object for the hops to lean on and use to exert themselves. But the Belgian yeast almost embraces the hops and wraps them up in a buffer. You can still taste the specifically bitter aspect that these hops are traditionally meant to have, but there is so much else going on before you get there, that is doesn't have the same effect. What an interesting beer. Good job Stone. ZOMG!!1
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2009 01:08:05 | More by Rudgers73
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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.
90 out of 100 based on 2,196 ratings.