Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by beagle75:
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Draft pour into a long-stemmed tulip glass at Beachwood BBQ.
A: Clear, light amber color with less than one finger of tight white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.
S: Initial strong pine and grapefruit citrus fade with time, revealing delicate toast and just a whiff of yogurt/sour cream. The overall intensity of this beer's smell declines as the beer warms.
T: Begins dry, with intense aromatic hop flavors of similar quality to those detected in the smell. The hops soon give way to pungent, cheesy, barnyard Belgian-style yeast character that adds interest and appeal to the overall experience. The finish features restrained bitterness that could be more intense, while funky yeast and citrus flavors linger.
M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced but not really sticky on the palate, with moderate carbonation.
D: While beers of this style are fairly plentiful, this one from Stone is distinguished by its loyalty to the West Coast IPA flavor profile. Belgian yeast notes are incorporated with a practically seamless touch, frequently detectable but never crossing the line to aggressive. This beer also deserves a nod for being of typical IPA strength, unlike so many others of the style that end up as less approachable double IPAs.
Serving type: on-tap
11-19-2010 15:57:04 | More by beagle75
More User Reviews:
3.83/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Golden slightly cloudy with quick dissipating head.
typical west coast ipa smell of citrus and hops but also has just a hint of the belgian yeast maybe even a hint of cloves.
Taste is definitely just like the label says. It tastes just like a regular stone Ipa but with a distinctive belgian flavor.
First comes the fruity california ipa flavors, then a lingering spicy belgian flare.
Over all its not a bad beer I would be interested in tasting this when it is extremely fresh. I also think it tastes better at a slightly warmer temperature like a belgian instead of a ipa temperature.
Serving type: bottle
07-05-2014 05:13:04 | More by Rootscipio
4.01/5 rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz bomber poured into chalice.
A - Pours a hazy dark gold with 2 fingers of off white head. Head dissipates somewhat rapidly, and maintains a thin ring around the perimeter for the entire duration of drinking.
S - A lot of grassy hops in the aroma followed by bitter grapefruit.
T - I get a lot more of the Belgian complexity in the taste than I did in the aroma. Grapefruit and grassy hops, characteristic Belgian yeast, a hint of honey, and a bit of herbal spiciness. This is quite dry and bitter.
M - Medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation is quite prickly and there is a definite dry finish to this.
O - An interesting Belgian IPA. Great for the price and great if you want something different from most IPAs, especially with how dry this is.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 00:00:39 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,387 ratings.