Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
4.03/5 rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From: Piccadilly, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle
Stone's Belgian IPA is a solid offering, with Belgian yeast and hop-forward additives, yielding a strongly funky and hop-intense Belgian IPA. While I might prefer New Belgium's hop choices more than Stone's, this is still a new go-to in the style.
Pours a thick, 2cm head, clean white in color, with above average retention, gradually declining to a thin cap atop the body. Lacing is exceptional, with strong spiderweb, clump, spot, and other artistry on the sides of the glass. Body is a mostly transparent, slightly hazy golden orange color, with active carbonation migrating up the sides and center of the glass.
Aroma is densely fruity, with pineapple, mango, lemon, grapefruit rind, and melon being readily apparent, sitting atop a Belgian yeast (slightly Brettanomyces-like mustiness) and a somewhat peppery blend of white and black peppercorns.
The overall flavor is a heavily yeasty tropical fruit mix, with some pineapple and melon being the most obvious descriptors. Front of palate picks up pale malt sweetness joined to strong grapefruit rind: bitter with some pithy, fibrous flavor yielded by yeast secondary metabolites. Mid-palate balances Belgian yeast, slight bit of Brettanomyces, hop bitterness, and pale malt sweetness quite well. Back of palate is pleasantly bitter, like grapefruit rind, but not juicy, very dry. Other components in the back include a bit of curry-like spice and modest ethanol. Lingering taste of Belgian yeast and a mix of spicy and bittering hops.
Beer is medium-bodied with medium to medium-low carbonation, creating a generally smooth, creamy, and well-flowing. Closes quite dry, as expected from the Belgian yeast and abundant hops.
Serving type: bottle
09-27-2012 05:42:25 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
4/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A different beer. Don't expect a strongly hopped IPA or you will be disappointed. Don't take me wrong, the hop is definitely there but saves room for the yeast. One can definitely taste a Duvel type yeast. (dry finish and pear like flavor) I really like the Chinook, it gives a really dry type of flavor (similar to the the APA by schlafly, almost like sucking mint leaves: almost hairy in some ways). The dryness of the hop flavor and of the body (the beer is well attenuated) really complements the Duvel yeast well. A different beer but that worked well for me.
Serving type: bottle
04-18-2014 23:59:06 | More by lulubrewer
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,238 ratings.