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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

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2,228 Ratings
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Ratings: 2228
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%


Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a completely clear orange amber with a thin creme head. Nose is perfume and floral tones. Flavor comes off as the skins of some fruit to me. Grapefruits I think. I don't like to eat grapefruit skins, and I don't really want to drink them. There's also a bitter acidic bite from too much hops, I am guessing. Earthy dirt aftertaste a bit. Carbonation is slightly aggressive and the liquid is smooth. Overall this is a below par Belgian IPA IMO. The hops are too prevalent to let the Belgian Ale side shine and it doesn't have the balance I would seek out from this style.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 19:24:26 | More by RblWthACoz
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an orangey gold with a moderate white head that hangs around for a while and does some lacing.
the aroma has got piney grapefruit rind hoppiness, and actually smells bitter if that makes sense. there is some bubblegum type fruitiness too. i get a bit of corriander-ish aroma.
a strange kind fruitiness makes up the bulk of the flavor. it's odd, in that it seems hop driven, with a dusty asprin/coconut/bubblegum/citrusy taste. beneath that lies grainy malts, corriander, a touch of candy sugar, and a pinch of pepper. a healthy, but not overpowering doese of bitterness
the mouthfeel is medium with a moderate but sharp carbonation.
the drinkability is solid, is doesn't bowl you over with bitterness like it could, it's actually pretty balanced. the smooth sweet complex taste is a new take on the recent belgian IPA trend, and while i'm a big fan of the style, it's already nice to see a little something different than a hoppy tripel, which this is not. well worth a try, i would be happy to see this one return next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 03:02:04 | More by kmo1030
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GClarkage

California

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12/11/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. 2008 release. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Fairly clear deeper golden colored pour. About a 3/4 inch head upon pour with lovely streams of carbonation rusing from the bottom of my glass. Leaves light spotted and mild streaks of lace.

Smell- Scents of fusel alcohol, toasted malts, belgian yeast strains and of course fruited hops.

Taste- Well balanced with lots of flavors. Not sure how many hops they used in here. Guessing two, but could even be one....which would be amazing if that was the case. Fresh perfumy and unripe grapefruit bitter hops flavors abound. A bit of sweetness and earthyness from the lightly toasted malt...maybe even a slight touch of chocolate dusting. A little dash or corriander and some white pepper as well.

Mouthfeel- Quite dry, quite quenching, sharp and crisp. Medium carbonation level with a nice light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- One of the most drinkable beers I have had. Makes you want to guzzle it. Going to buy another one or two on my way home for SD tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 15:14:28 | More by GClarkage
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erikm25

Washington

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright honey orange. Lively and crisp in the glass with a very nice glowing golden quality. The head is minimal with some reasonable retention. Lacing is sporadic.

S: Nice balance between citrus and bready yeast. Hints of bananas, pears, and pined spruce. Reminded me of bubblegum with subtle floral undertones. Aromas are grassy, doughy, and medicinal towards the end.

T: The taste is sharp citrus and pine quality with noticeable malt backbone. Caramel malts with a cutting lemon zest. Subliminal splash of lime coupled with clove. Peaches and a spiced coriander finish. Fresh and sharp qualities. The hops are there in typical Stone fashion. Oranges blasted with black peppers . Crisp and refreshing. Alcohol is not even present.

M: Medium body with nice carbonation.

D: Jammed this with some Jimmy Durante and it seemed to couple very nicely. I liked this one a lot. Reminded me just a tad of the 08.08.08. Overall, a very nice beer. Comes with the usual Stone reading material on the back of the bottle. Even at $6.99 it was worth a whirl.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 03:00:51 | More by erikm25
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown bottle; served in a tulip.

Pours a clean, light copper in color with great clarity; noticeable beads of carbonation. Creamy white head that recedes after a moment leaving multiple pools of patchy foam. Thin and spotted lacing with good durability.

Semi-sweet candied sugar that melds very smoothly with a fresh, bright citrus aromas: lemon, grapefruit, pear, apricot. Hints of corriander amidst a slightly stiff, wheat character.

Intensely tart citrus and tropical fruit up front that is somewhat short lived on account of a burnt, bitter, floral hop presence. Apricot, pear, kiwi, and lemon. The corriander spice is pleasant following the fresh fruit flavors; however, the burnt-mustiness and faint candy sugar at mid-sip is bland and a slightly unpleasant. Unfortunately, there isn't much of a balance in this Belgian-IPA combo.

Medium bodied; crisp prior to the bland, candy-sweetness which turns the body somewhat dry and filmy.

The IPA 'portion' is definitely flavorful, but the Belgian yeast and sweetness hamper these highlights. Glad that I tried this offering, but next time I'll order a Ruination instead.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 01:54:46 | More by NEhophead
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csmiley

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a brilliant gold with some hints of copper in there as well. Head is respectable and just a shade away from white. It sticks around for a couple minutes before turning into a thin cap. Nice amount of lacing remains in the glass.

S - Starts out with a dash of fruit. Mostly hints of orange and possibly lemon. Typical Belgian yeast aromas are present and give the fruit a sour note. Some sourdough bread shows up midway. Aroma is pleasant overall.

T - Several flavors are melded together fairly well right out of the gate. Fruit stands out maybe just a little more than other flavors with some grapefruit and white grape. Smoother malty flavors also come though from the start. I was able to pick out honey and candied sugar. Belgian yeast flavors come and go throughout the flavor. Alcohol is present but stays out of the way of all the other flavors.

M - Medium bodied and light in carbonation. Starts out smooth and slick but finishes a bit waxy. Finish is bitter and cleaner than expected.

D - Drinkability is good. This brew is clean and goes down pretty easy. Seems very well done for the style and I wouldn't have any problems having a couple more pints of the Cali-Belgique. The mouthfeel is a tad off but not enough to mess up the beer as a whole. Another good brew from Stone. Glad I got the chance to try it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 21:06:42 | More by csmiley
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the first bottle I saw in OH, $6.99 at Whole Foods. The beer is yellow as corn but clear as water, thick white foamy head that laces dry onto the glass. The smell is a near-perfect coupling of west coast hops with Belgian yeast, the citrus from the hops and the esters from the yeast. The taste is likewise representative of both styles, much better suited to my tastes than the Belgian IPA's I've tried in the past (Urthel Hop-It, Chouffe tripel IPA, etc). Lots of grapefruit with spiciness and cloves, very tasty. A real winner from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 01:40:17 | More by TurdFurgison
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange to golden color, thin bubbled white head laces nicely.

Nose has a nice metallic hop aroma with a slight toasted caramel component.

Biscuit malt is noticed right away on the palate, nice sweetness, Belgian wild yeasty-bread flavors, and a fresh/ripe fruity hop flavor comes through nicely. Biscuits and fruit.

Finish is toasty/biscuity also, with again more fruit.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 21:46:41 | More by yemenmocha
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nlmartin

Ohio

2.4/5  rDev -40%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This beer was chilled and poured into an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a very pleasing bright golden coloration. The head of the beer is thick with major retention. White pancake lacing marks the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is heavy handed citrus orange, lemon, grapefruit from the hops. This combines well with yeasty clove, bubblegum aromas.

Taste: The beer delivers my expected hop bitterness. A bit grassy, grapefruit. The beer gives way to cloves and a very annoying mint flavor. In short the mint ruins my enjoyment of this beer. I want to score it higher but cannot.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has medium body with moderate carbonation. The drinkability of this beer was ruined for me due to an astringent minty flavor. This beer is simply not brewed to my taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:37:05 | More by nlmartin
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Wildman

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear copper color and formed an off white foamy head that left latticed lace as is subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of hops, citrus, pine and hints of the yeast as well. The body is medium light and the finish is sprite and peppery. Another nice experiment from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 03:26:15 | More by Wildman
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abankovich

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was very excited to finally try this beer and bought one the day my order came in.

Poured out a perfect crisp golden color with an off-white head that leaves behind perfect lacing down the glass.

There is an amazing aroma on this one. Sweet citrus hops and Belgian influenced sugar aromas. Great bitterness present as well hiding beneath the sweetness.

The first flavors hitting my tongue are those from the delicious west-coast hopping style that are recognizable from the base Stone IPA. Across the middle the Belgian yeast influences really come out to play and dance across the palate. On the back end there is a clinging bitterness that sticks in the back of your throat for awhile. All around very very delicious.

The mouthfeel is exactly what I would want out of a Belgian IPA. Lively, medium bodied and with great carbonation. The drinkability is very high here. Everything is in perfect balance and the ABV is almost at a sessionable level. I would love to drink these all night long. Really an amazing beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 18:05:52 | More by abankovich
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gford217

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a small soapy head that remains active throughout with sporadic bubbles rising to the top. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma has the earthy sweetness of the Belgian yeast with some citrus hops in the form of apricot and lemon. There is also a bit of the bubblegum sweetness as well.

The hops are much more prominent in the taste with a huge bitter hop kick up front that lingers throughout the sip. There is Belgian yeast and bits of bready malt in the background, but the hops really star in the taste.

The mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is decent and complements the bitterness well on the palate.

This is an interesting take on a Belgian IPA and one where the aroma belied the amount of hop bitterness in the taste. An original and tasty beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 18:38:47 | More by gford217
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scottoale

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 Liter Growler fresh from the brewery, pours a brilliant gold with pristene clarity and a fat finger and a half of white head. Good head retention, lively carbonation and some awesome intricate lace, that sticks to the glass. It looks like poster material.

Very sweet, bubblegum nose upfront, with a piney, citrus hop note way down the back. Floral and fruity for the most part. The taste starts off sweet with a banana, bubblegum thing going on, and then the hops come in hard with strong pine sap, grapefruit and the likes. It's nicely balanced, but the taste expirience is short lived. It's not a sipper and it's not a quaffer, but it's quick and pungent. An interesting blend of the hops and the yeast used. What is the style again?

Medium body with active carbonation, yet I feel something lacking in the mouthfeel. Perhaps it's the lack of time that it spends in your mouth, I'm not quite sure. Overall tasty and easy too drink with the alcohol lurking somewhere...pretty good brew.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2008 02:41:18 | More by scottoale
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgi IPA (bottle)
A: pours a great, clear copper color. Nice frothy white head, with a great retention rate and outstanding lacing.

S: great aroma of spices from the Belgian side , very flowery and earthy. Great nose from the hops, slight citrus and earthy notes.

T: great IPA notes, some citrus and earthy flavors blend well with the Belgian sweetness and spiciness. Very well done.

M: full bodied brew. Nice bitter palate with some sweet malt backbone. Big carbonation level.

D: nice brew and well worth getting. A typically good brew from a good brewery. I love this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 18:35:33 | More by paulthebeerguru
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mspindler

California

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mostly clear, bright golden with a slight haze. Lots of bubbles and a tall, soapy cream-white head that sticks to the glass nicely. The aroma is the highlight of this beer, distinctly Belgian yeast with floral hops and fruit, namely grapefruit and pear. Taste starts with yeast and an almost sweet tart flavor and a smooth mouthfeel. The finish hits you with a bold hop bitterness that lingers for a while then slowly dies off, leaving you with a hint of sweet fruit. A great variation of one of the classic IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 01:37:33 | More by mspindler
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clea, pale amber color with a foamy head and good retention.

Didn't smell too much like the original IPA to me. I didn't detect any hops but there was a nice, strong bubblegum flavor from the yeast. Most of the character of this beer is in the fruity yeast flavors.

As I'm thinking bubblegum from the aroma, it comes through nicely in the taste. I like it. It's hard to believe this is just the IPA with different yeast. Hop flavors are hard to pick up, but there is some nice bitterness. The bitterness is lighter than a normal IPA.

Not incredibly memorable for the mouthfeel. It was smooth, nothing overpowering, and not much lingering in the mouth. Drinkability was good, I finished it at a good pace and would have more.

Overall, the combo of IPA and Belgian yeast didn't really make a perfect, complex blend. This combo was just good. But the beer was good by itself and I liked it for that. I would have again if it was brewed again and I could find it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 19:26:27 | More by jeffthecheff
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunny tangerine with a few fine floating flecks that don't look like yeast particles. It'll be interesting to see what the final pour adds to the glass (note: nothing much). Atop the beer can be seen three fingers of foam the color of pearls bathed in a soft orange light. The sturdy crown looks more American than Belgian, but then this is an American ale. Cheese grater-like lace sticks to all available surfaces.

The nose is as expected given the ingredients. Magnum, Centennial and Chinook hops add the Cali, while the yeast adds the Belgique. A pretty successful marriage if you ask me. Each sniff delivers orange, grapefruit, lemon and bubblegum. Clove and other spicy yeast esters aren't prominent. A hint of orange-flavored children's chewable aspirin keeps the score from the next highest number.

I like what Stone Brewing hath wrought in this attempt to merge New World hops with Old World yeast. That's a much more inviting combination than Old World hops (just one BA's opinion) and New World yeast (simple ale yeast). This brew may not be quite as delicious as Stone IPA, but it's close. Unfortunately, my flavor memory of their standard IPA is sadly fading since I have no easy access.

The balance between hop flavor and yeast flavor is close to perfect. The impressive tropical fruitiness of the former gradually morphs into the bready and bubblegum-like qualities of the latter. As in the nose, spiciness is kept to a minimum (without being completely AWOL). A blast of clove and cardamom wouldn't have worked as well.

Despite 77 IBUs, the beer doesn't seem overly bitter. Having said that, at roughly the midway point of the bomber, my tongue in beginning to quiver just a bit. Incidently, the alcohol is hidden very well. As the beer warms, kiwi and strawberry notes begin to filter in at the edges. This really is a sneakily complex ale.

The mouthfeel is merely good. It wouldn't be fair to expect something Belgianesque, since the only thing Belgian about this offering is the yeast. Still, it could be more full... or more smoothly creamy... or more softly fluffy. I'm not picky.

If Cali-Belgique IPA is an experiment, then it's a successful experiment. By virtue of one simple change, Greg and the boys at Stone have managed to create an IPA that tastes nothing like the original, yet is just as good. If the suggestion box is open, here's a vote for continued production. Distribution to Iowa is probably a pipe dream, but then that's why I look forward to traveling back to Ohio several times each year.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 14:53:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received as an extra from seaoflament. Thanks for knocking off a want, Carlos! Chilled and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear orange capped with a solid almost pure white head that's frothy and dense with decent retention with some lacework

S: Wonderful citrus hops up front with sharp tangerine fruitiness and bitterness. There's a good deal of hop character but as the beer warms up, there's some classic Belgian spiciness that comes with some pepper and clove with a yeasty sweetness. Not very strong with the Belgian character and that's the reason I like it. As it warms up over an hour, this definitely get spicier with white pepper, mace and a hint of cinnamon.

T/M: Opens up with a ton of hops with citrus, tangerine and floral characters dominating the palate. Again, the Belgian yeast character is over-powered by the hops (which, according to my tastebuds, is a good thing) and appear towards the end of the sip with some spice and sweetness. Like the IPA, this beer is pretty light in body (a plus) with a long, bitter and dry finish. It is here that the spices become a little more prominent with a white pepper and clove blend becoming noticeable. As with the regular IPA, the carbonation is excellent and this beer is a pleasure on the palate.

D: This is one easy drinking BIPA, probably my favorite of the bunch so far. Well done, Stone!

Notes: This is not a style I dig because I don't like the conflicting use of hops and yeasty characteristics. This beer subdues the yeast and lets the hops do the talking - if this doesn't sound appealing to you, don't try this.

As this warms up over an hour, it's quite remarkable how the balance shifts in this beer from being hop-driven to yeast-driven. All told, it's still delicious,

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 02:12:55 | More by DefenCorps
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

One of my favorite emerging styles. The beer has a lot of Chimay Tripel character, but sweeter, with a more caramel, cotton candy-like confection. A bit darker (copper-golden) than most tripels, but this one also gives a light toasty-toffee note that balances the fruity esters and spicy phenols well. The strong hop flavors compliment the peppery, clovey, yeasty spices very well with a sharp citrus, chai-tea herbalness that never wavers from the other complex 'Tripel-like' notes. Evaporative feel to the mouth from the dry hops, minty alcohols, and efforvescent carbonation. The beer just lifts off of the toung and dries out in the finish for superb drinking enjoyment Finishes spicy, citrusy, and with a mild phenolic-soapy note that I pick out in most all hoppy Belgians. Not quite a Houblon Chouffe, but very close in quality.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 16:03:53 | More by BEERchitect
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CrellMoset

Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA - one of six they got in. Poured into a snifter and split four ways.

Appearance: A crystal-clear orange with a one-finger white head, slightly off-white, with medium retention that fades into a frothy foamy ring.

Aroma: Strong juicy fruit, Nugget Nectar-like, grass, mint, basil, strong sweet and lightly roasted malts. A light yeasty twang. Banana bread as it warms. Belgian spices. Floral. Sweet and syrupy as it warms further. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Dry hopping is assertive, strong bitterness, slightly bready, a little bit of a roasted edge, a little more of a banana/other fruity edge. The dry hopping on this one seems a little off - it reminds me of a great Belgian IPA in the nose, but the taste seems just a little strange, though it is interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and of a medium thickness, with a medium level of carbonation - even a bit low, perhaps. Leaves a bit of a film, as well.

Drinkability: Nice, and really does add a whole new element to the Stone IPA. And everything works really well, in my opinion, with the exception of that dry hopping, which just sort of seems ... well, off. The alcohol is, like the Stone IPA, just fine, well hidden and of a reasonable level. The aroma is out of this world ... the rest is just a little bit of a letdown. Still, a great beer, and one I'm glad I got a chance to try. Maybe tweaking the regular Stone IPA recipe a little for its Belgification would yield a slightly improved taste?

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 04:46:42 | More by CrellMoset
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Proteus93

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle split with Chris (CrellMoset). Dan (dkachur), and Mark, bartending at our local watering hole.

A: A crisp golden... clean and straight forward amber. A rather nice head, leaving a sheeting of patchy lace.

S: Aroma is a high point of this brew. The nice floral and herbal scents along with the standard citrus. If flowers smelled a little sweeter. Quite nice.

T: Herbal, leafy, citrus, and bitter with a little bit of a fruity esters, thanks to the yeasty esters. Almost an apple taste with the lemon rind. Not too shabby.

M + D: A nice shimmering carbonation, giving to it the bit of a foamy mouthfeel that I appreciate. A solid brew... the standard Stone IPA would be more likely to be a regular offering in my fridge, but this one is a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2008 03:18:47 | More by Proteus93
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber from South Bay Drugs. Pours a fairly standard golden orange, but with a nice head thatsticks around as a cap. It's amazing what the adddition of a different yeast will do. I like Stone IPA quite a bit, and I like this as well, but the addition of Belgian yeast to the IPA has yielded an entirely different beer. This beer smells and tastes bready and meaty- almost of bacon. There are the standard Stone IPA hop flavors of citrus and lingering piney bitterness, but this bacony breadiness with some tangy notes overlies that. Unusual, and takes a bit of getting used to, but I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 02:35:02 | More by Georgiabeer
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Zorro

California

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian IPA, makes me think of a retake on the Old Reese's Peanut butter cups commercial only with beer drinkers involved. "You Got Ruination in my Duvel! You Got Duvel in my Ruination! Sips...GREAT!"

Poured in my Duvel Tulip I have a brilliantly clear copper colored ale with a good off-white to neat tan colored head. Beautiful beer in the glass.

Smell is sweet and herbal with a remarkably spicy aroma supposedly all from yeast and hops. Aroma of apricot, cloves, spice, grapefruit, citrus, orange and pinesap. Fainter woody and melon scents.

The taste starts out sweet and woody with a bone dry aftertaste. There is an earthy flavor here that is hard to place, something like half cork and half mushroom. Decent amount of bitterness present but honestly I would call this a Belgian American Style Pale Ale flavor wise.

Mouthfeel is good and full yet dry.

Pretty drinkable even though flavor is it's weak point. Not that it tastes bad at it is just light dry and refresh, not complex. Pretty much I beer I will try every year it comes out.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 01:54:56 | More by Zorro
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johnd513

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes to ducksfan for this one!
This beer pours a clear golden color with a two inch white fluffy head. Smells of sweet grapefruit and Belgian yeast. The taste is similar to the smell. Very citrusy with grapefruit and a clean finish. The mouthfeel is smooth, has a light body with lots of carbonation and is a little chewy. Drinkability is very good, I had no problem finishing this bomber. Overall a great beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 00:10:29 | More by johnd513
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep gold, clear, with a perfect 1/2 inch of white foam holding on nicely. Nice aroma of lemon/orange fruit rind, dusted with a nice Belgian yeast note. There is a touch of honey-sweetness in the aroma, but it leans more toward a tangy fruitiness.

The flavor seems to have a sharpness that carries all the way through to the finish. The bitterness is nice, although it leans on being astringent. Those classic Belgian pale flavors are a bit subdued, and the complexity is lost somewhat. The mouthfeel is pretty light, and the carbonation is quite intense as it darts into the tongue. The carbonation needs to be more foamy and less spritzy to be more like a true Belgian pale.

All in all this was a decent attempt for Stone at what is at least partially a Belgian beer. Considering the disappointment of most of the Vertical Epic series, this was actually almost a step up. Worth a try, but don't expect it to be anything close to a Choffe Houblon...

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 06:32:11 | More by bennetj17
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.