Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.55/5 rDev +14%
DATE TASTED: July 27, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: post-Cinders dinner drink while viewing The King's Speech... APPEARANCE: beastly swirling tornado of effervescence ripples up to a snow-white two-finger head that frames a burnt-orange body--a beautiful glass to behold... AROMA: sugary, candied fragrance sits atop the classic Stone hops head bang--worth the price of admission just to soak in its aura... PALATE: soft, mildly hopped yet beguilingly medium-bodied; warming in the throat but not intrusive; a paradox that seems to bare out the uniqueness of the beer's namesake...TASTE: provocatively complex tart--grapefruit and pepper indelibly cascade with each swallow; balanced and substantial,, but in a way that invites a second bottle... OVERALL: Playing off the film, I will say this beer does not possess a stutter-inducing ABV, but the flavor, frame and aroma, this beer has a lot going for it...the over-babble on the bottle label could be severely edited, but no mistaking the beer is one I will recommend to friends, give as a gift and seek out when disposable income is more readily available...
07-29-2013 02:20:56 | More by dacrza1
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
Served in a large pilsner glass
A: pours a golden color with a slightly hazy texture to it. Also has an ample ammount of fluffy head
S: very nice and unique scent that contains both the belgian and ipa characteristics
T: beautiful taste, nice, but not overpowering, ipa characteristics. The belgian/wheat characteristics are present in the background but also help to make it such a smooth drinking brew
M: average mouthfeel with a slight ammount of tongue tingle
D: highly drinkable beer with very smooth characteristics but still beautiful tastes
Overall I absolutly love this beer and it is my mission to spread its wonder to all
10-27-2010 23:52:45 | More by BigPlay1824
4.63/5 rDev +16%
On the bottle neck: "Enjoy by 12/01/11"
Nice pour into my Chimay chalice. Moderate head. Dissipates quickly. Golden clear appearance.
Wow factor in force. Initial impression of taste blew me away. Fantastic experience. Semi-sweet up front followed with a lemon peel back end.
A very enjoyable beer so full of flavor it's sipable without the extreme ABV.
10-23-2011 18:26:26 | More by NWer
3.75/5 rDev -6%
Poured a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was hops citrus. The taste was more IPA than Belgian, it wasn't so loaded with carbonation that you could taste nothing else. Mostly citrus but I got just a hint of banana too. Nice blend of bitter and sweet. Feel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. Sorry, but I didn't see this as anything more than a tricked out IPA, good though.
09-25-2009 21:20:34 | More by kegger22
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Not sure what I was expecting with this. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanx DK. Poured into a St. Bernadus Goblet,clear Honey colored pour with a foamy ivory head that leaves significant lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose is...interesting, earthy, some Belgian yeast character, spicy hops, Grapefruit rind. Nice bitter sweet flavors, a hint of belgian yeast, caramel, grapefruit and pine. Fruity bitter finish. Active carbonation. Delicious beer. Drinks very well.
08-15-2010 15:40:38 | More by beergod1
3.03/5 rDev -24.1%
Clear orange amber with a foamy/frothy off-white head and good retention. Pine-floral aroma with a yeast backdrop. Floral and pine hop bitterness. Extensive saltiness. Balanced sweetness at forst shifts to bitterness. Light bitter linger. Smooth feel with a bite.
I remember enjoying this much more previously. Perhaps it was mishandled since it was best before 4/22/11. Overwhelmingly saltiness makes for a more basic, strong IPA with only minor yeast qualities. I'm going to have to search for a fresh one on this as it didn't compare to Le Freak.
03-01-2011 00:48:49 | More by Bfarr
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,484 ratings.