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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,522 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,522
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 164 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

pushstartnow13, Jan 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

n2pux, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

vitters03, Jan 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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XanderCruz, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of hiku7
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours clear amber with minor bubble streams. Decent layer of foam remained after the head dissipated. Lacing wasn't great, but it could have been the glass.

Aroma is lemon citrus and rose petals, plus phenols that remind me of overripe peaches and a hint of banana.

Flavor is citrus peachy funk with an assertive bitter finish. The hint of banana makes its way into the flavor as well. Maybe ripe honeydew melon too. The malt is reminiscent of fresh bread and provides a welcome sweetness to balance the hop bitterness.

Medium body with pleasant foamy carbonation that has little bite. Overall, dangerously drinkable and very smooth and soft on the palate. The sweetness up front gives way to a moderately dry finish.

I'm new to the Belgian IPA style, so I don't yet have points of reference, but really enjoyed this beer. The phenols and esters really added to what is otherwise the malt and hop profile of Stone's IPA.

hiku7, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

rowingbrewer, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%

hazy golden amber in color. It has a thin foamy head but is quite persistant. Well carbonated. Aroma is quite full of hops, citrus with a good tangerine bouquet, floral and a touch of grass. Honey malts balance the hops.
Starts of nice and hoppy , true to its birth place. Bright citrus/floral hops. malts are honey sweet but don't really balance out the hop onslaught. Now here is the part I didn't like: The second half of this tasting to me has a sort of Welch's grape drink taste. Very off putting in my opinion.
Drinks smooth and clean, no aftertaste to speak of.
I looked through numerous reviews to see if anyone else picked up on the Welch's taste as did I and found none, so perhaps it me.

micromaniac129, Jan 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Skye1024, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

buckyp, Dec 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

hawkmage, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

SkipWeathers, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

22oz Bomber - thanks to Phyl21ca for this one

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, hops, lemons, yeast, banana/bubble gum

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops mixed with lemons, yeast, and some caramel. There is also a lot of banana/bubble gum flavour and something else that I can't put my finger on.. It ends with a fruity and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – There was this one odd taste to the beer but it was only subtle. While I've had other beers within this style that were better, this one was still above average and quite drinkable. Stone rarely disappoints.

spinrsx, Dec 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jbear68, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of TheBrewo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

We pop the top and pour a sunny, golden-orange brew. It holds a thin and bubbly head of one finger which sits for the remainder of the tasting. There is thick haze with the last half of the bottle, but no real sediment or yeast. Carbonation appears low. The nose is thick with Belgian yeast, bright citric and leafy hops varietals, bittering orange peel, and spicy bitterness of clovey phenols and coriander. There is an independent orange fruit sweetness, and the faintest air of bubblegum esters. With warmth comes the acetone burn of booze. As we sip, the hops are the first thing to hit the palate. They are big with citrus and herbs, and balance nicely with the paler Belgian grain used. The yeast, too, comes in, and is steely and metallic. Orange rind offers bitterness, but it is the yeast that marks the transition into the middle of the flavoring, as it becomes more biting and metallic, and somewhat dirty feeling. The hops now develop into more grassy and earthen flavors. We finish with lemon bitterness and some stark spice of coriander. The phenols from the nose finally come in, only to be partially cut by fruity sweetness to the very end. The aftertaste breathes of strong bitter notes, of fruit rind, grapefruit hops, black and peppery booze, and hollow spice. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The beer cools and thinly coats, leaving the mouth with a finely astringent twinge. There is decent cream and slurp, and the mouth is ultimately cooled. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the best thing about this brew was the straight flavoring, with echoes of the elements promised in the nose. There is a great blend of spice and yeast, effectively and beautifully mixing with the bittering hoppy components. We would have like to see a stronger, fuller head on top for the style, but otherwise this offering holds up nicely to its competitors.

TheBrewo, Dec 29, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Martstar, Dec 28, 2011
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,522 ratings.