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89
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Ratings: 2,663
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 217 | 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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Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel Tulip

A: Super cloudy dull orange in color. One finger head dissipates very fast. Some lacing.
S: Belgian funk upfront. Touch of citrus hops and then more funk.
T: Super sweet initially, finishes funky and bitter. Grassy, citrus hops.
M: Medium mouth feel, finishes slightly bitter and wet on the tongue.
O: I am a huge IPA fan and this was just what I was looking for, something a bit different. Funky Belgian yeast accompanied by citrus hops make this interesting to say the least. Not world class in my opinion but very good!

Photo of ummswimmin
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers by one of my favorite breweries. It is amazing that this beer has been so consistent across so many years of offering.

It is a great mix of belgian and American IPA. From the belgian you get their yeasts and caramel notes in the head. In the bouquet and body you can taste citrus and floral hoppiness. All of these different characteristics somehow balance. There is a little bit of bitterness (no surprise with all of the hops).

Somehow the belgian influence doesn't make the beer heavy. The consistency is like an IPA.

This is an excellent beer by an excellent brewer.

Photo of weller1js
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a bold golden color with moderate carbonation, light foam and lacing, slight haze and yeast particles.

smell: piney, tangy hops, with sweet velevety belgian yeast undertones.

taste: begins mellow, develops quickly into piney notes, slight belgian undertones, finishes crisp with a piney bitterness.

overall: nice example of a Belgian IPA, well-hopped and has the best of both worlds, decent abv as well.

Photo of mdvatab
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Could not locate bottled-on date.

Aroma: As the name suggests, this one has a mixed spicy Belgian yeast character coupled with fruity hop flavor. Honey-like malty sweetness. Spicy clove. Light floral notes, pineapple, and pear from hops.
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange body. Tight, fluffy white 2-finger pillow of rocky foam. Excellent retention and lacing.

Flavor: Mirroring aroma, honey sweetness with a spicy Belgian profile. In addition to the fruity hop notes noted in the aroma, the beer has a prominent bitterness that appears midway through, and remains through a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high CO2. Bitter hoppy profile is only slightly drying.

Overall: An exciting twist on an IPA. This is a brew that someone who doesn't necessarily like IPAs could enjoy. The tropical fruit hop profile was a welcomed change from the citrusy/piney hops that I'm accustomed to in American IPAs. Definitely recommended!

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/burnt orange with a big amount of fluffy white head which dissipated quickly down to nothing but a ring. The aroma is a combination of orange and lemon/lime citrus with a spicy/fruity, slightly sour, Belgian yeast. Any malt character is subdued by the big yeast aroma. Flavor is fruity orange and mango but countered with a peppery spice of yeast. Malts are present more now than in the nose giving the hops a caramel/toffee backing. The spicy, clove, character dies down for the finish leaving only fruity hops and a bitter bite. Yeast subdues a massive hop character which goes well over a light and creamy body.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness dating on the bottle. Clear, golden body that looks great. Two-finger white head that leaves sticky rings of lacing and a foamy cap on the top.

Excellent aroma that is very rich. Deep hop notes of both the more "bitter" pine and grapefruit spanning the distance over to the more "sweet" floral and tropical notes. I get a strong sense that the tropical notes are a result of the combination of the Belgian yeast and the west coast hops. Some additional fruity esters from the yeast complete the aroma.

Interesting flavor that seems to really work. The piney and fruity hop flavors are blended with those produced by the yeast to make one of the more unusual flavors I've had in a beer. I get some caramel malt sweetness in the finish as well.

No substantial notice of the alcohol in this one. Drinkable for sure. One of the better experimental brews I've had and it works.

Photo of adam42381
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a 2 finger frothy eggshell white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus and just a hint of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sweet citrus and bready malt up front followed by banana, clove and very mild phenols in the middle before ending with a massive blast of bitter hops in the form of lemon rind and a touch of pine at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. A single bomber will go down pretty easily.

Overall: Very good beer overall. While I don't think it's as good as Stone IPA, it's still a very good beer. I like what they did here and I recommend giving it a try.

Photo of bmwats
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A: Deep golden or light amber. Medium light carbonation. Pours about a quarter finger, foamy white head, which quickly dissipates leaving a scattered bubbly blanket on the surface. Some sparse spiderweb lacing, but it concedes quickly and retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Baked bread malt, pungent hops, coriander, Italian spice, lemon zest, and a little honey.

T: Piny hops rule the day. A little malty goodness is detectable. Lemon citrus with a woody tone. A subtle butterscotch sweetness.

M: Syrupy thick body. Steely, piny, zesty palette remains throughout the experience.

D: The pine and pungency dictate a slow drink.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice golden hue, with only a slight head, and not much in terms of lacing. Nose has plenty going on though. malt, hops, spice, and citrus. Flavor is a nice balance of grains annd spice with a subtly sweet note. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange. Big and frothy white head. Great retention, lacing clings everywhere.

S: Unmistakable Belgian yeast. Slightly chalky. Estery with hints of banana, dash of cloves. Slight boozy undertones. American hops add scents of citrus and tropical fruits. Smells rather like a pina-colada when taken as a whole. Very nice.

T: A fairly strong dose of American, west Coast style hopping opens things up. Substantial bitterness throughout. Pine and sticky bud. Orange and pineapple flavors are contributed by both hops and esters. Clove taste butts in briefly. Banana is there, but hard to pick out at first. Alcohol has an impact too. Warming and a bit spicy. Finishes dry with chalky yeast and oily hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slick, oily feeling too. Enamel stripping hop mouthfeel.

O: Maybe my favorite example of the style so far.

Notes: A great marriage of the Belgian and IPA styles. Maintains a great balance of flavors, showcasing both aspects, but not letting one trump the other. A noteworthy beer.

Photo of DavidST
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the regular Stone IPA, so I have high hopes for this.

Poured into a wide mouthed glass from a bomber with a best before date of 8-11-11 (very nice when did stone start this?). It pours nice, the color is golden with a white head which leaves a little lacing. The smell is of citrus and pine hops with a sweet smell, perhaps the belgium yeast and spice notes. The mouth feel is medium (on the low end) thickness. The taste is pretty great, you a light belgium funk taste and its slightly sweet which is followed by a very hoppy taste on the way down and a bitter pine after taste follows, very good, I don't get quite as much citrus as the regular IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty great IPA, if it didn't cost almost twice as much as the regular Stone IPA, I'd get it quite often. Very good.

Photo of scbrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bombers now available at...what Albertsons!? Pours slight hazy gold with white head. Sweet belgian aroma of spice, banana and grapefruit. MInimal bitterness and hop aroma. Flavor is mainly Belgian Golden Ale, with nice citrus notes, maybe grapefruit, with mild hop flavor. Slight hop bitterness.

Photo of JJBlanche
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I’ve always been intrigued by the Cali-Belgique concept.

A: Crystal clear golden to amber. Two finger head. The clarity gives me pause for something associated with a Belgian…but the lacing and the color are there.

S: Grassy hops up front, citrus hops fast taking over, then some spiciness in the background. After a second or two, once you’ve taken stock of the components, it blends well. Nice.

T: The hops play well with Belgian phenolics. A really nice menagerie, but my sample has this cidery tartness on the back end I don’t care for. Cloying, almost like a fruit lambic. It’s as if it starts off magnificent, has a great nose…then fades into sour milk. Bipolar is the best way to describe this brew.

M: Appropriate.

O: If it wasn’t for that sourness on the back end this would be a go-to. As it stands, not quite right. Look for the Schneider Hopfen Weissen if you want a seamless melding of old world and new.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Stub and Herbs into a 10 oz snifter.

A- Nice carbonation, golden brown appearance, small head
S- Refreshing, fruity aroma, the Belgium yeast is definitely present as well as spice notes, hints of peach, grapefruit, mango, very nice aroma.
T- Nice bitterness upfront, but mellows out, very smooth and refreshing, the yeast and spice go really well with the light fruity flavors that Im picking up (mango, peach, slight grapefruit)hops are present, sweet beer overall.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, refreshing.
O- Surprised by this one, very refreshing and fruity, really easy drinkability and well balanced overall, will definitely drink this one again.

Photo of Stretch270
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served the 1pt 6fl oz. bottle in a Stone Cali-Belgique class I picked up when I visited Stone.

Appearance: A nice, deep golden hue with a cloudy white head.

Smell: Certainly the hops come across well in the smell, certainly a fresh smell of hops that adds to the overall flavor of the beer.

Taste:If you like the Stone IPA you will probably like the Cali-Belgie or Belgique as the difference I tasted was a twist added with the Belgian yeast strain.

Mouthfeel: You certainly get a solid amount of carbonation, but the overall feel of the beer is relatively light, although seems about right for a flavorful IPA.

Overall: If you like Stone's hoppy end beers, I can think of any reason why you won't like this one. It is a great way to see how a Belgian yeast can alter the flavor of an IPA. Nice contrast to the Stone line of IPAs.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 28 May 2011.

A: Thin, pale yellow with a very thin head. Clearish. Scattered lacing.

S: Funky, bitter/hoppy, and sourish. Sweet citrus?

T: Malty sour-sweet, with a vegetal end/aftertaste. Quite tart with a funky yeast. Lingering aftertaste. Hrm. I think I like it?

M: Medium-bodied, a bit lively and/or carbonated. Drying.

O: A weird drink, but a good beer. I don't think I'd have it have again, because it's too odd-sour and dry. Try it maybe, I guess.

Photo of Intrinsic
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finally got to try this at the Mondiale de la Biere today and I've only just sobered up enough now to write this review. What an incredible beer. I went back for more twice on this one despite having access to hundreds of other IPAs today.

Pours slightly hazy with great head, a nice dark straw colour, great lacing, great retention.

The smell is obviously quite similar to Stone IPA. I think most of the same ingredients are used except the Belgian yeast, which adds another dimension that really makes this an exceptional beer. Interesting spice notes with the piney hops and citrus of Stone IPA.

The taste is nothing short of perfect, although my obsession with Stone IPA may have something to do with this. Extremely piney, but fruit flavours abound making this a very interesting IPA.

Mouthfeel is quite dry, very smooth, and very drinkable. I will definitely have another one of these as soon as possible.

Photo of Kendo
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is clear, light-honey in color with a small white head.

S: Citrusy - grapefruit & lemon - and piney hops over biscuity malt. Touch of earthy yeast too.

T: Similar to the nose: grapefruit, light caramel malt, some spice. Finishes with a dry lemony bitterness. Alcohol heat felt in belly.

M: Good creamy feel to it. Heft is medium.

O: Very good.

Photo of jgurley
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty gold and looks very much like Stone IPA. An inch of head and nice lacing. I get mango and bright citrus and pine on the nose. Taste is spectacularly bright and sticky, as I expected. Slightly sweet on the front with notes of pineapple, mango and juniper. As it warms, the maltiness comes out. Effervescence is great and the finish is dry. Very drinkable. A lot like Stone's regular IPA but a bit more fruity. Delicious and very drinkable.

Photo of ccm414
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 1 Pt 6 Fl oz bottle...

A- Poured with a nice, uniform 3 finger head. Slightly orange, but mostly a straw color. Leaves a decent lace while the head settles.

S- Rather sweet in the smell with the belgian yeast coming through very strong. Light grain. They really nailed the smell of a belgian ipa here, very nice. The hops come through on the back of the nose with some lighter piney scents.

T- Sweet and tart, very balanced with great flavor. Almost like a piney orange. I was expecting to get much more flavors from the yeast after the smell, but not much. For this "style" beer being a cali ipa with belgian influence, they really nailed it on the head. A great brew, I just wish it had a little more weight to it.

M- Light bodied, but packed with unique flavor. Not much carbonation. I feel it would be a little better with some more body to it, but still an excellent beer.

O- They really nailed it on this beer. It is exactly what I was expecting, and then some. The smells and flavors are all there for this california ipa with a belgian influence (mainly the yeast). I would grab for another one. Will visit again some time soon.

Cheers!
ccm414

Photo of obywan59
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear. Golden in color against the white of my beer review page, more coppery against my white walls. Held up to the light, it looks like a sunrise through the glass.

The initial amell from popping the top is quite bready. From the glass, I get some light bread or over-ripe citrus, some light Belgian yeast (pleasant, not really funky), and soms wonderfuly fresh, spicy aromas, (mainly clove) as well as some light herbal aromas. Very fruity and grassy at the same time.

Taste of sweet malt and spice again, but this time there are strong herbal notes which fuse with the sweet malts and bitter hops to create a superb taste sensation. Peppery.

Medium bodied, but substantial enough to hold the incredible flavor for the duration. Some warming alcohol in the throat and a bite of carbonation.

This is an awesome beer! It has great balance and incredibly well-rounded aroma and flavor. I can't believe I've gone so long without trying this again.

Photo of CASK1
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass.

Poured surprisingly hazy. Medium gold color with a white head that didn't last we well as expected.

Surprised to be hit with a bready malt aroma up front. Quickly followed by grapefruit citrus hop aroma, and low levels of spice - a bit of clove an vanilla. Very interesting blend of aromas.

Flavor is complex. Low levels of malty sweetness, with a strong citrus hop flavor. Belgian yeast character is evident in spicy, peppery flavors all through the mouthful. Bitterness builds to that tongue-stripping finish I love about Stone beers. Bitterness and malt become more balanced as the beer warms.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I would like a higher carb level on this beer. Low alcohol warmth. Bitter, dry finish.

Overall a very nice interpretation of the Belgian IPA. I somewhat prefer Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild over this one.

Photo of dfillius
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Gentle pour to retain yeast yields a thin fizzy white head. Poor head retention. Good looking cloudy yellow amber liquid.

S: Faint Belgian spiciness is pleasant. Equally faint citrus hoppiness. Very pleasant.

T: Good Belgian funk of a saison with coriander and citrus fruit hops. Tasty but a tad jumbled.

M: A tad astringent. Full

D: I like it and I might order again and maybe order a second. I would not buy a bottle again though.

Photo of CONOR8832
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber color with mild golden tones, cream colored fluffy dense head which leaves very good lacing on the glass.

S - At first gree apple peels with a mild caramel aroma from the malts but not too intense. good sweet yet floral aroma. Very well balanced in my opinio between hops and malts.

T- Hit with a bittnerness and you can for sure see the tastes that come out of this with them using the begin style yeast. Finishes with a some what not quite ripe great fruit appeal.

M - Good medium bodied IPA with a sharp and crisp feelin about it. Hops leave your palate with a slight coating on them.

D - IMO very well balanced, the belgin style really comes out in this one as the Name says that it should. Not my first choice when it comes to a beer or my first choice when it comes to Stone's beer but worthy of trying.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into My Duvel tulip.

A-A dense,snow white,very Belgian,3 fingers of foam
sat atop a minimally cloudy,light orange body.Retention was good and lacing was nice consisting of sticky ribbons.

S-Light citrus,clove,Old school bubblegum(The hard kind found inside packs of baseball cards)grassy hop notes,toffee and mild pine.

T-Meyer lemon,floral hops,green papaya,clove,yeast rolls,some slight banana and cracker-like malts.

M-Light/medium bodied.Nice prickly carbonation.Moderately bitter,slightly dry finish.

O-I wouldn't say that this is my favorite Stone offering but I appreciate the effort.

Photo of PEIhop
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful golden straw color with a bubbly, frothy head that quickly left leaving intricate lacings.

S - Aromas of pineapple, apple and lemon are couple with a nice hop presence.

T - The fruit nuances wash over the palate first, immediately followed by the spiciness of the Belgian yeast creating a surprising, but greatly appreciated tartness. The finish is balanced with a lemony, piney bite.

M - Nice carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

D - With the light-medium body, "low" ABV, and the Belgian funk Stone's Cail-Belgique is very easy to consume, especially on those hot summer days.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,663 ratings.