Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.3/5 rDev -17.3%
Brilliantly clear, deep golden color. Pours a nice sized white head, creamy and with good retention.
Solventy pepper aroma. Almost medicinal in a cough syrup kind of sense. Belgian aromas dominate any hop aromas for me.
Slightly sweet phenolic character at start, again a bit medicinal. Nice peppery spiciness, and some piney hop flavors. Finishes with an assertive hop bitterness still coated with a peppery Belgian character.
MF - Medium body and carbonation, no astringency, minimal alcohol warming.
Overall - The merging of styles detracted rather than enhanced it for me. Some of the aroma and flavor character struck me as unpleasant. I'd take a conventionally made Stone IPA over this one.
03-30-2013 22:28:45 | More by mpyle
3.26/5 rDev -18.3%
26 days old (bottled 03/01) - calculated by subtacting 120 days from exp. date of 6/29/2013 (according to Stone's website).
A: Copper color. Clear. Small head.
S: Sweet spices dominate: clove, pepper. I actually don't sense the usual hop flavors: citrus or pine. Bubble gum.
T: Some sugary sweetness.Bready maltiness. Slight acidic tang.
M: Medium-light, definitely on the light side of the style.
O: I would classify this as a Belgian Pale Ale more than an IPA because I don't sense much hop aroma or flavor. Nothing offensive about it, just not crazy about the flavors.
03-28-2013 00:06:44 | More by jibbyvonjibb
4.41/5 rDev +10.5%
Poured from a bomber into a Sam Adams 16oz glass.
The color is a Golden-amber, not quite copper, yellow.
Producing a Bright white head that reseeded quicker than expected but a nice soapy ish lacing
An initial whiff of a traditional California well hopped beer, followed by subtle banana and fruit esters
The carbonation is the first thing that hits my palate, followed by a kindof tangy hop bitterness pairing With a little malt and mellow sour notes
It leaves a smooth almost oily mouthfeel and the backend settles with a more dull and a more malty bitterness.
My overall impression is that if I didn't know what beer this was, I may have been more confused, but the titles describes a unique style well and it is perfectly suited to be a brilliant Stone product.
03-24-2013 05:59:20 | More by juliusbush
3.69/5 rDev -7.5%
Bomber > Lagunitas mason jar
A - Pours a hazy, off-gold color, very thick 2 finger head, good lacing.
S - Smells awfuly sour, some dry pine, dank hop oil, bready malt, lots of spice.
T - Good upfront belgian flavor that fades to a sour bitterness that i find a little unpleasant.
M - Kinda refreshing once you get past the sour hop bite, and i feel the alcohol in the flavor a bit.
O - I'm not a belgian IPA guy, this has a lot of spice and character in this brew, that I'm sure would get some people excited, but its the sour belgian quality that doesnt sit right with me. Not awful, but not my thing.
03-20-2013 22:59:28 | More by Omnium
3.83/5 rDev -4%
A- pale yellow with a nice white head. Mild carbonation.
S- bready notes for sure, slight hop aroma, citrus.
T- Belgian all the way until about mid taste when the hop bitterness becomes apparent. Bready, belgian yeast, slight sweetness to it. Bitter hop finish.
M- crisp, clean, lightly carbonated, not very complex. Feels like you're drinking two different beers as it passes through your mouth. Belgian on the front and pale ale on the back.
O- I was pleased with this brew overall. I am glad it wasn't as hoppy as some belgian IPA's tend to be as that is not my favorite style. The belgian aspect of it was great.
03-16-2013 18:22:51 | More by Zbyler
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,509 ratings.