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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,562 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,562
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 182 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

iparaez, Apr 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

KeyWestGator, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of mpyle
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

mpyle, Mar 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Roy1586, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

BAsbill, Mar 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Juice-O, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

Lanstrum, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Roberto11232, Mar 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

OUJayhawk1799, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of jibbyvonjibb
3.26/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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.

jibbyvonjibb, Mar 28, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

largadeer, Mar 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DrWily, Mar 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

KevieJames, Mar 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

brheuer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of juliusbush
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

juliusbush, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

tastymug, Mar 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

keenanite21, Mar 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

zbooks, Mar 22, 2013
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3.69/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Omnium, Mar 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

OMsweetOM, Mar 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bfleming1281, Mar 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

lancecenter, Mar 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

chaint, Mar 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

amalahow, Mar 17, 2013
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,562 ratings.