Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22 oz. bottle. Bottle says to "enjoy by 12/29/12" so I am just in time! I bought this b*tch from the local Jewel Osco.
A - Pours an extremely clear, light copper color. Creamy, white, fluffy, 1-finger head. Looks like a more full-bodied version of a Miller Lite or some other mass-produced lager.
S - Definitely a fresh pungent grapefruit smell. Nice and hoppy, which is surprising since this beer doesn't look like much.
T - Hoppy. Spicy. Floral. Coriander. Bubblegum. Definitely one of the most floral tasting IPA's that I have had. Lives up to it's "Belgian Style" label.
M - Clean, bitter, mouthfeel. Pretty well balanced. The bubblegum flavor lingers around a bit, reinstating it's status as a "Belgian-Style IPA"
Overall, it is a tangy, zesty, lemony, hoppy, pretty good beer. There are of course more intense IPA's out there, but this is a nice example of it's style, and it is a solid five dollar bottle.
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA ---4/5.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2012 06:12:27 | More by mfnmbvp
4/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I bought a bomber of Stone Cali-Belgique Belgian-style IPA at Kimbark Wine & Liquors in Hyde Park, Chicago on 9/30/12. It was enjoyed in my large Chimay chalice along with a couple episodes of Mad Men. Yum. Fresh hops and relaxation.
Appearance (4/5): Cali-Belgique is golden and slightly cloudy in the glass. A fairly vigorous pour creates a consistent, two-finger, frothy head of bone white foam that retains well. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the beer goes down. This is decent looking beer, but looks aren't this beer's strongest point. Four out of five.
Smell (4/5): Stone's Belgian-style IPA features a distinctly Belgian-smelling nose. The aroma is as the brewery intended (I think): it has the grassy, herbal, piney hops of an IPA along with the floral, slightly sweet/sugary overtones that a Belgian Pale Ale sometimes features. The difference in yeast definitely works quite a change on the classic Stone India Pale Ale. Definitely cool that the change is so distinctive in the nose. Nice.
Taste (4/5): Yeasty flavors and bready notes hit in the beginning but give way to a grassy, fruity (grapefruit/pineapple) like hop flavor that lingers on from mid-palate on into the finish. A little spicy–coriander, peppery (again, a product of the yeast). Ever so slight alcohol warming in the back. Cali-Belgique is mellow for a Stone brew, but quite tasty nonetheless.
Mouthfeel (4/5): Appropriately medium-low carbonation. This beer features a good medium body. It is slightly prickly thanks to the hops. Not sticky, but lightly tart and acidic in the hopped up finish, puckering the roof of my mouth gently...Dry. Good mouthfeel.
Overall (4/5): Cali-Belgique is what you expect out of Stone Brewing Co.: solid. This experiment with using Belgian yeast to modify the classic Stone IPA works well. While it isn't quite as good as the original, it is a nice departure from the norm and a worthy entry in Stone's lineup of year-round beers. Try it out if you're like me and a little bored with the garden variety IPA. I think you'll enjoy it.
Serving type: bottle
12-18-2012 20:36:07 | More by hagbergl
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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