Cali-Belgique - Double Dry Hopped (Calypso) - Stone Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 84 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by AwYeh:
4.03/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
On-tap at 101 Bottles in Kent, Ohio. Served into a tulip. Quite happy to try this rare beer!
A: Pours a foggy, deep yellow color with a finger of white head topping off the glass.
S: Big citrus hop aroma hits me immediately; they're slightly stronger than the also powerful Belgian aromas that show up owing to yeast and candi sugar. Fairly sweet overall, but nicely balanced.
T: Once again, balance rules this beer; I get a lot of citrus and pine hops, alongside the aforementioned Belgian flavors. Some Belgian IPAs get to the point where Belgian flavors dominate them and show a bit of clash within their flavors, but not this one.
M: The quick notes I jotted down outside are just gushing about this one; it's creamy, it's smooth, and it needs to be ordered by you if you're fortunate enough to see it.
O: Very solid beer from Stone; I know some of their Belgian offerings have been met with a bit of skepticism here on BA since they began to introduce them, but I would order this again in a heartbeat if I saw it a beer and there weren't any new, highly touted offerings among the beer's tap list. I'm not sure that you'll see this at a bar that serves anything other than the best, but it's well worth trying if you do get a chance. Kudos to Stone; after this offering, I'll be more likely to try the next batch of their ordinary Cali-Belgique IPA, or maybe even their Belgian flavored Old Guardian or anise imperial stout.
Serving type: on-tap
09-06-2012 07:57:01 | More by AwYeh
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
A- poured a cloudy light gold with about two fingers of foamy white head. Head dissipates down to about a half finger and leaves thick lacing.
S- interesting citrus and spice blend. Citrus reminds me of grapefruit and lemon.
T-the belgian yeast definitely comes through. It tastes like a very hopped Saison, with the fruity esters and the hoppy citrus balanced quite well against the malt backbone.
M- hints of carbonation and a little thinner in feel.
O- a really good, albeit very different IPA than the usual.
Serving type: bottle
10-03-2013 20:50:05 | More by delta490
3.89/5 rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle into a .5 cylinder named Spaten.
A- Two finger fast fade head, although at first ample... soapy pour, lacing strong. Foggy light gold amber color.
S - Way more belgian than IPA. Coriander, spice, yeast. Classic, not terribly American.
T - Now we experience the hops, esp frontal and middle arc, excellent hops, citrus and a hint of bitterness upfront that gives away to Belgian sweetness, spice, and yeasty esters. Complex, woody, grass, spice. Alot going on, but it works.
M - Very nice, class belgik, on front of tongue. Astringent - tingly carbonation.
Overall: MORE Belge than California, wish it was reversed! As a reviewer wrote " made me want a Stone IPA , bastard, or Ruination". Worth a try - a true Belgian without too much Stone Signature.
Serving type: bottle
08-13-2013 23:46:59 | More by Act25
Cali-Belgique - Double Dry Hopped (Calypso) from Stone Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.