Stone Cali-Belgique (Red Wine Barrel Aged) - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Cali-Belgique (Red Wine Barrel Aged)
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88
very good

94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012)
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Reviews by FosterJM:
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4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1637th Review on BA
Growler to Goblet
2l growler

Thanks to Crystal for sharing with me. Shared with Steve & Brian.

App- I think this one looks a lot like the original but I feel its a bit different. A little darker but not by much. A very slow to form one finger bottom up head was there but left much too quickly and only a small amount lacing stayed behind.

Smell- Nice citrus aromas with a muddled yeast and a bit of bitter hops behind them. The red wine edition does add a bit of oak and a bit more booze on the nose and adds a small tannic aroma. Not much was gained from this one on the nose.

Taste- Much like the orginial, this beer is layers of flavor and very well balanced. A few ingredients have made the yeast and hops pair well to form a balanced flavor. The citrusy peel of the ingredients with a bubbly yeast character really add to this beer. Additionally when the oak and tannic flavors come across and make this a bit better than the base.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. I love the balance of flavors this beer leaves. The yeasty is fruity and peppery and just well done. Especially the fullness from the oak and tannic.

Drink- I loved the base beer and this really raised the bar on that beer. Great to try something new. Would love a couple bottles if they ever did.

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Served from tap in to a Trappe Door tulip. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a two finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, dark fruit, earth, spice, wood, banana, and very subtle red wine. The flavor was of sweet malt, red wine, oak, spice, earth, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The red wine was the star of the show on this one if I'm honest. Very spicy and earthy which is what you would expect from a red wine. The barrel added a slightly note to it but it definitely was as prominent as the wine itself. Made it very easy to drink for me as I enjoy red wine from time to time. Granted, it wasn't a life changing experience sadly.

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Had a couple pours of this tonight at Bier Thirty... Stone Tap Takeover!! This is one of the brews that I wanted to try the most that Stone brought in for the event.

Pours a slightly hazy dark golden.. nice head.

Nose is phenolic and a bit oaky... some pink bubblegum and a nice smack of oak... some lemony hoppiness seems to get lost in the fray.

Flavor has a quite heavy vinous note ... but almost an astringent oakiness too... the oak seems a bit much IMHO.. the base brew is still there showing a good citrus/pineapple hoppiness... and the Belgian notes are alive and well... but for me, the wood and wine seem a bit abrasive.

All and all.. This did not live up to my lofty expectations.. but is still damn good... I may go back to Bown tomorrow just to get a 2nd opinion!

Thanks again Chris and Kammy!! Picture perfect event.

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Stone Cali-Belgique (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 94 ratings.