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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
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.18%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 08-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 7
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Photo of thagr81us
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

3.5/4/4/4/4

Photo of Samuel906
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Tried this at the same time as the white wine barrel version. Personally, I think that the white barrel aging suited the original style better and resulted in a better beer. The red is by no means a bad beer, but it did not resonate as strongly with me as the white. With the red, some of the stronger flavors, astringency, and more distinct wood flavor covered up some of the more delicate flavors of the base beer. Still fantastically complex and a super easy drinker. A great variant of one of my favorite beers.

Photo of FosterJM
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1637th Review on BA
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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.

Photo of abrethanson
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into proper tulip glassware by Far Bar in DTLA.

A: belgium style to the max - 1 finger white head which settles down to sliver after first couple sips. Crisp / hazy golden orange hue.

S: I have no sense of smell and wife was not there to contribute

T: Grapes (red wine) are bold and very forward. Quite hot on the back end. Sweet maltiness of a Belgium style with heavy tropical fruit notes. Hops are low profile but contribute enough to balance out the vinous character. Oak, vanilla and barnyard notes present. Balanced carbonation makes for crisp and sessionable.

O: interesting beer and fairly tasty. Definitely worth trying as it is a good take on the beer / wine crossover.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Congregation Ale House in Pasadena, CA.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, fruity aroma, wine, and wood. Taste is much the same with a mild funky finish. There is a mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of Pencible
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampled at Snallygaster 2014. Lots of red wine, nice and tart. Some hops in the finish.

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Stone Cali-Belgique (Red Wine Barrel Aged) from Stone Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.