Cali-Belgique IPA - Red Wine Barrel-Aged | Stone Brewing

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Stone Brewing
California, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Jason on 08-09-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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From tasting notes 01/09/18
Had on-tap at Stone World Bistro and Gardens in San Diego, CA

Appearance - Pours a clear and beautiful bright orange with a slightly pinkish hue. An island of suds float in the center with a thin ring lining the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Aroma is mildly tart with lesser sweetness. Green apple, lemon-lime like bright citrus, a bit of funk.

Taste - Tart and sweet upfront, but quickly met with some citrus bitterness. Rose-like floral undertone. Funky, green banana notes kick in at the finish, giving the aftertaste a bit of funk to the tartness and citrus pith while the floral rose character continues to ride beneath.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with light, tingly carbonation. Slick texture with a super dry finish.

Overall - Man, that's fucking delicious. Complex, assertive and harmonious as hell. If Cali-Belgique is the perfect way to showcase what yeast can do to an IPA, then this is a great way to showcase what aging a brew in red wine barrels can do. Well done, Stone.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting IPA aged in red wine barrels

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2.25/5  rDev -43%

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2/5  rDev -49.4%

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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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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.


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On tap at The Pittsford Pub in Pittsford, NY.

This one pours a murky pink-ish orange, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like red wine, dark fruit, wood, Belgian yeast, and some mild hops.

This is a really interesting beer- hard to figure out. It was listed on the menu as white wine barrel aged, but after tasting how tannic it was, I talked to the Stone rep and confirmed that it was indeed red wine BA. The red wine comes through pretty strongly, with some nice wine-soaked fruit flavors, some apricot and pineapple, some clovey bitterness, ad some oak. There's definitely a lot going on here, which is cool.

This is medium bodied, with a high level of carbonation, and a crisp, slightly juicy mouthfeel.

A really interesting beer, and another curveball from Stone. It's cool to see them do something well that's not a hop bomb.

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Cali-Belgique IPA - Red Wine Barrel-Aged from Stone Brewing
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