Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Style: Belgian IPA
Other Notes: A California-style IPA with a Belgian twist.
Brewer Description: (from bottle) The term “Cali” hints that this is a California-style IPA, and “Belgique”/”Belgie” highlights its undeniable Belgian influence. We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that presents a delicious twist but keeps the beer recognisable as a relative of its very American predecessor. Think of it as Stone IPA’s otherwise identical twin that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally.
This beer looks the same as Stone IPA, yet there is something unmistakably transformed. The aromas of Stone IPA and this beer have some similarities, but Stone Cali-Belgique IPA is decidedly a bit more, shall we say, different. A gentle sweetness joins the fold; you might even pick up hints of bubblegum. All in all, we find it fascinating and delicious the way the Belgian yeast expresses itself. And so we proudly say, “C’est avec le grand plaisir que nous le presentons vous!” or “Het is met geweldig genoegen dat wij het naar u voorstellen!”
My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.27
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.3
Intro: A 12 fl oz bottle with a bottled on date of 14th July 2015 and an enjoy by date of 11th November 2015. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.
Appearance: It poured a clear golden colour with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving thin sticky lacing.
Aroma: Belgian yeasts, bready malt, honey, citrus lemon and orange.
Taste: Starts sweetish with honey, banana and bubblegum followed by biscuit and some light citrus orange, lemon and grapefruit giving it a light bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Dry, medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall: The Belgian yeast really shows in both the aromas and taste and is a decently made Belgian IPA.