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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,884 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,884
Reviews: 1,025
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 92
Gots: 352 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Ratings: 2,884 | Reviews: 1,025
Photo of ClavisAurea
2.58/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Fresh 22oz bomber served in a large wine glass. Freshness date is BB 07/2015.

Appearance: clear and golden with a nice white head. Great Belgian lace.

Nose: sweet hops, malty, Belgian yeast funk, pears, strawberries

Taste: bitterness from the typical Cali-style hopping rates, not very Belgian flavor, fast finish with nothing but bitter.

Overall: underwhelming, next time less hops more Belgian. Especially if your going to call it Belgian. The SoCal twist didn't do it for me.

Photo of ajbello
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A nice Belgian / IPA blend. Not very hoppy and very heavy on the Belgian creaminess and sweetness with a high ABV. A great summer / warm weather beer.

Photo of MikeyBadnews
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden wheat with a minimal trace of squeezed orange, head is initially unrelenting and a fluffy whipped merengue head emerges before peacefully receding into a standard lacing on the glass.

smell is bitter Belgium dominant with good herbal notes, scant traces of lemon and a bit of a cut grass imperfection... the lemon smell gains more traction the closer you bring the beer to your nose.

Motuhfeel is unwashed fruit... ever bit into an orange rind? Ever dunk an unwashed orange rind into a Belgium beer? Theres the taste, doesn't linger on the tongue and washes down with a warm carbonated bread. The next several breaths are alcohol heavy.

More Belgium than IPA, in fact if this was labeled as simply a Belgium I'd say it was of good quality with some nice fruit hops on the backside.

Stone continues to roll, another gem that's worthy of their good name.

Cheers

Photo of Zach136
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 7-29-15, reviewed April 23 from an IPA glass.

Appearance: Light straw, crystal clear. Two finger head, OK lacing.

Aroma: Banana and bubblegum yeast ester, and other assorted fruitiness. Hard to tell where hops/yeast begin/end. Good blend.

Flavor/Mouthfeel: Oddly, hops and yeast seem to balance each other out to nothing, all thats left is a grassy bitter finish with something a touch medicinal... major dissapointment.

Overall: Reminds me of Delicious IPA, beautiful presentation and aroma, with an overly clashing overly bitter hop character...

Photo of dmgeng
3.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Got this as part of the Deschutes sampler pack. Not typically a fan of white IPAs but I tried it anyway and it was a great choice

A - Bright golden color that is crystal clear. Brilliant fluffy white head with strong lacing. It looks really good.

S - Huge Belgian character. Very spicy with a herbal and floral bouquet. I can't pick up on any of the American hops that I thought would be in this beer.

T - Upfront Belgian Blond beer carries throughout with that spice character, phenolic, and grain. There is some hops there with some slight unripened orange peel, herbal, resin, and some floral. There is a light grain sweetness but it is overtaken with the Belgian yeast and the bitterness of the hops.

M - Low mouth-feel with moderate carbonation. It is crisp and bitter on the finish which would make it a very good drinking beer if you really enjoy the Belgian character.

Overall, this beer is the worst Belgian IPA that I've had so far. It is just all Belgian and almost no hops. I really don't enjoy just the Belgian character but do enjoy all the other esters and flavors that go with a Chimay or Unibroue. In the future I hope they add more American hops like most of the beers of this style already have. I would not recommend this unless you like bitter and love Belgian beers.

Glass- Tulip

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice balance between the fruity character that the Belgian yeast strain adds and the bitterness of the hops. This beer goes down too easy!

Photo of rbrandt22
3.02/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Too cloves for my taste

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle pours a clear dark yellow color. Getting some banana, biscuit, malts, and hops in the aroma. Tastes fantastic with the bitterness of the hops balancing out the sweetness of the fruits. Lightly carbonated and quite drinkable. Smooth on the palate with some bite. This belgian-ipa really hit the spot for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this offering!

Photo of majorbase2
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep orange color with a fluffy white, foam head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing, and retains a very thin head after about 20 minutes.

Aroma is Belgian yeast and lemon. Followed by some funkiness and grass. Hops are fairly strong, proving that the IPA portion of this Belgian is present. Definitely some fruitiness

Taste features banana, grapefruit, and bready malts. The Belgian yeast is still very present. Finishes dry with hop bitterness. Definitely leans more in the IPA direction, and it works very well in this instance.

Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Versatile in the sense it works as a sipper but you could also chug a few.

Overall, this was a very pleasant surprise and one of my favorite offerings from Stone. ALthough it leans heavily towards IPA, the Belgian eyast adds a nice extra dimension and change from the copy+paste IPAs you see these days.

Photo of CraigS119
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at the local Total Wine in Tampa, $5.49 for the big bottle. Said to be Stone's flagship IPA, but with Belgian yeast. Pours an opaque yellow-amber. Right off the bat, the nose comes through with bright pineapple rind, white sour grape skin, typical Belgian banana, and a little funk. Taste is super clean and sweet, but hoppy, with more grape/winey notes accompanied by hints of apple vinegar. Wow that's really good. I usually stick to the more traditional IPAs, but when I saw STONE on the bottle, I had to try! Not disappointed at all. Very drinkable. Probably the best "Belgian IPA" I've had. 4.5/5


What she said: "Wow! Very smooth. No aftertaste, which is my main complaint of most beers." 8/10

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.94/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent dark yellow color. Some head, not a lot, but there is some present.

Smells delightfully hoppy.

The taste is both interesting and very soothing for an IPA. The hops are paired with a belgian yeast strain, giving it notes of orange peel and overripe mango to give this more depth than your usual IPA.

Photo of ovaltine
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Golden-hued, cloudy, 3 fingers of white fluffy head.

Smell: Da funk, wit da hopz.

Taste: The funk hits up front, then the hops slide in as they do with any Stone IPA. Very dry, which is nice. A little booze on the back side.

Feel: Excellent carbonation, almost frothy.

Overall: Full disclosure - I absolutely LOVE Belgian IPA's, and Stone hammered this, IMHO. Da funk is grand, and da hopz take it to another level, as you'd expect with any Stone IPA.

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-a little over carbonated but nice hue
-sweet mellow hopes not to bright more mellow
- taste is mellow mellow ipa great flavor but a nice not to bouncy taste
- mellow with a very small bite
- a great mellow casual ipa

Photo of smakawhat
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Best until July 4th 2015.

Deep golden brass and orange bronze body, clear but with an opaque non see thru appearance. Great roaring middle of column rising carbonation matching a creamed nitrous looking two finger top head. Settles with sheet like lacing and manages a very thick looking collar. Big, aggressive and unique great looker.

Basic sense of Belgian candy like sugar and soft malts on the aroma. Mild sensing citrus fruit a bit, but seems to lean more to sugar. Slightly bready a bit as well. Solid if a bit different.

Palate has the hop forward angle of American grapefruit like hops in the mid palate. Mild sensing Belgian sweetness taken over by hop forward action in the aftertaste, with hinting oils of lemon and orange zest. Finishes quite clean and dry. Lots of hop bitterness which tends to obfuscate a lot of the Belgian character. Warmth brings up some more juicy fruit character as time goes on, even a hint of pepper like notes on the finish as well.

Overall though it's a match of styles that seem to clash and can't quite seem to find the perfect balance between the two, or the direction to go. Well made, but also doesn't seem to appeal to my right senses.

Photo of DaverCS
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice orange color with 2 plus finger white fluffy head.

Aroma I get big grapefruit and yeastiness. I primarily get the classic stone IPA aroma with just more yeast spiciness.

Taste is pretty good. Nothing fantastic. It definitely leans more towards a IPA than a saison, but that was to be expected based on the labeling. I get the hop bitterness, grapefruit, and finally a little spice. Not necessarily a pepperiness but more of that yeasty presence.

The concept is fantastic. The tropical fruit and bitterness mixed with the complexity of the yeast and its associated lively carbonation is great if accomplished successfully. However, it didn't completely work here. Its really an IPA dressed up with a different yeast. Its no more carbonated or complex than a standard IPA, it just has a slightly different flavor from their standard. Not bad, but not great. It gets a 83/100 from me.

Photo of bgillespie
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow with a thin frothy head.

Smell: A lot of spices out of the bottle with some citrus.

Taste: The spices dominate, a little fruity and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a ton of carbonation.

Overall: A solid beer by Stone, not my favorite and I prefer a regular IPA, but still better than a lot of beers out there.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.67/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a Stella chalice.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a finger of white foam. Aroma is unmistakable belgian yeast - some bubblegum, clove, and phenols in the nose.

First sip presents itself as a hop-dominated flavor, with a sharp bitter middle and lingering belgian yeasty aftertaste. Overall very pleasant and flavorful. However, I'd prefer it as a straight IPA, rather than a Belgian varietal.

A good, tasty brew that would really appeal to fans of Belgian yeast flavors. Personally, I'd prefer a regular Stone IPA any day.

Photo of Veejuh
4.41/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer and one I feel is definitely under-rated on here.

Although my experiences with belgian IPAs are very limited, this is hands down the best one I have had.

The funk and spice of the belgian yeast rides right alongside the california hops, both blending together and complimenting each other beautifully. I mean wow, I just drank a stone delicious IPA which was meh, this is WOW!

imagine if stone saison and stone ipa had a baby, this is that baby.

Give it a try if you like belgian style.

Photo of Afullmer0317
4.84/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This one tastes like an ipa and a Belgium style beer gave birth to a baby Jesus in a bottle. It has all the flavor I love in a Belgium and an ipa. How'd they do that?!? My recommendation is to develop a pallet for belgium styles then treat your senses to this bottle of perfection.

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

With the only difference being the yeast supposedly, there are some major differences. Unlike the Stone IPA (IPA) being a hazy gold color, the Cali-Belgique (CB) is crystal clear. The smell is also drastically different, the aroma is overwhelmed by spicy, belgian yeast aromas with only hints of the pine and citrus. The taste reflects this exactly, tastes like the IPA but overwhelmed by the flavors created by the Belgian Yeast. Overall an ok beer, but I definitely prefer the regular stone IPA. I feel the Belgian yeast hinders the flavor instead of improving it. Still an ok brew though, worth trying out. Especially if your into Belgian style beers.

Photo of Roguer
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Absolutely beautiful pale golden beer with a sizable white head. Good retention and nice lacing.

Fruity, hoppy aroma, grapefruit-forward. A touch of pine and dry, spicy yeast.

Flavor is nearly a quintessential BIPA. Grapefruit and some tropical fruit, all meshed with Belgian yeast (representing as a little dry spice and a touch of bubblegum).

Very lively, drinkable feel; medium-light, with oily retention and a touch of dryness on the end.

This is a very, very good Belgian IPA, which happens to be a style about which I am not particularly fond. But this is an excellent, fruity, hop-forward example.

Photo of PGRADY
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am normally not the biggest fan of Belgian style ales/pale ales/IPAs, but make an exception for this. Quality 6.9% IPA with minimal after taste and full flavor

Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours light yellow clear.

Overall: Started out bitter like an IPA but then added nice citrus and spicy Belgian yeasty flavors. Smooth yet crisp and overall a good IPA.

Photo of Csikic93
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a strange brew. Pours a gold with a two finger head. Smells like wheat with hint of citrus. Initially tastes like a Belgian but then finishes almost with a bubblegum after taste. So strange but I like it.

Photo of founddrama
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Peppery Belgian yeast. Reads more like a saison than an IPA, though the hop finish asserts as the latter. #confusing

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,884 ratings.