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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,948 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,948
Reviews: 1,034
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 92
Gots: 393 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Ratings: 2,948 | Reviews: 1,034
Photo of Donkster46
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

too much Belgian....not enough IPA.

Photo of E-McFarden
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with immaculate head, lacing clings to the glass. Spicy notes of cloves fill the nose first, followed by piney aroma hops and caramel scents. The taste follows the smell, with spicy notes in the beginning followed by bittering hops and caramel malts. This one is medium bodied on the palate and finishes semi-dry. Overall this brew balances the two styles nicely, you could call this one an american saison.

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows spicy Belgian phenols alongside grassy, herbal and earthy hops.
Very similar flavours, light but hoppy. Very spicy and earthy.

Photo of Act25
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Stone - a fave brewer lags in this category as compared with Clown Shoes, Green Flash (Verte!) and others.

A: Pours a slightly hazed yellow amber color with a modest but well made cap that rings the chalice with lace.

S: Plentiful. Herbacious, with piney, and ripe banana skin scent; but slightly over ripe and catty.

T: Follows smell gets bigger by way of the Belgian bent of herbal, banana, and bubblegum flavors and hoppy in the piney citrus direction. Good see-saw of flavors, but I find it tiring and didnt finish a couple of times I tried it. A great beer demands the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium with moderate carbonation, but far from a Belgique.

O: I never get there with this beer as it's too bubble gum and banana for me. lacks the back bone and bite of a true Belgian.

Photo of rjs246
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally! A Belgian IPA that tastes how I always thought it should taste. The Belgian yeast is prominent and true to flavor. The IPA flavor and hoppiness is in full effect. Still not my favorite style, but this is an excellent beer.

Photo of dd43
3.61/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This drinks like a beer that can't decide what it wants to be. It's an IPA first, with Belgian accents. That's how I would describe it. Reviewers who have called for a more assertive Belgian yeast presence hit the same chord I'm reaching for. I don't hold Belgian IPA as a style in high regard and this beer is just further evidence that some mash ups don't need to happen.

Anyone trying this beer should give it a few minutes to warm up from fridge temperature to something shy of cellar temp but still comfortably in the 40s. Belgian yeast esters are really muted at the low end of the temperature spectrum.

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

smells like a belgian tastes like a belgian don't know what's supposed to make this an ipa. good but not as advertised

Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

True as advertised it smells and tastes like a 50/50 mix of West Coast hoppy IPA and Belgian pale ale. Surprisingly balanced if a little underwhelming. Drink as fresh as possible.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Straight up drinkable. One of the better Belgo-American IPAs I've ever had. Smooth and subtle.

Photo of ClavisAurea
2.58/5  rDev -35.2%
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 +1.5%
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%
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%
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 -16.6%
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 +1.5%
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 -24.1%
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 +14.1%
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 +9.5%
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 +11.8%
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%
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 +5.3%
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 +6.5%
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 -6.3%
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 +4.3%
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 -6.5%
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.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,948 ratings.