Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
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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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Photo of WMEugene
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz into a tulip glass.

A - Pours an attractive golden color with a slight orange hue. Nice thick head that slowly dissipates into a thin one. Very nice lacing for this type of beer.

S - Nice smell of yeast with notes of bread. Some hops come through as well. A very pleasant smell.

T - A nice mix of the sweet Belgian yeast flavor with the hoppy bitterness that one expects from an IPA (it goes from sweet to hoppy. It's well balanced and has a nice lingering finish.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation levels. A smooth aftertaste that does feature some hop characteristics.

The Cali-Belgique definitely lives up to its name...features of a west coast IPA and a Belgian beer are both present and blend together nicely. If you like both styles, give this one a try. Another great and distinctive offering from Stone! (838 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.45/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark gold with a two finger head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma is very nice. Grapefruit, oranges, Belgian yeast, light pear and bread malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, Belgian yeast, bread malt, and pears. Both bitter and sweet. Nicely made.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes extremely dry, and there is a strong presence of hop oils. I will definitely buy this again. (428 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone- Cali-Belgique IPA

A- Light clear copper brown with a moderate sticky foamy head. Good lacing.
S- Oily pine hops and a good candy sugar sweetness on the nose. Spicy clove banana as well.
T- Sweet sugary belgian tripel spiciness. Cloves and bananas with a creamy malt and pine hop body.
M- Sweet and spicy up front with a good balance of the malt and hops. Very creamy and a nice hoppy finish.

Overall- Sweet and creamy. A real tasty BIPA. No harsh alc. and plenty of flavors popping out at you! (503 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a golden color with a slightly hazy texture to it. Also has an ample ammount of fluffy head

S: very nice and unique scent that contains both the belgian and ipa characteristics

T: beautiful taste, nice, but not overpowering, ipa characteristics. The belgian/wheat characteristics are present in the background but also help to make it such a smooth drinking brew

M: average mouthfeel with a slight ammount of tongue tingle

D: highly drinkable beer with very smooth characteristics but still beautiful tastes

Overall I absolutly love this beer and it is my mission to spread its wonder to all (638 characters)

Photo of Onibubba
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sticky golden pour with a billowy white head. Delicious hop aroma with a pleasing sweetness. Reminds me of my beloved Houblon. Taste is awesome. Fresh, hoppy, and sweet. A Belgian IPA seems to me a mix of a Tripel and an intense IPA. This one is especially delicious. Mouthfeel is also smooth, with no alcohol bite. So long as you are down with the sweet sticky hop goodness, you'll have no problem putting a couple of these away. A repeat purchase for certain. (461 characters)

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.44/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a relatively clear gold with a moderate head that leaves behind only a trace amount of lacing.

S- bananas, bread with a bit of Belgian yeast and citrus.

T- citrus is the main player along with the hops although not as much as a typical IPA. The Belgian yeast flavor is also there in just the right amounts.

M- medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation, finishes dry with a slight bitterness.

O- a great beer perfect blend of an IPA with great Belgian yeast accents. (485 characters)

Photo of ChillMike
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice golden color with a little bit of an orange color. Pours with a nice two finger sized head that recedes a bit slowly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Smells pretty similar to the IPA in respects to the hops used (I suppose that's a "DUH") being very tart and piney. However it does have a very slight bublegum-esque malty scent. Very nice.

T: Starts out with a nice Belgian Pale Ale type of flavor then instantly disappears and gives way to the familiarity of Stone's flagship IPA, and ends with a nice bitter hop after flavor with a slight hint of that Belgian returning. Stone was right in saying "an identical twin raised in a Belgian culture"

MF: Pretty identical to their IPA. I like a bit of a thicker beer so I'll be nit picky and say it's a smidgen watery but that's being really picky.

D: Very very drinkable beer, high marks on this one. I would absolutely love to see a 6 pack of this and the IPA together (3 & 3).

Cheers on another great beer Stone! (987 characters)

Photo of boston2bburg
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle skeptical about how well Cali would meld with Belgique, but with a deeply-rooted trust in Stone. The best Belgian ales are powerful and complex yet delicate, a quality American brewers often disregard. Stone, however, can seemingly do it all.

A smell unlike anything I've ever encountered, save a greenhouse, greets me kindheartedly, as if presenting me with a wreath of flowers for my triumph in bringing it home to be released to my senses. It's massively floral, hops blending perfectly with the earthy, fruity, and bubble gum/lemon pound cake sweet yeast aroma. Very suitable for the seasonal warmth and dampness.

The head is modest at first, a finger's worth in a fairly wide snifter. It settles thin and wispy but forms a very fine patch of lacing on the glass. The second (more vigorous) pour produces two fingers, The body is a crystal clear, brilliant golden poppy color, and I was surprised to see it was a filtered beer.

The beer is wet on the palate like morning dew. Earthy, fresh, berry fruit with a touch of lime (think mojitos), blending so well with gentle malt sweetness and again some bubble gum, that it seems the ingredients have aged together for centuries. Alas, being filtered I'm not sure how long you could age it. This is unfortunate as my only real gripe with the flavor is that it's maybe a bit too bitter for that Belgian yeast delicacy. It grows on you though.

Hops and spice coat my mouth, pleasant for me but not for all. Definitely an IPA sharpness to it. Trademark Stone.

Not really a session ale, but not supposed to be. I could see drinking a couple because it's so good, but for most, one will satisfy, if not sit heavy. (1,687 characters)

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden in color. Thin and light head that dissipates very quickly. Fine lacy retention.

S: Lemon zest and grapefruit. Belgian candy and sweet malts. There's a tiny bit of ginger lingering on the end.

T: Good hop profile, but not overwhelming. Tangy and sweet. It's like a Belgian golden ale or blond ale, but infused with a larger dose of hops.

M: Good carbonation and slightly tannic. Light on the tongue and easily palatable.

D: It's an interesting take on a classic beer style. Very drinkable. (503 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Misty brass colored with a low, large-pocked dome of ivory. Retention and lacing are sick.
Brightly aromatic of orange rinds, tangerines, clove, pepper, lime oil, dead flowers, and wintergreen. This is backed with shortbread and wet chalkboard.
A plain, bready maltiness is first across the tongue. It sweetens quickly with rock candy and lemon drops, as a coy tartness pops up. A load of cirtic (mostly orange and lime) rinds plays off the yeast driven clove, pepper, wet rocks, and a phantom of vanilla. It's fully floral by the swallow, biting but not overly bitter. There is a softness of dried roses, powdered with sawdust and crushed peppercorns. And it still totes a gentle pucker of tart cirtus.
The body is medium and the carbonation is gentle, if not altogether low given the yeast profile.
It's easy to see how this graduated from experiment to full timer. The drinkability is huge, the hops ring out, and there's enough nuance here to reward frequent revisits. (974 characters)

Photo of Heatwave33
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a Dogfish head Snifter.

Color: Light orange with a white head.

Smell: Hoppy with some delicious fruit notes.

Taste: The fruit notes really come out in the taste with a great hop too.

Mouthfeel: Slightly coarse and smooth with a bit of a dry finish. Also a great kick on the palate.

Overall: This IPA took me by surprise. The fruit notes in the smell and the taste are awesome. This a great all around IPA. Cheers! (442 characters)

Photo of runner72
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

serving type: 22 oz bottle

Pours a hazy, amber color. 2 finger, white head which laces the walls. Aroma is very good. Citrus, piney, slight orange and yeast aroma. From the smell, I cannot wait to taste it and it does not dissappoint. Smooth feel in the mouth with lots of carbonation. It's a little sweet up front in the mouth , goes down fairly smooth, then the hops kick in with a little bitterness, but not overpowering. Very well balanced.It's very drinkable too. Excellent beer. I wish that I got more than one bottle! (525 characters)

Photo of jjh19
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A rich golden color. 12-15 SRM, perhaps. Poured clear.

Smell: A bright hoppy nose.

Taste: This is where the ale shines. The Cali-Belgique features a nice balance of a sharp hoppiness and a belgian spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth but with sharp initial hops

Drinkability: This is my first try at a California IPA/Belgian hybrid. And I liked it! I really enjoyed the belgain influence on the IPA-ness. You get some really nice hop notes but it's not as heavy handed as a lot of IPA's I've tried. I don't know what the availability of this beer is but if you have a chance, it's definitely worth a pint. Or two. (637 characters)

Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Chimay goblet, pours a hazy yellow, small white head, not too much on the lacing.

Smell is Belgian yeast, malts & some hops

Taste is some nice Belgian sweetness with a some hop kick at the end. Stone says it's their IPA brewed with Belgian yeast, which is exactly what it taste like, yum!

This is a very drinkable beer, could be a nice session beer, if you can find it. (400 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second time around for this one. Pours a golden yellow, slightly orange with a one and a half finger head that leaves light lacing on my pint glass. Head dissipates after a few minutes into a nice creamy coating on the beer, a bit too bubbly though. Smells of hops, piney floral and citrus and a good malt presence in the nose too, the Belgian yeast adds to a good nose in this beer. Tastes of citrus, pine/wood, more hops, some sweetness, belgian yeast and a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy for me but is light-medium with a good malt aftertaste coating on the tongue. Drinkability is high here, a fairly light beer, no alcohol taste or other bad tastes, the hops would get tiring if doing a session of this one though, great stuff from Stone once again. (770 characters)

Photo of citan133
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a Smuttynose tulip.

App: Looks a lot like the regular Stone IPA. Nice, two finger frothy white head, much like a tripel head, maybe not quite as thick. Light gold in color, not as orange as the regular ipa. Looks much like a belgium ipa normally would.

Lots of floral and pine hops in the hose, with the pine dominating a ton. Something else in the back of the nose that I can't pick my finger on. This smells really good. A little citrus in there too as it warms.

It tastes almost like a light ipa, if that makes any sense. Has a nice pine/citrus hop character to it, especially in the front, then goes into a yeast/slightly spicy very tripel-tasting part at the mid-point where the belgian yeast is very apparent, and then the finish goes back to a light, almost sweet hop flavor before going bitter again.

Kind of light, much lighter than the hop profile would make me guess. Leaves some nice bitterness in the finish for a long time, nice and crisp, very drinkable.

I didn't expect to be a huge fan of this beer but I am very surprised. This would be a perfect hoppy summer beer for me, I'd get my hop fix while still having something relatively light to drink. The hops are all over the board in terms of flavor, in a good way, and there are lots of layers to delve into, more so than in most other belgian ipa's i've had. Very nice. (1,361 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy sunny yellow, with fairly active carbonation bouncing up against a 1/4" white bubbly head. The Belgian yet certainly can be seen in the consistency of the bubbles in the head. The sugars in this beer give it nice head retention and lacing as you drink it down.

Has a very floral aroma, with a hint of spicy funk. Orange and other citrus overtones mix with the belgian yeast to produce that spicy funk that you don't typically associate with an IPA.

Starts with a piney, bitter hop taste that quicy gives way to a floral, citrusy, slightly spicy ale with mild malt and grassiness. There is a white grapefruit taste along the middle of the tongue that balances nicely against the sweet, floral tastes that dominate.

Medium bodied that had a lighter feel to it because of the Belgian yeast. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste that gently fades away.

This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking IPA. Sweet, mild, yet nicely bitter, I definitely recommend you give this a try. (1,043 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Let's pop the top off this one, and hope it doesn't gush like the last brew I had.

Poured this into a tulip, and it makes a great solid two finger thick white colored cranium. The body is golden white in color and mildly hazy.

Aroma wise it's fruity in the way of a Clementine topped with powdered sugar. Kind of like original bubble gum flavor with a hint of grapefruit too.

In the taste it's a mix between the Clementine and grapefruit doused with a heap of powdered sugar.

Feels mildly carbonated with lots of hoppy oils. There is a mild warmth left at he tip of the tounge.

Overall a much better experience than the exploding Chouffee IPA, and I'd recommend this to anybody wanting to try a Belgian style IPA. (723 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy/foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp, fruit, hoppy aroma, with some traces of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of hops, Belgian yeast, citrus, and a good amount of malt. A nicely balanced, vibrant, flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An eminently drinkable Belgian IPA. (451 characters)

Photo of estlinska
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz Bomber into a tulip. The color is that of a fresh apricot, deep golden orange with a slight haze and 2-3cm of fluffy head. Leaves a mild lacing on the glass. The nose is very sweet with lots of fruity esters and the ever-present hops of all Stone beers. Good balance on the nose that continues into the taste. There is the usual citrus hop profile of grapefruit and lemons, but it blooms into a white bread and estery sweet fruit of the Belgian yeast. Very interesting taste. The mouthfeel is light on carbonation, very full with a long bitter finish that reminds you that you are drinking a Stone. Overall, this is a quite tasty beer. Lots of sweet belgian yeast and good hop profile. Good beer. (715 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale lemon color with a few visible bubbles rising to the top. Thick, luscious, soapy white head which maintains itself very well and coats the glass in foam. Quite transparent.

Fresh, complex hop aroma of pine, tangerine, lemon and ginger. Plenty of fresh, lively yeast in the mix as well with clove character.

Aggressive hops in the flavor with lemon rind, grapefruit and pine needles. Sturdy malt character keeps things in balance with white bread and honey tones. Yeast is present and definitely Belgian. Finish is dry with lingering ginger and pine spice notes.

Medium bodied, smooth mid-drink from the yeast and drying in the finish due to the hops. Good texture and well carbonated.

This is exactly what a Belgian IPA should taste like. All the complexities of a Belgian brew with an aggressive hop bitterness, a dry, crisp finish and a well balanced drinkability. (875 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is clear, light-honey in color with a small white head.

S: Citrusy - grapefruit & lemon - and piney hops over biscuity malt. Touch of earthy yeast too.

T: Similar to the nose: grapefruit, light caramel malt, some spice. Finishes with a dry lemony bitterness. Alcohol heat felt in belly.

M: Good creamy feel to it. Heft is medium.

O: Very good. (404 characters)

Photo of Digimaika2
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(4.0) A: Hazy coppery-straw colour with a decent sized semi-creamy head. Very good retention and similar lacing.

(4.5) S: Banana, spices of cloves and faint ginger, pineapple, grapefruit, pine, and buttered baked bread. Very nice combination of both Belgian qualities (tropical, cloves, yeast) and IPA qualities (pine, citrus, bread).

(4.5) T: Thankfully similar to aroma, with plenty of tropical and citrus fruits, spice, and bread-like malt. An appropriate dry bitterness emerges and stays through the finish. A bit of slight damp, earthy wood give this a nice funky element. Everything works well together. Very delicious.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation. Good oily character and a healthy dose of bitter dryness on the tongue.

(4.5) D: One of my favourite Stone offerings and something I could drink all night (if only I had more). Taste profile really gives you a little of everything, and it all works together very well. *hat tip to Stone* (971 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought the first bottle I saw in OH, $6.99 at Whole Foods. The beer is yellow as corn but clear as water, thick white foamy head that laces dry onto the glass. The smell is a near-perfect coupling of west coast hops with Belgian yeast, the citrus from the hops and the esters from the yeast. The taste is likewise representative of both styles, much better suited to my tastes than the Belgian IPA's I've tried in the past (Urthel Hop-It, Chouffe tripel IPA, etc). Lots of grapefruit with spiciness and cloves, very tasty. A real winner from Stone. (550 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The (Brilliant) Blind Pig.

Orange-copper body with two fingers of white froth atop; good duration and lacing on the tulip. Beefy hop aromas, with loads of fruit such as orange, apple, and lemon. Sweet smell, boding well for the rest of this fine brew.

It is a rather yeasty beer, and that is a good thing, adding some fruit and funk, sweet and sour flavors; delicious. It is sweet without going overboard, full of fruit, but with a somewhat bitter finish. Overall, a clean, smooth taste and flavor basep; excellent. Good texture and mouthfeel, smooth as expected, but not bringing a wow factor. Easy to consume, especially at the reasonable 6.9% ABV.

Cali-Belgique is overall a bit more Cali in the hops and flavor than Belgique in the flavor and yeast. But the balance is admirable and, overall, accomplished with dexterity. Not easy to pull off, Stone has managed to do so with a fine combination of flavor-packed hops and fine yeasty strains to yield a terrific, accessible, and smooth beer. Very well done. (1,031 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.