Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,987 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,987
Reviews: 1,042
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 93
Gots: 418 | 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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Photo of dickroop
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a growler of this brew at Staples Corner Liquor. It's rarely available in the East (THANKS guys!)

Poured from growler to my pint tumbler, it's golden or light tan, hazy, with enough carbonation to produce a thin foam and extensive lacing. Looks good enough to drink! The smell is yeasty, fruity sweet (maybe apple), Belgian for sure, maybe a little like a danish? No hops to speak of, some phenolic overtones, perhaps a little green pepper. Attractive nose.

The taste is where the hops kick in. A combination of fruity sweetness with an immediate bitterness at the back palate and some peppery notes. There's wonderful mild sourness in the cheeks and that's where you can pick up the bready malt flavors. The finish is bitterness and some grainy malt residual flavors. Overall very complex, starting sweet and fruity and ending with pleasant bitterness. Great combination. As for mouthfeel, there's some warmth from the alcohol, a little astringency, some peppery sweet stickiness, and a little tang to it all as the bitterness kicks in for the finish. Overall, quite wonderful.

This is a fine brew, a complex combination of sweet and bitter that just sings to the mouth and the spirit of beer. Highly delicious and highly drinkable. Get it if you can, hopheads, to expand your appreciation of what uninhibited yeast can do to hoppy bitterness.

Photo of silverevo9
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Tasty Brew! Love the flavors of this IPA. Head is so thick i could stand on it. It does not give up either. Remains strong and sticky for the duration of the beer. Waiting time on the head is long, but a good thing. I love observing the beer as long as i can. Carbonation is healthy. Nice sweet taste on a flat tongue. Brings out a lot of flavor. Pleasant sweet malts with a tinge of bitterness. The hops bring up the back and remain with the nose. Love how clean tasting this is. Really easy to drink. Great after a hard day work. Aromas from the beer keep you focused and interested. Watching the beer descend in the glass is a show. Presentation is outstanding. I will continue to enjoy this for the winter. Definitely recommend this. Cheers!

Photo of krisandajt
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another unexpected find at my local bottle shop...

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color with a nice inch worth of bubbly head. Nice retention, very nice lacing.

Smell: After an evening of malty marzens and stouts, I welcome the delicious bitterness of hops. Pine dominates here, with a very faint bit of citrus.

Taste: Yea buddy...pine, and lots of it. Not enough to be offensive, but just the right amount. A nice bit of sweetness to give it some balance. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body, good carbonation, and very smooth. A dangerous combination indeed.

Drinkability: An absolutely outstanding IPA, I can put it no other way. I wish I grabbed more than just one bomber.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness dating on the bottle. Clear, golden body that looks great. Two-finger white head that leaves sticky rings of lacing and a foamy cap on the top.

Excellent aroma that is very rich. Deep hop notes of both the more "bitter" pine and grapefruit spanning the distance over to the more "sweet" floral and tropical notes. I get a strong sense that the tropical notes are a result of the combination of the Belgian yeast and the west coast hops. Some additional fruity esters from the yeast complete the aroma.

Interesting flavor that seems to really work. The piney and fruity hop flavors are blended with those produced by the yeast to make one of the more unusual flavors I've had in a beer. I get some caramel malt sweetness in the finish as well.

No substantial notice of the alcohol in this one. Drinkable for sure. One of the better experimental brews I've had and it works.

Photo of joecast
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was hesitant to try this as I thought it wouldn't live up to expectations. Truth is, it's as good as any Belgian IPA.

The usual Stone IPA traits with a nice hint of Belgian yeast. A little spicy and phenolic but still let's the base beer through. Very nice.

Photo of Clembo1957
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle with a good foamy head.

This is a Belgian twist on Stones' IPA made with Belgian Hops. the beer pours with a good foamy head and has afruity but not too fruity taste with Grapefruit and Pineapple. there is a mildly spicey presence but not too obtrusive.

6.9% ABV but very deceptive while drinking, i felt like knocking back several bottles but unfortunately only had one!

An interesting twist on Stones IPA, very drinkable and worth checking out!

Photo of kgrober
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this during a Stone Brewing tasting...

Pours a nice golden color with hints of copper, long lasting head with good lacing. Very effervescent and champagne like.

Smell is fragrant with citrus, honey, and a peachy sweetness on the palate. Taste was unique and refreshing.

Excellent drinkability, especially for a hot Summer day. Absolutely made my list to try again.

Photo of hoser
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry peppery and can't believe this is 6.9 for an Abv. A lovely example that I would be happy to belly up to again and again. Just so I can pad the would count from one of my favourite chalices for tastings the Schiltz American Abbey series. Nice residual sweetness balanced against aggressive dry hopping all making for a nice brew.

Photo of DarkStarCrashes
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great one.

Pours surprisingly clear considering the hops and the yeast retention.

The smell is great, good blend of powerful hops and fruity, zesty Belgian yeast.

Taste is awesome. The hops dance playfully with the tart and strong Belgian character.

Mouthfeel is really good, not too thin like some other Belgian IPAs I've had.

This is an awesome beer. It's interesting how much flavor comes from the yeast alone.

I am very Grateful for this brew. Best enjoyed with a fine "Black Throated Wind" from a good year, maybe '74.

Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Stone Cali-Belgique poured light gold with a thick creamy head. Thick sticky rings stuck to the glass. The color was too light for an IPA, but otherwise it looked great.

The smell and taste were terrific. There was a strong citric hop presence with a little bit of sweetness and a perfect amount of bitterness in the finish.

Stone Cali-Belgique was absolutely the perfect beer to drink, on the deck, after a long, hot summer day.

Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and clear gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of sweet malts, hard candies, some fresh floral hops, and some mixed spices. The nose is pretty complex and nice on this one.

Flavors of creamy and with light malty sweetness up front. Settles into hard candies, dry minerals, and a general crisp and dry hop bitterness. Finish has some funky yeast spices and a strong herbal hop bite. While this beer has a lot of hoppiness, it is still quite balanced with the upfront malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, very full, and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Another excellent Stone offering. Very complex without being to heavy or overly strong. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and I wish I had bought more than one at the brewery.

Photo of rpardon7
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a wonderful rocky off white head and had a beautiful copper amber color. Smell was grassy and herbal hops with a funky earthy fruity belgian yeast. Taste is very unique, definatey not your typical stone IPA but there is an amazing balance of hops with the belgian yeast. Very different and unique beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety very much like a belgian saison. This is a very nice and smooth beer very drinkable.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into my Chimay chalice. It pours a hazy orange. I poured it too soft so it didn't have much head, but what head it did have was bright white.

S-Grapefruit, citrus notes such as lemon and orange, candy sugar, and a hint of alcohol. It smells both tart and sweet making it very complex.

T-Much like the nose as it starts out with grapefruit and citrus notes and then some sugary sweetness. It ends with some hoppy dryness. It amazes me how it tastes both like an ipa and a Belgian tripel. It is complex and delicious.

M-Thick and a little syrupy with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-This is very drinkable. I am enjoying every sip and will finish this bomber with tremendous ease.

Overall, I love this beer it is complex and delicious as I previously noted. I have had a Belgian ipa once before and it was very tart and dry which made it difficult to drink, but this beer is smooth and delicious.

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, pale, just barely off-white, initially three finger thick head. The beer is absolutely, brilliantly clear and is a red-tinged, deep copper color that shows a bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly a mix of hops and yeast character; as I pour this brew aromas of spicy clove and fruity hops intermingle. Interesting, yeast derived fruity esters mix with the hops and it can be hard to figure out where one starts and the other ends. Aromas reminiscent of lychee, tropical fruit, peach, tart grapes are each noticeable but seem to fade pretty quickly once my nose gets used to them. The finish has a dusting of biscuit like malt, some crushed cracker aromatics and a lingering, sweet-tart tropical fruit note.

This is served lightly chilled (approximately 58°F / 14.5°C). There is a nice, biting bitterness that becomes more the dominant note as this moves to the lingering finish. Tropical fruit flavors play a big role in the flavor with a mix of lychee, kumquat, pineapple, peach and mango flavors. Yeast derived spiciness that really leans towards clove pairs with the hop bitterness in the finish and really tends to linger on the palate after each sip. A soft, toasty, biscuit-like malt character contributes to the finish as well and serves as a very light foil to the much more dominant hop character. This is nice and light bodied, which is perfect for a dangerously quaffable IPA; there is just enough malt to accentuate the fruit character with a light sweetness and to contribute a touch of body that keeps this from being anywhere near water.

The yeast character really seems to accentuate the fruitiness that is in the hop character. The standard IPA never had such a vibrant fruitiness to it. This in its freshness reminds me a lot of the IPA from stone that I had years ago. I just can't seem to find a fresh bottle of it that lives up to my early memories of drinking this on tap, this particular beer does have that fresh hoppiness that I miss in the Stone IPA though. This is quite enjoyable and sadly makes me think I need to down grade my rating for Stone IPA as I just can't seem to get that juicy, vibrant hop character in it anymore. I am clearly a sucker for this beer; this really hits the spot and I like how the secondary, but clearly noticeable, Belgian Yeast character interacts with the hop component here.

Purchase: 22oz Bottle from South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz pore into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass

A - A golden, pilsnerish clear color. Same appearance as the Stone IPA. 1 finger of head and some sticky lace left all over the glass

S - A nice hoppy aroma, but with an obvious belgian strain. Nice mix!

T - Bitter and citrus hops up front, and then that familiar candy sugar belgian yeast strain taste kicks in.

M - Medium bodied, well balanced, crisp finish

O - An awesome collaboration style! The west coast IPA fermented with a belgian yeast strain. Genius!

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber.

Very clear, brassy yellow straw, with a thick, creamy, lacy, beige-white head. Good retention. Inviting nose initially reminds me of a pungent hoppy German pilsner, with funky sea-air hops and noble accents. Further sniffing reveals a definite Belgian yeastiness which blends nicely with powdered sugar and tropical fruit notes. Piny, resinous hops around the edges.

Numbing, herbal hoppiness up front. Some pine in there as well. Nice wallop of sticky tropical fruit sweetness follows, with a distinct pineapple and cocktail juice ring to it. Sweetness is tempered by the constant hop bitterness, but also by a funky, hay-like, saison-ish twang (thanks to the yeast?). I like it. Dry finish with lingering bitterness and wee notes of aspirin and pine resin. Some fruity malt hangs in there too. Medium-full body with a nice creamy feel. I really like this one.

Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! Been looking for this one for a while and I finally found some up in Ky so I grabbed a bottle...

Poured into my brand new Goose Island stemmed goblet.. The one with the silver Goose on it.. Yep, badass....

Cloudy murky dull golden pour with a smallish head... Almost looks like a Saison with the cloudiness...

The hops are quite pungent coming off out of the glass and bring hints of citrus and earth... I can definitely detect the yeast in the aromas as well and lend a spiciness that really seems to work... I like what I'm getting so far... I may even detect a little funkiness here...

A big burst of citrus and piney hops blended with a good smooth malt base quickly turns into a spicy yeasty Belgian on the finish and afterwards... Very unusual and quite tasty... I get all the bitterness of the Stone IPA and the finish of a nice Abbey ale... This is damn good... There won't be any trouble dusting this bottle off for sure...

Nicely done from the folks at Stone... They did a hell of a job blending the two styles where neither one seems to dominate...

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Looks very similar to the Stone IPA, for reasons explained on the bottle. Maybe a tad darker, but a hazy golden color, with a generous, bubbly white head. Good retention and nice lace stick.

Smell: Very strong Belgian yeast aroma, along with a pleasant sweetness. This is the first time I have smelled bubble gum in the aroma, and I like it. Grapefruit and orange are also present in the nose.

Taste: I like this even better than the regular IPA. The blend of the Belgian yeast and Cali hop blend is so smooth, it tones down a bit of the overly bitter taste (barely) of the regular IPA. Fruit and spice up front, with a bubble gum biscuity flavor pressing through. Hops are more suppressed, but nice citrus flavors come out toward the end. Very mild pine notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with medium carbonation wrapped in a medium body. Slight pine oil residue.

Drinkability: The balance of flavors here really does it for me. Not a complete bitter bomb, but a well crafted, creative IPA. Count me as a fan.

Photo of Rhynes2
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gald I bought the last one of these from a store in columbus, ohio. The first thing that comes to mind is grapefruit which seems to be a stone thing. It reminds me a lot of the regular Stone IPA but with the citrus notes a little on the extreme side. I loved it. Pours a hazy golden color with decent but not spectacular head retention. No lacing, just a little when you take a sip but it quickly goes down the side of the glass. As I take another sip I want to add honey to the list of subtle tastes. Overall I loved this beer. It is drinkable, complex, exciting and all around a great brew. Can't wait to get my hands on another bottle.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA has a thick, creamy, white head and a hazy, yellow-orange appearance with lots of tiny streaming bubbles and a good amount of lacing. The aroma is of citrus hops and light barley malt. Taste is of citrus, biscuit malts, lots of wonderful bitterness, and even a faint bit of banana back taste. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Stone Cali-Belgique finishes dry, crisp, and easy drinking. This is a wonderful beer.

RJT

Photo of megahurts4
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light orange, medium-large head, and great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Malty citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

Overall:
Hops and citrus start it off and it ends with a nice bitterness.

Photo of DavidST
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the regular Stone IPA, so I have high hopes for this.

Poured into a wide mouthed glass from a bomber with a best before date of 8-11-11 (very nice when did stone start this?). It pours nice, the color is golden with a white head which leaves a little lacing. The smell is of citrus and pine hops with a sweet smell, perhaps the belgium yeast and spice notes. The mouth feel is medium (on the low end) thickness. The taste is pretty great, you a light belgium funk taste and its slightly sweet which is followed by a very hoppy taste on the way down and a bitter pine after taste follows, very good, I don't get quite as much citrus as the regular IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty great IPA, if it didn't cost almost twice as much as the regular Stone IPA, I'd get it quite often. Very good.

Photo of dcloeren
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a BEAUTIFUL crisp golden honey with carbonation exploding from the bottom of the glass all the way to the 2 fingers of foamy bright white head. Excellent retention and lacing

Tropical pineapple hops along with strong oily pine hops dominate the nose. Subtle wafts of belgian yeast and some bitter funky characteristics make up the rest. This beer smells amazing.

Taste follows the nose but with some added bonus's in the mix. Great pineapple and pine hops along with some other fruits, mainly apples, belgian characteristics are present with some funk in the mix. Great caramel malt finish

Medium bodied with ample amount of carbonation. Great drinkability. Drying hop dragon aftertaste. Coats the mouth with ease and makes you want to blow some fire with each drink like the hop dragons did back in the day!

Overall this is yet another outstanding beer by Stone. This bomber is on its last leg and I'm pretty upset I don't have another to open up. Pick one up if you see it. This bad boy is delicious

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone "Cali-Belgie:" IPA

A Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Light Bronze in color with some sticky lacing on the side.

S. Lightly fruity, reminds me of canned Pear..Wet hops. Floral boquet. Standard for an IPA but this leads me to believe this beer has alot to offer.

T. Piney, resinous hops greet the palate, with a light fruity malt backing. Grapefruit pairs well with Green Apple and the bitter American hops. Belgian yeast funk in the finish. Rarely, if ever, do I meet an IPA with such complexity.

M. Sharp and biting to the palate initially, this beer finishes with an appetizingly dry, chalky finish.

D. A rare treat that is as delicious as it is rare in these parts. One of the best IPAs Ive come accross. Exceptional.

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

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,987 ratings.