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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,481 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,481
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 151 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of shiptoshore

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Very nice malty aroma to it, about a one finger head.Very surprised at the carbonation when I first poured it. When I tasted the first thing that hit me was the sweetness of the malts but then kicked right in with the hops and left a nice fresh hoppy after taste. Bottom line? Loved it. Stone does not disappoint.

11-03-2010 00:15:43 | More by shiptoshore
Photo of Vonerichs


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Hazy golden body with a few small floaters. Pure white fluffy head.

This smells more on the Belgian side than the IPA side. Heavy on the yeast, light on the spice, and some citrus hops.

The taste flashes more of the IPA side. I still get the heavy yeast and spice, but it dances with citrus and bitter hops. There's a lot of tangerine coming through in this.

The mouthfeel is chewy and soft. Very fresh feeling from the hops, and finishes bitter.

This is a fun one to drink. The taste volleys between Belgian and IPA, unable to settle on one or the other.

03-14-2010 20:44:10 | More by Vonerichs
Photo of mscudder


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Into a snifter.

A - Golden orange hue with a white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Some rich tropical fruits, citrus and a nice blend of spicy malts.

T - Starts with some biscuit malts, advances to a frothy Belgain hop character and concludes with an oily pepper finish. Together it has a strange taste of bubblegum. Lots of piney hops to speak of, which compliment the oily citrus. Reminds me a bit of their most recent anniversary (lemon) IPA. Not as strong on the acidity or lemon though.

M - A frothy medium body that explodes across the palette. Medium carbonation that accents the oily mouthfeel.

O - This is a nice enjoyable IPA for sure! I wish the oily nature was a bit subdued but otherwise this is fantastic.

10-02-2012 05:34:59 | More by mscudder
Photo of vickersspitfire


4.15/5  rDev +4%

This looks like a tasty beer, it got a dark gold body that’s just a little bit hazy, medium carbonation and it’s topped with a nice thick white head that slowly dissipated into a semi-thick covering and supported by some decent lacing. Strong hops, spices and citrus, mostly grapefruit, come through in the aroma. It’s got a medium mouth feel and is really crisp on the tongue. Over all flavor is just a bit bitter, spices are well detectable. The aftertaste gets a little more bitter but is just as complicated as the taste itself.

11-21-2011 01:00:44 | More by vickersspitfire
Photo of Murchmac


4.15/5  rDev +4%

I didnt really pay attention to much except it smells like fruity goodness and tasted like a classic stone IPA, but with a belgian kick.

This beer was really good and I was lucky to get it on tap. I thought stone was slipping as of late, but this gives me hope that every once in a while a brewery just goofs. Very good beer.

09-12-2008 23:56:43 | More by Murchmac
Photo of ppoitras


4.15/5  rDev +4%

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" off-white head over the clear burnished golden brew. Head lingers nicely, with average to good lasting lace. Aroma is sweet, with a lightly spicy hoppiness. Taste is also sweet with spices, and the lightest touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Everything comes together nicely, and while its not in your face, I don't believe that was the intention.

01-28-2009 22:41:01 | More by ppoitras
Photo of OneDropSoup


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bomber to stemmed tulip: Crystal clear golden-amber with a finger of pillowy white head. Almost no bubbles. Heavy lacing around the collar.

Smells of light pineapple & grapefruit hops with a tinge of sweet, spicy yeast character.

Sweet citrus at first, soon followed by a strong (but not aggressive) grassy, orangey bitterness & rounded out by spicy, slightly earthy/funky notes from the yeast. Bitterness in the aftertaste lays on the tongue, keeping a fruit candy-like sweetness just out of reach.

Just a tinge sharp & active, then rested by a soft carbonation that almost expands in my mouth.

This style is relatively new to me, but I'm loving the interplay of Belgian yeast & American hops. Not my favorite example of the style, but still really enjoyable.

02-11-2010 19:51:28 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of waldoiverson


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Bomber into Nonic

A: slightly cloudy, golden honey color with ample carbonation and a fairly robust but fast dissipating head.

S: sour fruit, slight sticky sweet floral aroma, grapefruit and honey,

T: clear match to the aroma, a lot of grapefruit juice-like acidity, a bit of a honey character, a little bready from the yeast, a bit of lingering bitterness

M: smooth but not cloying, crisp carbonation and neutral to dry

O: This is a darn good drink. I get more Cali than Belgium but that's OK. Find a bottle and enjoy.

04-12-2012 22:32:29 | More by waldoiverson
Photo of climax


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured into a snifter, this one is a bright golden peach orange. The light plays with it, adds soft edges and an intense glow. The head is good, and the retention is pretty much a ring and some patchy bubbles in the middle.

The aroma is sent straight down from the heavens. Where do I start? The hop aromas are definitely west coast; juicy lemons, pine, bubblegum, yum. The Belgian yeast adds an excellent delicate softness loaded with clove, coriander, pear, peach, and spice. This is definitely a heavyweight balance.

The taste doesn't have the wow factor that the nose did. It comes off a bit sour before I began to dissect it and break down the individual qualities. Once again, the balance between the styles is quite admirable. The yeast and spice flavors on the Belgian end seem to be the most distinguishable flavors. The hop profile is solid from start to finish, I'm less able to pin point the exact hop qualities.

The mouthfeel is quite interesting and hits it pretty much on the head. The carbonation is very sharp without being fizzy. It's cheek pinching crisp even through the finish, which seems to tingle on the teeth. The medium body has a light and cottony character mated with a dry finish, making it pretty easy to drink.

I like it. There's a good IPA in there, but it has the Belgian twist that spices things up when an IPA seems too typical for the occasion. If you like Belgians, it's probably too bitter, sad for you.

03-29-2011 02:44:38 | More by climax
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +4%

I attempted the "perfect pour" and wound up with 2/3 of the glass filled with bubbly froth. The bubbles collapse and transform into some densely packed foam that sustains its shape even after rising above the rim of the glass by about an inch. I'm so enamored with the head that I'm neglecting the liquid which is light orange and semi-hazy, but clear enough that you can see the carbonation rising. My rating is based mostly on playing with the meringue and seeing how high I could push it.

According to the bottle this is just Stone IPA fermented with Belgian yeast rather than the usual strain they use. So one would expect some grapefruit and pine tones with a little bit of Belgian yeast "funk" delivering some spice. If that's what one would expect then one would be correct. Truly a wonderful amalgamation of two distinct bouquets.

Oh, how yummy is this beer? Let me count the ways. First, the citrus is refreshing to the tongue, bringing grapefruit and orange at the same time. Secondly, the yeast brings the spice in the form of cardamom...maybe cloves. Thirdly, the malts do not sit back like a wall flower. They assert their own sweetness with a touch of caramel. This whole mess works very nicely...that is until you reach the wash. Hop heads will rejoice in the pithy aftertaste that sits around, pounding your uvula like a punching bag. I prefer a cleaner wash and find that this sensation detracts from an otherwise exceptional experience.

But that aftertaste will be expressed in the mouthfeel rather than the taste. Since it is the feel in the mouth after the quaff that I don't appreciate. But I do return for another taste, willing to suffer the pith in order to once again experience the melody of this brew.

08-13-2010 01:07:25 | More by Naugros
Photo of aubuc1


4.15/5  rDev +4%

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange with a steady white head.

Belgian sweet with a fruity hoppy pop.

Taste is very smooth. Light bitterness on top of belgian yeasty.

Very creamy, carbonated mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer. I could drink it all day.

08-15-2009 00:27:52 | More by aubuc1
Photo of Wildman


4.15/5  rDev +4%

This beer poured a clear copper color and formed an off white foamy head that left latticed lace as is subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and Belgian yeasts. The flavor was of hops, citrus, pine and hints of the yeast as well. The body is medium light and the finish is sprite and peppery. Another nice experiment from Stone.

12-05-2008 03:26:15 | More by Wildman
Photo of Durge


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Thanks to the auspices of Mr. Ohoove for this treat, the color of this goodie is clear golden amber with a nice thick white foam and chunky lacing. The aroma is a clovey yeast and herbal hop, firm and "tasty". The flavor at room temperature offers orange citrus bite and malty clove. There's some thick cereal grain and deep prune in a medium-plus bodied brew. It's a bit viscous with signs of alcohol in the flavor. Sharp grapefruit rind, and a dry rye effect, all very complex with modest drinkability. Very nice.

07-04-2010 05:49:57 | More by Durge
Photo of tang3nt


4.15/5  rDev +4%

My friend showed up with a fresh Growler from stone. Poured a yellow amber color with white head. I hadn't had this beer in a while, but the smell took me right back. Strong earthy and floral hop aromas. Taste the same with a bit of spiciness and a good dose of fruit/citrus. Good mouthfeel any very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden in this. I enjoy this one over raging bitch anyday. Ill usually buy this whenever I can. Good shit.

09-20-2010 17:57:16 | More by tang3nt
Photo of TechTriumph


4.15/5  rDev +4%

From notes on 12/06/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch thick off-white and slightly fluffy head that recedes pretty quickly; Darker gold color; Visible and audible carbonation; Some lacing around the glass

S - Very inviting and complex aroma here; Lots of citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas with notes of pineapple, mango, passionfruit, grapefruit, and orange; Spicy and yeasty characteristics come through as well

T - Fruit flavors mostly consist of passionfruit, apricot, pear, with citrus flavors being mostly absent; There's a little spice in the middle of the taste with a very crisp finish for an IPA; The aftertaste is a touch bitter and tart; As the beer warms, the fruits start to mellow and the spice becomes more prominent - no doubt a strong Belgian influence here

M - Moderate carbonation; Light to medium bodied; Very smooth mouthfeel; Pretty crisp finish that leaves the mouth somewhat dry

O - This is a very interesting and unique beer for sure. It's hard to believe this is the same Stone IPA, but brewed using a Belgian yeast strain. It really does change the taste quite a bit, and while I did enjoy it, I am still partial to Stone IPA. This beer's biggest strengths were the aroma and mouthfeel, which were quite nice. I will certainly try this brew again sometime, and hope that I can try other offerings that experiment with different yeast strains much like this one.

01-08-2012 15:04:20 | More by TechTriumph
Photo of setexascustoms


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Golden with orange highlights. Two fingers of off-white head that retains well and leaves nice lacing down the glass.

S: Citric hops backed by fruity esters and a slight funk.

T: Again, citric hops right up from fallowed by a definite funk that's a little sour, and even slightly salty. Fruity esters help carry you to the hop bitterness that lingers through the finish.

M: Light to medium body with a some what course mouthfeel and pleasant carbonation.

O: This is certainly a unique brew that helped open my eyes to what a different yeast strain could do to change the flavor of a beer. I'm not acclimated to Belgian styles, and this was educational to say the least. I enjoyed to experience but I'm not sure I'm ready for funky beers, at least not any funkier than this one.

10-11-2011 01:55:32 | More by setexascustoms
Photo of clayrock81


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Poured into a wine glass for a nice opaque orange body with bubbly carbonation (one-finger white head) and it looks like little yeast floaties (doubt it), plus a ring of lace. A floral hop smell is what I notice first (so typical of Stone) and then also picked some citric and lemon-zest smells. Also some orange and/or heavy fruit in the smell along with that Belgian smell of yeast and sweet/caramel malts. The taste is similiar with this being a medium-bodied beer that is balanced between both styles. Has some caramel and sweet malts and bread to make it a little chewey and sweet, while the hops are clearly evident in both passing (citric, floral taste) and on the backbite (crisp and dry). Also minor fruit notes include orange and a tad of grape and tartness - has a VERY minor champagne like quality (could also be from carbonation). Warms a little as you sip but with a lower than usual ABV from Stone and my affinity towards them I wish they would make this a permanent offering.

03-09-2009 12:21:12 | More by clayrock81
Photo of mdfb79

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4%

From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.

a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, Belgian yeast, mint, bananas, citrus hops, and light tropical fruits. Very nice and fruity mixing with the Beglian style yeast and spice.

t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, floral notes, and some citrus hops. Again, quite nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink, awesome mouthfeel.

o - Overall I thought this was a great Belgian IPA. Nice Belgian notes mixing with fruit and very easy to drink a glass of. Would certainly order it again.

11-16-2011 18:02:39 | More by mdfb79
Photo of TommyW


4.15/5  rDev +4%

A- Dark, gold body with a sticky, white head.

S- Tons of yeasty ester with a big hop profile (grapefruit and tropical fruit).

T- Follows the nose pretty well; basically a west coast IPA with some nice Belgian yeast qualities (slightly medicinal an mineral-like).

M- Medium body with slick feel.

D- An interesting beer; easy drinking like a good IPA with a little Belgian funk in there.

05-16-2010 00:51:33 | More by TommyW
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Stone Cali-Belgi IPA (bottle)
A: pours a great, clear copper color. Nice frothy white head, with a great retention rate and outstanding lacing.

S: great aroma of spices from the Belgian side , very flowery and earthy. Great nose from the hops, slight citrus and earthy notes.

T: great IPA notes, some citrus and earthy flavors blend well with the Belgian sweetness and spiciness. Very well done.

M: full bodied brew. Nice bitter palate with some sweet malt backbone. Big carbonation level.

D: nice brew and well worth getting. A typically good brew from a good brewery. I love this style.

11-25-2008 18:35:33 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of DovaliHops


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Pours a bright, cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent hoppy with some Belgian yeast and a bit of citrus. Taste is quite delicious. Very different kind of Belgian style IPA. It drinks like a delicious Belgian strong pale ale with a hop backbone. Lovely Belgian yeast flavors, green apples, citrus, pine, butter, and a hint of meat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with buttery crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a lovely Belgian-style IPA.

08-01-2011 06:52:25 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of trevorjn06


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Pours a dark straw color with a fluffy two fingers of foam that recedes very slowly. Leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is American hops, citrus, floral and light grassy tones. There are also hints of sweet malt/grain and a bit of yeast and spice. It smells largely like an American IPA but for subtle (and pleasant) Belgian yeasty notes.

Taste begins with bright citrus hop flavors accompanied by malty sweetness. This gives way to a bit of hop bitterness, fruit, malt and light yeast flavors. Toward the finish strong citrus notes are carried on increasing bitterness and some mild spice nuances. The finish is bitter, fruity, floral and a bit earthy. I'd say overall the taste of this beer leans towards IPA, but the yeast brings something different for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with medium carbonation.

This beer is quite good, though not as good as other Belgian/IPAs I've had (... Chouffe) i would drink this again.

10-06-2010 04:18:37 | More by trevorjn06
Photo of JizackFH

New York

4.15/5  rDev +4%

Pours a nice pale yellow color with a big fluffy white head with good retention, that left good lacing as it fell. The smell is nice and hoppy, and there are also citrus notes such as lemon and orange zest. The taste is a nice bitter citrus hop flavor. the hops are the star of the show, but it is nicely balanced. The taste of this is really nice. The mouthfeel is good. It has a medium body with very good carbonation. It goes down really easy, and it also feels a bit creamy. Drinkablility is good as well. These are very easy to drink. They go down smooth, and leave you wanting more. I would definitely drink this beer again. Good job stone. Cheers.

11-09-2010 06:23:16 | More by JizackFH
Photo of StoutItOutLoud


4.14/5  rDev +3.8%

22-oz bottle to tulip. Bottled 7-16-2013. Consumed 10-19-2013. Best by 11-13-13.

A: Hazy orange body. Off white soapy head of one finger or so, lingers for a good stretch of time after the pour. Irregular sticky lacing. Minimal cap, thicker at the edge.

S: Wonderful mix of juicy citrus hops and spicy Belgian yeast. Orange, pear, lemon, cinnamon.

T: Veers closer to "American IPA" here (orange pith, grass, pine, grapefruit), though there is a "spicy" element on the tip of the tongue.

M: Smooth, creamy, very drinkable, consistent with a lower alcohol content.

Very pleased with this. It avoids the overt hoppiness of other Stone offerings.

10-20-2013 00:42:04 | More by StoutItOutLoud
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

1 pint

Pours a light golden pal amber with a two finger foamy white head. Nose is primairly citrus hops, grapefruit, slight pine. Taste is rich with piney/citrus hops upfront, good balance of malts in the back. Belgian yeast adds a remarkable piney/bready taste in the finish. Bitterness lingers into a dry, chalky mouthfeel. Tastes great and seems very drinakable. Perefct ABV.

01-07-2011 20:34:52 | More by heebes
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,481 ratings.