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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,806 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,806
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 304 | 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: 2,806 | Reviews: 997
Photo of dgilks
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy bright golden colour with creamy, dense, off-white head. Nice head retention and sticky lacing.

Nice, slightly funky Belgian yeast aroma with some lemon notes, clove and herbal character as well. The hop aroma is interesting with some tropical fruit and citrus lying underneath the yeast. Reasonably well integrated.

Sweet, fruity and yeasty. This is really quite good. The slightly sweet malt works well against the moderate bitterness. Nice lemony, herbal hop character. Good peppery note in the background. A well balanced Belgian IPA.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Soft and very nice.

An easy drinking Belgian IPA. While I don't normally like the Stone Belgian yeast, this works well with the hops provided and the malt character.

Photo of magine
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a brownish orange,very hazy brew. Has a chunky massive off white head. Head settles nicely to a chunky island. Has very good lace.

Brew has a floral hop aroma. Somewhat sweet floral nose, spicey. Detect some yeast as well, bready scent.

Brew has a very crisp, somewhat sweet flavor. Can taste the hops, has a bit of pepper spice initially. Finishes dry and not bitter. Can taste the floral hops, fruits and spices blended perfectly with brewers yeast. A great tasting brew.

This is a very drinkable brew. The back of the bottle explains it best "identical twin to a Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgium culture". It has the hop IPA character, with the Belgium yeast flare. Very good brew.

Photo of Murchmac
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint.

A- pours a very pale yellow with a robust 3 finger white head. Head is very puffy and leaves some great lacing. But the beer itself...a little odd for an IPA. Looks more like a wit or a pale wheat...but it is what it is.

S- fantastic sweet smelling citrus hops...getting some lemon and orange peel in there as well. It smells like a good wit crossed with a good citrus IPA...enjoyable

T- bitter citrus with some burst of lemon in there. Its not overwhelmingly bitter as you might expect from the combination of lemon + hops, but it still lets you know its there. Really nice...easy drinking

M- its not paper thin, there's a little bit of body there. The Belgian yeast lets you know its there too...no complaints

D- this is a good one. When done properly, I really can enjoy a good Belgian IPA...and this one is done properly, as you'd expect from Stone

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white, bubbly head of crackling foam. It some soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - I picked up the fruity and yeasty aroma while I was pouring it. When I put my nose to the glass, I picked up some citrus and caramel, as well.

T - It tasted very yeasty and spicy with great pine notes. The fruity flavors were present but not nearly as strong as the aroma.

M - A crisp and very sharp beer with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. It is very tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.19/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Broke open a bottle for a tasting... we get Stone in Louisiana but I hadn't seen this one so I picked it up in Florida.

It's a deep golden color, with a small white head. Not much retention or lacing on this pour.

The aroma is unique... it's hoppy and bold with a Belgian spice to it. Banana, coriander... very nice.

The taste is very lemony... the hops used give off a very citric flavor to me, and it dominates the mouthfeel. You can still taste some of the sweet spices when you swish the beer around on the front of the tongue, but the slightly sour notes come through more strong.

I really like the way the flavors blend in the mouth, combining citrus, sweet malts, spices to form a rather different beer. It's not like any other beer I've tried recently, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Cheers!

Photo of gopens44
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Hazy and straight up yellow with a big, generous foamy head.

S - A little coriander backed up by an earthy, almost musky scent.

T - Very much bitter in a pleasant way with a sweet honey like back taste. A touch of gentle spice presence, but not enough to take away from the overpowering hop bitterness. The only knock I have on the taste is that the typical hop characteristics were muted by the other flavors going on. It was still bitter and very much an IPA, but the usual, either pine, grapefruit or earthy hop notes were once again, muted to a degree.

M - Highly carbonated and just a touch of smoothness on the tongue. A little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste, but not enough to completely wreck the palate.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. Didn't know exactly what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised that it was once a again, a great offering from the fellows at Stone.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a golden color, a thin soapy head of foam forms up. As it fades to a thin cover, it leaves lacing behind that is intricate and lacy up high, getting progressively thicker and solid as it travels downward.

Aroma - certainly a hopppy nose as I would expect. Has an herbal, grassy side, and some pleasant floral/honey scents as it opens up.

Taste - a light biscuity grain underpinning, it moves quickly to a brief citrusy flavor, then onwards to ample bitterness that reminds me of a robust rye ale. There is an element of distant funkiness in there. The Belgian yeast is barely making it through the alpha acids, but does so in a complementary fashion. Definitely more Cali than Belgie. The finish is bitter, slightly warm, and ever-drying. Never quite reaches a medicinal intensity, impressive for an IPA of this size.

Mouthfeel - medium to a touch light in the body. Plenty crisp for the style. Well done.

Drinkability - pushes the upper limits of sessionability for an IPA, Belgian or otherwise.

Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper color with a big two finger frothy head which leaves gobs of lace up and down the glass and shows visible carbonation. The aroma is of belgian candy yeast at the front end. A big bubble gum flavor followed by a citrus hop smell and a slight piney hop smell. The taste has a big bubble gum candied yest presence sweet and inviting. 8in the middle to the back end you get a nice citrus and piney hope bite to balance out the flaovr. A good blend a very inviting taste. The mouthfeel 8is velvety with moderate carbonation. Overall a very good beer nice aroma to invite you in and a big nice taste to keep you wanting more.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up recently from Total Wine in West Orange, having never tired this before. As much as I love Stone's offerings, I was hoping that this would stand out a bit from them and thankfully, it did. It was not as strong, hoppy, or typical as their other IPA's and this was much more mellow to drink. The alcohol was subdued quite a bit and without a doubt, this would be the one beer of theirs that I wish came in six-packs instead of the 22 oz. bottles, since I wanted to have another in one sitting!

The pour to this was nice, with a copper hue, good head, and just enough lacing to be seen. Not a lot of aroma to this but the yeast made itself known both in the taste and in the carbonation. The hop burn and bitterness weren't high here, as the oily mouthfeel and Belgian characteristics were stronger than I anticipated. There have been very few beers that I've had where the Belgian notes outweighed the IPA characteristics, but this was certainly one of them. Some wetness and pine were present underneath everything else, but this was a Belgian beer first and foremost in taste and body.

This wasn't that strong either, even though there was enough alcohol in this to be felt. Thankfully, this was different than anything I've had before while still retaining the West Coast hops and body that one would expect from a Stone beer. Add in an easygoing nature and a nice amount of yeast and this beer's a winner. I can't wait to go it another go!

Photo of shiptoshore
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of mscudder
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of wedge
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a fine, creamy head. Bright, sharp, fruity Belgian-esque aromas. Sweet and spicy...lemon rind, pear, flowers, soap, and yeast. Smooth sweet hoppy bitterness blending smoothly into pale malt and peppery Belgian yeast. Orange citrus and mild pine needles, fruity esters, tea, bubblegum, slight medicinal clove notes. Medium bodied, snappy mouthfeel. I quite like this...

Photo of bheilman
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit, I'm a sucker for a good stone. I like the hops and I love belgian beer. This is a really good beer. I can't comment too much on the appearance, it was dark in the room I was drinking this. It was light in color and had a nice head. Great smell, a combination of the malty sweetness of a tripel overlayed with a good hop freshness. The taste mimicked this scent but with a little stronger hops flavor bordering on citrus. I drank this with some moderately spicy thai food and it complimented the panang curry squid nicely. I could drink a lot of this. If you like stone, belgian or anything with hops, give this one a try.

Photo of mikescarchuk
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of climax
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light golden peach color with a white head.

The aroma is quite fruity with citrus, grapefruit, and Beligan yeastiness. You also get some bright yeast and fruit notes.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, some sweet bready malt, bubblegum. There's a bit of spiciness along with some herbal notes.

The finish is quite drying with lots of grapefruit. It's a strong bitterness that really shows you that this is an American BIPA.

An interesting brew. I prefer a few of the Belgian options I have, but this is quite good.

Photo of JNForsyth
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of diddly
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

Pours a light golden, very clear, with a thick white head. Leaves good lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet, spicy and bitter. Great hop aroma, but good balance from the yeast, leaving a fruity characteristic that just goes beautifully.

Taste is hop-forward, but again, great influence from the Belgian characteristics of this beer. Nice malty backbone, and spiciness really adds character.

Little bit astringent on the mouthfeel, overall medium with high-average carbonation.

Very interesting beer, similar to a Raging Bitch, but not quite as good in my opinion.

Photo of aubuc1
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Wildman
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of tang3nt
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TechTriumph
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of cjoc83
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into Stella Artois chalice. Nice yellow/orange color, some haziness, a fingers worth of egg-white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

Nose is floral and citrus hops, some light spice, and Belgian yeast. Very nice.

The taste follows suit closely. Very hop forward, with floral and citrus flavors coming through. Subtle spice and Belgian yeast round out the taste. Not super complex, but the flavors mesh well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light carbonation, finishes dry and mostly clean. There's a bit of a bitter, chalky after-taste I wasn't crazy about, but it's rather subdued and doesn't last long.

Overall, a great representation of the style. Nice hops that mesh well with the spice and Belgian flavor. Wasn't crazy about the after-taste, but like I said, it's pretty subtle and doesn't take away from the beer too much. I would definitely pick this up again.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,806 ratings.