Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,666 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,666
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 78
Gots: 219 | 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:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of Naugros
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 Durge
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tang3nt
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 setexascustoms
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of clayrock81
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TommyW
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JizackFH
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of StoutItOutLoud
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of heebes
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of akorsak
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tai4ji2x for this bomber.

A: The ale is brilliantly clear, unimpeded by sediment, with a foamy head that laces all around the mouth of the glass. The ale has a brilliant orange glow.

S: The combination of a tripel's sweetness and an IPA's bitterness is amazing. Sweet fortified candi sugar mixes with sharp citrus hops. Belgian yeast adds a berry fruit presence. Quite nice.

T: The first sip reveals more Belgian yeast intricacies. Berries and pepper manage to make their way through the dryness. The hop profile is intense, a mango and peach bitter sweetness that has strong floral undertones. The interaction of the two flavors is bitter, a dirty combination that works.

M: Like most Belgian IPAs, this beer runs the gamut from sweet to bitter and back again. The dull bitterness that is left on the palate is a vivid reminder of the wild ride.

D: I like this much more than the Stone Collaboration Ale. The abv is lower and less boozy and the flavor profile is very intriguing.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. "Keep refrigerated", 6.9% ABV, Enjoy by 05 13 10 stamped on the bottom of the bottle.

A - Carbonation bubbles swirl through the glass from the moderate pour. A densely packed, creamy white head rises without hesitation and slowly lowers to a thick pile. Wispy lace accents the brilliantly clear golden IPA.

S - A noticeable banana ester and dry clay aroma come from the distinctly Belgian yeast which adds a dimension I've never experienced in an IPA before. Toasted white bread falls to the background with a sweet light candi sugar kiss that holds up the floral and lemon citrusy hops.

T - Cali-België assaults the tongue with American hops instantly which certainly takes me off guard. Very bitter citrusy, floral hops overshadow the malts heavily. A tiny touch of candi sugar and caramel malts almost falls by the wayside. The Belgian yeast on the other hand still remains prominent in the flavor giving the finish a citrusy, earthy, distinct different yeast finish. The flavor has good balance.

M - Medium-light bodied, Cali-België has a sharp bitter citrus finish from the hops but a lingering balanced citrus from the yeast. Fully carbonated, it also has a tingle as it goes down smoothly.

D - Great drinkability from this one, I'm a little peeved I waited so long to finally pick up a bottle, but it's still worth it. Very excellent.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Clear gold-peach. Decent if non-descript white head.
smell: Very nice blend of fruitiness, and yeasty bread. A hint of strawberry sweet and just a hint of spice.
taste: Very nice again. Much like the nose. Fruity, yeast, some sweetness, a bit of spice.
overall: Stone knows IPA's. Really enjoyed this.

Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle just purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree...
Appearance: Light-amber, champagne-hue... Massive carbonation rising, impressive foamy head, minor deposit of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Authentic, true-to-the-style Belgian IPA aroma straddling the fence between a Belgian-style Tripel and an American IPA...
Taste: Although this American depiction might fall a few feet short of other classic Belgian examples such as Dobbelen Chouffe, this is an excellent depiction of a classic European style done in the American tradition...

Photo of adam42381
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a 2 finger frothy eggshell white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus and just a hint of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sweet citrus and bready malt up front followed by banana, clove and very mild phenols in the middle before ending with a massive blast of bitter hops in the form of lemon rind and a touch of pine at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. A single bomber will go down pretty easily.

Overall: Very good beer overall. While I don't think it's as good as Stone IPA, it's still a very good beer. I like what they did here and I recommend giving it a try.

Photo of Strix
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with good initial head and nice lacing.

Citrus hops atop the faint belgian yeast smell.

It's hard to believe this is just the regular IPA with a different yeast strain. Orange rind and tropical fruits are atop bready clovey belgian yeast.

Quite carbonated.

This was really interesting. My sense is I prefer their straight up IPA, but it's worth experiencing.

Photo of brianjay
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured into a glass, this beer settles into a hazy body with a rusty hue. The top is accented by specks of white head.

Aromas erupt with scents of pepper. Some hints of candy sugar add character.

Taste slowly moves in: it is a strong, dry mouth-feel but the flavors of dried figs and currants are what define this beer. Hops add some of the peppery spice to back up the sweetness.

Clean, well balanced characteristics make this hybrid a nice drink: complex yet easy.

Photo of thain709
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden amber body with a creamy, white head that stands about two fingers...great head retention...sheets of lace are left

S - The nose is more on the IPA side (which is not a bad thing)...big, juicy, citrus hops present orange, pineapple, and lemon aromas

T - A nice balance between the two styles...the hops present themselves throughout the entire beer...they never become bitter but they stay rather sweet...there is a faint trace of Belgian yeast..an underlying spiciness lingers but it comes from Belgian spices and not spicy hops

M - Medium bodied...crisp and dry...not too bitter...solid finish

D - The ABV makes this one sessionable...I was able to enjoy a pint and could of had more but wanted to try something else...I love the hops in this one (expected from Stone)...the flavors lean more towards the IPA side but the Belgian style is not absent in this beer

Photo of BARFLYB
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap

Cali came to me with a pale golden color with some bronze, a nice sturdy white head about 1/2 a inch stayed throughout. Excellent window covering lacing.

The smell was a mix of stone IPA with some belgian yeast, alot in fact. This produced some breadyness while a backing of hops gave some grapefruit and other citrus. Doesent smell overly hoppy and I quite like that, tone it down some.

The taste starts out with some belgian yeast up front with some grapefruit following from a generous hopping. Bread and some bubblegum notes. The finish is a slight bitterness with some spices rounding things out. After some more sips the some grain showed itself. I like this because it's less hoppy for a company that always does it big.

The feel was on the lighter end of medium with a smooth and very slightly bitter feel. A good amount of carb. I'm surprised this held up so well in the keg as im assuming it's not super fresh. Im thinking the hops may have fallen off a bit in storage but as it is this was great to drink. The alcohol is low as hell to which improves things.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,666 ratings.