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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,701 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,701
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 240 | FT: 3
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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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.

Photo of Redwood21
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: the head dies way too quickly and the color is a little too normal i thought to myself if this wasn't a stone beer id give it a 3.5 so i thought about being fair... go figure

S: smells very Belgian sorta fruity and yeasty, the hops get lost a bit but its not bad and i do get the belgian ipa dig in

T: if i imagined a Belgian ale mixed with an ipa...i think thats what this beer would be. there is a slight funk spice to it that has a back tongue of yeast and malt and a finish of bitterness that helps with the whole concept there is a dry finish that is also pretty nice.

this is a great beer, though some of the supporting acts are not that great, ie the appearance. the taste however is very good, and id recommend

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

22 oz bottle I picked up at Cheers in Carrolton, GA. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice amber/orange color to it. Held up to the light it has a really nice glowing orange/yellow color. A pretty quick pour yielded a finger of white head. The head really doesn't have much retention. It quickly fell to a pretty nice white ring that creates some spotty, sticky lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy with a lot of carbonation activity going down in there. Pretty good looking brew.

S: Smell is pretty interesting. Really nice banana and clove smell coming out. Then there is a really nice, yeast presence. Then comes some pretty nice floral and citrus hops. A bit of caramle malt is coming out as well. There is also some really nice peppery spice coming out as well. Nice but everything is a bit on the weak side. This beer just doesn't have that awe inspiring moment when you take a whiff. Don't get me wrong, its pretty nice.

T: Taste is pretty damned nice. The Belgian yeast stands out nicely but isn't crazy over powering. The banana and clove are really nice, there is also some good green apple flavors in there as well. The hops are very tame with a really nice perfume floral presence along with some nice citrus (mandarin orange). The caramel malt tries to create a touch of sweetness along with a pretty decent buttery goodness, but it is quickly neutralized by the peppery spiciness. There is also a touch of grapefruit and pineapple coming out here in the finish. God, this is pretty tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a really nice crispness to it thanks to the carbonation level. This beer is really friggin refreshing. ABV is light and doesn't show up to be a factor at all. Aftertaste is light because this brew doesn't have much stick or oilyness to it. Aftertaste is pretty fruity with the pineapple and grapefruit.

D: This beer is quite tasty. The aroma and look are a bit weaker than I thought they would be, but the taste makes up for it. This beer is easy to drink and it would make a fine hot weather day. This beer will quench any thirst and the ABV is low enough so you can easily kill a couple bombers. Just well rounded and enjoyable. Hopefully this brew come around again.

Photo of JizackFH
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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 jonaspb
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jagzfan86
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%

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

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.

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

Poured into a tulip...

A-Pretty bright colden color. Somewhat cloudy, not entirely. Very carbonated, evident to the eyes. Held up to the light there is an orange tint.
S- Very floral and medicinal scent. Some surefire hops going on with noticeable yeast. Lemony- citrusy and wet.
T- Grassy and a little funky. Lime-grapefruit. Big yeast presence. Some spice. Very tasty. I can absolutely taste both the Belgian and American influences- well done.
M- Nice medium bodied beer. Not too thin, not too thick. Good stuff.
D- I found this one to be so tasty that I could not put it down. Very drinkable beer- flavors will keep you coming back for more.

GOOD STUFF!

Photo of heebes
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 dukew456
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my Duvel tulip.

Pours a bright golden color, with light orange tints around the edges. Slight head quickly recedes into a thin cap, leaving decent lacing. There's been plenty of discussion about the proper glassware enhancing aromas, but damned if every beer doesn't look beautiful in this glass.

The aroma on this is hop-heavy, and far less Belgian-yeasty than I imagined. Floral/grapefruit smells come up first, followed by that familiar Belgian yeast funk. A sweet, tart scent of dried apricots also comes through.

Up front, this immediately tastes like Stone IPA (as denoted/disclaimed on the bottle). Big, clean hop notes burst out front but they're mirrored by a sweet, subtle, and funky Belgian undercurrent. This is kind of like biting into a dried date along with a piece of dried pineapple in trail mix. The bitterness of the hops dominates, but there's a chewy, semi-sweet backbone. The alcohol finally comes through in the finish, pairing nicely with a sticky Belgian linger.

I keep trying "Belgian IPAs", and this one definitely sticks out as the hoppiest in my book. I think my favorite part about drinking this style is comparing the notes from the beers that actual Belgians are making to a beer like this.

Photo of dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 thain709
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 biegaman
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour generated a storm of bubbles so thick, as if buttons or marbles were being tossed about the beer, that I was initially concerned the bottle had been infected with something. Fortunately, however, all that carbonation amounted to nothing more than an extra pearly capping of snow white head. The body, although too icy to see through, is exceptionally glossy and luminous; looks like this Belgian IPA inherited the California sunshine.

And the West Coast hoppiness, too! Take your pic of stone or citrus fruits - peach, mango, orange, grapefruit, cherry - they're all there and make their presence known loud and clear. The phenolic and estery nature of the Belgian yeast seems to play right into the hops' hands - it brings forth even more nuanced notes of fruit and its peppery, fragrant spice seems only to accentuate the lively, wildly citric character of the bouquet.

My palate becomes the grandstand for flavour. Like with any IPA that is half-decently made, this beer satiates the tongue with a vibrantly citric acidity as well as a wholesome, biscuity maltiness. Bitter and sweet play separate octaves of the same note, and in perfect harmony. Whether American, Flemish or Wallonian you'd have to agree this is refreshing. (Regardless of cultural differences, I bet all three would share an affection for this beer!)

It might not be unfair to say that if you've tasted Stone's Ruination you've tasted their Cali-Belgique, at least for the most part. It shares enough of the same 'spiked coconut milk, candied pink grapefruit and bubble-gum wrapped tangerine wedges' kind of fresh, fruity, floral character that I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out to be just the Ruination fermented with a Belgian yeast strain (note: it's actually just their regular IPA).

Before opening this bottle I would have told you that I'd rather have a hoppy Belgian ale than an American IPA brewed with Belgian yeast. Now I'm not so sure. Although I find the Belgian-brewed, American-inspired ales to be more consistent and quaffable than their American-brewed, Belgian-inspired counterparts, Stone is the second California brewery (Green Flash being the other) whose challenged me to rethink that stance.

The name for this beer, Cali-Belgique, is hyphenated and so is everything else about it, too. It has the sunny radiance of California's southern beaches but the warming, wholesome heartiness of Belgium's antiquated, candlelit inns. Bitterness and sweetness dual to a draw. A beer with this kind of intense, satiating flavouring but infinite, perpetual drinkability doubles as both the connoisseur's crown and the layman's quaff.

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 ckeegan04
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear golden color with a big, foamy off-white head. Excellent retention and very good lacing. Very appetizing looking beer.

S - Big tropical and citrus aromas dominate. Pineapple, peach, lemon, and a little grapefruit. A light hint of belgian yeast lingers underneath with notes of clove and bubblegum. Smell is overall just a nice hoppy west coast IPA.

T - While the nose certainly had more of the west coast IPA aroma, the taste brings the Belgian tastes to the forefront. Bitter right of the bat with tastes of some citrus fruits, primarily lemon and grapefruit. Quickly though, a lot of banana, a little clove, and some bubblegum sneak in. These tastes carry throughout the beer. A sweetness is present, but just barely. A very interesting mix of flavors.

M/D - Medium bodied with an excellent level of bitterness. Drinkability is high. An excellent experiment by the Stone guys yet again.

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

Poured from a bomber into my Duvel Tulip.

A: Orange with a nice white head.

S: I get the citrus smell of an IPA with an extra Spicy kick.

T: Bold and hoppy with floral flavors coming through.

M: Moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

O: I like this beer. It has a different taste than the usual IPAs that I'm used too. I thought it was going to be too sweet, but was pleasantly surprised with the complex flavors. I'm glad Stone finally made their way to Missouri and I'll definitely try this one 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.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,701 ratings.