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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,412 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,412
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 131 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/29 Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy deep orange color with a one finger of khaki head that retain nicely. Clumps of sticky lacing remain on the glass.

S: Nose is quite floral punctuated by piney notes, and hints of grapefruit.

T: Taste is very sharp floral hop character. The middle is filled with a blend of caramel malts and a citrus - mainly grapefruit flavoring. Finish is somewhat peppery and piney.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body with an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, nicely blended, not too filling, and has a nice kick to it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 13:28:17 | More by Jayli
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Brad007

Vermont

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark-golden color with a two finger head into my glass. Looks about right.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and spice in the nose. A hint of grapefruit peeks out. Very decent for the hops part.

Taste is full of floral hops with a pronounced spice bite upfront. Elements of a west coast IPA and belgian IPA are abound but the hops dominate as with most of the Stone lineup that I've had. The malt shows through only a bit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and spice and malt. Not bad. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's not that high anyway.

Not bad at all. I like this example of the style. It has a definite Stone feel to it. My only problem is that Belgian part of this beer seems lost. Regardless, you cannot go wrong with giving this a shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 18:42:29 | More by Brad007
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/10/12 thanks liamt07 for sending me the bottle

A not quite clear golden yellow with various sized bubbles throughout, tight two finger off white head sits long enough to leave 4 thin rings of lace followed by lots of random patches, sexy looking stuff

S lemon hits me first with some soapy pine and toffee, faint spices with some more citrus fruits and candied pineapple, the yeast profiles Belgian but the hops are American and there's a little something I can't quite place but its fruity and good

T some bitter greens and lime rind, sprite perhaps with very faint banana, earthy weedy notes and there's still fruit I can't place

M a nice bitter bite with a little grit, well concealed booze and a big citrus finish, good carbonation and slick after the fact for a short time

O this ones going to bug me because there's a fruity aspect I can't quite place but its positive. If anything it could use more Belgian yeast to get it more on line with the style but I liked it no matter how its labeled

I feel like I'm being hard on this one even though it gets a high score, not quite 4.25 in many areas maybe I should start complaining that we need a .10 increment on the site

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 08:08:42 | More by wordemupg
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sdderek

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 'Best By' date is about 2 1/2 months from time of drinking

A: Light orange with a slight haze, little head, and nice lacing. Looks very similar to the regular Stone IPA...

S: Wait. This doesn't smell like a regular Stone IPA. Lots of Belgian yeast in the nose, mixed with a doughy and floral aroma.

T: The citrusy hops definitely come through at first, then followed by an earthy, bready yeast, then some more hops bitterness at the end. Perhaps it's a little sweeter than bitter...

M: Medium bodied with very good mouthfeel.

D: Very easy to drink. Light, smooth, and tasty. It had been a while since I've had this and I'm glad I picked it up.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:23:39 | More by sdderek
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jujubeast6000

Texas

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/30/2008 (Draft @ Stone Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA):

Pours an amber orange color body. Small creamy snow white head, diminishing. Fruity hoppy aroma. Fruity, grapefruity taste. Some hoppy dryness on the aftertaste. Some carbonation. Some fruity bitterness. Nice taste, Belgiany and hoppy. Light fruit taste, maybe pear or something. Creamy palate.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2009 02:35:19 | More by jujubeast6000
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear amber color with a good inch or so of fluffy of white foam. The head leaves a slight lace in its wake. nose and flavor are of pine, fruits such as grapefruit, tangerines, lemon, some caramel, bubblegum, yeast, pepper, toasted cereal grain. A few notches better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. Finish is dry and mildly bitter with a lingering sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 02:50:46 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Floydster

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass at the Stone World Bistro for four dollars I believe, think this was the Belgian IPA that they had not named yet a few months back, had some then too

A-Golden orange, pretty cloudy, one inch white soapy head, some retention, decent lacing
S-Belgian yeast, variety of hops, orange zest, lemon juice, spices, sweet malt, and grassy accents
T-Started out with a sweet malty taste, spices in the middle, lots of coriander, finish was hoppy and piney which was a nice touch, got more as it warmed and spices came to surface more, never got syrupy, liked the balance of flavors
M-Somewhat sweet and bitter mouthfeel, medium bodied, well carbonated, taste did not stick around as long as I wanted
D-Could drink a few glasses of this easily, refreshing on hot day, no booze in the flavor, ABV is not too high, lighter than expected

Love Stone IPA, so I was expecting something big from this and was not disappointed, reminded me of hoppy Belgian pale until it warmed and I could really taste the piney hops, will drink again, recommended

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2008 23:32:29 | More by Floydster
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a creamy head. Good spiderweb lace. Steady flow of carb bubbles coming off the bottom. Smell is an interesting mix of citrus and spice. The pepper comes through strongly. Taste follows the smell. The pepper spice is the most prominent but there somehow remains a citrus backbone. Good full body. Another strong brew from stone. They never dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:20:16 | More by beermanbrian
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Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

Pours a golden light orange color. A somewhat careful pour capped the head at about one finger, but it's quite dense, and retains pretty well. There's some really nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very interesting...bright citrus hops, spices, bready malts, and another scent I can only describe as Belgian yeast-y. This beer obviously favors the "Cali" over the "Belgique."

Taste follows. This is exactly what I'd expect from a SoCal Belgian IPA. The flavor matches the aroma, but there's a piney hop component I did not smell. The spice strikes me as being peppery, almost like Chimay tripel. Maybe it's just striking me that way because I'm drinking out of a Chimay goblet. Either way, the finish has both pine and citrus peel, but the bitterness is fairly restrained, or at least moreso than the Stone name might lead one to believe. There's also a bit of a green apple flavor in there.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The feel is decidedly IPA, and even has a bit of an oily texture. Alcohol is not detectable. I like Stone's regular IPA better, but Cali-Belgique is still quite good. This one falls short of Green Flash LeFreak...I'd like to see a bit more Belgique to match the Cali. But, you're still talking about two 4+ beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 01:37:37 | More by Gyle41386
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" off-white head that dissipated quickly over honey-amber liquid with good clarity.l

S: Noble hops: grassy, earthy and citrusy with sweet malt undertones.

T: Grassy, earthy and citrus hops which give way to biscuity malt and a strong tasting yeasty finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Its no La Chouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:04:01 | More by DaftCaskBC
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Great lacing like every other Stone beer I have had.

Aroma of spicy clove, banana, and orange combine with faint earthy hops. Great Belgian yeasty aroma.

The flavor continues this Belgain theme with the spicyness being quite prominent. Orange and bubblegum are present along with some citrus hops trying to poke through. There is some caramel towards the finish. Bitterness is fairly mild for an IPA letting the flavors from the yeast shine through.

Overall, a very solid Belgian IPA. The hops stay nicely restrained allowing the Belgian characteristics to take center stage. Another impressive beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:16:33 | More by rangerred
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TheMultiYeast

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cali-Belgie Bottle:

Slightly hazy yellow orange with bubble white head and patchy lacing.

Smell is an interesting balance of cloves, nanner bread, star anise, honey, and then slight amounts of earthy pine among citrus and prickly, moist, musty, hops.

Perfectly balanced between Stone IPA and Belgian yeast influence. Plenty of west coast hop profile blends with mild spice notes. Subtle pepper notes blend with mild bitterness while Belgian sweetness plays upon citrus fruitiness.

Very nice, slightly dry, highly recommended for an IPA change-of-pace.

Get it.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 03:08:58 | More by TheMultiYeast
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kcinlober

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

head: very small, barely any foam

aroma: yeasty + hops equals a fermented, citrusy, piney aroma. pretty appealing

palate: the hops dominate the taste at first, but there is a hint of the yeasty/fruity flavor of belgian styles. i would say that the taste comes out as bitter with citrus aftertaste. it really feels like i just bit the tip off of a douglas fir

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 03:17:09 | More by kcinlober
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stevoj

Germany

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More Belgian than IPA, most of the facets of this brew lean towards Belgium. Starts with a funky, yeasty aroma, lightly hazy golden body and small, thin silky head. Taste brings on the yeast again, but the Stone hops come in to bite at the end. Finish reminds me of some French cheese. Interesting!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 01:43:10 | More by stevoj
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macpapi

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've looked forward to Stone's take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Finally got a chance to try it.

Pours a clear light copper color with a medium-sized, if somewhat quickly dissipating white head. There is quite a bit of lace left behind on the sides of my tulip glass. A very translucent look.

Smell is dominated by the strong presence of Belgian yeast (Ardennes?) and sharp, crisp hop pull. There are also some pretty potent fruity aromas going on here-mainly orange peel and a bit of lemon. Floral hints are also present. A pretty full and complex aroma.

Taste is dominated up front with very sharp and bitter hop character. There is also a good deal of citrus here, mainly grapefruit. A bit of sharp, somewhat peppery spice finishes off a pretty complete flavor.

Mouthfeel is sharp, bitter and medium-high carbonation, with a very dry finish.

Overall this is a very good representation of the style. I like the fact that the ABV is a bit lower than some of the other prominent representatives. That means I can have more than one of a very enjoyable, balanced, and complex brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 23:40:33 | More by macpapi
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jettjon

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into a goblet. Golden apple clear with vigorous precipitating carbonation streams. Thin, clingy white head. Nose of hops and spicy coriander with a hint of mustard. Tastes of strong citrus/piney hops and coriander, like a hoppy saison. Sweetish malt with a light bitter finish. Mouth is crisp and watery, on the thin side but quenching, complementary of the beer. Drinkability is very good, pretty smooth and tasty; definitely sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2011 01:43:51 | More by jettjon
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cali-Belgique pours a yellowy/orange/peach color. Maybe a little opaque as well. The head is dense and sits nicely atop this pour. A tantalizing display in a glass.

The aroma that juts forth first is the expected clove/banana from the Belgian yeast, but wow is it fresh and intense, much stronger than I am used to. This is very aromatic. Behind all those spicy notes are the hops. The hop profile of the Stone IPA plays second fiddle but is a nice counter punch. Some good citrus smells and some pineyness.

The taste is not just their IPA with some added spicy flavors. Its a little more complicated. Lots of lemon citrus flavors on the tongue are meshed with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, pineapple, banana and the list goes on...There is also a nice floral hop flavor thats very fresh tasting. So much flavor and a good deal of complexity in such a thirst quenching beer. As this one warms and I get to the bottom of the glass the IPA takes over and the spices fade. Absolutely delicious.

Consider this the product of a one-night stand with Stone IPA somehow ending up with a beautiful Belgian Ale!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 14:21:39 | More by indiapaleale
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snaotheus

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug.

Clear, bright golden color. Medium (maybe one finger) head, still effervescing, gorgeous lacing. Smells floral and hoppy and spicy.

Taste is hops. Lots of hops. A little citrus, and a very pleasant background sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, a tiny bit filmy. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 00:38:26 | More by snaotheus
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange to golden color, thin bubbled white head laces nicely.

Nose has a nice metallic hop aroma with a slight toasted caramel component.

Biscuit malt is noticed right away on the palate, nice sweetness, Belgian wild yeasty-bread flavors, and a fresh/ripe fruity hop flavor comes through nicely. Biscuits and fruit.

Finish is toasty/biscuity also, with again more fruit.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 21:46:41 | More by yemenmocha
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DM1293

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only way I can put this beer is if you mixed a Stone IPA with a Saison. Thats really it; its got Belgian in its feel, with a nice crisp finish that hints of spices with the citrusy hop bite of Stone's IPA. And if that sounds appealing to you, go for it. But to me, its pretty much on par with their regular IPA. I will say it does hit the spot better for the summer weather, hence a slight edge in its favor comparably.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 00:49:41 | More by DM1293
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hopfacebrew

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone prior to enjoying a fantastic dinner. The beer arrives a yellowish golden color with a nice 2 finger creamy white head. Decent retention and some lacing. The nose is a mix of orange fruitiness together with a granny smith sweetness, together with the bubble gum yeast character. A faint hint of peppery spices. Nice aroma. The flavor follows suit: Citrus upfront, orange, grapefruit together with some apple and pear flavors. The spiciness found in the nose follows, though mellow. Medium bitterness. Very smooth. Finishes with a lingering bubble gum fruitiness. Nice. Lighter bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Dry. Overall, one of the better Belgian IPA's I've had. I'd recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 14:52:55 | More by hopfacebrew
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cdpike

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a smooth and lovely golden orange with a nice but modest foam and good lacing. Nose is big on citrus, hops, and some caramel with a bit of spicy Belgian essence. Great body with a lot of big fruit and citrus flavor with that characteristic Stone whoop-ass feeling. Good hop flavor and pretty bitter, but at first on the way down, you notice a lot more of the Belgian yeast flavor and some pretty chewy notes. Finishes nice and bitter with that wonderful spicy Belgian taste. Wow. This is an incredibly creative beer, and my mouth is watering over my subsequent sips. Bravo.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 17:02:17 | More by cdpike
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Jemonster

California

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: High clarity and pale yellow IPA. Thin white head and low carbonation.

S: Good Belgian yeast funk! Some clean and herbal hops, citrus, sweet white bread, cedar.

T: Mind blowing! This is really different than anything I've had before, I dig it! There is kind of a sweaty aftertaste, which it gets dinged for. Bonus for originality. Sour notes and moderate hop bitterness. I feel like there are some floral notes that want to come out but are masked. Heavy yeasty, malty flavor.

M: Dry and thin, light on the palate. Medium level carbonation. Lets the bitterness hang on just long enough.

O: It's great for a niche beer. I don't know if I could drink these every day, but I think it might come down to taste acquisition. Really unlike anything I've had before. A good example for home brewers to see what a big difference a yeast makes.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2013 03:10:13 | More by Jemonster
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Jadjunk

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"There is of course the implicitly posed question of what exactly the Belgian/Belgique /België influence is. And 'yeast' is the answer. We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA. The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone brew-and stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally." Brewed in the style of a Belgian IPA. This is a year-round release by Stone Brewing Company, a Belgian-yeast influenced version of their Stone IPA, if you didn't get that already. My bottle actually says Cali-België, but the name change has not been noted as of yet on the website, it is recognized as the same beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to my Stone pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy pale-white head over a pale amber honey body with a mild haze and subtle carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is very light, spotty and doesn't stick. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of grapefruit, citrus peel, a pale cracker malt base and a very forward yeast influence, tones of strong fruit notes including pear, apples and a fainter banana. Traces of spice are limited to a faint coriander. The change in yeast makes this beer a completely different aromatic experience. 4

(Taste) Pale cracker malts, faint citrus zest and a mellow earthy bitterness, accentuated by a moderately dry, peppery and clove-laden yeast profile. I found the flavor better rounded and balanced out over the aroma. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, with a mild slickness to it. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess and crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild. 4

(Overall) Stone's Cali-België IPA is an enjoyable take on their IPA recipe with a tasty Belgian influence. It took my palate a while to adjust but I found the drink thoroughly enjoyable. 4

Stone Brewing Company's
Stone Cali-Belgique
4.09/5.00

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 02:38:14 | More by Jadjunk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of errantnight, review based on notes

Opens with a nice whoosh! Pours an effervescent & bright apricot with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Appleskins & pears

T: Follows the nose, plus a bit of candi sugar, phenols, dirt & lemons up front. Breadyness, apricot & a kiss of booze as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruittyness, dryness & grapefruit (about time the Cali side shines through)

MF: Semi-chewy with light but noticable carbonation & very good balance. Chewier & slightly slick once warm

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 03:22:42 | More by russpowell
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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