Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,036
Hads: 3,102
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 102
Gots: 497 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Photo of jkendrick
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy amber color with a nice head and decent retention and lacing.

S: Very interesting yeasty in that typical Belgian way, but with slight citrus hoppiness in there too. Makes sense I guess. ;)

MF: Medium body with that prickly gassy belgian quality,

T: There is some bready malt, but that is quickly dominated by the yeasty-ness. I found some hoppiness in there of course, but the yeast was too much.

Overall: I split this with a friend and I'm glad I did. I don't think I would've finished the whole bomber. It certainly is interesting, but I'm generally not a huge fan of the Duvel style Belgians and this was too much of that for me. I'm trying to be fair in my grade as this was something I wanted to try, but the style is not for me.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into my FW snifter glass
Notes taken from 05/03/14

A: Crystal clear light amber honey look. Tiny streaming bubbles are present producing about a half finger of cream colored suds. Moderate retention with a few streaks and dots of lace left clinging to the glass.

S: Minty herbal hops and banana like esters on the nose. I get some apricot like stone fruit action with a twist of citrus and some coriander type spices. Has a sweet breadiness to it from the pale and caramel malts. Interesting mix and the phenols are fairly strong. Not bad but definitely different.

T: Big peppery bitterness with dashes of citrus fruit and some menthol notes. Banana, bubblegum, and clove spice are all there with a touch of caramel sweetness. Man there is a lot going on here. I get some fruity apricot and a lemony tartness as well. The phenols are super sharp and almost smoky at times and the alcohol kicks in towards the finish. Not really a fan of this one.

M: The body is moderate and slightly filling but tends to land closer to the lighter side. Nearing astringent form the high hop bitterness and sharp yeast phenols. Dash of alcohol warmth. Finish has a solid drying effort with a slight resinous after affect.

D: Not a huge fan of this one. It’s not necessarily flawed but is a bit disjointed with too much going on for my liking. The 22oz was a bit of a chore and I don’t like doing chores without some type of reward.

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Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slight haze to an otherwise golden color. Moderate lasting head with a significant amount of spotty lace on the glass.

High fresh grapefruit-like hop aroma; background alcohol with light malt.

A dry brew with a high amount of hop. The aftertaste is long-lasting bitter hop. Relatively thin body with an above average level of carbonation. Lip puckeringly astringent.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one the other day after work. Poured a golden orange color with white head that faded quick and left good lacing. Smelled of yeast, fruit, hops and malt. Tasted yeasty, with fruit and a light hops kick. Fairly smooth. Some interesting flavors here, but the combination doesn't suit me very well.

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Photo of jmfc8237
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured a bone white head that was very quick to disperse. Pale orange and straw color that is clear.

Aromas are of the citrus variety representing a nice orange and piney hop aroma with a nice spice background of coriander and pine.

Bitter orange peel and earthy hops are pronounced followed by a surprisingly suble yeast influence and a nice amount of burnt caramel. Overall it's a easy drinker but I have not been overwhelmed by it's flavor. There was a faint chalky taste but I don't attribute that to the beer.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this beer pours a very pretty golden color with a frothy white head that recedes to lacing. the aroma is really nice with the belgian yeast works well with the hops... a nice balance. the taste loses me a little bit, the sweet malt and belgian flavors fall behind the hop bitterness. the mouthfeel is a little light, the co2 is a bit much for it. could have been better, but it's still a damn good beer.

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Photo of hophugger
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber-yellow pretty clear color with an average head and minimal lacing. Aroma hits hard at first and then mellows a bit. Aroma is first of pine resin and grapefruit and then mellows out some. Taste is hoppy with a nice bitterness, some citrus rind and just a touch of sweetness to balance it. Leaves a hoppy-citrus peel aftertaste which is pleasant

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Photo of jdklks
3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very nice looking beer with a dark golden orange body soft, fluffy off-white head. smells of hops and belgian yeast, though nothing here is too pronounced. perhaps some sweet fruitiness. nothing too great about the smell.

hmmm. a pretty good belgian ipa, though the hops and malt battle instead of blend. a very bitter end/after-taste, but up front it is much fruitier and sweeter. the yeast gives it an odd spiceyness that makes it seem like the beer was spiced (though it wasn't). difficult beer to describe for sure.

might be a little over-carbonated, but then again, it does have a light-medium body. drinkability is good, but i would much rather have a regular stone ipa or ruination.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber.

Slightly hazy golden color, with a thick, tight sticky head. Nice retention.

Fruity Belgian yeast with notes of banana and candi sugar yields to pineapple and mango.

Flavor is pine and resin, slight woodiness and spice. Balanced malt flavor, enough to keep the hops fom running wild.

Alcohol warming on the slightly dry finish.

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Photo of roscoehnj
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice enough looking beer, clear, slighly amber gold with nice lacing.

I've never had a Belgian IPA so don't quite know what to expect. I am getting a lot more "Belgian" than IPA for the nose. Clear smell of Belgian yeast.

Same for the taste. The sweetness imparted by the yeast is leavened somewhat by the hops with a bit of hop bite. Nice mouthfeel with a hit of carbonation at the end. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. I can't get the usual grapefruit typical of Stone IPA. This will take some thought.

Goes down nicely but I'm not sure I like the melding of what to me are two distinct styles. I'll have to try others and see if its the style or the beer that doesn't quite work for me.

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Photo of NealVsBeer
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - straw-colored with generous head which leaves a little lacing around the edges. Well-carbonated.

S - Smells like a Belgian. Bananas, specifically.

T - Very hoppy, but not overpowering. The Belgian yeast balances the flavor quite nicely.

M - Well-carbonated and medium-bodied.

D - While I like this beer, it's not something I want to have very often. One of these a month would be plenty.

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Photo of kflorence
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, copper tinted color with a thin layer of head that dissipates to lacing along the sides of the glass. Carbonation levels look good, perhaps a bit low.

S: Smells interesting. I wouldn't say it's a pleasant aroma, but it isn't off-putting either. Lots of hops, mostly juniper but also a bit of citrus in there. Then there's a more petro-chemical, gasoline and lip balm smell mixed with a bit of spice and some yeast.

T: Taste comes through a lot like the aroma. Lots of hops and that same spiced yeast and malt concoction. I just can't help but feel reminded of lip balm or some kind of refined oil. Again, I don't consider this taste to be detrimental to the beer, but it is certainly something I haven't come across before, and seems a bit odd to me.

M: This has the usual stone mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation, smooth and a little chewy. It's really very easy to drink and quite refreshing but also maintains some level of sophistication.

O: This was an interesting adventure for me. I'm not really a fan of I.P.A.'s but I can definitely appreciate them, and this one is perhaps a bit more "up my alley" than some of the other offerings I've had. As usual, lots of hops, but not an overwhelming amount, and an interesting "Belgian yeast" characteristic which lends the brew a unique characteristic. Solid, but not exceptional.

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Photo of JG-90
3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer is an orange/straw color that is pretty clear. Pours a moderate sized creamy white head. Head has decent retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of bread, pine, and citrus, a bit of other fruit, although I can't pinpoint what.

Taste starts with pine, then moves to orange with a bit of lemon and grapefruit. Has a nice bready finish with both pine and orange, and a bit more of nondescript fruit. A little funky/yeasty. Has a light body and high carbonation for an IPA, although they are probably both average for a Belgium.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the stone tasting at jungle jims with Greg Koch

A-golden yellow with a white head
S-overpowered by the belgian yeast strain. Can't get much else off of the brew
T-slight hops but is really dominated by its belgian side. Some grapes
M-medium bodied and smooth
d-drinkable, but not one of the best of the night

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Photo of haningj2
3.56/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is very solid beer all the way around.

Poured from bomber into pilsner glass.

Beautiful beer. Great golden hue with the smallest tint or orange/brown. This beer is very active. Its one of those beers that mesmerizes against a gleaming sun. Very fitting that Stone brews it, cause you'll see the side effects after staring into Medusa's head.

Very aromatic. Slightly spicy. You get the obvious hop spice but seems to be a little piney and nutty. Citrus is present. Typical IPA.

Very clean for Stone. It smells much more IPA-ish than it tastes. Not that I'm complaining. Has much more fruit flavor than I expected. The initial hop punch is there but quickly backs off. Very subtle after-taste. Ruination this is not. The aftertaste has a wonderful hint of vanilla that I never would have seen coming.

Feels nice...even better going down. Not overbearing and has a very clean finish. "Mouthfeel" is opposite ends of their typical brew.

Drinkable but not a sitter. Will probably find yourself drinking faster than you'd like. I actually got preoccupied and let mine sit a little too long. I'd recommend drinking it on the chilled side.

Very solid beer. I will definitely purchase again.

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Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark orange. Can see some activity in the glass. A lively beer.

S - Smells like a typical belgian ale with notes of yeast, sweet bread, and citrus.

T - Tastes like a decent belgian ale, but nothing that makes it stand out.

M - A crisp ale, finishes with a little burn.

O - This one isn't a bad beer at all. But with other great choices from Stone I'd go for other belgian ales first.

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Photo of TheDoorman
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy yellow-orange color with white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, sweet pale malt aroma, with a citrusy hop presence, orange peel. Palate is filled with malt, very very sweet, perhaps too sweet. Citrusy hops really come out in the finish. Bitter and dry. This beer for me is best described as a beer that starts like a triple and ends like an IPA. This beer seems to have two distinct phases. I would like to feel as though everything blended together for a more consistently balanced taste throughout. Contrary to other reviews, I did not think this was closer to the IPA end of the spectrum. I could have used some more hops. The beer is a bit too sweet upfront.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a nice one finger head. Enjoy By 9/2/13, enjoyed a month early. Aroma is unmistakeable Belgian yeast, dry, with a hint of fruity hops, mango, pear, apple. Flavor is dry yeast and light apple and pear flavors. Tiny bit of grass from the hops. This seems really more like a dry Tripel with nearly no influence from the IPA portion. High carbonation and light mouthfeel. Overall not bad but was hoping for more IPA influence.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a light golden orange. The head is white, but pretty non-existent.

The aroma is all hops very bitter, not much else. A little sour citrus, lemon.

The taste is sweet to start but sour grapefruit sweet. The end is light bitter, not as bitter as the aroma. There is a light metallic finish.

Feel is ok, drinkability decent.

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Photo of katan
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a pint

A - Pours an extremely clear light golden color. Head formation is quick and strong. Dissipates to only a light film with a small amount of lacing. As stated, very clear - not showing much carbonation.

S - Very American IPA smelling. A strong combination of American hop citrus notes with malt sweetness. Has the characteristic stone brewing smell.

T- Starts off with a balance combination of malt sweetness and the background bitter bite. Along the way, a hop citrus and grapefruit note starts to really dig in. After taste is a combination of citrus hop note with a malt sweet bite. Not sure if these flavors meld all that well.

M - Moderate to low body on this beer - seems thin and watery. The carbonation bite is probably the best dominating aspect. Does leave behind an oily alpha acid aftertaste bite.

D - Moderate drinkability. For the style it does not distinguish nor hamper its drinkabililty The body of the beer is not filling - nor is the abv off the charts. The problem with this beer is its rather difficult to understand flavor profile - how do you drink this in a session.

Picked this up at the brewery - was worth a shot.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of a Belgian Ale in appearance, light in color with a white head which sticks around for a while. The ABV and hops are more consistent with a toned down American Pale Ale than a revved up British version. Stone, as per usual, puts forward a refreshing brew that is very drinkable. Though expected hints of fruit in this IPA aren't all that present, the sweetness of a Belgian Ale is there. This is a good combination ale but I do prefer Stone's individual efforts in regard to these two styles individually.

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Photo of UA8
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a transparent golden straw color with a one finger foamy white head.

S- Scents of orange/ ruby red grapefruit and bubblegum.

T- Leads with toffee malts, mid palate is of citrus hops and baseball card bubblegum, finishes with a medicinal herbal hop.

M- Over carbonated and thin.

D- Not my favorite of the Stone offering the flavors are all over the place. I really don't think that this strain of yeast works all that well with the aggressiveness of the Stone IPA.

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Photo of PartyBear
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellowy colour with a medium foamy off-white head, and a decent level of carbonation. The aroma has a strong acidic yeast verging on cat pee, with lemony citrus, and hint of grain. The taste is instantly recognizable as Belgian yeast, with lots of citric acid, a subtle wheatiness and a bit of soap. The hops are more apparent towards the end, producing a grassy bitterness and more dry summery lemony flavours. Light to medium in the body with a active carbonic feel. An intersting take on the normal Stone IPA. The Belgian yeast strain is very clear in the aromas and flavours, adding a much more acidic edge to the beer.

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Photo of Philousa
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle read best by 2/2/12. I just barely made it.

pours a clear gold with a metallic shine and a decent amount of rocky head. Sweet, rich caramel greet the nose first followed by a mild yeast spiciness - allspice and pepper. Green, tart hop aroma come as the beer warms. Sweet caramel leads to spicy lemon pepper. Turns tart and bitter as the yeast eases you into a hop bitterness. A smooth transition. This was less viscous than expected from the nose, but more on the heavy side for an IPA. Dry finish.

This was really interesting and very polarizing, I'd guess. The yeast was very americanized, in that it wasn't very robust in flavor. It was mildly spicy and funky, but I didn't get anything in the middle of the spectrum. This combined with the typical Stone "in your face" hop profile made it a beer of extremes. The malt was not the central point, although it complimented the beer when necessary. I like the aspects it showcased, but felt it was a bit thin in the flavor profile, leaning too much on the extremes of taste and smell.

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick foamy frothy head. The beer is golden amber in color.

S- This has a nice smell. Clove and banana with a mix of hops. Great combination of Belgian yeast with hop taste.

T- The taste is unique. The hops are quite bitter, yet there is a nice clove taste mixed in that comes and goes. But I think the hops are a bit too bitter. They should be sweeter to combine with the clove taste.

M- The feel is good and smooth. The hops do have their way with the palate.

D- Easy to drink, but I think I would rather have my Belgians taste like Belgians and my IPAs taste like IPAs.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.