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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,616 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,616
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 199 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

mt2mtl, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of Sam-VW
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Nordic Pint Glass
Enjoy by 06/12/14

A - Amber coloured with fast rising bubbles. Small white head that clings to the sides with very sticky lacing and fades very slowly.

S - Peach/Apricot, Citrus with a hint of pine

T - Sweet citrus, peach and raisin leaving a bitter but still sweet pine aftertaste

M - Very smooth but still a good amount of Carbonation.

All in all one of my favorite offerings from Stone so far.

Sam-VW, May 20, 2014
Photo of utopiajane
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy and orange with hues of gold. Had a finger of pearly white foam that fell slowly and left a film and ring on top and some nice sticky lace.

Nose is a big blast of citrus fruits. Orange, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Then it develops tropical notes with a little kiwi fruit. Has a combination of fruits scent that is like a nice sweet punch. Lightly bready malt with a little honey on it. There is no alcohol on the nose. The belgian yeast is lightly underneath soft and quiet. The malt sweetens deeply as it warms and starts to lean toward caramel. Grassy.

Taste is wonderful. Nice sweet bread. Soft and yielding to all the fruit. Plenty of sweet fruits roll through and it has a nice little yeasty twang. Nothing much in the way of spice. No clove and that's a good thing because that would have been too dark for all the light tropical taste. Alcohol stays hidden on the palate. Has the taste of crushed aspirin. Many beers have it and in most it is sharp and very astringent. But in this beer that quality is laid into the body of the beer and it's not terribly sharp. The hop bitter bites a little and then accumulates so that together with the aspirin quality it finishes dry. That mouth coating aspirin like dryness accentuates the sweetness of the bread and is a perfect contrast to all the delectable fruits so that it finishes whole and spectacularly.

This is a tremendous IPA from Stone. it's not feather light but the malt is soft and graceful. The fruits are just so many and so splendid int he drink. It's complex and it's complex in the finish. Not too many beers can say that. Smooth, creamy and completely delicious. You could drink this one every day.

utopiajane, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of patpbr
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a small but full head
S - Belgium yeast, banana, lemon, pine.
T - Citrus a little grapefruit, sweet, bready, with the presents of the Belgium yeast.
M- Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Solid example of the style.

patpbr, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of ImusBeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the Suwanee T-Mac location, review from notes

Like a true Belgian it was a light amber color with a very small amount of head off white in color. Some lacing occured on the slides of the class.

The first thing you smell is hoppy pine then some grain and finally cinnamon or spice.

Atypical ESB hoppy taste at the start, with the bitterness at the end with a wheat/bread during.

Even with the slightly higher gravity of this beer it's drinkability is good, a little hop to keep you interested and bored.

ImusBeer, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of mdvatab
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Could not locate bottled-on date.

Aroma: As the name suggests, this one has a mixed spicy Belgian yeast character coupled with fruity hop flavor. Honey-like malty sweetness. Spicy clove. Light floral notes, pineapple, and pear from hops.
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange body. Tight, fluffy white 2-finger pillow of rocky foam. Excellent retention and lacing.

Flavor: Mirroring aroma, honey sweetness with a spicy Belgian profile. In addition to the fruity hop notes noted in the aroma, the beer has a prominent bitterness that appears midway through, and remains through a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high CO2. Bitter hoppy profile is only slightly drying.

Overall: An exciting twist on an IPA. This is a brew that someone who doesn't necessarily like IPAs could enjoy. The tropical fruit hop profile was a welcomed change from the citrusy/piney hops that I'm accustomed to in American IPAs. Definitely recommended!

mdvatab, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light golden pour and some fluffy white head which fades relatively quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose of bright citrus hops, grasses, and Belgian yeast. Taste is very clean up front with a suggestion of sour from the yeast with playful carbonation.

Easy to drink with almost a saison feel to it.

OldIronLungs, Mar 10, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Translucent golden hued body, decent bubbly white head

S- Grassy-citrusy hops, some underlying spices too

T- Hops, yeast, spices! Hoppy bitterness up front, moves into a malty yeasty body tempered by some nice spices

M- Light-bodied with a good level of carbonation making it crisp

D- Goes down easy and the spices make you come back for more

aepb1, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique is a delicious Belgian IPA. That is all it is.

A: Clear yellow colour and a good 1cm head which lasts.

S:Hoppy with definate notes of Belgian yeast.

T: Hoppy up front with a yeasty middle. It has a smooth finish that wasn't bitter at all.

M: Thin with a little foaminess.

O: A very nice Belgian IPA, but not the most interesting beer in this style at all.

vandemonian, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of u2carew
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. Consumed 3/15/10

A) Pours with a white wispy head. Produces thin and sticky lacing. Slight haze upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Grapefruit. Banana. Slight raisin. Some grainy tones.
T) Citrus bite and sweetness up front. Grapefruit. Raisin. Hints of yeast. Finishes with a mellow hop bite and lingering hoppyness.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Medium body. Some Tannin feel.
D) A well crafted hybrid. I'd have another.

u2carew, Mar 16, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to finally see this in the great state of Louisiana!

Clear, light orange with a bright white finger.5 of head. Laces nicely.

Spiciness, and loads of grapefruit. Some malt sweetness and slight yeast. More citrus and maybe some pine.

The taste is kinda hop/yeast spicy, with loads of grapefruit and citrus, light malt sweeties.

Slick, slightly coating and lingering, medium carbonation, fairly light in body.

Bomber, no problem. Good BIPA, worthy of re-visitation.

EgadBananas, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp, clean, and clear copper with hues of amber depending on how it is held to the light. I get a full inch of frothy and creamy head that produces mediocre lacing in sloppy broken rings.

S: The immediate impression is the spicy aroma of Stone's Belgian yeast strain. As i hold my nose closer, I can make out the signature piney hops of the Stone IPA from which this creation was spawned. There is a bitter presence to those hops, too. This is an interesting combination...seems almost like it could be a part of the Vertical Epic series, as those have been phenomenal style mixes.

T: Those piney hops come through as beautifully in the flavor as they do in the nose. There is no letdown as this Belgian IPA is true to its roots as a hoppy west coast creation. Complemented nicely and well-balanced by the spicy character contributed by the yeasts. The bitterness is muted and lets the flavors from the yeast and hops do their thing, without overpowering them.

M/D: Though they are subtle, the hops provide a syrupy resinous texture. Moderate carbonation is just about perfect. Light enough to handle a whole bomber on your own, but a little bit too much for more than that. This beer is a very interesting offering, and I can't wait to try it on tap next week.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 11, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark gold in color with a nice two inches of head. Smell is some hops, not much. There's some belgian yeast and a good amount of a peppery spice in the nose as well.
I like that this isn't a hop dominant beer. Really lets the other belgian characteristics of the beer come forward. It's quite enjoyable. I can't seem to figure out what is giving me that peppery spice flavor that I'm getting in the flavor. It's there and shocking, but I'm finding myself liking it.
I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Well done and I wouldn't mind picking up a few more bottles.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of MotorboatMofo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange color, white head about a finger and a half. Half a finger of head lingers around.

S- Smell of orange and lemon citrus. Smells like summer.

T- Great taste, full bodied taste that has more hints of orange than anything.

M- Great for sipping. Very full taste and leaves a good after taste.

O- Doesn't taste like most of the other stone IPA's. Must try this beer. I would love to try this on tap. This wouldn't be my first choice of stone beers but It is still very good.

MotorboatMofo, Oct 15, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. A bit lighter than I expected, a yellow color. Can see through. On the first pour there was a 1 finger head, but agitating the yeast and giving it a second pour out of a bomber yields a 2 finger head. Thin lacing.

s. Citrus and hops.

t. Here is where the yeast agitation really shows through. The first glass I had was very good at best. If I had to do it all over again, I would have filled the glass half way, swirled the remaining beer in the bottle, and poured the rest of the glass. Agitate the yeast with each pour. I would call this a mix between a white and an IPA, with the IPA coming to the party late.

m. So smooth - so Stone.

o. Outstanding once the Yeast comes to the party. More white than IPA, but a great combo!

gonzo000, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow approaching orange in color with some extremely light visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy looking light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of thick patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of citrus and floral hops along with some light spices.

T: There is a wonderful flavor of citrus, floral, and spicy hop notes. There is a pleasant underlying malt body that gives a light sweetness upfront. Light bitterness but not over the top of aggressive.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is pretty well balanced with nice amounts of complexity. There is a very enjoyable flavor/smell and the beer is very easy to drink, I could easily have more than one of these but it might be a little strong to be sessionable. I found this pretty refreshing and will likely have it again.

dbrauneis, May 11, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear orange-gold with two fingers of rich off-white head.

Aroma is a perfume of floral hops, tangerine peel, candy sugar, mint, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is slightly sour with Belgian yeast and spice along with floral hops, and caramel malts. The finish delivers a minty note.

Medium bodied, crisp and a tad dry, with a moderate carbonation.

An easy to drink and even easier to enjoy Cali-Belgian from Stone. I'll definitely have again.

Monkeyknife, Jan 06, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a proper pint glass. Pours crystal clear golden with a booming, creamy, foamy white head.

S - Sugar, faint citrus bite, hops.

T - Really subdued hop bitterness - in fact, almost no bitterness at all. There's some honey sweetness in there with piny hops. Dry, resiny finish.

M - Medium bodied, leaves a little stickiness behind

Notes - Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

HeyItsChili, Jul 23, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fantastic extra sent to me by JohnGalt1...

A- Pours a bright, hazy straw color with a finger of fluffy white head. Head retention is pretty good, dissipating down to a thin foamy layer. Lacing is pretty good, but not as tight as I would have expected.

S- Banana and cloves up front followed with a slightly sweet edge to it. Apples and citrusy hops to round it out. Smells like a Tripel or Dubbel crossed with an IPA. Very inviting.

T- Banana flavor comes through although not as pronounced as in the aroma. Bitter hops, sort of spicy like a Tripel. Also, has sort of a funky, yeasty aftertaste to it. Kind of reminds me of the aftertaste left by an extra sharp cheddar (the beer doesn't taste like cheese mind you). Extremely interesting to say the least, relatively complex.

M- Smooth, prickly mouthfeel. Good amounts of carbonation. Light bodied.

D- ABV isn't too high, light body and good aroma and taste makes this an easy drinker. Finishing off the bomber wasn't a problem.

This was definitely a unique brew. I'm pretty sure it's my first Belgian IPA, so I didn't really know what I was in for. Thanks again, Toby, much appreciated!

kbeals, Feb 24, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of firkin during the Stone event at the Drafting Room.

The beer pours a hazy yellow gold color with surprising good head retention and lacing. The nose was attractive and spice filled, showing light clove, honey, sandlewood and pepper. The flavor profile generally replicated the nose in this well hopped, very dry Belgian IPA. The beer comes across as a bit lean and light on the palate, though it certainly doesn't lack for flavor. Mouthfeel was fairly soft and full (from the cask conditioning one assumes), with a long, dry, bitterly hoppy finish. Drinkability was pretty good, and I have to say I was surprised by how good this beer was on cask. I think I probably enjoyed this more out of the firkin than I did on draft or out of the bottle. Impressive.

John_M, Jan 15, 2011
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Pours a nice orange color with about a two finger white head. Nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma is great mix of what the bottle would lead you to believe is inside. Citrus hops mingle with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Each sniff is different, with the aromas taking turns being the dominant one.

The flavor is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. The hops play a stronger role than the Belgian yeast, but the yeast is definitely noticeable. The yeast has a very nice supporting role in this one. Good combination.

Solid medium body with active carbonation. Aftertaste has just as much yeast as hops. Not overly bitter by any means. I wish this one would have shown up in MD. I would absolutely buy this again. Good job, Stone.

Imstillthegman, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of TheBrewo
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pop the top and pour a sunny, golden-orange brew. It holds a thin and bubbly head of one finger which sits for the remainder of the tasting. There is thick haze with the last half of the bottle, but no real sediment or yeast. Carbonation appears low. The nose is thick with Belgian yeast, bright citric and leafy hops varietals, bittering orange peel, and spicy bitterness of clovey phenols and coriander. There is an independent orange fruit sweetness, and the faintest air of bubblegum esters. With warmth comes the acetone burn of booze. As we sip, the hops are the first thing to hit the palate. They are big with citrus and herbs, and balance nicely with the paler Belgian grain used. The yeast, too, comes in, and is steely and metallic. Orange rind offers bitterness, but it is the yeast that marks the transition into the middle of the flavoring, as it becomes more biting and metallic, and somewhat dirty feeling. The hops now develop into more grassy and earthen flavors. We finish with lemon bitterness and some stark spice of coriander. The phenols from the nose finally come in, only to be partially cut by fruity sweetness to the very end. The aftertaste breathes of strong bitter notes, of fruit rind, grapefruit hops, black and peppery booze, and hollow spice. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. The beer cools and thinly coats, leaving the mouth with a finely astringent twinge. There is decent cream and slurp, and the mouth is ultimately cooled. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we found to be the best thing about this brew was the straight flavoring, with echoes of the elements promised in the nose. There is a great blend of spice and yeast, effectively and beautifully mixing with the bittering hoppy components. We would have like to see a stronger, fuller head on top for the style, but otherwise this offering holds up nicely to its competitors.

TheBrewo, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best by 7/18/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a good 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, clove, pepper, banana, orange, grapefruit, herbal, grass, honey, earth, and yeast spices. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of big lemon, orange rind, pepper, clove, banana, grapefruit, honey, bread, herbal, floral, pine, earth, and yeast spices. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, banana, clove, pepper, herbal, pine, earth, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Great flavor balance and complexity. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and lightly creamy mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Belgian IPA. Great balance of hop and yeast character; and extremely smooth to drink. Very well done.

superspak, Aug 10, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a large tulip. Color was a slightly clouded honey-copper. Fluffy one finger head, which receded after a bit with a bit of lacing around the glass.

There was a strong fruity hop aroma with a slight bit of yeastiness to it. Peppery, a little bit grassy, and a bready maltiness to it as well.

The taste was peppery, very citrusy (orange/lemon), mild hop bitterness and just the slightest funkiness there. The west coast IPA flavor was there, but around that there was a complexity that I wasn't used to tasting.

Felt medium, well carbonated with a creamy finish. Bit of a pine taste after swallowing. Very tasty beer.

surlytheduff, Oct 31, 2010
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear pale orange body with a small white head.

Nose is spectacular, like smelling springtime in the mountains. Fresh cut grain, flowers, fruit, yeast, bananas, cloves, coriander, fresh passion fruit, mangos, ripe golden fruits, lemons, strong bubblegum as it warms.

Taste is medium to full bodied with an immediate identity crisis. There's a definite citric hop flavor and bitterness but at the same time a very present yeast belgian quality. What's really interesting is that it's nothing like De Ranke or Houblen Chouffe, other big hoppy IPA/Belgian style beers. In those cases they're more Belgians with American hops, this is an american IPA with Beglian yeast. Quite a different beast. As it warms the strong piney resin hops really start to come out. Tropical fruits, strong resin hops, black pepper, citrus peel, lemon juice, grapefruit peel. Bitterness is actually kept to a surprising nice balance. It's not overly bitter in any way. Finishes with a nice full, but not in your face bitterness.

What an interesting beer. Like I was saying in the description. It's sort of an American IPA with Belgian influences, rather than DeRanke or others that are Belgian's with American touches. Cool beer, way to go stone.

taez555, May 04, 2009
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,616 ratings.