Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,662 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,662
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 217 | 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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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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 ckeegan04
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
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 PorterLambic
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light golden colored, with a big white head. Some lace left over once the head recedes.
Smell is malt, citrus, wood, hops, vanilla and all very well balanced.
Taste is all that. Malt, hops are more forward and decidedly grapefruit, wood is more in the aftertaste. Lighter citrus and nearly no vanilla. Balance is a bit off compared to the nose but still good.
Medium bodied with the carbonation mostly up front. Nicely warming middle through the finish. A really nice beer.

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

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased from The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass at the appropriate temperature (02/11/10).

A: Pours a nice, hazy, golden blond capped with a fluffy and creamy off-white head of about three fingers. Beautiful ringed lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Really nice looking beer.

S: Aroma of citrus hops with a nice Belgian flair from some unique yeast.

T: Wonderfully crisp and fresh flavor profile consisting citrus hope with tones of orange peel, lemon, and some mild grapefruit. Some bitterness is found and increases with each sip leaving a great aftertaste. The Belgian yeast works beautifully creating a west coast Belgian IPA. Very well done.

M: Medium-bodied with with moderate and somewhat creamy carbonation. Rather crisp, yet bitter and no real hint of the 6.9% abv.

D: Extremely drinkable and rather refreshing.

Overall this is one of my favorite Belgian IPAs and certainly one that has everything you would expect from Stone. Another solid beer from Stone. Recommended.

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

Bright, deep gold with a thin but rocky head that sticks nicely to the glass.

Great mix. Belgian funk with fruit and yeast as well as a huge hop aroma. Very interesting.

Initial hop burst oes into dark cherry and hot alcohol, then finishes with a huge hop bitterness.

Light but sticky body.

This is a very interesting and well done beer, but it's definitely a sipper.

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

Two great tastes that go great together?

Reunited, and it feels so good?

No discernable dating. Bomber from Beverage Mart, NY 66.

Beautiful day-glo cloudy orange. Head lingers, and lingers, and lingers. Great lacing. Scent is a great mix of hops and the spicy/fruity notes you'd expect from a belgian style ale.

Taste, wow. This is a perfect blend of IPA and belgian ale. I have no idea how they did it. The fruit/spice is up front, with the hops kicking in later. Stone, you've done it again. I will definitely be trying this again soon.

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

Stone's regular issue IPA has always been the benchmark for the style in my opinion, with its impeccable hop zing and overall wow factor. This Belgian version, with a yeast strain carrying with it some nuances from across the ocean, will be served a few degrees over fridge temperature in a large Troubadour tulip glass.

Appearance- Tangerine orange with just a slight haze, this beer exhibits a full, sudsy four-finger crown that slowly pops and melts away. The resulting gobs of lacing are humongous, cragging like the Badlands of Montana with a creamy, merengue-like presence. Gloriously Stone.

Smell- The bright, sharp, clean citrus notes of Stone IPA are all there... but the nose features an unmistakably Belgian spiciness and gentle funkiness. The two aromas work well together and the result is quite nice.

Taste- A wicked hop flogging immediately batters the tongue, enveloping and enslaving the palate with brute force. After the swallow, the Belgian yeast character becomes evident while the massive hop bitterness lasts for days. The flavors are like a branding iron in the mouth.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and moderately carbonated, this beer gets easier to drink as the session moves forward. Its texture thins as the head disppears, releasing its effervescent properties into the beer itself. A terrific experiment that proves two different yeast variations can vastly change a West Coast IPA's demeanor, while creating a winning recipe in both cases.

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

A mystery beer for me. It says IPA on the bottle but the website says Belgian IPA.

This beer pours a very nice bright clear gold with a white head and lace. Nose is very spicy with cinnamon or coriander and some orange to boot.

The taste is unique. The beer is rather dry up front but finishes rather wet. Taste is malty and hops and oh yes, lots of spice. Overall, a very unique beer and quite tasty.

Photo of mick303
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- medium amber gold, great lacing, and good retention

S- fresh fruitiness, apricot and fresh piney citrus hops, strong yeastiness with some barnyard notes.

T - Great full yeast grip, bitterness is full but not overpowering, subtle fruity sweetness, really good balance of flavour and nice subtle complexities with the strong yeast aspect.

M - Good carbonation, crip and dry, refreshing full body but nicely drinkable.

This was quite good stuff, a definite bret yeasty edge to it, and the california hops came through pretty well, thought it worked quite well, worth a try.

Photo of EliRix
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Mendoz3
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mt2mtl
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BMESSER88
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of leaddog
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with two finger of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and spicy hops, belgian yeast, clove, bready caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit peel.

Taste - Citrus and spicy hops followed by the belgian yeast, clove, pungent grapefruit peel, and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with the belgian yeast and a pungent bitterness from the grapefruit peel.

Overall - A well crafted Belgian IPA. The belgian yeast works well to complement the bitterness from grapefruit peel.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

Photo of aepb1
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

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.

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.

Photo of EgadBananas
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.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,662 ratings.