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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,734 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,734
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 83
Gots: 263 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
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 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.

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

Stone Cali-Belgi IPA (bottle)
A: pours a great, clear copper color. Nice frothy white head, with a great retention rate and outstanding lacing.

S: great aroma of spices from the Belgian side , very flowery and earthy. Great nose from the hops, slight citrus and earthy notes.

T: great IPA notes, some citrus and earthy flavors blend well with the Belgian sweetness and spiciness. Very well done.

M: full bodied brew. Nice bitter palate with some sweet malt backbone. Big carbonation level.

D: nice brew and well worth getting. A typically good brew from a good brewery. I love this style.

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

Pours a bright, cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent hoppy with some Belgian yeast and a bit of citrus. Taste is quite delicious. Very different kind of Belgian style IPA. It drinks like a delicious Belgian strong pale ale with a hop backbone. Lovely Belgian yeast flavors, green apples, citrus, pine, butter, and a hint of meat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with buttery crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a lovely Belgian-style IPA.

Photo of daledeee
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 RBuckley73
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mick303
4.15/5  rDev +4%
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 cocogan
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Pale straw, gold in color. No head. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Lemon, grain, white wine, fruity yeast, and some kind of spice (coriander?).

Taste: Yum. Spices, wheat, lemon, alchol, grapefruit, apple tart. Balanced, finishes with very mild bitterness.

Mouth: Carbonation settles quickly to leave a smooth feel. Medium body.

Overall: A well done Belgian IPA.

Photo of CASK1
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass.

Poured surprisingly hazy. Medium gold color with a white head that didn't last we well as expected.

Surprised to be hit with a bready malt aroma up front. Quickly followed by grapefruit citrus hop aroma, and low levels of spice - a bit of clove an vanilla. Very interesting blend of aromas.

Flavor is complex. Low levels of malty sweetness, with a strong citrus hop flavor. Belgian yeast character is evident in spicy, peppery flavors all through the mouthful. Bitterness builds to that tongue-stripping finish I love about Stone beers. Bitterness and malt become more balanced as the beer warms.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I would like a higher carb level on this beer. Low alcohol warmth. Bitter, dry finish.

Overall a very nice interpretation of the Belgian IPA. I somewhat prefer Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild over this one.

Photo of jimchuck69
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got about 6 of these FREE. Drinkable. I've had arogant bastard and y'all are crazy this is way better. Stone is completely overfrickinrated

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

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. "Keep refrigerated", 6.9% ABV, Enjoy by 05 13 10 stamped on the bottom of the bottle.

A - Carbonation bubbles swirl through the glass from the moderate pour. A densely packed, creamy white head rises without hesitation and slowly lowers to a thick pile. Wispy lace accents the brilliantly clear golden IPA.

S - A noticeable banana ester and dry clay aroma come from the distinctly Belgian yeast which adds a dimension I've never experienced in an IPA before. Toasted white bread falls to the background with a sweet light candi sugar kiss that holds up the floral and lemon citrusy hops.

T - Cali-België assaults the tongue with American hops instantly which certainly takes me off guard. Very bitter citrusy, floral hops overshadow the malts heavily. A tiny touch of candi sugar and caramel malts almost falls by the wayside. The Belgian yeast on the other hand still remains prominent in the flavor giving the finish a citrusy, earthy, distinct different yeast finish. The flavor has good balance.

M - Medium-light bodied, Cali-België has a sharp bitter citrus finish from the hops but a lingering balanced citrus from the yeast. Fully carbonated, it also has a tingle as it goes down smoothly.

D - Great drinkability from this one, I'm a little peeved I waited so long to finally pick up a bottle, but it's still worth it. Very excellent.

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

I attempted the "perfect pour" and wound up with 2/3 of the glass filled with bubbly froth. The bubbles collapse and transform into some densely packed foam that sustains its shape even after rising above the rim of the glass by about an inch. I'm so enamored with the head that I'm neglecting the liquid which is light orange and semi-hazy, but clear enough that you can see the carbonation rising. My rating is based mostly on playing with the meringue and seeing how high I could push it.

According to the bottle this is just Stone IPA fermented with Belgian yeast rather than the usual strain they use. So one would expect some grapefruit and pine tones with a little bit of Belgian yeast "funk" delivering some spice. If that's what one would expect then one would be correct. Truly a wonderful amalgamation of two distinct bouquets.

Oh, how yummy is this beer? Let me count the ways. First, the citrus is refreshing to the tongue, bringing grapefruit and orange at the same time. Secondly, the yeast brings the spice in the form of cardamom...maybe cloves. Thirdly, the malts do not sit back like a wall flower. They assert their own sweetness with a touch of caramel. This whole mess works very nicely...that is until you reach the wash. Hop heads will rejoice in the pithy aftertaste that sits around, pounding your uvula like a punching bag. I prefer a cleaner wash and find that this sensation detracts from an otherwise exceptional experience.

But that aftertaste will be expressed in the mouthfeel rather than the taste. Since it is the feel in the mouth after the quaff that I don't appreciate. But I do return for another taste, willing to suffer the pith in order to once again experience the melody of this brew.

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

On-tap

Cali came to me with a pale golden color with some bronze, a nice sturdy white head about 1/2 a inch stayed throughout. Excellent window covering lacing.

The smell was a mix of stone IPA with some belgian yeast, alot in fact. This produced some breadyness while a backing of hops gave some grapefruit and other citrus. Doesent smell overly hoppy and I quite like that, tone it down some.

The taste starts out with some belgian yeast up front with some grapefruit following from a generous hopping. Bread and some bubblegum notes. The finish is a slight bitterness with some spices rounding things out. After some more sips the some grain showed itself. I like this because it's less hoppy for a company that always does it big.

The feel was on the lighter end of medium with a smooth and very slightly bitter feel. A good amount of carb. I'm surprised this held up so well in the keg as im assuming it's not super fresh. Im thinking the hops may have fallen off a bit in storage but as it is this was great to drink. The alcohol is low as hell to which improves things.

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

Thanks to the auspices of Mr. Ohoove for this treat, the color of this goodie is clear golden amber with a nice thick white foam and chunky lacing. The aroma is a clovey yeast and herbal hop, firm and "tasty". The flavor at room temperature offers orange citrus bite and malty clove. There's some thick cereal grain and deep prune in a medium-plus bodied brew. It's a bit viscous with signs of alcohol in the flavor. Sharp grapefruit rind, and a dry rye effect, all very complex with modest drinkability. Very nice.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,734 ratings.