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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,433
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 138 | 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 hopfacebrew


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
Photo of cdpike


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
Photo of Jemonster


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
Photo of Jadjunk


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

Serving type: bottle

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


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
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South Carolina

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

Served from tap into a tulip. Pours golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma is of fruit and malt with a slight hint of hops. The flavor is of malt, grapefruit and subtle hops. It had a light with mdeium carbonation. Overall this was very nice and smooth. The grapefruit flavor combined with the malt balanced this brew very nicely giving it great drinkability. I will be drinking this again given the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 12:09:32 | More by thagr81us
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cali-Belgique pours a nice golden color with a massive rocky head that leaves stubborn lacing all the way down. Smell is of Belgian yeast, and citrusy hops. Taste is of grapefruit and lemony zest with a belgian yeast background. Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp, excellent carbonation. Drinkability is very high, almost too high. I could sip on this masterpiece till the sun rises. Love Stone!!!

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 04:30:40 | More by BigBlacke


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

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with an off-white head that quickly dissipates into a thin cap. nice lacing left behind on glass.

S: Pine and fruity yeast that I immediately associated with belgian ales.

T: This is a perfect marriage of the greatest aspects of a California IPA and a Belgian strong ale. Hoppy bitterness up front and a champagne-esque fruitiness on the back end.

M: Medium-heavy. The flavors linger in its viscosity.

D: I could easily throw back one too many of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 04:17:24 | More by FACEMEAT
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New Jersey

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

A- Bright orange, little on the hazy side, with a small head and some light lacing

S- The nose, is what is usual of Stone, hops of Cali, piney, citrus, however there is a new aroma of Belgian yeast. Some clove and spicy esters.

T- The brew starts hoppy and finishes smooth and sweet. Goes from tropical fruit to bready yeast flavors

M- Again doesn't finish hoppy like most other Belgian IPA's finishes smooth.

D- kinda of a sipper, kinda of stone IPA mixed with some Belgian yeast, i like where stone went with creation, look forward to more of these

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 07:06:00 | More by bonbini26
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into pint glass
smells of citrus hops, sweetness, grapefruit, belgian yeast
Taste is superb. Pineapple, sweet grapefruit, citrus, hoppy, balanced well with the beligan yeast
Mouthfeel was medium with medium carbonation, juicy
Overall a delicious beer. Balanced very well, i really enjoyed this one.
On a hot summer Louisiana Day, this went down way too fast, great brew. Can't wait to try this on draft

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 19:37:20 | More by BayouBengal1537
Photo of dstc


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

Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a big, foamy, off-white head that falls to a minimal one. Nice lace.

Herbal, flowery hop aroma.

Nice hoppy beer with a mild sweetness to it. Tastes like a Stone brew although there is something different about it. Must be the yeast.

Medium to somewhat full in the mouth and rather smooth.

Another nice Stone IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 21:24:12 | More by dstc
Photo of Casey10


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

Not bad a good brew no doubt.

A - Golden amber pour into chalice about 1 finger head.

S - light, grassy smell

T - Ripe bananas, raisins

M - tart, spongy leaves a sour impression

D - Don't know if I would keep drinking these but is good as ABV is low a good sipper.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 02:30:01 | More by Casey10
Photo of Cmuska902


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

A: Poured from a bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Received a thick chunky head about 1/2 inch or so upon a relatively vigorous pour. Has a classic golden color of many big Belgian beers. Adequate carbonation makes its way from the bottom to the head. Looks absolutely delicious.

S: The smell of this beer for me is mostly earthy, sweet, and Belgian. Reminiscent of a big Belgian tripel, with that distinct aroma. Perhaps a waft of fruitiness, orange, or orange peel.

T: The taste is exactly as the brewer describes. Belgian upfront, a wallop of hops and bitterness to follow. Not lopsided, this beer uses the sweetness and bitterness of the two styles to create a well balanced flavor.

M: Somewhat thick, perfect balance of carbonation, mild, smooth, and relaxed. Flows over the palette nicely, allowing all flavors to be discovered.

D: Moderately drinkable, the bitterness was good, but left me wanting more. It almost is like a stone IPA with a Belgian attitude. I would almost rather it be a Ruination with the Belgian attitude. Very delicious nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 17:16:36 | More by Cmuska902
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep golden color with a thick white marshmallow style head that leaves lots of sticky lacing.

S- Strong banana and clove nose with other fruit (lemon, orange) and spice scents.

T- Lots of banana and clove flavor initially. Light bitterness accompanies the beginning taste with a decent amount of sweetness in the finish. Hops are light to moderate in the overall taste and are present throughout adding to the spicy Belgian ale flavor.

M- Light/medium body with a nice amount of carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well and no funky aftertastes.

D- Overall a solid brew that wasn't as hoppy as I had expected but still very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 03:46:25 | More by projectflam86
Photo of Mojo


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a Westbrook Brewing snifter

A - pours up a light gold/orange with an initial one finger head, pretty good retention and great lacing.

S - this is the weak point for this beer. I don't really get a lot from the nose, maybe some grass and bready notes but they are faint.

T - A major citrus bomb, grapefruit and even peach notes abound in the bitterness, but yet it finishes nice and dry with a perfectly balanced yeasty flavor.

M - full and satisfying with great carbonation

O - a fabulous offering. It is the best of both world, American ipa and Belgian goodness.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 03:23:39 | More by Mojo
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange/amber with a frothy white 2 finger head. Great lacing as it does down.

S - Belgian yeast esters on the forefront that is supported by light citrus to floral hops.

T - The yeast dominates just like the smell. The citrus hops & floral goodness leaves a light bitterness on the end.

M - Not a heavy body, a bit thin but has medium carbonation.

O - The belgian influence really plays well off the IPA aspect of this beer. Is nice to drink for a change of pace beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 19:54:19 | More by cvm4
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with about a finger and a half of off-white head. So clear it almost looks filtered, in fact. Head retention is not great, as the head is somewhat fizzy and only leaves a patchy, bubbly l ace. Does leave some decent stick on the sides.

Smells pretty much like an Americanized Belgian IPA should - citrus hops with an earthy, estery Belgian yeast strain. Also some bubblegum, pineapple and a bit of spicing, maybe clove. Fruit aromas really come alive as it warms up a bit.

Taste also has a nice balance between American hops and a pretty nice Belgian yeast strain and character. Hops are citrusy and quite fruity; there's a good amount of pineapple flavor to go along with the orange. It's a nice blend. It's fruitier than I expected given the smell, in fact. The hops also give a moderate amount of bitterness, which mingles with what seems to be a bit of grain. There's a slightly earthy, estery flavor from the yeast, as well as just a hint of spice. The body on this one is fine; it's a nice medium body, but the taste just feels a little thin. Every time I take a sip I'm looking for just a bit more robustness to the flavor. The flavor is good, but it doesn't quite reach greatness.

This is a very good, not great Belgian IPA. It's very smooth and has good flavor, but I wish that flavor were amped up just a decibel or so. It's very well balanced, however, and certainly quite enjoyable. It's also incredibly drinkable. Definitely recommended if you can still find it.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 23:26:47 | More by number1bum
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4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-hazy straw gold with small white head.

Smell is pure California cascade.

I will trust that this beer uses Belgian yeast, but the Belgian character is muted/overpowered by the (delicious) hops. A touch of fruit, but not much. Hops in taste seem a bit more earthy than in the aroma. Finishes with lingering (semi-harsh) bitterness.

Highly carbonated medium bodied. Perfect for a cali-belgian ipa.

Very drinkable IPA. I would have liked to seen a bit more Belgian Character and a little less bitterness; but those are just nit picks to an otherwise fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 01:37:07 | More by IPAcraig
Photo of jwinship83


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

22oz bottle purchased shortly after it came to chicago. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a golden orange colored body with a large bright white head on it. the head lasts a while before receding and leaves behind complete rings of lacing.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. after that comes some caramel malts, and hops. there is some grapefruit and pine in here, but the focus seems to be more on the tropical fruits. pineapple and mango come to mind. very nice.

T- the taste is full of belgian yeast like i could smell. the caramel malts take a backseat to the hops in this one. lots of pineapple and mango. theres lots of grapefruit and to a lesser extent, pine.

M- medium bodied bordering on full. highly carbonated.

D- wow, what a difference changing the yeast can make. this seems to have very little in common with the regular stone IPA. one of the better examples of a belgian IPA, this one is also on the lower end of the spectrum as far as ABV goes. check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 21:52:59 | More by jwinship83
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United Kingdom (England)

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

22 oz bottle served at about 45-50 degrees.

A- Light, foamy 1.5-2 finger head came off of a pour into the center of a large wine glass. Very clear golden color. Very good looking beer.

S- Light fruity smell, more specifically citrus (shocking in an IPA, I know) with a good hint of a spice smell.

T- Very complex flavor. Initial very sweet, followed by a good spice note. A mild hoppy- bitter flavor follows this up. The hops are not as strong in this beer as I thought they would be, given Stone's aggressive attitude, but it was nice all the same.

M-Good mouthfeel, goes down smooth.

D- Very easy to drink. I drank on 22oz bottle as I wrote this review, and could definitely go for another.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 17:58:43 | More by IPA4LIFE
Photo of Haybeerman


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

A: Bright, clear gold color with an orange sparkle. Pired a 2 finger stark white head with fair retention to an even skim. Rings of lace slipped down the inside of the glass. Lazily decanted.

S: Big yeast esters up front. Sweet caramel malt follows along with citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon and pine) and tropical fruits.

T: Just like the aroma only hops exert more character over the malt. Sharp bitter to balance all thats going on.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating ahead of the finish with all the complex flavors.

D: Very enjoyable, complex and balanced; there's a lot going on this beer that sems to work pretty well - moderate abv too. Just get a little full (and taste-bud-shock).

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 16:35:12 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of William85


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reading the description of this beer on the back of the bottle, I suspected gimmickry -- I couldn't imagine that the addition of Belgian-sourced yeast alone could have a major impact on the taste of an otherwise textbook American IPA, and I thought this might just be a repackaged Stone IPA.

However, I was proved wrong even before my first sip: at first sniff, I could have sworn the snifter in front of me held a Belgian ale (albeit a very hoppy one). And this is exactly how the Cali-Belgique tastes -- as far as I'm concerned, it is a really hoppy Belgian Ale.

I've read other reviews of this beer in which folks declared themselves as Belgian Ale lovers who enjoyed this IPA in spite of themselves; and as a hophead who doesn't generally enjoy Belgians, I would describe this as a Belgian Ale which I can easily drink. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone who likes either hops or Belgian yeast.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:16:49 | More by William85
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District of Columbia

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

Nice take on a Belgium IPA. Rich hoppiness with a sweet, almost honey-like, backbone to it.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.2%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with a rich creamy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Soft smell hops, fruity notes. Rather subdued with a minimal funky/sour hint.

T - Compensates the shy nose with a rich presence. Nice hoppy and fruity ranges with a sweetness that lingers on honey early on. Peppery, yeasty, finish with a nice sour, and minimally funky presence.

M - Medium body with good carbonation that softens towards the end but is picked by the hoppy bite with some nice dryness.

D - Very nice offering from Stone.

Notes: Nice approach to a Belgium IPA, almost close to setting a trend to what some standard interpretations of this style may turn to in the States. For instance this one feels very close to the Raging Bitch from Flying Dog, which is another great offering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 02:47:44 | More by Daniellobo
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4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance 4.0: Poured out a beautiful, hazy honey color with very little head. Completely opaque. Little to no lacing.

Smell 4.0: Big notes of grapefruit up front, followed by a refreshing scent of sweet malts and a slight nose of musty/dusty cellaring.

Taste 4.25: Front is slightly sweet with a nice, mellow taste of piney hops. Middle is malty and features a very pleasant, deep, spicy grain (rye-like) along with a sledgehammer of brettanomyces-esque (never thought I would type that) flavor that washes over everything and then nicely dissipates. Finish is smooth and the hops at this level are more grapefruit than anything and serve to prop up and accentuate the delicious flavors of the Belgian yeast. Aftertaste is long and the maltiness quickly fades leaving a very long taste of grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel 3.5: A bit too watery for me. Carbonation level was good for the style.

Overall 4.0: Great beer. Unique tastes in this beer and certainly not what I was expecting by reading the label and skipping through the (now) typical idiotic drivel that Stone feels compelled to waste valuable paint printing on each bomber-size bottle of their beers. Seriously, who writes this garbage? Regardless, this beer is not focused on what I would associate with Belgian beers, but instead is focused on a more funky yeast strain that -nonethless-- works with Stone's excellent IPA recipe. Definitely worth a try for fans of Flanders-style beers, lambics, geuze and bretts. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 04:28:45 | More by BeerDocT
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District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a bubbly golden with a finger of white head that quickly fades.

S-Smells of Belgian yeast with a background of hops, citrus and floral notes.

T-Sweet Belgian funky yeast followed by a hoppy bitterness.

M-Smooth medium body, moderate carbonation.

O-Leave it to stone to make the best Belgian IPA. There's a really great balance between Belgian yeast and hoppy bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:58:46 | More by MeneerBeerSnob
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,433 ratings.