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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
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a slight caramel/amber hue and a medium-sized, very thick off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind fairly thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: A strong note of earthy Belgian-style yeast alongside notes of floral and herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with a citrusy hops flavor, finishing with earthy, bready yeast and more earthiness coming from the hops (alongside a bit of an herbal flavor). Very well-balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer and a very well-balanced IPA. If I didn't know this was brewed by Stone, I would have guessed that it had come from a Belgian brewer. Yet another very good beer from stone.

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 trevorjn06
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw color with a fluffy two fingers of foam that recedes very slowly. Leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is American hops, citrus, floral and light grassy tones. There are also hints of sweet malt/grain and a bit of yeast and spice. It smells largely like an American IPA but for subtle (and pleasant) Belgian yeasty notes.

Taste begins with bright citrus hop flavors accompanied by malty sweetness. This gives way to a bit of hop bitterness, fruit, malt and light yeast flavors. Toward the finish strong citrus notes are carried on increasing bitterness and some mild spice nuances. The finish is bitter, fruity, floral and a bit earthy. I'd say overall the taste of this beer leans towards IPA, but the yeast brings something different for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with medium carbonation.

This beer is quite good, though not as good as other Belgian/IPAs I've had (... Chouffe) i would drink this again.

Photo of Teleweizen2
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A - pours a clear golden hue, with a huge pillowy soft white head. Nice retention, leaves good lacing.

S - unique aroma. Citrusy hops. And a funky spicy Belgian yeast all compete for attention. Lots going on but all seem to have a decent balance. Notes of clove and apple as well. Hops seem a little skunky but after time it seems to related to the yeast.

T - again there is a lot going on in this beer. Sweet. Tart. Spicy. And bitter. Strong citrus hops, tart fruit esters some lemon perhaps. Mild spicyness from yeast meld with hops well and lingers throughout the finish.

M - medium bodied. Higher carb.

D - complex but well executed Belgian IPA.

Photo of magictrokini
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear orange-gold with a big pillowy white head. Bubble gum, clove, orange peel, and peaches in the aroma. Strange (but good) taste up front. Like a very bitter trippel; more bubblegum and spice, but dry white pepper and pine are right there with it. The beer sweetens as it warms and your palate adjusts. More pine and spicy hops come out and mix well with the Belgian sweetness. Much better than Le Chouffe or one of the other Belgian IPAs.

Photo of azkkr
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ImusBeer
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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 u2carew
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of EliRix
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Mendoz3
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of waldoiverson
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into Nonic

A: slightly cloudy, golden honey color with ample carbonation and a fairly robust but fast dissipating head.

S: sour fruit, slight sticky sweet floral aroma, grapefruit and honey,

T: clear match to the aroma, a lot of grapefruit juice-like acidity, a bit of a honey character, a little bready from the yeast, a bit of lingering bitterness

M: smooth but not cloying, crisp carbonation and neutral to dry

O: This is a darn good drink. I get more Cali than Belgium but that's OK. Find a bottle and enjoy.

Photo of justinthegypo
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of kbeals
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

Photo of John_M
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of Strix
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with good initial head and nice lacing.

Citrus hops atop the faint belgian yeast smell.

It's hard to believe this is just the regular IPA with a different yeast strain. Orange rind and tropical fruits are atop bready clovey belgian yeast.

Quite carbonated.

This was really interesting. My sense is I prefer their straight up IPA, but it's worth experiencing.

Photo of surlytheduff
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of taez555
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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