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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,616 Ratings
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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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Photo of orangedive
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A - Goldeny orange. 70% opaque. 2 inch off-white head that dissipated slowly. Nice lacing is beginning.

S - Hoppy and fruity. For some reason, I'm not getting a whole lot of aromas, which is surprising for a beer with so much flavor. (Might have something to do with my glassware.)

T - Lots of hops, grapefruit and tropical fruit initially. Also, some candy orange. Quite of bit of malt is present, but the beer is nicely balanced. The yeast gives it a slightly tangy flavor, which is nice. It is not as "in your face" as Raging Bitch by Flying Dog, but it has a similar profile.

M - Nice...smooth, medium-bodied. The bitterness lingers on your tongue.

O - This is a great beer. It is very drinkable and has that wonderful tangy flavor that comes from the belgian yeast mixed with IPAs.

orangedive, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of TwelveOunces
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear yellow with a 3 finger head that sticks around for a while, kinda foamy.
S- Butter biscuit and Sweet smooth malts. There is definitely Belgium yeast in here but its not too obvious. Fresh floral hoppiness.
T- Sweet and malty Belgium yeast. Bitter hops but not really that strong of flavors, Kinda flowery. Buttery biscuit malts
M- Easy to get down, A good all around feel. A fairly wet mouth after feel.
O- Not surprisingly, this is a very good beer and the best of its style that I have tried but Im not crazy about Belgium IPA's. This one is very good and may get again, just not over stones other IPA's.

TwelveOunces, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 6/29 Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a hazy deep orange color with a one finger of khaki head that retain nicely. Clumps of sticky lacing remain on the glass.

S: Nose is quite floral punctuated by piney notes, and hints of grapefruit.

T: Taste is very sharp floral hop character. The middle is filled with a blend of caramel malts and a citrus - mainly grapefruit flavoring. Finish is somewhat peppery and piney.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, crisp body with an oily finish.

D: Goes down easily, nicely blended, not too filling, and has a nice kick to it.

Jayli, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Brad007
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark-golden color with a two finger head into my glass. Looks about right.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and spice in the nose. A hint of grapefruit peeks out. Very decent for the hops part.

Taste is full of floral hops with a pronounced spice bite upfront. Elements of a west coast IPA and belgian IPA are abound but the hops dominate as with most of the Stone lineup that I've had. The malt shows through only a bit.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hops and spice and malt. Not bad. Alcohol is well hidden, though it's not that high anyway.

Not bad at all. I like this example of the style. It has a definite Stone feel to it. My only problem is that Belgian part of this beer seems lost. Regardless, you cannot go wrong with giving this a shot.

Brad007, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of wordemupg
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into tulip 11/10/12 thanks liamt07 for sending me the bottle

A not quite clear golden yellow with various sized bubbles throughout, tight two finger off white head sits long enough to leave 4 thin rings of lace followed by lots of random patches, sexy looking stuff

S lemon hits me first with some soapy pine and toffee, faint spices with some more citrus fruits and candied pineapple, the yeast profiles Belgian but the hops are American and there's a little something I can't quite place but its fruity and good

T some bitter greens and lime rind, sprite perhaps with very faint banana, earthy weedy notes and there's still fruit I can't place

M a nice bitter bite with a little grit, well concealed booze and a big citrus finish, good carbonation and slick after the fact for a short time

O this ones going to bug me because there's a fruity aspect I can't quite place but its positive. If anything it could use more Belgian yeast to get it more on line with the style but I liked it no matter how its labeled

I feel like I'm being hard on this one even though it gets a high score, not quite 4.25 in many areas maybe I should start complaining that we need a .10 increment on the site

wordemupg, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of sdderek
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, 'Best By' date is about 2 1/2 months from time of drinking

A: Light orange with a slight haze, little head, and nice lacing. Looks very similar to the regular Stone IPA...

S: Wait. This doesn't smell like a regular Stone IPA. Lots of Belgian yeast in the nose, mixed with a doughy and floral aroma.

T: The citrusy hops definitely come through at first, then followed by an earthy, bready yeast, then some more hops bitterness at the end. Perhaps it's a little sweeter than bitter...

M: Medium bodied with very good mouthfeel.

D: Very easy to drink. Light, smooth, and tasty. It had been a while since I've had this and I'm glad I picked it up.

sdderek, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of uwmgdman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

uwmgdman, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of jujubeast6000
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Reviewed 12/30/2008 (Draft @ Stone Bistro & Gardens, Escondido, CA):

Pours an amber orange color body. Small creamy snow white head, diminishing. Fruity hoppy aroma. Fruity, grapefruity taste. Some hoppy dryness on the aftertaste. Some carbonation. Some fruity bitterness. Nice taste, Belgiany and hoppy. Light fruit taste, maybe pear or something. Creamy palate.

jujubeast6000, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear amber color with a good inch or so of fluffy of white foam. The head leaves a slight lace in its wake. nose and flavor are of pine, fruits such as grapefruit, tangerines, lemon, some caramel, bubblegum, yeast, pepper, toasted cereal grain. A few notches better than medium bodied with ample carbonation. Finish is dry and mildly bitter with a lingering sweetness.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Floydster
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass at the Stone World Bistro for four dollars I believe, think this was the Belgian IPA that they had not named yet a few months back, had some then too

A-Golden orange, pretty cloudy, one inch white soapy head, some retention, decent lacing
S-Belgian yeast, variety of hops, orange zest, lemon juice, spices, sweet malt, and grassy accents
T-Started out with a sweet malty taste, spices in the middle, lots of coriander, finish was hoppy and piney which was a nice touch, got more as it warmed and spices came to surface more, never got syrupy, liked the balance of flavors
M-Somewhat sweet and bitter mouthfeel, medium bodied, well carbonated, taste did not stick around as long as I wanted
D-Could drink a few glasses of this easily, refreshing on hot day, no booze in the flavor, ABV is not too high, lighter than expected

Love Stone IPA, so I was expecting something big from this and was not disappointed, reminded me of hoppy Belgian pale until it warmed and I could really taste the piney hops, will drink again, recommended

Floydster, Jul 24, 2008
Photo of beermanbrian
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a creamy head. Good spiderweb lace. Steady flow of carb bubbles coming off the bottom. Smell is an interesting mix of citrus and spice. The pepper comes through strongly. Taste follows the smell. The pepper spice is the most prominent but there somehow remains a citrus backbone. Good full body. Another strong brew from stone. They never dissapoint.

beermanbrian, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet.

Pours a golden light orange color. A somewhat careful pour capped the head at about one finger, but it's quite dense, and retains pretty well. There's some really nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very interesting...bright citrus hops, spices, bready malts, and another scent I can only describe as Belgian yeast-y. This beer obviously favors the "Cali" over the "Belgique."

Taste follows. This is exactly what I'd expect from a SoCal Belgian IPA. The flavor matches the aroma, but there's a piney hop component I did not smell. The spice strikes me as being peppery, almost like Chimay tripel. Maybe it's just striking me that way because I'm drinking out of a Chimay goblet. Either way, the finish has both pine and citrus peel, but the bitterness is fairly restrained, or at least moreso than the Stone name might lead one to believe. There's also a bit of a green apple flavor in there.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The feel is decidedly IPA, and even has a bit of an oily texture. Alcohol is not detectable. I like Stone's regular IPA better, but Cali-Belgique is still quite good. This one falls short of Green Flash LeFreak...I'd like to see a bit more Belgique to match the Cali. But, you're still talking about two 4+ beers.

Gyle41386, Dec 15, 2009
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 1/4" off-white head that dissipated quickly over honey-amber liquid with good clarity.l

S: Noble hops: grassy, earthy and citrusy with sweet malt undertones.

T: Grassy, earthy and citrus hops which give way to biscuity malt and a strong tasting yeasty finish.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Its no La Chouffe Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel.

DaftCaskBC, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Great lacing like every other Stone beer I have had.

Aroma of spicy clove, banana, and orange combine with faint earthy hops. Great Belgian yeasty aroma.

The flavor continues this Belgain theme with the spicyness being quite prominent. Orange and bubblegum are present along with some citrus hops trying to poke through. There is some caramel towards the finish. Bitterness is fairly mild for an IPA letting the flavors from the yeast shine through.

Overall, a very solid Belgian IPA. The hops stay nicely restrained allowing the Belgian characteristics to take center stage. Another impressive beer from Stone.

rangerred, May 13, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cali-Belgie Bottle:

Slightly hazy yellow orange with bubble white head and patchy lacing.

Smell is an interesting balance of cloves, nanner bread, star anise, honey, and then slight amounts of earthy pine among citrus and prickly, moist, musty, hops.

Perfectly balanced between Stone IPA and Belgian yeast influence. Plenty of west coast hop profile blends with mild spice notes. Subtle pepper notes blend with mild bitterness while Belgian sweetness plays upon citrus fruitiness.

Very nice, slightly dry, highly recommended for an IPA change-of-pace.

Get it.

TheMultiYeast, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of kcinlober
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

head: very small, barely any foam

aroma: yeasty + hops equals a fermented, citrusy, piney aroma. pretty appealing

palate: the hops dominate the taste at first, but there is a hint of the yeasty/fruity flavor of belgian styles. i would say that the taste comes out as bitter with citrus aftertaste. it really feels like i just bit the tip off of a douglas fir

kcinlober, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of stevoj
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More Belgian than IPA, most of the facets of this brew lean towards Belgium. Starts with a funky, yeasty aroma, lightly hazy golden body and small, thin silky head. Taste brings on the yeast again, but the Stone hops come in to bite at the end. Finish reminds me of some French cheese. Interesting!

stevoj, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Bubbawilly88
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Bubbawilly88, Friday at 06:25 PM
Photo of macpapi
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've looked forward to Stone's take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Finally got a chance to try it.

Pours a clear light copper color with a medium-sized, if somewhat quickly dissipating white head. There is quite a bit of lace left behind on the sides of my tulip glass. A very translucent look.

Smell is dominated by the strong presence of Belgian yeast (Ardennes?) and sharp, crisp hop pull. There are also some pretty potent fruity aromas going on here-mainly orange peel and a bit of lemon. Floral hints are also present. A pretty full and complex aroma.

Taste is dominated up front with very sharp and bitter hop character. There is also a good deal of citrus here, mainly grapefruit. A bit of sharp, somewhat peppery spice finishes off a pretty complete flavor.

Mouthfeel is sharp, bitter and medium-high carbonation, with a very dry finish.

Overall this is a very good representation of the style. I like the fact that the ABV is a bit lower than some of the other prominent representatives. That means I can have more than one of a very enjoyable, balanced, and complex brew.

macpapi, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of jettjon
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into a goblet. Golden apple clear with vigorous precipitating carbonation streams. Thin, clingy white head. Nose of hops and spicy coriander with a hint of mustard. Tastes of strong citrus/piney hops and coriander, like a hoppy saison. Sweetish malt with a light bitter finish. Mouth is crisp and watery, on the thin side but quenching, complementary of the beer. Drinkability is very good, pretty smooth and tasty; definitely sessionable.

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

Cali-Belgique pours a yellowy/orange/peach color. Maybe a little opaque as well. The head is dense and sits nicely atop this pour. A tantalizing display in a glass.

The aroma that juts forth first is the expected clove/banana from the Belgian yeast, but wow is it fresh and intense, much stronger than I am used to. This is very aromatic. Behind all those spicy notes are the hops. The hop profile of the Stone IPA plays second fiddle but is a nice counter punch. Some good citrus smells and some pineyness.

The taste is not just their IPA with some added spicy flavors. Its a little more complicated. Lots of lemon citrus flavors on the tongue are meshed with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, pineapple, banana and the list goes on...There is also a nice floral hop flavor thats very fresh tasting. So much flavor and a good deal of complexity in such a thirst quenching beer. As this one warms and I get to the bottom of the glass the IPA takes over and the spices fade. Absolutely delicious.

Consider this the product of a one-night stand with Stone IPA somehow ending up with a beautiful Belgian Ale!

indiapaleale, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow color. Hazy. Fine, minimal head. Good stickage.

Smell - Lemony scent with a mild whiff of Belgium sour. A beer with a big nose!

Taste - Citrus rinds. Crisp hops. Herbs. Mild Belgium sour note.

Mouth - Tangy. Fizzy. The mouth, like everything else about this beer, is prominent.

Overall - The beer is 2/3 California IPA and 1/3 Belgian sour. The result is one fine ale! Stone is to be commended for combining these diverse elements into one bottle.

T100Mark, Sep 18, 2014
Photo of snaotheus
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug.

Clear, bright golden color. Medium (maybe one finger) head, still effervescing, gorgeous lacing. Smells floral and hoppy and spicy.

Taste is hops. Lots of hops. A little citrus, and a very pleasant background sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, a tiny bit filmy. Very drinkable.

snaotheus, May 13, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange to golden color, thin bubbled white head laces nicely.

Nose has a nice metallic hop aroma with a slight toasted caramel component.

Biscuit malt is noticed right away on the palate, nice sweetness, Belgian wild yeasty-bread flavors, and a fresh/ripe fruity hop flavor comes through nicely. Biscuits and fruit.

Finish is toasty/biscuity also, with again more fruit.

yemenmocha, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of DM1293
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only way I can put this beer is if you mixed a Stone IPA with a Saison. Thats really it; its got Belgian in its feel, with a nice crisp finish that hints of spices with the citrusy hop bite of Stone's IPA. And if that sounds appealing to you, go for it. But to me, its pretty much on par with their regular IPA. I will say it does hit the spot better for the summer weather, hence a slight edge in its favor comparably.

DM1293, Jul 03, 2012
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,616 ratings.