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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,530 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,530
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 169 | 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 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.

William85, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.75/5  rDev -6%

TKEbeerman, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of FliryVorru
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

FliryVorru, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.75/5  rDev -6%

TheBeerAlmanac, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
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.

MeneerBeerSnob, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of tsing
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

tsing, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of SanDNigel
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer pours a bit crisper than the standard STONE IPA, the smallest hint more clear and lighter. Mott's AJ color almost to the T
S- The Columbus/Chinook/Centennial are having a slap fight with the proprietary Belgian yeast. With hops coming out victorious
T- So very similar to the STONE IPA, but with an unmistakable/very confrontational (in a good way) Belgian yeast forward. Definite hop smack though
M- Very Belgian feeling en la boca. But quick hop bitter/floral palate punch When you sip its a 'Tripel' and when it sits your mouth it's an IPA
-This is a good beer. A very easy to drink good beer, that happens to pair nicely with almost anything else you can put in your mouth.

SanDNigel, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.

aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.

It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.

feloniousmonk, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of jmgault1
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

jmgault1, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of TownDunkel
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IPA - Never the biggest fan but it grows on me each time I drink a good one (and this was a great one)

Appearance - Pretty gold yellow color with a nice white head

Smell - Now that is some hoppy goodness! sweet and citrusy

Taste - A neat mix of sweet and spicy with a good aftertaste of hops, lots and lots of hops, very dry but in a good way

Mouthfeel - Keeps me long and refreshed but dry!

Overall - A great rep of the style, if you wanted to try a great IPA this is the one

TownDunkel, Apr 27, 2013
Photo of Cark
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Cark, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of ThrewRedButter
4/5  rDev +0.3%

ThrewRedButter, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of civicm87
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

civicm87, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of thecheapies
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 07/25/13. Poured half into a shaker pint.

Light copper color to the beer. Beautiful clarity. The head turned down from what I expected. Maybe three-quarter inch.

Citrusy American hops with tropical notes plus fruity Belgian yeast aronas. Very fruity, in total. Mango, apricot, ruby red grapefruit, light pine, pear, pale malts, and almost a hint of maraschino cherry. Smells marvelous.

Clashing tanginess of super West Coast hopping and fruity/nutty/spicy Belgian yeast reminds me of drinking a glass of orange juice right after brushing your teeth. Like a lingering pine-like mintyness in the finish that's almost sanitizing in the mouth. Too loud with the Anerican hops. I still pick up grapefruit, pineapple, pine, papaya, and orange. Alcohol is a component, as well.Yeasty esters spins the spokes of tart apple and some nuttiness, but it's all getting a little lost. I really wanted to say great things (and I still enjoy drinking it), but something is strangely awry. Clearly an above-average beer, but slightly offending for the style.

Clean middling body with smoothness. Booze is popping out just a bit. Carbonated to a lower-medium.

Knocking it back a quarter of a point here. Has that imbalance that I've found in Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (albeit, that's an American IPA). Anybody else get me?? BROS, chime in here...

thecheapies, Apr 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Ajlvt, Apr 22, 2013
Photo of rkf1976
4/5  rDev +0.3%

rkf1976, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of mikeradebaugh
4/5  rDev +0.3%

mikeradebaugh, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of cuy50
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

cuy50, Apr 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

zestar, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

SanFranJake, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

randylangford, Apr 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

tbryan5, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of SandyPeterson310
3.75/5  rDev -6%

SandyPeterson310, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of Skott1123
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Skott1123, Apr 13, 2013
Photo of Chris77McGrath
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Chris77McGrath, Apr 12, 2013
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,530 ratings.