Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,658 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,658
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 216 | 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 nlmartin
2.4/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

This beer was chilled and poured into an Imperial Nonic.

Appearance: The beer pours a very pleasing bright golden coloration. The head of the beer is thick with major retention. White pancake lacing marks the beers passage from my glass.

Smell: The aroma of the beer is heavy handed citrus orange, lemon, grapefruit from the hops. This combines well with yeasty clove, bubblegum aromas.

Taste: The beer delivers my expected hop bitterness. A bit grassy, grapefruit. The beer gives way to cloves and a very annoying mint flavor. In short the mint ruins my enjoyment of this beer. I want to score it higher but cannot.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has medium body with moderate carbonation. The drinkability of this beer was ruined for me due to an astringent minty flavor. This beer is simply not brewed to my taste.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.48/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., September 2008 for $5.99 (?).

Pours a pretty clear golden (on the dark shade) with a gorgeous thick rich head with lots of stickage. This is by far the best part of this beer.

Unfortunately, I have to disagree with the other reviewers on the rest of this beer, because I was sorely tempted to toss it after the first few sips. But I stuck it out to see how it developed as it warmed, and it didn't do much for me.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and a stale hops/organic (weedy) tone. Tobacco?

Flavor was harsh unfriendly hops, an odd rotten orange fruitiness, an underlying sweetness, coupled with a chewy mouthfeel I just did not enjoy.

Sorry- I appreciate experimentation, and give them credit for that, but as a beer to drink and enjoy, I just couldn't do it. In the end, I did toss about 1/3 of the bottle. Such a waste...

Photo of TheRealBigC
2.48/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Recommended by a friend. Approached with caution because this style sounded terrible. Poured a yellowish color, spices, yeat & banana on the noise. The first sip was wild. Had the yeasty Belgian bits along with the hoppy fruitiness of an IPA. But the way the banana flavor faded into the hops was rather gross. I don't see the appeal at all. How this is a growing style is beyond me, but even trying to appreciate this for what it is was difficult.

Since then, I've tried a couple others which tasted better and more balanced. Still not big on it, but make this one look even worse in hindsight.

Photo of rworkman
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of chrispoint
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Hellpop65
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of bernat1971
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of producerchris82
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of ejw127
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of cmsimeur
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of NikkoE82
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of fredmugs
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Chopman50
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Telix
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bomber into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: It pours a weak orange-goldish color with very minimal head. Fairly clear for a Belgian yeast strain, almost translucent, but a slight opaqueness in the thickest part of the glass. Good level of carbonation rising from the nucleation points. Nothing special.

S: Pretty strong nose on this. Spicy hops with Belgian frutiness and a bit of the sour funky banana one would expect, almost a rotten note hiding under there. I like the strength but it's not super enticing.

T: It hits the mouth with this weird light foaminess, almost tasteless at first. Slightly lemony, creamy. After the bitter effervescence clears some very mild breadiness shows up. Ultimately this tastes more like a highly carbonated mineral water with lemon than a beer - it's weak and a big let down. The finish is long and alkaline. Really not good.

M: The high carbonation levels give it good body, it's a nice thickness that outdoes the taste by far. A bit too carbonated, however.

D: I drank my bomber fairly quickly because I kept taking sips to try to describe whatever flavors I could find in this beer. It's really not tasty in the least, and doesn't leave you wanting more.

One of the overall worst beers released by a craft brewery in the past few years. Awful.

Photo of KimenTshom
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of cannabanaceae
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle with mad verb's on back, as usual.
Yellow to orange in color, with a fizzy dissipating head.

Smells like belgium yeast, some sweet essences, but not much hops.

Taste was medicinal, astringent hops. The hopping isn't fruity but rather dry. The yeast comes on heavy and dominates the taste.Mouthfeel was astringent, body was light.

This was more of a belgium pale ale than a BIPA. Way overpriced. Stone missed the mark on this one.

Photo of jdhilt
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Pours a one finger white head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose. Flavor is grapefruit, malts are in the background, lingering bitter aftertaste that won't go away. Overpriced at $7.99 for a 22oz bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of wcintula
2.55/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not a good representative of the style. Pours a clear golden body with a big white head. The smell is a little hoppy with a sweetness and citrus twang to it. Hops seem subdued in the flavor as the citrus takes over. The middle contains a sour sensation right before a very mild Belgian yeast flavor takes over and finishes on a smooth note. There are better examples out there.

Photo of ebrauser
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. No best by date.

Appearance: Pilsner yellow with a thick white head. Lacing is about a 6/10.

Aroma: Belgian yeast w/ hop resins and pine. A little peppery and spicy.

Flavor: Dominant flavor is the belgian spices, similar to a wit, but with a very strong bitter streak coming from the hops. The two flavors are not supported very well by any malt sweetness, and I don't think they are very complementary. Interesting, but I'd say that's the only reason for finishing this bomber.

MF: Drinks a lot like a white, but I think the bitterness (in this context) is off putting

Photo of bifrostguard
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Appearance is clear copper color with a tall off white head.

S - Spice and grains backed up by some citrus hops.

T - Spice and grains. The hops aren't easily detected.

M - Thin and unremarkable.

D - Too much spice for me, but if you like the Vertical Epic release you will probably like this as well.

This is definitely not my style. That being said if you like strongly spiced beers you'll enjoy this one. I would attempt to describe the spice but I dislike this one so much I don't care to try.

Photo of tmcclory
2.64/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of mactrail
2.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Astringent is the word that comes to mind.

Attractive golden color, promising aroma. There is a hint of sweetness on the lips but immediately hits you with the full force of bitter hops. The wisp of Belgian complexity is quickly overwhelmed. Hint of spoiled fruit. Oof, gets less tolerable with each sip.

What's wierd is that I tasted this a couple of times in 2009 and liked it -- I wonder if this bottle is a little bacterial. Came from a store cooler in San Diego.

Photo of jminsc76
2.7/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

At home and in the mood to try Stone's Belgian IPA.

Pours a white, creamy head with lots of bubbles and carbonation. The body is a deep reddish gold, very vibrant and clear. Plenty of rising carbonation. Creamy lacing down the side as the head dissipates, which reemerges well upon agitation. These are some great visuals.

Aromas of pine and grapefruit, with slight smells of spices and lager. Definitely has that Belgian-ale aroma. Overall bouquet is not that intense though.

Here is where the problem begins. Flavors of bitter hops, citrus, strong grapefruit, and a little kiwi. The typical spicy Belgian ale flavors are also present. None of these flavors are a bad thing, all are good, but the issue is the bitterness overwhelms the taste. And unlike Stone's original IPA, the hops are not smooth: They impact the palate, but don't refresh it.

This one almost misses the mark completely when compared to other Belgian IPAs such as a Piraat or Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen. I am practically forcing myself to finish it, but do so out of respect for Stone.

On the plus side, the mouthfeel is actually quite decent, but the overwhelming bitterness negates all of the other flavors. Seeing as how it's getting a lot of good reviews, HOWEVER, I may try Cali-Belgique again out of fairness. Perhaps my palate was affected by something else that day.

Photo of Sazz9
2.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,658 ratings.