Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.75/5 rDev -31.1%
poured glass, nice pale color yellow orange. very clear. smell was weak hops and clove a little to simple for an ipa or a trippel. taste was kinda a mess the hop bitterness battled the sweet maltyness. its odd. le freak worked for me while this didnt. meh its a perfectly ok beer just not something i would go out of the way for. interesting concept less then impressive execution.
01-17-2009 03:47:01 | More by heapofaoatmeal
2.78/5 rDev -30.3%
I had the Cali-Belgique in a tulip glass.
Appearance- This copper body has very attractive pineapple -meat highlights. The impressive foam is two-fingers in width with a white hue that dies slowly to a ring.
Smell- The Belgian qualities are certainly apparent: peppery, musty, and an herbal spiciness that reminds me of coriander. There is only a slight orange and passion fruit citrus quality to this nose. And, unfortunately, a little bit of skunk.
Taste- It starts to turn for the worse here. The skunk was handled on the nose because enough of the Belgian and citrus qualities were evident. Here, however, the skunk really pierces through and also imparts a band-aid, phenol character.
The earthy yeast is not as spicy, and there is only the softest impression of passion fruit. The bitterness certainly is not strong with this beer, but hits the palate just enough.
Mouth feel- It would be nice if this had a slightly bigger body, as it stands, it is a medium to light affair. Maybe a touch under carbonated with how slick it slides over the tongue.
Overall- This Belgian IPA could have stood to have flavors that meshed a little better in the end. The belgian yeast did not compliment the IPA flavors very well. And to top it off, the feel was just a little too light and under carbonated to help.
The off putting phenols and skunk in the nose really sealed this beers fate in the end, however, I do not know how much better this drink would have been with them taken out of the equation.
01-30-2012 01:31:57 | More by Pintofbrown
2.85/5 rDev -28.6%
A - Nice appearance. A beautiful dark amber color. Very clear.
S - Hoppy. A little too hoppy for me. It comes down to personal preference, but I was slightly off put by how strong it was.
T - As with the smell, the hops taste was strong. At first it sucks you in, you're thinking it's not too prevalent, but then it kicks it up. If you're a strong IPA drinker, it's for you.
M - Comes out bitter in the end. Too bitter. Again, it's not my cup of tea.
O - It comes down to personal preference. Not a beer I'd try again, but I can see it's charms with other drinkers.
06-12-2014 18:29:16 | More by avwrite
2.9/5 rDev -27.3%
22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a huge creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is earthy muddy peppery hops and yeast with some bubble gum and cotton candy.
The flavor is lots of flowery soapy spices, bubble gum, and peppery hops with a big bitterness in the finish. A little fruitiness comes out as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full and is very velvety and creamy.
Overall, it is interesting and unusual. I didn't really care for the soapy bubble gum and bitter blend. It was a little reminiscent of a British nitro ale.
05-10-2009 06:46:29 | More by Beaver13
2.95/5 rDev -26.1%
Light honey in color. An ok cream colored head. Has a good body and seems to hold well enough.
American citrus grape fruit hopes mixed with Belgium yeast. The end result is a fruity assault on the nose that then finishes with a touch of spice. So expect orange, lemon, bubble gym, clove, and other spices in this one
This beer is a touch past the best by date but with stone this happens so often I find it hard to demand the freshest beers. Anything fresher than 6 months I'll accept unless it's Ruination since that's just awful "aged." As a result the hops are not dominating this beer like they should and I believe normally do. The end result is bitter but not hop flavored belgium spice. It doesn't work that well. Sadly this doesn't stand up to the 08 vertical epic even aged. I have to give stone credit for what they're doing here, but the malt profile just wasn't done well enough.
Medium body with a clear alcohol presence. A touch heavy imo.
I can't see drinking too many of these either. It's just too thick and the taste is enjoyable but nothing to force you back to the glass for another sip over and over again.
10-17-2010 09:22:12 | More by bobhits
2.98/5 rDev -25.3%
Tastes like an ok IPA to me. Where's the Belgian yeast? Where's the complexity of flavor?
One-dimensional, leaves a bitter aftertaste I don't like. The bottle was cheap, so that's at least one good thing about it. Not gonna drink the rest. When will I learn to stop taking advice from Binny's employees?
04-11-2013 16:21:33 | More by MShirokov
3/5 rDev -24.8%
A blond pour, with a thick rocky white head. Constant activity in the glass, releasing bubbles upward to freedom. Head drops pretty rapidly, laving scant lacing.
Mostly lemon in the nose, with a citrus undercurrent. A yeast scent down there, bready and heady.
As in the aroma, lemon and citrus, though faint, are detected. Yeast comes in with a bubblegum sweetness, and a light pale malt flavor. Everything is less than impressive however, and somewhat subtle. Not what I've come to expect from Stone. And moreover, nothing to write home about.
Mouthfeel is thin, with a sweet finish.
Drinkability is low for me, I just didn't care for this too much.
02-25-2009 03:28:28 | More by dancinwillie
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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