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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,734 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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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 alkemy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden straw color with a slight hint of orange. I had a finger of very light tan head after a fairly relaxed pour. The hops smell stood out more when I smelled it in the bottle. Once in the glass, the hops took a backseat to funky banana, caramel, bubblegum, and clove. The hops come across as a fruity mango/pineapple like aroma. There's a hint of funky earthiness in the taste that reminds me of a saison. Pepper notes make there presence known as well. Goes down pretty easy, but there is a grassy bitterness in the finish that hangs on a little too long. This is pretty good, but as far as this style goes, I have a man-crush on Raging Bitch.

Photo of Crosby
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a nice copper colored beer with a very malty smell. However it doesn't taste malty at all, very hoppy instead. The head stays for a while and leaves a nice lace on the glass. Definetly grapefruit and some spice on the front but finishes clean. Great effervecence and leaves you wanting another. By an by this is a great purchace. I am writing this review based on a 22oz. bomboer but I was also lucky enough to try this on tap at the brewery several monthes ago and it is definetly superior on tap but very worthy in the bottle.

Photo of ferociouswalrus
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will forever be remembered as the beer I was drinking when the winning USA goal went in against Ghana, so forgive me if I was a bit distracted from how it tasted. Slightly hoppy, but not too much. Some floral notes as well. Some IPAs will beat you over the head, but not this one. Another great Stone offering.

Photo of rkarimi
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Bauzen
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and fizzy.

You get the Belgian nose at first, but when you dig deeper, you can find some earthy hops. More grassy than citrusy, but they're there.

Take Stone IPA, take all the bite away, and you get Stone Cali-Belgique. Belgian yeast comes through and gives it a wheat-like finish at times.

I'm not upset I tried it, but I don't think I'd revisit this beer.
I like more over-the-top IPAs, and this certainly isn't it.
It's refined, and I'm sure it would appeal to people who don't enjoy beers with higher ABVs.

Photo of alleykatking
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bottle

A- This poured a nice golden clear yellow with a tint of orange. One finger white head which went away rather quickly leaving soapy lacing that slid down the sides of the glass.

S- This smells like a Belgian right off the bat. Everyone says they smelled the hops right away and I was the opposite. Nice bready malts come through as a citrus hop tries to come through. This smells like a fruity Belgian to me.

T- Big Belgian yeasty taste to me. Not a bad thing I was expecting more hops from Stone with this. After the intial Belgian taste I picked up on some cirtus (grapefruit and orange) hop taste. It seemed to be a touch and go with this leaving a more bitter Belgian ending to this. Not bad but not what I was expecting.

M- This is a medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation which Stone is always good for. Leaves a yeasty taste in the mouth as it marches across the palate.

D- I am only good for one of these before I pick up another bottle and try something new. Not a bad beer at all....just not a everyday drinker.

Photo of JoshuaJ
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Hyde Park Tavern, Cincinnati, OH.

Pours a golden color with a slight haze. Thin head (probably from the pour) and thick lacing all the way down.

Smells overwhelmingly piney and citrusy. A bit of the malt backbone shines through, but not by much. Can one smell crispness? I think I smell it here.

Tastes almost identical to the nose. The biscuity malts and Belgian yeast don't stand a chance to the American hops. They dominate as they do in pretty much every other Stone brew I've ever had. 'Tis the American way. At any rate, I don't know what's so "Belgian" about this other than some very faint, yeasty flavors that never make it above a whisper. Ah well. Regardless of the name, it's still tasty.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy and crisp at the same time. The beer finishes dry, requiring another sip ASAP.

Drinkibility is decent, in that it's a crisp, refreshing beer. Sessionable? No way. Regardless of the 6.9% ABV, this beer will numb the palate after more than one. If you can't taste the beer, what's the point?

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel snifter, this beer is a beautiful deep golden amber body with a nice thick two finger head that sticks solid sheets of lacing.

Aromas are tropical fruit galore along with a caramel malt sweetness and some Belgian clove character.

The taste is sweet up front then solidly IPA. Less Belgian quality and more IPA grapefruit bitterness.

Some heft to the mouthfeel, but misses quite a bit from the Belgians in the lush quality.

I was hoping more warmth would bring out some of the Belgian quality, but it just didn't happen.

Not a bad beer, but certainly not a great Belgian IPA.

Photo of spinrsx
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber - thanks to Phyl21ca for this one

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy/frothy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, hops, lemons, yeast, banana/bubble gum

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste lots of hops mixed with lemons, yeast, and some caramel. There is also a lot of banana/bubble gum flavour and something else that I can't put my finger on.. It ends with a fruity and hoppy aftertaste.

Overall – There was this one odd taste to the beer but it was only subtle. While I've had other beers within this style that were better, this one was still above average and quite drinkable. Stone rarely disappoints.

Photo of weller1js
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a bold golden color with moderate carbonation, light foam and lacing, slight haze and yeast particles.

smell: piney, tangy hops, with sweet velevety belgian yeast undertones.

taste: begins mellow, develops quickly into piney notes, slight belgian undertones, finishes crisp with a piney bitterness.

overall: nice example of a Belgian IPA, well-hopped and has the best of both worlds, decent abv as well.

Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

642nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22 oz

App- I compared it to an orange and yup. It's its orange. A little darker but not by much. A very slow to form one finger bottom up head was there but left much too quickly and no lacing stayed behind.

Smell- Nice citrus aromas with a muddled yeast and a bit of bitter hops behind them.

Taste- You really get a sense in this glass that just because they promote themselves as hop forward and aggressive, Stone is one dimensional. This beer is layers of flavor and very well balanced. A few ingredients have made the yeast and hops pair well to forma a balanced flavor. The citrusy peel of the ingredients with a bubbly yeast character really add to this beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. I love the balance of flavors this beer leaves. The yeasty is fruity and peppery and just well done.

Drink- I can say it has probably been two years since I had this beer and at the time my palate couldnt pick out flavors or profiles. This is very well balanced and tame when it needs to be. The yeast and hops are well tempered against eachother and make for a slightly tart, fruity, hoppy drink. Quite nice.

Photo of DrJay
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark gold with a thin whitish cap of fine bubbles. Quite a bit of streaky lacing, good head retention for what's present. Big citrus hop presence in the nose, grapefruit and pine, a bit powdery, but with some pineapple/tropical character, bubblegum, and faint spice as well. Same in the flavour, coming together in a sweettart-like fruitiness, but with a solid bitterness. Mild sweetness was mostly fruity, with a hint of strawberry, rather than malty. Closer to light than medium bodied and fairly dry, moderate carbonation, a bit on the rough side. I liked it. The difference in yeast added more complexity than I expected, but a slightly modified malt bill would probably improve the texture and create something truly impressive.

Photo of kwjd
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with a finger of white head and some lacing. Smells of lots of citrus and pine hops with some amount of the Belgian yeast. There is less of a Belgian type flavour to this one as other Belgian IPA's, more of regular IPA to my taste. Carbonation level is good.

Photo of Vengeance526
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color with slight haze and a small white head that fades away rather quickly but leaves a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Nice aroma of lemon and grapefruit upfront with light spices and a little honey in the back.

Interesting taste overall, starting with some bready malts at first, then quickly giving way to the lemon and grapefruit notes. Sweet spices show up toward the end with a touch of pine. There is a familiarity to the regular Stone IPA that can be felt, but the differences brought on by the Belgian yeast are quite evident as well.

Medium body and carbonation. Good stuff, but I've had better for the style.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 22oz bottle with a BB of Oct 27th 2012, so it's just out of date. Hopefully it's character remains intact. Picked up recently from Trembling Madness in York; I'm keen to find out what a US-made Belgian IPA tastes like. The label acknowledges Belgium's divided nature - good to see that Stone are on the ball culturally.

Poured into a Delirium chalice (twice). Bottle conditioned. A bright golden-amber hue with good carbonation and some haze. Produces a large head of creamy white foam with decent retention; this slowly subsides to a surface layer. Aroma of fruity yeast esters and restrained hops, with notes of banana, clove, bubblegum, spice, citrus and earthy yeast. Slightly sweet, with a faint hint of malt sugar. Dominated by the Belgian yeast.

Tastes of dry, fruity yeast with hints of aromatic hops and a bitter finish. Notes of banana, clove, mild bubblegum, anise, spice, citrus, faint tropical fruit, earthy yeast and stewed leaves. Dry and slightly sour, with a funky hint in the background. A restrained bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, light, spicy and spritzy. Nice carbonation and good body. Somewhat astringent, with an aftertaste of dry, fruity yeast esters and hop bitterness.

A decent interpretation of the style; the Belgian yeast character certainly shines through. Not overly IPA-like; the hops don't come across all that well (and certainly not by Stone standards). Impressively yeasty aroma and flavour, with a nice bitter finish to round it off. I reckon this could have done with a greater addition of hops but it remains a well-crafted effort. Although I'm not a fan of Belgian IPAs I find this pretty good, and better than some others that I've tried as it achieves a degree of balance between the yeast and hop notes. In general the style has a muddled character that leaves you unsatisfied. Worth trying, even if I probably won't pick one up again.

Photo of pwoods
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into a pint.

A: Pours a light golden yellow with good clarity. A strong Belgian head forms and holds for quite awhile and leaves nice lacing.

S: Very yeasty nose. Nice citrusy hops minus the pine, very clean. Some fruity esters from the very present yeast, some banana.

T/M: Nice bitterness level, though admittedly a touch lower than I expected from Stone :) Some nice citrus notes as well as plenty of floral and grassy flavors. A pleasantly sweet malt rides it out in the back with just a touch of balance. The yeast is again very present, lending some nice spicy notes and light fruity flavors. A good shot of pepper is left behind with the lasting bitterness. Body is medium to medium light and is kept alive by the spritzy Belgian carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable with a manageable ABV. The left over spice and bitterness is pretty strong but not too much.

Photo of Dotcubed
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Love the Stone's offerings.

Looks great, nice foam & lace. Golden color.

Their ruination IPA has a much better aroma; potent, assertive, & generally a great warning to what you're getting into. This one not so much, it's like a belgian. Some yeasty apricots.

Tastes well, Belgian. Agreable. Malty apricot fruit, some agressive hop bitterness. Gritty lasting flavor. Some hallmarks like Orange peel numbing my pallet.

I'd say they've nailed the style; Belgian beer cliche with an IPA.

Quite drinkable, but not as a session beer.

Photo of Chico1985
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a great while since I've had this. My brother got me a bomber for Xmas - thanks bro!

Pour is crystal clear amber/orange with a white head. Shrinks down a ring and slight cap pretty quickly but retains well as such.

Smell presents sweet malts, light Belgian-y tartness, some grassy hops and light fruits. Decent strength.

At first I'd say the Belgian yeasts get quite an upper hand, but as it warms this becomes a good mix of Belgian and IPA. Sweet and fruity with some farmy funky yeasty twang, kind of a saison feel. Nice grassy and citrus hops with some caramel malts, apple and white grape.

A solid mouthfeel, good body for the ABV, medium-high carbonation and no booze. Keeps you sippin.

It takes some time for the hops to shine, but when they do it makes for quite the beer. You can definitely taste the Stone IPA here but it's gone through quite a pleasant transformation. A unique blend that's on the lighter side, refreshing and tasty.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer that shows off a bit of sturdy head. Golden body with a slight haze to it. Perhaps a touch of copper.
Citrus aroma with some 'green' to it, like stems or something. Orange peel and some banana mixed in as well.
Cirsp feel to it that has a bit of a biscuity finish, a bit chewy...not much though.
The citrus and biscuit dance well together and the spice does well with both. Coriander and some sweet gum. A bit of a butterscotch finish, but I think that was the tap.

Photo of clickpush
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at WL DT. Comes in a pint glass. Clear golden body with one finger white head that melts into solid cap of lace with sticky halo. Absolutely zero carbonation visible in body. Aroma is blend of candi sugar, menthol, and CA style bittering hops. Flavor is very similar. Belgian bubbles, fine and plentiful, distribute hoppy burn everywhere. Very flavorful. Candycane minty & sweet. Yum.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy copper and bronze hue with an awesome two to three finger head that leaves craggy foam on the glass after each sip.

Great citric and floral mix in the aroma. Orange zest with a little fresh picked wild flowers. All on top of a light biscuit.

Starts with lots of carbonation and bitter orange marmalade. The middle turns into sweet oarnge candy with a little caramel. The finish goes from citric bitterness to floral bitterness on the linger.

This beer is well carbonated on the toongue upfront, then finishes a little resiny. Nicely done.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.91/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - this beer pours a macro-BMC-yellow color, but with a sticky, billowt white head fed by moderate amounts of carbonation

S - the IPA half of this brew dominates the aroma, the piney/floral/grapefruit aromas from the hops is primary, but mellowed by a indistinct sweet smell, like orchard fruits (peaches, apples, nectarines)

T - wow, confusing, the bottle blurb says it begs the question "what exactly is that?" and that couldnt be more true. pine-floral hop notes are strong, but seem to be paired with a defined wheatiness, the IPA vs. Belgian battle is waging a war on my palate with no clear victor

M&D - lively and effervescent, very dry on my tongue, will be enjoyed by hop lovers

Photo of secondtooth
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Semi-clear golden amber with creamy head of off-white foam. Attractive and detailed lace.

Aroma: Yeasty and fruity. Very Belgian as promised, no doubt from the Belgian yeast used here.

Taste: Bitter, spicy, yeasty, fruity — definitely on the Belgian tip, this hopped-up ale brings a bitter, tangy counterpoint to the complex Belgian yeast content. A solid and faithful collision of classic Belgian and American IPA. Enjoyable, and one I’d enjoy again, no problem.

Photo of S2kookies
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A: Deep golden or light amber. Medium light carbonation. Pours about a quarter finger, foamy white head, which quickly dissipates leaving a scattered bubbly blanket on the surface. Some sparse spiderweb lacing, but it concedes quickly and retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Baked bread malt, pungent hops, coriander, Italian spice, lemon zest, and a little honey.

T: Piny hops rule the day. A little malty goodness is detectable. Lemon citrus with a woody tone. A subtle butterscotch sweetness.

M: Syrupy thick body. Steely, piny, zesty palette remains throughout the experience.

D: The pine and pungency dictate a slow drink.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice golden hue, with only a slight head, and not much in terms of lacing. Nose has plenty going on though. malt, hops, spice, and citrus. Flavor is a nice balance of grains annd spice with a subtly sweet note. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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