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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,615 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 197 | 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 Shaw
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What a beautiful beer. It's bright gold in color with a large sticky white head.

The aroma spicy and lightly hoppy.

It has a similar taste of spice and general Belgian beer flavors. Mild levels of hops for a Stone beer, which takes little getting used to. But after wrapping my mind around it I like it. There is still a good hop presence, but it a non-Stone way.

A nice slick body.

Overall this is a very good beer and a neat departure for Stone from their normal hoppy brews.

Shaw, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty beer. From notes:

A hazy, pineapple-juice looking tulip with no head. Smell is of belgian yeast and signifigant pine resin hops.

Taste follows the nose, but is not overly hopped. It is aggressive, but it works well with the yeast to provide one hell of a belgian IPA. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected, but is not chewy or too heavy... signifigant carbonation helps keep the flavors together and moving pretty well.

Drinkability is high... I am glad I got this one, and while I don't see it in bottles around here I was glad to get to have it on tap. I'll get it again for sure. Prob. one of my favorite Stone beers.

ShogoKawada, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Brianjames16
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark gold with a bunch of carbonation bubbles. Nice one finger white head with think lacing.

S- Spicy and bitter hops with some citrus fruits. Nice pleasing aroma. Some pines and malts also show up.

T - Good bite from the hops balanced with spices and light fruits. Great balanced taste.

M- Good carbonation makes it a crisp refreshing brew. Light/medium body.

D- Great drinkability. Interesting and easy to drink. Go Stone !

Brianjames16, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of Offa
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Up 'till this, the only "Belgian IPA" that I'd had was Russian River's Defenestration, which I really liked and led me to look forward to others. Although good, however, this is a bit disappointing.

Orangish gold-pale amber, it has a medium off-white head steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and wisps, leaving some nice lace.

The aroma is grapefruit, candied orange zest, grain that is slightly caramelly lurking underneath, light raisininess, then, after a few second, it develops a lightly Belgian yeasty and fruity character - pear, faint banana.
It smells fairly good and definitely has at least some elements of an IPA (American) and a Belgian blonde/golden ale.

The taste also definitely has both American/West Coast IPA and Belgian traits but it's a bit thin and bland. It is mostly dry with whiffs of sweetness and light hints of bitterness and is rather low in both sweetness and bitterness. It is somewhat yeasty with pear, plum skin, spiciness, and hints of banana and leafy-resiny-grapefruity hop. It has a light, lingering spiciness. It's good, fairly easy to drink, quite crisp, but a bit too dry and thin.

Offa, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A golden-orange color with a frothy, thick ecru-colored head that lays down some thick lacing. Retention leaves some to be desired.

S: Like Stone IPA, it's got a large amount of sweet pineapple, lemon, and grapefruit aroma. The Belgian yeast is definitely present, as well, contributing a light straw-ish, funky aroma. The two aromas are distinct, and don't feel as cohesive as a true Belgian IPA should.

T&M: Very interesting, to say the least. Definitely unlike any of the other Belgian IPAs I've sampled. Fruity and hoppy upfront, with the Belgian yeast taking command late. A crackery/bready dry malt flavor and a phenolic flavor. The finish is extremely drying and long. Body is medium, but it's not got the kind of carbonation I'm looking for in a Belgian. Though I know this is more of an American IPA with Belgian yeast thrown in the tank, and it's not bottled conditioned at all, the feel could be better.

D: Decent. An interesting brew from Stone, and definitely top-quality. I think a more conscious effort by Stone to brew a Belgian IPA could prove more effective, however.

BamaBeerBuff, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of LaLaSnite
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

LaLaSnite, Sep 10, 2014
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3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

primaldiscord, Oct 23, 2014
Photo of Tickman
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange-hued amber, cloudy, thin white but creamy head with good lacing. Aroma dominated by hops- pine, rosemary, funk, dirty socks, slightly yeasty. Bitter upfront on the palate, receding to resinous hops, lighter caramel malts, subtle yeast flavor, slight soapiness. Lingering bitterness, dry, tingling mouthfeel.

Tickman, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, a straggler from a trip earlier this year (wait, what, summer is over?!) through Portland, OR and environs.

This beer pours a cloudy, sort of sediment-strewn, pale golden amber hue, with two skinny fingers of foamy, bubbly, and verging on chunky off-white head, which leaves some bicycle chain lace around the circumference of the glass as it quickly seeps away.

It smells of yeasty, dark bready caramel malt, meaty orchard fruit (overripe grapefruit and orange, mostly), funkadelia, and peppery, leafy hops. The taste is more of a bitter, generic citrus hoppiness in the front slot, the bitterness quite easily tempered by a hard to dismiss murky yeastiness, free-associated acrid phenols, a bit of banana chip fruitiness, a bready, grainy, and duly upright malt backbone, and some alcohol-dosed weedy, herbal hops.

The bubbles are there, providing a supportive edge that slowly and surely fades, the body a so-so medium weight (on a diet, or the like), with a nascent creaminess that defies the smoothness killing hop tendencies. It finishes off-dry, the citrus and yeasty funk, complex alike, trying their best to shiv one another.

Much more Belgian (or at least anti-Stone) than even the spunky label could lead one to believe. Cali-Belgique goes a long way to illustrate the effect of yeast on any beer's impression, i.e. there's a Stone IPA under there, but it is ensconced in DNA-rewriting, Euro-lowlands mind shiftiness. Bottom line: still tasty, but the hoppier, bitter beast that you have hitherto known has been co-opted by a surprisingly agreeable, um, (I know) Belgian character. Bigend of Blue Ant, represent!

biboergosum, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of theopholis
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Crystal clear, bright orange/amber body with a tight, white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Strong oily hop smell, with a stony sourness for the style. Some pineyness.

Taste- lots of hops, especially of the floral variety. Lots of citrus, a hint of pine and some underlying toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, but sticky body with a nice stickiness.

D: Hops are huge but I felt I could probably finish quite a bit more. Good stuff.

theopholis, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 6.9% ABV. Pours a nice golden color, with a slight peach hue. Thick white rocky head. Excellent head retention. Nice patches of sticky lace.

Citrusy, earthy, and a bit yeasty in the nose. A hint of pepper as well. A whiff of caramel malt going on as well.

Nice citrusy hops, with some earthy and yeasty components. A bit of pepper in the end. Well balanced. The citrusy hops are there, but do not take over the yeasty notes. Nice contrast of flavors.

Medium body. Carbonation seems low. Alcohol well hidden. This was interesting.

Bierguy5, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of scottoale
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2 Liter Growler fresh from the brewery, pours a brilliant gold with pristene clarity and a fat finger and a half of white head. Good head retention, lively carbonation and some awesome intricate lace, that sticks to the glass. It looks like poster material.

Very sweet, bubblegum nose upfront, with a piney, citrus hop note way down the back. Floral and fruity for the most part. The taste starts off sweet with a banana, bubblegum thing going on, and then the hops come in hard with strong pine sap, grapefruit and the likes. It's nicely balanced, but the taste expirience is short lived. It's not a sipper and it's not a quaffer, but it's quick and pungent. An interesting blend of the hops and the yeast used. What is the style again?

Medium body with active carbonation, yet I feel something lacking in the mouthfeel. Perhaps it's the lack of time that it spends in your mouth, I'm not quite sure. Overall tasty and easy too drink with the alcohol lurking somewhere...pretty good brew.

scottoale, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Bottle says to "enjoy by 12/29/12" so I am just in time! I bought this b*tch from the local Jewel Osco.

A - Pours an extremely clear, light copper color. Creamy, white, fluffy, 1-finger head. Looks like a more full-bodied version of a Miller Lite or some other mass-produced lager.

S - Definitely a fresh pungent grapefruit smell. Nice and hoppy, which is surprising since this beer doesn't look like much.

T - Hoppy. Spicy. Floral. Coriander. Bubblegum. Definitely one of the most floral tasting IPA's that I have had. Lives up to it's "Belgian Style" label.

M - Clean, bitter, mouthfeel. Pretty well balanced. The bubblegum flavor lingers around a bit, reinstating it's status as a "Belgian-Style IPA"

Overall, it is a tangy, zesty, lemony, hoppy, pretty good beer. There are of course more intense IPA's out there, but this is a nice example of it's style, and it is a solid five dollar bottle.

Stone Cali-Belgique IPA ---4/5.

mfnmbvp, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of waddsworth
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into tulip.

A - Light golden with no haze. Nice creamy white head that forms big easily. Good, lasting, sticky lacing. The rings leave a record of how many sips it takes to finish a glass of this brew.

S - Amazing what a change in yeast can do. Stone's IPA has a good hoppy aroma. This brew has a good yeasty aroma - a nice funky semi-spicy breadiness with very mild hop undertones. Very pungent - in a very delicious way.

T - Of the few Belgian IPA examples I have tasted (all American interpretations), this one is the most "Belgian". This one is straight in-line with the nose. The interplay of yeast and hop flavor profiles is wonderfully complex from first hint to lingering finish.

M - Excellent - well matched to the style.

D - Compared to other examples I've had, the alcohol content is fairly low, allowing you to drink this all night. However, this is no slammer - the complexity begs to be sipped.

waddsworth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of beerdrifter
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear, bright yellow pour with nice fluffy white head and decent lacing. All Belgian in the nose. Lots of spice, lemon, grass and hints of banana and bready yeast. The taste is much the same with a great balance between the bitter hops and sweet malt. Exactly what I expected, with the best characteristics of a Belgian, expertly infused with that classic Stone IPA flavor. Highly drinkable with a nice, crisp, clean, dry finish. I live an hour from Belgium, and have to say that the US craft brewers are giving the Belgians a run for their money. A great American interpretation of the style!

beerdrifter, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of Dotcubed
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Dotcubed, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazed copper with a thin off-white head that leaves spotty lace.

S-Spicy yeast ntes up front followed by a nice grapefruit citrus pop. A bit of pine and sweet biscuit in the back.

T-Sharp and crisp grapefruit hops dominate well backed by a spicy yeast bite and moderating lightly sweet biscuit malt.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and crisp with a dry finish.

D-Totally, a well done Belgian IPA. Plenty of flavour and easy to drink with the grapefruit citrus zing I love.

Deuane, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of necoadam
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a bright golden color with quite a bit of carbonation. Left some nice lacing down the glass afterwards.

Smell was quite complex with citric fruit, yeast, with a slight twang of funkiness. It's quite unique. Grapefruit can be detected in the background.

Taste was similar to the nose. Bready, yeasty, hoppy profile starts with some citrus fruit blended in. A faint malt backbone finishes it off. It almost seems like it'll be too much, but it isn't.

Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Finish was crisp and refreshing.

A++ would buy again.

necoadam, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into pint glass
A: Pours dark golden clear, slightly cloudy. Finger thick head, that fell semi fast but is lacing.
S: sweet and hoppy with a light yeast aroma
T: bitter but not too bitter, sweet up front like a Belgian, hits that spot for my ipa craving
M: smooth. light to medium carbonation
D: if i can find it i will get another, great brew be even better with a meal instead of as a snack.

rootbeerman, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of bminor7
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 from Half Time.

A - crystal clear amber color. no head, some wisps on surface of glass

S - sweet vegetal hops, not much more. not finding the tripel-y flavors

T - taste is a faded IPA with a bitterness and slight, barely noticeable funk. tastes like a weak IPA with a hint of belgian yeast influence

M - thin...sugar feels sharp on the teeth

D - not so great.

i was disappointed by this. not an outstanding effot from Stone and doesn't compare well to other BIPAs. maybe my bottle was bad. had this on tap at the Ruck in Troy, NY and it was much much better, fresher.

bminor7, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Zraly
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with one-finger white head. Smells a bit floral and a bit funky.

Nice, round earthy flavor. Hops are present and a bit spicy, but this works extremely well with the funky, sweet flavors of the sugary malt backbone. A touch of orange peel. Wild yeast note, along with a "farmhouse" feel on the palate. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and this drinks smooth.

Would pair with a cheese board, roasted garlic and crusty french bread.

The style is interesting, and Stone's is a pretty interpretation.

Zraly, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of keytown
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P - Pours a golden yellow, with a 1 finger white head

S - Smells of fruity yeast, hops & spice.

T - Tastes of Belgian yeast, clove, grapefruit with a hint of banana and apple.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth finish

O - Overall good beer, typical piney bitterness of an IPA. Stone did a good job of combining multiple styles to come up with a very enjoyable beer.

keytown, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of goatgoat
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a pale honey gold with a moderate off-white head. Little lace.
Aroma has light banana fruit, honey, lemon and citrus rind. Slight spice. Overall light and pleasant. Taste follows, light and enjoyable with a crisp bitterness. Light feel in the mouth.

Nice combination of IPA characteristics and Belgian yeast. A real nice brew.

goatgoat, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought for $6.59 poured into a wineglass.

A: Slightly darker than a Belgian pale and slightly lighter than an IPA. A disappointingly slim one-finger head dissipates into a blanket of bubbles. Decent cling on the glass. Not one of your stunningly beautiful Belgian-style ales.

S: Smells dry. Very ripe peach, a whiff of pine, and some discernible yeast. Very unique smell.

T: Subtle and nice. Citrusy and wet just for a drop, then a transition to dry and earthy. A bit of booze there in the middle and a slightly metallic but not unpleasant back end carried by the hops.

M: Soft and velvety, with nice sparkle dancing on the back of the tongue. Both wet and dry sensations.

O: Cali-Belgique is a workmanlike Belgian-style ale that I wouldn't necessarily peg as a Stone beer. The hops are pretty toned down by their standards, and what you've got here is a reasonably priced, accessible entry for those new to the Belgian IPA style.

ZethOfTheNorth, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of MexicanSkittel
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomb, into a chilled pint glass.

The pour was good, an oranges gold. A freshly oiled oak cabinet look. About 3/4-1 inch head sat ontop for a good while leaving a nice film.

A semi spicy aroma. This blends with a little bit of hop and oak ish smells. All of which a little faint.

Finding a surprising spice in the flavor as well. Maybe white pepper, there is a little lemon, and some green on the back of the pallet. A bitter fresh hop.

There wa a little more texture than I originally saw from the first pour. But when re-filling my glass I saw the visible viscosity that it possesses. A little heavier than I'd like.

I like it, just not lovin it. But keep up the good work stone.
$4.99 bottle

MexicanSkittel, Nov 01, 2011
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,615 ratings.