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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,613 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,613
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 seand
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light amber with a fair amount of white bubbly head. Just a film on the surface retains, but leaves fairly nice lacing.

S: Lightly sweet and somewhat grainy, with fairly light floral hops.

T: Still lightly sweet, with more noticeable citrus, especially grapefruit. Finish is hoppy but not hugely bitter.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall a decent IPA, but not really outstanding.

seand, May 15, 2011
Photo of frognot
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly murky light orange with a fluffy white head

Smell: Initially hops with a mild mix of floral and doughy aroma

Taste: First the hops jump out but are quickly muted by the yeast kicking in. Pine and fruit flavors are balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and smoother than expected.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Split the 22 oz bomber but could have easily enjoyed the entire bottle myself.

frognot, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased at Bullock's in Marietta. Poured into a Devel tulip glass.

A: Pours a bright clear light orange color. It has a huge head that is a few fingers thick. As the head settles a bit it leaves clumps of bubbles behind. The head has pretty good retention.

S: A wonderful citrus aroma greets the nose before it gets close to the glass.

T: A nice malty sweetness that is balanced very well with a nice dose of citrus hops that creates the slightest of a bitter finish. I do not know if I like this as well as the regular Stone IPA, but its better than a lot of its relatives in the style.

M: The mouthfeel seems to suffer a bit with this one. Even though its well carbonated, it definitely is not creamy or smooth.

D: There is really no alcohol burn at all which is not surprising with the ABV. It is pretty balanced with the finish just slightly bitter. It goes down pretty smoothly for an IPA.

GatorBeerNerd, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of ruckzuck
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a clear amber with a small white head that dissipated to a thin film pretty quickly

S - put the 2 styles together. Hints of banana, clove, Belgian yeast, and your other favorites meld with a sweet grapefruit hoppiness. I want to say there's some pear or apple in there as well

T - similar to the smell, but the hop flavor is more intense than the nose lets on. Belgian notes are up front, but man those hops do come in delightfully. Refreshing. There's a bit of bittnerness that hangs around in the back of the mouth, and it's very pleasant. All in all, very enjoyable

M - medium bodied with a very soft mouthfeel all around. Feels nice going down

D - pretty damn good. I've had more intensely hoppy Belgian IPA's, and at first I was sort of underwhelmed by this. However, once I spent some time with it I realized how nice it is, and I'd definitely drink this again (and will finish the bomber oh yes). Good work, Stone!

ruckzuck, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of the beer is a medium gold, a little cloudy, with a white head building. Leaves good lacing. Very attractive.
the smell reminds me of pine, floral hops. Citrus.
Tasting the beer , up front the greeting is a fruity mix of floral hops, being nicely influenced by this belgian yeast strain especially in the middle and finished by a good dose of malt.
Really a great beer, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Hopfenpeter, May 02, 2011
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I see "IPA" on a new bottle of beer I immediately have certain expectations of the the bottle's contents.
This time was no exception.
Pours as a nice IPA profile- one tick down in the count because in this case the head was short lived even though my glass is always meticulously prepared..

Nose was a harbinger of things to come- not overly strong, but demure with hints of hops and malt.

Flavor at first was disappointing- I read the bottle notes.
But now as my first bottle is nearly drained- this IPA does have a tang, an IPA cloak along with a train of homage to the Belgian style. Perhaps the only enigma is the "Cali". Words are just words.

Of the IPA's I've enjoyed and revered- this one is somewhat lighter than I'd expected-- that was perhaps my initial disappointment. But there's more to an IPA than just hops and more hops and oh yes, alcohol.

This Stone IPA is a balance of hops bitterness and flowery flavor along with the strong flavor and well rounded by malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel this beer produced was a rotund legacy of the beer's initial flavor start commingled with a long lasting wash of it's initial flavor.

Overall this is a marvelous IPA and not so alcoholic that a pint of it welds me to my seat.

Nice -- very nice.. get two bottles.

gueuzeonhigh, May 01, 2011
Photo of
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale golden colour with a quickly dissipating head that remains as a ring.

Smell - Very aromatic; funky and fruity Belgian yeast aromas with bright citrus and grassy accents and a bit of spice. Lively and interesting. As it warms a bit the caramel malt emerges.

Taste - fruity and yeasty with a strong bitter finish that leaves a lingering pine presence.

This beer is really enjoyable. It's interesting that Stone uses the same recipe that it does for its IPA, but just changes the yeast. It is amazing to tatse how much the yeast affects the flavour of the final product.

, May 28, 2011
Photo of ElSid
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Beers of California

#56

Bottled Date: None

A: Clean and gold with moments of amber highlights in the right light. The head is off white, active, and fades after a significant amount of lapsed time.

S: The nose is definitely yeasty along with ester qualities. The fresh "Cali" hop notes are there but play more of a supporting role.

T: The palate is more balanced; yeast and banana, faint pineapple esters paired with citrus, pine, and flowers from the the triple "C" west coast hop combination. The malt is sweet and biscuity with some caramel also.

M: Good amount of carbonation keeps the brew lively. The feel is moderate and powdery from the yeast. The linger is there but not as noticeable given the carbonation and yeastiness of the feel.

O: Overall the yeast tempers the normal crisp and fresh Stone IPA but also adds some interest to the palate creating a nice example of the Belgian IPA style. This style seems to be growing out here on the west coast keeping the hop heads occupied while also expanding the idea of what an IPA represents.

ElSid, Jan 21, 2013
Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4/5  rDev +0.3%

BenTherHppedThat, Nov 20, 2011
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 andrewsporter
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light, frothy mouthfeel is misleading to the flavor of this beer. Definitely torn between the Belgian styling (whatever that means) and the hoppiness that I bought this beer for. I'm a fan of the Stone IPA, no doubt which is what led me to a bottle of this. From what I understand, that is what provides the malt for the Cali-Belg. No doubt it was enjoyable, very drinkable.

andrewsporter, Mar 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Lazaro, Feb 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

chip26, Aug 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

VernonKell, Nov 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mctizzz, Oct 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

SudsSurfer, Nov 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Altenor, Jun 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mrw1zard, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

RyanPS, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Mantooth, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jminch, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

rwilde, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 22 oz bomber served in a pint glass

A - Clear light golden with off white 2 finger head with great lacing and poor head retention.

S - Banana esters, wheat, lemon, coriander spice

T - A full palate adventure that starts with a bit of malt sweetness and wheat then followed with spicy coriander and a little sour citrus and finish with a dry balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation

O - I really enjoyed it, not my favorite of Stone, but their beers are so fricken good. This one just isn't a standout among the greats, but still a quality beer.

williamjbauer, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of hagbergl
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a bomber of Stone Cali-Belgique Belgian-style IPA at Kimbark Wine & Liquors in Hyde Park, Chicago on 9/30/12. It was enjoyed in my large Chimay chalice along with a couple episodes of Mad Men. Yum. Fresh hops and relaxation.

Appearance (4/5): Cali-Belgique is golden and slightly cloudy in the glass. A fairly vigorous pour creates a consistent, two-finger, frothy head of bone white foam that retains well. Lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the beer goes down. This is decent looking beer, but looks aren't this beer's strongest point. Four out of five.

Smell (4/5): Stone's Belgian-style IPA features a distinctly Belgian-smelling nose. The aroma is as the brewery intended (I think): it has the grassy, herbal, piney hops of an IPA along with the floral, slightly sweet/sugary overtones that a Belgian Pale Ale sometimes features. The difference in yeast definitely works quite a change on the classic Stone India Pale Ale. Definitely cool that the change is so distinctive in the nose. Nice.

Taste (4/5): Yeasty flavors and bready notes hit in the beginning but give way to a grassy, fruity (grapefruit/pineapple) like hop flavor that lingers on from mid-palate on into the finish. A little spicy–coriander, peppery (again, a product of the yeast). Ever so slight alcohol warming in the back. Cali-Belgique is mellow for a Stone brew, but quite tasty nonetheless.

Mouthfeel (4/5): Appropriately medium-low carbonation. This beer features a good medium body. It is slightly prickly thanks to the hops. Not sticky, but lightly tart and acidic in the hopped up finish, puckering the roof of my mouth gently...Dry. Good mouthfeel.

Overall (4/5): Cali-Belgique is what you expect out of Stone Brewing Co.: solid. This experiment with using Belgian yeast to modify the classic Stone IPA works well. While it isn't quite as good as the original, it is a nice departure from the norm and a worthy entry in Stone's lineup of year-round beers. Try it out if you're like me and a little bored with the garden variety IPA. I think you'll enjoy it.

hagbergl, Dec 18, 2012
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,613 ratings.