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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,651 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,651
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 213 | 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 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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Photo of bbothen
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown with a nice bubbly white 2 finger head.

Smells of earthy & fruity hops, Belgian yeast, and some spicy notes.

Crisp big hop bite, pineapple, citrus, earth, grass, spicy, clove, and bubblegum Bealgian yeast. Nice dry hoppy finisg. Interesting.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry, lingering finish.

A unique & interesting brew. Glad I had the opportunity to try.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of BenTherHppedThat
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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.

Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of chip26
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,651 ratings.