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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,701 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,701
Reviews: 977
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 240 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Photo of poohbearzeccola
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of theopholis
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of waddsworth
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of LaLaSnite
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of primaldiscord
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

Photo of LucienDeRubempre
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Into a tulip.

Nice nose on this one, a little of the yeasty character creeps out from under the massive juicy hops. I take issue with the Cali-heavy approach, but it definitely doesn't make this a bad beer even if I would be hard-pressed to differentiate this from some of the other IPAs from Stone. Would definitely put this above Raging Bitch, too much wheat in that one for me, and looking forward to see how it compares to the Houblon Chouffe chilling in my fridge.

Photo of biboergosum
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Photo of Stigs
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass

A - small amount of tight frothy white foam. slightly hazy, pale gold in color. leaves behind a solid layer of sticky film.

S - pungent piney and just slightly floral hops, lemon rind, sweet belgian yeast, very fruity.

T - solid amount of piney &" grassy hops, citrus, very lemony yeast, tropical melon & pineapple.

M - thin, tight and active carbonation...finishes dry with lingering grass and lemon.

D - love the style, just like this one. a bit too fruity (especially heavy on the lemon/citrus) and thin...not bad at all but there are better Belgian IPA's out there.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Two fingers of head, the bubbles danced nicely as they rose, good lacing. Clear, medium straw colored body.
The aroma is floral and piney. Excellent complexity and depth.
The taste is moderately bitter balanced with the malty sweetness. There's some honey as well.
Smooth texture, moderate carbonation and medium body.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of beerdrifter
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Deuane
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 rootbeerman
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Lerxst
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Nice golden amber with decent head that dissipates and leaves some nice lacing.

S-I can smell the hops here, along with floral & citrus notes and a distinct Belgian aroma.

T-Grapefruit hits me along with hops and some maltiness.

M-A nice bite to it, dry finish, medium body.

D-This ones a sipper for me. It is a nice experience, but definitely not a session brew.

Photo of goatgoat
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 28 May 2011.

A: Thin, pale yellow with a very thin head. Clearish. Scattered lacing.

S: Funky, bitter/hoppy, and sourish. Sweet citrus?

T: Malty sour-sweet, with a vegetal end/aftertaste. Quite tart with a funky yeast. Lingering aftertaste. Hrm. I think I like it?

M: Medium-bodied, a bit lively and/or carbonated. Drying.

O: A weird drink, but a good beer. I don't think I'd have it have again, because it's too odd-sour and dry. Try it maybe, I guess.

Photo of ZethOfTheNorth
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jvillefan
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A light hazy golden yellow with a one finger head that does not last very long.

S: Very floral. There are also hops, citrus, and a little caramel that balance each other out nicely.

T: The floral taste is a little over powering. Behind the floral taste is that of hops, citrus, and caramel. The beer is also very sweet tasting.

M: Has a buttery mouthfeel and has perfect carbonation.

O: I would recommend this beer. It is a nice variation on the standard IPA.

Photo of bbothen
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,701 ratings.