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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,740 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,740
Reviews: 981
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 85
Gots: 269 | FT: 2
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 BeerAmbassador
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin white head. Aromas of lime peel, orange and a bit of piney hops. Some breadiness and a bit of spice from the yeast. A kind of butteriness on the palate along with some citrus and a really nice long finish. This ber is light to medium bodied this beer went nicely with the pork chop I had at the brewery.

Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Wasn't sure if I should use a pint glass or a chalice, but the description makes this sound like an IPA with Belgian characteristics, vice a Belgian with IPA characteristics; if that makes any sense. Picked this up a while ago and have it sitting in my refrigerator. Label is typical Stone silk screen with impossibly long and tedious description on the back.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, dropping down to a thin coating of foam and leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is honey amber and slightly cloudy. Some sediment was roused in the bottle during pouring, but it hasn't made it into my glass yet.

Smell: Slightly piney hop aroma upfront with undertones of sweet peaches and nectarines and a backbone of biscuity malt.

Taste: Piney hop flavor upfront with some psicy, citrus notes. Sweet fruit notes that were in the aroma are not present int he flavor. Medium yet long lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: An interesting style, but not sure it is worhty of an entirely new category. It seems like an IPA with a little more prevalent malt body. Good, sure. But not ground breaking or mind blowing.

Photo of ocelot2500
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a small cap of tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of yeast spice and some grapefruit.

Tastes of orange peel, spices, and some fruit sweetness. Plenty of citrus bitterness up front with some piny and floral notes rounding it out. Yeast spiciness comes through and offers clove and coriander notes. Fruitiness also makes and appearance and adds a layer of depth.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Photo of jmalex
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

I'm glad to see that bottles (and kegs) of this made it out east. I was able to have this on tap at Sunset Taproom and Grill in Boston over the weekend, and now I'm cracking open my only bottle.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Duvel tulip a crystal clear orangish bronze with a pillowy white tight head on top. The head has nice staying power, dropping slowly to a nearly full cap with a thick collar. Lacing drapes the glass in sheets as I drink.

SMELL: Stone's signature citrusy and piny hops jump right out at you, but right behind them is a wonderfully light Belgian yeast character. The citrus of the hops and apricot and orangey esters from the yeast blend seamlessly creating an awesome aroma of light fruit. The yeast gives off the vague notes of a farmhouse ale. The only thing missing here is a bit more intensity.

TASTE: The hops are really big in the taste and almost knock the yeast qualities right out of the beer. The esters and such are there, but rather than being seamless with the hops, they're hidden. A piny bitterness lasts the whole way through and lingers long after the finish. The malt base and funky esters come through a little across the palate, especially as it warms, and gives the beer a balancing sweetness it so desires. This all said, Stone makes awesome hoppy beers, and this tastes like one. It just isn't coming across Belgian enough.

MOUTHFEEL: Thin bodied with a dry finish which is absolutely spot on. The carbonation is great as well, being at a higher than average level.

DRINKABILITY: The dryness helps considerably, but as stated above, I wish the hops didn't overpower everything else. It's such a delicate beer that strong hop flavor can crush it. I'm not saying it's overhopped, per se. Just that I wish the other malt and yeast flavors could come out more. Warming the beer does help considerably in this regard.

A very nice beer that I'm enjoying drinking. Stone has really caught my eye with some of the Belgian styles coming out of the brewery. This one certainly shows that promise.

Photo of Zorro
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian IPA, makes me think of a retake on the Old Reese's Peanut butter cups commercial only with beer drinkers involved. "You Got Ruination in my Duvel! You Got Duvel in my Ruination! Sips...GREAT!"

Poured in my Duvel Tulip I have a brilliantly clear copper colored ale with a good off-white to neat tan colored head. Beautiful beer in the glass.

Smell is sweet and herbal with a remarkably spicy aroma supposedly all from yeast and hops. Aroma of apricot, cloves, spice, grapefruit, citrus, orange and pinesap. Fainter woody and melon scents.

The taste starts out sweet and woody with a bone dry aftertaste. There is an earthy flavor here that is hard to place, something like half cork and half mushroom. Decent amount of bitterness present but honestly I would call this a Belgian American Style Pale Ale flavor wise.

Mouthfeel is good and full yet dry.

Pretty drinkable even though flavor is it's weak point. Not that it tastes bad at it is just light dry and refresh, not complex. Pretty much I beer I will try every year it comes out.

Photo of Yesac
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours very clear. Light orange/golden color. Small bright white head that quickly fades.

S - Fairly complex.. big malty/bready tones up front followed by spice and finished with a very sweet fruit scent.

T - Malt/bready dominance followed by hops with a slight hop bitterness. Smooth dry finish.

M - Palate is somewhat dry. Thick bodied.

D - Fairly easy drinker here.. pretty smooth brew and a great mix of malt and hops.

Photo of Foxman
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a very clear and carbonated golden amber. A single finger of thin off-white head slips briskly to a frothy archipelago. Twists of lacing gyrate on the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, pale malt and fruity sugar are crisped by soft esters, dry and spiced with clove. Apple, grapefruit, and pineapple bring the hops aromatically to mind.

Upon tasting, the malt is toasted and berry sweet, and joined by a sprinkle of candy sugar. Toffee, caramel, and yeasty biscuit are brought to earth by crisp apple and spice esters. Dry grapefruit and floral hops bring the bitter to play. Residual grain sweetness joins a slice of melon and toasted bread. A fairly lingering finish bears a dry bitterness that cleans as it goes. It delivers well on the name's hybrid promise.

Medium bodied, its creamy initially but the drop-off to almost nothing but glow is surprisingly abrupt.

This is easily one of my favorite hybrid styles, and perhaps this is one of the top American examples, if not the top. It's not flawless, but it is bold and adventurous, and it comes across as fun and nicely blended. The manageable ABV and understated complexity give it a solidly drinkable character. It's a nice benchmark for a damned intriguing international union.

Photo of illidurit
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Opaque orange color with a wet white head. Sheets of lacing. Nose is strong tropical fruit, primarily mango with some grapefruit. Flavor is yeasty with a less intense mango note. Really interesting hop flavors but not very much bitterness. Also some clove spiciness. Dry medium finish, smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber - poured chilled in a flared pint

A - A hazed apricot shade w/ a 2 finger cap which provides thick brussels lace. The lace sticks like spackle and appears like egg cream in a raised ring. The bead is pin sized + a swarm of carbonation hovers under the foam

S - A light fruit nose w/ pineapple + lychee w/ a mild herbal hop note. Spiced odor w/ belgian yeast esters give off a honey-like sweetness and the malt contributes some aroma w/ a tinge of pine from the hops

M - A smooth malty blend w/ a slight astringency and bitter effect from the hopping w/ medium high carbonation and sweet middle which leads to a bitter, slightly sharp bite. The texture while slightly fuller than average for an Ipa, has a sweet tip

T - The flavor of the Cali-belgique is gentle with orange notes up front which lead to a mild pine hop flavor and a sweet malt taste. The malt gives a honey-like element combined with mellow phenol from the yeast w/ a citrus acidity and the taste has a mild spiced flavor w/ grainy undercurrent. The American hops give this Belgian IPA a lot of complex and fresh flavors w/ mild kumquat tartness and lemony sweet aspect. The finish is acidic and warm

D - The Stone Cali-Belgique is quite the tasty Belgian IPA, not the best, but up there with some of the best examples of the style-easy to drink like an American IPA w/ lots of hop flavor and nice w/ yeasty Belgian influence - I recommend this highly

Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Bernardus Chalice, Cali-Belgique is a crystal-clear, bright gold beer with a dense head. The nose features some grassy, lightly citrus hops with a fairly fruity yeast profile. The taste follows: quite fruity esters, moderately high bitterness, decent malt profile. Light, spritzy mouthfeel, well-carbonated.

Not a bad beer... but it's not particularly exciting either. I expected more hop character. Orval or Westmalle Triple provide more hop interest.

Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great effort at a crossover style brew. I let the bottle warm some out of the fridge. Then I poured a large, billowy, frothy, fluffy, off-white head with some lace. Color is a clear amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is a tad mild and with crackers, bread dough, yeast, malt, hint of hop. Flavor is like nose but the hops leap to the fore, followed by sweet/tang, yeast bitter, and other stuff. Body is good, but carbonation seems a shade flat. Finish is like flavor, still maintains complete hop profile, adds a touch of banana and is overall, nice. But not too nice. Maybe more like - engaging.

Photo of tewaris
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. "bomber" poured into a Duvel tulip. The freshness date is either unreadable or absent, but this bottle is most likely fresh.

Hay-golden hued and hazy, this beer looks solid amber in the glass, underneath the huge off white head. The head retention is very good and the lacing is splattered all over the glass. The aroma is of fresh fruit and flowers - the hops of Stone IPA work so well with the esters from the Belgian strain. Truly remarkable.

The taste is very similar, fruity and floral, with light flavorful sweetness from a good malt base. The finish is dry (nice!), and long and bittering; and that's where the Cali and Belgique clash in my opinion. I think that the bitter aftertaste is a little too bitter for this taste and the aroma, and although I don't think this way often, I really would like to see what happens with the bitterness dialed down a few notches.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with good carbonation, although I won't call it crisp. Overall very good, but nowhere in my personal top list.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

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.

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 !

Photo of nickfl
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Deep, golden colored body with good clarity and one and a half fingers of white head. The head settles quickly to a loose layer of big bubbles and leaves a nice, thick ring of lace.

S - A nice, big spicy/ citrus hop aroma up front, backed by clove and tropical fruit aromas from the yeast. Some subtle sweet malt lurks in the background along with anise, clove and a hint of allspice.

T - Moderate, spicy hop flavor and big, mouth coating bitterness in the front. Subtle yeast flavor appears in the middle, light pineapple and clove, but fades quickly. Some bready malt in the finish along with renewed bitterness than dominates and lingers on the palate.

M - Moderate-light body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Interesting and drinkable. The aroma is excellent, but the flavor doesn't live up to it. There is a lack of Belgian character in the flavor even though the nose exhibits lots of yeasty goodness. In the end it comes off as mostly IPA and just a little bit Belgian.

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.

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.

Photo of aristeros
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my trusty Bodum pint glass. Very light amber with an orange tint. Some white head, good Floral and bittering hops in the aroma, some citrus.

Crisp, light bodied with a good mouthfeel, bitter, but gentle by Stone standards. Sort of like Corsendonk meets Stone IPA. Interesting, but I don't think it was a good combination. Dry finish and moderate carbonation make this pretty lively.

Well-crafted. A neat experimental by Stone, but it's not for me.

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.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,740 ratings.