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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,701 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
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 andrewsporter
3.98/5  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 nataku00
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass at public house in sf. Golden yellow with a finger of head. Decent carbonation clearly visible through the clear beer.

Nose was grapefruit and a little spice.

Taste was grapefruit, with a hint of apricot forward, with good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Light body beer that drinks like a good ipa.

Decent beer, though I was hoping for a little more influence from Belgian yeast.

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.

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.

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into chalice.

A - Pours a hazy dark gold with 2 fingers of off white head. Head dissipates somewhat rapidly, and maintains a thin ring around the perimeter for the entire duration of drinking.

S - A lot of grassy hops in the aroma followed by bitter grapefruit.

T - I get a lot more of the Belgian complexity in the taste than I did in the aroma. Grapefruit and grassy hops, characteristic Belgian yeast, a hint of honey, and a bit of herbal spiciness. This is quite dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation is quite prickly and there is a definite dry finish to this.

O - An interesting Belgian IPA. Great for the price and great if you want something different from most IPAs, especially with how dry this is.

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ne0m00re
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Mad Mex in Columbus, Ohio in a snifter.
A: Golden with red hues, it poured with a fluffy white head that died to a lace with constant, slow bubbles working up the glass.
S: Mild rustic bread, floral, grapefruit hops. Pungent like cheese, with a hint of oranges.
T: Slightly tart, rustic (brett.), sweet bread with an aftertaste of piney lemon citrus hops.
M: Crisp, slightly syrupy, and foamy.
D: Very good.

Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub last week.

Pours a clear orange, nice looking, chunky but thin white head forms, settles down to a ring around the glass, touch of lace. Smell is neat, bubblegum, bananas, honey, light floral character, bready yeast, grass, light spice, refreshing aroma. Taste is honey and that bubblegum, banana, floral, nice bit of light fruits, pretty standard fare but well done, the spicy bitter finish is quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, goes down easy, not too bad. I'd drink this one again.

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 Florida9
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A very clear gold in color with a 1/2" or so of off-white head. Decent retention.

S: Grain. Toast. Maybe a little floral or grapefruit note.

T: Spicy malt on the front end. Toast and grain in the middle. Finishes with a slight sourness (or twang) that is characteristic of Belgian IPA's. Finish is fairly long. Very mild bitterness.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Leaves a lingering flavor over the tongue.

D: A good beer, but not one of Stone's best. A little light on the hops and, from my perspective, quite tame for a Stone beer. However, very drinkable. Neither hopped-up as most California IPA's or as funky as most Belgians.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks goes out to lynx1245 for sharing this with me.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear amber with gentle carbonation rising from the center. Head is loose and white; retains pretty well and leaves thick lacing.

Smell: Overripe banana, sour funk yeast components, herbal hops, and a touch of citrus (lime).

Taste: Banana, dough, spice, citrus, and herbal citric hops to complete it. Finishes with a touch of alcohol, which carries into the aftertaste. Also present in aftertaste: banana & bitter hops. Overall, tastes similar to Stone IPA with a large, sour/banana influence (like it's supposed to I suppose).

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied, smooth, lightly carbonated, a bit sticky, and all-in-all nice.

Drinkability: Tasty and fairly light like Stone IPA, but with a strong sourness that masks the hops to some extent. Nice and refreshing - hopefully I can try this one again.

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 Biggness
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an extremly clear amber with a 1 fingered white head and decent lacing. The smell is kind of muted but what I get from it is some malt tones. The taste is nice and complex, some nice malt flavors, a decent hop after taste (citrus) mixed with the belgian yeast... gives it kind of a bread/banana flavor. The mouthfeel is nice qwith a decent carbonation level and a slight dry aftertaste. A highly drinkable brew, just wish it was a little cheaper so I could drink a few, 7.50 a bomber is a little over my drink on a normal basis

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 gford217
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a small soapy head that remains active throughout with sporadic bubbles rising to the top. No lacing to speak of.

The aroma has the earthy sweetness of the Belgian yeast with some citrus hops in the form of apricot and lemon. There is also a bit of the bubblegum sweetness as well.

The hops are much more prominent in the taste with a huge bitter hop kick up front that lingers throughout the sip. There is Belgian yeast and bits of bready malt in the background, but the hops really star in the taste.

The mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a pleasant bitterness in the finish. The carbonation is decent and complements the bitterness well on the palate.

This is an interesting take on a Belgian IPA and one where the aroma belied the amount of hop bitterness in the taste. An original and tasty beer from Stone.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Beer Run, Charlottesville, VA - one of six they got in. Poured into a snifter and split four ways.

Appearance: A crystal-clear orange with a one-finger white head, slightly off-white, with medium retention that fades into a frothy foamy ring.

Aroma: Strong juicy fruit, Nugget Nectar-like, grass, mint, basil, strong sweet and lightly roasted malts. A light yeasty twang. Banana bread as it warms. Belgian spices. Floral. Sweet and syrupy as it warms further. A really nice aroma.

Taste: Dry hopping is assertive, strong bitterness, slightly bready, a little bit of a roasted edge, a little more of a banana/other fruity edge. The dry hopping on this one seems a little off - it reminds me of a great Belgian IPA in the nose, but the taste seems just a little strange, though it is interesting.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and of a medium thickness, with a medium level of carbonation - even a bit low, perhaps. Leaves a bit of a film, as well.

Drinkability: Nice, and really does add a whole new element to the Stone IPA. And everything works really well, in my opinion, with the exception of that dry hopping, which just sort of seems ... well, off. The alcohol is, like the Stone IPA, just fine, well hidden and of a reasonable level. The aroma is out of this world ... the rest is just a little bit of a letdown. Still, a great beer, and one I'm glad I got a chance to try. Maybe tweaking the regular Stone IPA recipe a little for its Belgification would yield a slightly improved taste?

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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