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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,731 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,731
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 83
Gots: 262 | FT: 2
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 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.

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 cmq103
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the Stone Mixed IPA 12 pack that included the Ruination, Delicious IPA, Arrogant Bastard and he Cali-Belgique. Great sample pack from Stone. I really enjoyed this Belgian IPA.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,731 ratings.