Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,019
Hads: 3,015
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
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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 korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.
Best before 4/06/2012

A- Crystal clear darker than straw yellow. Three finger foamy white head that drops to a soapy cap. Lacing is excellent.

S- Nice Belgian yeast, slight pepper spice with a wonderful west coast grapefruit hop aroma. Sort of saison meets ipa.There is a slight malt sweetness.

T- Very interesting. I was looking for an Belgian inspired West coast hop atomic bomb and it isn't the case. There is an excellent malt sweetness that mashes well with the yeast spiciness and the floral and citrus hops.

M- Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation, juicy finish.

O- Excellent, I wish I tried this much sooner. I've been missing out. (667 characters)

Photo of aforbes10
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Pours a nice clean orange to red with a puffy one inch head that settles down into a creamy looking film. Very bright and clean looking, quite pretty. Nose reminds me of another Belgian style IPA i've had, Kuhnhenn's Aldebaran. Fruity and yeasty nose, with definite pear and floral notes, very inviting and reminiscent of the Kuhnhenn beer (which is an exciting prospect to me). Flavor is quite nice. Kind of sweet and fruity, like a pear/apricot jolly rancher, but with a nice floral hop complement and a solid malt base thats syrupy, but not too much so. A dry bitterness on the finish that isn't altogether welcome, but a solid, tasty flavor nonetheless. I like it more as i get further along (isn't that always the case? urp!) Medium bodied, even a little cream-like feel, not think but still milkshake like in texture somehow. Drinks well...hey, i guess i really like everything about this one. Not as good as that Aldebaran, but itll do in a pinch! (993 characters)

Photo of dickroop
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a growler of this brew at Staples Corner Liquor. It's rarely available in the East (THANKS guys!)

Poured from growler to my pint tumbler, it's golden or light tan, hazy, with enough carbonation to produce a thin foam and extensive lacing. Looks good enough to drink! The smell is yeasty, fruity sweet (maybe apple), Belgian for sure, maybe a little like a danish? No hops to speak of, some phenolic overtones, perhaps a little green pepper. Attractive nose.

The taste is where the hops kick in. A combination of fruity sweetness with an immediate bitterness at the back palate and some peppery notes. There's wonderful mild sourness in the cheeks and that's where you can pick up the bready malt flavors. The finish is bitterness and some grainy malt residual flavors. Overall very complex, starting sweet and fruity and ending with pleasant bitterness. Great combination. As for mouthfeel, there's some warmth from the alcohol, a little astringency, some peppery sweet stickiness, and a little tang to it all as the bitterness kicks in for the finish. Overall, quite wonderful.

This is a fine brew, a complex combination of sweet and bitter that just sings to the mouth and the spirit of beer. Highly delicious and highly drinkable. Get it if you can, hopheads, to expand your appreciation of what uninhibited yeast can do to hoppy bitterness. (1,354 characters)

Photo of krisandajt
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another unexpected find at my local bottle shop...

Appearance: Pours a nice clear copper color with a nice inch worth of bubbly head. Nice retention, very nice lacing.

Smell: After an evening of malty marzens and stouts, I welcome the delicious bitterness of hops. Pine dominates here, with a very faint bit of citrus.

Taste: Yea buddy...pine, and lots of it. Not enough to be offensive, but just the right amount. A nice bit of sweetness to give it some balance. Very well done.

Mouthfeel: Nice full body, good carbonation, and very smooth. A dangerous combination indeed.

Drinkability: An absolutely outstanding IPA, I can put it no other way. I wish I grabbed more than just one bomber. (694 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness dating on the bottle. Clear, golden body that looks great. Two-finger white head that leaves sticky rings of lacing and a foamy cap on the top.

Excellent aroma that is very rich. Deep hop notes of both the more "bitter" pine and grapefruit spanning the distance over to the more "sweet" floral and tropical notes. I get a strong sense that the tropical notes are a result of the combination of the Belgian yeast and the west coast hops. Some additional fruity esters from the yeast complete the aroma.

Interesting flavor that seems to really work. The piney and fruity hop flavors are blended with those produced by the yeast to make one of the more unusual flavors I've had in a beer. I get some caramel malt sweetness in the finish as well.

No substantial notice of the alcohol in this one. Drinkable for sure. One of the better experimental brews I've had and it works. (922 characters)

Photo of jhtipton
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow. Poured from a bomber into my 4 oz tasting glass. Nice coppery tint with mild lacing and mild head. Pleanty of carbonation going on. Smell the magic of hops and belgian yeast. Taste is plentiful hopaliscious with the piney citrusy bonus I hoped for. Not really getting too much Belgique but who's complaining. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with nice carbonation. Drinkability is limited due to the high ABV but will definitely seek out more! (451 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a large-form bottle into a pint glass.

A - very light yellow and hazy; pratcially no head but there is a bit of lacing. Initially super-carbonated on the glass

S - grassy hops, with a toasty malt edge and a hint of Belgian style yeast. A really unique combination.

T - the fairly excpected citrus and pine hops attack is taken over by the yeast with some help from bready malts. Enduring bitterness just sticks in the back of the throat.

M - nice crisp drink with very slight oliness balanced by very sharp carbonation.

D - this is extremely drinkable; goes down very easy with just a hint of warming.

Great beer; was very happy to find it in one of the local stores. Would love to try this on tap. (716 characters)

Photo of Thee
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok. Here's the deal: if you are a Belgian fan, and you also like a good IPA, you have got to give this a try. There are a few hopped Belgians out there now, and this is a good one. Pours well, lacy head, kind of a goldenrod color. It starts like a funky Belgian on the tongue, then the IPA character comes through, and the finish is smooth. Overall, a nice balanced beer. One of my favorites because it is very drinkable, and unique. (433 characters)

Photo of deadliest
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look: Surprisingly clear, and lighter in color than I was expecting. Dusty white head with plenty of lacing.

Smell: The "Cali" shows up in the front, with the "Belgie" coming in strong farther along the line.

Taste: Excellent. All the flavor provided by the fresh citrus hoppiness stands atop the solid foundation of the Belgian yeasty goodness.

Feel: Not exceptional, but nothing off-putting about the lighter than expected feel.

Drinkability: Better drinkability than Raging Bitch, another American BIPA, it's tastes don't wear you down nearly as much. (559 characters)

Photo of Spineypanda
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Delicious, pours a golden super carbonated, with a white head that lasts for a long time due to carbonation.
Smells of Nice citrusy hops and Belgian yeasts combined, comes out nicely.
Tastes sweet with a large citrus profile. Note that the sweetness does not seem to come from too many malts.
The beer is a bit alcohol tasting after it warms but nothing too bad.

YUM (373 characters)

Photo of becktone
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes 3-29-09

Eye: This beer pours clear and orange with gold in there too. Head is a creamy 1 1/2 fingers in height and is creamy in appearance. Really nice looking, quite inviting. Lacing is composed of nice rings connected by sheets.

Nose: Real nice nose on this. Fruity tones and citrus....both mingle to give this beer an overall aroma that smells of fresh cantaloupe. Not really much more to it than that. There's a malt backbone to it that supports it. This isn't the first occasion I've drank this beer, but I can tell you now that the aroma is much weaker than I remember it being. From memory and from what I've in front of me this one really does smell nice. Some belgian yeast aroma in there, like a tripel. Getting other fruit hints as well, a bit of orange.

Tongue: Bitterness strikes the tongue first, then some sweetness from malt, then phenols from yeast. Just when you think that the flavor of this brew has worn itself out it keeps going, transferring to belgian flavors after some transitionary phenols/esters, malt becomes different, and the whole perception of the beer changes. This is probably one of the most complex beers I've drank. This thing has a lot going on in it. Hop flavor is everywhere, citrusy notes come and go, play with the malt and ester/phenols then fade to reveal new esters/phenols. When tasting this citrus hop flavor first comes into play as an agent that acts as a barrier or transitionary agent. After that first taste of citrus hops, new flavors emerge and then give way back to the citrus hop. Wow! this is one hell of a beer, complex and full, just awesome. After the first citrus its kinda like a tripel then going back to an IPA with the hops leading to the finish which ends up finishing somewhere between the two. This beer is the Prime Meridian, East meets West, figuratively speaking. It straddles both Belgian and American, just awesome.

Feel and Drinkability: This one has a medium-full body with just the right amount of carbonation. Carbonation is lower overall, but this beer is packed with so much flavor that any more carbonation would be devastating to it. There is nothing I would change about the way this beer feels. This is one that I'm definitely going to pick up again, after all this isn't the first time I've had this beer, the first time I've really studied it...yes. I'm not sure if I'd call this a Belgian IPA, its more like exactly in between and Belgain Tripel/BSPA and an American IPA. It seems to me that Belgian IPAs such as Chouffee's Belgian IPA and Piraat, are a bit different. To me this seems to be different than either of those. (2,628 characters)

Photo of BeachRez
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drinking from a bomber purchased mid-08.

The color is a very nice orange. Nice head, no lacing on the glass. Perfect presentation.

The smell has a mild citrus aroma, which is also present in it's taste. It does have a hoppy aftertaste that real adds depth.

Very good and something that I would drink often. (309 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A clear golden coloration, very lively. moderate all-white foamy cap.

The aroma is very pungent. robust-funkadelisized yeast combustion...grainy, almost meaty hop and sour/sweet wheat. Light, crispy malt but dang the hop and yeast combo is a nice smell.

Towering amounts of yeast complexity here, with as aggressive hop that is very earthy and dry. Sour, earthy flavor's from this unique yeast, jazzy and a bit of a grainy, rough mouth feel which works for me since the yeast and hops are very upfront.

Loving these American/Belgian-style brews, Big American hops and complex Belgian yeast are just a wonderful thing. (623 characters)

Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light Golden color. A nice display for a belgian IPA. Some IPAs don't match this color at all.
S- I get a bunch of spicy esters. IT follows with the aroma of ripe fruit, namely lemons. Some citrus but less than other aromas. As it sits, pine aromas come through.
T- THe taste is interingly belgian with a nice blend of IPA in it. I'm surprised the two styles are balanced so well in this glass.
O- I would consider this a perfect example of the Belgian IPA category. (469 characters)

Photo of russwbeck
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours golden with very little white head, bubbly.

S: Hoppy, but very much Belgian after the hops. Smells like a heavy Saison.

T: Hops way out front with some citrus. Funky, earthy taste follows. Dry finish. Distinctly a Belgian taste, but an IPA is in there, popping out to say hello.

MF: Light body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: I like this beer the more I drink it. Although I would tire of it after two bottles or so. (437 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light grade honey.

S - Huge bouquet of ripe banana and clove. Smells fantastic.

T - Sweet with outstanding banana and peach flavors. Floral and clove flavors and a touch of brown sugar on the back end.

M - Smooth with a medium-light body. (366 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.54/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12oz bottle pours a clear dark yellow color. Getting some banana, biscuit, malts, and hops in the aroma. Tastes fantastic with the bitterness of the hops balancing out the sweetness of the fruits. Lightly carbonated and quite drinkable. Smooth on the palate with some bite. This belgian-ipa really hit the spot for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this offering! (362 characters)

Photo of Snow81
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours yellow with a orange tint

Head: Big frosty white head

Smell: Hops with a hint of coriander

Taste: flavors of hops and coriander bounce back and forth

Weight: medium to light body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: coriander on the palate and hops in the cheeks (289 characters)

Photo of HopNuggets
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from 22oz bomber into snifter. Poured a 1" head that dissipates quickly to a head that barely covers the top of the liquid goodness. Extremely filtered, where you can make out everything on the other side of the glass with a nice burnt-orange color similar to apple juice. Small bubble rise through the glass to keep that slight head there.

S - Nose is of orange peel and Belgian yeast with some lemon zest. Maybe some slight grapefruit in there as well.

T - Taste is just as the style suggest a Belgian West Coast IPA. Strong orange flavors upfront followed by a mouth puckering bitterness but then a smooth Belgian finish with some bitterness returning during the aftertaste.

M - The mouth-feel is freakin' amazing. Great carbonation and very light. This would be a great summer IPA if it were only more accessible on the East Coast. I think you can only get it at the Stone Brewery.

D - This beer is very drinkable at 6.9% ABV I can see this one sneaking up on you if I had more than 1 bomber in the cellar. (1,025 characters)

Photo of bonk0076
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep golden color with a generous white head that leaves a sticky lacing. Aroma is of citrus - orange and strawberries, with pine notes and a hint of vanilla. Taste is marvelously balanced, with the citrus and vanilla qualities muting the hops at first, but finishing bitter after all. Extremely complex beer! (317 characters)

Photo of TaySuth
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Color is lighter than I expected, a rather light amber. One and a half finger head that recedes steadily into a nice ring of lacing.

Smell: Fantastic aroma with a great amount of hops and definitely some belgian smell. Very inviting.

Taste: Excellent. Completely unique in comparison to Stone's standard IPA. Lots of hops in excellent balance with the sweetness of the grains. Really shows some Belgian character.

Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation with a very smooth finish. Very good body.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. Its original appearance had me going in with lower expectations but then it impressed the rest of the way. This taste was right up my alley and I will be on the lookout for more Belgian IPAs in the future. (744 characters)

Photo of rogueleonardi
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pretty average, Very light in color, good carbonation, nice amount of carbonation climbing up the side of the glass. Leaves about a fingers worth of white head that quickly disappears into a foam cap.

S - Tons of hop and citrus hit you right in the nose. The sweet orange and grapefruit create a nice balance with the spicy hops. There's some good Belgian yeast in this one, with a hint of lemons as well. OH and did mention hops?

T - Definitely a Stone brew. Huge amounts of hops and citrus carry over from the scent. I was right about the good Belgian yeast, gives this beer a unique but tasty quality. There's a good balance between the cloves and hops, and the citrus.

M - Thin bodied, very drinkable, with a good amount of carbonation.

O - This was delicious. Being from Ohio I don't get a lot of different Stone brews but this definitely one of my favorite. It's not much to look at, but where it's lacking in appearance, they made up for it in taste and smell. and for $6 a bomber, you cant beat it. (1,014 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this after meeting Greg at Four Firkins. I've been begging him for years to come to MN, so im VERY glad to be able to buy this 1 min away from my home.

Very clear gold color brew. Very nice sized, pillowy white head. Very sticky. Belgian candy scent, nice light malts. The taste can be summed up as Stone's take on a belgian IPA. Delicious, candy, pretty malty. Various fruits. Very well-blended hops. Pretty full-bodied, very sharp on the tongue. Well done. (467 characters)

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.56/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Crystal-clear, golden body with very visible bubbles that rise at a steady rate. The head is huge and fluffy, souffle-like. Lacing is left in puffy lines with some big bubbles. I keep wiping away condensation to gaze into this perfect brew

S- At first, it is too funky with yeast in front and on full assault. However, as you get used to the funk, you find the full aroma to be candy sweet with fruity flavors from the hops.

T- The fruity flavors dominate, but are not afraid to take a background role while the sweet honey and flowers shine. Simply delicious IPA made complex by the yeast funk which highlights all the flavors even though it tastes a bit like chalk on it's own

M- Silky-smooth carbonation helps carry the bitter hops across the tongue. Medium/Heavy body with a syrupy drag

D- Wow. I almost forgot how much I love Stone's creativity. I had no problem drinking the entire 22oz. bottle by itself. Needs no food, shines on it's own. (953 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: July 27, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: post-Cinders dinner drink while viewing The King's Speech... APPEARANCE: beastly swirling tornado of effervescence ripples up to a snow-white two-finger head that frames a burnt-orange body--a beautiful glass to behold... AROMA: sugary, candied fragrance sits atop the classic Stone hops head bang--worth the price of admission just to soak in its aura... PALATE: soft, mildly hopped yet beguilingly medium-bodied; warming in the throat but not intrusive; a paradox that seems to bare out the uniqueness of the beer's namesake...TASTE: provocatively complex tart--grapefruit and pepper indelibly cascade with each swallow; balanced and substantial,, but in a way that invites a second bottle... OVERALL: Playing off the film, I will say this beer does not possess a stutter-inducing ABV, but the flavor, frame and aroma, this beer has a lot going for it...the over-babble on the bottle label could be severely edited, but no mistaking the beer is one I will recommend to friends, give as a gift and seek out when disposable income is more readily available... (1,128 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,019 ratings.