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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,036
Hads: 3,100
Avg: 4
pDev: 19.5%
Wants: 102
Gots: 497 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 1,036 | Hads: 3,100
Photo of hoser
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dry peppery and can't believe this is 6.9 for an Abv. A lovely example that I would be happy to belly up to again and again. Just so I can pad the would count from one of my favourite chalices for tastings the Schiltz American Abbey series. Nice residual sweetness balanced against aggressive dry hopping all making for a nice brew.

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Photo of DarkStarCrashes
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great one.

Pours surprisingly clear considering the hops and the yeast retention.

The smell is great, good blend of powerful hops and fruity, zesty Belgian yeast.

Taste is awesome. The hops dance playfully with the tart and strong Belgian character.

Mouthfeel is really good, not too thin like some other Belgian IPAs I've had.

This is an awesome beer. It's interesting how much flavor comes from the yeast alone.

I am very Grateful for this brew. Best enjoyed with a fine "Black Throated Wind" from a good year, maybe '74.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Stone Cali-Belgique poured light gold with a thick creamy head. Thick sticky rings stuck to the glass. The color was too light for an IPA, but otherwise it looked great.

The smell and taste were terrific. There was a strong citric hop presence with a little bit of sweetness and a perfect amount of bitterness in the finish.

Stone Cali-Belgique was absolutely the perfect beer to drink, on the deck, after a long, hot summer day.

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Photo of flexabull
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light and clear gold color with a decent white head.

Aromas are of sweet malts, hard candies, some fresh floral hops, and some mixed spices. The nose is pretty complex and nice on this one.

Flavors of creamy and with light malty sweetness up front. Settles into hard candies, dry minerals, and a general crisp and dry hop bitterness. Finish has some funky yeast spices and a strong herbal hop bite. While this beer has a lot of hoppiness, it is still quite balanced with the upfront malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is great, very full, and nicely carbonated.

Drinkability is high. Another excellent Stone offering. Very complex without being to heavy or overly strong. I enjoyed this one quite a bit, and I wish I had bought more than one at the brewery.

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Photo of rpardon7
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a wonderful rocky off white head and had a beautiful copper amber color. Smell was grassy and herbal hops with a funky earthy fruity belgian yeast. Taste is very unique, definatey not your typical stone IPA but there is an amazing balance of hops with the belgian yeast. Very different and unique beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety very much like a belgian saison. This is a very nice and smooth beer very drinkable.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into my Chimay chalice. It pours a hazy orange. I poured it too soft so it didn't have much head, but what head it did have was bright white.

S-Grapefruit, citrus notes such as lemon and orange, candy sugar, and a hint of alcohol. It smells both tart and sweet making it very complex.

T-Much like the nose as it starts out with grapefruit and citrus notes and then some sugary sweetness. It ends with some hoppy dryness. It amazes me how it tastes both like an ipa and a Belgian tripel. It is complex and delicious.

M-Thick and a little syrupy with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-This is very drinkable. I am enjoying every sip and will finish this bomber with tremendous ease.

Overall, I love this beer it is complex and delicious as I previously noted. I have had a Belgian ipa once before and it was very tart and dry which made it difficult to drink, but this beer is smooth and delicious.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, pale, just barely off-white, initially three finger thick head. The beer is absolutely, brilliantly clear and is a red-tinged, deep copper color that shows a bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly a mix of hops and yeast character; as I pour this brew aromas of spicy clove and fruity hops intermingle. Interesting, yeast derived fruity esters mix with the hops and it can be hard to figure out where one starts and the other ends. Aromas reminiscent of lychee, tropical fruit, peach, tart grapes are each noticeable but seem to fade pretty quickly once my nose gets used to them. The finish has a dusting of biscuit like malt, some crushed cracker aromatics and a lingering, sweet-tart tropical fruit note.

This is served lightly chilled (approximately 58°F / 14.5°C). There is a nice, biting bitterness that becomes more the dominant note as this moves to the lingering finish. Tropical fruit flavors play a big role in the flavor with a mix of lychee, kumquat, pineapple, peach and mango flavors. Yeast derived spiciness that really leans towards clove pairs with the hop bitterness in the finish and really tends to linger on the palate after each sip. A soft, toasty, biscuit-like malt character contributes to the finish as well and serves as a very light foil to the much more dominant hop character. This is nice and light bodied, which is perfect for a dangerously quaffable IPA; there is just enough malt to accentuate the fruit character with a light sweetness and to contribute a touch of body that keeps this from being anywhere near water.

The yeast character really seems to accentuate the fruitiness that is in the hop character. The standard IPA never had such a vibrant fruitiness to it. This in its freshness reminds me a lot of the IPA from stone that I had years ago. I just can't seem to find a fresh bottle of it that lives up to my early memories of drinking this on tap, this particular beer does have that fresh hoppiness that I miss in the Stone IPA though. This is quite enjoyable and sadly makes me think I need to down grade my rating for Stone IPA as I just can't seem to get that juicy, vibrant hop character in it anymore. I am clearly a sucker for this beer; this really hits the spot and I like how the secondary, but clearly noticeable, Belgian Yeast character interacts with the hop component here.

Purchase: 22oz Bottle from South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

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Photo of BeerDawgs
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz pore into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass

A - A golden, pilsnerish clear color. Same appearance as the Stone IPA. 1 finger of head and some sticky lace left all over the glass

S - A nice hoppy aroma, but with an obvious belgian strain. Nice mix!

T - Bitter and citrus hops up front, and then that familiar candy sugar belgian yeast strain taste kicks in.

M - Medium bodied, well balanced, crisp finish

O - An awesome collaboration style! The west coast IPA fermented with a belgian yeast strain. Genius!

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Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber.

Very clear, brassy yellow straw, with a thick, creamy, lacy, beige-white head. Good retention. Inviting nose initially reminds me of a pungent hoppy German pilsner, with funky sea-air hops and noble accents. Further sniffing reveals a definite Belgian yeastiness which blends nicely with powdered sugar and tropical fruit notes. Piny, resinous hops around the edges.

Numbing, herbal hoppiness up front. Some pine in there as well. Nice wallop of sticky tropical fruit sweetness follows, with a distinct pineapple and cocktail juice ring to it. Sweetness is tempered by the constant hop bitterness, but also by a funky, hay-like, saison-ish twang (thanks to the yeast?). I like it. Dry finish with lingering bitterness and wee notes of aspirin and pine resin. Some fruity malt hangs in there too. Medium-full body with a nice creamy feel. I really like this one.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! Been looking for this one for a while and I finally found some up in Ky so I grabbed a bottle...

Poured into my brand new Goose Island stemmed goblet.. The one with the silver Goose on it.. Yep, badass....

Cloudy murky dull golden pour with a smallish head... Almost looks like a Saison with the cloudiness...

The hops are quite pungent coming off out of the glass and bring hints of citrus and earth... I can definitely detect the yeast in the aromas as well and lend a spiciness that really seems to work... I like what I'm getting so far... I may even detect a little funkiness here...

A big burst of citrus and piney hops blended with a good smooth malt base quickly turns into a spicy yeasty Belgian on the finish and afterwards... Very unusual and quite tasty... I get all the bitterness of the Stone IPA and the finish of a nice Abbey ale... This is damn good... There won't be any trouble dusting this bottle off for sure...

Nicely done from the folks at Stone... They did a hell of a job blending the two styles where neither one seems to dominate...

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Looks very similar to the Stone IPA, for reasons explained on the bottle. Maybe a tad darker, but a hazy golden color, with a generous, bubbly white head. Good retention and nice lace stick.

Smell: Very strong Belgian yeast aroma, along with a pleasant sweetness. This is the first time I have smelled bubble gum in the aroma, and I like it. Grapefruit and orange are also present in the nose.

Taste: I like this even better than the regular IPA. The blend of the Belgian yeast and Cali hop blend is so smooth, it tones down a bit of the overly bitter taste (barely) of the regular IPA. Fruit and spice up front, with a bubble gum biscuity flavor pressing through. Hops are more suppressed, but nice citrus flavors come out toward the end. Very mild pine notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with medium carbonation wrapped in a medium body. Slight pine oil residue.

Drinkability: The balance of flavors here really does it for me. Not a complete bitter bomb, but a well crafted, creative IPA. Count me as a fan.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bold copper tinged gold, nice white head and lazy carbonation...

Lots of grapefruit in the nose, some strawberry as well

A hits the mouth with, bit of pine, some good sweetness, not cloying, grapefruit matches the nose, a hint of grape concentrate and lemon

Medium/full bodied with a syrupy texture

I love it. Notice it has some flavors apparent which I also enjoy in Avery's hog heaven barleywine. Well done Stone, well done

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Photo of Thothamon
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Belgian IPA? I say yes!

For the price, this is one of my go to beers at nearly any supermarket that lacks anything interesting or new for me to try.

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Photo of bashiba
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a big and bright copper/orange with a light white creamy head that quickly left a light foam ring.

The smell is a nice mix of big spicy belgian yeast and citrusy west coast hops, very lemony yet slightly medicinal.

The flavor is very intense with a big blast of fresh green hops along with spicy belgian yeast coming at your tongue in one big blast, it quickly settles down to a nice long yeasty yet bitter finish. Has a nice big sweetness lingering throughout as well.

The mouthfeel is nice and full with a big resiny finish.

This is great, great marriage of two styles that seem like they would clash, yet they compliment each other very well.

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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an amber to golden color with a quater inch white head on top. The head laces nicely along the glass. A splash of spicy sweetness with a yeasty bread frgrances. The bready yeastiness hits the palate at the front, blending to a mild grapefruit bitterness, with a touch of grassiness at the end. a light feel at the front, it crisply dances across the palate, leaving a mild dryness on the back of the palate. This maybe one of the most well balanced belgian IPA. It is not overly hoppy, though bringing some hop strength with it, along with a strong yeasty twang. This is a very strong beer from a very unique style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GABF Weekend '08:

One of my favorite emerging styles. The beer has a lot of Chimay Tripel character, but sweeter, with a more caramel, cotton candy-like confection. A bit darker (copper-golden) than most tripels, but this one also gives a light toasty-toffee note that balances the fruity esters and spicy phenols well. The strong hop flavors compliment the peppery, clovey, yeasty spices very well with a sharp citrus, chai-tea herbalness that never wavers from the other complex 'Tripel-like' notes. Evaporative feel to the mouth from the dry hops, minty alcohols, and efforvescent carbonation. The beer just lifts off of the toung and dries out in the finish for superb drinking enjoyment Finishes spicy, citrusy, and with a mild phenolic-soapy note that I pick out in most all hoppy Belgians. Not quite a Houblon Chouffe, but very close in quality.

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Photo of GJ40
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled in a pint glass from a 22oz bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits in Attleboro, MA.

A - Golden and clear with an off white head and good lacing.

S - A nice combination of Belgian spice and floral hops. Not overpowering but rich and satisfying.

T - Oily hops flavors slightly edge out a spicy crispiness for control. A well balanced collection of flavors that few can bring together in such a balanced and effective way. Well done Stone!

M - A thick and almost oily consistency with a low to moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Very intriguing and enjoyable. I'll definitely look for this one again.

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Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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!

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Photo of dickroop
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of krisandajt
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of jhtipton
4.52/5  rDev +13%
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!

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Photo of DoktorZee
4.52/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Thee
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.