Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,019
Hads: 3,017
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
Wants: 94
Gots: 440 | 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: 1,019 | Hads: 3,017
Photo of OCSA_1978
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours nicely into a tulip glass with some traces of lace. Color is like bright piny finished furniture. Aroma is quite appealing. Taste is uniquely Beguim, fruity and malty. Its a smooth feel with pleasant aftertaste. Overall, this brew is one to enjoy. Cheers! (261 characters)

Photo of SensorySupernova
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had it about 70 days from the best-by date

Appearance: Beautiful golden-amber with a wavy, long-lasting head that settled into a sea of lace.

Smell: Piney hops and Belgian yeast.

Taste: The nose made me brace for massive bitterness, but that never came. Lots of Belgian yeast with moderate bitterness up front, into a bready malt backbone, and finishing with a long-lasting dry, bitter hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick with low carbonation, giving it a slick feel.

Overall: This was different than what I was expecting. Stone decided not to go overboard with the hops? Either way, all of the components went together well to create flavorful IPA. (662 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very attractive hazy gold color with a moderate head that dissipates rather quickly. Tiny bit of sediment floating around. Smells fruity and hoppy, the yeast adds a pleasant note. Taste is impressive, a very flavorful mix of sweet fruit, citrus, and rather bold hoppyness. It is also slightly grassy, and the sweet aspect falls off in the finish to leave a satisfying bite. Medium body, active carbonation. A very pleasant, enjoyable spin on an IPA. I'll probably pick up another bottle in the near future. (514 characters)

Photo of 2beersaday-stronglikebull
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Stone IPA + Belgian yeast = Awesomeness. Moderately hazy, golden with foamy white head. Nice lacing that stays put. Bready aromas, slight fruitiness. A nice mellow hopiness flavor with that subtle hint of banana bread from the yeast. Pulls together nicely. Lightly carbonated with subtle stickiness that works. (311 characters)

Photo of Tbone2131
3.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I know this beer is rated well but it's not for me. I need more of the classic american ipa flavors. Too much "European" influence for my taste. Sorry Stone, but this is the first one of your beers that I will not be trying again. (230 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.26/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at Stone World Bistro in Escondido, CA. Served in a stemmed glass 12/14/14.

A- Clear yellow body, two finger white head with long retention time, very nice lacing and longevity. Nice film. Looks like a clear, filtered version of Stone IPA.

S- Unlike Stone IPA though, this is dominated by the Belgian yeast. Esters, minerals, cloves, caramel. Smells very weird and not what I would expect from any kind of IPA.

F- This doesn't work for me. Bitter pine mixed in with banana and cloves from the yeast. Dry, caramel pale malt sweetness. I don't know, it could certainly work for some people but it isn't something that I find to be an effective combination.

M- Medium bodied, similar to Stone IPA, nice crisp mouthfeel that is both dry and refreshing. Finish is that odd mineral-forward Belgian flavour mixed in with pine bitterness.

O- The Belgian yeast just doesn't work for me here. Much rather have the regular Stone IPA than the Belgian counterpart. It's still cool to see as the effects of the particular yeast you use in a beer, because the rest of the beer is identical to Stone IPA. The yeast can really change things up, and in a way it's a cool accident that Stone accidentally pitched in Belgian yeast into a batch of Stone IPA and are now making this year-round.

Final score: 3.23 (1,303 characters)

Photo of silverevo9
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasty Brew! Love the flavors of this IPA. Head is so thick i could stand on it. It does not give up either. Remains strong and sticky for the duration of the beer. Waiting time on the head is long, but a good thing. I love observing the beer as long as i can. Carbonation is healthy. Nice sweet taste on a flat tongue. Brings out a lot of flavor. Pleasant sweet malts with a tinge of bitterness. The hops bring up the back and remain with the nose. Smells of banana, and bubble gum.Typical belgian yeast smell. Love how clean tasting this is. Really easy to drink.Aromas from the beer keep you focused and interested. Watching the beer descend in the glass is a show. Presentation is outstanding. I will continue to enjoy this for the winter. Definitely recommend.Cheers! (771 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber with two finger of foamy white head.

Smell - citrus and spicy hops, belgian yeast, clove, bready caramel malts, citrus, grapefruit peel.

Taste - Citrus and spicy hops followed by the belgian yeast, clove, pungent grapefruit peel, and bready caramel malts.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes with the belgian yeast and a pungent bitterness from the grapefruit peel.

Overall - A well crafted Belgian IPA. The belgian yeast works well to complement the bitterness from grapefruit peel. (545 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Pours out copper color with a brilliant white head. IPA hop aroma. Mild
spice (or is that the wife's pumpkin bread!) Very complex taste. Where to start? Lemon. Sweet chocolate. Melon. Spice. Bitter mouth. Thick on the tongue. Belgium meets India. Bravo Stone! (260 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Stone brew new to Alberta number two, bomber poured into a tulip. Nice looking brew, light bronze amber with a fluffy, resilient off-white head rather like meringue. Leaves nice concentric rings of lace around the glass. Aroma of fresh grapefruit, burlap sack, cloves, a little orange as well, light caramel. Ample rustic Belgian yeast and sturdy citrus and pepper hops. Palate is quite wonderful, one of the better compromises between yeast and hops I've observed in this rather murkily defined style. Impressive resinous green bitterness coupled with grapefruit, lower key orange and pineapple, green banana, medicinal phenols to a surprising degree. Moderate body with some heft and similarly robust carbonation. Finishes intensely bitter and dry, decent pucker power that recalls more citrus rind (lemon with no juice to sweeten things), floral tobacco, herbal tincture and flinty minerals. I am enjoying this brew's bucolic intensity and unapologetic spicy edge. Smooth mouth feel despite these traits. Stone may be old news down south but this ought to make waves up here. (1,078 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber-yellow pretty clear color with an average head and minimal lacing. Aroma hits hard at first and then mellows a bit. Aroma is first of pine resin and grapefruit and then mellows out some. Taste is hoppy with a nice bitterness, some citrus rind and just a touch of sweetness to balance it. Leaves a hoppy-citrus peel aftertaste which is pleasant (358 characters)

Photo of T100Mark
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%

A 22 ounce bomber poured into a shaker pint glass.

Appearance - Bright yellow color. Hazy. Fine, minimal head. Good stickage.

Smell - Lemony scent with a mild whiff of Belgium sour. A beer with a big nose!

Taste - Citrus rinds. Crisp hops. Herbs. Mild Belgium sour note.

Mouth - Tangy. Fizzy. The mouth, like everything else about this beer, is prominent.

Overall - The beer is 2/3 California IPA and 1/3 Belgian sour. The result is one fine ale! Stone is to be commended for combining these diverse elements into one bottle. (533 characters)

Photo of M_King
4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

In my opinion, this is a near perfect beer that pairs with all kinds of food and drinks well on its own.

The name says it all: Belgian-style IPA. Stone does so many beers so well, especially West Coast IPAs. Match that with Belgian yeast and you've got a whole new take on it.

One of my favorite beers of all-time that also happens to be readily available, and relatively affordable. Can't beat that. (404 characters)

Photo of Thothamon
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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. (150 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from bomber into a chalice glass

Appearance – The beer pours a slightly hazy golden color with almost no head, but just a faint bit of white foam sitting atop the brew. The foam islands fade rather fast leaving no lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is heaviest of a nice biscuit malt smell mixed with a good deal of candied sugar and some yeast. Along with these very aromas were some great notes of tangerine and orange as well as spice smells of clove, coriander, and nutmeg. Rounding out the aroma nicely are some hop smells of a grapefruit, floral , and grassy nature, which meld very nicely with the sweeter and biscuit malt aromas to create one fantastic smell overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a blend of a cracker and biscuit flavor mixed with a bit of tangerine sweetness. A hop flavor of grapefruit and a floral nature are present upfront as well, with the floral maintaining strength to the end, all while the grapefruit gets stronger and stronger. Some candied sugar and yeast come to the tongue soon after the initial tastes, with the yeast bringing with it some notes of a clove and coriander spice flavor. Along with these flavors some decently grassy and herbal hop flavors later come to the tongue, and with the increase in the grapefruit hop give the brew a big bitter boost. While the bitterness is increased, it never becomes overwhelming, instead, it mixes nicely with the sweeter and malty Belgian flavors to leave a rather nice more balanced Belgian IPA flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner and crisper side with a carbonation level that average. The thinner body made for an easy drinking brew, all while the average carbonation was OK for both the IPA and Belgian characteristics of the brew. I would have liked a bit more carbonation to accentuate the Belgian characteristics slightly more, but overall it was an alright feel.

Overall – A quiet drinkable brew, which was very balanced. A very nice Belgian IPA that had a great flavor profile and amazing nose. Quite tasty. (2,099 characters)

Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More Belgian than IPA, most of the facets of this brew lean towards Belgium. Starts with a funky, yeasty aroma, lightly hazy golden body and small, thin silky head. Taste brings on the yeast again, but the Stone hops come in to bite at the end. Finish reminds me of some French cheese. Interesting! (298 characters)

Photo of Rootscipio
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden slightly cloudy with quick dissipating head.
typical west coast ipa smell of citrus and hops but also has just a hint of the belgian yeast maybe even a hint of cloves.
Taste is definitely just like the label says. It tastes just like a regular stone Ipa but with a distinctive belgian flavor.
First comes the fruity california ipa flavors, then a lingering spicy belgian flare.
Over all its not a bad beer I would be interested in tasting this when it is extremely fresh. I also think it tastes better at a slightly warmer temperature like a belgian instead of a ipa temperature. (589 characters)

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A friend brought this back from Florida and had it home for quite a time. Enjoy by 5/16/14 so about a month past.

A - Nice hazy golden pour. Two finger pillowy white head. Good carbonation. Wicked lace rings and a finger of retention. Good looking stuff.

S - Bubblegum, fruit, lot's of hops, grass. Belgian yeast is obviously there with pale malt base and a hop note that clearly has faded but is still there.

T - Strong Belgian yeast, grass, honey, pale malt, some spice.. Quite delicious actually.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, yeasty finish with bubblegum and spice.

O/D - Quite complex and drinkable. I imagine this would be much better fresh, but it's still quite tasty and has a nice mix of the Belgian influence and IPA character. This is one I've been waiting to try for a while and it was the wait. Well done. (831 characters)

Photo of ferociouswalrus
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will forever be remembered as the beer I was drinking when the winning USA goal went in against Ghana, so forgive me if I was a bit distracted from how it tasted. Slightly hoppy, but not too much. Some floral notes as well. Some IPAs will beat you over the head, but not this one. Another great Stone offering. (315 characters)

Photo of seedyone
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

08/22/12 On tap. Part of flight of Stone's stuff, this is the lighter entry at a mere 6.9%. Much lighter mouth feel than the others. I swear as it passed under my nose I caught a hint of Bologna/Bratwurst...I know...I know, but that's what I got.

Research leans toward Belgian yeast & saisson styling and who am I to argue? (325 characters)

Photo of gonzo000
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. A bit lighter than I expected, a yellow color. Can see through. On the first pour there was a 1 finger head, but agitating the yeast and giving it a second pour out of a bomber yields a 2 finger head. Thin lacing.

s. Citrus and hops.

t. Here is where the yeast agitation really shows through. The first glass I had was very good at best. If I had to do it all over again, I would have filled the glass half way, swirled the remaining beer in the bottle, and poured the rest of the glass. Agitate the yeast with each pour. I would call this a mix between a white and an IPA, with the IPA coming to the party late.

m. So smooth - so Stone.

o. Outstanding once the Yeast comes to the party. More white than IPA, but a great combo! (735 characters)

Photo of avwrite
2.84/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Nice appearance. A beautiful dark amber color. Very clear.

S - Hoppy. A little too hoppy for me. It comes down to personal preference, but I was slightly off put by how strong it was.

T - As with the smell, the hops taste was strong. At first it sucks you in, you're thinking it's not too prevalent, but then it kicks it up. If you're a strong IPA drinker, it's for you.

M - Comes out bitter in the end. Too bitter. Again, it's not my cup of tea.

O - It comes down to personal preference. Not a beer I'd try again, but I can see it's charms with other drinkers. (569 characters)

Photo of 0beerguy0
3.21/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Poured an almost perfectly clear orange-gold color, decent head about two fingers worth when first poured, stayed at about a fingers worth throughout drinking it.

Aroma: Very hoppy smelling, and I could pick up on a slight fruitiness but it was very hard to pick out over the hops. Smelled a little stronger than other IPAs I have had.

Taste: Citrus with some very light bready flavors. A bit of a pine aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Very high carbonation, but I guess that comes with this style of beer.

Drinkability: Not my favorite beer from stone, but still a great beer (583 characters)

Photo of Sam-VW
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into Nordic Pint Glass
Enjoy by 06/12/14

A - Amber coloured with fast rising bubbles. Small white head that clings to the sides with very sticky lacing and fades very slowly.

S - Peach/Apricot, Citrus with a hint of pine

T - Sweet citrus, peach and raisin leaving a bitter but still sweet pine aftertaste

M - Very smooth but still a good amount of Carbonation.

All in all one of my favorite offerings from Stone so far. (438 characters)

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