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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

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Ratings: 2228
Reviews: 941
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%

Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of biglobo8971


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

was excited to try and was certainly not dissapointed. Beautiful amber color, nice two inch head that cascaded all the way down the glass. Very easily drinkable, great citrus and piney flavors that carried the flavor throughout.

would highly recommend.

Serving type: nitro-bottle

07-27-2010 00:45:57 | More by biglobo8971
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice looking beer that shows off a bit of sturdy head. Golden body with a slight haze to it. Perhaps a touch of copper.
Citrus aroma with some 'green' to it, like stems or something. Orange peel and some banana mixed in as well.
Cirsp feel to it that has a bit of a biscuity finish, a bit chewy...not much though.
The citrus and biscuit dance well together and the spice does well with both. Coriander and some sweet gum. A bit of a butterscotch finish, but I think that was the tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2010 04:56:17 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of simpliciter


3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a very nice head
S - floral [greatly enhanced by food]
T - generally tart
M - coats the tongue nicely with delicate microbubbles
D - a bit too bitter to quaff

Stone's only (?) ale brewed with a different yeast (a Belgian one!) --- this is otherwise the standard IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 23:26:33 | More by simpliciter
Photo of pastradul


3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a growler that was 1 week old.

Pulled the top off and there was a nice "pop". Poured into an allagash tulip. tons of carb in the pour, the head builds quick as I pour!

The smell is belgian yeast/bread/spice... followed by that signature stone hop smell!

The taste is similar. There isn't as much carb on the mouth as there was in the pour :-(
but the flavor is good. Strong hop presence that cuts through followed by agood amount of spice and bready presence.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2010 06:12:52 | More by pastradul
Photo of armock

New York

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a growler purchased from the brewery a day prior.

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a funky nose with grapefruit hops

T - For the most part it follows the nose with a rather dry funky flavor with a touch of grapefruit

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - I'm pretty much torn on this one as I like Stone and Belgian IPAs but the taste doesn't make me love it like other Belgian IPAs don't get me wrong its a good beer but not as good as an authentic version worth a try though if you see it

Serving type: growler

04-17-2010 07:24:47 | More by armock
Photo of ne0m00re


4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2010 22:31:31 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of WOTO97


4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this cask version made with palisades hops when visiting Stone. Nice head retention and lacing off the pour top a nice pale gold. The nose had a nice hay character to complement the fresh fir notes from the hops, even some faint horse blanket notes. This version finishes really clean. My gf had the std. cali-belgique off the tap and this one had a much cleaner hop character and mouthfeel. If I had any qualms, I'd say the mouthfeel was a little thin, even for being on cask.

Serving type: cask

04-13-2010 22:27:26 | More by WOTO97
Photo of kylehayworth


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Good pour, mild amber colored, the head was great, off white.

S: It seems like a set up, the nose is misleading compared to the taste. It has a mild hop presence, with a backdrop of easy going fruits.

T: It has a good hop profile, with the same easy going fruit, banana, mango, or something. There is a mild spice to it.

M/D: Easy drinking, crisp, smooth, and subtly light.

Raise an IPA in Belgium and this is what you get, makes sense.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2010 01:34:55 | More by kylehayworth
Photo of jmhart


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this on tap at Taco Mac @Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, served in a goblet

A - Honey-amber with a creamy head. Intricate web.

S - Honey, fruits, mild hops. Hint of citrus.

T - Wonderful balance of fruity/citrus notes with mild hobby flavor. Nicely balanced. Mildly yeasty, with a honey finish.

M - Balanced acidity and not much bite. Holds up well with a meal, but could stand well alone.

D - Different than other Stone offerings, but perhaps one of their best. Smooth with a mild bite on the finish.

Overall: A unique brew, but definitely paying tribute to traditional Belgium IPAs.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2010 02:15:41 | More by jmhart
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was on tap at Hollingshead. Was amazed at the appearance, very clear, surprisingly. Fantastic lacing, a golden color. Great aroma, everything you'd expect out of this style: hops and sweet yeast.

Taste, more hops, good. Not a big Belgian fan, but this really makes it more palate-able having the customary Stone goodness to walk you along the path to something new.

Mouthfeel, very complex, you get bits of honey, grass, sweet, but hops is still at the forefront. F'n yum. Price is ouch. What'd I pay $10 for a pint/imperial pint? Worth it? You know it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2010 21:11:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice take on a Belgium IPA. Rich hoppiness with a sweet, almost honey-like, backbone to it.

Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.2%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Pale to medium amber pour with a rich creamy head, nice retention and rich lacing.

S - Soft smell hops, fruity notes. Rather subdued with a minimal funky/sour hint.

T - Compensates the shy nose with a rich presence. Nice hoppy and fruity ranges with a sweetness that lingers on honey early on. Peppery, yeasty, finish with a nice sour, and minimally funky presence.

M - Medium body with good carbonation that softens towards the end but is picked by the hoppy bite with some nice dryness.

D - Very nice offering from Stone.

Notes: Nice approach to a Belgium IPA, almost close to setting a trend to what some standard interpretations of this style may turn to in the States. For instance this one feels very close to the Raging Bitch from Flying Dog, which is another great offering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-26-2010 02:47:44 | More by Daniellobo
Photo of champ103


3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky rings of lace are left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops up front. A light spice and lots of yeast in the finish.
T: Floral and grassy again. A little more bitterness than I detected in the nose. Peppery spice and yeast.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry all at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away pretty easy.

This is very enjoyable. Simple, and not over the top. Something that I would recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 17:18:32 | More by champ103
Photo of blackie


4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: served in a flared snifter, a full layer of white carbonation caps the honey golden colored beer, depositing white lace on the sides of the glass

s: pale malt body, sweet tropical fruits, white pepper and yeasty phenols, balanced citrus hop aroma, quite nice

m: carbonation light-medium, medium body, smooth

t: much like the aroma, sweet tropical fruits on a pale malt body, clean pepper and phenols add an interesting note, great citrus hop flavor creeps into the finish, imparting a moderate bitterness that grows in strength

d: drinks very well

sampled at Rustico, Alexandria, VA

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2010 04:52:19 | More by blackie
Photo of hustlesworth


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber orangish, nice creamy off white head, excellent lacing.

S- bitter orange and grapefruit with some pale malt in the back.

T- big citrus taste with some pine. Good strong hoppy bitterness throughout. Hints of pineapple and passion fruit with some grassy and herbal notes. Finishes vinous and hoppy.

MF- resinous and sticky with aggressive carbonation. Not as soft and luxurious than great traditional Belgian ales but rather sharp due tothe load of hops. Some powdery yeast feel.

D- interesting and pleasant for a hop head. I expected more Belgian influence. It's so hoppy that I might not have noticed the Belgian yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 03:06:41 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of dudecandle

New York

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped at The Pony, NYC:

A: Cloudy dark yellow body with firm white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Strong fruity, oily hop smell, complemented with the Belgian yeast

T: Hops are over the top and amazing, floral mainly, a bit citric, yeast is nice and spicy, malt is a great complement, as the beer gets something of a toasted bread aspect

M: Big up front, but the carbonation is a little light on the back end

D: Hops are huge but I felt I could probably finish quite a bit more. Given the Belgian style, the yeast gives it a great spice, and the malt is still bold. Great stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2010 06:54:25 | More by dudecandle
Photo of morebeergood


3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lord Hobo. Served in a bulbous Belgian style glass. Orange colored body, and a beautiful bright shine. Nice white head and good carbonation. Smell was hoppy, but not overpowering. Taste was a palate opener, for sure. Really nice hop profile, but there was a hint of Belgian sugar sweetness right after you swallow that gave this beer a nice finish. Good balance overall. I usually do not order many IPAs when I am out. But the last two Belgian IPAs I have had really changed my mind about this new hybrid style. I like the Belgian twist on the IPA and I feel that it makes this style much more drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 15:35:28 | More by morebeergood
Photo of jampics2


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Engine.

A orange beer with a nice head in my goblet. Looks great!

Smell is citrus, baked bread, malts, Belgian yeast.

Taste is initially sweet. Oranges and bready malts then fade into a nice bitterness and yeasty finish. This is a great fusion of the Stone IPA and a decent Belgian golden.

Mouthfeel is good. Nice carb and a really good body.

Drinkability is good. I enjoyed this as always!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 15:40:25 | More by jampics2
Photo of n0rc41


3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer in a pint on tap at the ale house redding, ca.

A= was really good nice, dark amber color. Great lacing and good one inch head. great appearance.
S=had almost a meat smell to it, bacon hint. Some good tones.
T=the taste wast alright but to me it had a bacon flavor to it. Alright Ipa flavor and hops.. but the Belgian aspect had a little bacon flavor I thought.
M=Was alright not too bad, good palate taste and nothing too strong.
D=I couldnt give the drinkability more scores being the IPA and Belgian aspects didnt flow on my palate due to the bacon flavor.

Overall a good beer. But the two crossing style flavors didnt mesh in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2010 08:23:52 | More by n0rc41
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold with a nice head and good retention. Nice lacing, too.

I'm getting cloves and candy sugar in the nose. Very sweet smelling, overall.

Hops jump right in up front. Quite a mouthful of them. Sweetness creeps into the mouth partway through witha nice green, piney finish. Dry cherries in there as well.

Thick, malty, bready body.

Excellent sipper, but one was enough.

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2009 20:49:18 | More by beer2day
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one on tap at Barleys last night. Figured I would start off the night with it.

The pour was decent with a golden amber color, nice clarity to it and active carbonation leading to a nice white cap that fizzled out quickly and left little in the way of side glass lacing. Aroma was intresting. First aroma is that of light citrus hops, touches of lemon and orange coming through but warming brings out hints of pear, clove and a touch of almost a grainy touch. Really blends very well and creates a nice and very bright aroma. First sip was not as complex as I would have hoped. Light biting on the tongue, nice touches of grapeskin, hints of lemon and light grassy notes. Clean, very clean with little aftertaste other then a slight tartness on the tongue and a light floral note. Smooth, easy to drink and quick to be finished.

Overall while not being the most complex thing in the world, it worked, and worked well. I would have no issue putting another one down.

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2009 14:57:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of risenc

District of Columbia

4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this on tap at the Big Hunt on Connecticut Avenue, in Washington, D.C. It was my first time trying it. Poured a nice rich amber color -- at least in the light of the bar -- and had a balanced mouthfeel. I found the taste exceptional -- a perfect balance between hops and Belgian backbone. Sweet and tart, like a good apple. Warming enough to drink in the DC winters, but crisp enough that I could imagine quaffing it in August, too. A real winner in my book.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2009 14:44:25 | More by risenc
Photo of ShogoKawada

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very tasty beer. From notes:

A hazy, pineapple-juice looking tulip with no head. Smell is of belgian yeast and signifigant pine resin hops.

Taste follows the nose, but is not overly hopped. It is aggressive, but it works well with the yeast to provide one hell of a belgian IPA. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected, but is not chewy or too heavy... signifigant carbonation helps keep the flavors together and moving pretty well.

Drinkability is high... I am glad I got this one, and while I don't see it in bottles around here I was glad to get to have it on tap. I'll get it again for sure. Prob. one of my favorite Stone beers.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2009 12:39:09 | More by ShogoKawada
Photo of TheJollyHop


4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this lovely, refreshing beer poured at Stone Brewery during the IRS vertical tasting.

Appearance was a golden amber/copper with little to no head. Several scattered streams of bubbles propagated from the bottom of the glass.

At first smell, scents of fresh cut grass and flowers burst through, and are accompanied by some spice.

Tasted of spices (possibly cloves?), and citrus that is followed by a modest hop kick. As bitterness fades, it is replaced by a sweet malt aftertaste that co-mingles with some sour/yeasty notes.

Body is more on the low end of medium carbonation, but is mouth-coating nonetheless. Perfect for the style. Not too carbonated that it impairs drinkability, however not too light that it fails to represent the style of a Belgian ale.

Very drinkable; pleasant, crisp and refreshing

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2009 22:23:31 | More by TheJollyHop
Photo of pershan


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, honey-amber with a thin, white rocky head into a chalice. The aroma was the unmistakable Belgian yeast profile - banana/clove, with a slight swee/sour apple component as well. The flavor was a bit tart, with more of the banana/clove, and a pretty big hop bite at the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, with low carbonation and nice lacing all the way down the goblet. A very drinkable Belgian - a bit low on the ABV scale, but a very nicely balanced and clean beer.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2009 15:13:26 | More by pershan
Photo of natelocc787


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold beer at such a low abv. Very powerful and chocked full of flavor. Very piney and bitter with malt showing up in the beginning and fading towards the finish. This one is drinkable and tasty although it didn't have the Belgian mouthfeel I'm used to. Still a great ride.

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 21:52:59 | More by natelocc787
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.