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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

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Ratings: 2228
Reviews: 941
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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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steelerguy

New York

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

A - Gold, low carbonation, 1 finger head that fades to a covering and leaves some lacing. (Growler from my Whole Foods which is notorious about low carbonation)

S - Pineapple, sweet fruit, a little spice with a touch of Belgian funk.

T - Hops take the front seat, although not overpowering the malt just provides a nice backdrop for them to shine. The hops are a nice balance of citrus and floral, which gives it an almost succulent fruit like flavor...like lychee. Sweet malt in the back to balance it all out.

M - Fermented dry, could use a bit more carbonation, but I am certain this is because of my growler distributor and not Stone.

O - This is an interesting and very solid beer. If you like IPAs and you like Belgian beers like I do, it is a no brainer.

Serving type: growler

10-29-2011 23:20:53 | More by steelerguy
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Kendo

New York

4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is clear, light-honey in color with a small white head.

S: Citrusy - grapefruit & lemon - and piney hops over biscuity malt. Touch of earthy yeast too.

T: Similar to the nose: grapefruit, light caramel malt, some spice. Finishes with a dry lemony bitterness. Alcohol heat felt in belly.

M: Good creamy feel to it. Heft is medium.

O: Very good.

Serving type: growler

06-11-2011 00:25:52 | More by Kendo
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socon67

New York

3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark orange. Can see some activity in the glass. A lively beer.

S - Smells like a typical belgian ale with notes of yeast, sweet bread, and citrus.

T - Tastes like a decent belgian ale, but nothing that makes it stand out.

M - A crisp ale, finishes with a little burn.

O - This one isn't a bad beer at all. But with other great choices from Stone I'd go for other belgian ales first.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 21:26:25 | More by socon67
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ehammond1


3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler

Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

A hazy, golden orange with amber edges and a moderate white head that sticks around. Leaves rings of lace down the glass with every big sip. This beer could be on a magazine cover!

Sweet and tangy hop note with a ever-present punch from the Belgian yeast, although it smells a bit vinegary here for some reason. I think the strong yeast character covers up a lot of the special hop character I love about Stone IPA. Certainly an interesting marriage, but the hop aromas do get lost; and the hop aromas are one of the best things about drinking a world-class San Diego (or in this case, "Cali") IPA.

An interesting blend of California hop juice married with old-world Belgian yeast. The hops here are sweet mixed with a familiar tang and spicy peppery note from the Belgian yeast. I miss the more pungent and bitter hop presence I'm familiar with from Stone IPAs, while at the same time missing the well-crafted sweet balance found in my favorite Belgian IPAs. This one seems a bit off in both directions.

A bit thick and heavy in the mouth for my tastes, but nothing to really complain about.

A fun and relatively successful experiment, but this beer does too many things simply well, as opposed to doing anything perfectly. Good, but not great.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2011 02:56:17 | More by ehammond1
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dickroop

Maryland

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.

Serving type: growler

10-09-2010 22:23:09 | More by dickroop
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tang3nt

California

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend showed up with a fresh Growler from stone. Poured a yellow amber color with white head. I hadn't had this beer in a while, but the smell took me right back. Strong earthy and floral hop aromas. Taste the same with a bit of spiciness and a good dose of fruit/citrus. Good mouthfeel any very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden in this. I enjoy this one over raging bitch anyday. Ill usually buy this whenever I can. Good shit.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2010 17:57:16 | More by tang3nt
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pastradul

California

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
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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
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 1L growler a couple of days after it was filled. Poured into tulip with great two finger head. Deep gold in color, good retention and lacing. At first the citrusy west-coast hops hit me but then I noticed a yeasty, hefe-like nose. Spice, banana and some sweet fruit all present. A definite bready and yeasty taste along with a pleastant bitter hopiness. A little more of a bitter hop kick than a citric hop kick. Some sweetness, some malt, and some grain as well. A very unique blend of flavors. Good, medium mouthfeel with slightly oil, chewy aftertaste. Overall a great beer and unique for stone. Tastes a bit like the 8-8-8 epic I thought, but thats not a bad thing at all.

Serving type: growler

10-07-2009 03:47:34 | More by bunnyhustle
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

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

Grabbed a growler while at the fantastic brewery/restaurant.

Appearance - A nice copper color. A solid foamy head and very nice lacing. Looks good.

Smell - Some nice sharp hops. A little more to the pine side of things. Also some lemon, hint of yeast.

Taste - Real bitter pine hops. There's also a hint of fruit, maybe apricot. A solid biscuit malt background keeps it balanced.

Mouthfeel - Not oily or thick, with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down smooth and easy.

This is a very nice beer. Nothing to light your world on fire, but a pleasant, slightly more balanced drinker from Stone. Good times.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2009 04:27:41 | More by callmescraps
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a growler bought at the brewery and poured into a pils glass.

A-very dense off white-rocky head. golder amber body

S-medicinal and clove smell

T-piney, clovey, some sweet malt flavor in there as well.

M-light

D- good, California IPA meets Belgian ale yeast. this is fusion gone right for a change.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2009 04:22:17 | More by jneiswender
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womencantsail

California

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

A: A hazy golden-yellow color with a two finger head. Good lacing.

S: The nose is a bit more complex than your typical IPA. A nice bready, and yeasty aroma with some great citrus hop notes as well.

T: You definitely get the Belgian yeast character in this--orange, some slight spice. The hops are there but not as in-your-face as the typical Stone IPA. Very balanced and tasty beer.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Not my favorite offering from Stone, but a nice change of pace for them.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2009 02:17:17 | More by womencantsail
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scottoale

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

11-29-2008 02:41:18 | More by scottoale
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rallison

California

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

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color with a 1/2 finger white head.

Smells of Belgian yeast with a nice bready character. Slightly hoppy here, but not overly so.

Good flavor. Definitely a Belgian yeast flavor profile with a distinct West Coast hop profile. Overall, not bad. This leans a bit too much toward the West Coast hops...thus overwhelming some of the complexity. Don't get me wrong - this isn't overly hopped - it just lacks some of the superior complexity of the true Belgian IPAs. Some orange peel in the taste.

Mouthfeel could use some more carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Overall, good. This lacks in certain areas but is a fair attempt at a Belgian IPA.

Edit: Looking back at this review, a 4.0 for taste was too generous.

Serving type: growler

05-18-2008 01:53:32 | More by rallison
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Ziggyzig

Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

I was looking for something a bold and different and went with this unique brew.

color:7-9 SRM, a beautiful rich golden color.
Appearance: poured thick like tripple, nice thick head, and slightly effervescent.
Mouthfeel: thick, heavy
Smell: yeasty, hints of orange, lemon.
Taste: yeasty and bread like with lemon and slight citrus notes.
Experience: was stoked at the thought of a Belgian/American IPA hybrid beer. Poured a great golden color and nice long lasting 1 finger head. From the first taste I think Belgian all the way. It's heavy mouthfeel and bready/yeasty flavors soak the palate, only to be cut by a slight lemon citrus finish from those west coast hops.

I expected more of a hop presence, but I'm disappointed in a good way. This beer is descriptively complex and is a must try for hop heads and Belgian lovers alike.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 03:34:03 | More by Ziggyzig
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lochef81

Michigan

3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a big fan of Belgium ales and an even bigger fan of Stone ipas, I was very excited to sample this hybrid. This ale pours a gorgeous golden color with a thick long lasting white head. Very European in appearance. The aroma is quite sweet with tons of Belgium yeast and malty notes. Though there is definitely and underlying aroma of west coast hops. This one has a lighter body than I expected. The flavor of this ale is more European influenced than I expected with a lot of sweet yeast flavors and Malt. Yet there is a definite American ipa influence. A very decent amount of hops that would not be found in a typical belgium ale. This is not my favorite Stone offering or my favorite belgium ipa but it is a very good well crafted ale blending two of the best styles if beer ever created.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:31:41 | More by lochef81
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James773

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful crystalline golden color. Smells fresh and grape-y. The beer is very effervescent and foams in the mouth; it's almost a little too distracting. Warm and bready like a Belgian but with a much more pronounced hops character, and I think I taste more grapes in the back. I've been thinking about Stone's Enjoy By series a lot recently and in my eyes this could have never lived up to that, but it's solid.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 02:40:42 | More by James773
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stephens101

Oklahoma

3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Has a clean, consistent off-white head that diminishes calmly. Light brassy orange in color.

Fluid oily hop notes from the top of the glass. Lemon, orange rind and a hint of grapefruit. Yeast and spice mixed in. Complex.

Grain and citrus up front. Light bodied and thin. Mostly dry. Has a bitter bottom end that has a hint of staleness (might have been on the shelf too long).

Good take on the style that proves you don't always need in-your-face to get tasty.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 23:55:02 | More by stephens101
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shacawgo24

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Orange Jell-O body. Glossy. In light, yolky bright orange. Off-white head. Three finger thick. Sudsy. More creamy actually. Pillow-y, spotty lacing. Head & lacing have great retention. Appearance meets the bar of a Belgian IPA.

S-Banana bread. Cinnamon. Clove. Yeasty. Honey wheat bread. Citrus. Sweet sticky pine. Very juicy. Floral.

T-Starts citrusy, combined with bananas. More orange forward. Excellent malt middle. A mushroom cloud of malt explodes in the center. Ends bitter and pine hoppy. Pine lingers nicely. Has the bittersweet aftertaste of grapefruit. Juicy. Sour yeast and baking spices on the finish as well. Resin billows up after sipping. Gets more bitter and resinous with time.

M-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Slight sediment on finish that feels like baking spices via Belgian yeast. Sour aftertaste. Tingly. Medium level of drying. And yet wets with every sip. You feel the beer evaporate at a nice pace off of the palate.

O-Thought would be better. The smell was good, but not thick and fragrant like a Belgo-IPA should be. The two worlds of Belgian brew & IPA were mild in scents and taste. Good for the style, but I didn't get too excited drinking. Just sipped nonchalantly. Good to slightly great beer, but not classic like a Stone brew should be.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 04:07:30 | More by shacawgo24
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patpbr

Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a golden color with a small but full head
S - Belgium yeast, banana, lemon, pine.
T - Citrus a little grapefruit, sweet, bready, with the presents of the Belgium yeast.
M- Medium body and moderate carbonation.
O - Solid example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 22:11:12 | More by patpbr
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Tickman

Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice orange-hued amber, cloudy, thin white but creamy head with good lacing. Aroma dominated by hops- pine, rosemary, funk, dirty socks, slightly yeasty. Bitter upfront on the palate, receding to resinous hops, lighter caramel malts, subtle yeast flavor, slight soapiness. Lingering bitterness, dry, tingling mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 22:19:16 | More by Tickman
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GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:12:08 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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tmm313

Georgia

4.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- Hazy, golden, straw-like color. Poured a thick, creamy 2 finger head. Great lacing.

S- Banana right off the top. Grapefruit, pine, and hop funk. Give it a swirl for a nice whif of clove and brown sugar.

T- Man, there's a lot going on. Its like there's sweet grapefruit, banana, apple and pear up front, followed by light fresh hops, and ending in pine, grapefruit rind, and a pinch of pepper.

M- Medium, almost heavy, body with crisp carbonation. Nice mix of oil and dryness on the finish. Lingering dry bitterness.

O- Its been said so many times, its almost not worth saying. Stone knows what the hell they are doing. If you haven't jumped on board, you're insane. This was a super complex, super balanced, beer. I'm almost dumbfounded by what just happened. Happens pretty regularly with a Stone brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 16:44:26 | More by tmm313
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MadCat

New Jersey

4.34/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Nice golden color with a lushous white head, leaves good lacing

Smell: Very fragrant, orange, grapefruit, lemon, and a little bit of yeast

Taste: Taste follows the nose up front, citrusy with orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Then, the malt and yeast follows, bready, biscuity, spicy, yeasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, good carbonation. Would have liked if it followed Belgian styles, but that is the only real downside I see in this.

Overall: Fantastic brew. Holds up to Stone's standards very well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2013 02:45:52 | More by MadCat
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BB1313

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 1/21/14. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a transparent golden with amazing clarity; white head that slowly fades and leaves nice retention with decent lacing. The aromas are full of Belgian yeast. Sweet aromas. Bubblegum in the mix. The hops take a backseat in the nose. The flavors are extremely earthy. Lots of yeast, but the hops seem to really come through in the flavors. There's a nice piney bitterness to this one. Some grapefruit and hints of lime zest in the mix. Some citrus notes that linger. It ultimately finishes dry. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's medium-bodied; very creamy and fluffy; smooth with active carbonation. It's a fun beer to drink.

This is a very good example of how American breweries do the style. The craftsmanship is there. This is a style that I love. There's still a few other examples of the styles I prefer, but this is always a nice experience when consumed fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 00:20:46 | More by BB1313
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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,228 ratings.