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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

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Ratings: 2232
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rAvg: 4
pDev: 12%


Brewed by:
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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UCLABrewN84

California

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

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. A latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, herbal hops, and Belgian yeast. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hops up front with the Belgian yeast flavors coming through on the finish. There is a mild amount of citrus zest bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a great flavor and high drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 03:21:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DM1293

California

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The only way I can put this beer is if you mixed a Stone IPA with a Saison. Thats really it; its got Belgian in its feel, with a nice crisp finish that hints of spices with the citrusy hop bite of Stone's IPA. And if that sounds appealing to you, go for it. But to me, its pretty much on par with their regular IPA. I will say it does hit the spot better for the summer weather, hence a slight edge in its favor comparably.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2012 00:49:41 | More by DM1293
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estlinska

Arkansas

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

Served from a 22oz Bomber into a tulip. The color is that of a fresh apricot, deep golden orange with a slight haze and 2-3cm of fluffy head. Leaves a mild lacing on the glass. The nose is very sweet with lots of fruity esters and the ever-present hops of all Stone beers. Good balance on the nose that continues into the taste. There is the usual citrus hop profile of grapefruit and lemons, but it blooms into a white bread and estery sweet fruit of the Belgian yeast. Very interesting taste. The mouthfeel is light on carbonation, very full with a long bitter finish that reminds you that you are drinking a Stone. Overall, this is a quite tasty beer. Lots of sweet belgian yeast and good hop profile. Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 00:29:21 | More by estlinska
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tylerprince

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Freshcraft in Denver.

Pours a slightly hazy pale copper. Thin off-white head with poor retention gives way to meager lacing.

Smells of citrus, grass, orange peel, tobacco, honey and mint. On the weak side, presumably due to the lack of a good head.

Tastes like Stone IPA with a twist. Similar hop profile, but a good deal yeastier, bringing out a bready flavor. Honey, orange, and subtle pine notes are present. Delicious

Great MF. Crisp and clean; sessionable. A great, light bodied beer - awesome for summer. Very resinous; sticks to the teeth for quite some time.

A great twist on Stone's famous American IPA. I will most certainly seek this one out again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 19:34:53 | More by tylerprince
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bnes09

Illinois

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

Pale lemon color with a few visible bubbles rising to the top. Thick, luscious, soapy white head which maintains itself very well and coats the glass in foam. Quite transparent.

Fresh, complex hop aroma of pine, tangerine, lemon and ginger. Plenty of fresh, lively yeast in the mix as well with clove character.

Aggressive hops in the flavor with lemon rind, grapefruit and pine needles. Sturdy malt character keeps things in balance with white bread and honey tones. Yeast is present and definitely Belgian. Finish is dry with lingering ginger and pine spice notes.

Medium bodied, smooth mid-drink from the yeast and drying in the finish due to the hops. Good texture and well carbonated.

This is exactly what a Belgian IPA should taste like. All the complexities of a Belgian brew with an aggressive hop bitterness, a dry, crisp finish and a well balanced drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 23:45:25 | More by bnes09
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in wellington beer glass.

Appearance: A darker-gold light bubbles on the body with a 1/4" white head.

Smell: Hops , floral a notch piney.

taste: Rich in flavor, extremely tasty...it tastes fresh I do mean fresh hop brewed and a raw after taste. Floral but not too bitter with a somewhat cream feel to it.

Mouth: Sticky even minutes after not taking a sip, body is medium carbonation but pays off better in the end.

Overall: This beer isn't exactly a classic but it is close. Tasty and full what else can you ask for, drink up this bottle will not be your last. Salud!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 06:26:11 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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TheSixthRing

California

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy, bright orange color with a good finger width head and average retention. The lace is thin in the middle, but tends to clump together on the side of the glass.

Smell - Citrus hops, grapefruit and orange. Behind this sits a pungent sour bread and spicy clove yeast aroma, with hints of banana.

Taste - Orange and grapefruit hoppiness, equaled by a bready malt and the Belgian yeast character. Spicy clove and banana. Finish is slightly sour with a citrus twang.

Mouthfeel - Medium body to full body. Carbonation is low, but lends to a slightly silky feel.

Overall - The back of the bottle describes this perfectly; that is this is the Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain. The malt and hop profile is their IPA to a T, but that Belgian yeast kick adds a whole 'nother layer of complexity. It's a delicious beer, but I think it's more interesting in the context of experimentation, in just how big an influence a yeast strain can have on the final outcome of of a beer. Most people tend to think of the yeast as an afterthought... I know I have. It's been "hops this and malts that". This beer serves as a flagship as to just how important yeast can be!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 03:58:04 | More by TheSixthRing
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

served from the tap in a snifter glass

appears a pale yellow color with bright white head. aroma is very spicy and yeasty smelling. hops are herbal and citrusy. taste follows with more of the same. minor malt profile. Medium body, high carbonation, a bit fizzy.

overall - alright, but a bit too much of the Belgian yeast flavors for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-18-2012 21:30:13 | More by jmdrpi
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is straw gold with a moderately-sized white head. Great retention, lots of lacing.

Belgian yeast sticks out in the nose. Coupled with it are hops: lots of grapefruit and some other citrus.

Taste also has the grapefruit and the Belgian yeast. A grassy taste. and some light fruits, such as apple. A bit of bready malt. Moderately bitter.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, good. More on the IPA side than the Belgian, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:06:16 | More by jrenihan
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Suds

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml bottle, this beer is crystal clear and pale-golden in color. The head is brilliantly white, and moderately stable. An interestingly fruity aroma is very pleasant and inviting...apple, grape (grape-skins), and a spicy hop background. Some malt, yeast, and some sugary sweet-smelling notes. The taste is very balanced...sweetness up front, and a delicate, very well-proportioned bitter hop tone. Smoother in body than expected. Long, lingering, spicy hop finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 01:12:55 | More by Suds
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BaronRogue

California

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazed golden yellow, pure white head with dashes of lace here and there.

Smells really interesting, hops, marzipan, and fig newtons come to mind, sort of a sour-sweet smell.

Tastes like plums, with a solid licorice bitterness as a backdrop. On the lighter side of the flavor spectrum, but still quite tasty.

Nice light carbonation from the Belgian yeast, but has an almost oily, rotten fruit finish.

Overall it's worthy of the Stone name.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 04:08:56 | More by BaronRogue
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BucannonXC5

California

3.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a smaller class at the Courtyard Marriott in Culver City, Calif. Less than a finger of head. Color was honey pale. Light layer of gray lacing that wanted to stay, but was slowly evaporating. Light layer of soapy film on the sides.

Fruit dominated the initial smell. Got apple first with some pear, grapes and kiwi knocking on the door. Some rotten fruit as well.

Tasted pretty close to the smell, albeit a bit skunkier. Got some bitterness in there as well. Apple leading the way still. Some light pear as well.

Light body. Creamy texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Bitter finish.

An OK beer, but nothing special. I will say that it had the “Stone” feel to it, but I just wasn’t into it from the start.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 05:05:38 | More by BucannonXC5
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diamondc

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale, golden, frothy head. Medium amount of lacing. Nice.

S: Apricots, oranges, white grapes. Tropical fruits are big here, too.

T: Tropical fruit with a juicy grapefruit/pine bitterness. Could almost be mistaken for a tripel. Spicy Belgian yeast dont really balance out the hops, more like another wallop of flavors.

M: Maybe a tad too astringent at the end, a bit of noticeable heat too.

O: I really like this beer, the malt gets somewhat lost in the background, but is a good distraction from all the IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 03:59:20 | More by diamondc
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

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

From a bomber into a room-temp pint glass.

A-A dark golden-yellow color, clean and carbonated. A fluffy white 2+ finger head that settles a bit but holds on and leaves mega-lacing.

S- The sharp yeast aroma is right up front, like fresh dough. Not much IPA aroma to me. It smells kind of wood-earth like as well.

T-Merely a hint of IPA to me, very mild citrus notes to start. The Begian Ale kicks in for a strong finish. A yeasty duet of flavors.

M- very full body and lively carbonation. This beer is thick, not smooth or harsh, not bitter: Strong.

O- An ambitious effort, quite a duet. But, for me, the Belgian yeast becomes too much. It rolls over the IPA. A pint of this once or twice a year would be enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 20:52:41 | More by NiceTaps
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tlazaroff

Virginia

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

Interesting aroma, it's a nice funk coming off of a hoppy backbone of lime and orange. Smells quite nice.

It's a partly hazy medium-straw-yellow color with a nice fluffy white persistent head and beautiful lacing left behind.

Nice flavors of biscuits and fresh fruit with orange zest as garnish. Thats actually exactly what it tastes like to me. Constant bitterness lets you know it's an IPA, but the overly fruity presence reminds you that it's a belgian beer too.

Medium body with a nice burst of high carbonation. Nice beer on a warm day, I really like this.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 17:37:52 | More by tlazaroff
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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

Crystal clear bright Orange/gold color. Gold fluffy bright white head. Great lacing. Classic California hop nose win some yeasty undertones.

Oh wow. Really really god Damned good. Body is a little thinner then expected but still decently size. Tart fruitiness, soft yeast flavors, soft hop flavors. The most subtle and elegant ipa I've ever had. The Belgian yeast flavors along with he California hop flavors blend so well together. Incredibly smooth and balanced. This beer is straight up amazing. Well blended flavors, so concentrated. I love it

at 4.99 a bottle, its the best deal around.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 02:25:39 | More by jtierney89
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a clear medium copper with a one finger white head. Great lacing like every other Stone beer I have had.

Aroma of spicy clove, banana, and orange combine with faint earthy hops. Great Belgian yeasty aroma.

The flavor continues this Belgain theme with the spicyness being quite prominent. Orange and bubblegum are present along with some citrus hops trying to poke through. There is some caramel towards the finish. Bitterness is fairly mild for an IPA letting the flavors from the yeast shine through.

Overall, a very solid Belgian IPA. The hops stay nicely restrained allowing the Belgian characteristics to take center stage. Another impressive beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 01:16:33 | More by rangerred
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

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

22 oz. bottle poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy straw color with a one finger off white head. The head dies to a halo quickly and not much in the lacing department.

S - Classic Belgian aromas including banana, clove, pepper, musty. A little bit of suntan lotion with floral hops and lemon.

T - Belgian yeast with some sourdough malt in the background. The sweet banana is prominent and some spicy hops round things out. Clean finish without the unpleasant aftertaste I get from a lot of Belgian IPA's. Delicious.

M - Lively carbonation and a medium body. Finish is appropriately dry.

O - This is one of my new favorite Belgian IPA. It favors the Belgian side of the style, but the flavors are complex with just enough hop bite to give it balance. Stone makes some of my favorite beers and I will add this one to the list.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:42:19 | More by NoLeafClover44
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a crystal clear deep golden yellow approaching orange in color with some extremely light visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy looking light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a couple of thick patches and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots of aromas of citrus and floral hops along with some light spices.

T: There is a wonderful flavor of citrus, floral, and spicy hop notes. There is a pleasant underlying malt body that gives a light sweetness upfront. Light bitterness but not over the top of aggressive.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is pretty well balanced with nice amounts of complexity. There is a very enjoyable flavor/smell and the beer is very easy to drink, I could easily have more than one of these but it might be a little strong to be sessionable. I found this pretty refreshing and will likely have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 23:45:57 | More by dbrauneis
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bigolbeerbelly

Texas

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

Wow this is a delicious beer. Drank one of the 22oz bottles of this at the flying saucer beer pub in Fort Worth.

Had a typical hoppy ipa taste with what I call the mint chewing gum belgian yeast taste. Very Very good. Poured an amber with thick white head which left quite a bit of lacing. Nice floral/citrus IPA aroma.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 00:09:55 | More by bigolbeerbelly
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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

nice take on a belgian ipa, quite different from say new belgium's belgo. pours light golden and bright, clear through with a one inch white head that hangs out the whole time. smells like belgian yeast, west coast aggressive hops, and light crystal and pale malts in equal proportions. flavor is very well balanced between the fruity lively yeast and the hops, which taste less intense than they smell. some citric hops in here, and some fruit, maybe nelson sauvin? malt profile is very light. feel is okay, but not entirely well suited to this beer. the body is light to medium, which i find a bit thin for the style. carbonation os robust though, and its easy drinking and delicious. overall yet another nice beer from stone.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2012 19:12:31 | More by StonedTrippin
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KajII

North Carolina

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

[Best served in a Tulip glass]

The pour was a medium golden orange with a slight reddish hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that reduced to a thin film with a large collar, which offered up some fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt, floral hops and a musty Belgian yeast with notes of caramel, citrus (orange peel) and possessed a mild fruity sweetness.

The taste was a moderately bitter with a mildly malty sweet undertone and had a note of caramel from the beginning, with the finish having a much more pronounced bitterness with a nice strong yeasty flavor and a bitter citrus peel presence at the end. The flavor lingered for an extremely long time proceeding the swallow with a bold bitterness and a mild fruitiness left hanging around.

Mouthfeel was a few shades beyond light in body with a dry and somewhat oily texture and a solid medium carbonation.

Overall an IPA that was extremely hoppy. Although it was somewhat offset by the Belgian yeast, making it a smooth easy drinkable brew...

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 15:59:47 | More by KajII
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BeerDawgs

Georgia

4.48/5  rDev +12%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 02:15:40 | More by BeerDawgs
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WoodBrew

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 01:16:49 | More by WoodBrew
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

crustal clear golden yellow pour, 2 fingers white fluffy head, excellent lacing. smells of pepper, coriander, orange peel, piney hop smell. initial piney taste, with a sweet caramel orange flavor in the backbone, tastes more like a belgian than an IPA and is surprisingly not bitter (weird coming from Stone!!). medium bodied with a slight spicyness to it that makes it very refreshing, moderate carbonation, slight creaminess. overall, a great warm weather thirst quencher with a decent abv% that isn't overwhelming. very tasty and very refreshing - it's a shame it's so hard to get in my area.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 18:53:38 | More by facundoCNB
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,232 ratings.