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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

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Ratings: 2246
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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

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

Georgia

4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"There is of course the implicitly posed question of what exactly the Belgian/Belgique /België influence is. And 'yeast' is the answer. We carefully selected a Belgian yeast strain that illuminates a fascinating new aspect that is otherwise quite simply Stone IPA. The result is both completely new and different, while still being recognizable as a Stone brew-and stone IPA in particular. Think of it as an otherwise identical twin to Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgian culture. Literally." Brewed in the style of a Belgian IPA. This is a year-round release by Stone Brewing Company, a Belgian-yeast influenced version of their Stone IPA, if you didn't get that already. My bottle actually says Cali-België, but the name change has not been noted as of yet on the website, it is recognized as the same beer.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to my Stone pint glass. Served north of 56º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy pale-white head over a pale amber honey body with a mild haze and subtle carbonation. Retention is average, lacing is very light, spotty and doesn't stick. 3.5

(Smell) Aromas of grapefruit, citrus peel, a pale cracker malt base and a very forward yeast influence, tones of strong fruit notes including pear, apples and a fainter banana. Traces of spice are limited to a faint coriander. The change in yeast makes this beer a completely different aromatic experience. 4

(Taste) Pale cracker malts, faint citrus zest and a mellow earthy bitterness, accentuated by a moderately dry, peppery and clove-laden yeast profile. I found the flavor better rounded and balanced out over the aroma. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, with a mild slickness to it. Carbonation adds a touch of creaminess and crispness. Body is medium+ for the style, medium overall. Alcohol presence is mild. 4

(Overall) Stone's Cali-België IPA is an enjoyable take on their IPA recipe with a tasty Belgian influence. It took my palate a while to adjust but I found the drink thoroughly enjoyable. 4

Stone Brewing Company's
Stone Cali-Belgique
4.09/5.00

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 02:38:14 | More by Jadjunk
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brurevu

Texas

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer poured a golden color with a fluffy white head. The Belgian yeast made its presence known in the aroma with hints of clove and bubblegum. The taste was very dynamic. You could taste the Stone IPA base with its hoppy profile and bitterness. The Belgian Yeast gave it a subtle tang that boosted the flavor without being overwhelming. The Cali-Belgique was a nice twist on the Stone IPA and one of the best Belgian Style IPAs I have tried as the yeast was a nice compliment to the beer rather than overpowering it. This was another well crafted brew from the brewers at Stone.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 18:04:49 | More by brurevu
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utopiajane

New York

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

Pours cloudy and orange with hues of gold. Had a finger of pearly white foam that fell slowly and left a film and ring on top and some nice sticky lace.

Nose is a big blast of citrus fruits. Orange, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Then it develops tropical notes with a little kiwi fruit. Has a combination of fruits scent that is like a nice sweet punch. Lightly bready malt with a little honey on it. There is no alcohol on the nose. The belgian yeast is lightly underneath soft and quiet. The malt sweetens deeply as it warms and starts to lean toward caramel. Grassy.

Taste is wonderful. Nice sweet bread. Soft and yielding to all the fruit. Plenty of sweet fruits roll through and it has a nice little yeasty twang. Nothing much in the way of spice. No clove and that's a good thing because that would have been too dark for all the light tropical taste. Alcohol stays hidden on the palate. Has the taste of crushed aspirin. Many beers have it and in most it is sharp and very astringent. But in this beer that quality is laid into the body of the beer and it's not terribly sharp. The hop bitter bites a little and then accumulates so that together with the aspirin quality it finishes dry. That mouth coating aspirin like dryness accentuates the sweetness of the bread and is a perfect contrast to all the delectable fruits so that it finishes whole and spectacularly.

This is a tremendous IPA from Stone. it's not feather light but the malt is soft and graceful. The fruits are just so many and so splendid int he drink. It's complex and it's complex in the finish. Not too many beers can say that. Smooth, creamy and completely delicious. You could drink this one every day.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 13:28:37 | More by utopiajane
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BeerAficionadoMCMXC

California

4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Light Golden color. A nice display for a belgian IPA. Some IPAs don't match this color at all.
S- I get a bunch of spicy esters. IT follows with the aroma of ripe fruit, namely lemons. Some citrus but less than other aromas. As it sits, pine aromas come through.
T- THe taste is interingly belgian with a nice blend of IPA in it. I'm surprised the two styles are balanced so well in this glass.
O- I would consider this a perfect example of the Belgian IPA category.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2013 05:13:07 | More by BeerAficionadoMCMXC
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up recently from Total Wine in West Orange, having never tired this before. As much as I love Stone's offerings, I was hoping that this would stand out a bit from them and thankfully, it did. It was not as strong, hoppy, or typical as their other IPA's and this was much more mellow to drink. The alcohol was subdued quite a bit and without a doubt, this would be the one beer of theirs that I wish came in six-packs instead of the 22 oz. bottles, since I wanted to have another in one sitting!

The pour to this was nice, with a copper hue, good head, and just enough lacing to be seen. Not a lot of aroma to this but the yeast made itself known both in the taste and in the carbonation. The hop burn and bitterness weren't high here, as the oily mouthfeel and Belgian characteristics were stronger than I anticipated. There have been very few beers that I've had where the Belgian notes outweighed the IPA characteristics, but this was certainly one of them. Some wetness and pine were present underneath everything else, but this was a Belgian beer first and foremost in taste and body.

This wasn't that strong either, even though there was enough alcohol in this to be felt. Thankfully, this was different than anything I've had before while still retaining the West Coast hops and body that one would expect from a Stone beer. Add in an easygoing nature and a nice amount of yeast and this beer's a winner. I can't wait to go it another go!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 19:32:32 | More by JerzDevl2000
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with good foam.

Smell: Lots of pine and cinnamon...very Christmasy. Excellent spice combination that you wouldn't think would work well in the summer but it does.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More pine and cinnamon. Again, a surprisingly excellent combination for the season. Mouthfeel is very crisp.

Overall Drinkability: An excellent Belgian. Very refreshing as well.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2013 04:03:46 | More by tjsdomer2
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Smarty_Pints

California

4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a relatively clear gold with a moderate head that leaves behind only a trace amount of lacing.

S- bananas, bread with a bit of Belgian yeast and citrus.

T- citrus is the main player along with the hops although not as much as a typical IPA. The Belgian yeast flavor is also there in just the right amounts.

M- medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation, finishes dry with a slight bitterness.

O- a great beer perfect blend of an IPA with great Belgian yeast accents.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 02:58:04 | More by Smarty_Pints
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diddly

New York

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip

Pours a light golden, very clear, with a thick white head. Leaves good lacing behind.

Aroma is sweet, spicy and bitter. Great hop aroma, but good balance from the yeast, leaving a fruity characteristic that just goes beautifully.

Taste is hop-forward, but again, great influence from the Belgian characteristics of this beer. Nice malty backbone, and spiciness really adds character.

Little bit astringent on the mouthfeel, overall medium with high-average carbonation.

Very interesting beer, similar to a Raging Bitch, but not quite as good in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:56:08 | More by diddly
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PorterLambic

Florida

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light golden colored, with a big white head. Some lace left over once the head recedes.
Smell is malt, citrus, wood, hops, vanilla and all very well balanced.
Taste is all that. Malt, hops are more forward and decidedly grapefruit, wood is more in the aftertaste. Lighter citrus and nearly no vanilla. Balance is a bit off compared to the nose but still good.
Medium bodied with the carbonation mostly up front. Nicely warming middle through the finish. A really nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 23:42:46 | More by PorterLambic
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dacrza1

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DATE TASTED: July 27, 2013 ... GLASSWARE: Duvel snifter... OCCASION: post-Cinders dinner drink while viewing The King's Speech... APPEARANCE: beastly swirling tornado of effervescence ripples up to a snow-white two-finger head that frames a burnt-orange body--a beautiful glass to behold... AROMA: sugary, candied fragrance sits atop the classic Stone hops head bang--worth the price of admission just to soak in its aura... PALATE: soft, mildly hopped yet beguilingly medium-bodied; warming in the throat but not intrusive; a paradox that seems to bare out the uniqueness of the beer's namesake...TASTE: provocatively complex tart--grapefruit and pepper indelibly cascade with each swallow; balanced and substantial,, but in a way that invites a second bottle... OVERALL: Playing off the film, I will say this beer does not possess a stutter-inducing ABV, but the flavor, frame and aroma, this beer has a lot going for it...the over-babble on the bottle label could be severely edited, but no mistaking the beer is one I will recommend to friends, give as a gift and seek out when disposable income is more readily available...

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 02:20:56 | More by dacrza1
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dar482

New York

4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light golden peach color with a white head.

The aroma is quite fruity with citrus, grapefruit, and Beligan yeastiness. You also get some bright yeast and fruit notes.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, some sweet bready malt, bubblegum. There's a bit of spiciness along with some herbal notes.

The finish is quite drying with lots of grapefruit. It's a strong bitterness that really shows you that this is an American BIPA.

An interesting brew. I prefer a few of the Belgian options I have, but this is quite good.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2013 02:21:08 | More by dar482
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Yes!!! Pours golden with champagne bubbles, soapy white head. Lacing is decent, nothing spectacular. Smells like a hefeweizen on steroids, traces of banana and coriander! Taste follows the nose; a total hefeweizen on PED's! Feel is clean and crisp; great Summer beer! Overall I wish this was available in a 4 or 6 pack; other than that, terrific!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 23:44:55 | More by DenverHopHead
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jroberts8811

Missouri

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

22 ounce bomber into a Tremens Tulip

A - transparent amber, can see the carbonation through the beer faint white head, dissipates uickly with little lacing
S- citrus fruit, bready, malty, biscuit,honey,floral,anise, hoppy.
T- crisp, dry, hops. floral notes ring through. American IPA meets Belgian IPA. American hop varietals are the showcase here though. Bit of peach in the finish, too?
M-Light, crisp. resinous hops with a long lingering hops bitter finish. so balanced and refreshing.
O-Great Stone IPA for sure with earthy funkiness of a good Belgian IPA. for $4.50 would absolutely recommend again, and again, and again...ridiculously good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 20:33:04 | More by jroberts8811
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Neorebel

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cali-Belgique IPA is a very striking golden shade of amber. Only the slightest haze distorts what is ultimately a beer with excellent clarity. The puffy head after the initial pour seems like it wants to stay, but subsides to about 1/4" later. There is some moderate lacing left on the glass, and the beverage seems quite carbonated, as bubbles are seen rising top continuously.

The aroma is rich and alluring, though unexpected. Scents of port and wine, funky yeast, cranberry, kiwi, and grapefruit fill the nostrils, as well as bready grains. Interesting...
Flavor-wise, again, this is different than I imagined it would be. There are a lot of fruit esters present, for example, in addition to those already mentioned, I can pick up some granny smith apples, and plums. There's a decent bit of maltiness, in the form of a grainy taste, and even something in there that's sour.

It's really in the finish do the hops really pack a wallop, with a big, piny bitterness. The mouth feel is syrupy and full, for a beer of a relatively lower ABV. It's somewhat warming after each swallow. Although this is a little unusual for a Belgian IPA, it's complex, which I love and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it and purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 18:55:21 | More by Neorebel
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JG-90

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer is an orange/straw color that is pretty clear. Pours a moderate sized creamy white head. Head has decent retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of bread, pine, and citrus, a bit of other fruit, although I can't pinpoint what.

Taste starts with pine, then moves to orange with a bit of lemon and grapefruit. Has a nice bready finish with both pine and orange, and a bit more of nondescript fruit. A little funky/yeasty. Has a light body and high carbonation for an IPA, although they are probably both average for a Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 19:02:51 | More by JG-90
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with good initial head and nice lacing.

Citrus hops atop the faint belgian yeast smell.

It's hard to believe this is just the regular IPA with a different yeast strain. Orange rind and tropical fruits are atop bready clovey belgian yeast.

Quite carbonated.

This was really interesting. My sense is I prefer their straight up IPA, but it's worth experiencing.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:10:28 | More by Strix
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cindyjeffsmith

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Clear gold-peach. Decent if non-descript white head.
smell: Very nice blend of fruitiness, and yeasty bread. A hint of strawberry sweet and just a hint of spice.
taste: Very nice again. Much like the nose. Fruity, yeast, some sweetness, a bit of spice.
overall: Stone knows IPA's. Really enjoyed this.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 23:25:07 | More by cindyjeffsmith
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wbason

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A Pours golden, light orange, and fairly clear with about a finger of white head that dissipates within a couple of minutes. Beer clears after warming over the course of drinking. Decent amount of bubbles coming up through the glass.

S Light citrusy and pleasantly grassy hop aroma immediately followed by the smells often associated with a lower-phenolic belgian yeast. Some pear and green apple also noted. Very light and refreshing aroma.

T Citrus hop flavors of lemongrass and orange peel. Green apple peel (in a good way.) The yeast offers a noticeable yet delicate flavor to this IPA. Not an aggressively hop forward IPA. Very well balanced and sessionable.

M Good mouthfeel. Not too thin and not heavy or cloying. Dissipates quickly and leaves a brief hop bitterness on the back of the palate. Crisp and dry finish.

O Great beer. Would recommend and will certainly have again. Really enjoy the unique tastes associated with Stone fermenting their IPA wort with this belgian yeast strain. Makes for a great warm weather brew! One of my favorite things about Stone is their ability/willingness to brew great beer for a great price. Their bombers are usually $2-$4 less than the majority of other craft bombers without any compromise in quality.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 02:30:32 | More by wbason
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 10, 2013.

The look is a handsome amber-gold with a delicate white head that sticks around for the session.

Fragrant nose of floral and earthy hops up front but then the Belgian characters kick in including the Belgian candied sugars, yeast strain, soft biscuit malts, and a slight citrus ester.

The body is around medium.

The taste is bother Belgian mellow with a hopped up bitterness. What I mean is that I get the roasted pale malts, nectarine and pear, warming subtle sweetness with a full hoppy and dry finale. I liked this "hybrid" for lack of a better word. It is one of the more interesting and unique IPA's I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 22:46:38 | More by puboflyons
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Bauzen

New York

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and fizzy.

You get the Belgian nose at first, but when you dig deeper, you can find some earthy hops. More grassy than citrusy, but they're there.

Take Stone IPA, take all the bite away, and you get Stone Cali-Belgique. Belgian yeast comes through and gives it a wheat-like finish at times.

I'm not upset I tried it, but I don't think I'd revisit this beer.
I like more over-the-top IPAs, and this certainly isn't it.
It's refined, and I'm sure it would appeal to people who don't enjoy beers with higher ABVs.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 16:48:35 | More by Bauzen
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searsclone

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber poured into an oversize wine glass. honey golden color with a cloudy, bright white head and good lacing.

smells like bubble gum and grassy hops and spice

taste is mostly hops, nicely balanced by the sweet Belgian yeast.

medium body, wet finish. easy to drink. worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 03:12:58 | More by searsclone
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

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

22oz bottle to Dogfish Head IPA glass
Enjoy by: 04-16-04

A - Pours a clear honey amber with 1 finger of pillowy white foam on top. Impressive retention with polka dot lacing.

S - Belgian yeast upfront, taffy, limes, malt, lemon pepper, hints of thyme and rosemary, candied grapefruit and lemon oils comes out as it warms.

T - Ruby red grapefruit, with a sweet taffy/candy like malt in the background, old school bubblegum, the sweetness in quickly wicked away with a dry middle to finish. Lemon oils and herbs, lemon thyme, and some rosemary, the bitterness has a spicy sensation. Lemon/lime really come out more as this warms. Nice spicy finish.

M - Medium body, oily at first but the carbonation turns creamy mid palate providing a lush feel.

Very expressive flavors from the yeast that really meld with hops and malt. Complex herbal notes really took this up a notch. The bitterness is there but you have to think about it to really notice it, which to me, is impressive. Mouthfeel is has great transition and glides over the palate nicely.
The best American made BIPA I've had to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 21:33:52 | More by StaveHooks
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: A clear vivacious bright golden body with a full finger of milky white head.

S: Earthy, smells like walking in the woods in summer. Pine, funky yeast, a spicy tingle and a touch of smoldered barley.

T/M: Earthy notes continue but introduce ruby red grapefruit, and lemon zest. Spicy, funky yeast and barley. An active body with a moderate feel. Finishes dry and piney.

O: What can I say? I live this beer. The yeast strain is fabulous and the piney fruity hops mix well with the spiced earthed notes. For the price this will be picking up many more. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:25:25 | More by Hopswagger
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Sludgeman

District of Columbia

4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

$5.99 for the bomber. Enjoy by date of 7/25/13. Poured into a chalice.

Saison meets Enjoy By. Bought this beer as a flyer. How could I could I go wrong at $5.99 for the bomber. WOW - what a deal! When I first tasted this beer I told myself this is the Enjoy By receipe brewed with Belgian yeast - that's how great it tasted. I was not far off, the bottle says Stone IPA with Belgian yeast. This beer is THE DREAM for anyone who is a hop head but also a farmhouse freak. The refreshing complexity of a saison with some not too hoppy bitterness of a great Stone brew.

A - Poured a clear light golden with a white-white rocky head. Average lacing.

S - Piney, earthy and spicey with a little funk. Some hoppy bitterness and some light floral notes.

T - A clear IPA start, a hint of sweetness with a yeasty/funky finish.

MF - Creamy at first with a nice bright finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 02:01:14 | More by Sludgeman
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robby23

Iowa

3.21/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It had a little had light carbonination. Its a very light in tast but still has good aroma to a little out doors tast to it with a belgian wheet. The hops were a little weak but still had a little critus tang to it . No date on the bottle which was odd, but for the price it wasnt bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2013 19:13:48 | More by robby23
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,246 ratings.