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Stone Cali-België - Stone Brewing Co.

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Stone Cali-BelgiëStone Cali-België

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1,049 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,049
Hads: 3,164
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 102
Gots: 534 | FT: 2
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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Reviews: 1,049 | Hads: 3,164
Photo of barnzy78
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Enjoy By 07/24/15
A - golden hued ale with a persistent & creamy off-white head
S - spicy Belgian yeast, citric grapefruit
T - pale malt, grapefruity, grassy, piny hops, spicy Belgian yeast with a hint of bubblegum as the screen printed label suggests
M - medium body, finishes bitter and quite dry
O - fun to come back to rhis one after a few years. Just as good as I remember.

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Photo of ccrida
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Cali-België (I got the Walloon labeled spelling) is a clear dark gold with an orange tinged off-white head that has long last and leaves fantastically dense, baby swiss cheese lace. The bottle is the typical Stone silkscreen with all the pretentious babble on the back, but uses a gold pigment for most of it that is flaked off and generally sloppy looking. The laces reigns supreme though, earning the high score.

Smell is great, definitely a Stone IPA, big resinous west coast hop nose, some fruitiness that I assume are the Belgian esters, as it's not really the citrus you get from Cascade family. I give this points for being the closest to what I expect from this style - not just a Belgian with an extra dose of noble hops, but decidedly a West Coast IPA. The problem is, that's pretty much all it is, I'm really not getting a lot of Belgian character behind the hop blast.

Taste is heavy on the spicy, piny hops and rather yeasty. I served this at fridge temp, like I prefer my IPAs (for both keeping and serving, to maintain the hops). Let it warm up some while I walked the dog didn't really open up many esters. Honestly, Stone's isn't my favorite IPA, and here the dankness of the hops overpowers the Belgian esters, it's just a bit to resinous for my taste. I'd like a better balance of both styles, this one swings too wide to the West, and without the hop profile I prefer out here. I guarantee that if I gave this to 9 out of 10 Portland IPA fans they wouldn't peg the Belgian character in a blind tasting.

Mouthfeel is pretty oily, nice foamy carbonation flirts with the trademark Belgian mouthfeel, but it's on the chewier, heavier side.

Drinkability is pretty good. I'm most impressed with their restraint in the ABV, it's plenty big enough to warm your cheeks without being gratuitous, as many west coast IPAs are, especially Stone. On the other hand, this was so limited, that I suppose getting a bit extra punch out of my only bottle wouldn't have hurt, but I certainly wouldn't have wanted to sacrifice the cleaner alcoholic taste. If you love Stone's IPA, you will love this, and while I like the more overt west coast influence, it's still not my favorite.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. "Keep refrigerated", 6.9% ABV, Enjoy by 05 13 10 stamped on the bottom of the bottle.

A - Carbonation bubbles swirl through the glass from the moderate pour. A densely packed, creamy white head rises without hesitation and slowly lowers to a thick pile. Wispy lace accents the brilliantly clear golden IPA.

S - A noticeable banana ester and dry clay aroma come from the distinctly Belgian yeast which adds a dimension I've never experienced in an IPA before. Toasted white bread falls to the background with a sweet light candi sugar kiss that holds up the floral and lemon citrusy hops.

T - Cali-België assaults the tongue with American hops instantly which certainly takes me off guard. Very bitter citrusy, floral hops overshadow the malts heavily. A tiny touch of candi sugar and caramel malts almost falls by the wayside. The Belgian yeast on the other hand still remains prominent in the flavor giving the finish a citrusy, earthy, distinct different yeast finish. The flavor has good balance.

M - Medium-light bodied, Cali-België has a sharp bitter citrus finish from the hops but a lingering balanced citrus from the yeast. Fully carbonated, it also has a tingle as it goes down smoothly.

D - Great drinkability from this one, I'm a little peeved I waited so long to finally pick up a bottle, but it's still worth it. Very excellent.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - a semi-hazy golden orange, full frothy white head, sticky and lacing down the sides

S - a very nice blend of hops (grapefruit, faint pine) and belgian yeast... each whiff leads one to stand out over the other ever so slightly.

T - follows the smell with a nice blend of hops (grapefruit, faint pine) and belgian yeast... a little spice and bread in there

M - medium bodied, sticky, drying, ample carbonation and refreshing

D - very good well rounded Belgian IPA... would love another

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.31/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Strong aroma is hoppy and evergreen with a firm, sour citrus overtone, a mixture of lemon and orange with just a whisper of lime. It pours an average golden amber with a decent off-white head, but appearance is this beer's weakest suit. Flavor is fairly hoppy, but pleasantly sour citrus dominates with orange and lemon and a little bit of lime. Texture is exceptionally smooth, yet tingly and fizzy enough for a beer. Recommended to all hop-heads.

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Photo of Durge
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the auspices of Mr. Ohoove for this treat, the color of this goodie is clear golden amber with a nice thick white foam and chunky lacing. The aroma is a clovey yeast and herbal hop, firm and "tasty". The flavor at room temperature offers orange citrus bite and malty clove. There's some thick cereal grain and deep prune in a medium-plus bodied brew. It's a bit viscous with signs of alcohol in the flavor. Sharp grapefruit rind, and a dry rye effect, all very complex with modest drinkability. Very nice.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a duvel tulip

Appears a clear, light amber when held up to the sunlight. The color of the two+ finger cap is somewhere between off-white and light tan. Sticky, spider-web lacing is littering the insides of the tulip.

Bold herbal, medicinal hop aroma. Not overly enticing. Fresh clipped pine needles make the medicinal scent a little more palatable, but still overly astringent. I think the astringency enhances the spiciness in the aroma, because it is quite noticeable. Melon, oranges and undercooked biscuits make up the rest of the nose.

Faint biscuits hit me initially and then herbal, piney and citrus hops take over. The finish is rather dry and spicy. The astringency is definitely enhanced by the spices (clove?) in the flavor. The flavors didn't seem congruent or balanced in any way until the very end. It took me a few sips before I could really wrap my head around what was going on.

Medium bodied, highly carbonated with a dry finish. A bit prickly.

As I stated above, it took me a few sips to try and figure out what they were trying to do here. Once that happened, I liked it. It's not great, but a decent offering and a style that is growing on me.

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Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a large head.
Nose shows spicy Belgian phenols alongside grassy, herbal and earthy hops.
Very similar flavours, light but hoppy. Very spicy and earthy.

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Photo of drpimento
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great effort at a crossover style brew. I let the bottle warm some out of the fridge. Then I poured a large, billowy, frothy, fluffy, off-white head with some lace. Color is a clear amber with no bubble trails. Aroma is a tad mild and with crackers, bread dough, yeast, malt, hint of hop. Flavor is like nose but the hops leap to the fore, followed by sweet/tang, yeast bitter, and other stuff. Body is good, but carbonation seems a shade flat. Finish is like flavor, still maintains complete hop profile, adds a touch of banana and is overall, nice. But not too nice. Maybe more like - engaging.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It is as billed...west coast IPA with a funky Belgian yeastiness....

The aroma is actually quite subdued...some light citrus (lemons)..a little horse blanket as well.

The taste has a strong sharp citrus dimension...lemons...tangerines...with an earthy, musty barnyard finish...plenty of hop bite on the finish.

Not my favorite style but an assertive hoppy well done Belgian IPA

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Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 22 oz bomber served in a pint glass

A - Clear light golden with off white 2 finger head with great lacing and poor head retention.

S - Banana esters, wheat, lemon, coriander spice

T - A full palate adventure that starts with a bit of malt sweetness and wheat then followed with spicy coriander and a little sour citrus and finish with a dry balanced bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation

O - I really enjoyed it, not my favorite of Stone, but their beers are so fricken good. This one just isn't a standout among the greats, but still a quality beer.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 3/4 inch white head that has great retention before becoming an 1/8 inch head leaving a fluffy crown of lacing on the edge of the glass behind it.

S- Tropical fruit pours out of the bouquet while melding with the Belgian yeast to create a wonderful aroma.

T- Heavy notes of pineapple, papaya and guava with a sharp yeast bite to funk things up a bit. Hops play their part as well making things just bitter enough. Juicy and vaporous.

M- Tight and prickly with a lightish body and medium carbonation.

O- One of my favorite Belgian IPAs. Unique and perfectly balanced.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at the BrewDog bar in Edinburgh. From notes. Reviewed 28 May 2011.

A: Thin, pale yellow with a very thin head. Clearish. Scattered lacing.

S: Funky, bitter/hoppy, and sourish. Sweet citrus?

T: Malty sour-sweet, with a vegetal end/aftertaste. Quite tart with a funky yeast. Lingering aftertaste. Hrm. I think I like it?

M: Medium-bodied, a bit lively and/or carbonated. Drying.

O: A weird drink, but a good beer. I don't think I'd have it have again, because it's too odd-sour and dry. Try it maybe, I guess.

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Photo of Brenden
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cali-Belgie, as my bottle reads though it's the same stuff, is nothing unusual in the look. It's a pale to medium yellow but with a certain depth to it, somehow bright but somewhat hazy at the same time. It's got strong carbonation that continues after the slightly yellow-tinted head is formed, a strong, craggy full finger that rests heavily and drops very slowly. The lace left on the glass is strong, patchy and plentiful.
As I understand it, the base for this beer is Stone IPA. As the bottle explains, it's the exact same beer exactly as Stone would brew any batch of IPA but replacing Belgian yeast with whatever yeast they typically use. This is why I'm surprised that there's not more force or strength behind this beer. It's hoppy, to be sure, and this one may have more subtle complexity to it, but the softness of the yeast and all of the additional elements in the aroma and flavor really serve to soften the hops. If anything, it adds even more balance to any already well-balanced beer but with one like this, it seems something is lost rather than gained. I still get the piney and perfumey hops, a bit of raw green, but it's just not as pure and raw and earthy. There is a certain earthiness to a dusty/musty note the yeast provides, but in a very different way. There's also lots more softness and plenty of added sweetness building off the malts that the yeast amplifies. Caramel already being a part of this beer, there's also a nearly sugary element, with a little spiciness (think clove). Citrus lends itself as well, more juice than zest or pith.
It does flow nicely, and it has a pleasant soft smoothness built on a velvety-feeling carbonation that also adds a little crispness. The body is a good medium. It finishes out semi-dry as some alcohol and a little leaf edge in.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from tap into a tulip. Pours golden yellow with a one finger white head. Maintains phenomanol lacing throughout. The aroma is of fruit and malt with a slight hint of hops. The flavor is of malt, grapefruit and subtle hops. It had a light with mdeium carbonation. Overall this was very nice and smooth. The grapefruit flavor combined with the malt balanced this brew very nicely giving it great drinkability. I will be drinking this again given the opportunity.

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Photo of popery
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a little bit disappointed by this beer. It's a good Belgian IPA, but it just doesn't have the flavor intensity of some of the best ones. The color is a wonderful bright gold with an pretty good beige head. The nose is yeasty and hoppy. It's much more yeasty than I was expecting and not quite enough hop intensity. The same goes for the flavor, but lack of stronger hops kind of frustrates me. It might just be that they should have upped the malt and alcohol, so that the hops pronounced more flavor than just grapefruit rind bitterness and light astringency. The mouthfeel also doesn't quite work for me. The hops really want to be fruity, but the aftertaste is more astringent than bitter, nearly unpleasantly so. It's a fairly drinkable beer. I'm probably being a little too harsh. It's good beer, definitely enjoyable. My criticism is sort of nit-picky. I certainly wouldn't turn one down if offered.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, this looks identical to Stone IPA. Light orange, almost yellow with a white head. The smell is immediately different, still very hoppy, bubblegum, and belgian yeast, spicy. The taste is bitter hops and not much else.The belgian influence is very subdued. This was interesting and I'll always give a new Stone beer a fair shake but I won't be returning to this. I could see if using Belgian yeast with the Stone IPA recipe made for a good beer but this just feels like a cheap gimmick.

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Photo of cbutova
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Second time around for this one. Pours a golden yellow, slightly orange with a one and a half finger head that leaves light lacing on my pint glass. Head dissipates after a few minutes into a nice creamy coating on the beer, a bit too bubbly though. Smells of hops, piney floral and citrus and a good malt presence in the nose too, the Belgian yeast adds to a good nose in this beer. Tastes of citrus, pine/wood, more hops, some sweetness, belgian yeast and a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy for me but is light-medium with a good malt aftertaste coating on the tongue. Drinkability is high here, a fairly light beer, no alcohol taste or other bad tastes, the hops would get tiring if doing a session of this one though, great stuff from Stone once again.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden hay, clearish body with some carbonation streams moderately brimming within. Nice tall crown of crusty, big bubbly whitish foam grows firmly after a vigoruos pour into my Stone Ruination goblet. Lots of thick lacing in droopy strings and sheets is caked across the glass.

Aroma is a pretty decent combo of citrusy hops and Belgian yeast. Tangerine fuzz, lemony spritz, orange spray, and a twist of lime are co-mingling well with a dryish yeastyness that adds some clovish spice and slight medicinal tones to its nose.

Taste is crisp and steady with a good amount of hop flavors in the citrusy realm of bite and bitterness. All handled well with a good balance as the yeast pulls in a light puffy/airy dryness of yeast and mild bubblegum layered low underneath. Spiced mildly with a bit of brightness in citrus with lime, lemon, white grapefruit, and over ripe starfruit. Spiced in yeast with clove, floral pollen things, and some tannin. Overall, the balance is well-rounded and easy on the palate with a mellow tone that build slowly and gracefully into a stronger finish of complexity. Nice!

Feel, as mentioned within the taste, is crisp and steardy, round and a solid medium if not more so. Just a scootch more bubblegummyness and biscuity/doughy malt and this would be sublimely yummy. As is however, is still far more drinkable then one would think. The bomber flows fast and the glass drinks easy with this one.
Stone is finally making waves in Minnesota! Only took, what, like 8 years? But its here, at last!

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer, thought that the West Coast and Europe went very well together.
A 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy gold color, medium white head, a little clumpy, nice lacing.
Pretty much equal amounts earthy/yeast and floral/citrus in the aroma. They went well together.
The taste mimicked the aroma: funky/earthy with grapefruit and pine. I thought the grapefruit was the more predominant taste.
A well-constructed beer, and a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This is an amazingly brilliant orange in color with a modest white head that nonetheless left some good lacing.

Smell - The aroma here is modest even as the ale warms but I got some soft citrus hops that mixed well with a rich malt base. There's a nice sense of Belgian yeast to this nose as well delivering on the promised American/Belgian marriage.

Taste - This is much lighter in flavor than I expected. It is a very delicate ale. The hops show a particularly deft touch when considering past Stoner ales. The citrus from the nose I thought announced a heavy hop hand here but I was mistaken, and the obnoxious malt base that I anticipated was absent as well. This is a very balanced beer really with crisp but not overpowering orange-flavored hopping, little malt, and a clean, sophisticated yeast.

Mouthfeel - This is nowhere near as big as I thought it would be. I wouldn't even consider this medium-bodied, and the bitter feel is throughout the drink but again very reserved.

Drinkability - This is a very quaffable Cali/Belgian ale and proof that Stone can offer subtle quality when needed. This one grew on me as I went.

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Stone Cali-België from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,049 ratings.