Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +4.8%
A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white, bubbly head of crackling foam. It some soapy trails of lace on the glass.
S - I picked up the fruity and yeasty aroma while I was pouring it. When I put my nose to the glass, I picked up some citrus and caramel, as well.
T - It tasted very yeasty and spicy with great pine notes. The fruity flavors were present but not nearly as strong as the aroma.
M - A crisp and very sharp beer with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.
D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. It is very tasty and easy drinking.
01-29-2010 02:27:40 | More by zeff80
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
22oz bomber, from a trip earlier this year (what, summer is over?!!!) through Portland, OR.
This beer pours a cloudy, very pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, verging on chunky off-white head, which leaves some bicycle chain lace across the circumference of the glass as it seeps away. It smells of yeasty bread, some meaty fruit, funkadelia, and citrus hops. The taste is more of a citrus hoppiness in the front slot, but muted in terms of expectations, the bitterness quite tempered by a subtle, but hard to dismiss murky yeastiness, mixed with a bready, grainy malt upright backbone. The bubbles are there, providing an edge that quickly fades, the body a medium weight (on a diet), with a light creaminess that defies the smoothness killing hop tendency. It finishes off-dry, citrus and yeasty funk trying their best to shiv one another.
Much more Belgian (or at least the anti-Stone) than even the spunky label led one to believe. It goes a long way to illustrate the effect of yeast on any beer's presentation. There's a Stone IPA under there, but it is ensconced in DNA-rewriting Euro-lowlands mind-shift. Bottom line: still tasty, but the hoppier, bitter beast that you know as the house IPA has been co-opted by a surprisingly agreeable, um, I know, Belgian character. Bigend, Blue Ant, bring it on!
10-14-2011 02:42:52 | More by biboergosum
3.65/5 rDev -8.5%
Pours a completely clear orange amber with a thin creme head. Nose is perfume and floral tones. Flavor comes off as the skins of some fruit to me. Grapefruits I think. I don't like to eat grapefruit skins, and I don't really want to drink them. There's also a bitter acidic bite from too much hops, I am guessing. Earthy dirt aftertaste a bit. Carbonation is slightly aggressive and the liquid is smooth. Overall this is a below par Belgian IPA IMO. The hops are too prevalent to let the Belgian Ale side shine and it doesn't have the balance I would seek out from this style.
12-13-2008 19:24:26 | More by RblWthACoz
4.6/5 rDev +15.3%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass.
A: The beer is a bright orange/amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of floral hops, citrus, Belgian yeast and caramelized malts.
T: The taste is very well-balanced with a strong hops bitterness up front that is quickly tempered by a citrus & caramel sweetness and a bready backbone of Belgian yeast. There's also a touch of spice and a hearty malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.
M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.
D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is yet another excellent beer from Stone, it is definitely worth drinking for a whole evening.
01-16-2009 03:21:56 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
A - Deep, golden colored body with good clarity and one and a half fingers of white head. The head settles quickly to a loose layer of big bubbles and leaves a nice, thick ring of lace.
S - A nice, big spicy/ citrus hop aroma up front, backed by clove and tropical fruit aromas from the yeast. Some subtle sweet malt lurks in the background along with anise, clove and a hint of allspice.
T - Moderate, spicy hop flavor and big, mouth coating bitterness in the front. Subtle yeast flavor appears in the middle, light pineapple and clove, but fades quickly. Some bready malt in the finish along with renewed bitterness than dominates and lingers on the palate.
M - Moderate-light body, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Interesting and drinkable. The aroma is excellent, but the flavor doesn't live up to it. There is a lack of Belgian character in the flavor even though the nose exhibits lots of yeasty goodness. In the end it comes off as mostly IPA and just a little bit Belgian.
03-27-2009 01:20:15 | More by nickfl
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Pours a orange golden hue with a thick effervescent off white head, forming thick and rising well above my glass. Sporadic chunky lacing simply clings to the sides of my Gordon Biersch Imperial pint glass. I know not exactly the choice for many Belgian style ales, however this one retains enough American hops to fit smoothly into this style of glass. Big grapefruit and citrus tones simply crash down on my senses, excellent American hop profile...in fact it's one I don't think that I've enjoyed since early on in Stone's uprising. A bit of Candied sugar and sweet biscuit or cracker sweetened malts lay open to a load of citrus hops, and since that's the case that is all I can recall from recent Stone Cali-Belgique examples. Sweet sugary hops and malts with spicy Beglian malts not as much of a train wreck as some of the Belgian style ales, I just hope that Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale makes it out to southeastern Ohio more often. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft effervescent carbonation from your atypical Stone creation, I thought I was going to hate the American hops with Belgian yeast but this version worked for me and I hope to see more of it in greater Pittsburgh area. Btw, I snagged this bottle from the Piggly Wiggly at Market Common in Myrtle Beach.
08-20-2009 06:53:59 | More by WVbeergeek
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
This one is courtesy of errantnight, review based on notes
Opens with a nice whoosh! Pours an effervescent & bright apricot with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & head retention
S: Appleskins & pears
T: Follows the nose, plus a bit of candi sugar, phenols, dirt & lemons up front. Breadyness, apricot & a kiss of booze as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruittyness, dryness & grapefruit (about time the Cali side shines through)
MF: Semi-chewy with light but noticable carbonation & very good balance. Chewier & slightly slick once warm
Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style
06-05-2010 03:22:42 | More by russpowell
3.95/5 rDev -1%
22 oz bottle split into several glasses at a recent tasting. Thanks go to Deuane for this one.
Pours a clear gold, topped with a finger of brite-white colored foam. Quite the robust little layer, that leaves some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is floral and spicy, with some heavier accents of deep bready grains and bright smelling citrus behind it giving off a moderate tang. An undercurrent of yeast adds a bit of extra sharpness to the nose. The flavors are there, but this just lacks a certain sizzle in the nose.
The bitterness is spicy and piney, with that same deep toasted grainy character from the aroma. Delicious tropical fruits and bread mix with yeast in the finish, before ending with a lighly spicy and dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to it that then bubbles up near the back. Despite an obvious heft in the body, the alcohol is very nicely hidden here.
A solid Belgian IPA from Stone. The aroma had me concerned at first, but the taste and great feeling body more than made up for it. I'd love to try this on tap to see if that aroma would pull up any.
09-11-2009 18:36:55 | More by Kegatron
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.
aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.
Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.
It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.
04-27-2013 08:07:37 | More by feloniousmonk
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip (close enough). Beer is dark yellow and cloudy. Forms an off white head of medium to small bubbles (aggressive head) that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks good.
Hop aroma is muted, yeasty smelling, interesting. The aroma is 100% Beligan amber or strong pale, not IPA. I'm always conflicted when reviewing this style of beer.
Beer is medium to low body, slightly metallic in flavor. I'm not getting hops as much as I'm getting the Belgian again. Second taste, there is a slight bitterness at the back of the mouth. I'm definitely getting a good strong pale ale vibe from this beer. So what do I do? Do I penalize it because it off style or rate it well because I like it. I'll give high drinkability because its one of my styles, but I'll knock it for a lack of hop flavor.
12-12-2009 03:42:22 | More by drabmuh
3.95/5 rDev -1%
thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber - poured chilled in a flared pint
A - A hazed apricot shade w/ a 2 finger cap which provides thick brussels lace. The lace sticks like spackle and appears like egg cream in a raised ring. The bead is pin sized + a swarm of carbonation hovers under the foam
S - A light fruit nose w/ pineapple + lychee w/ a mild herbal hop note. Spiced odor w/ belgian yeast esters give off a honey-like sweetness and the malt contributes some aroma w/ a tinge of pine from the hops
M - A smooth malty blend w/ a slight astringency and bitter effect from the hopping w/ medium high carbonation and sweet middle which leads to a bitter, slightly sharp bite. The texture while slightly fuller than average for an Ipa, has a sweet tip
T - The flavor of the Cali-belgique is gentle with orange notes up front which lead to a mild pine hop flavor and a sweet malt taste. The malt gives a honey-like element combined with mellow phenol from the yeast w/ a citrus acidity and the taste has a mild spiced flavor w/ grainy undercurrent. The American hops give this Belgian IPA a lot of complex and fresh flavors w/ mild kumquat tartness and lemony sweet aspect. The finish is acidic and warm
D - The Stone Cali-Belgique is quite the tasty Belgian IPA, not the best, but up there with some of the best examples of the style-easy to drink like an American IPA w/ lots of hop flavor and nice w/ yeasty Belgian influence - I recommend this highly
11-30-2009 01:13:24 | More by Slatetank
3.63/5 rDev -9%
On tap at Armsby Abbey
A: Pale golden brown color and very hazy and 1 finger head with good retention
N: Nose has some light hops as well as sweet malts and yeasty tones and a touch of nuts, some citrus and spice from the hops
T: Taste starts with some interesting sour sugary notes, lots of raw sugar taste, an interesting fruity center and slight creamy taste, some interesting Belgian yeasty taste mixes with a slight hoppy taste, somewhat like a Belgian IPA and reminds me somewhat of Hopsinjoor, it also has some bright citrus as well as a chalky dusty cinnamon taste in the middle
M: Mouth is juicy with a lot of carbonation and kinda thin
F: Finish has some strong bitter hops and spicey hops with grassy earthy taste that maintains its sweetness as it leaves a huge bitterness on the tongue
Final thoughts: An interesting beer that combines two great beers, as many have done before it, that don't usually blend well. Even with stone doing it, it doesn't blend perfectly but they do a pretty decent job of it. It doesn't have many qualities of either Belgian tripel or Cali style IPA, but slight parts of each rounded pretty well. Its not something to drink every day but occasionally it's an interesting change.
08-11-2009 02:59:52 | More by jlindros
3.93/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-07-2012 19:12:31 | More by StonedTrippin
3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aromam is great. It has a refreshing hop and Belgian yeast aroma. It's bitter with a solid malt base. It goes down easy and finishes nice and fruity. The taste is decent. It has a very bitter hop taste with a thin malt flavor and a dry fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a tastey beer, but it's too bitter and lacks malt character.
04-26-2009 21:42:15 | More by WesWes
3.95/5 rDev -1%
The beer pours a clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grassy hops, Belgian yeast and some lemons. You can get a lot of Belgian character in the aroma but you can tell the base beer is an IPA. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of Belgian yeast notes as well as some orange citrus and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. The only thing I dislike about the beer is the carbonation, which is very high and prickly. Still, a nice Belgian IPA.
04-24-2011 02:04:01 | More by Mora2000
2.68/5 rDev -32.8%
Astringent is the word that comes to mind.
Attractive golden color, promising aroma. There is a hint of sweetness on the lips but immediately hits you with the full force of bitter hops. The wisp of Belgian complexity is quickly overwhelmed. Hint of spoiled fruit. Oof, gets less tolerable with each sip.
What's wierd is that I tasted this a couple of times in 2009 and liked it -- I wonder if this bottle is a little bacterial. Came from a store cooler in San Diego.
03-17-2010 03:45:25 | More by mactrail
4.15/5 rDev +4%
From 11/15/11 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA at their Stone steal the pint night event. Poured in a 10 oz. tulip.
a - Pours a hazy medium orange color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of spice, Belgian yeast, mint, bananas, citrus hops, and light tropical fruits. Very nice and fruity mixing with the Beglian style yeast and spice.
t - Tastes of spices, Belgian yeast, cloves, bananas, floral notes, and some citrus hops. Again, quite nice.
m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, very smooth and creamy body. Very easy to drink, awesome mouthfeel.
o - Overall I thought this was a great Belgian IPA. Nice Belgian notes mixing with fruit and very easy to drink a glass of. Would certainly order it again.
11-16-2011 18:02:39 | More by mdfb79
3.5/5 rDev -12.3%
22 oz. bottle, poured into a tulip glass:
Pours golden with a thin white bubbly head.
The smell is interesting - tart-ish funkyish Belgian yeast with a citric hoppiness. The yeast strain seems to dominate the hops at times. I found that they don't necessarily clash - but almost.
The taste follows the nose to a tee - tartish, bready yeast with a firm, but not strong, citric American hop bitterness with some maltiness. Finishes bready and dry.
Doesn't quite have the Belgian body, more of a medium IPA-ish one, which is fine, but nothing particular special about the body, to me.
As much as I love American hops, I think this is decent, and a great idea, but it just wasn't what I was hoping it would be. There have been Belgian IPA's I preferred over this, and another American brewery's attempt that I prefer as well. Nice enough, but didn't come together quite the way I was hoping. Still, worthwhile to try, as it is interesting and creative.
According to the label, about half say Cali-Belgie (Flemish) and the other half (the one I have) is as it is listed here (French). Cool that they thought of both Belgian cultures.
04-06-2009 01:42:38 | More by jwc215
4.47/5 rDev +12%
Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, pale, just barely off-white, initially three finger thick head. The beer is absolutely, brilliantly clear and is a red-tinged, deep copper color that shows a bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly a mix of hops and yeast character; as I pour this brew aromas of spicy clove and fruity hops intermingle. Interesting, yeast derived fruity esters mix with the hops and it can be hard to figure out where one starts and the other ends. Aromas reminiscent of lychee, tropical fruit, peach, tart grapes are each noticeable but seem to fade pretty quickly once my nose gets used to them. The finish has a dusting of biscuit like malt, some crushed cracker aromatics and a lingering, sweet-tart tropical fruit note.
This is served lightly chilled (approximately 58°F / 14.5°C). There is a nice, biting bitterness that becomes more the dominant note as this moves to the lingering finish. Tropical fruit flavors play a big role in the flavor with a mix of lychee, kumquat, pineapple, peach and mango flavors. Yeast derived spiciness that really leans towards clove pairs with the hop bitterness in the finish and really tends to linger on the palate after each sip. A soft, toasty, biscuit-like malt character contributes to the finish as well and serves as a very light foil to the much more dominant hop character. This is nice and light bodied, which is perfect for a dangerously quaffable IPA; there is just enough malt to accentuate the fruit character with a light sweetness and to contribute a touch of body that keeps this from being anywhere near water.
The yeast character really seems to accentuate the fruitiness that is in the hop character. The standard IPA never had such a vibrant fruitiness to it. This in its freshness reminds me a lot of the IPA from stone that I had years ago. I just can't seem to find a fresh bottle of it that lives up to my early memories of drinking this on tap, this particular beer does have that fresh hoppiness that I miss in the Stone IPA though. This is quite enjoyable and sadly makes me think I need to down grade my rating for Stone IPA as I just can't seem to get that juicy, vibrant hop character in it anymore. I am clearly a sucker for this beer; this really hits the spot and I like how the secondary, but clearly noticeable, Belgian Yeast character interacts with the hop component here.
Purchase: 22oz Bottle from South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA
09-11-2008 03:04:59 | More by Gueuzedude
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,501 ratings.