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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,803 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,803
Reviews: 997
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 302 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Ratings: 2,803 | Reviews: 997
Photo of ambruns1979
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BB 12 oz bottle 6/26/15 at 40 degrees into shaker
Aroma faint – some spice and fruit
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, slowly diminishing to
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct taste. It ends bitter as well. No malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

Photo of JackieTH
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy-golden and bubbly capped with two fingers of white foam. Yeast sedimentation presence. Nice retention and lacing. Spicy, juniper-berry and slightly floral nose which is followed by a citrus-pine-spiced, bready yeasty and tangerine-banana taste. Finishes dry, slightly sour and a bit hoppy.

Addition of Belgian yeast adds a unique twist to a typically good Stone IPA style. I'll revisit it.

Photo of xdtfx
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of ChrisKayler
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a 10oz. pour at Stone Brewing in Escondido, Calif. Reviewed from notes.

A- Poured with a two-finger fluffy white head with long retention. Sticky lacing. Reddish-orange color.

S- Citrusy and cheesy. Nice and smooth smell. Grapefruit and citrus hops balanced with piney ones.

T- Creamy flavor with grapefruit and spruce as the breakers of taste. Nice deep flavor.

M- Creamy, yet light. Very drinkable feel.

O- This is a hoppy and spicy IPA and very nice for this brewery.

Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into tulip.
Best before 4/06/2012

A- Crystal clear darker than straw yellow. Three finger foamy white head that drops to a soapy cap. Lacing is excellent.

S- Nice Belgian yeast, slight pepper spice with a wonderful west coast grapefruit hop aroma. Sort of saison meets ipa.There is a slight malt sweetness.

T- Very interesting. I was looking for an Belgian inspired West coast hop atomic bomb and it isn't the case. There is an excellent malt sweetness that mashes well with the yeast spiciness and the floral and citrus hops.

M- Light to medium bodied. Good carbonation, juicy finish.

O- Excellent, I wish I tried this much sooner. I've been missing out.

Photo of stevoj
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More Belgian than IPA, most of the facets of this brew lean towards Belgium. Starts with a funky, yeasty aroma, lightly hazy golden body and small, thin silky head. Taste brings on the yeast again, but the Stone hops come in to bite at the end. Finish reminds me of some French cheese. Interesting!

Photo of TheMultiYeast
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cali-Belgie Bottle:

Slightly hazy yellow orange with bubble white head and patchy lacing.

Smell is an interesting balance of cloves, nanner bread, star anise, honey, and then slight amounts of earthy pine among citrus and prickly, moist, musty, hops.

Perfectly balanced between Stone IPA and Belgian yeast influence. Plenty of west coast hop profile blends with mild spice notes. Subtle pepper notes blend with mild bitterness while Belgian sweetness plays upon citrus fruitiness.

Very nice, slightly dry, highly recommended for an IPA change-of-pace.

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Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of HopsHopenstein
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of MisterClean
3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At OBF

A - Poured light golden with a 1 fingered head white head. Dissipated slow and left no lacing.

S - Light honey and flowers.

T - Light honey, flowers, heavy mint, and a little funk. Possibly from yeast.

M - Moderate bodied and hop dominated.

D - The flowers and mint dominated this beer, which was really too much for my personal tastes. Crafting a good Belg-IPA is such a fine art.

Photo of moonknight31
3/5  rDev -24.8%

Photo of Beerswag
3.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Reaper16
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours a very light orange - like liquid sunshine - that has a nice balance of transparent clarity and haze. Two fingers of tiny-bubbled off-white head make for some soapy lacing. Not amazing but pretty just the same.

The aroma presents a perfect hybrid of hoppy west coast IPA and spicy Belgian ale. The grapefruit and pineapple reach my nose first. The lupulin smells transition swiftly and completely to a coriander, peppery spicy scent which underlies a plantain/slight banana sort of Belgian yeast fruit character. The transition between the two sides of this beer is impressive to experience. If there is a downside it is that the malt is obscured by the strength of the hops and yeast. And yet despite the lack of malt smell the beer smells really sweet. This is a 4.0 or a 4.5 depending on your tolerance for sweetness.

If you're expecting a really hoppy beer then you will be disappointed. The hops don't get to hog the spotlight on your palate. Up front you taste pepper and and a lemon/banana fruit characteristic as if this were a Belgian Pale Ale all the way. Then the grapefuit and orange flavors blossom to a simmer just short of fresh IPA vibrancy. The finish combines the two in that the citrus fruit slowly dies down in strength while the astringent spice character from the yeast lingers. As the beer warms it concentrates in flavor, becoming a spicy, orange flavored beer from start to finish.

This is a lot thicker in mouthfeel than I would ever personally prefer in an IPA. It thickens up good if you swish it around in your mouth. There is very little active carbonation to help alleviate the heft of the body. So the drinkability for me is affected a bit. Nothing wrong or bad per se, just not categories that this beer excels at.

Cali-Beligique/Belgie is nice experiment, one that I am glad to have tried. Good beer. I wouldn't buy this very much if it were available to me but I can think of some dishes to pair this beer with that would be pretty kick-ass.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Blanco
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear golden color with a good sized white head. Nice strong lacing. At first smell I pick up a ton of hops but after while they become overpowered by the belgian yeast. Once I pull away and go back to it I get a blend of both. It's citrusy and piney, almost like someone poured a tripel into an IPA. The taste is vastly different from the smell. It's unlike anything I've had. At first I'm a little confused then strong grapefruit breaks through and an almost grassy undertone. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I would have expected or wanted. It's also a little flatter than I would have liked as well. Drinkability is decent. This is a different beer and I'm glad I tried it. It's only my second in the style and has me intrigued enough to try others, but I don't know how much I'll be going back to this one.

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of videofrog
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of beveritt
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Wasn't sure if I should use a pint glass or a chalice, but the description makes this sound like an IPA with Belgian characteristics, vice a Belgian with IPA characteristics; if that makes any sense. Picked this up a while ago and have it sitting in my refrigerator. Label is typical Stone silk screen with impossibly long and tedious description on the back.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, dropping down to a thin coating of foam and leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is honey amber and slightly cloudy. Some sediment was roused in the bottle during pouring, but it hasn't made it into my glass yet.

Smell: Slightly piney hop aroma upfront with undertones of sweet peaches and nectarines and a backbone of biscuity malt.

Taste: Piney hop flavor upfront with some psicy, citrus notes. Sweet fruit notes that were in the aroma are not present int he flavor. Medium yet long lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: An interesting style, but not sure it is worhty of an entirely new category. It seems like an IPA with a little more prevalent malt body. Good, sure. But not ground breaking or mind blowing.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,803 ratings.