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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,564 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,564
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 182 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of moarmare
3.75/5  rDev -6%

moarmare, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear gold with a small head that dissipates to a fine ring. Not much lacing.

Smells malty and tropical fruity. Nice floral hop aroma.

Tastes malty upfront, with a tropical fruitiness, ending with a kick of Cali-style floral hoppiness.

Body is light and carbonation is crisp, giving this a refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a nice drinking ale, I like the cali-belgiqueness of it.

Beerenauslese, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of seaoflament
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday I picked up a bomber of this for $5.99 at SouthBay Drugs. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Nice California sunset color with a inch of feathery white foam. Very good retention.

Oh yeah, Belgian yeast influence for sure. There are a bit of tropical fruits at first, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango, nectarine, and apricot; but there is also an earthy and yeasty aroma from the yeast. Very estery with a similarity to a Belgian strong pale ale. There's also a bit of clove and perhaps ginger. Very interesting to see how just the yeast strain can change this brew, at least so far in the aroma. I'm also getting a bit of banana and bubblegum. Later on I get something like Belgian candy.

There's a good bitterness almost upfront but more towards the middle, and more earthy than citrus. I'm getting a bit of citrus rind in the finish and more yeast goodness. Some toasted malts show up at first but the earthiness almost overwhelms all the other possible flavors. Some tropical fruits try to make an appearance but don't hold up too well. I think I'm starting to perceive all the earthy flavors as "dirty" or "dirt"...just something that came to mind while drinking. Spicy finish too.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing too much to say about this really.

seaoflament, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of leroybrown10
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

leroybrown10, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of appetiteforparis
3.75/5  rDev -6%

appetiteforparis, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of Piddmeista
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Piddmeista, Dec 09, 2013
Photo of Artjsantos
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Artjsantos, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an etched New Belgium globe.

A: Brilliant golden in color, with a thick white head that has very good retention. Lacing is sticky and does not want to go away.

S: Floral, citrusy hops are prominent, with some caramel and toasty notes. Belgian yeast adds a fruity element to the beer.

T: Cali-Belgique offers the best of both styles. A bit of caramel malt up front, followed by some dried fruit and banana character. Finish is all hops, with some pineapple and grapefruit, along with a floral note.

Notes: This moderate to medium-bodied brew has a creamy mouthfeel and a killer finish that rivals some of the best. Flavorful, and full of structure. This beer goes a long way. It's one that I will be buying again multiple times.

WYVYRN527, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of fmccormi
4/5  rDev +0.3%

fmccormi, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Lynn
4.75/5  rDev +19%

Lynn, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Pours a nice orange color with about a two finger white head. Nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma is great mix of what the bottle would lead you to believe is inside. Citrus hops mingle with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Each sniff is different, with the aromas taking turns being the dominant one.

The flavor is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. The hops play a stronger role than the Belgian yeast, but the yeast is definitely noticeable. The yeast has a very nice supporting role in this one. Good combination.

Solid medium body with active carbonation. Aftertaste has just as much yeast as hops. Not overly bitter by any means. I wish this one would have shown up in MD. I would absolutely buy this again. Good job, Stone.

Imstillthegman, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into chalice.

A - Pours a hazy dark gold with 2 fingers of off white head. Head dissipates somewhat rapidly, and maintains a thin ring around the perimeter for the entire duration of drinking.

S - A lot of grassy hops in the aroma followed by bitter grapefruit.

T - I get a lot more of the Belgian complexity in the taste than I did in the aroma. Grapefruit and grassy hops, characteristic Belgian yeast, a hint of honey, and a bit of herbal spiciness. This is quite dry and bitter.

M - Medium body with high carbonation. The carbonation is quite prickly and there is a definite dry finish to this.

O - An interesting Belgian IPA. Great for the price and great if you want something different from most IPAs, especially with how dry this is.

ExaltedNecrosis, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of ChipMurray
3.75/5  rDev -6%

ChipMurray, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didnt really pay attention to much except it smells like fruity goodness and tasted like a classic stone IPA, but with a belgian kick.

This beer was really good and I was lucky to get it on tap. I thought stone was slipping as of late, but this gives me hope that every once in a while a brewery just goofs. Very good beer.

Murchmac, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass. Pours a dark yellow, not quite orange, close to a golden color with some cloudiness to it. Gets clearer as it warms up still a bit hazy, very little lacing on the glass. Smell is good. It's initially hoppy, then you can smell the Belgian characteristics to it. Taste is interesting, but gets better as it warms up again. Has the Belgian yeast but the initial taste the hops again, mostly citrus, maybe some slight pine at the end. Noticeable hops but not a very strong taste. Mouthfeel is pretty good, has a slight bite with a dry finish from the hops, but not bad. I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. I feel this is a beer that you really have to be careful if your drinking it with a meal, not a whole lot of options to have it with , maybe something lite.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of bundy462
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Golden, slightly orange. Frothy white head with good lacing.

S: Belgian yeast, spices, sweet, slight hops. Pretty tame for a Stone.

T: Very clean up front with pretty heavy yeast and a bit of clove. Bitter hops in the finish, but doesn't linger for very long.

M: Very smooth, but no hop bite. Pretty thin body.

O: A Belgian IPA, an interesting concept that wasn't mind blowing and surely not worth the price. However, still an above average brew, just not as good as I had hoped.

bundy462, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of magine
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a brownish orange,very hazy brew. Has a chunky massive off white head. Head settles nicely to a chunky island. Has very good lace.

Brew has a floral hop aroma. Somewhat sweet floral nose, spicey. Detect some yeast as well, bready scent.

Brew has a very crisp, somewhat sweet flavor. Can taste the hops, has a bit of pepper spice initially. Finishes dry and not bitter. Can taste the floral hops, fruits and spices blended perfectly with brewers yeast. A great tasting brew.

This is a very drinkable brew. The back of the bottle explains it best "identical twin to a Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgium culture". It has the hop IPA character, with the Belgium yeast flare. Very good brew.

magine, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of bobhits
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light honey in color. An ok cream colored head. Has a good body and seems to hold well enough.

American citrus grape fruit hopes mixed with Belgium yeast. The end result is a fruity assault on the nose that then finishes with a touch of spice. So expect orange, lemon, bubble gym, clove, and other spices in this one

This beer is a touch past the best by date but with stone this happens so often I find it hard to demand the freshest beers. Anything fresher than 6 months I'll accept unless it's Ruination since that's just awful "aged." As a result the hops are not dominating this beer like they should and I believe normally do. The end result is bitter but not hop flavored belgium spice. It doesn't work that well. Sadly this doesn't stand up to the 08 vertical epic even aged. I have to give stone credit for what they're doing here, but the malt profile just wasn't done well enough.

Medium body with a clear alcohol presence. A touch heavy imo.

I can't see drinking too many of these either. It's just too thick and the taste is enjoyable but nothing to force you back to the glass for another sip over and over again.

bobhits, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of jharris0624
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

jharris0624, Jun 28, 2013
Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. "bomber" poured into a Duvel tulip. The freshness date is either unreadable or absent, but this bottle is most likely fresh.

Hay-golden hued and hazy, this beer looks solid amber in the glass, underneath the huge off white head. The head retention is very good and the lacing is splattered all over the glass. The aroma is of fresh fruit and flowers - the hops of Stone IPA work so well with the esters from the Belgian strain. Truly remarkable.

The taste is very similar, fruity and floral, with light flavorful sweetness from a good malt base. The finish is dry (nice!), and long and bittering; and that's where the Cali and Belgique clash in my opinion. I think that the bitter aftertaste is a little too bitter for this taste and the aroma, and although I don't think this way often, I really would like to see what happens with the bitterness dialed down a few notches.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with good carbonation, although I won't call it crisp. Overall very good, but nowhere in my personal top list.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

tewaris, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of zimm421
4/5  rDev +0.3%

zimm421, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange with a steady white head.

Belgian sweet with a fruity hoppy pop.

Taste is very smooth. Light bitterness on top of belgian yeasty.

Very creamy, carbonated mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer. I could drink it all day.

aubuc1, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I picked up at Cheers in Carrolton, GA. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice amber/orange color to it. Held up to the light it has a really nice glowing orange/yellow color. A pretty quick pour yielded a finger of white head. The head really doesn't have much retention. It quickly fell to a pretty nice white ring that creates some spotty, sticky lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy with a lot of carbonation activity going down in there. Pretty good looking brew.

S: Smell is pretty interesting. Really nice banana and clove smell coming out. Then there is a really nice, yeast presence. Then comes some pretty nice floral and citrus hops. A bit of caramle malt is coming out as well. There is also some really nice peppery spice coming out as well. Nice but everything is a bit on the weak side. This beer just doesn't have that awe inspiring moment when you take a whiff. Don't get me wrong, its pretty nice.

T: Taste is pretty damned nice. The Belgian yeast stands out nicely but isn't crazy over powering. The banana and clove are really nice, there is also some good green apple flavors in there as well. The hops are very tame with a really nice perfume floral presence along with some nice citrus (mandarin orange). The caramel malt tries to create a touch of sweetness along with a pretty decent buttery goodness, but it is quickly neutralized by the peppery spiciness. There is also a touch of grapefruit and pineapple coming out here in the finish. God, this is pretty tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a really nice crispness to it thanks to the carbonation level. This beer is really friggin refreshing. ABV is light and doesn't show up to be a factor at all. Aftertaste is light because this brew doesn't have much stick or oilyness to it. Aftertaste is pretty fruity with the pineapple and grapefruit.

D: This beer is quite tasty. The aroma and look are a bit weaker than I thought they would be, but the taste makes up for it. This beer is easy to drink and it would make a fine hot weather day. This beer will quench any thirst and the ABV is low enough so you can easily kill a couple bombers. Just well rounded and enjoyable. Hopefully this brew come around again.

everetends, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of mixed_master7
4/5  rDev +0.3%

mixed_master7, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of superdedooperboy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The folks at Wine World in North Augusta, SC cracked open a couple different beers they are sampling in an upcoming tasting and invited me to join in on the fun.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a 1-2 oz. sampling cup.

A full review is not inherently necessary for this brew, as it is in character precisely what the brewery claims it to be on the label: Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain used for fermentation. The overall character is virtually identical to the brewery's standard IPA, balanced heavily toward bitter, citrusy American hops, with a distinct hint of peppery spiciness and a bit of fruitiness that is unmistakably characteristic of Belgian yeasts.

Overall the combination works quite well, and fans of both West Coast IPAs and Belgian golden ales should find it quite tasty and very drinkable.

superdedooperboy, Jul 24, 2009
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,564 ratings.