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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,567 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 183 | 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 ltdantheman
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper hue with a big white head that leaves a whole lotta lacing.

Big floral hops meet the familiar Belgian yeast aroma that I love so dearly. Neither of the two overpower one another, striking a nice balance.

The flavor -- while slightly heavier on the floral and citrus hops than Belgian yeast byproducts -- is pretty well balanced between the two competing profiles. The finish is a nice combination of slight sweetness and big hops.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and damned dry.

Drinkability is pretty high. While this is in no way my favorite Belgian IPA to date (Houblon Chouffe, I'm looking at you), it's a really tasty brew. If Stone were to offer it in sixers, I would definitely grab one from time to time to spice things up a bit (no pun intended... ok, maybe a little bit).

BigJim5021, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of larryarms847
5/5  rDev +25.3%

larryarms847, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Nage37, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of MrDave
4/5  rDev +0.3%

MrDave, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of harsley
3.75/5  rDev -6%

harsley, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

cbnz, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of AnalogErik
3.75/5  rDev -6%

AnalogErik, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of DavidST
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the regular Stone IPA, so I have high hopes for this.

Poured into a wide mouthed glass from a bomber with a best before date of 8-11-11 (very nice when did stone start this?). It pours nice, the color is golden with a white head which leaves a little lacing. The smell is of citrus and pine hops with a sweet smell, perhaps the belgium yeast and spice notes. The mouth feel is medium (on the low end) thickness. The taste is pretty great, you a light belgium funk taste and its slightly sweet which is followed by a very hoppy taste on the way down and a bitter pine after taste follows, very good, I don't get quite as much citrus as the regular IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty great IPA, if it didn't cost almost twice as much as the regular Stone IPA, I'd get it quite often. Very good.

DavidST, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -24.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Lunch
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz. bottle purchased from The Wine Source in Baltimore, MD into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass at the appropriate temperature (02/11/10).

A: Pours a nice, hazy, golden blond capped with a fluffy and creamy off-white head of about three fingers. Beautiful ringed lacing is left on the inside of the glass. Really nice looking beer.

S: Aroma of citrus hops with a nice Belgian flair from some unique yeast.

T: Wonderfully crisp and fresh flavor profile consisting citrus hope with tones of orange peel, lemon, and some mild grapefruit. Some bitterness is found and increases with each sip leaving a great aftertaste. The Belgian yeast works beautifully creating a west coast Belgian IPA. Very well done.

M: Medium-bodied with with moderate and somewhat creamy carbonation. Rather crisp, yet bitter and no real hint of the 6.9% abv.

D: Extremely drinkable and rather refreshing.

Overall this is one of my favorite Belgian IPAs and certainly one that has everything you would expect from Stone. Another solid beer from Stone. Recommended.

Lunch, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a not completly clear amberish yellow. Nice white head formed at the top but dissapated quick. Nice lacing.

Smell is so awesome. The Belgian yeast esters mixed with the hoppyness of the IPA is out of this world. Probably one of the nicest beers I have smelled.

It smells better than it tastes. It's a very good beer but I like the smell of it alot better. It tastes like a tripel mixed with a stone IPA. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall I will have this again. It is a very good brew. I will especially get it if I see it on cask or tap.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of beerman999999
4/5  rDev +0.3%

beerman999999, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel Tulip

A: Super cloudy dull orange in color. One finger head dissipates very fast. Some lacing.
S: Belgian funk upfront. Touch of citrus hops and then more funk.
T: Super sweet initially, finishes funky and bitter. Grassy, citrus hops.
M: Medium mouth feel, finishes slightly bitter and wet on the tongue.
O: I am a huge IPA fan and this was just what I was looking for, something a bit different. Funky Belgian yeast accompanied by citrus hops make this interesting to say the least. Not world class in my opinion but very good!

jmich24, Jul 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was really good.

Appearance- copper color, good head retention, transparent

Smell- floral hops

Taste- excellent, hoppy

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very drinkable, really good, will be drinking it again, Stone has always done a great job and I am not surprised that this one is awesome.

jeffjeff1, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of throwback
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

throwback, Nov 14, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

anticipation23, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of dacrza1
4.55/5  rDev +14%
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...

dacrza1, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of Wetpaperbag
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Thick foamy frothy head. The beer is golden amber in color.

S- This has a nice smell. Clove and banana with a mix of hops. Great combination of Belgian yeast with hop taste.

T- The taste is unique. The hops are quite bitter, yet there is a nice clove taste mixed in that comes and goes. But I think the hops are a bit too bitter. They should be sweeter to combine with the clove taste.

M- The feel is good and smooth. The hops do have their way with the palate.

D- Easy to drink, but I think I would rather have my Belgians taste like Belgians and my IPAs taste like IPAs.

Wetpaperbag, Mar 06, 2009
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

chcfan, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Pale golden with 2 finger white head. Average retention. Soapy lacing.

S- Belgium yeast is the most noticeable. Some barnyard aroma, with a little peppery spice. Interestingly, not detecting huge hop in the nose. Slight amount of herbal hops.

T- follows nose quite well, but will a little more hop presence than nose indicated. Good balance. No weakness, no outstanding qualities either. Good mix of spice, earthy hops, and Belgium barnyard funk.

M- Mid body, fairly smooth and drinkable. Nice crisp finish. Maybe a little under carbonated for the style, but favorable for my palate.

O- Solid brew. Enjoyable. A style that I am really starting to appreciate more and more. This is certainly a nice hoppy take on a Belgium style beer. Amazing how different a slight change in yeast can make.

No bottled on date.

$3.99/bomber bottle

Bosoxfan20, May 05, 2013
Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Furley80, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bear1964, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of zaphodchak
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft, where the hop character varied (apparently due to line issues), but this review is for a taste from a bottle.

Bright goldenrod body and thinnish white head that diminishes into some nice lacing.

Nose is hops, but more complex than that; mysteriously, I kinda get seaweed from this in a bottle, which is odd. Faint pineapple and coconut. A bit of apricot.

Taste is magnificent, complex, some hops (not overpowering) and also tartness, some white grape and orange-- very approachable yet quite complex.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and complementary to the style.

Overall this is one to convert people to pale ales, quite refined.

zaphodchak, May 12, 2011
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.