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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,613 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 2,613
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 197 | 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 cvm4
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear orange/amber with a frothy white 2 finger head. Great lacing as it does down.

S - Belgian yeast esters on the forefront that is supported by light citrus to floral hops.

T - The yeast dominates just like the smell. The citrus hops & floral goodness leaves a light bitterness on the end.

M - Not a heavy body, a bit thin but has medium carbonation.

O - The belgian influence really plays well off the IPA aspect of this beer. Is nice to drink for a change of pace beer.

cvm4, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +0.3%

dgeebs07, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +0.3%

zenithberwyn, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Techichi
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Techichi, Tuesday at 04:40 PM
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 BeerDawgs
4.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22oz pore into my Stone Cali-Belgique glass

A - A golden, pilsnerish clear color. Same appearance as the Stone IPA. 1 finger of head and some sticky lace left all over the glass

S - A nice hoppy aroma, but with an obvious belgian strain. Nice mix!

T - Bitter and citrus hops up front, and then that familiar candy sugar belgian yeast strain taste kicks in.

M - Medium bodied, well balanced, crisp finish

O - An awesome collaboration style! The west coast IPA fermented with a belgian yeast strain. Genius!

BeerDawgs, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of Twal
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Twal, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Furley80
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Furley80, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of lccrunchy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

lccrunchy, Apr 12, 2012
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
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

mixed_master7, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

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

Nage37, Feb 20, 2012
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
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

pearljam118, May 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of AnalogErik
3.75/5  rDev -6%

AnalogErik, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of adamant1912
4/5  rDev +0.3%

adamant1912, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of PhineasGage
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Googs, Jul 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of cbnz
3.75/5  rDev -6%

cbnz, Mar 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

bsm80x, Jun 29, 2014
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,613 ratings.