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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,423
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 133 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a low-moderate, white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin film. Body is dark gold, with good clarity.

S: Spicy hops, with the classic 'Belgian' aroma of spicy phenols and a bit of fruity esters from the yeast.

T: A touch of fruitiness and graininess up front, followed quickly by lots of spicy hop flavor. A very firm bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-light body, with moderate-high carbonation that provides a bit of a carbonic bite.

O: A tasty Belgian IPA, definitely worth trying if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 11:43:47 | More by berley31
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DoctorDog

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 pint, 6 oz bottle into a tall tulip glass.

A- Clear and golden. Pours with a billowing white head, which fades gradually to a thin cap, leaving loads of sticky lacing.

S- Spicy and piney with a hint of fruity yeastiness. As the drink goes on, I am struck by the thought of "canned fruit cocktail" as I bury my nose prior to each drink. Interesting and appealing.

T- Piney/hoppy bitterness nicely counters the spicy/fruity yeastiness.

M- Fairly crisp with fairly high carbonation. Fairly creamy. I like using fairly in this section.

D- Easy drinking, flavorful, and interesting. 25 oz'er a delight to quaff. Quite sessionable.

Future outlook: Good stuff. I can see getting this again. Quite a nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 02:05:54 | More by DoctorDog
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rkarimi

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

03-02-2014 05:30:14 | More by rkarimi
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Zraly

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with one-finger white head. Smells a bit floral and a bit funky.

Nice, round earthy flavor. Hops are present and a bit spicy, but this works extremely well with the funky, sweet flavors of the sugary malt backbone. A touch of orange peel. Wild yeast note, along with a "farmhouse" feel on the palate. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and this drinks smooth.

Would pair with a cheese board, roasted garlic and crusty french bread.

The style is interesting, and Stone's is a pretty interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 00:22:44 | More by Zraly
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -24.8%

12-05-2011 10:09:12 | More by AlaskanYoung
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mobrockman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

02-22-2014 03:29:37 | More by mobrockman
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csmalley

Kansas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

12-07-2013 17:10:07 | More by csmalley
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drdiesel9483

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-24-2014 14:43:15 | More by drdiesel9483
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bishopdc0

Maine

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife split into Allagash and New Belgium tulips.

Pours a straw yellow with a big thick sticky head. The lace is frothy and laces very well.

The aroma is spicy hops mixed with a slight pale hops and a yeast bubblegum aroma.

The taste is perhaps a little unexpected due to the brewers. It starts by filling the mouth with carbonation. The taste of hops comes in, slight malt backed. The hops are subtle, for Stone. They create a almost pine spice and a slight yeast at the end. The hops finish with a slight bitter finish.

At first i wasn't sure what to think about this. I thought it wasn't outstanding, good but. As I consumed it the taste enhanced and i grew to like it more.

I must note my wife loved it.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 23:32:10 | More by bishopdc0
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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +0.3%

02-21-2012 21:05:35 | More by PeteRiz
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

09-10-2012 02:40:11 | More by bluerabbit
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is not up to the usual Stone bar, the biggest issue is a huge metallic twang in there, like chewing on foil or licking a signpole...not like i've done the later.

The aroma is big herbal florals and sticky hop resin that defines the Stone experience.

There's some powdery floral hops and chewy resin in here. astringent lemon peel and some slices like white pepper and clove. It's just an IPA, big chewy and bitter...with some metallic funk. Drinkablility isn't really there, it's just too one-dimensional for me to enjoy in large quantities...i got bored by the bottom of my 22. You want a really good belgian ipa, go with choffe...same price, yet delicious.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 00:59:48 | More by SurlyDuff
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JEdmund

Kansas

4/5  rDev +0.3%

08-14-2013 19:39:02 | More by JEdmund
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a moderate gold with a bit of creamy white head. There's a decent amount of lacing associated with it too. Smell's a little weak considering that this is a Stone IPA, but there's some hoppy grapefruit and a bit of yeastiness. You can tell that there's some Belgian influence here, although I'm not sure how much. It tastes very hoppy and bitter with a decent yeasty finish. It doesn't have some of the spice notes that I like in Belgians, and I think that that could be interesting in this brew. It's not bad, however, just a less aromatic, yeasted-up, watered-down version of Ruination IMO. A bit creamy with a slight dry finish. Herbal aftertaste. A good drink, but not my favorite IPA by far.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:41:39 | More by LordAdmNelson
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climax

Missouri

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this one is a bright golden peach orange. The light plays with it, adds soft edges and an intense glow. The head is good, and the retention is pretty much a ring and some patchy bubbles in the middle.

The aroma is sent straight down from the heavens. Where do I start? The hop aromas are definitely west coast; juicy lemons, pine, bubblegum, yum. The Belgian yeast adds an excellent delicate softness loaded with clove, coriander, pear, peach, and spice. This is definitely a heavyweight balance.

The taste doesn't have the wow factor that the nose did. It comes off a bit sour before I began to dissect it and break down the individual qualities. Once again, the balance between the styles is quite admirable. The yeast and spice flavors on the Belgian end seem to be the most distinguishable flavors. The hop profile is solid from start to finish, I'm less able to pin point the exact hop qualities.

The mouthfeel is quite interesting and hits it pretty much on the head. The carbonation is very sharp without being fizzy. It's cheek pinching crisp even through the finish, which seems to tingle on the teeth. The medium body has a light and cottony character mated with a dry finish, making it pretty easy to drink.

I like it. There's a good IPA in there, but it has the Belgian twist that spices things up when an IPA seems too typical for the occasion. If you like Belgians, it's probably too bitter, sad for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:44:38 | More by climax
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique
on tap at The Avenue Pub, New Orleans, LA

Appearance: Light orange, medium-large head, and great lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, citrus, and hops.

Taste: Malty citrus and hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-heavy.

Overall:
Hops and citrus start it off and it ends with a nice bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

10-21-2010 04:46:11 | More by megahurts4
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gmendez1122

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

05-03-2014 02:16:35 | More by gmendez1122
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LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

11-28-2013 06:02:53 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a light orange amber color, almost grapefruity, with a solid and voluminous two-finger peachy cream head that has some impressive retention. The fluffiness finally faded leaving some nice feathery lacing down the glass.

While resiny and piney with a strong west coast hopping, aroma is strikingly different than Stone IPA with a nice light Belgian twist. Beligian wit-esque yeasty, citrusy and a bit spice. Belgian aromas seem to win out over the IPA aromas.

Taste is interesting, as it's decidedly Stone IPA-esque, yet the Belgian yeast character is definitely there. Piney, resinous and citrusy, there's a delicious IPA in there, but the bready spicy and fruity Belgian yeast adds a nice element to the mix. It lightens the pine hopping. Finishes with a light Belgian-like lemon citrus bite thats perfect. I could go for a touch more of the Belgian yeast flavors, as it still seems a touch on the IPA side of the spectrum.

Mouthfeel is smooth with some ample yet fairly delicate carbonation to hearken to true Belgian qualities. A touch drying on the finish is perfect.

Impressed, surprised, happy. I'm not a huge fan of Stone IPA, but the Belgian yeasts makes this one deliciously different. Ultimately delicious and enjoyable. I definitely plan of snagging a few more bottles of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 18:20:56 | More by djeucalyptus
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bucklemyshoe

Georgia

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/04/2010:

22 oz bomber at 42 degrees into a Stone IRS tulip.

A: It pours a hazy orange color with a finger of white head that has decent retention and lacing.

S: Banana, clove, orange, spicy yeast, floral hoppiness, and grass.

T: Strong and juicy citrus flavors, piney hops, and spicy Belgian yeast.

M: It has a medium body with no major flaws and a drying finish.

D: This is not my favorite style, yet it's still quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 21:07:14 | More by bucklemyshoe
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jharris0624

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

06-28-2013 05:34:18 | More by jharris0624
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jucifer1818

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

a: very light yellow/straw color. Very clear. Would had been better in a taller glass to beter showcase it (Im drinking it in a stout omegang glass)
4/5

s: a sweet softness from its belgian character (light bubblegum and sweet fruit) with a nice restrained hoppy back kick (tropical fruit like hop aroma). Some light carmel/burnted sugar aroma also adds a lot to the beers character.

very restrained, but lovley
5/5

T: Wow, this one really punches you in the face with full on hop power, traditional stone style. Its kinda a shame, since its heavy aggressive hop character really makes it hard to taste the belgian characteristics, but for a hoppy brew it fits the bill well.

Lots of very neutral strong hoppy bitterness (with a hint of spicyness). Once again, if your familar with stone, you know how this beer goes with its flavor.
3.5/5

m: A lot of carbonation leaves a bit of a stinging bite to this beer. Besides that, it is reasonably thined out and light. after the carbonation dies down it becomes a lot easier on the mouth and quite palatable, but it really needs to be dialed down a bit, especially with the heavy hop bitterns acting as a force multiplyer to its biting character
2.5/5

Overall: On the whole, I'm quite divided on this one. if you like the hop style that stone strives for with its bitterness,youl love this beer, which tastes a lot like a lighter AB fermented with belgian yeast, but I was expecting something a bit more restrained on the bitterness so I could enjoy the diverse flavors that the belgain yeast provides.

With respect to the Aroma, I personalty give this one a 3.25/5

Its a good beer for stone fans, but not so much for people like me who don't quite go in that direction (yet, as tastes always change in the long run)

Might be worth a re-taste a year or so down the line, but for now, I will probably not be buying it again anytime soon.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 00:42:27 | More by jucifer1818
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Kinsman

California

3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, what a beautiful looking beer. Light orange with pale straw color highlights and a sticky looking almost pure white head.

Aroma has plenty of hops but the yeast really dominates the aroma. Lots of fruity esters with some spice mixed in. Hops add their citrusy notes too but not as strong as I expected.

First taste and I'd have to say this is the hoppiest Belgian IPA I've had. Cali-Belgie is an appropriate name for this, as the west coast hop flavors of citrus and some pine/spruce really hit you hard but the yeast profile then comes into play. At first I wasn't so sure I liked it but it seems to be growing on me. Fruity and bubblegum yeast profile make a nice alternative to the typical IPA but I'm not sure this is something I would want all the time.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with plenty of body. Overall a pleasant and certainly hoppy Belgian style ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:38:34 | More by Kinsman
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Broke open a bottle for a tasting... we get Stone in Louisiana but I hadn't seen this one so I picked it up in Florida.

It's a deep golden color, with a small white head. Not much retention or lacing on this pour.

The aroma is unique... it's hoppy and bold with a Belgian spice to it. Banana, coriander... very nice.

The taste is very lemony... the hops used give off a very citric flavor to me, and it dominates the mouthfeel. You can still taste some of the sweet spices when you swish the beer around on the front of the tongue, but the slightly sour notes come through more strong.

I really like the way the flavors blend in the mouth, combining citrus, sweet malts, spices to form a rather different beer. It's not like any other beer I've tried recently, and I enjoyed it a lot.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 14:47:42 | More by theboozecruise
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jminch

Ohio

4/5  rDev +0.3%

03-16-2013 17:35:51 | More by jminch
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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