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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,393
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 71
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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LordAdmNelson

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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 +3.8%
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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PeteRiz

Connecticut

4/5  rDev 0%

02-21-2012 21:05:35 | More by PeteRiz
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megahurts4

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
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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djeucalyptus

Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%
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%
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 +6.3%

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

Louisiana

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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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jucifer1818

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -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 -4.3%
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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ZenAgnostic

Texas

3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Three Philosophers mini snifter.

Appearance - Clear bronze-copper. Small white head.

Smell - Sour apple. Almost like a Flemish. Don't know how to interpret this. Stale bottle or innovative style? I'll take it for what it's worth.

Taste - A cross between an IPA and a Flemish sour. Both characters being mild. Weird and interesting.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Acidic.

Overall Drinkability -There's no real style or frame of reference by which to grade this. They apparentlycall it an IPA but it's not like any I've had. I'll have to simply rate it on sheer enjoyment factor, and there it does well.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 18:58:00 | More by ZenAgnostic
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mobrockman

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

02-22-2014 03:29:37 | More by mobrockman
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gmendez1122

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

04-12-2012 12:12:44 | More by lccrunchy
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rkarimi

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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

Ohio

4/5  rDev 0%

03-16-2013 17:35:51 | More by jminch
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Elfastball7

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +25%

11-14-2011 22:33:20 | More by Elfastball7
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elec

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

08-05-2012 01:22:07 | More by elec
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgi IPA (bottle)
A: pours a great, clear copper color. Nice frothy white head, with a great retention rate and outstanding lacing.

S: great aroma of spices from the Belgian side , very flowery and earthy. Great nose from the hops, slight citrus and earthy notes.

T: great IPA notes, some citrus and earthy flavors blend well with the Belgian sweetness and spiciness. Very well done.

M: full bodied brew. Nice bitter palate with some sweet malt backbone. Big carbonation level.

D: nice brew and well worth getting. A typically good brew from a good brewery. I love this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2008 18:35:33 | More by paulthebeerguru
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MarioM

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

11-20-2012 07:55:59 | More by MarioM
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JLapadura

New York

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

11-03-2013 19:15:00 | More by JLapadura
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AlaskanYoung

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -25%

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

California

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light amber with a fair amount of white bubbly head. Just a film on the surface retains, but leaves fairly nice lacing.

S: Lightly sweet and somewhat grainy, with fairly light floral hops.

T: Still lightly sweet, with more noticeable citrus, especially grapefruit. Finish is hoppy but not hugely bitter.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall a decent IPA, but not really outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2011 03:48:41 | More by seand
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (2010) into a Duvel tulip.
A: The murky golden body has a nice and orange color out of direct light, but also has a light yellow in the light. The white head pours a frothy two fingers, but settles to an island of foam.
S: A piny aroma, a bit of medium intensity, while nice subtle Belgian yeast notes are present.
T/M: The final off flavors are a satisfying dry bitterness. While sweet flavors remain, this is a nice and long lingering finish. The body finishes with a long and piny finish, still a hint of the creamy mouthfeel. The up front flavors are rich and vibrant. Good flavors, a bit more earthy overall, added a bit of Belgian funky yeast, but not enough, or too much for that matter.
D: Great all around Stone brew, a nice version of west coast IPA and Belgian influences. I find this flavorful brew to be a nice and easy drinking BIPA and deep earthy flavors are welcoming.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 04:59:33 | More by GDBEERMAN
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Bear1964

Nebraska

4/5  rDev 0%

11-20-2013 22:20:02 | More by Bear1964
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,393 ratings.