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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,527 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,527
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 167 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

LarryMyers, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

HumphreyLee, Apr 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

csmalley, Dec 07, 2013
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

larryarms847, Aug 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

AlaskanYoung, Dec 05, 2011
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2/5  rDev -49.9%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
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 czfreeman
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cellear contributPoured from my 22oz bottle.
Beautiful golden color. Heaviside medium thick. Carbonation bubbles mixed with a slightly hazy appearance, really a great looking brew.
aromatics of California come first. Centennial ,Chinook bitter pine, orange lemon citrus grass
All followed by a blast of Belgium. In the form of yeast spice goodness banana orange pepper clove spiced apple pear lemons and musty yeast cellar.
Taste is a welcome dominated Belgian flavor.pepper yeast citrus cellar lemon lots of grapefruit wheat blast of hops. Clean and refreshing.
Mouth feel is light bitter and well carbonated
In my opinion a great balance of west coast meets Belgium

czfreeman, Jan 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

kkrez, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

yergermeister, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of NCSUdo
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Clear golden under a medium white head. Good lace and retention.

S: A nice sweet malt hits the nose first, some subtle citrus and pine hops. Surprised at the level of hops considering this is from Stone. Not complaining though, as the aroma is very balanced. Not getting much yeast which I expected.

T: Again, sweet malt is prominent, with a good mix of piney and citrus hop, along with the yeasty character I was expecting. Citrus hop character hangs around with a decent bitter finish. Yeast really kicks off a lot of flavors with every gulp. Earthy, a bit funky, maybe some apple. Very good.

M/D: Medium bodied, a bit velvet like on the tongue, carbonation is pleasing. Drinkability is very good. Excellent beer.

NCSUdo, Nov 11, 2009
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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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2.78/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had the Cali-Belgique in a tulip glass.

Appearance- This copper body has very attractive pineapple -meat highlights. The impressive foam is two-fingers in width with a white hue that dies slowly to a ring.

Smell- The Belgian qualities are certainly apparent: peppery, musty, and an herbal spiciness that reminds me of coriander. There is only a slight orange and passion fruit citrus quality to this nose. And, unfortunately, a little bit of skunk.

Taste- It starts to turn for the worse here. The skunk was handled on the nose because enough of the Belgian and citrus qualities were evident. Here, however, the skunk really pierces through and also imparts a band-aid, phenol character.

The earthy yeast is not as spicy, and there is only the softest impression of passion fruit. The bitterness certainly is not strong with this beer, but hits the palate just enough.

Mouth feel- It would be nice if this had a slightly bigger body, as it stands, it is a medium to light affair. Maybe a touch under carbonated with how slick it slides over the tongue.

Overall- This Belgian IPA could have stood to have flavors that meshed a little better in the end. The belgian yeast did not compliment the IPA flavors very well. And to top it off, the feel was just a little too light and under carbonated to help.

The off putting phenols and skunk in the nose really sealed this beers fate in the end, however, I do not know how much better this drink would have been with them taken out of the equation.

Pintofbrown, Jan 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25.3%

TicoCali, Nov 15, 2011
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a creamy head. Good spiderweb lace. Steady flow of carb bubbles coming off the bottom. Smell is an interesting mix of citrus and spice. The pepper comes through strongly. Taste follows the smell. The pepper spice is the most prominent but there somehow remains a citrus backbone. Good full body. Another strong brew from stone. They never dissapoint.

beermanbrian, Aug 31, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/burnt orange with a big amount of fluffy white head which dissipated quickly down to nothing but a ring. The aroma is a combination of orange and lemon/lime citrus with a spicy/fruity, slightly sour, Belgian yeast. Any malt character is subdued by the big yeast aroma. Flavor is fruity orange and mango but countered with a peppery spice of yeast. Malts are present more now than in the nose giving the hops a caramel/toffee backing. The spicy, clove, character dies down for the finish leaving only fruity hops and a bitter bite. Yeast subdues a massive hop character which goes well over a light and creamy body.

DrinkingDrake, Jul 10, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

tripledbrew, Dec 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

hellhammermario, Jun 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

harsley, Feb 27, 2014
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3.03/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange amber with a foamy/frothy off-white head and good retention. Pine-floral aroma with a yeast backdrop. Floral and pine hop bitterness. Extensive saltiness. Balanced sweetness at forst shifts to bitterness. Light bitter linger. Smooth feel with a bite.

I remember enjoying this much more previously. Perhaps it was mishandled since it was best before 4/22/11. Overwhelmingly saltiness makes for a more basic, strong IPA with only minor yeast qualities. I'm going to have to search for a fresh one on this as it didn't compare to Le Freak.

Bfarr, Mar 01, 2011
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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
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jminch, Mar 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

xdtfx, Aug 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bear1964, Nov 20, 2013
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,527 ratings.