Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,020
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rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 9.98%
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Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008

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Photo of torchednoodle
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer tastes like a mix of Stone IPA and Belgian, and it's on purpose and spot on.

This beer is faithful to it's name. Tastes eactly like a mix of California IPA with more than a touch of Belgian. Hint of bubble gum-Belgian aroma and taste, with a totally palatable and not-insignificant complement of Stone IPA. Excellent combo, and a much more complete attempt than Green Flash's Le Freak, which tasted more Belgian than a mix of styles, and was more expensive to boot. Seriously, hats off to Stone on this.

Dug it. Thanks, Greg & Co., I will be buying again. It may not be up my particular alley, but I recognize the artistry in the mixing of styles. (659 characters)

Photo of thistle3189
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Not you're standard IPA. I am not sure what a Cali or a Belgian IPA should be but this is quite good, I will try it again with there standard IPA witch should be the same except of the different Yeast strain.
A: Huge head, lots of carbonation and lacing. This beer is light in color but cloudy with carbonation.
S: Not big.
T: a good IPA, A little light but a little funky Belgian yeast taste that I am growing to love.
M: Good but nothing outstanding
D: I could drink a lot of this. (483 characters)

Photo of SanDNigel
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- The beer pours a bit crisper than the standard STONE IPA, the smallest hint more clear and lighter. Mott's AJ color almost to the T
S- The Columbus/Chinook/Centennial are having a slap fight with the proprietary Belgian yeast. With hops coming out victorious
T- So very similar to the STONE IPA, but with an unmistakable/very confrontational (in a good way) Belgian yeast forward. Definite hop smack though
M- Very Belgian feeling en la boca. But quick hop bitter/floral palate punch When you sip its a 'Tripel' and when it sits your mouth it's an IPA
-This is a good beer. A very easy to drink good beer, that happens to pair nicely with almost anything else you can put in your mouth. (689 characters)

Photo of dpcoz
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Originally Reviewed 07/16/2010)
Stone Cali-Belgique IPA (Indpa Pale Ale)
1 pt 6 floz, 6.9% ABV
Standard Pint Glass - 07/16/10 (Pinocchio's Beer Garden - $8.50)

Appearance - Faded Amber in Color, Fluffy White Head 2 1/2 fingers up that disappears after a couple minutes. Carbonation bubbles stay consistent

Smell - Herbal, light citrusy smell, maybe some banana/breadish aroma that clearly suggests the Belgian influence.

Taste - Hit up front with Hops and Citrus, particularly a grapefruit taste. Toasty sweetened Malts enter as the hops exit.Transition in flavor is to be expectd with a Stone Product. Maybe some lemon zest in the mix as well.

Mouthfeel - decent hops followed up with carbonation and a dry, slight bitter finish from the toasted malts.

Drinkability - good IPA, barely notice the alcohol, although this is a little lighter in ABV than what I've had or like to enjoy anymore. Anyway, well balanced, good take on belgian influence, but maybe a touch dry on the finish. Still, this is one I'd have again - Stone is truly royalty when it comes to specialty ales. (1,082 characters)

Photo of simpliciter
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a very nice head
S - floral [greatly enhanced by food]
T - generally tart
M - coats the tongue nicely with delicate microbubbles
D - a bit too bitter to quaff

Stone's only (?) ale brewed with a different yeast (a Belgian one!) --- this is otherwise the standard IPA. (282 characters)

Photo of brewdogmrb
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright copper color, like a classic west coast IPA, tight bubbles, almost no head.

S: Enormous mixture of belgian yeast and northwestern US hops. An intriguing, awesome blend. Really well executed. No malt on the nose at all.

T: Again, fruit and citrus from the hops mix very well with the fruit flavors from the yeast. An assertive yet transparent malt backbone, not too thin.

M: Not too thin, but not enough body to withstand the bitterness, almost. Like mostly pefect but a little bit off for my preference in the style.

D: Very drinkable beer with a reasonable, sessionable-for-Belgian IPA.

Lovely all around. I heart stone and this is no exception. (662 characters)

Photo of n0rc41
3.43/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer in a pint on tap at the ale house redding, ca.

A= was really good nice, dark amber color. Great lacing and good one inch head. great appearance.
S=had almost a meat smell to it, bacon hint. Some good tones.
T=the taste wast alright but to me it had a bacon flavor to it. Alright Ipa flavor and hops.. but the Belgian aspect had a little bacon flavor I thought.
M=Was alright not too bad, good palate taste and nothing too strong.
D=I couldnt give the drinkability more scores being the IPA and Belgian aspects didnt flow on my palate due to the bacon flavor.

Overall a good beer. But the two crossing style flavors didnt mesh in my book. (657 characters)

Photo of cyraxx
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a beautiful orange-amber with a nice fluffy white cap atop its head. Nice lacing patterns down the side. Very pretty.

S - The nose has a little bit of funk but is mostly dominated by pine and citrus hops. Very dry. No real malt.

T - The barnyard comes out a bit more in the taste, although the hops are still there. Still no malt.

M - Not bad, decent carbonation.

D - This beer is drinkable enough, I just don't know if I'd WANT to drink more. It's really dry with not too much flavor so that's a combination that won't keep me coming back for more.

Overall, not a horrible beer, but I've had better Belgian IPAs. (629 characters)

Photo of jnfs
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear light orange in color, there is a little head that takes a minute to fall. It's moderately carbonated. The aroma is of a IPA or 2X IPA and super citrusy, I think there's a note of caramel on the nose too. This tastes rounded, sweet, Belgian and 2X IPA with intense bitterness and finish. The finish carries on your tongue and sticks to it. A wicked beer, if you don't mind rolling the dice and are up to something different. (436 characters)

Photo of johlendorf
3.71/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz in pint glass.

A = Clear and crisp, Light amber. Nicely carbonated. Little head. Foam slides down the glass.

S = Floral and sweet citrus, & some hops. Kinda like an IPAish Belgain.

T = Pleasantly malty, then some floral & fruit, ending on a clean hoppy finish. Suprising light for a Stone.

M = Crisp and bubbly but with a satisfingly solid maltiness.

D = The carbonation limits it for me.

Very good beer. I'm usually go for an IPA or stout but I really enjoyed this. Try it if you can get it especially on limited production. (537 characters)

Photo of rstone57
4.8/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours golden and cloudy with a finger's thick head.

Smell is citrus, reduced sugar, hops.

Taste is grapefruit, pineapple, and hops with medium body, medium carbonation and minimal lacing.

Overall this is a great and very well balanced crossover IPA with Belgian Yeast from the folks at Stone. (295 characters)

Photo of kcinlober
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

head: very small, barely any foam

aroma: yeasty + hops equals a fermented, citrusy, piney aroma. pretty appealing

palate: the hops dominate the taste at first, but there is a hint of the yeasty/fruity flavor of belgian styles. i would say that the taste comes out as bitter with citrus aftertaste. it really feels like i just bit the tip off of a douglas fir (360 characters)

Photo of hops1337
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip had a Nice orange color with white head and OK lacing. Faint yeast smell in the background of the seriously citrusy hops. Way more hoppy than most Belgian ipas but i like it. The more it warms the more yeasty it gets on the nose and palate. I quite like this brew and would gladly buy it again. (320 characters)

Photo of bravejoejoe
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell is lemon, pepper, and some bready notes.
Appearance is a golden amber, head dissapates rather quickly leaving behind a minimal lacing.
Taste Lemon hoppiness, the belgian yeast imparts a spicy notes.
Stone has done a great job again. I like many other people may be partial on the judging but I love Stone brewing. They are one of the only outside outstanding brews that we can get in the state of MT so I but it up when I can. (438 characters)

Photo of LikaThaHops
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first review, and i'm just following what i see mostly done for set up beer review style.


Poured into a pint glass

A- Almost a golden copper, with a lot of bubbles. Looks enticing. Poured maybe a 1 1/2 inch creamy thick off white head, and settled to about a CM head through out
-All the way through the 16 oz. serving, bubbles intact.

S- smell is everything i would want from an IPA. floral and citrus notes poke through very nicely, filled with hops. i'm thirsty!

T- The starting taste is that of flowery-alcohol-hops, finishing VERY nicely though, with no alcohol taste and just the hoppy goodness!

M- Its light, yet viscous. Bubbly very drinkable, as i have just indulged on an entire bomber. it hits my IPA button nicely. very nice

D- I could sit and drink this all day/night long. After a bomber, i'm not bloated, and i still have a very nice taste on my tongue from it. A great brew, all in all. Great job, Stone!

A great IPA! (955 characters)

Photo of itlnstallion11
4.34/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- beer pours a nice darker golden color with a nice white head that does not fade fast. Looks like your typical IPA with a hazy appearance.

S-smell is blissful! It's got that west coast ipa smell of grapefruit, pine, some orange, and I get a pleasant scent of pineapple. The unique part about this beer is the Belgian yeast smell that you would get from a Belgian trippel. It has that banana zest that I really appreciate in a Belgian ale with the west coast IPA tartness.

T- awesome flavor! It has the bitterness of the Stone IPA along with its quintessential pine, orange, grapefruit and that pineapple that follows the nose IMO. The end has that sweet spicy Belgian yeast flavor that I know and love that really makes this beer stand out from the rest.

O- great beer it's a unique hybrid that stands in a class of its own. It has the standard west coast IPA flavor that Stone does damn well. Then they throw in the Belgian yeast that seriously puts this beer in an awesome spot in my book. I think this beer can appeal to both the IPA drinker and the Belgian ale drinker. I'm more of a Belgian guy myself and this beer is super refreshing to me for the warmer California months I know and love. (1,203 characters)

Photo of jamesdantes13
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear and vibrant tangerine with a thick white head that fades into a nice white lacing.

Unique smell. At first it smells of pine and a of bit citrus with some sweet malts; however clove and spicy yeast lurk behind.

Tropical fruit and hoppy bitterness are the key players in this brew. The use of Belgian yeast adds an interesting amount of spicy clove to compliment the hops. Lightly toasted malt backbone helps to round out this beer.

Light-bodied and prickly carbonation improve the drinkability. Alcohol is nearly nonexistent.

Overall, this is an interesting brew that is mostly IPA with a hint of Belgian. (614 characters)

Photo of heapofaoatmeal
2.72/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured glass, nice pale color yellow orange. very clear. smell was weak hops and clove a little to simple for an ipa or a trippel. taste was kinda a mess the hop bitterness battled the sweet maltyness. its odd. le freak worked for me while this didnt. meh its a perfectly ok beer just not something i would go out of the way for. interesting concept less then impressive execution. (381 characters)

Photo of HopJ
4.59/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very nicely surprised by this beer. I don't drink a ton of Belgian beer so I can't speak to that directly but I loved this variation of an IPA. Aromatically it held my attention very well with lots of fruit and hops. I got a bit of apple right through to the taste followed by just enough bitterness to keep it in balance. I am very happy when a beer leaves me thinking about the next time I will taste it. (412 characters)

Photo of NealVsBeer
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - straw-colored with generous head which leaves a little lacing around the edges. Well-carbonated.

S - Smells like a Belgian. Bananas, specifically.

T - Very hoppy, but not overpowering. The Belgian yeast balances the flavor quite nicely.

M - Well-carbonated and medium-bodied.

D - While I like this beer, it's not something I want to have very often. One of these a month would be plenty. (396 characters)

Photo of bigolbeerbelly
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow this is a delicious beer. Drank one of the 22oz bottles of this at the flying saucer beer pub in Fort Worth.

Had a typical hoppy ipa taste with what I call the mint chewing gum belgian yeast taste. Very Very good. Poured an amber with thick white head which left quite a bit of lacing. Nice floral/citrus IPA aroma. (320 characters)

Photo of citan133
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a Smuttynose tulip.

App: Looks a lot like the regular Stone IPA. Nice, two finger frothy white head, much like a tripel head, maybe not quite as thick. Light gold in color, not as orange as the regular ipa. Looks much like a belgium ipa normally would.

Lots of floral and pine hops in the hose, with the pine dominating a ton. Something else in the back of the nose that I can't pick my finger on. This smells really good. A little citrus in there too as it warms.

It tastes almost like a light ipa, if that makes any sense. Has a nice pine/citrus hop character to it, especially in the front, then goes into a yeast/slightly spicy very tripel-tasting part at the mid-point where the belgian yeast is very apparent, and then the finish goes back to a light, almost sweet hop flavor before going bitter again.

Kind of light, much lighter than the hop profile would make me guess. Leaves some nice bitterness in the finish for a long time, nice and crisp, very drinkable.

I didn't expect to be a huge fan of this beer but I am very surprised. This would be a perfect hoppy summer beer for me, I'd get my hop fix while still having something relatively light to drink. The hops are all over the board in terms of flavor, in a good way, and there are lots of layers to delve into, more so than in most other belgian ipa's i've had. Very nice. (1,361 characters)

Photo of kgrober
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this during a Stone Brewing tasting...

Pours a nice golden color with hints of copper, long lasting head with good lacing. Very effervescent and champagne like.

Smell is fragrant with citrus, honey, and a peachy sweetness on the palate. Taste was unique and refreshing.

Excellent drinkability, especially for a hot Summer day. Absolutely made my list to try again. (371 characters)

Photo of 00trayn
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes while visiting the Stone Brewery in California at the World Bistro.

A - A light golden honey color that pours with a finger-width head. Good lacing and head retention. Very fresh (considering I was at the brewery, that's not surprising).

S - A subtle hoppy scent with a hint fruity spice to the nose.

T - A refreshing lightly hoppy beer that has flavors of pineapple and citrus. It has a slightly floral finish.

M - This beer is incredibly smooth, crisp and refreshing. Good carbonation.

O - This is one of my favorite IPAs and it's even more fantastic fresh on tap. The flavors are more subtle and for someone who is new to IPAs (like I was back when I had this), it's a great place to start. (711 characters)

Photo of haningj2
3.56/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is very solid beer all the way around.

Poured from bomber into pilsner glass.

Beautiful beer. Great golden hue with the smallest tint or orange/brown. This beer is very active. Its one of those beers that mesmerizes against a gleaming sun. Very fitting that Stone brews it, cause you'll see the side effects after staring into Medusa's head.

Very aromatic. Slightly spicy. You get the obvious hop spice but seems to be a little piney and nutty. Citrus is present. Typical IPA.

Very clean for Stone. It smells much more IPA-ish than it tastes. Not that I'm complaining. Has much more fruit flavor than I expected. The initial hop punch is there but quickly backs off. Very subtle after-taste. Ruination this is not. The aftertaste has a wonderful hint of vanilla that I never would have seen coming.

Feels nice...even better going down. Not overbearing and has a very clean finish. "Mouthfeel" is opposite ends of their typical brew.

Drinkable but not a sitter. Will probably find yourself drinking faster than you'd like. I actually got preoccupied and let mine sit a little too long. I'd recommend drinking it on the chilled side.

Very solid beer. I will definitely purchase again. (1,201 characters)

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 1,020 ratings.