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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,620 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,620
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 199 | 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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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

crob3888, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper hue with a big white head that leaves a whole lotta lacing.

Big floral hops meet the familiar Belgian yeast aroma that I love so dearly. Neither of the two overpower one another, striking a nice balance.

The flavor -- while slightly heavier on the floral and citrus hops than Belgian yeast byproducts -- is pretty well balanced between the two competing profiles. The finish is a nice combination of slight sweetness and big hops.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and damned dry.

Drinkability is pretty high. While this is in no way my favorite Belgian IPA to date (Houblon Chouffe, I'm looking at you), it's a really tasty brew. If Stone were to offer it in sixers, I would definitely grab one from time to time to spice things up a bit (no pun intended... ok, maybe a little bit).

BigJim5021, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of slimntubbs
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of jbriggs7
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

jbriggs7, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of Travisnin
5/5  rDev +25.3%

Travisnin, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jbphoto88
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the color of tangerine flesh and is completely clear. The head is soft and bubbly, just off white with slight lacing. The head fades to a small Van Gogh stary night swirl of large bubbles.

The nose is more Belgian yeast then bold hops. It's apple fruity with a subtle candy spice. Interesting but could be more in the IPA direction if you ask me. I guess it's possible that the beer didn't travel well or is old enough to kill the hop nose.

The taste tells the true tale of this lovely brew. It has a slight apple flavor like the nose suggests but is muted and covered by a fantastic malt and hop cocktail. Sweet with a balanced mix of pine and tropical fruit. The finish goes all Belgian yeast with a dusty bready awesomeness. Very tasty and very well done vor the style.

The mouthfeel is soft and mildly carbonated. The body is light to medium and very smooth. There is a middle of the road bitterness that is a total compliment to the flavors and never goes over the top. A really nice beer but I'd rather see it in smaller bottles. Frankly the 22 oz bottle gets boring to me halfway through.

jbphoto88, Feb 02, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

harsley, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to stemmed tulip: Crystal clear golden-amber with a finger of pillowy white head. Almost no bubbles. Heavy lacing around the collar.

Smells of light pineapple & grapefruit hops with a tinge of sweet, spicy yeast character.

Sweet citrus at first, soon followed by a strong (but not aggressive) grassy, orangey bitterness & rounded out by spicy, slightly earthy/funky notes from the yeast. Bitterness in the aftertaste lays on the tongue, keeping a fruit candy-like sweetness just out of reach.

Just a tinge sharp & active, then rested by a soft carbonation that almost expands in my mouth.

This style is relatively new to me, but I'm loving the interplay of Belgian yeast & American hops. Not my favorite example of the style, but still really enjoyable.

OneDropSoup, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bear1964, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of jayhawk73
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a medium gold color with a two finger head that quickly goes away. Lots of carbonation happening in this one. The smell surprised me- very nice! Caught the malt first, then on to grapefruit and passion fruit. A nice balanced smell of tart and sweet. I lose a little of the malt on the taste, but this is one nicely balanced beer that's very drinkable. Great lacing. At 6.9%, you can also have a 22oz bomber and not be completely buzzed afterwords. A nice beer from Stone- they have yet to disappoint me!

jayhawk73, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of jmich24
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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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

ltdantheman, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of DavidST
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the regular Stone IPA, so I have high hopes for this.

Poured into a wide mouthed glass from a bomber with a best before date of 8-11-11 (very nice when did stone start this?). It pours nice, the color is golden with a white head which leaves a little lacing. The smell is of citrus and pine hops with a sweet smell, perhaps the belgium yeast and spice notes. The mouth feel is medium (on the low end) thickness. The taste is pretty great, you a light belgium funk taste and its slightly sweet which is followed by a very hoppy taste on the way down and a bitter pine after taste follows, very good, I don't get quite as much citrus as the regular IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty great IPA, if it didn't cost almost twice as much as the regular Stone IPA, I'd get it quite often. Very good.

DavidST, Jun 30, 2011
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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
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

maxcoinage, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

beerman999999, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of DenverHopHead
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yes!!! Pours golden with champagne bubbles, soapy white head. Lacing is decent, nothing spectacular. Smells like a hefeweizen on steroids, traces of banana and coriander! Taste follows the nose; a total hefeweizen on PED's! Feel is clean and crisp; great Summer beer! Overall I wish this was available in a 4 or 6 pack; other than that, terrific!

DenverHopHead, Jul 21, 2013
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4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a not completly clear amberish yellow. Nice white head formed at the top but dissapated quick. Nice lacing.

Smell is so awesome. The Belgian yeast esters mixed with the hoppyness of the IPA is out of this world. Probably one of the nicest beers I have smelled.

It smells better than it tastes. It's a very good beer but I like the smell of it alot better. It tastes like a tripel mixed with a stone IPA. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is good. No complaints.

Overall I will have this again. It is a very good brew. I will especially get it if I see it on cask or tap.

PeprSprYoFace, Mar 04, 2009
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

brentblack1, Sep 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

srw, May 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

ToddGingerich, Dec 27, 2013
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,620 ratings.