Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,993 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,993
Reviews: 1,043
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.31%
Wants: 93
Gots: 428 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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 Zbyler
3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pale yellow with a nice white head. Mild carbonation.

S- bready notes for sure, slight hop aroma, citrus.

T- Belgian all the way until about mid taste when the hop bitterness becomes apparent. Bready, belgian yeast, slight sweetness to it. Bitter hop finish.

M- crisp, clean, lightly carbonated, not very complex. Feels like you're drinking two different beers as it passes through your mouth. Belgian on the front and pale ale on the back.

O- I was pleased with this brew overall. I am glad it wasn't as hoppy as some belgian IPA's tend to be as that is not my favorite style. The belgian aspect of it was great.

Photo of robby23
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It had a little had light carbonination. Its a very light in tast but still has good aroma to a little out doors tast to it with a belgian wheet. The hops were a little weak but still had a little critus tang to it . No date on the bottle which was odd, but for the price it wasnt bad.

Photo of MisterSH
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle. No printed freshness date that I can find, but I'm happy to report that I've complied with this bottle's stated instructions to keep refrigerated. Hooray for freon, which has allowed me to pour this moderately chilled beer into a Duvel tulip.

Fairly aggro pour reveals a rich orange/gold colored beer with a one finger head that quickly disappates, leaving some nice lacing sliding slowly down the glass. Looks good.

Aroma - a combo of the piney, grapefruity hop resin we're all used to with stone, and a sugary sweet bubblegum essence of belgian yeast. Yeah, there's clove in there too. It smells so much like a stone IPA that my American nose is finding the addition of the belgian aromas a little hard to get used to. It's like running into an old friend who suddenly... smells a little different.

Taste - An up front belgian clove note, followed by a spot-on stone IPA with a satisfyingly mellow, but undeniably perceptible essence of sweetness amidst the hops. Finishes just slightly spicier and more peppery than a stone IPA. If you've never had a stone IPA than this description is not making any sense to you, but the gist is that this beer tastes exactly like what it is - an established American IPA brewed with beligan yeast. Lingering aftertaste is a pretty tame and pleasant hop bitterness, accompanied by an unusual but very subtle bready sweetness, balancing things quite nicely and keeping the palate ready for the next sip. More drinking reveals complex hints of lemon peel, bubblegum, and fresh bread present.

Mouthfeel - Fairly high on the carb, a little chewy and certainly heavier on the tongue than a regular stone IPA.

Easy drinking, nothing dramatic here just a nice remix of a classic that makes sure not to throw anything off balance. All the essentials are still here, the belgian "essence" is subtler than I was expecting and offers a nice, gentle addition to a set of flavors that I hold quite dear to my heart as one of my all time favorite beers. If the choice was between another glass of this or of a regular stone IPA, I'd probably take the IPA. That said, I'd gladly drink this anytime, and I will most definitely be having more of these in the future.

Photo of ksmi116
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear dark gold, with a decent white head with good retention

S - Belgian yeast and tartness

T - Wow, this is interesting. Tangy grapefruit, pineapple, belgian yeast, and other tangy, but not overly bitter flavors

M - Could be a little heavier, but the carbonation and overall mouthfeel is quite delightful

O - I was really impressed that this is as different from anything else that I have tasted. Stone has not disappointed me with a beer yet!

Photo of Jovial_Libations
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

True as advertised it smells and tastes like a 50/50 mix of West Coast hoppy IPA and Belgian pale ale. Surprisingly balanced if a little underwhelming. Drink as fresh as possible.

Photo of CONOR8832
3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber color with mild golden tones, cream colored fluffy dense head which leaves very good lacing on the glass.

S - At first gree apple peels with a mild caramel aroma from the malts but not too intense. good sweet yet floral aroma. Very well balanced in my opinio between hops and malts.

T- Hit with a bittnerness and you can for sure see the tastes that come out of this with them using the begin style yeast. Finishes with a some what not quite ripe great fruit appeal.

M - Good medium bodied IPA with a sharp and crisp feelin about it. Hops leave your palate with a slight coating on them.

D - IMO very well balanced, the belgin style really comes out in this one as the Name says that it should. Not my first choice when it comes to a beer or my first choice when it comes to Stone's beer but worthy of trying.

Photo of scbrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bombers now available at...what Albertsons!? Pours slight hazy gold with white head. Sweet belgian aroma of spice, banana and grapefruit. MInimal bitterness and hop aroma. Flavor is mainly Belgian Golden Ale, with nice citrus notes, maybe grapefruit, with mild hop flavor. Slight hop bitterness.

Photo of hsway
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 22 ounce bottle into a pint glass in two sessions (over the course of one night, obviously). I put the open bottle back in the fridge between sessions.

a: Didn't generate much head despite a relatively strong pour - body is a medium golden color - glows nicely when you hold your glass up to a light.

s: Floral and hoppy.

t: I think this beer balances the Cali-style hopiness with the yeastiness of a Belgian quite nicely - rather than fighting each other, they complimented quite nicely.

m: Smooth but not especially memorable.

d: I thought this was quite easy going down, despite combining two rather intensely-flavored beer profiles.

Photo of PGRADY
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am normally not the biggest fan of Belgian style ales/pale ales/IPAs, but make an exception for this. Quality 6.9% IPA with minimal after taste and full flavor

Photo of seabeetastetest
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours with very little head. Smells more Belgian than Ipa with some bready and sweet tones to it dont expect any smell of hops in this bad boy. Excellent malty taste with a good clean creamy finish. The hops were ever subtle but added to the overall great tasting experience. Overall a good solid 9 out of 10 Great Brew from the ever astounding Stone Brewing CO. This is a hybrid worth buying!

Photo of trpng0bily
3.64/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: golden orange, moderate pure-white head, nice lacing, very crisp

s: citrusy hops, yeast funk that becomes more prominent as the beer warms

t: not enough going on taste-wise to balance the yeast; odd to say about a stone brew, but this one needs more hops to be in balance

m: heavy carbonation; crisp as they come, somewhat creamy

d: more drinkable than i expected

Photo of roscoehnj
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice enough looking beer, clear, slighly amber gold with nice lacing.

I've never had a Belgian IPA so don't quite know what to expect. I am getting a lot more "Belgian" than IPA for the nose. Clear smell of Belgian yeast.

Same for the taste. The sweetness imparted by the yeast is leavened somewhat by the hops with a bit of hop bite. Nice mouthfeel with a hit of carbonation at the end. I'm not quite sure what to make of it. I can't get the usual grapefruit typical of Stone IPA. This will take some thought.

Goes down nicely but I'm not sure I like the melding of what to me are two distinct styles. I'll have to try others and see if its the style or the beer that doesn't quite work for me.

Photo of myost88
4.74/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle a tulip pint.

Appearance- Crystal clear pale gold color. Very active bubbling. Two finger frothy white head. Sticky, patchy lacing remaings sporadically across the glass.

Smell- Hop forward like most Stone beers. Floral and a little piney. Clove scent is present from the belgian yeast. It smells quite sweet. Very complex aroma with many layers.

Taste- Wonderful biting hops at first. Tart grapefruit and pine is prevalent. Strong malt backbone rounds this out perfectly finishing sweet. The Belgian yeast strain really serves to highlight the hops and malts, both seperately and taken together, adding a nice spicy kick just before the end of a quaff. Typical of Stone it is sweet at the end not dry. Dare I say I like this better than the original Stone IPA?

Mouthfeel- Just enough carbonation to make this one "jumpy" but keep that nice smooth feeling going down. Medium bodied.

Drinkability- This is both a slow sipper and a beer you can really take some good gulps of. I could see myself enjoying a few pints of this in a row and it wouldnt grow old. Complex, layered brew makes this a good stand alone beer, though I wouldnt want to pair this with food because I like it as is without other flavors going with it.

Overall- Really a terrific beer in my opinion. Belgian yeast really plays well off of the American hops. Stone I hope you make this at the very least a perennial seasonal release, if not a year round.

Photo of SolsticeDreamer
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is golden with a rich thick head that crowns.

The smell is Estery with hints of bubble gum and sweet malt. Oh yeah, there's hops in there.

Tastes like good Belgian yeast chased by a good hop flavor. No real strong bitterness which allows the malt and yeast characteristic to come through.

Mouth feel is medium light with good carbonation. Good bite from the dryness, finishing clean.

I buy this stuff by the case, it's my favorite style and, well, stone is a good brewery. It's well done and cheap. Good daily night ender.

Photo of Clembo1957
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 1 pint 6oz bottle with a good foamy head.

This is a Belgian twist on Stones' IPA made with Belgian Hops. the beer pours with a good foamy head and has afruity but not too fruity taste with Grapefruit and Pineapple. there is a mildly spicey presence but not too obtrusive.

6.9% ABV but very deceptive while drinking, i felt like knocking back several bottles but unfortunately only had one!

An interesting twist on Stones IPA, very drinkable and worth checking out!

Photo of ronzorelli
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got it in the 22 oz bottle, and pairing it with a Carlos Torano Exodus 1959 cigar.

Has a pleasant, slightly fruity aroma. Pours well into my pint glass, without too much froth or foaminess. Hops hit you up front when you first sip it, but then they fade very nicely into the background as you continue to sip. As it warms slightly, it gets even better as the aromas and flavors begin to release.

A very nice blend of an IPA and a Belgian.

This is my first Stone beer outside of Arrogant Bastard. It's nice to see they're not a one trick pony.

Really enjoying this brew.

Photo of rangel2
3.36/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, pumpkin orange in color, poured from bomber into Carolus tulip glass. Very little head.

Belgian yeast aroma. Very little else coming through. Some faint apple.

Apple juice right off the bat, very little bittering. Honey. Slightly cloying. Hmm. I must have bought a bad bottle. Not impressed. Some lemon zest.

Under carbonated, thick, like a cider.

Overall, not horrible. But I was expecting way more.

Side note:

Let it warm up, and the idea became clearer. Still overwhelming apple cider to it. Thin carbonation. Thick mouthfeel. Obscure to say the least. Having said all of that, I keep drinking it. Hmmm.

I'm gonna buy this again, from a different store, and give this beer review another go.

Photo of torchednoodle
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of thistle3189
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of SanDNigel
4/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of dpcoz
3.72/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of simpliciter
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of brewdogmrb
4.34/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of n0rc41
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of chaseparker9
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Too spicy for my taste but overall a great beer

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,993 ratings.