Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,666 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,666
Reviews: 966
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 78
Gots: 219 | 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:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up from Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Pours a nice orange color with about a two finger white head. Nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma is great mix of what the bottle would lead you to believe is inside. Citrus hops mingle with a nice Belgian yeast aroma. Each sniff is different, with the aromas taking turns being the dominant one.

The flavor is more along the lines of a west coast ipa. The hops play a stronger role than the Belgian yeast, but the yeast is definitely noticeable. The yeast has a very nice supporting role in this one. Good combination.

Solid medium body with active carbonation. Aftertaste has just as much yeast as hops. Not overly bitter by any means. I wish this one would have shown up in MD. I would absolutely buy this again. Good job, Stone.

Photo of zenithberwyn
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Murchmac
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I didnt really pay attention to much except it smells like fruity goodness and tasted like a classic stone IPA, but with a belgian kick.

This beer was really good and I was lucky to get it on tap. I thought stone was slipping as of late, but this gives me hope that every once in a while a brewery just goofs. Very good beer.

Photo of bobhits
2.95/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light honey in color. An ok cream colored head. Has a good body and seems to hold well enough.

American citrus grape fruit hopes mixed with Belgium yeast. The end result is a fruity assault on the nose that then finishes with a touch of spice. So expect orange, lemon, bubble gym, clove, and other spices in this one

This beer is a touch past the best by date but with stone this happens so often I find it hard to demand the freshest beers. Anything fresher than 6 months I'll accept unless it's Ruination since that's just awful "aged." As a result the hops are not dominating this beer like they should and I believe normally do. The end result is bitter but not hop flavored belgium spice. It doesn't work that well. Sadly this doesn't stand up to the 08 vertical epic even aged. I have to give stone credit for what they're doing here, but the malt profile just wasn't done well enough.

Medium body with a clear alcohol presence. A touch heavy imo.

I can't see drinking too many of these either. It's just too thick and the taste is enjoyable but nothing to force you back to the glass for another sip over and over again.

Photo of lccrunchy
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of dgeebs07
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Mack
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of pearljam118
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of magine
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a brownish orange,very hazy brew. Has a chunky massive off white head. Head settles nicely to a chunky island. Has very good lace.

Brew has a floral hop aroma. Somewhat sweet floral nose, spicey. Detect some yeast as well, bready scent.

Brew has a very crisp, somewhat sweet flavor. Can taste the hops, has a bit of pepper spice initially. Finishes dry and not bitter. Can taste the floral hops, fruits and spices blended perfectly with brewers yeast. A great tasting brew.

This is a very drinkable brew. The back of the bottle explains it best "identical twin to a Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgium culture". It has the hop IPA character, with the Belgium yeast flare. Very good brew.

Photo of lochef81
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As a big fan of Belgium ales and an even bigger fan of Stone ipas, I was very excited to sample this hybrid. This ale pours a gorgeous golden color with a thick long lasting white head. Very European in appearance. The aroma is quite sweet with tons of Belgium yeast and malty notes. Though there is definitely and underlying aroma of west coast hops. This one has a lighter body than I expected. The flavor of this ale is more European influenced than I expected with a lot of sweet yeast flavors and Malt. Yet there is a definite American ipa influence. A very decent amount of hops that would not be found in a typical belgium ale. This is not my favorite Stone offering or my favorite belgium ipa but it is a very good well crafted ale blending two of the best styles if beer ever created.

Photo of jharris0624
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of heerboth
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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).

Photo of Googs
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of tewaris
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. "bomber" poured into a Duvel tulip. The freshness date is either unreadable or absent, but this bottle is most likely fresh.

Hay-golden hued and hazy, this beer looks solid amber in the glass, underneath the huge off white head. The head retention is very good and the lacing is splattered all over the glass. The aroma is of fresh fruit and flowers - the hops of Stone IPA work so well with the esters from the Belgian strain. Truly remarkable.

The taste is very similar, fruity and floral, with light flavorful sweetness from a good malt base. The finish is dry (nice!), and long and bittering; and that's where the Cali and Belgique clash in my opinion. I think that the bitter aftertaste is a little too bitter for this taste and the aroma, and although I don't think this way often, I really would like to see what happens with the bitterness dialed down a few notches.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with good carbonation, although I won't call it crisp. Overall very good, but nowhere in my personal top list.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

Photo of aubuc1
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange with a steady white head.

Belgian sweet with a fruity hoppy pop.

Taste is very smooth. Light bitterness on top of belgian yeasty.

Very creamy, carbonated mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer. I could drink it all day.

Photo of everetends
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle I picked up at Cheers in Carrolton, GA. Served up in a tulip glass.

A: Pours a pretty nice amber/orange color to it. Held up to the light it has a really nice glowing orange/yellow color. A pretty quick pour yielded a finger of white head. The head really doesn't have much retention. It quickly fell to a pretty nice white ring that creates some spotty, sticky lacing on the glass. The beer is a bit hazy with a lot of carbonation activity going down in there. Pretty good looking brew.

S: Smell is pretty interesting. Really nice banana and clove smell coming out. Then there is a really nice, yeast presence. Then comes some pretty nice floral and citrus hops. A bit of caramle malt is coming out as well. There is also some really nice peppery spice coming out as well. Nice but everything is a bit on the weak side. This beer just doesn't have that awe inspiring moment when you take a whiff. Don't get me wrong, its pretty nice.

T: Taste is pretty damned nice. The Belgian yeast stands out nicely but isn't crazy over powering. The banana and clove are really nice, there is also some good green apple flavors in there as well. The hops are very tame with a really nice perfume floral presence along with some nice citrus (mandarin orange). The caramel malt tries to create a touch of sweetness along with a pretty decent buttery goodness, but it is quickly neutralized by the peppery spiciness. There is also a touch of grapefruit and pineapple coming out here in the finish. God, this is pretty tasty.

M: Medium bodied brew that has a really nice crispness to it thanks to the carbonation level. This beer is really friggin refreshing. ABV is light and doesn't show up to be a factor at all. Aftertaste is light because this brew doesn't have much stick or oilyness to it. Aftertaste is pretty fruity with the pineapple and grapefruit.

D: This beer is quite tasty. The aroma and look are a bit weaker than I thought they would be, but the taste makes up for it. This beer is easy to drink and it would make a fine hot weather day. This beer will quench any thirst and the ABV is low enough so you can easily kill a couple bombers. Just well rounded and enjoyable. Hopefully this brew come around again.

Photo of Nage37
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of mixed_master7
4/5  rDev +0.3%

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

The folks at Wine World in North Augusta, SC cracked open a couple different beers they are sampling in an upcoming tasting and invited me to join in on the fun.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a 1-2 oz. sampling cup.

A full review is not inherently necessary for this brew, as it is in character precisely what the brewery claims it to be on the label: Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain used for fermentation. The overall character is virtually identical to the brewery's standard IPA, balanced heavily toward bitter, citrusy American hops, with a distinct hint of peppery spiciness and a bit of fruitiness that is unmistakably characteristic of Belgian yeasts.

Overall the combination works quite well, and fans of both West Coast IPAs and Belgian golden ales should find it quite tasty and very drinkable.

Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jbriggs7
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,666 ratings.