1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
89
very good

2,529 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 2,529
Reviews: 960
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 169 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 2,529 | Reviews: 960 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of tripledbrew
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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

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

harsley, Feb 27, 2014
Photo of jminch
4/5  rDev +0.3%

jminch, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Bear1964, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of KiMiRaiK
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 20, 2013
Photo of GreenMountainBoy
3/5  rDev -24.8%

GreenMountainBoy, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crisp, clean, and clear copper with hues of amber depending on how it is held to the light. I get a full inch of frothy and creamy head that produces mediocre lacing in sloppy broken rings.

S: The immediate impression is the spicy aroma of Stone's Belgian yeast strain. As i hold my nose closer, I can make out the signature piney hops of the Stone IPA from which this creation was spawned. There is a bitter presence to those hops, too. This is an interesting combination...seems almost like it could be a part of the Vertical Epic series, as those have been phenomenal style mixes.

T: Those piney hops come through as beautifully in the flavor as they do in the nose. There is no letdown as this Belgian IPA is true to its roots as a hoppy west coast creation. Complemented nicely and well-balanced by the spicy character contributed by the yeasts. The bitterness is muted and lets the flavors from the yeast and hops do their thing, without overpowering them.

M/D: Though they are subtle, the hops provide a syrupy resinous texture. Moderate carbonation is just about perfect. Light enough to handle a whole bomber on your own, but a little bit too much for more than that. This beer is a very interesting offering, and I can't wait to try it on tap next week.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

In_Control_Mike, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of AnalogErik
3.75/5  rDev -6%

AnalogErik, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of Sturmthis
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Sturmthis, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3/5  rDev -24.8%

alienlifeforcecube, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Served in a large pilsner glass

A: pours a golden color with a slightly hazy texture to it. Also has an ample ammount of fluffy head

S: very nice and unique scent that contains both the belgian and ipa characteristics

T: beautiful taste, nice, but not overpowering, ipa characteristics. The belgian/wheat characteristics are present in the background but also help to make it such a smooth drinking brew

M: average mouthfeel with a slight ammount of tongue tingle

D: highly drinkable beer with very smooth characteristics but still beautiful tastes

Overall I absolutly love this beer and it is my mission to spread its wonder to all

BigPlay1824, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of NWer
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the bottle neck: "Enjoy by 12/01/11"
Nice pour into my Chimay chalice. Moderate head. Dissipates quickly. Golden clear appearance.
Wow factor in force. Initial impression of taste blew me away. Fantastic experience. Semi-sweet up front followed with a lemon peel back end.
A very enjoyable beer so full of flavor it's sipable without the extreme ABV.

NWer, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of patrick802
4/5  rDev +0.3%

patrick802, May 12, 2014
Photo of bh123
4/5  rDev +0.3%

bh123, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of kegger22
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a slightly hazy amber with a two finger head with good retention. The aroma was hops citrus. The taste was more IPA than Belgian, it wasn't so loaded with carbonation that you could taste nothing else. Mostly citrus but I got just a hint of banana too. Nice blend of bitter and sweet. Feel is light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good. Sorry, but I didn't see this as anything more than a tricked out IPA, good though.

kegger22, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of acevenom
3.75/5  rDev -6%

acevenom, Aug 13, 2012
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
Photo of beergod1
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not sure what I was expecting with this. I was pleasantly surprised. Thanx DK. Poured into a St. Bernadus Goblet,clear Honey colored pour with a foamy ivory head that leaves significant lacing on the inside of the glass. The nose is...interesting, earthy, some Belgian yeast character, spicy hops, Grapefruit rind. Nice bitter sweet flavors, a hint of belgian yeast, caramel, grapefruit and pine. Fruity bitter finish. Active carbonation. Delicious beer. Drinks very well.

beergod1, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of Zraly
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden color with one-finger white head. Smells a bit floral and a bit funky.

Nice, round earthy flavor. Hops are present and a bit spicy, but this works extremely well with the funky, sweet flavors of the sugary malt backbone. A touch of orange peel. Wild yeast note, along with a "farmhouse" feel on the palate. Alcohol is very well-hidden, and this drinks smooth.

Would pair with a cheese board, roasted garlic and crusty french bread.

The style is interesting, and Stone's is a pretty interpretation.

Zraly, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of bishopdc0
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife split into Allagash and New Belgium tulips.

Pours a straw yellow with a big thick sticky head. The lace is frothy and laces very well.

The aroma is spicy hops mixed with a slight pale hops and a yeast bubblegum aroma.

The taste is perhaps a little unexpected due to the brewers. It starts by filling the mouth with carbonation. The taste of hops comes in, slight malt backed. The hops are subtle, for Stone. They create a almost pine spice and a slight yeast at the end. The hops finish with a slight bitter finish.

At first i wasn't sure what to think about this. I thought it wasn't outstanding, good but. As I consumed it the taste enhanced and i grew to like it more.

I must note my wife loved it.

bishopdc0, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of mpenning13
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

mpenning13, Apr 19, 2014
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,529 ratings.