Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,021
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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 Murchmac
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of PhiloPsych
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rather lighter/thinner in color and mouthfeel than Ruination. Maybe closer in those respects to the regular Stone IPA? A light, airy head mostly dissipates fairly quickly leaving a thin layer of bubbles on top. Smell is mostly piney hops with the yeasty, Belgian aroma faintly in the background (and becoming more prominent as the beer warms). I really like the mouthfeel--it is light and fluffy, almost like a cask-conditioned beer. It's a nice change of pace for me as I often drink heavier, thicker, more syrupy beers.

I think the taste is very interesting. I had half my bomber with Indian food for lunch and the pairing was terrific, where by "terrific" I mean terrific. A bit later I had a post-lunch solo celebration in honor of having had a good beer with lunch--menu for the party: the rest of the good beer.

When drinking the beer all by itself, I noticed the Belgian tones more--similar to a light-bodied tripel or even a Hefeweizen in some of the aftertaste. Except that there is also all that hoppiness happiness going on.

Well done, Stone, well done again.

(The French at the end of the blurb on the back is grammatically incorrect.) (1,151 characters)

Photo of bbothen
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden brown with a nice bubbly white 2 finger head.

Smells of earthy & fruity hops, Belgian yeast, and some spicy notes.

Crisp big hop bite, pineapple, citrus, earth, grass, spicy, clove, and bubblegum Bealgian yeast. Nice dry hoppy finisg. Interesting.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry, lingering finish.

A unique & interesting brew. Glad I had the opportunity to try. (373 characters)

Photo of paytoplay
4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very impressed with this brew on at SD Toronado. Like it's labeled, very CA and Belg. Big dose of pine resin / sap. Hops are nice and the mid doens't go so belgium aged hop sweet but still has a hint of it and the great texture. Would this possibly age?? Complex nose and maybe the carbination was a bit high? Nice complexity and mission accomplished as it felt 50/50 CA and Belg. (380 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.56/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle from La Bodega in Riverside, CA., September 2008 for $5.99 (?).

Pours a pretty clear golden (on the dark shade) with a gorgeous thick rich head with lots of stickage. This is by far the best part of this beer.

Unfortunately, I have to disagree with the other reviewers on the rest of this beer, because I was sorely tempted to toss it after the first few sips. But I stuck it out to see how it developed as it warmed, and it didn't do much for me.

Aroma of Belgian yeast, bubblegum, and a stale hops/organic (weedy) tone. Tobacco?

Flavor was harsh unfriendly hops, an odd rotten orange fruitiness, an underlying sweetness, coupled with a chewy mouthfeel I just did not enjoy.

Sorry- I appreciate experimentation, and give them credit for that, but as a beer to drink and enjoy, I just couldn't do it. In the end, I did toss about 1/3 of the bottle. Such a waste... (885 characters)

Photo of Tdizzle
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Vendome Fullerton.

A- Poured into an Allagash tulip glass, this beer pours a clear gold color with a thick two-finger head that settles to a thin layer over the beer. Each sip leaves some web-like rings of lacing.

S- Spicy and hoppy. The aroma has the crisp hop character of Stone's regular IPA but with equally intense notes of spicy Belgian yeast.

T- The initial bite from the hops is quickly overtaken by a flavor of spicy yeast. Some bready malts emerge towards the dry finish, which leaves only a mild bitterness on the palate.

M- The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with lively carbonation.

D- This is a tasty beer that's very easy to drink. The 6.9% isn't even a factor in this category. (710 characters)

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

Pours into my 25cl tulip glass with a frothy, pale, just barely off-white, initially three finger thick head. The beer is absolutely, brilliantly clear and is a red-tinged, deep copper color that shows a bright copper hue when held up to the light. The aroma is clearly a mix of hops and yeast character; as I pour this brew aromas of spicy clove and fruity hops intermingle. Interesting, yeast derived fruity esters mix with the hops and it can be hard to figure out where one starts and the other ends. Aromas reminiscent of lychee, tropical fruit, peach, tart grapes are each noticeable but seem to fade pretty quickly once my nose gets used to them. The finish has a dusting of biscuit like malt, some crushed cracker aromatics and a lingering, sweet-tart tropical fruit note.

This is served lightly chilled (approximately 58°F / 14.5°C). There is a nice, biting bitterness that becomes more the dominant note as this moves to the lingering finish. Tropical fruit flavors play a big role in the flavor with a mix of lychee, kumquat, pineapple, peach and mango flavors. Yeast derived spiciness that really leans towards clove pairs with the hop bitterness in the finish and really tends to linger on the palate after each sip. A soft, toasty, biscuit-like malt character contributes to the finish as well and serves as a very light foil to the much more dominant hop character. This is nice and light bodied, which is perfect for a dangerously quaffable IPA; there is just enough malt to accentuate the fruit character with a light sweetness and to contribute a touch of body that keeps this from being anywhere near water.

The yeast character really seems to accentuate the fruitiness that is in the hop character. The standard IPA never had such a vibrant fruitiness to it. This in its freshness reminds me a lot of the IPA from stone that I had years ago. I just can't seem to find a fresh bottle of it that lives up to my early memories of drinking this on tap, this particular beer does have that fresh hoppiness that I miss in the Stone IPA though. This is quite enjoyable and sadly makes me think I need to down grade my rating for Stone IPA as I just can't seem to get that juicy, vibrant hop character in it anymore. I am clearly a sucker for this beer; this really hits the spot and I like how the secondary, but clearly noticeable, Belgian Yeast character interacts with the hop component here.

Purchase: 22oz Bottle from South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA (2,475 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.34/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours yellow with a medium, somewhat fizzy white head, fair retention, doesn't have good lacing like I would expect in a Belgian or an IPA.

S: Dominated by citrus, get a lot of tangerine, citrus, pineapple, and an earthy Belgian yeast kick, light pepper.

T: Has a strong grapefruit orange character that the regular Stone IPA has. Belgian character is there with bitter spice, pepper, and definite bubblegum esters at the end.

M: Medium body with a mild prickly carbonation on the tongue. Too astringent at times.

D: An interesting beer, but in the end I wasn't a huge fan of it, I didn't think the flavours blended well enough together and the hop character got unappetizingly bitter after a while. A nice experiment, I could see myself trying it again, but wont be a go to beer from Stone. (814 characters)

Photo of charlzm
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 09/07/08.

Pours a very clear light golden color with a less-than-one-finger off-white head. Plenty of active carbonation in this one and sticky lacing.

Aroma is sweet (powdered sugar, bubblegum) and a little hoppy (light citrus and flower notes).

Interesting melange of flavors; this tastes like the standard Stone pale ale in its malt profile (caramel) and hop notes (a little grassy and with a light lemon zest) but with peppery overtones and an unexpected surge of bitterness at the end. The finish just flat out doesn't taste very good; a bit medicinal and solvent-y.

Mouthfeel is typical for this beer's standard iteration, meaning a little thicker than water and with a small but noticeable prickliness on the tongue.

Interesting variation on the formula, but not a beer I would nominate for continued production. (833 characters)

Photo of seaoflament
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yesterday I picked up a bomber of this for $5.99 at SouthBay Drugs. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Nice California sunset color with a inch of feathery white foam. Very good retention.

Oh yeah, Belgian yeast influence for sure. There are a bit of tropical fruits at first, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, peach, mango, nectarine, and apricot; but there is also an earthy and yeasty aroma from the yeast. Very estery with a similarity to a Belgian strong pale ale. There's also a bit of clove and perhaps ginger. Very interesting to see how just the yeast strain can change this brew, at least so far in the aroma. I'm also getting a bit of banana and bubblegum. Later on I get something like Belgian candy.

There's a good bitterness almost upfront but more towards the middle, and more earthy than citrus. I'm getting a bit of citrus rind in the finish and more yeast goodness. Some toasted malts show up at first but the earthiness almost overwhelms all the other possible flavors. Some tropical fruits try to make an appearance but don't hold up too well. I think I'm starting to perceive all the earthy flavors as "dirty" or "dirt"...just something that came to mind while drinking. Spicy finish too.

Decent mouthfeel, nothing too much to say about this really. (1,264 characters)

Photo of opwog
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now listening to: Luciano - Jah Lives

Thanks to Beechwood for having this on tap!

A- golden cloudy, white single finger head that stayed even as a string disc through the goblet
S- malt and belgian yeast came together to develop a citrus vanilla cake-like smell.
T- Not far from the smell. Moves a little closer to orange cake with coriander.
M- Nice carbonation, warming on the finish
D- I can't say that thhis is my favorite special release from Stone, but this si certainly drinkable. But, this tastes more like a blended beer that sits side by side wih itself in your glass. (581 characters)

Photo of ChillMike
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Nice golden color with a little bit of an orange color. Pours with a nice two finger sized head that recedes a bit slowly and leaves a nice lacing around the glass.

S: Smells pretty similar to the IPA in respects to the hops used (I suppose that's a "DUH") being very tart and piney. However it does have a very slight bublegum-esque malty scent. Very nice.

T: Starts out with a nice Belgian Pale Ale type of flavor then instantly disappears and gives way to the familiarity of Stone's flagship IPA, and ends with a nice bitter hop after flavor with a slight hint of that Belgian returning. Stone was right in saying "an identical twin raised in a Belgian culture"

MF: Pretty identical to their IPA. I like a bit of a thicker beer so I'll be nit picky and say it's a smidgen watery but that's being really picky.

D: Very very drinkable beer, high marks on this one. I would absolutely love to see a 6 pack of this and the IPA together (3 & 3).

Cheers on another great beer Stone! (987 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub last week.

Pours a clear orange, nice looking, chunky but thin white head forms, settles down to a ring around the glass, touch of lace. Smell is neat, bubblegum, bananas, honey, light floral character, bready yeast, grass, light spice, refreshing aroma. Taste is honey and that bubblegum, banana, floral, nice bit of light fruits, pretty standard fare but well done, the spicy bitter finish is quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation, goes down easy, not too bad. I'd drink this one again. (545 characters)

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

Had this beer at Stone Brewery in Escondido

A: Clean, dark-gold beer. Little head retention.

S: Coriander, piney and some fruity aromas mixed in.

T: Slight sweet maltness along with a subtle bitterness attached throughout the sip. Incredible balance of both sweetness, earthness, and bitterness. Impressed.

M: Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D: One of the easiest beers to drink...honestly. Very refreshing with a good amount of flavor.

Overall: Yummy beer. (496 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Stone Bistro, like everyone else. Apparently this is an in-house brew only at this time as for my understanding. A run of their typical IPA but employing a Belgian yeast strain vs. their usual critters. Rather surprising to a non-home brewer what a difference the yeast alone can make, should my info. be accurate.

Pours a very hazy yeasty golden orange with a solid and sticky head. Smells typically of hops and adding a hint of sourness along with a touch of orange/clove. Taste is a bit confusing/unexpected with some malts initially, hints of citrus and a slight bitterness in the finish. All along the yeast dominates the nose. Drink and Mouthfeel are above average. The alcohol is less evident here than in their standard IPA offering, likely due to the effect the yeast has on the mouthfeel.

Note: This is not the collaboration brew that was produced with Alesmith and Mikeller, which is a Belgian Tripel IPA. (940 characters)

Photo of BeachBumC
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one at the brewery and although I'm not a big fan of Belgian's, this one isn't bad.

App: Cloudy Amber-yellow, 1/2" head and some lacing.

Aroma: Bananas! Fruity and some hops, you can smell the belgian yeast in this one but it's not overwhelming.

Mouth: Light bodied, no bitterness as many Belgians seem to have.

Taste: Smooth, fruity, you can taste the hops and the Belgian yeast flavors but they are nice and balanced. (434 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stone Bistro during RBSG 08. Opaque orange color with a wet white head. Sheets of lacing. Nose is strong tropical fruit, primarily mango with some grapefruit. Flavor is yeasty with a less intense mango note. Really interesting hop flavors but not very much bitterness. Also some clove spiciness. Dry medium finish, smooth mouthfeel. (342 characters)

Photo of Floydster
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass at the Stone World Bistro for four dollars I believe, think this was the Belgian IPA that they had not named yet a few months back, had some then too

A-Golden orange, pretty cloudy, one inch white soapy head, some retention, decent lacing
S-Belgian yeast, variety of hops, orange zest, lemon juice, spices, sweet malt, and grassy accents
T-Started out with a sweet malty taste, spices in the middle, lots of coriander, finish was hoppy and piney which was a nice touch, got more as it warmed and spices came to surface more, never got syrupy, liked the balance of flavors
M-Somewhat sweet and bitter mouthfeel, medium bodied, well carbonated, taste did not stick around as long as I wanted
D-Could drink a few glasses of this easily, refreshing on hot day, no booze in the flavor, ABV is not too high, lighter than expected

Love Stone IPA, so I was expecting something big from this and was not disappointed, reminded me of hoppy Belgian pale until it warmed and I could really taste the piney hops, will drink again, recommended (1,037 characters)

Photo of gpogo
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy orange with incredibly white head that stuck around. A very lively beer.

A- That distinct belgian yeast aroma. I definitely noticed citrusy hops. Perhaps a bit of orange and coriander as well.

T- Wonderful belgian taste. Coriander and orange as well as some more citrusy hops with nice malt to balance it.

M- Medium bodied with high carbonation. Eventaully left a slight alcohol warming.

D- I really liked this brew, I hope it becomes a more permanent brew. Quite refreshing and enjoyable.


Note: These notes are from memory, had this wonderful brew earlier today at the brewery. (605 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Unless I'm mistaken, they ended up naming this beer "Cali-Belgique." I sampled it at the Stone Sour Fest.

Poured a bright orange gold with a whiote soap foam head. Smells like citrus and yeast. The taste is a bit more balanced, but still overwhelmingly yeasty with a citrus zest. Really astringent, and not particularly drinkable.

Not my fave. (345 characters)

Photo of rallison
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice hazy golden amber color with a 1/2 finger white head.

Smells of Belgian yeast with a nice bready character. Slightly hoppy here, but not overly so.

Good flavor. Definitely a Belgian yeast flavor profile with a distinct West Coast hop profile. Overall, not bad. This leans a bit too much toward the West Coast hops...thus overwhelming some of the complexity. Don't get me wrong - this isn't overly hopped - it just lacks some of the superior complexity of the true Belgian IPAs. Some orange peel in the taste.

Mouthfeel could use some more carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Overall, good. This lacks in certain areas but is a fair attempt at a Belgian IPA.

Edit: Looking back at this review, a 4.0 for taste was too generous. (743 characters)

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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