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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 1,036
Hads: 3,100
Avg: 3.99
pDev: 19.55%
Wants: 102
Gots: 497 | 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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Reviews: 1,036 | Hads: 3,100
Photo of PorterLambic
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours clear, light golden colored, with a big white head. Some lace left over once the head recedes.
Smell is malt, citrus, wood, hops, vanilla and all very well balanced.
Taste is all that. Malt, hops are more forward and decidedly grapefruit, wood is more in the aftertaste. Lighter citrus and nearly no vanilla. Balance is a bit off compared to the nose but still good.
Medium bodied with the carbonation mostly up front. Nicely warming middle through the finish. A really nice beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.57/5  rDev +14.5%
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...

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Photo of dar482
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a light golden peach color with a white head.

The aroma is quite fruity with citrus, grapefruit, and Beligan yeastiness. You also get some bright yeast and fruit notes.

The flavor follows with grapefruit, some sweet bready malt, bubblegum. There's a bit of spiciness along with some herbal notes.

The finish is quite drying with lots of grapefruit. It's a strong bitterness that really shows you that this is an American BIPA.

An interesting brew. I prefer a few of the Belgian options I have, but this is quite good.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

poured from a 12oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 6/20/15; into a pub glass.
Appearance - bright gold in color, champagne bubbles that build thick, soapy white head! Lacing is
Smell - lemon and Orange peel, sweet bread, some floral hops.
Taste - a blend of Hefeweizen and saison on hop PED's!
Feel - bitter hops, noticeable yeast teamed well with citrus fruit notes!
Overall - available in the Stone mixed 12, so very good value for a quality beer!

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Photo of jroberts8811
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber into a Tremens Tulip

A - transparent amber, can see the carbonation through the beer faint white head, dissipates uickly with little lacing
S- citrus fruit, bready, malty, biscuit,honey,floral,anise, hoppy.
T- crisp, dry, hops. floral notes ring through. American IPA meets Belgian IPA. American hop varietals are the showcase here though. Bit of peach in the finish, too?
M-Light, crisp. resinous hops with a long lingering hops bitter finish. so balanced and refreshing.
O-Great Stone IPA for sure with earthy funkiness of a good Belgian IPA. for $4.50 would absolutely recommend again, and again, and again...ridiculously good beer.

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Photo of Neorebel
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cali-Belgique IPA is a very striking golden shade of amber. Only the slightest haze distorts what is ultimately a beer with excellent clarity. The puffy head after the initial pour seems like it wants to stay, but subsides to about 1/4" later. There is some moderate lacing left on the glass, and the beverage seems quite carbonated, as bubbles are seen rising top continuously.

The aroma is rich and alluring, though unexpected. Scents of port and wine, funky yeast, cranberry, kiwi, and grapefruit fill the nostrils, as well as bready grains. Interesting...
Flavor-wise, again, this is different than I imagined it would be. There are a lot of fruit esters present, for example, in addition to those already mentioned, I can pick up some granny smith apples, and plums. There's a decent bit of maltiness, in the form of a grainy taste, and even something in there that's sour.

It's really in the finish do the hops really pack a wallop, with a big, piny bitterness. The mouth feel is syrupy and full, for a beer of a relatively lower ABV. It's somewhat warming after each swallow. Although this is a little unusual for a Belgian IPA, it's complex, which I love and very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it and purchase it again.

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Photo of JG-90
3.57/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Beer is an orange/straw color that is pretty clear. Pours a moderate sized creamy white head. Head has decent retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of bread, pine, and citrus, a bit of other fruit, although I can't pinpoint what.

Taste starts with pine, then moves to orange with a bit of lemon and grapefruit. Has a nice bready finish with both pine and orange, and a bit more of nondescript fruit. A little funky/yeasty. Has a light body and high carbonation for an IPA, although they are probably both average for a Belgium.

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Photo of Strix
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange with good initial head and nice lacing.

Citrus hops atop the faint belgian yeast smell.

It's hard to believe this is just the regular IPA with a different yeast strain. Orange rind and tropical fruits are atop bready clovey belgian yeast.

Quite carbonated.

This was really interesting. My sense is I prefer their straight up IPA, but it's worth experiencing.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

appearance: Clear gold-peach. Decent if non-descript white head.
smell: Very nice blend of fruitiness, and yeasty bread. A hint of strawberry sweet and just a hint of spice.
taste: Very nice again. Much like the nose. Fruity, yeast, some sweetness, a bit of spice.
overall: Stone knows IPA's. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of wbason
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a tulip.

A Pours golden, light orange, and fairly clear with about a finger of white head that dissipates within a couple of minutes. Beer clears after warming over the course of drinking. Decent amount of bubbles coming up through the glass.

S Light citrusy and pleasantly grassy hop aroma immediately followed by the smells often associated with a lower-phenolic belgian yeast. Some pear and green apple also noted. Very light and refreshing aroma.

T Citrus hop flavors of lemongrass and orange peel. Green apple peel (in a good way.) The yeast offers a noticeable yet delicate flavor to this IPA. Not an aggressively hop forward IPA. Very well balanced and sessionable.

M Good mouthfeel. Not too thin and not heavy or cloying. Dissipates quickly and leaves a brief hop bitterness on the back of the palate. Crisp and dry finish.

O Great beer. Would recommend and will certainly have again. Really enjoy the unique tastes associated with Stone fermenting their IPA wort with this belgian yeast strain. Makes for a great warm weather brew! One of my favorite things about Stone is their ability/willingness to brew great beer for a great price. Their bombers are usually $2-$4 less than the majority of other craft bombers without any compromise in quality.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 650 ml. bottle. Sampled on June 10, 2013.

The look is a handsome amber-gold with a delicate white head that sticks around for the session.

Fragrant nose of floral and earthy hops up front but then the Belgian characters kick in including the Belgian candied sugars, yeast strain, soft biscuit malts, and a slight citrus ester.

The body is around medium.

The taste is bother Belgian mellow with a hopped up bitterness. What I mean is that I get the roasted pale malts, nectarine and pear, warming subtle sweetness with a full hoppy and dry finale. I liked this "hybrid" for lack of a better word. It is one of the more interesting and unique IPA's I have tried.

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Photo of Bauzen
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and fizzy.

You get the Belgian nose at first, but when you dig deeper, you can find some earthy hops. More grassy than citrusy, but they're there.

Take Stone IPA, take all the bite away, and you get Stone Cali-Belgique. Belgian yeast comes through and gives it a wheat-like finish at times.

I'm not upset I tried it, but I don't think I'd revisit this beer.
I like more over-the-top IPAs, and this certainly isn't it.
It's refined, and I'm sure it would appeal to people who don't enjoy beers with higher ABVs.

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Photo of searsclone
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bomber poured into an oversize wine glass. honey golden color with a cloudy, bright white head and good lacing.

smells like bubble gum and grassy hops and spice

taste is mostly hops, nicely balanced by the sweet Belgian yeast.

medium body, wet finish. easy to drink. worth a try.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle to Dogfish Head IPA glass
Enjoy by: 04-16-04

A - Pours a clear honey amber with 1 finger of pillowy white foam on top. Impressive retention with polka dot lacing.

S - Belgian yeast upfront, taffy, limes, malt, lemon pepper, hints of thyme and rosemary, candied grapefruit and lemon oils comes out as it warms.

T - Ruby red grapefruit, with a sweet taffy/candy like malt in the background, old school bubblegum, the sweetness in quickly wicked away with a dry middle to finish. Lemon oils and herbs, lemon thyme, and some rosemary, the bitterness has a spicy sensation. Lemon/lime really come out more as this warms. Nice spicy finish.

M - Medium body, oily at first but the carbonation turns creamy mid palate providing a lush feel.

Very expressive flavors from the yeast that really meld with hops and malt. Complex herbal notes really took this up a notch. The bitterness is there but you have to think about it to really notice it, which to me, is impressive. Mouthfeel is has great transition and glides over the palate nicely.
The best American made BIPA I've had to date.

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Photo of Hopswagger
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

P: A clear vivacious bright golden body with a full finger of milky white head.

S: Earthy, smells like walking in the woods in summer. Pine, funky yeast, a spicy tingle and a touch of smoldered barley.

T/M: Earthy notes continue but introduce ruby red grapefruit, and lemon zest. Spicy, funky yeast and barley. An active body with a moderate feel. Finishes dry and piney.

O: What can I say? I live this beer. The yeast strain is fabulous and the piney fruity hops mix well with the spiced earthed notes. For the price this will be picking up many more. Cheers!

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.71/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3/2/15 - still just as good but a little down grade in the appearance, which was hazy.

$5.99 for the bomber. Enjoy by date of 7/25/13. Poured into a chalice.

Saison meets Enjoy By. Bought this beer as a flyer. How could I could I go wrong at $5.99 for the bomber. WOW - what a deal! When I first tasted this beer I told myself this is the Enjoy By receipe brewed with Belgian yeast - that's how great it tasted. I was not far off, the bottle says Stone IPA with Belgian yeast. This beer is THE DREAM for anyone who is a hop head but also a farmhouse freak. The refreshing complexity of a saison with some not too hoppy bitterness of a great Stone brew.

A - Poured a clear light golden with a white-white rocky head. Average lacing.

S - Piney, earthy and spicey with a little funk. Some hoppy bitterness and some light floral notes.

T - A clear IPA start, a hint of sweetness with a yeasty/funky finish.

MF - Creamy at first with a nice bright finish.

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Photo of robby23
3.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured from a bomber bottle into a pint glass. Pale golden with 2 finger white head. Average retention. Soapy lacing.

S- Belgium yeast is the most noticeable. Some barnyard aroma, with a little peppery spice. Interestingly, not detecting huge hop in the nose. Slight amount of herbal hops.

T- follows nose quite well, but will a little more hop presence than nose indicated. Good balance. No weakness, no outstanding qualities either. Good mix of spice, earthy hops, and Belgium barnyard funk.

M- Mid body, fairly smooth and drinkable. Nice crisp finish. Maybe a little under carbonated for the style, but favorable for my palate.

O- Solid brew. Enjoyable. A style that I am really starting to appreciate more and more. This is certainly a nice hoppy take on a Belgium style beer. Amazing how different a slight change in yeast can make.

No bottled on date.

$3.99/bomber bottle

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Photo of William85
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reading the description of this beer on the back of the bottle, I suspected gimmickry -- I couldn't imagine that the addition of Belgian-sourced yeast alone could have a major impact on the taste of an otherwise textbook American IPA, and I thought this might just be a repackaged Stone IPA.

However, I was proved wrong even before my first sip: at first sniff, I could have sworn the snifter in front of me held a Belgian ale (albeit a very hoppy one). And this is exactly how the Cali-Belgique tastes -- as far as I'm concerned, it is a really hoppy Belgian Ale.

I've read other reviews of this beer in which folks declared themselves as Belgian Ale lovers who enjoyed this IPA in spite of themselves; and as a hophead who doesn't generally enjoy Belgians, I would describe this as a Belgian Ale which I can easily drink. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone who likes either hops or Belgian yeast.

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Photo of MeneerBeerSnob
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip.

A-Pours a bubbly golden with a finger of white head that quickly fades.

S-Smells of Belgian yeast with a background of hops, citrus and floral notes.

T-Sweet Belgian funky yeast followed by a hoppy bitterness.

M-Smooth medium body, moderate carbonation.

O-Leave it to stone to make the best Belgian IPA. There's a really great balance between Belgian yeast and hoppy bitterness.

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Photo of SanDNigel
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.34/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: very hazy, orange colored, smallish white head.

aroma: spices, citrus, and funky-ass Belgian yeast. Beautiful. Like a trappist tripel with a hoppy kick. Nice, nice, nice.

Taste: Belgian yeast flavor leads it off, commands the palate, with the bitter hoppy edge riding side saddle. Funky, weird, wild, and hoppy as heck. If I were drinking this blind, I'd assume it was Belgian and never guess it was hailing from San Diego or thereabouts. Rounds out rather dryly, eases easily off the palate, but leaves one with the memory of fruity hops and esters, a blistering barrage of hops, and unmistakable Belgian yeast.

It's a wonderful marriage of Stone IPA and Belgian-style IPA. It's sweet, hoppy, wild, and dry, and I'm falling madly for it. Quite drinkably, passes the gullet with the greatest of ease. Each new sip leaves me loving this, and marveling at the mastery of it's creation. Mmm, mmm.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

IPA - Never the biggest fan but it grows on me each time I drink a good one (and this was a great one)

Appearance - Pretty gold yellow color with a nice white head

Smell - Now that is some hoppy goodness! sweet and citrusy

Taste - A neat mix of sweet and spicy with a good aftertaste of hops, lots and lots of hops, very dry but in a good way

Mouthfeel - Keeps me long and refreshed but dry!

Overall - A great rep of the style, if you wanted to try a great IPA this is the one

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Photo of thecheapies
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 07/25/13. Poured half into a shaker pint.

Light copper color to the beer. Beautiful clarity. The head turned down from what I expected. Maybe three-quarter inch.

Citrusy American hops with tropical notes plus fruity Belgian yeast aronas. Very fruity, in total. Mango, apricot, ruby red grapefruit, light pine, pear, pale malts, and almost a hint of maraschino cherry. Smells marvelous.

Clashing tanginess of super West Coast hopping and fruity/nutty/spicy Belgian yeast reminds me of drinking a glass of orange juice right after brushing your teeth. Like a lingering pine-like mintyness in the finish that's almost sanitizing in the mouth. Too loud with the Anerican hops. I still pick up grapefruit, pineapple, pine, papaya, and orange. Alcohol is a component, as well.Yeasty esters spins the spokes of tart apple and some nuttiness, but it's all getting a little lost. I really wanted to say great things (and I still enjoy drinking it), but something is strangely awry. Clearly an above-average beer, but slightly offending for the style.

Clean middling body with smoothness. Booze is popping out just a bit. Carbonated to a lower-medium.

Knocking it back a quarter of a point here. Has that imbalance that I've found in Heavy Seas Loose Cannon (albeit, that's an American IPA). Anybody else get me?? BROS, chime in here...

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Photo of MShirokov
3.04/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like an ok IPA to me. Where's the Belgian yeast? Where's the complexity of flavor?
One-dimensional, leaves a bitter aftertaste I don't like. The bottle was cheap, so that's at least one good thing about it. Not gonna drink the rest. When will I learn to stop taking advice from Binny's employees?

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,036 ratings.