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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,484 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,484
Reviews: 955
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 73
Gots: 156 | 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)
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Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%

pale golden orange colour, 1.5 fingers of sticky white head, some lace around the top of the glass. Smellis spicy belgian yeast, lemon and orange, citrus, fairly big malty presence behind all the hops here, fairly lively and quite nice. Taste is where most of the American influence is, big juicy hops, grapefruit and mango, lots of citrus, belgian yeast, bitter finish that is dry and spicy. Medium prickly carbonation, dry feeling, med-full body. Very nice belgian style IPA with a nice american twist, would revist gladly.

09-03-2011 15:58:32 | More by peensteen
Photo of JoeAmerican77


4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Pours out a bold copper tinged gold, nice white head and lazy carbonation...

Lots of grapefruit in the nose, some strawberry as well

A hits the mouth with, bit of pine, some good sweetness, not cloying, grapefruit matches the nose, a hint of grape concentrate and lemon

Medium/full bodied with a syrupy texture

I love it. Notice it has some flavors apparent which I also enjoy in Avery's hog heaven barleywine. Well done Stone, well done

08-31-2011 23:37:09 | More by JoeAmerican77
Photo of brianjay


4.13/5  rDev +3.5%

When poured into a glass, this beer settles into a hazy body with a rusty hue. The top is accented by specks of white head.

Aromas erupt with scents of pepper. Some hints of candy sugar add character.

Taste slowly moves in: it is a strong, dry mouth-feel but the flavors of dried figs and currants are what define this beer. Hops add some of the peppery spice to back up the sweetness.

Clean, well balanced characteristics make this hybrid a nice drink: complex yet easy.

08-31-2011 03:19:04 | More by brianjay
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

"And now for something slightly different"

This beer really blew me away. I wasn't expecting something new. They market it as a Belgian spin on the Stone IPA (a great beer). I learned something new today because they Belgian yeast really changes the aroma and mouthfeel while helping to neutralize some of the astringency of the hop bitterness.

The appearance is a slightly hazy golden yellow with a fast disseminating head. The aroma is of egg, yeast as well as barley. The traditional bitter hop notes of pine are complemented by tart citrus and luscious tropical breezes.

The ale has a sour funky bitter quality built on a backbone of fantastic malts and cane sugar. The hops are more concealed in this than the regular IPA. A definite sipper, classy and dignified. My mouth puckers a bit as I take a sip, the alcohol warms in my mouth and neat bitterness clings to my tongue.

This tingly well balanced elixir is tasty and refreshing. The high quality ingredients are well balanced. A great American Belgian IPA by Stone.

08-28-2011 03:38:52 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of thomasrayw


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

This beer is about the taste and smoothness. It is nicely hopped, but not overly so. The taste is strong, but not so much that it hangs around on your palate long after the last sip is gone. It did not pour with much head, which was unexpected. But the extremely smooth taste is worth it. I'm going to pour another.

08-25-2011 02:05:01 | More by thomasrayw
Photo of jdense


4/5  rDev +0.3%

22 oz. bottle poured with beer homey in The Big, 8.22.11, poured into wine tumbers.

Full finger white head a bit rocky, fairly quick dissipation with some lacing. Clear Orangish deep gold, multiple streams of carbonation. Belgian yeast quite prevalent in the nose, a small bit of caramel and some bready malts, floral hops. Taste mirrors nose, mouthfeel medium, good effervescence leading to a very dry finish. Damn close to style, well done.

08-24-2011 02:59:46 | More by jdense
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

22oz into tulip.

Pours with about 2F of foamy white head over a chill-hazed golden body, w/some carb present. Lacing is about average.

Aromas of soft pineapple and other tropical fruit - banana and mango maybe? Lightly yeasty, but not overly funky.

Flavors come through with more pine than pineapple - true to the Stone IPA quality. Light funk and bitterness are the add here with the Cali-Belgique. Decent amount of vanilla/oak quality as it warms, a touch of ripe banana, and even a hint of lime in the finish.

Mouthfeel has nice body and is quite creamy for the style - making it very easy drinking.

Boy, this is spot-on for what they were going for here - a West Coast IPA with the Belgian yeasty quality to give it some extra body.

08-14-2011 14:54:10 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +5.8%

A- Clear golden orange pour, thick one finger head that hangs on the glass.

S - grapefruit, hops.

T - taste is more of the same, though with honey overtones and some malt presence. Good balance.

M - solid, slightly thin, carbonation is good.

O- 22.6 oz of goodness. A interesting blend, will have to try again.

08-06-2011 02:06:11 | More by Apellonious
Photo of dcloeren


4.45/5  rDev +11.5%

Poured a BEAUTIFUL crisp golden honey with carbonation exploding from the bottom of the glass all the way to the 2 fingers of foamy bright white head. Excellent retention and lacing

Tropical pineapple hops along with strong oily pine hops dominate the nose. Subtle wafts of belgian yeast and some bitter funky characteristics make up the rest. This beer smells amazing.

Taste follows the nose but with some added bonus's in the mix. Great pineapple and pine hops along with some other fruits, mainly apples, belgian characteristics are present with some funk in the mix. Great caramel malt finish

Medium bodied with ample amount of carbonation. Great drinkability. Drying hop dragon aftertaste. Coats the mouth with ease and makes you want to blow some fire with each drink like the hop dragons did back in the day!

Overall this is yet another outstanding beer by Stone. This bomber is on its last leg and I'm pretty upset I don't have another to open up. Pick one up if you see it. This bad boy is delicious

08-06-2011 00:11:23 | More by dcloeren
Photo of cpone

New York

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%

Pour from bomber to tulip.

Two inches of off white head - some spotty lacing. Hazy copper/orange body. Very clean aroma. Smells of Belgian yeast, spices, cloves, meyer lemon. Mild cereal grain. Taste is hop dominant, but not overpowering. Some malty sweetness and a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is refreshing, but a little thin. overall a solid beer i could see myself going back to again and again.

08-05-2011 23:45:54 | More by cpone
Photo of natedog820


4.83/5  rDev +21.1%

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy, goldenrod. Small off-white head fades quickly.

S: Strong, thick, esters and wheat hit my nose before I could even get close to the glass, wow... When I came in to smell it I got the hops: pineapple, a little bit of pine, and a little booze, just a little.

T: Wow... acidic, tons of pineapple, but balanced by a nice estery, yeasty-ness. No booze in the taste, it's all balanced out. It finishes with a nice chewy malt that is really pleasant.

M: Medium carbonation. Thick and resinous. The acidity really leaves you salivating.

O: An excellent brew, complex and interesting, but very well balanced, especially for a Stone brew.

08-03-2011 00:56:31 | More by natedog820
Photo of JayAre46


4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

A - 220z bomber... poured into a cali-belgique specialty glass no doubt about it son. pours a transparent orange heavy golden color, light head that falls to a study ring and film on top. we have been reunited again after many months of treacherous agony in the dark.

A - the nose is of sweet aromas to say bubble gum would be a bit much so how about a piece of gum depleted by a thoroughbred badass named Zenyatta, with yeasty flashes a subtle funky bitterness, the hops are not present like you expect from a stone product. Lace is too light speak of its presence or lack thereof but it is there.

T - Upfront you get the hints of apple sweetness, that turns the corner to a subtle funk and then left hook of yeasty presence that become engulfed by the hops in the end for a balancing bitterness, that stands atop the organized heap after slaying belgo the crusher, fred the apple and just glared at finch the frumunda funk to send them all to the bottom while Alice alcohol is lost, AliceAcol shall we? For me it is the hops that set this beer apart from the others which allows for such a great drinkability considering the style. better in the bottle IMO

M - Medium to light bodied, flowing like an angry schlitterabahn lazy river, constant and easy. The carbonation is perfect which i can't say to ofter for the style. The drinkability is the highest for the style.

O -Did i just finish the bomber before the review? I have been eagerly waiting for this beer to come back around, although stone says its annual we here only see it toward the back end of summer i guess, {insert anger} I love this beer and it is in my top 3 for the style. eyelovethisbrewjustlikeEYEremember. give me the feel good drag, drink it and just jump...

08-02-2011 03:40:18 | More by JayAre46
Photo of DovaliHops


4.15/5  rDev +4%

Pours a bright, cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent hoppy with some Belgian yeast and a bit of citrus. Taste is quite delicious. Very different kind of Belgian style IPA. It drinks like a delicious Belgian strong pale ale with a hop backbone. Lovely Belgian yeast flavors, green apples, citrus, pine, butter, and a hint of meat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with buttery crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a lovely Belgian-style IPA.

08-01-2011 06:52:25 | More by DovaliHops
Photo of threeviews

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +1%

Before reviewing this brew, I've tried it twice since my first sample was from a bottle past its prime (based on the 'best before' date located on the neck of the bottle). Thankfully, I am fortunate enough to find and taste one well before its expiration date and forced me to score this higher!

A-Pours a very mild amber (similar to a pilsner) without much head (1/4-1/2"). Whatever was present was frothy white but dissipated quickly with very little lacing. For me, the color resembled a filtered tripel...a bit light to me considering the style. However, appearance takes a back seat to the way it tastes.

S-After uncapping and pouring into a small snifter glass, citrus hops were present immediately (reminding me of that west-coast IPA style) followed by sweet caramel and the attendance of the Beligian yeast. As it warms the fruity/banana effervescence from the yeast punches through to balance out (as to compliment and maybe even dominate) the hop affair sampled in my first whiff. Complex and somewhat unsettled, but very compelling.

T-Sweet caramel and citrus/floral bitter hop followed quickly by a shot of ginger, spice and some fruity esters courtesy of the Belgian yeast. Sorachi Ace hops and perhaps some champagne yeast might also have been added to the party to construct this complex brew. Very satisfying...I really like all of the flavors that come from each sip!

M-Good carbonation gives this brew a refreshing quality despite all of the flavors at play. Taste does not linger very long and does not finish either syrupy or bitter...just right.

O-Simply put, you should sample this for yourself...very complex and interesting. Not for everyone, but really worth checking out. All I can say is that you make sure you get a fresh bottle. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing out on the hop profile that tends to diminish quickly with any IPA...(actually the previous out-of-date bottle did not have much nose or defining flavor that I found with the 'fresh' bottle).

If you are fans of Brooklyn Brewery's Sorachi Ace and/or Local 1...this might just be your holy temple, as Cali-Belgique seems to be an admixture of both, with (of course) a few more hops thrown in to make it an unmistakable Stone beer.

Since I've been refining my review over the course of the bomber, I can reduce (what is clearly my longest) review to the following 1-1/2 words: Hoppy-Tripel Ale ...go get some!

07-30-2011 23:07:05 | More by threeviews
Photo of BeerAmbassador


3.95/5  rDev -1%

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin white head. Aromas of lime peel, orange and a bit of piney hops. Some breadiness and a bit of spice from the yeast. A kind of butteriness on the palate along with some citrus and a really nice long finish. This ber is light to medium bodied this beer went nicely with the pork chop I had at the brewery.

07-28-2011 03:14:40 | More by BeerAmbassador
Photo of WastingFreetime


4/5  rDev +0.3%

Deep orange-amber in color, translucent and only a skim ring of froth for a head, no lacing. Bubbly carbonation but not spritzy. Seems lighter in body and texture than it ought to be by just a thin margin. Finish is crisp and pleasant, however.
Nose starts out mango, apricot, tangerine, heavy citric hop elements on top of enormous amounts of funky belgian yeast breadiness. Like an entire mattress sized piece of bread...that is layered on top of the typical nose that already exists from a belgian pale ale, only the citric hops are added and yeasty bread is exaggerated.
Taste isn't as heavily yeasty as the nose would have you expect, only moderately so. This breadiness in the midsip follows the initial hit of caramel-covered pear sweetness and resolves into a long drawn out bittering finish that is only semi-dry. Sweet/Bitter is not quite as well balanced as an IPA like, oh let's say Dreadnaught, but it comes close to being balanced, and than again Dreadnaught doesn't have any Belgian yeast elements in it.

If you always wanted to experience something like a Delirium Tremens but with extra Citric hopping added to it, than this is the beer for you.

07-27-2011 18:40:35 | More by WastingFreetime
Photo of metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +0.3%

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: There are flavors of citrusy and spicy hops in the taste, which contribute a light to medium amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also some dryness, which lingers through the finish.
O: The beer has a good balance between the citrus and spicy flavors and is rather easy to drink because the bitterness isn’t overpowering. No traces of alcohol are detectable.

07-27-2011 01:21:00 | More by metter98
Photo of goblue3509


4.18/5  rDev +4.8%

Pours a golden copper color with a big two finger frothy head which leaves gobs of lace up and down the glass and shows visible carbonation. The aroma is of belgian candy yeast at the front end. A big bubble gum flavor followed by a citrus hop smell and a slight piney hop smell. The taste has a big bubble gum candied yest presence sweet and inviting. 8in the middle to the back end you get a nice citrus and piney hope bite to balance out the flaovr. A good blend a very inviting taste. The mouthfeel 8is velvety with moderate carbonation. Overall a very good beer nice aroma to invite you in and a big nice taste to keep you wanting more.

07-24-2011 20:40:45 | More by goblue3509
Photo of vitrael


3.4/5  rDev -14.8%

A: Nice bright and slightly hazy golden ale with a small white head. Odd, producing really large soap-like bubbles on the pour.

S: Fruity Belgian ale yeast smells and a relatively light, fruity hop nose. Not the hop bomb I expected. A touch of bready malt.

T: Just... different. A lot of perceived sweetness coming from interplay of malt and heavy perfume of esters, with a relatively aggressive bitterness from start to finish. It tastes like a fine Belgian, such as Delirium Tremens, overhopped into a lingering and clashing bitterness that overwhelms and fights with the finer points of the yeast palate. I am a fan of both styles as they are but this beer has not sold me on trying to combine them. There are some fine Belgian pale ales out there, but this one is a little too aggressive. The flavor is really not bad, but my expectations were not quite met.

M: Appropriate to a middle of the road American IPA but a little heavy for a Belgian.

07-21-2011 21:28:11 | More by vitrael
Photo of SWMeyer4141


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%

Been wanting to try this beer for a while.

Poured into a Great Divide Tulip

Appearance-Dark orange, almost brown body. 3 fingers of big bubbly white head that dissipates pretty quickly, lots of lacing remains.

Smell-Belgian Yeast, lots of biscuit. Big orange citrus aroma.

Taste-Sweet up front then the belgian yeast and spiciness comes through, lots of lemony coriander. The finish has a nice amount of citrus and pine hops, and the belgian yeast carries through the finish. Very very balanced.

Mouthfeel-Refreshing as fuck. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Nicely balanced and very smooth.

Overall-Expecting more harshness from a stone IPA. This is very smooth and extremely drinkable. Great representation of the style.

07-21-2011 00:29:08 | More by SWMeyer4141
Photo of FosterJM


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

642nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22 oz

App- I compared it to an orange and yup. It's its orange. A little darker but not by much. A very slow to form one finger bottom up head was there but left much too quickly and no lacing stayed behind.

Smell- Nice citrus aromas with a muddled yeast and a bit of bitter hops behind them.

Taste- You really get a sense in this glass that just because they promote themselves as hop forward and aggressive, Stone is one dimensional. This beer is layers of flavor and very well balanced. A few ingredients have made the yeast and hops pair well to forma a balanced flavor. The citrusy peel of the ingredients with a bubbly yeast character really add to this beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. I love the balance of flavors this beer leaves. The yeasty is fruity and peppery and just well done.

Drink- I can say it has probably been two years since I had this beer and at the time my palate couldnt pick out flavors or profiles. This is very well balanced and tame when it needs to be. The yeast and hops are well tempered against eachother and make for a slightly tart, fruity, hoppy drink. Quite nice.

07-15-2011 01:32:59 | More by FosterJM
Photo of jmich24


4/5  rDev +0.3%

Duvel Tulip

A: Super cloudy dull orange in color. One finger head dissipates very fast. Some lacing.
S: Belgian funk upfront. Touch of citrus hops and then more funk.
T: Super sweet initially, finishes funky and bitter. Grassy, citrus hops.
M: Medium mouth feel, finishes slightly bitter and wet on the tongue.
O: I am a huge IPA fan and this was just what I was looking for, something a bit different. Funky Belgian yeast accompanied by citrus hops make this interesting to say the least. Not world class in my opinion but very good!

07-14-2011 01:34:09 | More by jmich24
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +11%

This is one of my favorite beers by one of my favorite breweries. It is amazing that this beer has been so consistent across so many years of offering.

It is a great mix of belgian and American IPA. From the belgian you get their yeasts and caramel notes in the head. In the bouquet and body you can taste citrus and floral hoppiness. All of these different characteristics somehow balance. There is a little bit of bitterness (no surprise with all of the hops).

Somehow the belgian influence doesn't make the beer heavy. The consistency is like an IPA.

This is an excellent beer by an excellent brewer.

07-13-2011 23:30:31 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of weller1js

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

appearance: pours a bold golden color with moderate carbonation, light foam and lacing, slight haze and yeast particles.

smell: piney, tangy hops, with sweet velevety belgian yeast undertones.

taste: begins mellow, develops quickly into piney notes, slight belgian undertones, finishes crisp with a piney bitterness.

overall: nice example of a Belgian IPA, well-hopped and has the best of both worlds, decent abv as well.

07-10-2011 23:20:59 | More by weller1js
Photo of mdvatab


4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Could not locate bottled-on date.

Aroma: As the name suggests, this one has a mixed spicy Belgian yeast character coupled with fruity hop flavor. Honey-like malty sweetness. Spicy clove. Light floral notes, pineapple, and pear from hops.
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange body. Tight, fluffy white 2-finger pillow of rocky foam. Excellent retention and lacing.

Flavor: Mirroring aroma, honey sweetness with a spicy Belgian profile. In addition to the fruity hop notes noted in the aroma, the beer has a prominent bitterness that appears midway through, and remains through a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high CO2. Bitter hoppy profile is only slightly drying.

Overall: An exciting twist on an IPA. This is a brew that someone who doesn't necessarily like IPAs could enjoy. The tropical fruit hop profile was a welcomed change from the citrusy/piney hops that I'm accustomed to in American IPAs. Definitely recommended!

07-10-2011 03:00:12 | More by mdvatab
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,484 ratings.