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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,421 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,421
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 133 | FT: 2
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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Photo of socon67

New York

3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark orange. Can see some activity in the glass. A lively beer.

S - Smells like a typical belgian ale with notes of yeast, sweet bread, and citrus.

T - Tastes like a decent belgian ale, but nothing that makes it stand out.

M - A crisp ale, finishes with a little burn.

O - This one isn't a bad beer at all. But with other great choices from Stone I'd go for other belgian ales first.

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 21:26:25 | More by socon67
Photo of dismal


4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours a completely clear golden/darker oragne with nice fluffy white head. The head has nice retention and leaves some pretty good lacing down the glass. The aroma right away reminds me of a nice Belgian style beer. Spicy, fruity, lots of yeast aroma. And of course their are hops there as well. Mainly citrus hops. The taste like the smell reminds me of a Belgian beer right away but unlike the smell the hops stand out more in the taste. Citrus, spices, nice hop bite at the end. Pretty balanced not over hopped but enough to give it a nice bitterness. The aftertaste leaves a nice spicy and yeasty taste in the mouth with a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is good pretty medium bodied. Overall this is good. Not a high ABV so finishing the bomber isn't a problem. I'll probably pick this one up again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2011 01:28:06 | More by dismal
Photo of shand


3.18/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic. No date stamp, but bought from a generally reputable retailer.

This brew pours a very hazy apricot color crested with three fingers of head that leaves nice retention and lacing. The aroma is a nice mix between some Belgian yeast funkiness and some nice west-coast hop dankness. Citrus aspects are also noted. The taste is a little less balanced then I thought, the Belgian aspects are really the stars of the shows here. There's a bit of a nice hop kick in the center, but the slightly funky Belgian yeast and fruity ester qualities really dominates the start and finish of this brew. More hops, please.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, it's firmly carbonated and a bit light on the mouth, and the drinkability suffers just a little bit from the Belgian dominance. Overall, still not my favourite style. I wish there was more of a focus on the IPA side of the "Belgian IPA" equation.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 22:42:01 | More by shand
Photo of JoEBoBpr


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

A - Pours a nice golden color with a white head that is about .5 inches tall. Nice copper hints as well.

S - Grain aroma up front mixed in with some nice funk notes. There is some good grassy hop notes mixed in with the delicious bready grain. There is some slight peppery notes as well.

T & M - Starts off grainy and bready with some nice spice and Belgian funk. There is some nice slight clove notes. Then the Cali aspect kicks in with some nice citrusy notes and some good grassy dank qualities. There is some very delicious Belgian notes mixed in with the hop character. Slight phenols and clove hints are present with some nice peppery funk. Body is light and delicious with some slight stickiness.

O - Very delicious beer with great Cali hop notes.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 04:10:28 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of Mdog


3.43/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Yellow-gold with slight haze, good head.

Smell: Blast of wet rag at first whiff, then settles into a floral, spicy smell.

Taste: Mild bread sweetness, spices and black pepper, underlying grassy hop flavor.

Drinkability: Kind of heavy feeling, kind of weird tasting.

Another beer I finally get to try with Stone in Minnesota. I know the Belgian IPA style is a little weird to start with, but this beer didn't quite hit the mark with me. It's like they took a middle-of-the-road Belgian ale and added more hops than usual.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:28:34 | More by Mdog
Photo of tbern007


4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy, golden with a thick head, lots of lace.
Smells like an IPA with west coast hops. A little yeasty.
Tastes fantastic. Orange peel, citrusy, yeasty Belgian flare, quite hoppy and bitter yet sweet and honey like. Great balance.
M & D - good balance of sweet and dry, hops and honey, with the yeastiness of a Belgian pale ale. Very good all around.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 21:08:27 | More by tbern007
Photo of TheHoppiest


4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy sunny yellow, with fairly active carbonation bouncing up against a 1/4" white bubbly head. The Belgian yet certainly can be seen in the consistency of the bubbles in the head. The sugars in this beer give it nice head retention and lacing as you drink it down.

Has a very floral aroma, with a hint of spicy funk. Orange and other citrus overtones mix with the belgian yeast to produce that spicy funk that you don't typically associate with an IPA.

Starts with a piney, bitter hop taste that quicy gives way to a floral, citrusy, slightly spicy ale with mild malt and grassiness. There is a white grapefruit taste along the middle of the tongue that balances nicely against the sweet, floral tastes that dominate.

Medium bodied that had a lighter feel to it because of the Belgian yeast. There is a mildly bitter aftertaste that gently fades away.

This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking IPA. Sweet, mild, yet nicely bitter, I definitely recommend you give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 02:31:13 | More by TheHoppiest
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw orange with two fingers of white, frothy head. The head recedes into a soapy cap with good lacing.

S: Smells of grassy, herbal hops up front followed by a metallic Belgian sweetness and yeasty aroma. There's a bit of skunk in there as well, though this beer was not exposed to much light.

T: Similar to the aroma, the herbal/grassy hops hit the palate first followed by the Belgian yeast flavor with a bit of sweetness. There's a slightly metallic aftertaste to the yeast as well.Not enough to make the beer unenjoyable, but enough to be noticeable.

M: Medium-thin body with medium carbonation, this beer is a bit thin and oily feeling for my likes.

O: Overall, a pretty decent beer. The slight metallic taste and weak body hold it back, but it's still a fairly enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:33:59 | More by n2185
Photo of ActualAir


3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rust colored with a bone-colored head that leave very nice lacings. It is very clear and vibrant. The aroma is an intriguiging balance of citrus and yeast. The taste is drinkable with a nice balance of sweet malt and acidic hops. Sourdough, banana, tangerine notes. A bright lively mouthfeel with lively carbonation, settles into a smooth and drinkable IPA. Overall, a beautiful looking, good tasting Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 23:14:41 | More by ActualAir
Photo of WYVYRN527


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

22 ounce bottle poured into an etched New Belgium globe.

A: Brilliant golden in color, with a thick white head that has very good retention. Lacing is sticky and does not want to go away.

S: Floral, citrusy hops are prominent, with some caramel and toasty notes. Belgian yeast adds a fruity element to the beer.

T: Cali-Belgique offers the best of both styles. A bit of caramel malt up front, followed by some dried fruit and banana character. Finish is all hops, with some pineapple and grapefruit, along with a floral note.

Notes: This moderate to medium-bodied brew has a creamy mouthfeel and a killer finish that rivals some of the best. Flavorful, and full of structure. This beer goes a long way. It's one that I will be buying again multiple times.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 04:41:03 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of jera1350


3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a tulip a light golden yellow color with a big foamy head that is white in color. Lots of lace and some nice retention.

Belgian yeast that offers up lots of fruity esters. There is a big dose of citrus present as well, with lemon really standing out.

Bitter hops with citrus notes, and again, the lemon standing out. Pine resin that lingers well into the finish and aftertaste. Very modest malt sweetness with the belgian yeast standing out. Some alcohol peeks out towards the end.

Very smooth with soft and lightly creamy carbonation. The body is light-medium.

A nice beer, but I am a little let down by the taste. The nose really hinted at greatness, but the taste was just a little too bitter and not sweet enough to hold up.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2011 01:23:42 | More by jera1350
Photo of Tballz420


4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought this after meeting Greg at Four Firkins. I've been begging him for years to come to MN, so im VERY glad to be able to buy this 1 min away from my home.

Very clear gold color brew. Very nice sized, pillowy white head. Very sticky. Belgian candy scent, nice light malts. The taste can be summed up as Stone's take on a belgian IPA. Delicious, candy, pretty malty. Various fruits. Very well-blended hops. Pretty full-bodied, very sharp on the tongue. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 17:51:10 | More by Tballz420
Photo of nickhiller


3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy, apricot colored, decent one finger head is gone without a trace in less than a minute, no lacing.

S: biscuity malt, honey, plum, cedar.

T: tastes like a slightly sweeter than the average Stone beer. I honestly don't have much more to say, it's not bad, there's even some interesting tangy orange/tangerine towards the end there, maybe even some dates, but it really just tastes like a classic California hopfest.

M: medium body, weak carbonation, very sweet finish.

D: if you told me this was their IPA I'd be inclined to believe you. Alternatively if you told me that this was a dry hopped mead I'd also be inclined to believe that as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 00:47:24 | More by nickhiller
Photo of kbutler1


3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. YES! Stone is now available in MN, happy day! Poured into a DFH tulip glass a hazy amber honey color with a 1 1/2 finger white head that slowly recedes and leaves lace as it does. Fruity aroma right off the bat and as I inhale deeper I get a nice hops aroma. Medium mouthfeel. Fruit like notes up front which I can only really describe as Fruity Pebbles, a mixture of orange, grape, and cherry. The hops fight back with a flare in the end with a long drawn out bitterness. No real hints at the alcohol in the nose nor the taste. The bitterness is nice but lingers on just a little too long for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 22:35:18 | More by kbutler1
Photo of gatornation


3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 22oz bomber

A- pours a mostly clear sunset color an orange hue shines in with a fresh white head and lacing

S- is citrus hops and belgian yeast some malts..not strong on the nose

T- is much better its citrus hops and some tart spices mixed with a belgian yeast..its a nice taste

M- is crisp and tart with some bitter hops and grapefruit and finishes with a spice and yeast

O- overall a nice belgian ipa its crisp tart has a nice hop bite with some nice belgian spice and fruit..its good but by no means is it a great representation of the style

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 22:00:59 | More by gatornation
Photo of climax


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

Poured into a snifter, this one is a bright golden peach orange. The light plays with it, adds soft edges and an intense glow. The head is good, and the retention is pretty much a ring and some patchy bubbles in the middle.

The aroma is sent straight down from the heavens. Where do I start? The hop aromas are definitely west coast; juicy lemons, pine, bubblegum, yum. The Belgian yeast adds an excellent delicate softness loaded with clove, coriander, pear, peach, and spice. This is definitely a heavyweight balance.

The taste doesn't have the wow factor that the nose did. It comes off a bit sour before I began to dissect it and break down the individual qualities. Once again, the balance between the styles is quite admirable. The yeast and spice flavors on the Belgian end seem to be the most distinguishable flavors. The hop profile is solid from start to finish, I'm less able to pin point the exact hop qualities.

The mouthfeel is quite interesting and hits it pretty much on the head. The carbonation is very sharp without being fizzy. It's cheek pinching crisp even through the finish, which seems to tingle on the teeth. The medium body has a light and cottony character mated with a dry finish, making it pretty easy to drink.

I like it. There's a good IPA in there, but it has the Belgian twist that spices things up when an IPA seems too typical for the occasion. If you like Belgians, it's probably too bitter, sad for you.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2011 02:44:38 | More by climax
Photo of ksmi116


4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear dark gold, with a decent white head with good retention

S - Belgian yeast and tartness

T - Wow, this is interesting. Tangy grapefruit, pineapple, belgian yeast, and other tangy, but not overly bitter flavors

M - Could be a little heavier, but the carbonation and overall mouthfeel is quite delightful

O - I was really impressed that this is as different from anything else that I have tasted. Stone has not disappointed me with a beer yet!

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 23:54:16 | More by ksmi116
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

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

A: Poured with a low-moderate, white head that fades fairly quickly to a thin film. Body is dark gold, with good clarity.

S: Spicy hops, with the classic 'Belgian' aroma of spicy phenols and a bit of fruity esters from the yeast.

T: A touch of fruitiness and graininess up front, followed quickly by lots of spicy hop flavor. A very firm bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium-light body, with moderate-high carbonation that provides a bit of a carbonic bite.

O: A tasty Belgian IPA, definitely worth trying if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2011 11:43:47 | More by berley31
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, served in a tulip glass. Pours a clear, golden color with a frothy white head. Aroma is pale malts, citrus, pine, yeast, and a bit of spiciness (from the yeast and also maybe a hint of coriander). Flavor is pale malts, citrus, and fruity with a yeasty spice. Mouthfeel is light (a little watery), nice carbonation, bitter and a bit dry at the finish. Very drinkable beer, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2011 02:00:54 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of scruffwhor


3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy copper and bronze hue with an awesome two to three finger head that leaves craggy foam on the glass after each sip.

Great citric and floral mix in the aroma. Orange zest with a little fresh picked wild flowers. All on top of a light biscuit.

Starts with lots of carbonation and bitter orange marmalade. The middle turns into sweet oarnge candy with a little caramel. The finish goes from citric bitterness to floral bitterness on the linger.

This beer is well carbonated on the toongue upfront, then finishes a little resiny. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 05:21:02 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of RedSpecial1


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

Pours a pale amber with a thick foamy head that slowly dissipates. The nose is complex with a characteristic Belgian phenol note, but it's subtly cut with a pleasant hop bitterness, a subtle hint of lighter fruits like apricot or mango. The flavor is more similar to an IPA than the aroma is, but there is still a distinct Belgian character to the front of the taste profile. The flavor lingers pleasantly in the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, perfect for a warm evening. Overall, this is a solid session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 02:26:08 | More by RedSpecial1
Photo of oldsailor


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

I really like this IPA. This is a very well-rounded IPA. Hops are very present (as with most things Stone puts out and as would be expected with an IPA) but they aren't offensive. The drinkability of this beer is very good. It's crisp bite and moderate carbonation make it a very good meal-drinking beer. I would recommend this for anyone new to trying Stone.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 01:03:50 | More by oldsailor
Photo of BayouBengal1537


4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into pint glass
smells of citrus hops, sweetness, grapefruit, belgian yeast
Taste is superb. Pineapple, sweet grapefruit, citrus, hoppy, balanced well with the beligan yeast
Mouthfeel was medium with medium carbonation, juicy
Overall a delicious beer. Balanced very well, i really enjoyed this one.
On a hot summer Louisiana Day, this went down way too fast, great brew. Can't wait to try this on draft

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2011 19:37:20 | More by BayouBengal1537
Photo of ehammond1

3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Stone Brew Co.
Escondido, CA

A hazy, golden orange with amber edges and a moderate white head that sticks around. Leaves rings of lace down the glass with every big sip. This beer could be on a magazine cover!

Sweet and tangy hop note with a ever-present punch from the Belgian yeast, although it smells a bit vinegary here for some reason. I think the strong yeast character covers up a lot of the special hop character I love about Stone IPA. Certainly an interesting marriage, but the hop aromas do get lost; and the hop aromas are one of the best things about drinking a world-class San Diego (or in this case, "Cali") IPA.

An interesting blend of California hop juice married with old-world Belgian yeast. The hops here are sweet mixed with a familiar tang and spicy peppery note from the Belgian yeast. I miss the more pungent and bitter hop presence I'm familiar with from Stone IPAs, while at the same time missing the well-crafted sweet balance found in my favorite Belgian IPAs. This one seems a bit off in both directions.

A bit thick and heavy in the mouth for my tastes, but nothing to really complain about.

A fun and relatively successful experiment, but this beer does too many things simply well, as opposed to doing anything perfectly. Good, but not great.

Serving type: growler

03-19-2011 02:56:17 | More by ehammond1
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Clear golden orange with a fine, creamy head. Bright, sharp, fruity Belgian-esque aromas. Sweet and spicy...lemon rind, pear, flowers, soap, and yeast. Smooth sweet hoppy bitterness blending smoothly into pale malt and peppery Belgian yeast. Orange citrus and mild pine needles, fruity esters, tea, bubblegum, slight medicinal clove notes. Medium bodied, snappy mouthfeel. I quite like this...

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:31:36 | More by wedge
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,421 ratings.