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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,567
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 183 | 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:
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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of Knapp85
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured out as a nice lightly hazy yellowish gold color. The head doesn't stick around too long really and the lacing is very minimal. The smell of the beer had lots of Belgian yeast aromas coming off of it and plenty of hops on the nose. The taste of this brew is really nice and soft feeling with some bubbles in there to give it a slight edge. The hops go really well in this brew also. The mouthfeel is pretty light but still had enough going for it to keep it alive. Overall this brew is really nicely done. Big fan of this one.

Knapp85, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of 2xHops
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not totally sure on whether the beer is acceptable in regard to the freshness. When I poured it into a pint glass, there were not as much froth action bubbling up. I don't know if that's a sign that it may be starting to get old.

The taste was good. I certainly can taste the Belgian influence int his beer that helps balance out the bitterness that we all like to see in an IPA. I certainly can taste the alcohol kicking through, and for some it might be a good thing. For me, though, I think it would be better if it was masked better.

2xHops, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of dsprainman
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Found this one at the store today and was intrigued by the name. Just got back from Belgium, but being a west coaster, I'm very partial to a good IPA. Lets see how this stacks up.
A- Poured from a 22 into a Duvel tulip, Fat 2+ finger head from a slightly aggressive four. Rich opaque golden-amber body. Loads of lacing and the cloudy head sticks around.
S- The piney goodness of hops stick out with the belgian yeast hanging in the background. Spices and cloves also meet the nose.
T- Wow. All the typical up front fresh hops of a normal stone IPA with the subtle smoothness of belgian yeast sweetness to round them off.
M-Medium bodied, actually very drinkable for 6.9% ABV
Overall, This beer might be my favorite offering from Stone. While it falls more on the American IPA side than an actual Belgian IPA like La Chouffe Houblon, it's just an amazing interpretation of the style. As it warms the Belgian side opens up a little more. My new favorite from stone. World class.

dsprainman, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of etaggie09
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had the chance to try this again on tap at the Alamo Draft House. Belgian aspects were way more prevalent than in the bottle, and it was beautifully balanced between spicy tripel and hoppy IPA. This was damn enjoyable to drink. All of the qualities I picked up on in my previous review were there, but they were much more harmonious this time around.

etaggie09, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and lively golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with very good retention. A good amount of lacing sticks around.

Smell: A big aroma of spicy Belgian yeast and clove with some pepper. A decent presence of citrus grapefruit hops with some orange and lemon. Some sweet bready malts back things up. Some hints of banana.

Taste: Starts out with the Belgian yeast, cloves, banana, and pepper making you think your sipping a saison. Then comes a big kick of bitter and fruity citrus hops. Grapefruit and pineapple with hints of orange, lemon, and a little apple. Finishes with a piney bitterness and more tropical fruits that linger to the end. Very nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with a moderate level of carbonation. Somewhat chewy, creamy, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A very solid take on this style. Flavors are very forward and well balanced.

MattyG85, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of roodie
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap into a pint glass

A: pours a golden amber with light head and flecks of lacing

S: hoppy pine resin with peach and nectarine rounded off wh spices cloves and anise

T: follows the nose hops are mellowed though comparatively.  Peach and pine make a great mix

M: smooth with lingering bitter spiciness make it very refreshing

O: great brew. Belgian twist makes it mellower than the OG Stone IPA maybe I even prefer it!

roodie, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of cocogan
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Visual: Pale straw, gold in color. No head. Minimal lacing.

Nose: Lemon, grain, white wine, fruity yeast, and some kind of spice (coriander?).

Taste: Yum. Spices, wheat, lemon, alchol, grapefruit, apple tart. Balanced, finishes with very mild bitterness.

Mouth: Carbonation settles quickly to leave a smooth feel. Medium body.

Overall: A well done Belgian IPA.

cocogan, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of peensteen
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

peensteen, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

JoeAmerican77, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of brianjay
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

brianjay, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"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.

BerkeleyBeerMan, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of thomasrayw
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

thomasrayw, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of jdense
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jdense, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerImmediately, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Apellonious
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Apellonious, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

dcloeren, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of cpone
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

cpone, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of natedog820
4.83/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

natedog820, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of JayAre46
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

JayAre46, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

DovaliHops, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of threeviews
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

threeviews, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of WastingFreetime
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WastingFreetime, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

goblue3509, Jul 24, 2011
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,567 ratings.