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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,423 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,423
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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alkemy

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden straw color with a slight hint of orange. I had a finger of very light tan head after a fairly relaxed pour. The hops smell stood out more when I smelled it in the bottle. Once in the glass, the hops took a backseat to funky banana, caramel, bubblegum, and clove. The hops come across as a fruity mango/pineapple like aroma. There's a hint of funky earthiness in the taste that reminds me of a saison. Pepper notes make there presence known as well. Goes down pretty easy, but there is a grassy bitterness in the finish that hangs on a little too long. This is pretty good, but as far as this style goes, I have a man-crush on Raging Bitch.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:36:11 | More by alkemy
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

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

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium tasting glass.

Appearance - golden orange with a slight haze and lots of cream colored head. Leaves plenty of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell - peppery, yeasty, very much like a saison, with a generous hop aroma like a west coast IPA.

Taste - earthy funk with a good bitterness from citrusy hops. Astrigent dryness at the end of the sip, more from the hop bitterness than the mashing and fermentation methods.

Mouthfeel - medium body, not as dry as most saisons, a little more filling. Nice carbonic bite and slick creaminess. The hop bitterness begins to dull the tastebuds about half-way through the bottle.

Drinkability - very drinkable, very refreshing. Might make a good session beer, but would likely fatigue the tastebuds after a while.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 01:04:23 | More by JamnesCameron
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frognot

Texas

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly murky light orange with a fluffy white head

Smell: Initially hops with a mild mix of floral and doughy aroma

Taste: First the hops jump out but are quickly muted by the yeast kicking in. Pine and fruit flavors are balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and smoother than expected.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Split the 22 oz bomber but could have easily enjoyed the entire bottle myself.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 04:02:11 | More by frognot
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tang3nt

California

4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend showed up with a fresh Growler from stone. Poured a yellow amber color with white head. I hadn't had this beer in a while, but the smell took me right back. Strong earthy and floral hop aromas. Taste the same with a bit of spiciness and a good dose of fruit/citrus. Good mouthfeel any very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden in this. I enjoy this one over raging bitch anyday. Ill usually buy this whenever I can. Good shit.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2010 17:57:16 | More by tang3nt
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flagmantho

Washington

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance: light orange hue with plenty of haze and three fingers of foamy white head. Not a bad looking beer at all!

Smell: flat, musty saison-like aroma with hops smelling like cut grass and earth. There is a bitterness to the aroma, which I find interesting. Not bad, but it's not grabbing me.

Taste: very earthy, funky flavor. Dry grass, wet blanket and a little bitterness are all present, along with a bit of citrusy hops. I'm finding that I'm liking this more the more I drink it. I would guess that this beer is not for everyone, but I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nicely-integrated carbonation which yields a pretty creamy mouthfeel. I like it.

Drinkability: pretty tasty and it has some refreshing character. I would have this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 22:17:04 | More by flagmantho
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necoadam

Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a bright golden color with quite a bit of carbonation. Left some nice lacing down the glass afterwards.

Smell was quite complex with citric fruit, yeast, with a slight twang of funkiness. It's quite unique. Grapefruit can be detected in the background.

Taste was similar to the nose. Bready, yeasty, hoppy profile starts with some citrus fruit blended in. A faint malt backbone finishes it off. It almost seems like it'll be too much, but it isn't.

Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Finish was crisp and refreshing.

A++ would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 17:14:16 | More by necoadam
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Blanco

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear golden color with a good sized white head. Nice strong lacing. At first smell I pick up a ton of hops but after while they become overpowered by the belgian yeast. Once I pull away and go back to it I get a blend of both. It's citrusy and piney, almost like someone poured a tripel into an IPA. The taste is vastly different from the smell. It's unlike anything I've had. At first I'm a little confused then strong grapefruit breaks through and an almost grassy undertone. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I would have expected or wanted. It's also a little flatter than I would have liked as well. Drinkability is decent. This is a different beer and I'm glad I tried it. It's only my second in the style and has me intrigued enough to try others, but I don't know how much I'll be going back to this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:07:35 | More by Blanco
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claspada

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden-amber, nice Belgian look to it. Tight bubbles make and light white head. Head dissipates disappointingly quickly and there is not much lacing.

Smell is ... Belgian for sure. Kinda sour and sweet, I get a decent amount of citrus from the hops/yeast combo. A little alcohol mixed in there as well.

Taste is disappointing for me. Somewhat bitter, but no real bite. No real fruitiness from the hops, which is a disappointment given the "Cali" in the title. I am not digging what I'm getting from the yeast, was more appealing in the nose than it was on the tongue. Maybe it's as it should be, but to me it tastes a little funky/sour.

Mouthfeel is quite similar to lightly carbonated fruit juice. A disappointment. Drinkability, is low for me but other may enjoy. I've got a little ways to go to finish this bomber.

Overall this is a miss for me. Perhaps freshness was an issue, given the sensitivity of highly hopped beers. Maybe this is a world class example of the style or maybe it just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2010 14:36:36 | More by claspada
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lordofthewiens

Maine

4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer, thought that the West Coast and Europe went very well together.
A 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy gold color, medium white head, a little clumpy, nice lacing.
Pretty much equal amounts earthy/yeast and floral/citrus in the aroma. They went well together.
The taste mimicked the aroma: funky/earthy with grapefruit and pine. I thought the grapefruit was the more predominant taste.
A well-constructed beer, and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 13:02:00 | More by lordofthewiens
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TexIndy

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was a fresh batch that the store just received within the past month. It was a hazy golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had a large white head that slowly settled to a constant foam cap and collar. Great sheeting with lots sticking. Really solid appearance.

This is a unique blending. The yeast, spice and bready malt from the belgique side blend in with the citric and pine hops from the cali side. Each is very good in it's own right and when combined they really do work together. So often, these hybrids had good parts but don't work together. That's not the case here. The taste is a really good blend as well. My taste buds keep going from really tasting one aspect to jumping to the other and then jumping back. Sounds odd but it really works and the combined taste is very interesting. Goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is medium to full with lots of carbonation and a pleasing citrusy and yeasty aftertaste.

Overall, a great beer and one of the best Belgian IPA's. Really enjoyed the Stone creativity here. Dangerously drinkable. Highly recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - this will make the hop rotation for sure [R;Y]

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 02:01:24 | More by TexIndy
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Crystal-clear, golden body with very visible bubbles that rise at a steady rate. The head is huge and fluffy, souffle-like. Lacing is left in puffy lines with some big bubbles. I keep wiping away condensation to gaze into this perfect brew

S- At first, it is too funky with yeast in front and on full assault. However, as you get used to the funk, you find the full aroma to be candy sweet with fruity flavors from the hops.

T- The fruity flavors dominate, but are not afraid to take a background role while the sweet honey and flowers shine. Simply delicious IPA made complex by the yeast funk which highlights all the flavors even though it tastes a bit like chalk on it's own

M- Silky-smooth carbonation helps carry the bitter hops across the tongue. Medium/Heavy body with a syrupy drag

D- Wow. I almost forgot how much I love Stone's creativity. I had no problem drinking the entire 22oz. bottle by itself. Needs no food, shines on it's own.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 22:07:37 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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rtepiak

Poland

3.28/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an american distinctly. pours clear with a yellow/orange hue and a head of two fingers. american foam. not tight. not much lace either. nose of belgian sugar and pineapple. palate of something along those lines but the sugar has a plastic resin quality with the hops. grit hush quality and apricot. hoppy but muted by a abnormal sweet that doesn't add but disorients the palate. i love this style. i am sympathizing that maybe the bottle was infected. but it was complete average. worst stone i've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 20:41:35 | More by rtepiak
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birchstick

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - ours a clear yellow with a nice white head

S - smells very sweet (grapefruit & some pine) with a bit of funkiness

T - starts off with some sweet, bready malts that is replaced by a loads of sweet, citrusy hops and some yeasty flavors. Overall, this is very sweet. Very nice flavor profile...I think this beer achieves its goal of being an American IPA with a little bit of Belgian spice and yeast.

M - nice full body with the perfect amount of carbonation

D - another solid IPA by Stone. This was a good idea with even better execution. If I could get Stone on a regular basis, this one would be a constant in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:41:45 | More by birchstick
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jmz62565

Connecticut

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

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a giant white foamy head. Large head that leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with citrus,bread yeast,and sweet malt. The taste is very refreshing with a crisp bitter hop flavor along with bread yeast,citrus flavors,and some sweetness,malt? The m/f is light with the plentiful flavors mixing well. This is another great beer from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 23:07:36 | More by jmz62565
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nataku00

California

4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass at public house in sf. Golden yellow with a finger of head. Decent carbonation clearly visible through the clear beer.

Nose was grapefruit and a little spice.

Taste was grapefruit, with a hint of apricot forward, with good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Light body beer that drinks like a good ipa.

Decent beer, though I was hoping for a little more influence from Belgian yeast.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2010 05:33:58 | More by nataku00
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beermanbrian

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice golden color with a creamy head. Good spiderweb lace. Steady flow of carb bubbles coming off the bottom. Smell is an interesting mix of citrus and spice. The pepper comes through strongly. Taste follows the smell. The pepper spice is the most prominent but there somehow remains a citrus backbone. Good full body. Another strong brew from stone. They never dissapoint.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2010 00:20:16 | More by beermanbrian
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cdizinno

South Carolina

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

Presentation: Poured into a tulip from a 22oz. bottle, as pictured, with an "ENJOY BY 08 17 10" stamped toward the bottom right of the main label. OOOPS! I'm a couple weeks late, but hopefully will still enjoy.

A: Clear golden yellow with a nice 1 finger, white head, that dies quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Citrus, spices, and malty-yeast sweetness.

T&M: Light to medium bodied. Peppery spice with some citrus and malty sweetness. Finishes semi-dry with a prominent hop bitterness. Peppery.

Decent brew for a Belgian style IPA. Nothing spectacular, but typical high quality from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 21:35:39 | More by cdizinno
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rpardon7

Kentucky

4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a wonderful rocky off white head and had a beautiful copper amber color. Smell was grassy and herbal hops with a funky earthy fruity belgian yeast. Taste is very unique, definatey not your typical stone IPA but there is an amazing balance of hops with the belgian yeast. Very different and unique beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and velvety very much like a belgian saison. This is a very nice and smooth beer very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 19:42:01 | More by rpardon7
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cjacobsen

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a pint glass

Beer poured a golden straw color with a medium sized, white head. Head lingered for half if not more of the drinking.

The smell was of spices and sweetness, almost grassy.

The taste wasn't what I was expecting at all. It tasted more like a saison brew than an IPA. Really threw me for a loop. Sage and possibly a little thyme or rosemary played in there. Slightly sweet and earthy up front and a little mellow hop character towards the end.

This beer was smooth, easy on the palette and easy to drink. It didn't have the strong, full body hop notes that you would initially expect from an IPA. I don't know if that is a pro or a con, but for hop heads and lovers expecting to get that boat of flavor, this is not the beer to look for it in.

I thought it seemed somewhat close to the Stone/Victory/Dogfish Head collaboration, Saison du BUFF.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 17:50:27 | More by cjacobsen
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Mosstrooper

California

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden color with a slight caramel/amber hue and a medium-sized, very thick off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind fairly thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: A strong note of earthy Belgian-style yeast alongside notes of floral and herbal hops.

Taste: Begins with a citrusy hops flavor, finishing with earthy, bready yeast and more earthiness coming from the hops (alongside a bit of an herbal flavor). Very well-balanced overall.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with smooth, natural carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: A very good beer and a very well-balanced IPA. If I didn't know this was brewed by Stone, I would have guessed that it had come from a Belgian brewer. Yet another very good beer from stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 01:30:32 | More by Mosstrooper
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden colour with a finger of white head and some lacing. Smells of lots of citrus and pine hops with some amount of the Belgian yeast. There is less of a Belgian type flavour to this one as other Belgian IPA's, more of regular IPA to my taste. Carbonation level is good.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2010 00:56:04 | More by kwjd
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IPA4LIFE

United Kingdom (England)

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

22 oz bottle served at about 45-50 degrees.

A- Light, foamy 1.5-2 finger head came off of a pour into the center of a large wine glass. Very clear golden color. Very good looking beer.

S- Light fruity smell, more specifically citrus (shocking in an IPA, I know) with a good hint of a spice smell.

T- Very complex flavor. Initial very sweet, followed by a good spice note. A mild hoppy- bitter flavor follows this up. The hops are not as strong in this beer as I thought they would be, given Stone's aggressive attitude, but it was nice all the same.

M-Good mouthfeel, goes down smooth.

D- Very easy to drink. I drank on 22oz bottle as I wrote this review, and could definitely go for another.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 17:58:43 | More by IPA4LIFE
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thain709

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A golden amber body with a creamy, white head that stands about two fingers...great head retention...sheets of lace are left

S - The nose is more on the IPA side (which is not a bad thing)...big, juicy, citrus hops present orange, pineapple, and lemon aromas

T - A nice balance between the two styles...the hops present themselves throughout the entire beer...they never become bitter but they stay rather sweet...there is a faint trace of Belgian yeast..an underlying spiciness lingers but it comes from Belgian spices and not spicy hops

M - Medium bodied...crisp and dry...not too bitter...solid finish

D - The ABV makes this one sessionable...I was able to enjoy a pint and could of had more but wanted to try something else...I love the hops in this one (expected from Stone)...the flavors lean more towards the IPA side but the Belgian style is not absent in this beer

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2010 17:49:52 | More by thain709
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jsanford

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium globe.

A - Hazy gold with a 1-finger, creamy white head. Leaves nice, sudsy sheeting on the sides of the glass.

S - Grapefruit and pine with typical Belgian "funky" yeast. Nice spiciness in the finish.

T - Pleasant amount of citrus (grapefruit and orange) hops balanced by a nice caramel malt backbone, with more of that lovely spiciness in the finish. Really well balanced and "juicy".

M - Medium-bodied with crisp carbonation.

D - Very drinkable, but at 6.9 ABV, not too dangerous. I split a bomber with my girlfriend but could have easily killed the 22oz by myself. A wonderful melding of the best of Stone and the best of Belgium!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 22:05:11 | More by jsanford
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scottfrie

California

3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear, bright, light-orange with a huge glowing white dense head that slowly faded into a thick film that left lots of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Big typical Stone-style hop blast but with sweet notes of bubblegum and golden fruits underneath. The bubblegum is actually quite strong and begins to dominate the orange-like citrus hops as the beer sits.
T: More spicy and herbal than the nose suggested. The bubblegum sweetness takes the back seat, and more of the peppery Belgian spices and herbal earthy hops come out. Finish is full of grapefruit and orange citrus notes along with a light sugary cotton candy sweetness. Aftertaste has a light, pleasant bitterness.
M: Medium-light body with a very slick mouthfeel and low carbonation despite this beers frothy head. Alcohol is completely hidden. It goes down smooth but could use more work.
D: I enjoyed this beer. It's light but flavorful and very easy to drink. There is a great balance between its sweet Belgian side and its bitter west coast IPA side. The body could have been a little more substantial, but this takes little away from the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 01:18:22 | More by scottfrie
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,423 ratings.