1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Stone Cali-BelgiqueStone Cali-Belgique

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

2,618 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,618
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 199 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Stone Cali-Belgique Alström Bros
Ratings: 2,618 | Reviews: 962 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of CASK1
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a tulip glass.

Poured surprisingly hazy. Medium gold color with a white head that didn't last we well as expected.

Surprised to be hit with a bready malt aroma up front. Quickly followed by grapefruit citrus hop aroma, and low levels of spice - a bit of clove an vanilla. Very interesting blend of aromas.

Flavor is complex. Low levels of malty sweetness, with a strong citrus hop flavor. Belgian yeast character is evident in spicy, peppery flavors all through the mouthful. Bitterness builds to that tongue-stripping finish I love about Stone beers. Bitterness and malt become more balanced as the beer warms.

Medium-bodied with medium carbonation. I would like a higher carb level on this beer. Low alcohol warmth. Bitter, dry finish.

Overall a very nice interpretation of the Belgian IPA. I somewhat prefer Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Wild over this one.

CASK1, May 30, 2011
Photo of dfillius
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Gentle pour to retain yeast yields a thin fizzy white head. Poor head retention. Good looking cloudy yellow amber liquid.

S: Faint Belgian spiciness is pleasant. Equally faint citrus hoppiness. Very pleasant.

T: Good Belgian funk of a saison with coriander and citrus fruit hops. Tasty but a tad jumbled.

M: A tad astringent. Full

D: I like it and I might order again and maybe order a second. I would not buy a bottle again though.

dfillius, May 30, 2011
Photo of CONOR8832
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice amber color with mild golden tones, cream colored fluffy dense head which leaves very good lacing on the glass.

S - At first gree apple peels with a mild caramel aroma from the malts but not too intense. good sweet yet floral aroma. Very well balanced in my opinio between hops and malts.

T- Hit with a bittnerness and you can for sure see the tastes that come out of this with them using the begin style yeast. Finishes with a some what not quite ripe great fruit appeal.

M - Good medium bodied IPA with a sharp and crisp feelin about it. Hops leave your palate with a slight coating on them.

D - IMO very well balanced, the belgin style really comes out in this one as the Name says that it should. Not my first choice when it comes to a beer or my first choice when it comes to Stone's beer but worthy of trying.

CONOR8832, May 30, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into My Duvel tulip.

A-A dense,snow white,very Belgian,3 fingers of foam
sat atop a minimally cloudy,light orange body.Retention was good and lacing was nice consisting of sticky ribbons.

S-Light citrus,clove,Old school bubblegum(The hard kind found inside packs of baseball cards)grassy hop notes,toffee and mild pine.

T-Meyer lemon,floral hops,green papaya,clove,yeast rolls,some slight banana and cracker-like malts.

M-Light/medium bodied.Nice prickly carbonation.Moderately bitter,slightly dry finish.

O-I wouldn't say that this is my favorite Stone offering but I appreciate the effort.

StlHopHead77, May 29, 2011
Photo of PEIhop
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a beautiful golden straw color with a bubbly, frothy head that quickly left leaving intricate lacings.

S - Aromas of pineapple, apple and lemon are couple with a nice hop presence.

T - The fruit nuances wash over the palate first, immediately followed by the spiciness of the Belgian yeast creating a surprising, but greatly appreciated tartness. The finish is balanced with a lemony, piney bite.

M - Nice carbonation, light to medium-bodied.

D - With the light-medium body, "low" ABV, and the Belgian funk Stone's Cail-Belgique is very easy to consume, especially on those hot summer days.

PEIhop, May 29, 2011
Photo of
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - pale golden colour with a quickly dissipating head that remains as a ring.

Smell - Very aromatic; funky and fruity Belgian yeast aromas with bright citrus and grassy accents and a bit of spice. Lively and interesting. As it warms a bit the caramel malt emerges.

Taste - fruity and yeasty with a strong bitter finish that leaves a lingering pine presence.

This beer is really enjoyable. It's interesting that Stone uses the same recipe that it does for its IPA, but just changes the yeast. It is amazing to tatse how much the yeast affects the flavour of the final product.

, May 28, 2011
Photo of BigDRS
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. My bottle reads "Cali-Belgie"

Pour gets a two finger head that leaves a good amount of really sticky lace. Color is a nice pale yellow and it's virtually clear. Just a bit of carbonation visible.

As soon as I put my nose into it I get a nice funky smell - there's the Belgian yeast. A nice lemony/citrus/zesty smell is just beneath that funk.

Taste is awesome. Hop taste is quite grassy. The hops don't knock you over at all as some other Stone brews do. There's somewhat of a smooth grainy character to it, and the lemony notes from the nose come across mid-sip. Mouthfeel is very smooth and easy drinking.

This is a nice variation of a traditional AIPA.

BigDRS, May 28, 2011
Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hint of pale malt, slight yeast, citrus hops, pine hops, and slight spice. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pine hops, slight citrus hops, hint of alcohol, and slight spice. Overall, good aroma, blend, and body.

Tone, May 28, 2011
Photo of Gehrig
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at The (Brilliant) Blind Pig.

Orange-copper body with two fingers of white froth atop; good duration and lacing on the tulip. Beefy hop aromas, with loads of fruit such as orange, apple, and lemon. Sweet smell, boding well for the rest of this fine brew.

It is a rather yeasty beer, and that is a good thing, adding some fruit and funk, sweet and sour flavors; delicious. It is sweet without going overboard, full of fruit, but with a somewhat bitter finish. Overall, a clean, smooth taste and flavor basep; excellent. Good texture and mouthfeel, smooth as expected, but not bringing a wow factor. Easy to consume, especially at the reasonable 6.9% ABV.

Cali-Belgique is overall a bit more Cali in the hops and flavor than Belgique in the flavor and yeast. But the balance is admirable and, overall, accomplished with dexterity. Not easy to pull off, Stone has managed to do so with a fine combination of flavor-packed hops and fine yeasty strains to yield a terrific, accessible, and smooth beer. Very well done.

Gehrig, May 27, 2011
Photo of dhartogs
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this baby in my cellar, I can't remember when I bought it, maybe a year ago. So maybe the hops mellow out.

Very nice straw color, lots of head and lacing, really nice appearance overall.

Smell a bit on the lemony side with some nice hops.

Taste, a bit mellow than I would have thought but that was probably due to age. Some what heavy on the hops, the belgium yeast was a little present but not in your face.

Overall, I enjoyed this and next time will not wait a year to drink it.

dhartogs, May 20, 2011
Photo of bfields4
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Straw golden filtered body. Small but lacy head.

Slight Belgian funk. Nice citrus aroma.

Lemon and orange Belgian citrus mixes well with the hop citrus and floral flavors. Clove and belgian yeast. A little bready quality from the malt.

Nice beer high carbonation and easily drinkable. Don't notice the abv. This beer is hard to beat fresh.

bfields4, May 19, 2011
Photo of redsnake
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into my Duvel Tulip.

A: Orange with a nice white head.

S: I get the citrus smell of an IPA with an extra Spicy kick.

T: Bold and hoppy with floral flavors coming through.

M: Moderate carbonation with a dry finish.

O: I like this beer. It has a different taste than the usual IPAs that I'm used too. I thought it was going to be too sweet, but was pleasantly surprised with the complex flavors. I'm glad Stone finally made their way to Missouri and I'll definitely try this one again.

redsnake, May 18, 2011
Photo of mizzouguy
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear golden glow in my glass with an impressive 2 finger head. Smell is all about the hops, citrus and floral. I don't really smell the Belgique part of this one but it still smells delicious. The taste is a first for me. Very hop forward then finishes with the the spicy Belgian yeast. I really enjoyed this one because it was not like anything I have had. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with the good carbonation and overall very enjoyable.

mizzouguy, May 15, 2011
Photo of seand
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear light amber with a fair amount of white bubbly head. Just a film on the surface retains, but leaves fairly nice lacing.

S: Lightly sweet and somewhat grainy, with fairly light floral hops.

T: Still lightly sweet, with more noticeable citrus, especially grapefruit. Finish is hoppy but not hugely bitter.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall a decent IPA, but not really outstanding.

seand, May 15, 2011
Photo of RickS95
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's only an average looking IPA. Almost looks blonde. It's a dark straw color, pale-ish like you'd expect. Relatively clear with a thin white head that leaves the party quickly.

If you read the back of the bottle, it smells like you'd expect. It smells solely of fruit, but if you'd had a farmhouse saison, you get it. Like the bottles says, it's a funky yeast and it shines through in this beer.

Has a great flavor. The IPA influence is there, it's got a citrusy, piney backbone to it. However, the yeast gives off more fruity flavors as well. Making it both citrusy, sweet, and piney with the nice hoppy taste in the swallow.

Very complex. As I mentioned in the tastes, you get sweet, citrus, dry/piney and slightly bitter. A great test for your tongue.

This is one of my favorite beers, regardless of style. I love dark porters and stouts, and this is anything but. However, I also appreciate IPAs and fruit beers and this satisfies those likes very, very well. Good stuff.

RickS95, May 14, 2011
Photo of zaphodchak
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've had this on draft, where the hop character varied (apparently due to line issues), but this review is for a taste from a bottle.

Bright goldenrod body and thinnish white head that diminishes into some nice lacing.

Nose is hops, but more complex than that; mysteriously, I kinda get seaweed from this in a bottle, which is odd. Faint pineapple and coconut. A bit of apricot.

Taste is magnificent, complex, some hops (not overpowering) and also tartness, some white grape and orange-- very approachable yet quite complex.

Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and complementary to the style.

Overall this is one to convert people to pale ales, quite refined.

zaphodchak, May 12, 2011
Photo of goldbot
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bright, yellowish orange with foamy off-white head. Great head retention with lots of fine carbonation. Slightly hazy. A definite floral aroma from the Belgian yeast, nice and estery but well balanced with citric and grapefruit hop notes. Not quite as "in your face" hoppy as other Stone selections though. The flavor is also well balanced between a subtle but definite Belgian yeast character and smooth citrus hops. Pleasantly bitter and dry. Smooth mouthfeel. This is the model of what a good Belgian IPA can and should strive to be.

goldbot, May 10, 2011
Photo of cjoc83
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into Stella Artois chalice. Nice yellow/orange color, some haziness, a fingers worth of egg-white head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves little lacing.

Nose is floral and citrus hops, some light spice, and Belgian yeast. Very nice.

The taste follows suit closely. Very hop forward, with floral and citrus flavors coming through. Subtle spice and Belgian yeast round out the taste. Not super complex, but the flavors mesh well. Quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, light carbonation, finishes dry and mostly clean. There's a bit of a bitter, chalky after-taste I wasn't crazy about, but it's rather subdued and doesn't last long.

Overall, a great representation of the style. Nice hops that mesh well with the spice and Belgian flavor. Wasn't crazy about the after-taste, but like I said, it's pretty subtle and doesn't take away from the beer too much. I would definitely pick this up again.

cjoc83, May 08, 2011
Photo of Holland
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: good sized head that stays for the entire glass. Pretty impressive. Nice golden color.

S: dominated by floral hops

T: very hoppy. I can't taste much else. Some of the floral flavor comes through.

M: crisp and wonderful, just as a delicious IPA should be

O: good IPA overall, but not that complex. Not that it should be, but the hops completely dominate, and not in a way that's as good as Smuttynose

Holland, May 08, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful orange-tan color, perfectly clear, with a nice head and good lacing.

Smell is very floral-hoppy, with a touch of coriander and a good amount of citrus.

Taste is delicious! Bold and hop-forward with a great floral accent, plenty of piney grapefruit and tangerines, notable Belgian yeast, and a complex spiciness. Dry biscuit-malts finish it off.

Feel is slightly hop-oily, with a great medium bitter aftertaste. Very easy to drink, yet more flavorful than many Belgian IPAs.

An excellent example of the style, stone once again rocks this one!

AlCaponeJunior, May 05, 2011
Photo of Snow81
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours yellow with a orange tint

Head: Big frosty white head

Smell: Hops with a hint of coriander

Taste: flavors of hops and coriander bounce back and forth

Weight: medium to light body with a low to medium carbonation

Finish: coriander on the palate and hops in the cheeks

Snow81, May 05, 2011
Photo of mikeborglum
2.2/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured 22oz bomber in tulip glass; light amber color with nice tall head that does not last long but nice lacing; lighter than expected from a Stone IPA oily and flat with long astringent finish; too flowery in the aroma with smell of hay; bitter flowery taste to with strong alchohol; pretty dissapointing for a Stone brew!

mikeborglum, May 03, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color of the beer is a medium gold, a little cloudy, with a white head building. Leaves good lacing. Very attractive.
the smell reminds me of pine, floral hops. Citrus.
Tasting the beer , up front the greeting is a fruity mix of floral hops, being nicely influenced by this belgian yeast strain especially in the middle and finished by a good dose of malt.
Really a great beer, very drinkable and enjoyable.

Hopfenpeter, May 02, 2011
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I see "IPA" on a new bottle of beer I immediately have certain expectations of the the bottle's contents.
This time was no exception.
Pours as a nice IPA profile- one tick down in the count because in this case the head was short lived even though my glass is always meticulously prepared..

Nose was a harbinger of things to come- not overly strong, but demure with hints of hops and malt.

Flavor at first was disappointing- I read the bottle notes.
But now as my first bottle is nearly drained- this IPA does have a tang, an IPA cloak along with a train of homage to the Belgian style. Perhaps the only enigma is the "Cali". Words are just words.

Of the IPA's I've enjoyed and revered- this one is somewhat lighter than I'd expected-- that was perhaps my initial disappointment. But there's more to an IPA than just hops and more hops and oh yes, alcohol.

This Stone IPA is a balance of hops bitterness and flowery flavor along with the strong flavor and well rounded by malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel this beer produced was a rotund legacy of the beer's initial flavor start commingled with a long lasting wash of it's initial flavor.

Overall this is a marvelous IPA and not so alcoholic that a pint of it welds me to my seat.

Nice -- very nice.. get two bottles.

gueuzeonhigh, May 01, 2011
Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Ruby-tinged golden with short cap of off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass despite the short head.

S: Tartness melds well with the pale malt to give a tangy, sweet aroma. Hops are earthy and moderately citrus.

T: The unique tanginess of this beer is hard to beat. The alcohol does find by the end of the pint, but the pale malt sweetness really does better on tap than in the bottle. The substantial hoppiness is big-time citrus and complements the tart, tanginess really well.

M: Slightly viscous and highly carbonated with medium-full body.

O: A real treat to have on-tap -- superior to the bottle in every way.

argock, May 01, 2011
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,618 ratings.