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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
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2,563 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,563
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 182 | 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 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.

WYVYRN527, Apr 01, 2011
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.

jera1350, Apr 01, 2011
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.

Tballz420, Mar 30, 2011
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.

nickhiller, Mar 30, 2011
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.

kbutler1, Mar 29, 2011
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

gatornation, Mar 29, 2011
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.

climax, Mar 29, 2011
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!

ksmi116, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of berley31
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.

berley31, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of mtstatebeer
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.

mtstatebeer, Mar 25, 2011
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.

scruffwhor, Mar 22, 2011
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.

RedSpecial1, Mar 22, 2011
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.

oldsailor, Mar 22, 2011
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

BayouBengal1537, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler

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.

ehammond1, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of wedge
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...

wedge, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of rinhaak
3.08/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml poured into a Westvleteren Goblet.

Pours a light gold color with no head. The lack of head (despite a straight pour) was surprising, especially considering the Belgian influence in this beer. Nevertheless, the color of the beer was appealing, and it looked inviting.

The nose was unexciting. It smelled like a stereotypical Belgian tripel: lots of Belgian yeasts and bread. I got no hops in the nose.

The taste was certainly unique, and resembled a sour Belgian tripel with hops. The Belgian yeasts dominate while the hops provide counterpoint. There are flavors of freshly baked bread and strawberries. No finish to speak of: once it's swallowed, it's gone.

I was generally unimpressed with this beer. Although I like many of Stone's other offerings, this seemed to fall quite short. It was too sour and bitter to be overly drinkable, and while I enjoy a hoppy, bitter beer, these hops seemed to give it more of an "off" taste. If you're looking for a Belgian IPA, stick to La Chouffe or Le Freak.

rinhaak, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had thisone first at a tasting, i thought very good. Found it at one local store and bought two bottles.

Pours golden, well carbonated to support a nice white head. Lace, ring like, very well.

Aroma of citric hop. almost sugared grapefruit on the nose.

Taste and mouth, Hop bitterness at first you pick up pink grapefruit, citric tartness balanced by a candy-like sugared sweetness. The citric hop oil coats and lingers till the next anticipated sip.

Drinkable yes in tart applications. The 6.9% keeps it manageable with a meal yet worthy of your beer time effort.

chilidog, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, Nice 1/2 head with plenty of carbination and lacing.

SMell - Hops, yeast, very floral. Oranges, lemon, banana. Very triple-ish.

Taste - Spicy and hoppy. Huge lemon flavor with a ipa hoppy kick, but mixed with belgium yeast, hince the name of this beer. Bitter and sweet at same time. Plenty of floral flavors and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, bitter on tounge, then palette gets some sweetness. Theres some masked alcohol in there that numbs up tounge so slighty. Leaves a dry finish.

Drinkabilty - A different twist on a ipa, belgium style. A nice combo of two styles. Its low enough in alcohol but really not something id drink daily. A nice change but ill stick with one of the other. A nice treat well done, another great drew form stone.

wvsabbath, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of ebrauser
2.6/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. No best by date.

Appearance: Pilsner yellow with a thick white head. Lacing is about a 6/10.

Aroma: Belgian yeast w/ hop resins and pine. A little peppery and spicy.

Flavor: Dominant flavor is the belgian spices, similar to a wit, but with a very strong bitter streak coming from the hops. The two flavors are not supported very well by any malt sweetness, and I don't think they are very complementary. Interesting, but I'd say that's the only reason for finishing this bomber.

MF: Drinks a lot like a white, but I think the bitterness (in this context) is off putting

ebrauser, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of Brianjames16
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark gold with a bunch of carbonation bubbles. Nice one finger white head with think lacing.

S- Spicy and bitter hops with some citrus fruits. Nice pleasing aroma. Some pines and malts also show up.

T - Good bite from the hops balanced with spices and light fruits. Great balanced taste.

M- Good carbonation makes it a crisp refreshing brew. Light/medium body.

D- Great drinkability. Interesting and easy to drink. Go Stone !

Brianjames16, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of vfgccp
4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light grade honey.

S - Huge bouquet of ripe banana and clove. Smells fantastic.

T - Sweet with outstanding banana and peach flavors. Floral and clove flavors and a touch of brown sugar on the back end.

M - Smooth with a medium-light body.

vfgccp, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of JLeege
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber, poured into some tasting glasses.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a bone white head. Decent retention, some lacing left behind.

Smell- Lots of hops, citrus with some slight piney resin. Underlying fruity Belgian yeast.

Taste- Lots of citrus hops again as expected. Strong Belgian yeasty notes in the middle of the drink, turns sweet pretty quickly. Not a ton of linger on the finish. It was a fresh bottle, but it was not overtly hoppy and the "Belgian" influence leads to a sort of strange taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall- Another Belgian IPA, another slight disappointment for myself. I have yet to be impressed with any beer of this style, though this one was one of the better examples I have tried.

JLeege, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of jmfc8237
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured a bone white head that was very quick to disperse. Pale orange and straw color that is clear.

Aromas are of the citrus variety representing a nice orange and piney hop aroma with a nice spice background of coriander and pine.

Bitter orange peel and earthy hops are pronounced followed by a surprisingly suble yeast influence and a nice amount of burnt caramel. Overall it's a easy drinker but I have not been overwhelmed by it's flavor. There was a faint chalky taste but I don't attribute that to the beer.

jmfc8237, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of OldIronLungs
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice light golden pour and some fluffy white head which fades relatively quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose of bright citrus hops, grasses, and Belgian yeast. Taste is very clean up front with a suggestion of sour from the yeast with playful carbonation.

Easy to drink with almost a saison feel to it.

OldIronLungs, Mar 10, 2011
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.