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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,389
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 70
Gots: 125 | FT: 2
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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simpliciter

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - gold with a very nice head
S - floral [greatly enhanced by food]
T - generally tart
M - coats the tongue nicely with delicate microbubbles
D - a bit too bitter to quaff

Stone's only (?) ale brewed with a different yeast (a Belgian one!) --- this is otherwise the standard IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2010 23:26:33 | More by simpliciter
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chickenflea

Florida

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was amazing and unexpected. I am used to being shocked by Stone, but this beer was a very pleasant surprise. A traditional looking IPA except that it is a little light in color. Clear. Tall rocky head that left sculpted concentric rings. Amazingly the yeast aroma really battle with the hops in the nose. On first sniff I was confused. My curiosity aroused. Very spicy as well dominated by cloves. I have never had a beer with such overt clove aroma. Is it the Belgian yeast that does this? The taste was all Stone IPA but more. The brew tasted like a blend of caramel malts, citrusy hops and a fruity taste. The fruit was pineapple-mango-peach-tangerine. Very intriguing. Then the hops wrestled the aftertaste away again. A fresh grassy sort of hops. Very fresh like a wet-hopped beer. The body was medium light with average carbonation. Call the texture soft to oily. Overall a great and refreshingly different beer. It's not your traditional IPA. I give Stone top marks for attempting this unique hybrid and pulling it off.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 22:06:07 | More by chickenflea
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BeerTwigs

New York

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers of all time. I first had this beer about two years ago and I am just now finally reviewing it. Belgian IPA's are one of the newest, yet best styles of beer around today. Cali Belgique does not only set the standard for this style it almost makes it impossible to replicate. From a bottle it pours a nice and golden with a two inch white head. This beer not only satisfies the quench of belgian beer fans but hop heads as well. The aroma is complete with a belgian/pine combination. I started out as a novice beer drinker, soley focused on Belgian styles but once my pallet for IPA's devopled this beer was able to my beer needs from all angles. Drink this beer and appreciate all it represents. Dare to try another Belgian IPA once other Brewers attempt such a style. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 23:53:17 | More by BeerTwigs
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colts9016

Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger rock solid white foamy head with great retention. The color of the beer is a medium straw color with golden yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with a slight haziness. There are alot of little carbonation bubbles. The head is leaving some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A Bright fragrant floral bouquet with lemon, grapefruit, and a hint of pine. Other aromas in the beer are a slight toasted malt with a spicy, yeast aroma and some phenols.

Taste: A very perfumy, floral bouquet with fruity esters and some pine notes. The fruity esters are grapefruit with hints of oranges and lemons. The malt is slightly toasty with notes of yeast and phenols.

Mouthfeel: It is dry, carbonated, slightly astringent, and crisp.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the finish is medium full. This is a unique beer. I like the flavor of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 03:06:13 | More by colts9016
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beerdrifter

Germany

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at a great beer store, Tops Liquor, while at a conference in Phoenix. Clear, bright yellow pour with nice fluffy white head and decent lacing. All Belgian in the nose. Lots of spice, lemon, grass and hints of banana and bready yeast. The taste is much the same with a great balance between the bitter hops and sweet malt. Exactly what I expected, with the best characteristics of a Belgian, expertly infused with that classic Stone IPA flavor. Highly drinkable with a nice, crisp, clean, dry finish. I live an hour from Belgium, and have to say that the US craft brewers are giving the Belgians a run for their money. A great American interpretation of the style!

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 16:29:50 | More by beerdrifter
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ocelot2500

Arizona

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden orange color with a small cap of tight white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smells of yeast spice and some grapefruit.

Tastes of orange peel, spices, and some fruit sweetness. Plenty of citrus bitterness up front with some piny and floral notes rounding it out. Yeast spiciness comes through and offers clove and coriander notes. Fruitiness also makes and appearance and adds a layer of depth.

Mouthfeel is medium full with a smooth amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 03:12:25 | More by ocelot2500
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coachdonovan

Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"enjoy by 5/13/10" = oops. pours a crystal clear honey-color. i'm having a lot of fun looking at the head from underneath and watching the bubbles on the surface. little to no lacing down the side of my oversized wine glass. aroma is apricot, mild citrus, a grassy field of clover. the yeast is there to remind you of the Belgian influence, but it stays in the background.

the Belgian-ness of this beer is even more hidden in the taste. obviously hop-forward but very very balanced. the esters provide sweetness to keep your palate in check, but it all works. in comparison to WildDevil or Le Freak, this is my favorite Belgian/west coast IPA combo. i would think this is a perfect "cross-over" bottle for those looking to bring in non-beer drinkers. flavorful, light, exceedingly drinkable. i am very thankful that my parents brought this one to share with me, but next time i'll buy one all for myself.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 00:53:07 | More by coachdonovan
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pastradul

California

3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a growler that was 1 week old.

Pulled the top off and there was a nice "pop". Poured into an allagash tulip. tons of carb in the pour, the head builds quick as I pour!

The smell is belgian yeast/bread/spice... followed by that signature stone hop smell!

The taste is similar. There isn't as much carb on the mouth as there was in the pour :-(
but the flavor is good. Strong hop presence that cuts through followed by agood amount of spice and bready presence.

Serving type: growler

06-06-2010 06:12:52 | More by pastradul
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of errantnight, review based on notes

Opens with a nice whoosh! Pours an effervescent & bright apricot with 2 fingers of ivory colored head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Appleskins & pears

T: Follows the nose, plus a bit of candi sugar, phenols, dirt & lemons up front. Breadyness, apricot & a kiss of booze as this warms. Finishes with orchard fruittyness, dryness & grapefruit (about time the Cali side shines through)

MF: Semi-chewy with light but noticable carbonation & very good balance. Chewier & slightly slick once warm

Drinks very easy, a nice take on the style

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2010 03:22:42 | More by russpowell
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Stigs

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, served in a standard pint glass

A - small amount of tight frothy white foam. slightly hazy, pale gold in color. leaves behind a solid layer of sticky film.

S - pungent piney and just slightly floral hops, lemon rind, sweet belgian yeast, very fruity.

T - solid amount of piney &" grassy hops, citrus, very lemony yeast, tropical melon & pineapple.

M - thin, tight and active carbonation...finishes dry with lingering grass and lemon.

D - love the style, just like this one. a bit too fruity (especially heavy on the lemon/citrus) and thin...not bad at all but there are better Belgian IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 04:01:28 | More by Stigs
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Pittsburgh

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a good beer. I like the concept, and IPA combined with a farmhouse style ale, american style. Pour is nice, a good amount of carbonation and bubbly on top. Once the foam subsided, giving the beer a taste, you definitely catch the hops, immediately, I would expect nothing less from Stone. Strong taste, good amount of bitterness following up the fruity/hoppy mixture. Good amount of fruit/lemon flavor, and you get that light almost vanilla flavor present in a farmhouse ale. All in all a good combination, I think it was balanced well so all flavors come through equally. I think they did it right, I wouldn't change anything with this combo, overall a very solid beer and concept. It's probably been done before but its the first time I've seen it.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2010 23:07:42 | More by Pittsburgh
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hopheadjuice

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with enjoy by date of 06-17-10, big blurb on the back like most stones. BE AWARE: not the biggest fan of belgians so my review might be a little bias.

Pours a clear golden orange with a slow rising 1 finger head that leaves some lace trace as it settles. visible carbonation is present. deffinatly looks more like a belgian to me.

First whiff explodes into belgian spice, corriander, plum like tartness. The hops are there but hiding behing the belgian outblast.

This ale is has some very interesting characteristics, while drinking more towards a belgian style, the hops from the ipa even all the goodness of the fruity tart belgium spice into a more bitter hopsentric finish.

nice active carbonation with a semi-dry/semi-qwenching finish. very odd to me but being both styles in one i guess it fits the pillow.

This ale was wasnt that hard to finish but took me close to an hour, no more than one for me please.

Very interesing brew that stone has offered us here, letting this one warm up a little really helps balance the belgian into the ipa. I can see myself dinking this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 14:42:16 | More by hopheadjuice
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HopJ

California

4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very nicely surprised by this beer. I don't drink a ton of Belgian beer so I can't speak to that directly but I loved this variation of an IPA. Aromatically it held my attention very well with lots of fruit and hops. I got a bit of apple right through to the taste followed by just enough bitterness to keep it in balance. I am very happy when a beer leaves me thinking about the next time I will taste it.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 04:59:47 | More by HopJ
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass

Pours a very light orange - like liquid sunshine - that has a nice balance of transparent clarity and haze. Two fingers of tiny-bubbled off-white head make for some soapy lacing. Not amazing but pretty just the same.

The aroma presents a perfect hybrid of hoppy west coast IPA and spicy Belgian ale. The grapefruit and pineapple reach my nose first. The lupulin smells transition swiftly and completely to a coriander, peppery spicy scent which underlies a plantain/slight banana sort of Belgian yeast fruit character. The transition between the two sides of this beer is impressive to experience. If there is a downside it is that the malt is obscured by the strength of the hops and yeast. And yet despite the lack of malt smell the beer smells really sweet. This is a 4.0 or a 4.5 depending on your tolerance for sweetness.

If you're expecting a really hoppy beer then you will be disappointed. The hops don't get to hog the spotlight on your palate. Up front you taste pepper and and a lemon/banana fruit characteristic as if this were a Belgian Pale Ale all the way. Then the grapefuit and orange flavors blossom to a simmer just short of fresh IPA vibrancy. The finish combines the two in that the citrus fruit slowly dies down in strength while the astringent spice character from the yeast lingers. As the beer warms it concentrates in flavor, becoming a spicy, orange flavored beer from start to finish.

This is a lot thicker in mouthfeel than I would ever personally prefer in an IPA. It thickens up good if you swish it around in your mouth. There is very little active carbonation to help alleviate the heft of the body. So the drinkability for me is affected a bit. Nothing wrong or bad per se, just not categories that this beer excels at.

Cali-Beligique/Belgie is nice experiment, one that I am glad to have tried. Good beer. I wouldn't buy this very much if it were available to me but I can think of some dishes to pair this beer with that would be pretty kick-ass.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2010 02:26:02 | More by Reaper16
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TommyW

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark, gold body with a sticky, white head.

S- Tons of yeasty ester with a big hop profile (grapefruit and tropical fruit).

T- Follows the nose pretty well; basically a west coast IPA with some nice Belgian yeast qualities (slightly medicinal an mineral-like).

M- Medium body with slick feel.

D- An interesting beer; easy drinking like a good IPA with a little Belgian funk in there.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 00:51:33 | More by TommyW
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Haybeerman

Colorado

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear gold color with an orange sparkle. Pired a 2 finger stark white head with fair retention to an even skim. Rings of lace slipped down the inside of the glass. Lazily decanted.

S: Big yeast esters up front. Sweet caramel malt follows along with citrusy hops (grapefruit, lemon and pine) and tropical fruits.

T: Just like the aroma only hops exert more character over the malt. Sharp bitter to balance all thats going on.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Smooth and coating ahead of the finish with all the complex flavors.

D: Very enjoyable, complex and balanced; there's a lot going on this beer that sems to work pretty well - moderate abv too. Just get a little full (and taste-bud-shock).

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 16:35:12 | More by Haybeerman
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Cmuska902

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bomber into a Weyerbacher tulip. Received a thick chunky head about 1/2 inch or so upon a relatively vigorous pour. Has a classic golden color of many big Belgian beers. Adequate carbonation makes its way from the bottom to the head. Looks absolutely delicious.

S: The smell of this beer for me is mostly earthy, sweet, and Belgian. Reminiscent of a big Belgian tripel, with that distinct aroma. Perhaps a waft of fruitiness, orange, or orange peel.

T: The taste is exactly as the brewer describes. Belgian upfront, a wallop of hops and bitterness to follow. Not lopsided, this beer uses the sweetness and bitterness of the two styles to create a well balanced flavor.

M: Somewhat thick, perfect balance of carbonation, mild, smooth, and relaxed. Flows over the palette nicely, allowing all flavors to be discovered.

D: Moderately drinkable, the bitterness was good, but left me wanting more. It almost is like a stone IPA with a Belgian attitude. I would almost rather it be a Ruination with the Belgian attitude. Very delicious nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2010 17:16:36 | More by Cmuska902
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jwinship83

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased shortly after it came to chicago. drank from my duvel tulip.

A- this one pours out a golden orange colored body with a large bright white head on it. the head lasts a while before receding and leaves behind complete rings of lacing.

S- belgian yeast is the first thing i notice. after that comes some caramel malts, and hops. there is some grapefruit and pine in here, but the focus seems to be more on the tropical fruits. pineapple and mango come to mind. very nice.

T- the taste is full of belgian yeast like i could smell. the caramel malts take a backseat to the hops in this one. lots of pineapple and mango. theres lots of grapefruit and to a lesser extent, pine.

M- medium bodied bordering on full. highly carbonated.

D- wow, what a difference changing the yeast can make. this seems to have very little in common with the regular stone IPA. one of the better examples of a belgian IPA, this one is also on the lower end of the spectrum as far as ABV goes. check this one out.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 21:52:59 | More by jwinship83
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Pahn

New York

4.75/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date, but the store just got the bottle in 2 days ago. First had this beer about a year ago and remembered it as being a great IPA/Belgian hybrid. Let's see how it stands up after trying several more iterations of the style.

Appearance: Careful pour yields an inch and a half fluffy white head that dissipates slowly. Both the head and the beer itself leave thick, webbed streaks of lacing everywhere. Pours a translucent orange.

Smell: From the bottle I get grapefruit and Belgian yeast--a good start. In the glass: mildly dank grapefruit and tropical fruit hops, mixed beautifully with sweet, musty Belgian yeast. This is exactly what I would think a "Belgian IPA" would smell like. Strong, interesting, individuated, delicious hoppy smells, and equally distinct, relatively deep smells of Belgian yeast, spice, and mild funk. There's also some pine and a slight herbal/medicinal smell.

As the beer warms and I get deeper into the bottle, all the aforementioned notes stick around and stay strong. Excellent.

Taste: First sip: maltier than expected, with a big breadiness up front and a strong citrus hop finish with lots of bitterness (advertised 77 IBU sounds about right). In the next sip, some mustiness and clove come out, along with a deeper hop profile. Delicious. A slight soapiness comes out, along with a restrained, sweet Belgian yeast influence. Just as the citrus and Belgian yeast/funk notes seem to be getting carried away, there's the classic Stone IPA malt backbone to reel it all in!

Really, I don't think this could be better, besides drinking it immediately upon it being ready for consumption. Stone IPA is a classic, excellent IPA, and Cali-Belgique takes it and combines it with Belgian pale ale characteristics in a beautiful, balanced fashion. Rating to style, this has to be a 5.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and medium bodied, with medium carbonation. Not world class (D)IPA feel, but very good.

Drinkability: The 6.9% ABV is barely noticeable, and the taste (and aroma) stays balanced and beautiful for the entire life of the bottle. I want to drink this beer all summer, and often.

Houblon Chouffe on tap redeemed the concept of the Belgian IPA for me, which had dropped off over the past year. Raging Bitch was, ultimately, a sweet mess, local brewpubs followed suit, and the other random attempts I'd tried (save the wholly different Wild Devil, which is awesome, but simply an IPA with brett in it) fell flat. Cali-Belgique is the beer that originally got me excited about the style, and finally returning to it again (and fresh!), I can see why. It's a better IPA than our recent east coast darling, Larry, and the Belgian influence just makes it deeper and tastier. The brewers at Stone are geniuses.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 03:33:27 | More by Pahn
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours an bright, clear orange/amber with mounds of stiff, bubbly milky white head. Much lacing.

Smell -- Lots of Belgian yeast, clove, some banana, pine resin hops, and some bready yeasts.

Tatse -- Lot of grassy/resinous hops up front with some bread and biscuit maltiness to sweeten out the end. in the finish some clove/banana/yeastiness eeks out.

Mouthfeel -- Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, somewhat dry finish. Could've done with more carbonation.

Drinkaility -- The massive hop bittering really muted the cove/banana/yeast flavors that make belgian pales so enjoyable. Aside from the smell and the clove, it would be hard to distinguish this from a American IPA.

Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but I think Raging Bitch married the Belgian pale and American IPA elements a little better. Not a bad beer, but I was hoping for more.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 22:30:04 | More by yeahnatenelson
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mempath

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ok....bought this at a deli in Penn Station NYC before boarding...took a chance since the best before date is past by a few months...! but can't find this one anywhere else. now we try...actually a bit concerned....thought it said best before 12 (december) 2009...but can't tell if the one is rubbed off or not....maybe it's before 2 (february) 2009....!!! yeah, and it was $8 (hey, its NYC...) aahhgh

pours a 'fresh' quasi-clear orangy-amber with a super belgie-fluffy head and intricate lacing. at least it LOOKS great

as expected...smells like smelling a belgion ale and an extremem ipa simultaneously. very inticing. hopefully the nominally strong ABV allowed it to remain fresh in taste.

and it is simply delicious and very FRESH (still!). yeah, it's the two traditional styles blended. simply and seamlessly. i often find myself quickly bored or turned off by the classic belgian ale...this has those notes expertly interwined with the classic (Stone) IPA hallmark. hop-smacking chewiness that is somewhat (not diminished but) mellowed/enhanced by the yeasty flemish character of the european style. it's not really extreme, but rather balanced. a probably upgrade for those who have jumped into signature but non-extreme IPAs etc.

mouthfeel is luscious. too drinkable. i can only wonder what it tastes like 'fresh' !

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 23:48:34 | More by mempath
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: Looks very similar to the Stone IPA, for reasons explained on the bottle. Maybe a tad darker, but a hazy golden color, with a generous, bubbly white head. Good retention and nice lace stick.

Smell: Very strong Belgian yeast aroma, along with a pleasant sweetness. This is the first time I have smelled bubble gum in the aroma, and I like it. Grapefruit and orange are also present in the nose.

Taste: I like this even better than the regular IPA. The blend of the Belgian yeast and Cali hop blend is so smooth, it tones down a bit of the overly bitter taste (barely) of the regular IPA. Fruit and spice up front, with a bubble gum biscuity flavor pressing through. Hops are more suppressed, but nice citrus flavors come out toward the end. Very mild pine notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, with medium carbonation wrapped in a medium body. Slight pine oil residue.

Drinkability: The balance of flavors here really does it for me. Not a complete bitter bomb, but a well crafted, creative IPA. Count me as a fan.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:15:22 | More by KickInTheChalice
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LuckyBrewer

Colorado

5/5  rDev +25%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer: Cali-Belgique
Style: IPA
Brewery: Stone Brewing Co.
Location: Escondido, CA
Website: http://www.stonebrew.com/
Serving Type: 1 Pt. 6 Fl.Oz.
ABV: 6.9 ABV
IBU: 77
Pour: Smooth pour with a nice head and even thick legs.

Smell: This beer smells hoppy, floral and even malty smell.

Taste: The Stone Brewery Co. is my favorite brewery hands down. Stone Brewery have yet to disappoint me, this beer was another impressive beer. The beer is so well balanced, but it is still a strong complex IPA.

Drinkability: As I mentioned earlier this beer is well balanced and therefore I could drink about two bombers of this fine brew. Many of the IPA's that I have tried are not well balanced and therefore lose their enjoyment about one glass in.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2010 01:20:02 | More by LuckyBrewer
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goatgoat

Arizona

3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Pours a pale honey gold with a moderate off-white head. Little lace.
Aroma has light banana fruit, honey, lemon and citrus rind. Slight spice. Overall light and pleasant. Taste follows, light and enjoyable with a crisp bitterness. Light feel in the mouth.

Nice combination of IPA characteristics and Belgian yeast. A real nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 00:03:18 | More by goatgoat
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alli4051

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was looking for something else, they didn't have it, got this instead and it turned out to be a nice surprise. I must admit this is only my second foray into this style and I continue to be intrigued. Pours a bright and slightly hazy straw color. Decent sized white head that recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing behind. Nose is true to the label, a distinctly Belgian scent with some hops mixed in. Taste follows suit, Belgian yeast up front with a nice hoppy bitterness in the finish. I wasn't blown away but definitely a good drinkable brew, I'd be pouring another one if I had a second bomber.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 05:06:42 | More by alli4051
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,389 ratings.