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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,427 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,427
Reviews: 954
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 72
Gots: 136 | 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)
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Duttonic

Texas

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

22oz bomber into a dogfish head pint.

A- Poured with 3 full fingers of head, dissipating to one. Light copper in color.

S- Smells like an alt/wit beer. Fruity, hoppy, sweet, bread like.

T/M- Citrus, hops, maybe faint caramel? Crisp, light, smooth. Great aftertaste.

D- Excellent. I could drink this in large quantity, but I won't because it should be savored. Delectable. Get some.

Found at Whole Foods in Sacramento off Arden.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 03:52:14 | More by Duttonic
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. "Keep refrigerated", 6.9% ABV, Enjoy by 05 13 10 stamped on the bottom of the bottle.

A - Carbonation bubbles swirl through the glass from the moderate pour. A densely packed, creamy white head rises without hesitation and slowly lowers to a thick pile. Wispy lace accents the brilliantly clear golden IPA.

S - A noticeable banana ester and dry clay aroma come from the distinctly Belgian yeast which adds a dimension I've never experienced in an IPA before. Toasted white bread falls to the background with a sweet light candi sugar kiss that holds up the floral and lemon citrusy hops.

T - Cali-België assaults the tongue with American hops instantly which certainly takes me off guard. Very bitter citrusy, floral hops overshadow the malts heavily. A tiny touch of candi sugar and caramel malts almost falls by the wayside. The Belgian yeast on the other hand still remains prominent in the flavor giving the finish a citrusy, earthy, distinct different yeast finish. The flavor has good balance.

M - Medium-light bodied, Cali-België has a sharp bitter citrus finish from the hops but a lingering balanced citrus from the yeast. Fully carbonated, it also has a tingle as it goes down smoothly.

D - Great drinkability from this one, I'm a little peeved I waited so long to finally pick up a bottle, but it's still worth it. Very excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2010 02:22:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
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avalon07

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish color and a clear consistency. There was an inch of creamy/foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A sharp, fruit, hoppy aroma, with some traces of malt and yeast.

T: Tasted of hops, Belgian yeast, citrus, and a good amount of malt. A nicely balanced, vibrant, flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

D: An eminently drinkable Belgian IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 13:13:35 | More by avalon07
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BeanBone

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A slightly hazy golden-orange body capped by a little more than two fingers of bubbly off-white head that leaves great lacing.

Aroma: Leafy, herbal, and candied-citrusy hops along with Belgian yeast over a nondescript bready malt body. Easily identifiable as a Belgian-influenced IPA.

Flavor: Up front, it's all about the hops; they're tropical fruity, citrusy, resinous, herbal, and moderately bitter. There's lot of clove-like Belgian yeast flavor to counter the hops, with subtle bready malt bringing up the rear. The alcohol is hidden well. Overall, everything is nicely balanced and each element comes together nicely. Herbal hops and biscuity malt in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with fine medium-high carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability: For fans of the style, this is a pretty easy drinker; just watch out for that nearly seven percent punch.

Verdict: Cali-Belgique is a tasty beer, and the best Belgian IPA I've tried yet. The combination of Belgian yeast and west-coast hops is interesting and pleasant, though I have to say I personally prefer the "normal" Stone IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 01:06:34 | More by BeanBone
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myost88

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle a tulip pint.

Appearance- Crystal clear pale gold color. Very active bubbling. Two finger frothy white head. Sticky, patchy lacing remaings sporadically across the glass.

Smell- Hop forward like most Stone beers. Floral and a little piney. Clove scent is present from the belgian yeast. It smells quite sweet. Very complex aroma with many layers.

Taste- Wonderful biting hops at first. Tart grapefruit and pine is prevalent. Strong malt backbone rounds this out perfectly finishing sweet. The Belgian yeast strain really serves to highlight the hops and malts, both seperately and taken together, adding a nice spicy kick just before the end of a quaff. Typical of Stone it is sweet at the end not dry. Dare I say I like this better than the original Stone IPA?

Mouthfeel- Just enough carbonation to make this one "jumpy" but keep that nice smooth feeling going down. Medium bodied.

Drinkability- This is both a slow sipper and a beer you can really take some good gulps of. I could see myself enjoying a few pints of this in a row and it wouldnt grow old. Complex, layered brew makes this a good stand alone beer, though I wouldnt want to pair this with food because I like it as is without other flavors going with it.

Overall- Really a terrific beer in my opinion. Belgian yeast really plays well off of the American hops. Stone I hope you make this at the very least a perennial seasonal release, if not a year round.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 02:45:13 | More by myost88
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hosehead83

Ohio

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

Poured from a 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, orange-gold in color, with a big, fluffy head of white foam
Aroma-Subtle hops and spicy funk
Taste-Belgian funky spiciness up front, a hoppy backbone stays on until the finish. Upon warming, hoppy bitterness asserts itself, along with a tangy, strawberry-like finish.
Overall, an interesting, if a bit unbalanced, offering from the boys at Stone.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 15:28:24 | More by hosehead83
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Durge

Connecticut

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

Thanks to the auspices of Mr. Ohoove for this treat, the color of this goodie is clear golden amber with a nice thick white foam and chunky lacing. The aroma is a clovey yeast and herbal hop, firm and "tasty". The flavor at room temperature offers orange citrus bite and malty clove. There's some thick cereal grain and deep prune in a medium-plus bodied brew. It's a bit viscous with signs of alcohol in the flavor. Sharp grapefruit rind, and a dry rye effect, all very complex with modest drinkability. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 05:49:57 | More by Durge
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xurusaibobx

Hawaii

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

coming from hawaii we dont get stone beers! but i manage to get mines

smell - a whole citrus lemon fruity smell going on its crazy

color - light amber with good amount of carbonation

taste -when u go in a take a slip its like fruits! citrus bursting before u even drink it!! Super smooooth!! no alcohol can be found! even at 5.6% abv. flavorful! awesome beer! if u dont like IPAs this is the IPA to taste! its a cali- belgian style idk what that mean but the bottle says its a California style beer Stone with hints of belgian flavor guessing Hefes where the fruit citrus come in to play...

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 05:34:14 | More by xurusaibobx
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cjgator3

Florida

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

22oz bottle

A- Pours a golden orange color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is pale malts with a touch of citrus, spices and some hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is pale malts up front with some spices, citrus and a good amount of citrusy hops in the dry finish.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Stone Cali-Belgique is a solid beer that is definitely worth a repeat purchase. Hightly recommended!  

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 03:30:09 | More by cjgator3
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ebby82

Virginia

4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden haze into a tulip glass. At least two fingers of head are evident. The smell is of Belgian yeast, hops, and a little fruitiness, perhaps grapefruit.

The taste is delicate, yet delicious. The hops and Belgian yeast compliment one another nicely, and it is one of the least Hoppy Stone beers I've ever had. There is also a slight sweetness on the palate, complimented by a slight bitterness. Even those who are averse to hops might enjoy it without complaint.

The mouth feel is light and airy. Highly drinkable, I wish I had more than one bomber's worth.

This is only my second experience with a Belgian style IPA. The other was Flying Dog's Raging Bitch, which I loved. Stone's version is less aggressive. I am beginning to love this beer style.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 22:01:06 | More by ebby82
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

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

An enormous rocky white head erupts from the hazy golden body and lingers for quite a bit as it leaves a frothy lacing behind.

The aroma is quite complex featuring abundant yeast, piney and citrus hops, and perhaps even a sweet candy-like quality, and a bit of pepper as it warms.

The flavor asserts much more of a floral hop presence than the aroma, followed by yeast, perhaps some pepper and clove, and other hops such as pine or citrus.

This brew is generous in carbonation with medium body and a pleasant drying finish.

Quite an enjoyable beer with many of the traditional aspects of this style and those it comes from. Certainly worth a try, it is great to enjoy on a summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 02:26:41 | More by CHADMC3
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Spineypanda

Texas

4.53/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Delicious, pours a golden super carbonated, with a white head that lasts for a long time due to carbonation.
Smells of Nice citrusy hops and Belgian yeasts combined, comes out nicely.
Tastes sweet with a large citrus profile. Note that the sweetness does not seem to come from too many malts.
The beer is a bit alcohol tasting after it warms but nothing too bad.

YUM

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 00:40:05 | More by Spineypanda
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scottyb88

Maryland

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

Bottle says enjoy by July 6, 2010
Poured into Duvel glass

A- hazy/semi clear dark orange with lots of carbonation bubbles; two finger white fluffy head that appears to have lots of lacing

S- really easy to pick it out the IPA and tripel aromas and blends really well; sweet tangerine and orange citrus, some pine, a touch of alcohol

T-a nice clean hop bitterness with predominate citrus flavor with this yeasty perfume-like taste...really enjoying this

M-a touch more carbonation would have been perfect, but its still quite nice; semi-dry finish in your mouth with a slightly sweet citrus that lingers

D-really impressed with this beer; to be honest, I find it a little more drinkable than the belgian versions of belgian ipas, maybe its the lower alcohol, but its really good; a 22 oz bomber is easy to finish

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 00:52:04 | More by scottyb88
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simpliciter

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 +16%
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 +25.3%
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 +6.5%
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 -0.3%
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%
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 +7.8%
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%
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 +2.3%
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%
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 +7.3%
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 -3.5%
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
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,427 ratings.