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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,699 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,699
Reviews: 976
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 79
Gots: 240 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
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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Photo of natedog820
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy, cloudy, goldenrod. Small off-white head fades quickly.

S: Strong, thick, esters and wheat hit my nose before I could even get close to the glass, wow... When I came in to smell it I got the hops: pineapple, a little bit of pine, and a little booze, just a little.

T: Wow... acidic, tons of pineapple, but balanced by a nice estery, yeasty-ness. No booze in the taste, it's all balanced out. It finishes with a nice chewy malt that is really pleasant.

M: Medium carbonation. Thick and resinous. The acidity really leaves you salivating.

O: An excellent brew, complex and interesting, but very well balanced, especially for a Stone brew.

Photo of JayAre46
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - 220z bomber... poured into a cali-belgique specialty glass no doubt about it son. pours a transparent orange heavy golden color, light head that falls to a study ring and film on top. we have been reunited again after many months of treacherous agony in the dark.

A - the nose is of sweet aromas to say bubble gum would be a bit much so how about a piece of gum depleted by a thoroughbred badass named Zenyatta, with yeasty flashes a subtle funky bitterness, the hops are not present like you expect from a stone product. Lace is too light speak of its presence or lack thereof but it is there.

T - Upfront you get the hints of apple sweetness, that turns the corner to a subtle funk and then left hook of yeasty presence that become engulfed by the hops in the end for a balancing bitterness, that stands atop the organized heap after slaying belgo the crusher, fred the apple and just glared at finch the frumunda funk to send them all to the bottom while Alice alcohol is lost, AliceAcol shall we? For me it is the hops that set this beer apart from the others which allows for such a great drinkability considering the style. better in the bottle IMO

M - Medium to light bodied, flowing like an angry schlitterabahn lazy river, constant and easy. The carbonation is perfect which i can't say to ofter for the style. The drinkability is the highest for the style.

O -Did i just finish the bomber before the review? I have been eagerly waiting for this beer to come back around, although stone says its annual we here only see it toward the back end of summer i guess, {insert anger} I love this beer and it is in my top 3 for the style. eyelovethisbrewjustlikeEYEremember. give me the feel good drag, drink it and just jump...

Photo of DovaliHops
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright, cloudy, golden-orange color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent hoppy with some Belgian yeast and a bit of citrus. Taste is quite delicious. Very different kind of Belgian style IPA. It drinks like a delicious Belgian strong pale ale with a hop backbone. Lovely Belgian yeast flavors, green apples, citrus, pine, butter, and a hint of meat. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with buttery crisp finish. Drinkability is high. Overall, this is a lovely Belgian-style IPA.

Photo of threeviews
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Before reviewing this brew, I've tried it twice since my first sample was from a bottle past its prime (based on the 'best before' date located on the neck of the bottle). Thankfully, I am fortunate enough to find and taste one well before its expiration date and forced me to score this higher!

A-Pours a very mild amber (similar to a pilsner) without much head (1/4-1/2"). Whatever was present was frothy white but dissipated quickly with very little lacing. For me, the color resembled a filtered tripel...a bit light to me considering the style. However, appearance takes a back seat to the way it tastes.

S-After uncapping and pouring into a small snifter glass, citrus hops were present immediately (reminding me of that west-coast IPA style) followed by sweet caramel and the attendance of the Beligian yeast. As it warms the fruity/banana effervescence from the yeast punches through to balance out (as to compliment and maybe even dominate) the hop affair sampled in my first whiff. Complex and somewhat unsettled, but very compelling.

T-Sweet caramel and citrus/floral bitter hop followed quickly by a shot of ginger, spice and some fruity esters courtesy of the Belgian yeast. Sorachi Ace hops and perhaps some champagne yeast might also have been added to the party to construct this complex brew. Very satisfying...I really like all of the flavors that come from each sip!

M-Good carbonation gives this brew a refreshing quality despite all of the flavors at play. Taste does not linger very long and does not finish either syrupy or bitter...just right.

O-Simply put, you should sample this for yourself...very complex and interesting. Not for everyone, but really worth checking out. All I can say is that you make sure you get a fresh bottle. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing out on the hop profile that tends to diminish quickly with any IPA...(actually the previous out-of-date bottle did not have much nose or defining flavor that I found with the 'fresh' bottle).

If you are fans of Brooklyn Brewery's Sorachi Ace and/or Local 1...this might just be your holy temple, as Cali-Belgique seems to be an admixture of both, with (of course) a few more hops thrown in to make it an unmistakable Stone beer.

Since I've been refining my review over the course of the bomber, I can reduce (what is clearly my longest) review to the following 1-1/2 words: Hoppy-Tripel Ale ...go get some!

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

Pours a clear golden orange color with a thin white head. Aromas of lime peel, orange and a bit of piney hops. Some breadiness and a bit of spice from the yeast. A kind of butteriness on the palate along with some citrus and a really nice long finish. This ber is light to medium bodied this beer went nicely with the pork chop I had at the brewery.

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.01/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep orange-amber in color, translucent and only a skim ring of froth for a head, no lacing. Bubbly carbonation but not spritzy. Seems lighter in body and texture than it ought to be by just a thin margin. Finish is crisp and pleasant, however.
Nose starts out mango, apricot, tangerine, heavy citric hop elements on top of enormous amounts of funky belgian yeast breadiness. Like an entire mattress sized piece of bread...that is layered on top of the typical nose that already exists from a belgian pale ale, only the citric hops are added and yeasty bread is exaggerated.
Taste isn't as heavily yeasty as the nose would have you expect, only moderately so. This breadiness in the midsip follows the initial hit of caramel-covered pear sweetness and resolves into a long drawn out bittering finish that is only semi-dry. Sweet/Bitter is not quite as well balanced as an IPA like, oh let's say Dreadnaught, but it comes close to being balanced, and than again Dreadnaught doesn't have any Belgian yeast elements in it.

If you always wanted to experience something like a Delirium Tremens but with extra Citric hopping added to it, than this is the beer for you.

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left lacing on the surface and a thick ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderate aromas of citrus and floral hops in the nose along with some hints of spices.
T: There are flavors of citrusy and spicy hops in the taste, which contribute a light to medium amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is also some dryness, which lingers through the finish.
O: The beer has a good balance between the citrus and spicy flavors and is rather easy to drink because the bitterness isn’t overpowering. No traces of alcohol are detectable.

Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper color with a big two finger frothy head which leaves gobs of lace up and down the glass and shows visible carbonation. The aroma is of belgian candy yeast at the front end. A big bubble gum flavor followed by a citrus hop smell and a slight piney hop smell. The taste has a big bubble gum candied yest presence sweet and inviting. 8in the middle to the back end you get a nice citrus and piney hope bite to balance out the flaovr. A good blend a very inviting taste. The mouthfeel 8is velvety with moderate carbonation. Overall a very good beer nice aroma to invite you in and a big nice taste to keep you wanting more.

Photo of vitrael
3.45/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice bright and slightly hazy golden ale with a small white head. Odd, producing really large soap-like bubbles on the pour.

S: Fruity Belgian ale yeast smells and a relatively light, fruity hop nose. Not the hop bomb I expected. A touch of bready malt.

T: Just... different. A lot of perceived sweetness coming from interplay of malt and heavy perfume of esters, with a relatively aggressive bitterness from start to finish. It tastes like a fine Belgian, such as Delirium Tremens, overhopped into a lingering and clashing bitterness that overwhelms and fights with the finer points of the yeast palate. I am a fan of both styles as they are but this beer has not sold me on trying to combine them. There are some fine Belgian pale ales out there, but this one is a little too aggressive. The flavor is really not bad, but my expectations were not quite met.

M: Appropriate to a middle of the road American IPA but a little heavy for a Belgian.

Photo of SWMeyer4141
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been wanting to try this beer for a while.

Poured into a Great Divide Tulip

Appearance-Dark orange, almost brown body. 3 fingers of big bubbly white head that dissipates pretty quickly, lots of lacing remains.

Smell-Belgian Yeast, lots of biscuit. Big orange citrus aroma.

Taste-Sweet up front then the belgian yeast and spiciness comes through, lots of lemony coriander. The finish has a nice amount of citrus and pine hops, and the belgian yeast carries through the finish. Very very balanced.

Mouthfeel-Refreshing as fuck. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Nicely balanced and very smooth.

Overall-Expecting more harshness from a stone IPA. This is very smooth and extremely drinkable. Great representation of the style.

Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

642nd Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22 oz

App- I compared it to an orange and yup. It's its orange. A little darker but not by much. A very slow to form one finger bottom up head was there but left much too quickly and no lacing stayed behind.

Smell- Nice citrus aromas with a muddled yeast and a bit of bitter hops behind them.

Taste- You really get a sense in this glass that just because they promote themselves as hop forward and aggressive, Stone is one dimensional. This beer is layers of flavor and very well balanced. A few ingredients have made the yeast and hops pair well to forma a balanced flavor. The citrusy peel of the ingredients with a bubbly yeast character really add to this beer.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. I love the balance of flavors this beer leaves. The yeasty is fruity and peppery and just well done.

Drink- I can say it has probably been two years since I had this beer and at the time my palate couldnt pick out flavors or profiles. This is very well balanced and tame when it needs to be. The yeast and hops are well tempered against eachother and make for a slightly tart, fruity, hoppy drink. Quite nice.

Photo of jmich24
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Duvel Tulip

A: Super cloudy dull orange in color. One finger head dissipates very fast. Some lacing.
S: Belgian funk upfront. Touch of citrus hops and then more funk.
T: Super sweet initially, finishes funky and bitter. Grassy, citrus hops.
M: Medium mouth feel, finishes slightly bitter and wet on the tongue.
O: I am a huge IPA fan and this was just what I was looking for, something a bit different. Funky Belgian yeast accompanied by citrus hops make this interesting to say the least. Not world class in my opinion but very good!

Photo of ummswimmin
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite beers by one of my favorite breweries. It is amazing that this beer has been so consistent across so many years of offering.

It is a great mix of belgian and American IPA. From the belgian you get their yeasts and caramel notes in the head. In the bouquet and body you can taste citrus and floral hoppiness. All of these different characteristics somehow balance. There is a little bit of bitterness (no surprise with all of the hops).

Somehow the belgian influence doesn't make the beer heavy. The consistency is like an IPA.

This is an excellent beer by an excellent brewer.

Photo of weller1js
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a bold golden color with moderate carbonation, light foam and lacing, slight haze and yeast particles.

smell: piney, tangy hops, with sweet velevety belgian yeast undertones.

taste: begins mellow, develops quickly into piney notes, slight belgian undertones, finishes crisp with a piney bitterness.

overall: nice example of a Belgian IPA, well-hopped and has the best of both worlds, decent abv as well.

Photo of mdvatab
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint glass.
Could not locate bottled-on date.

Aroma: As the name suggests, this one has a mixed spicy Belgian yeast character coupled with fruity hop flavor. Honey-like malty sweetness. Spicy clove. Light floral notes, pineapple, and pear from hops.
Appearance: Slightly hazy golden-orange body. Tight, fluffy white 2-finger pillow of rocky foam. Excellent retention and lacing.

Flavor: Mirroring aroma, honey sweetness with a spicy Belgian profile. In addition to the fruity hop notes noted in the aroma, the beer has a prominent bitterness that appears midway through, and remains through a long finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with medium-high CO2. Bitter hoppy profile is only slightly drying.

Overall: An exciting twist on an IPA. This is a brew that someone who doesn't necessarily like IPAs could enjoy. The tropical fruit hop profile was a welcomed change from the citrusy/piney hops that I'm accustomed to in American IPAs. Definitely recommended!

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellow/burnt orange with a big amount of fluffy white head which dissipated quickly down to nothing but a ring. The aroma is a combination of orange and lemon/lime citrus with a spicy/fruity, slightly sour, Belgian yeast. Any malt character is subdued by the big yeast aroma. Flavor is fruity orange and mango but countered with a peppery spice of yeast. Malts are present more now than in the nose giving the hops a caramel/toffee backing. The spicy, clove, character dies down for the finish leaving only fruity hops and a bitter bite. Yeast subdues a massive hop character which goes well over a light and creamy body.

Photo of FanofHefe
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. No freshness dating on the bottle. Clear, golden body that looks great. Two-finger white head that leaves sticky rings of lacing and a foamy cap on the top.

Excellent aroma that is very rich. Deep hop notes of both the more "bitter" pine and grapefruit spanning the distance over to the more "sweet" floral and tropical notes. I get a strong sense that the tropical notes are a result of the combination of the Belgian yeast and the west coast hops. Some additional fruity esters from the yeast complete the aroma.

Interesting flavor that seems to really work. The piney and fruity hop flavors are blended with those produced by the yeast to make one of the more unusual flavors I've had in a beer. I get some caramel malt sweetness in the finish as well.

No substantial notice of the alcohol in this one. Drinkable for sure. One of the better experimental brews I've had and it works.

Photo of adam42381
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Spiegelau tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a 2 finger frothy eggshell white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus and just a hint of Belgian yeast.

Taste: Sweet citrus and bready malt up front followed by banana, clove and very mild phenols in the middle before ending with a massive blast of bitter hops in the form of lemon rind and a touch of pine at the finish. Aftertaste is quite bitter and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Good drinkability. A single bomber will go down pretty easily.

Overall: Very good beer overall. While I don't think it's as good as Stone IPA, it's still a very good beer. I like what they did here and I recommend giving it a try.

Photo of bmwats
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a chalice.

A: Deep golden or light amber. Medium light carbonation. Pours about a quarter finger, foamy white head, which quickly dissipates leaving a scattered bubbly blanket on the surface. Some sparse spiderweb lacing, but it concedes quickly and retreats back into the body of the brew.

S: Baked bread malt, pungent hops, coriander, Italian spice, lemon zest, and a little honey.

T: Piny hops rule the day. A little malty goodness is detectable. Lemon citrus with a woody tone. A subtle butterscotch sweetness.

M: Syrupy thick body. Steely, piny, zesty palette remains throughout the experience.

D: The pine and pungency dictate a slow drink.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice golden hue, with only a slight head, and not much in terms of lacing. Nose has plenty going on though. malt, hops, spice, and citrus. Flavor is a nice balance of grains annd spice with a subtly sweet note. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange. Big and frothy white head. Great retention, lacing clings everywhere.

S: Unmistakable Belgian yeast. Slightly chalky. Estery with hints of banana, dash of cloves. Slight boozy undertones. American hops add scents of citrus and tropical fruits. Smells rather like a pina-colada when taken as a whole. Very nice.

T: A fairly strong dose of American, west Coast style hopping opens things up. Substantial bitterness throughout. Pine and sticky bud. Orange and pineapple flavors are contributed by both hops and esters. Clove taste butts in briefly. Banana is there, but hard to pick out at first. Alcohol has an impact too. Warming and a bit spicy. Finishes dry with chalky yeast and oily hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, but very full and creamy. Moderate carbonation. Slick, oily feeling too. Enamel stripping hop mouthfeel.

O: Maybe my favorite example of the style so far.

Notes: A great marriage of the Belgian and IPA styles. Maintains a great balance of flavors, showcasing both aspects, but not letting one trump the other. A noteworthy beer.

Photo of DavidST
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love the regular Stone IPA, so I have high hopes for this.

Poured into a wide mouthed glass from a bomber with a best before date of 8-11-11 (very nice when did stone start this?). It pours nice, the color is golden with a white head which leaves a little lacing. The smell is of citrus and pine hops with a sweet smell, perhaps the belgium yeast and spice notes. The mouth feel is medium (on the low end) thickness. The taste is pretty great, you a light belgium funk taste and its slightly sweet which is followed by a very hoppy taste on the way down and a bitter pine after taste follows, very good, I don't get quite as much citrus as the regular IPA.

Overall, this is a pretty great IPA, if it didn't cost almost twice as much as the regular Stone IPA, I'd get it quite often. Very good.

Photo of scbrew
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bombers now available at...what Albertsons!? Pours slight hazy gold with white head. Sweet belgian aroma of spice, banana and grapefruit. MInimal bitterness and hop aroma. Flavor is mainly Belgian Golden Ale, with nice citrus notes, maybe grapefruit, with mild hop flavor. Slight hop bitterness.

Photo of JJBlanche
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I’ve always been intrigued by the Cali-Belgique concept.

A: Crystal clear golden to amber. Two finger head. The clarity gives me pause for something associated with a Belgian…but the lacing and the color are there.

S: Grassy hops up front, citrus hops fast taking over, then some spiciness in the background. After a second or two, once you’ve taken stock of the components, it blends well. Nice.

T: The hops play well with Belgian phenolics. A really nice menagerie, but my sample has this cidery tartness on the back end I don’t care for. Cloying, almost like a fruit lambic. It’s as if it starts off magnificent, has a great nose…then fades into sour milk. Bipolar is the best way to describe this brew.

M: Appropriate.

O: If it wasn’t for that sourness on the back end this would be a go-to. As it stands, not quite right. Look for the Schneider Hopfen Weissen if you want a seamless melding of old world and new.

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Stub and Herbs into a 10 oz snifter.

A- Nice carbonation, golden brown appearance, small head
S- Refreshing, fruity aroma, the Belgium yeast is definitely present as well as spice notes, hints of peach, grapefruit, mango, very nice aroma.
T- Nice bitterness upfront, but mellows out, very smooth and refreshing, the yeast and spice go really well with the light fruity flavors that Im picking up (mango, peach, slight grapefruit)hops are present, sweet beer overall.
M- Light/medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, refreshing.
O- Surprised by this one, very refreshing and fruity, really easy drinkability and well balanced overall, will definitely drink this one again.

Photo of Stretch270
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served the 1pt 6fl oz. bottle in a Stone Cali-Belgique class I picked up when I visited Stone.

Appearance: A nice, deep golden hue with a cloudy white head.

Smell: Certainly the hops come across well in the smell, certainly a fresh smell of hops that adds to the overall flavor of the beer.

Taste:If you like the Stone IPA you will probably like the Cali-Belgie or Belgique as the difference I tasted was a twist added with the Belgian yeast strain.

Mouthfeel: You certainly get a solid amount of carbonation, but the overall feel of the beer is relatively light, although seems about right for a flavorful IPA.

Overall: If you like Stone's hoppy end beers, I can think of any reason why you won't like this one. It is a great way to see how a Belgian yeast can alter the flavor of an IPA. Nice contrast to the Stone line of IPAs.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,699 ratings.