Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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2.1/5 rDev -47.4%
Poured into my beautiful, over-sized tulip glass from a 22 oz bomber.
Pours a hazy golden-amber. It almost glows. Tight bubbles make a finger and a half's worth of head, with several larger bubbles varying the texture. Head dissipates disappointingly quickly.
Smell is ... pungent? Kind of bitter, almost kind of ... sour? Sting the nostrils a little bit. Smells almost even a little boozy -- a surprise at just under 7% ABV.
Taste is ... disappointing. Somewhat bitter, but no real bite. No real fruitiness from the hops, which is a disappointment given the "Cali" in the title. Just a little bit of bitterness. As for the "Belgique," not digging what I'm getting from the yeast. Maybe it's as it should be, but to me it tastes a little funky. This actually reminds me of the homebrew IPA I made this summer where I fermented at sweltering-garage temperatures. The more I think of it, the more it reminds me of that disaster. This is certainly more palatable, but not what I'd call good. This beer is actually making me sad.
Mouthfeel is akin to lightly carbonated water. A disappointment. Drinkability, sadly, is low. I've got a little ways to go to finish this bottle.
Final thoughts. This is a miss for me. The only other beer I've had of the style was Allagash Hugh Malone, which I had on tap and thoroughly enjoyed. Perhaps freshness is an issue, given the sensitivity of highly hopped beers -- I did buy it unrefrigerated. But of course, until we have bottle dating on every bottle, we'll never know (and so on and so forth). Or, maybe this is a world class example of the style, and maybe it just isn't for me.
04-08-2010 20:40:23 | More by JimmieFrisbee
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
A - Light clear amber gold color. Pours with a small, maybe quarter inch head that slowly dissipates.
S - Smells of hops along with fruit and citrus.
T - The front taste is a strong hop taste along with some bitterness, followed by fruit flavors especially citrus fruits.
M - Very thin in the mouth, smooth with not a lot of carbonation
D - Pretty good hybrid of the California IPA and a Belgian, definitely a beer a would sip to get all the flavors. But I could see myself drinking more than one of these in a night.
Overall a good beer from stone that represents the two styles well.
04-08-2010 18:36:03 | More by Krevee
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
A: Good pour, mild amber colored, the head was great, off white.
S: It seems like a set up, the nose is misleading compared to the taste. It has a mild hop presence, with a backdrop of easy going fruits.
T: It has a good hop profile, with the same easy going fruit, banana, mango, or something. There is a mild spice to it.
M/D: Easy drinking, crisp, smooth, and subtly light.
Raise an IPA in Belgium and this is what you get, makes sense.
04-08-2010 01:34:55 | More by kylehayworth
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
A - Pours a barely hazy golden color with a frothy white head that slowly drops down to a nice cap. Leaves ample, sticky lacing behind and has nice head retention.
S - Citric hops blend with some slightly funky/spicy character from the belgian yeast. There is a touch of pale malt sweetness in there as well.
T - Lightly sweet, biscuity malt up front that leads into a mix of citric, floral hop flavors and spicy, bready, and herbal yeast notes. Finish brings some dryness a sturdy kick of bitterness. Aftertaste is subtle, but carries some floral hop and slight yeast flavors.
M - Medium body with a crisp carbonation that suits the feel well.
D - Another interesting and tasty offering from Stone. Their IPA being one of my favorites, it was nice to try it with a twist. I think I still prefer the original, but I'm glad I tried this and would try it again.
04-07-2010 02:51:29 | More by GarrisWH
4.3/5 rDev +7.8%
Found this on tap at Taco Mac @Metropolis, Atlanta, GA, served in a goblet
A - Honey-amber with a creamy head. Intricate web.
S - Honey, fruits, mild hops. Hint of citrus.
T - Wonderful balance of fruity/citrus notes with mild hobby flavor. Nicely balanced. Mildly yeasty, with a honey finish.
M - Balanced acidity and not much bite. Holds up well with a meal, but could stand well alone.
D - Different than other Stone offerings, but perhaps one of their best. Smooth with a mild bite on the finish.
Overall: A unique brew, but definitely paying tribute to traditional Belgium IPAs.
04-07-2010 02:15:41 | More by jmhart
4.88/5 rDev +22.3%
A: Pours a golden hue with nice head with minimal lacing throughout...very visually appealing.
S: Smell is amazing with strong citrus and spice notes not to mention the strong hop notes as well.
T: One of the better beers I have sampled as of late. Taste is very citrusy with strong spices throughout every sip. The hop combination with this is something that I haven't experienced before but it one of the best tasting offering you will experience this year in the world of beer.
M: Very mild and easy to swish around and get all the flavors.
D: I could drink this all night. It makes me wish I had bought more at the Greenlife in Asheville. Big ups to Asheville!
04-06-2010 02:24:55 | More by rustymoore
3.7/5 rDev -7.3%
22oz bomber with the usual Stone screen printed bottle. Thanks go out to BA PatronWizard for the chance to try this one. Stone special releases have not yet made it to GA.
Very nice, light golden pour with the very lightest hint of haze in the clear body. Head is above average but light but it does leave decent lace. Looks strong. Has a Tripel appearance.
Nose is hoppier and more IPAish than the beer drinks. The nose points more toward the West Coast IPA function of the name rather than the Belgian part.
Very smooth and really quite sweet. The hop edge only comes in at the end and in the aftertaste.
Very tasty and easy drinking and pulls off a very nice combo of styles in this relatively newly established hybrid slot.
04-02-2010 19:32:34 | More by DNICE555
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
Strong aroma is hoppy and evergreen with a firm, sour citrus overtone, a mixture of lemon and orange with just a whisper of lime. It pours an average golden amber with a decent off-white head, but appearance is this beer's weakest suit. Flavor is fairly hoppy, but pleasantly sour citrus dominates with orange and lemon and a little bit of lime. Texture is exceptionally smooth, yet tingly and fizzy enough for a beer. Recommended to all hop-heads.
03-31-2010 02:15:35 | More by Cyberkedi
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
Was on tap at Hollingshead. Was amazed at the appearance, very clear, surprisingly. Fantastic lacing, a golden color. Great aroma, everything you'd expect out of this style: hops and sweet yeast.
Taste, more hops, good. Not a big Belgian fan, but this really makes it more palate-able having the customary Stone goodness to walk you along the path to something new.
Mouthfeel, very complex, you get bits of honey, grass, sweet, but hops is still at the forefront. F'n yum. Price is ouch. What'd I pay $10 for a pint/imperial pint? Worth it? You know it.
03-30-2010 21:11:04 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5 rDev +7.3%
Pours hazy light orange in color with a 1 inch creamy white head; decent lacing that sticks to the glass.
Smells of sweet malt, orange peel, floral hops, yeast, lemon, caramel, and earthy / grassy notes.
Very hoppy, yet the flavor complexities seem to come from the yeast and hop combo, which leaves a nice malty taste which has mild spices and a subtle alcohol warming feel and taste. Some of the tastes include hops, floral hops are noticeable, malt, yeast, orange peel or citrus, faint caramel and there's an earthy grassy taste and feel that give it some texture. Really nice beer that is easy drinking with lots of flavor.
Mouthfeel is creamy, with little to no carbonation and a sweet malty finish that's slightly bitter. A great hybrid beer that goes down like water and was very enjoyable!
Another winner from Stone, and I really liked that they didn't feel the need to have a huge ABV to provide a huge flavor. It was very drinkable and enjoyable, and I highly recommend this beer.
03-27-2010 03:32:38 | More by CHickman
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
I've looked forward to Stone's take on this increasingly popular style of beer. Finally got a chance to try it.
Pours a clear light copper color with a medium-sized, if somewhat quickly dissipating white head. There is quite a bit of lace left behind on the sides of my tulip glass. A very translucent look.
Smell is dominated by the strong presence of Belgian yeast (Ardennes?) and sharp, crisp hop pull. There are also some pretty potent fruity aromas going on here-mainly orange peel and a bit of lemon. Floral hints are also present. A pretty full and complex aroma.
Taste is dominated up front with very sharp and bitter hop character. There is also a good deal of citrus here, mainly grapefruit. A bit of sharp, somewhat peppery spice finishes off a pretty complete flavor.
Mouthfeel is sharp, bitter and medium-high carbonation, with a very dry finish.
Overall this is a very good representation of the style. I like the fact that the ABV is a bit lower than some of the other prominent representatives. That means I can have more than one of a very enjoyable, balanced, and complex brew.
03-24-2010 23:40:33 | More by macpapi
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
Clear golden body with a white head and good retention and lace.
Flowery, buttery and sweet smell.
Excellent sweet flowery flavor, buttery notes, vanilla and a nice warm aftertaste of hops and honey.
Full body and residual sugars. Dry finish.
03-19-2010 03:00:22 | More by oelergud
4.03/5 rDev +1%
A: A very clear gold in color with a 1/2" or so of off-white head. Decent retention.
S: Grain. Toast. Maybe a little floral or grapefruit note.
T: Spicy malt on the front end. Toast and grain in the middle. Finishes with a slight sourness (or twang) that is characteristic of Belgian IPA's. Finish is fairly long. Very mild bitterness.
M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Leaves a lingering flavor over the tongue.
D: A good beer, but not one of Stone's best. A little light on the hops and, from my perspective, quite tame for a Stone beer. However, very drinkable. Neither hopped-up as most California IPA's or as funky as most Belgians.
03-18-2010 01:52:31 | More by Florida9
2.68/5 rDev -32.8%
Astringent is the word that comes to mind.
Attractive golden color, promising aroma. There is a hint of sweetness on the lips but immediately hits you with the full force of bitter hops. The wisp of Belgian complexity is quickly overwhelmed. Hint of spoiled fruit. Oof, gets less tolerable with each sip.
What's wierd is that I tasted this a couple of times in 2009 and liked it -- I wonder if this bottle is a little bacterial. Came from a store cooler in San Diego.
03-17-2010 03:45:25 | More by mactrail
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
22oz bomber. Consumed 3/15/10
A) Pours with a white wispy head. Produces thin and sticky lacing. Slight haze upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Grapefruit. Banana. Slight raisin. Some grainy tones.
T) Citrus bite and sweetness up front. Grapefruit. Raisin. Hints of yeast. Finishes with a mellow hop bite and lingering hoppyness.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Medium body. Some Tannin feel.
D) A well crafted hybrid. I'd have another.
03-16-2010 00:06:17 | More by u2carew
4.15/5 rDev +4%
Hazy golden body with a few small floaters. Pure white fluffy head.
This smells more on the Belgian side than the IPA side. Heavy on the yeast, light on the spice, and some citrus hops.
The taste flashes more of the IPA side. I still get the heavy yeast and spice, but it dances with citrus and bitter hops. There's a lot of tangerine coming through in this.
The mouthfeel is chewy and soft. Very fresh feeling from the hops, and finishes bitter.
This is a fun one to drink. The taste volleys between Belgian and IPA, unable to settle on one or the other.
03-14-2010 20:44:10 | More by Vonerichs
4.45/5 rDev +11.5%
22 ounce bottle in a stone cali belgique glass
A: hazy golden, nice cap of white froth
S: citrus hops, fruity
T: I love this one, balanced hoppyness with hints of spice, flowers, rounded flavor profiles ahhh an ipa that has wonderful balance.
M: typical feel, finishing nice and dry, with a fruity flower note.
D: just as high with any other ipa I enjoyed this one alot and will get it again when I see it.
03-10-2010 00:40:12 | More by fastsrt
4.65/5 rDev +16.5%
Poured golden with a nice loose knit cap of bubbles on top. Looks like any other beer, but looks can be deceiving.
The beer has an oak woody smell to me at first. Then citrus notes come through, now that is all I can smell.
The taste is smackingly good, citrusy hops. It finishes dry, beckoning you to take another sip. The citrus rind hops lingers on the tongue.
This beer is pretty bomb. I wish it wasn't so expensive.
03-05-2010 03:44:59 | More by dippy
4.35/5 rDev +9%
22 oz. bomber with best by 5/13/10 printed near the bottom.
Served cool into my New Belgium chalice. Cali-Belgique is golden straw in color with great clarity and towering white head. Good longevity on the bubbles with some lacing left behind.
Aroma is a fantastic mix of Belgian saison spice/funk/sour and American IPA. Great citrus hoppiness is on the forefront with the "Belgique" a little more subtle.
Flavor is intense and diverse with a lot going on. It starts sweet with a little honey and caramel but then goes very bitter. Not all west coast IPA either - strong grass and red grapefruit with undertones of spicy saison. Finishes very dry which keeps me coming back.
Mouthfeel is medium-light in body with ample carbonation as the style would suggest. Very bitter and very dry, for better or worse.
Overall a very good version of the style. Tons of flavor, very broad spectrum of tastes.
02-27-2010 00:05:55 | More by GilGarp
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
Certainly a throw-down to the Belgian brewers making IPAs - Stone one-upped them here, using the Belgian yeast in addition to the customary in-your-face hops. The fruity, candy-sugar notes from the yeast played nicely against the assertive hops. Although a little under 7% abv is nothing to sneeze at, this beer seems even bigger.
02-26-2010 19:44:44 | More by Brent
District of Columbia
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
Nice take on a Belgium IPA. Rich hoppiness with a sweet, almost honey-like, backbone to it.
Presentation: 12 oz draft pour. Menu offers a short and fair description of the brew. Notes Alc. by Vol. (6.2%) Served in a tulip glass.
A - Pale to medium amber pour with a rich creamy head, nice retention and rich lacing.
S - Soft smell hops, fruity notes. Rather subdued with a minimal funky/sour hint.
T - Compensates the shy nose with a rich presence. Nice hoppy and fruity ranges with a sweetness that lingers on honey early on. Peppery, yeasty, finish with a nice sour, and minimally funky presence.
M - Medium body with good carbonation that softens towards the end but is picked by the hoppy bite with some nice dryness.
D - Very nice offering from Stone.
Notes: Nice approach to a Belgium IPA, almost close to setting a trend to what some standard interpretations of this style may turn to in the States. For instance this one feels very close to the Raging Bitch from Flying Dog, which is another great offering.
02-26-2010 02:47:44 | More by Daniellobo
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
A fantastic extra sent to me by JohnGalt1...
A- Pours a bright, hazy straw color with a finger of fluffy white head. Head retention is pretty good, dissipating down to a thin foamy layer. Lacing is pretty good, but not as tight as I would have expected.
S- Banana and cloves up front followed with a slightly sweet edge to it. Apples and citrusy hops to round it out. Smells like a Tripel or Dubbel crossed with an IPA. Very inviting.
T- Banana flavor comes through although not as pronounced as in the aroma. Bitter hops, sort of spicy like a Tripel. Also, has sort of a funky, yeasty aftertaste to it. Kind of reminds me of the aftertaste left by an extra sharp cheddar (the beer doesn't taste like cheese mind you). Extremely interesting to say the least, relatively complex.
M- Smooth, prickly mouthfeel. Good amounts of carbonation. Light bodied.
D- ABV isn't too high, light body and good aroma and taste makes this an easy drinker. Finishing off the bomber wasn't a problem.
This was definitely a unique brew. I'm pretty sure it's my first Belgian IPA, so I didn't really know what I was in for. Thanks again, Toby, much appreciated!
02-24-2010 15:59:17 | More by kbeals
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
A: Pours a clear copper color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Some sticky rings of lace are left behind.
S: Floral and grassy hops up front. A light spice and lots of yeast in the finish.
T: Floral and grassy again. A little more bitterness than I detected in the nose. Peppery spice and yeast.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and dry all at the same time. Easy to drink. I can put a few away pretty easy.
This is very enjoyable. Simple, and not over the top. Something that I would recommend.
02-21-2010 17:18:32 | More by champ103
4/5 rDev +0.3%
A - Golden, light copper with a thin fluffy white head the fades to patchy lacing.
S - Citrus and floral hops, Belgian yeast, slightly spicy with a touch of candi sugar.
T - Bitter citrus and floral hops with spicy Belgian yeast, a touch of sourness to balance the bitter hops, candi sugar and lemon zest.
M - Medium body with good carbonation. Dry bitterness while drinking it but ends with a slight sweetness.
D - Tasty. A nicely balanced version of the style.
02-21-2010 02:00:56 | More by brewcrew76
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
a: served in a flared snifter, a full layer of white carbonation caps the honey golden colored beer, depositing white lace on the sides of the glass
s: pale malt body, sweet tropical fruits, white pepper and yeasty phenols, balanced citrus hop aroma, quite nice
m: carbonation light-medium, medium body, smooth
t: much like the aroma, sweet tropical fruits on a pale malt body, clean pepper and phenols add an interesting note, great citrus hop flavor creeps into the finish, imparting a moderate bitterness that grows in strength
d: drinks very well
sampled at Rustico, Alexandria, VA
02-19-2010 04:52:19 | More by blackie
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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