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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,388
Reviews: 953
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11.75%
Wants: 70
Gots: 124 | FT: 2
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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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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

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

Poured into a Sam's Perfect Pint glass. Pours a dark yellow, not quite orange, close to a golden color with some cloudiness to it. Gets clearer as it warms up still a bit hazy, very little lacing on the glass. Smell is good. It's initially hoppy, then you can smell the Belgian characteristics to it. Taste is interesting, but gets better as it warms up again. Has the Belgian yeast but the initial taste the hops again, mostly citrus, maybe some slight pine at the end. Noticeable hops but not a very strong taste. Mouthfeel is pretty good, has a slight bite with a dry finish from the hops, but not bad. I found the beer to be pretty drinkable. I feel this is a beer that you really have to be careful if your drinking it with a meal, not a whole lot of options to have it with , maybe something lite.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 02:44:24 | More by AndyAvalanche
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aubuc1

Florida

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

22 oz bomber poured in to a goblet.

Pours a clear orange with a steady white head.

Belgian sweet with a fruity hoppy pop.

Taste is very smooth. Light bitterness on top of belgian yeasty.

Very creamy, carbonated mouthfeel.

Very drinkable beer. I could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 00:27:52 | More by aubuc1
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a growler while at the fantastic brewery/restaurant.

Appearance - A nice copper color. A solid foamy head and very nice lacing. Looks good.

Smell - Some nice sharp hops. A little more to the pine side of things. Also some lemon, hint of yeast.

Taste - Real bitter pine hops. There's also a hint of fruit, maybe apricot. A solid biscuit malt background keeps it balanced.

Mouthfeel - Not oily or thick, with a nice carbonation.

Drinkability - Goes down smooth and easy.

This is a very nice beer. Nothing to light your world on fire, but a pleasant, slightly more balanced drinker from Stone. Good times.

Serving type: growler

08-14-2009 04:27:41 | More by callmescraps
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Buschyfor3

Kentucky

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This bottle is one of the "Cali-Belgie" variety with the Dutch/Flemish spelling of Belgium. Learned that off of the back of the bottle... neat-o.

A: Fairly clear, pure amber colored body with golden highlights around the edges of the tulip. Pour produces a 1 finger thick, foamy, off-white colored head. Head reduces to a sheet of wispy foam after a couple sips and a couple seconds, but reforms to a centimeter depth upon a quick swirling. Good lacing grips the side of the glass with each sip, forming notches and rings.

S: Definitely got that Stone aroma to it with some prominent hop notes (even though, surely, the hop character has faded after this much time on the shelf and then in subsequent cellar storage). Still getting blasts of resiny pine/herbal hops and some sweeter citrusy notes. Then there is the familiar Belgian aspect of this beer, with the yeast strain giving off a bit of barnyard - some sweet, grassy straw and a bit of musky, definitely soapy funk. Also picking up what I believe to be touches of honey interspersed between grainy/cereal-like wheat aromas. Only a kiss of alcohol present in the nose, just slightly stinging the nostrils right before you exhale Interesting to say the least, but I enjoy it.

T: Where to begin? You get an initial dose of hops in all their earthy herbal and piney glory, followed by a moderating flash of lighter citrus/foral hops and honey notes. Then the malt bill takes charge with a lightly toasted grain flavor that is punctuated by flashes of a soapy like funkiness (obviously from the yeast) and some light, grassy flavors. Then a sharp, stale bread flavor takes charge of the palate and dominates well into the finish, which ends with that slightly soapy, funk flavor competing with some light, flowery esters on the palate. Alcohol starts to creep in with a slightly medicinal bite late into the glass, but its not overwhelming. All-in-all, complex and quite funky, as advertised.

M: This Belgian IPA has some texture to it - slightly syrupy/oily. Carbonation is moderate, but what is there is very refined and quite fine in texture, leaving a wave of tiny prickles across the tongue.

D: Quoted at 6.9% ABV, and while you can start to catch the alcohol near the bottom of the glass, it never dominates the palate, making Cali-Belgie enjoyable to drink. Still, one bomber is probably enough, given the uniqueness of the flavor profile and the funkiness in this beer, you'll probably only need one to do the job.

A nice Americanized twist on a Belgian IPA. Nice to get this brew since it was a one-off limited production bottle. Not sure if it bests Houblon Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel, but its still an interesting and tasty Belgian IPA. If you can find a bottle, give it a try - the hops might be faded, but the funk from the Belgian yeast strain definitely makes up for that.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 03:44:42 | More by Buschyfor3
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nomomentwasted

Oregon

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Forgot I hadn't reviewed this yet, so here goes.

Appearance: Golden hue of yellow-orange with some yeasty remains poured into the glass. Head is white and lacing is decent. Nothing outstanding yet still a pretty IPA.

Smell: I want to say the hops are very similar to the Stone IPA standard, but the yeast makes all the difference. The fruity aromas are there with some more bready hints as well, and I'm happy to say that the coriander was kept to a minimum. Spice is there, yes, but it's much like I'd picture a Belgian IPA being: the fruity Belgian esters with a hoppy punch. It's not particularly aromatic, but what is there is pleasant.

Taste: Unsurprisingly, much like the smell. Spiciness is latent and mild, with the main flavors being a very balanced result. The Belgian is more present in my mind than the IPA styling, as the hoppiness that is the calling card of the Stone IPA is much more subtle here, leaving the way for a fruitier and less resiny IPA.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated appropriately and never too clove-y or spiced. Finishes drier than the Stone IPA as well.

Drinkability: Decent, I wouldn't want to have much more than a bomber of this just due to the style not being my favorite, but still a pleasant brew that is not a game changer, not too bitter nor hoppy and a nice example to introduce a friend to what the difference between a Belgian and an American style is.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 18:46:26 | More by nomomentwasted
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jlindros

Massachusetts

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

On tap at Armsby Abbey

A: Pale golden brown color and very hazy and 1 finger head with good retention

N: Nose has some light hops as well as sweet malts and yeasty tones and a touch of nuts, some citrus and spice from the hops

T: Taste starts with some interesting sour sugary notes, lots of raw sugar taste, an interesting fruity center and slight creamy taste, some interesting Belgian yeasty taste mixes with a slight hoppy taste, somewhat like a Belgian IPA and reminds me somewhat of Hopsinjoor, it also has some bright citrus as well as a chalky dusty cinnamon taste in the middle

M: Mouth is juicy with a lot of carbonation and kinda thin

F: Finish has some strong bitter hops and spicey hops with grassy earthy taste that maintains its sweetness as it leaves a huge bitterness on the tongue

Final thoughts: An interesting beer that combines two great beers, as many have done before it, that don't usually blend well. Even with stone doing it, it doesn't blend perfectly but they do a pretty decent job of it. It doesn't have many qualities of either Belgian tripel or Cali style IPA, but slight parts of each rounded pretty well. Its not something to drink every day but occasionally it's an interesting change.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2009 02:59:52 | More by jlindros
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infestaxion

Florida

3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear pale yellow with a nice meringue head that doesn't stick around very long.

S - Hops and Belgian yeast. Nothing very special here.

T - That unmistakable Belgian yeast hits you up front. Very nice piny hops come through afterward. A bit of lemongrass and honey. It's got a nice bitterness to it that I really like.

M - Nice body and great carbonation.

D - Smooth going down.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 01:38:36 | More by infestaxion
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IPAcraig

Tennessee

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

Pours a semi-hazy straw gold with small white head.

Smell is pure California cascade.

I will trust that this beer uses Belgian yeast, but the Belgian character is muted/overpowered by the (delicious) hops. A touch of fruit, but not much. Hops in taste seem a bit more earthy than in the aroma. Finishes with lingering (semi-harsh) bitterness.

Highly carbonated medium bodied. Perfect for a cali-belgian ipa.

Very drinkable IPA. I would have liked to seen a bit more Belgian Character and a little less bitterness; but those are just nit picks to an otherwise fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2009 01:37:07 | More by IPAcraig
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this brew is pale amber in color, with gold highlights. it's got a half-decent head though i am suspicious of the state of my glass. it's sudsy and well supported by carbonation

the light color belies a fairly toasty aroma that meshes well with a subtle belgian yeast character. spice. the hop profile is juicy and sweet, though not particularly piney

more sweet, juicy hop comes through with a sip. this time pine aspects make an appearance. it's a bitter brew and in the category the toastiness once again outshines the belgian character

sticky: a standard stone offering in that respect and not enough help is provided from the visible bubbles. ultimately, not very belgianish. very STONEd

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 18:31:25 | More by bruachan
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jneiswender

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a growler bought at the brewery and poured into a pils glass.

A-very dense off white-rocky head. golder amber body

S-medicinal and clove smell

T-piney, clovey, some sweet malt flavor in there as well.

M-light

D- good, California IPA meets Belgian ale yeast. this is fusion gone right for a change.

Serving type: growler

08-06-2009 04:22:17 | More by jneiswender
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stone "Cali-Belgie:" IPA

A Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Light Bronze in color with some sticky lacing on the side.

S. Lightly fruity, reminds me of canned Pear..Wet hops. Floral boquet. Standard for an IPA but this leads me to believe this beer has alot to offer.

T. Piney, resinous hops greet the palate, with a light fruity malt backing. Grapefruit pairs well with Green Apple and the bitter American hops. Belgian yeast funk in the finish. Rarely, if ever, do I meet an IPA with such complexity.

M. Sharp and biting to the palate initially, this beer finishes with an appetizingly dry, chalky finish.

D. A rare treat that is as delicious as it is rare in these parts. One of the best IPAs Ive come accross. Exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:36:32 | More by Stinkypuss
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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

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

Light orange, chill haze, steady carbonation streams, and a four finger white head which gracefully decays into some attrative stretchy lace.

Aroma has mild citrus notes and a hint of yeastiness, but is surpriingly subdued.

Sweet malt beginning. A hint (subliminal?) of candy. Rush of bitterness along the sides of the mouth. Juicy. Fruity. Yeasty. Definite candy note. Clean finish.

Nice smooth nmouthfeel. Good drinkability.

Maybe not my particular cup of tea, but well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 02:32:46 | More by RonfromJersey
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marvin213

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On the light side for an IPA--perhaps that involves the Belgian yeast? The head is thin but solid, and the retention is excellent.

I'm ordinarily a big fan of belgian aromas, and this one smells much more like an IPA. Without detecting what's usually a distinct Belgian smell, it offers more of a citrusy effect. Nothing extraordinary, but certainly pleasant.

Ooooh--I can taste the Belgian aspect. Having already disclosed I'm more of an IPA guy, I'm a little let down after my wafting. Where the smell is only subtlely Belgian, the taste is only subtlely IPA. Since "Belgian" is only an adjective describing the main "IPA" noun, I've got to judge this here beer relative to IPAs.

Belgian yeasts and quality carbonation combine for a good mouthfeel. It's almost like an alka-seltzer the way it fizzes and cleanses the palate. This effect would make the Cali-Belgique an effective transition beer among different foods and drinks.

The beer is easy to drink, and it's appropriate for just about any occasion. Thing is, it'd have to taste better to go to it more consistently.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 23:26:53 | More by marvin213
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grayburn

South Carolina

4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer quickly became one of my favorite summertime brews...from the first sip of the golden nectar I fell in love with it's crisp hoppiness, painted on a canvas of estery, malty godliness.
Excellent white head with retention like a swimming pool and laces like skates, very nice.

The smell and taste are exactly what I was expecting, a nice mix of hopping and yeastiness, definitely not overdone, which was my biggest worry.

The mouthfeel is just light enough to be quite thirst quenching and the drinkability is top freaking notch. Another excellent offering from Stone.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 01:53:10 | More by grayburn
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ILikeGoodCider

California

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on 08.01.09 from a 22oz brown bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Color is btwn pale amber and rich gold. Moderate white head and really good lacing.

S: Very floral and piney up front. Fruity and hoppy, but there's something, maybe with the Belgian yeast, which quite stands out.

T: Good hops (but not overbearing) and yeast. Very cool interaction on the taste buds with the Belgian yeast. Hops are very citrusy, nice and flowery.

M & D: Could be better. Smooth for an IPA. A good session beer at a low abv (for an IPA).

Well done Stone!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 04:58:16 | More by ILikeGoodCider
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OStrungT

California

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear golden yellow color, with a thick, fluffy white head. The head fades slowly, leaving a great lacing.

This beer smells hoppy. I detect some grassy and citrus hops. It also has a spicy Belgain aroma. I detect some coriander. Earthy yeast aroma is present.

This beer tastes like it smells. Hops and Belgain yeast flavors mixed up. It is great. Grass and grapefruit. Some coriander also.

This beer is full bodied. It is crisp and refreshing. It is highly carbonated, suiting the style. It leaves a hoppy spice aftertaste.

This beer wuld make an excelent session beer. It is not overly alcoholic, and the flavor is great.

Overall: This beer is great. All the conflicting aromas and flavors make this one, surprisingly, a winner.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:42:58 | More by OStrungT
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MisterClean

California

3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

At OBF

A - Poured light golden with a 1 fingered head white head. Dissipated slow and left no lacing.

S - Light honey and flowers.

T - Light honey, flowers, heavy mint, and a little funk. Possibly from yeast.

M - Moderate bodied and hop dominated.

D - The flowers and mint dominated this beer, which was really too much for my personal tastes. Crafting a good Belg-IPA is such a fine art.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 00:45:27 | More by MisterClean
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NewGeneric

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one the other day after work. Poured a golden orange color with white head that faded quick and left good lacing. Smelled of yeast, fruit, hops and malt. Tasted yeasty, with fruit and a light hops kick. Fairly smooth. Some interesting flavors here, but the combination doesn't suit me very well.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 16:11:17 | More by NewGeneric
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Docer

Washington

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

Had on-tap at the OBF!

- Clear straw yellow w/ white quick head.. minimal to no lacing..

- Nice pilsner/Belgian malt profile... not so much yeast as malt... and some fresh bitter hop and zingy pine....

- Smooth and slightly skunked Belgian... pilsner... skunk, pine, Belgian Malt... kind of basic... others have done it... nice grain, enriched the right way...

- Not bad... slightly dry, fresh...

- Very drinkable... just don't think I would make a session out of it...

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2009 03:18:00 | More by Docer
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The folks at Wine World in North Augusta, SC cracked open a couple different beers they are sampling in an upcoming tasting and invited me to join in on the fun.

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a 1-2 oz. sampling cup.

A full review is not inherently necessary for this brew, as it is in character precisely what the brewery claims it to be on the label: Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast strain used for fermentation. The overall character is virtually identical to the brewery's standard IPA, balanced heavily toward bitter, citrusy American hops, with a distinct hint of peppery spiciness and a bit of fruitiness that is unmistakably characteristic of Belgian yeasts.

Overall the combination works quite well, and fans of both West Coast IPAs and Belgian golden ales should find it quite tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 03:07:00 | More by superdedooperboy
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womencantsail

California

4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden-yellow color with a two finger head. Good lacing.

S: The nose is a bit more complex than your typical IPA. A nice bready, and yeasty aroma with some great citrus hop notes as well.

T: You definitely get the Belgian yeast character in this--orange, some slight spice. The hops are there but not as in-your-face as the typical Stone IPA. Very balanced and tasty beer.

M: Medium body, good carbonation.

D: Not my favorite offering from Stone, but a nice change of pace for them.

Serving type: growler

07-24-2009 02:17:17 | More by womencantsail
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HeyItsChili

China

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a proper pint glass. Pours crystal clear golden with a booming, creamy, foamy white head.

S - Sugar, faint citrus bite, hops.

T - Really subdued hop bitterness - in fact, almost no bitterness at all. There's some honey sweetness in there with piny hops. Dry, resiny finish.

M - Medium bodied, leaves a little stickiness behind

Notes - Very drinkable, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:55:05 | More by HeyItsChili
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david18

New York

3.4/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of a number of failed attempts to make a combined belgian/california double india pale ale. Like the others, it takes two great styles and assumes the flavors can be mixed in a sittuatio that really doesn't work. You should try but i'll be surprised if you don't feel the same way.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 23:44:20 | More by david18
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with one and a half fingers of white head.

Scent of Belgian yeast, bready malts, and earthy hops. Not extremely hoppy, but balanced well enough.

Taste of Belgian yeast, grain, and some hops. Grain is the strongest character I notice in the taste. The hops are not very strong and the Belgian yeast isn't too potent. A good, but grainy IPA.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 23:24:07 | More by paco1029384756
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JRed

New Jersey

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glowing orange body with white fluff head. Funk, citrus, citrus rind, and sweets in the nose. Flavors of citrus, alcoholic booze, hops, brett funk. Medium bodied and easily drinkable. Easy on the stomach but packs some interesting flavors on the palate.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 00:57:53 | More by JRed
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,388 ratings.