Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev -6.5%
Appearance is a bright and gold, appealing.
Smell is hoppy and mildly sour with a hint of Coriander (although it is not an ingredient).
Taste is bitter through and through with an unusual hop character and an equally unusual (but quite mild) sour finish. Reminds me of a lighter but overly hopped version of a Saison (specifically Russian River Publication).
I was expecting it to taste much more like an IPA than it does. In fact, this beer is quite unlike anything I have tried before. An interesting mix of flavors. The beer totally session-able as everyone else here seems to suggests.
12-29-2009 23:05:15 | More by YOOJ
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
Medium gold with a nice head and good retention. Nice lacing, too.
I'm getting cloves and candy sugar in the nose. Very sweet smelling, overall.
Hops jump right in up front. Quite a mouthful of them. Sweetness creeps into the mouth partway through witha nice green, piney finish. Dry cherries in there as well.
Thick, malty, bready body.
Excellent sipper, but one was enough.
12-28-2009 20:49:18 | More by beer2day
4.35/5 rDev +9%
22oz bottle poured into a Portsmouth goblet.
A - Cloudy, yeasty pale orangey gold. Nice single finger of dense, white, whipped creamy head with very good staying power...never really disappears, just sinks down a bit over time. Gorgeous looking beer. Nice lacing left down the sides of the glass.
S - Nice and hoppy. Lots of citrus - fresh orange blossoms dominate. Good sweet malt undertones enhance the citrusy fruit aromas. Maybe a hint of mint in the aroma too. Slightly off-beat aroma for an IPA, but I have to say I like it.
T - Taste is pretty interesting. Some typical stone flavors, especially the malt, rich and caramelly underneath...Stone's IPA's and hoppy beers in general all seem to have this same character at the base. Definitely a slight minty (spearmint, I think) flavor and some grassiness in the mix. Hops are quite bitter in typical Stone fashion. The yeast strain they use doesn't scream Belgian to me, but it definitely adds a layer of complexity to this beer.
M - Medium in body and medium high carbonation. Minty flavors give a slight cooling sensation in the mouth, before yielding to the resiny bitterness that sticks around seemingly forever. Beer easily slides over the tongue and down the throat and begs for another sip.
D - At 6.9%, a little high to be sessionable, but the taste makes it so tempting to sit back and have a few of these. Very enjoyable IPA...definitely not like your average IPA. Very interesting character and well worth seeking out. First time I've had one of these in about 6 months...really wondering why I haven't bought more...
12-23-2009 00:37:09 | More by portia99
4.03/5 rDev +1%
Ever since my visit to the Stone Brewery earlier this year this has been one of my favorite Stone Brews. I must admit that I really wasn't a fan of the West coast brews prior to that trip but I am a changed man...
A - Pours a brilliant orange with a slight glow. Like a dirty Triple. Decent heads leaves a nice lacing around the top of the glass.
S - Just in case you forgot what you were drinking, take a good deep sniff and you'll quickly be reminded that it's a Stone Brew that you have in your hand.
T - Yum! Take your favorite Belgian and hop it up a notch or two. Great concept, great taste! (probably not less filling)
D - This stuff is right in my sweet spot, at just a little under 7% I could probably consume quite a bit of this stuff.
M - Well done like all Stone Brews.
I'd take this stuff over Arrogant Bastard any day of the week. It's puts a smile on my face when my local beer guy has this in stock.
12-20-2009 15:21:05 | More by tdawgydog
3.83/5 rDev -4%
Poured from the bottle into a rounded tumbler nice golden color with a thick, sticky, barely offwhite lacy head that really sticks to the glass. Great aromas of hops initially but transitions to a more typical Belgian spicy-malty aroma after some time. Definite crisp piney flavors to go along with the unique Belgian spiciness in the taste as well. Crisp, light bodied feel with a dry aftertaste that lingers. Unique flavors and wonderful aromas, combined with the light feel and relatively low alcohol content lend a hand to make this a very drinkable beer.
12-19-2009 03:55:06 | More by jacobseyb
4.4/5 rDev +10.3%
Serving Type: 750ml bottle poured into a pint glass
Appearance: Light golden color with good clarity and a short head.
Smell: A nice, strong, hoppy aroma. Typical of an IPA.
Taste: This beer tasted as you would expect, an IPA with a belgian yeast. This is a great twist to the traditional IPA. It has a clean taste, that starts with a little bitterness and a lot of hop flavor. As it finishes, the belgian side of this beer comes through; spicy with a hint of fruit.
Mouthfeel: Light with a medium amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. A lot of great hop and yeast flavors, and the bitterness is just right. I could drink this one all night long...
12-15-2009 02:24:26 | More by elevine
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
Poured from a bomber into a goblet.
Pours a golden light orange color. A somewhat careful pour capped the head at about one finger, but it's quite dense, and retains pretty well. There's some really nice lacing on the glass.
Aroma is very interesting...bright citrus hops, spices, bready malts, and another scent I can only describe as Belgian yeast-y. This beer obviously favors the "Cali" over the "Belgique."
Taste follows. This is exactly what I'd expect from a SoCal Belgian IPA. The flavor matches the aroma, but there's a piney hop component I did not smell. The spice strikes me as being peppery, almost like Chimay tripel. Maybe it's just striking me that way because I'm drinking out of a Chimay goblet. Either way, the finish has both pine and citrus peel, but the bitterness is fairly restrained, or at least moreso than the Stone name might lead one to believe. There's also a bit of a green apple flavor in there.
Medium body with medium carbonation. The feel is decidedly IPA, and even has a bit of an oily texture. Alcohol is not detectable. I like Stone's regular IPA better, but Cali-Belgique is still quite good. This one falls short of Green Flash LeFreak...I'd like to see a bit more Belgique to match the Cali. But, you're still talking about two 4+ beers.
12-15-2009 01:37:37 | More by Gyle41386
3.75/5 rDev -6%
Found this one on tap at Barleys last night. Figured I would start off the night with it.
The pour was decent with a golden amber color, nice clarity to it and active carbonation leading to a nice white cap that fizzled out quickly and left little in the way of side glass lacing. Aroma was intresting. First aroma is that of light citrus hops, touches of lemon and orange coming through but warming brings out hints of pear, clove and a touch of almost a grainy touch. Really blends very well and creates a nice and very bright aroma. First sip was not as complex as I would have hoped. Light biting on the tongue, nice touches of grapeskin, hints of lemon and light grassy notes. Clean, very clean with little aftertaste other then a slight tartness on the tongue and a light floral note. Smooth, easy to drink and quick to be finished.
Overall while not being the most complex thing in the world, it worked, and worked well. I would have no issue putting another one down.
12-13-2009 14:57:23 | More by mikesgroove
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
Beer poured from a bottle into a Stone IPA tulip (close enough). Beer is dark yellow and cloudy. Forms an off white head of medium to small bubbles (aggressive head) that falls away leaving lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate. Looks good.
Hop aroma is muted, yeasty smelling, interesting. The aroma is 100% Beligan amber or strong pale, not IPA. I'm always conflicted when reviewing this style of beer.
Beer is medium to low body, slightly metallic in flavor. I'm not getting hops as much as I'm getting the Belgian again. Second taste, there is a slight bitterness at the back of the mouth. I'm definitely getting a good strong pale ale vibe from this beer. So what do I do? Do I penalize it because it off style or rate it well because I like it. I'll give high drinkability because its one of my styles, but I'll knock it for a lack of hop flavor.
12-12-2009 03:42:22 | More by drabmuh
4.2/5 rDev +5.3%
Poured into a chalice.
A= Beautiful cream colored rocky head atop a light golden body.
S= This is where the beer delivers for me. It has floral notes up front that is not unlike a Belgian tripel. A tinge of grapefruit peel lingers in the background to remind you this is an IPA.
T= Mainly citrus peel dominates the taste buds. The taste is almost the opposite of the smell. A hint of the floral bouquet comes through, but overall the taste diminishes quickly.
M= Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.
D= Very drinkable, though not as refreshing as an IPA, and not as substantial as a Belgian. I guess that makes it just right for the style.
12-12-2009 03:20:43 | More by nycwinter
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a big, foamy, off-white head that falls to a minimal one. Nice lace.
Herbal, flowery hop aroma.
Nice hoppy beer with a mild sweetness to it. Tastes like a Stone brew although there is something different about it. Must be the yeast.
Medium to somewhat full in the mouth and rather smooth.
Another nice Stone IPA.
12-11-2009 21:24:12 | More by dstc
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +17.3%
Found this on tap at the Big Hunt on Connecticut Avenue, in Washington, D.C. It was my first time trying it. Poured a nice rich amber color -- at least in the light of the bar -- and had a balanced mouthfeel. I found the taste exceptional -- a perfect balance between hops and Belgian backbone. Sweet and tart, like a good apple. Warming enough to drink in the DC winters, but crisp enough that I could imagine quaffing it in August, too. A real winner in my book.
12-09-2009 14:44:25 | More by risenc
4.33/5 rDev +8.5%
22 oz bottle. No printed freshness date that I can find, but I'm happy to report that I've complied with this bottle's stated instructions to keep refrigerated. Hooray for freon, which has allowed me to pour this moderately chilled beer into a Duvel tulip.
Fairly aggro pour reveals a rich orange/gold colored beer with a one finger head that quickly disappates, leaving some nice lacing sliding slowly down the glass. Looks good.
Aroma - a combo of the piney, grapefruity hop resin we're all used to with stone, and a sugary sweet bubblegum essence of belgian yeast. Yeah, there's clove in there too. It smells so much like a stone IPA that my American nose is finding the addition of the belgian aromas a little hard to get used to. It's like running into an old friend who suddenly... smells a little different.
Taste - An up front belgian clove note, followed by a spot-on stone IPA with a satisfyingly mellow, but undeniably perceptible essence of sweetness amidst the hops. Finishes just slightly spicier and more peppery than a stone IPA. If you've never had a stone IPA than this description is not making any sense to you, but the gist is that this beer tastes exactly like what it is - an established American IPA brewed with beligan yeast. Lingering aftertaste is a pretty tame and pleasant hop bitterness, accompanied by an unusual but very subtle bready sweetness, balancing things quite nicely and keeping the palate ready for the next sip. More drinking reveals complex hints of lemon peel, bubblegum, and fresh bread present.
Mouthfeel - Fairly high on the carb, a little chewy and certainly heavier on the tongue than a regular stone IPA.
Easy drinking, nothing dramatic here just a nice remix of a classic that makes sure not to throw anything off balance. All the essentials are still here, the belgian "essence" is subtler than I was expecting and offers a nice, gentle addition to a set of flavors that I hold quite dear to my heart as one of my all time favorite beers. If the choice was between another glass of this or of a regular stone IPA, I'd probably take the IPA. That said, I'd gladly drink this anytime, and I will most definitely be having more of these in the future.
12-08-2009 04:55:03 | More by MisterSH
3.63/5 rDev -9%
A: The color of a light yellow straw, somewhat frothy and cottony head that sticks around, some spotty lacing down the side of the glass - 4.00, S: Quintessentially Belgian aromas, some clove and fruity esters, also a touch of sugar free bubblegum, the nose also showcases a range of hops that I can't necessarily decipher but I do get citrus and tropical fruits such as papaya, a very light and floral aroma all-around - 4.25, T: Obvious elements of the a Belgian yeast and an IPA - a solid hop bite which becomes even more evident as the glass warms, like the nose there is lots of tropical fruit, I also taste candied sugars, the beer is also quite dry - 3.50, M: Smooth and medium-bodied - 3.50, D: A very drinkable beer though a touch too edgy for my likings, I'm a big fan of the style of beer and Stone but this one just falls a shade short of what they generally produce - 3.50
12-04-2009 01:31:28 | More by deereless
4.6/5 rDev +15.3%
Pours a deep golden color with a generous white head that leaves a sticky lacing. Aroma is of citrus - orange and strawberries, with pine notes and a hint of vanilla. Taste is marvelously balanced, with the citrus and vanilla qualities muting the hops at first, but finishing bitter after all. Extremely complex beer!
12-03-2009 22:16:00 | More by bonk0076
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
Stumbled onto this while driving home from work. Never heard of it, but it's Stone...how bad could it be?
Appearance - crystal clear bright copper with a bulbous head.
Smell - yeast with a background of citrus hops. This smells really good!
Taste - Excellent Belgian-like flavors. Citrus, delicious yeast. Wow!
Mouthfeel - light/medium body with lots of effervescence.
Drinkability - High! One could really get carried away on the slightly complex flavors and just the downright good taste of this ale. Would recommend to friends and enemies alike.
Note: These notes are from memory, had this wonderful brew earlier today at the brewery.
12-01-2009 21:38:28 | More by smanders
3.75/5 rDev -6%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into an imperial pint glass. Color was a slightly orange amber with very small amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom. Very thin white froth head on top. Aroma was slightly sweet, small touches of citrus, with a fair amount of hops. Taste was very fruity, almost like an imitation orange flavor. Felt ok in the mouth. Coated well, but felt like it was over carbonated. The over carbonation was the detrimental part to the drinkability. Otherwise it was a fairly balanced and pleasant to drink beer.
11-30-2009 23:07:19 | More by mountdew1
3.95/5 rDev -1%
thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bomber - poured chilled in a flared pint
A - A hazed apricot shade w/ a 2 finger cap which provides thick brussels lace. The lace sticks like spackle and appears like egg cream in a raised ring. The bead is pin sized + a swarm of carbonation hovers under the foam
S - A light fruit nose w/ pineapple + lychee w/ a mild herbal hop note. Spiced odor w/ belgian yeast esters give off a honey-like sweetness and the malt contributes some aroma w/ a tinge of pine from the hops
M - A smooth malty blend w/ a slight astringency and bitter effect from the hopping w/ medium high carbonation and sweet middle which leads to a bitter, slightly sharp bite. The texture while slightly fuller than average for an Ipa, has a sweet tip
T - The flavor of the Cali-belgique is gentle with orange notes up front which lead to a mild pine hop flavor and a sweet malt taste. The malt gives a honey-like element combined with mellow phenol from the yeast w/ a citrus acidity and the taste has a mild spiced flavor w/ grainy undercurrent. The American hops give this Belgian IPA a lot of complex and fresh flavors w/ mild kumquat tartness and lemony sweet aspect. The finish is acidic and warm
D - The Stone Cali-Belgique is quite the tasty Belgian IPA, not the best, but up there with some of the best examples of the style-easy to drink like an American IPA w/ lots of hop flavor and nice w/ yeasty Belgian influence - I recommend this highly
11-30-2009 01:13:24 | More by Slatetank
3.98/5 rDev -0.3%
22 oz bomber poured into tulip.
A - Light golden with no haze. Nice creamy white head that forms big easily. Good, lasting, sticky lacing. The rings leave a record of how many sips it takes to finish a glass of this brew.
S - Amazing what a change in yeast can do. Stone's IPA has a good hoppy aroma. This brew has a good yeasty aroma - a nice funky semi-spicy breadiness with very mild hop undertones. Very pungent - in a very delicious way.
T - Of the few Belgian IPA examples I have tasted (all American interpretations), this one is the most "Belgian". This one is straight in-line with the nose. The interplay of yeast and hop flavor profiles is wonderfully complex from first hint to lingering finish.
M - Excellent - well matched to the style.
D - Compared to other examples I've had, the alcohol content is fairly low, allowing you to drink this all night. However, this is no slammer - the complexity begs to be sipped.
11-27-2009 07:43:26 | More by waddsworth
4.43/5 rDev +11%
Appearance: A rich golden color. 12-15 SRM, perhaps. Poured clear.
Smell: A bright hoppy nose.
Taste: This is where the ale shines. The Cali-Belgique features a nice balance of a sharp hoppiness and a belgian spiciness.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, smooth but with sharp initial hops
Drinkability: This is my first try at a California IPA/Belgian hybrid. And I liked it! I really enjoyed the belgain influence on the IPA-ness. You get some really nice hop notes but it's not as heavy handed as a lot of IPA's I've tried. I don't know what the availability of this beer is but if you have a chance, it's definitely worth a pint. Or two.
11-26-2009 01:02:39 | More by jjh19
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
The pour generated a storm of bubbles so thick, as if buttons or marbles were being tossed about the beer, that I was initially concerned the bottle had been infected with something. Fortunately, however, all that carbonation amounted to nothing more than an extra pearly capping of snow white head. The body, although too icy to see through, is exceptionally glossy and luminous; looks like this Belgian IPA inherited the California sunshine.
And the West Coast hoppiness, too! Take your pic of stone or citrus fruits - peach, mango, orange, grapefruit, cherry - they're all there and make their presence known loud and clear. The phenolic and estery nature of the Belgian yeast seems to play right into the hops' hands - it brings forth even more nuanced notes of fruit and its peppery, fragrant spice seems only to accentuate the lively, wildly citric character of the bouquet.
My palate becomes the grandstand for flavour. Like with any IPA that is half-decently made, this beer satiates the tongue with a vibrantly citric acidity as well as a wholesome, biscuity maltiness. Bitter and sweet play separate octaves of the same note, and in perfect harmony. Whether American, Flemish or Wallonian you'd have to agree this is refreshing. (Regardless of cultural differences, I bet all three would share an affection for this beer!)
It might not be unfair to say that if you've tasted Stone's Ruination you've tasted their Cali-Belgique, at least for the most part. It shares enough of the same 'spiked coconut milk, candied pink grapefruit and bubble-gum wrapped tangerine wedges' kind of fresh, fruity, floral character that I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out to be just the Ruination fermented with a Belgian yeast strain (note: it's actually just their regular IPA).
Before opening this bottle I would have told you that I'd rather have a hoppy Belgian ale than an American IPA brewed with Belgian yeast. Now I'm not so sure. Although I find the Belgian-brewed, American-inspired ales to be more consistent and quaffable than their American-brewed, Belgian-inspired counterparts, Stone is the second California brewery (Green Flash being the other) whose challenged me to rethink that stance.
The name for this beer, Cali-Belgique, is hyphenated and so is everything else about it, too. It has the sunny radiance of California's southern beaches but the warming, wholesome heartiness of Belgium's antiquated, candlelit inns. Bitterness and sweetness dual to a draw. A beer with this kind of intense, satiating flavouring but infinite, perpetual drinkability doubles as both the connoisseur's crown and the layman's quaff.
11-25-2009 21:25:31 | More by biegaman
4.13/5 rDev +3.5%
Stone's regular issue IPA has always been the benchmark for the style in my opinion, with its impeccable hop zing and overall wow factor. This Belgian version, with a yeast strain carrying with it some nuances from across the ocean, will be served a few degrees over fridge temperature in a large Troubadour tulip glass.
Appearance- Tangerine orange with just a slight haze, this beer exhibits a full, sudsy four-finger crown that slowly pops and melts away. The resulting gobs of lacing are humongous, cragging like the Badlands of Montana with a creamy, merengue-like presence. Gloriously Stone.
Smell- The bright, sharp, clean citrus notes of Stone IPA are all there... but the nose features an unmistakably Belgian spiciness and gentle funkiness. The two aromas work well together and the result is quite nice.
Taste- A wicked hop flogging immediately batters the tongue, enveloping and enslaving the palate with brute force. After the swallow, the Belgian yeast character becomes evident while the massive hop bitterness lasts for days. The flavors are like a branding iron in the mouth.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Soft and moderately carbonated, this beer gets easier to drink as the session moves forward. Its texture thins as the head disppears, releasing its effervescent properties into the beer itself. A terrific experiment that proves two different yeast variations can vastly change a West Coast IPA's demeanor, while creating a winning recipe in both cases.
11-24-2009 04:18:37 | More by yelterdow
3.6/5 rDev -9.8%
A - Pours a beautiful orange-amber with a nice fluffy white cap atop its head. Nice lacing patterns down the side. Very pretty.
S - The nose has a little bit of funk but is mostly dominated by pine and citrus hops. Very dry. No real malt.
T - The barnyard comes out a bit more in the taste, although the hops are still there. Still no malt.
M - Not bad, decent carbonation.
D - This beer is drinkable enough, I just don't know if I'd WANT to drink more. It's really dry with not too much flavor so that's a combination that won't keep me coming back for more.
Overall, not a horrible beer, but I've had better Belgian IPAs.
11-21-2009 14:37:08 | More by cyraxx
4/5 rDev +0.3%
(Poured in to a tulip glass)
A- This beer has a clear orange hue body with an antique white head with slight yellow hue. The head is thick and bubbly sticking to the glass with each sip. This beer has a tiny gentle carbonation.
S- This beer has fresh full hops right off the bine aroma. There are floral green citrus hops aroma with a soft natural bubble gum note underneath.
T- This beer has a soft pale malt flavor with a hint of brie/cream quality. There is some grapefruit and floral taste with a big dandelion green bite at the finish. There is a light sweetness to the finish that grows as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol.
D- This beer has an amazing aroma like when I'm harvesting hops, the flavor however does not follow through. There isn't much yeasty characteristics or malt support in the flavor. The text on the bottle is impossible to read in the color scheme but I suspect it wasn't improtant to the beer inside.
11-19-2009 16:37:24 | More by rhoadsrage
3.95/5 rDev -1%
A very tasty beer. From notes:
A hazy, pineapple-juice looking tulip with no head. Smell is of belgian yeast and signifigant pine resin hops.
Taste follows the nose, but is not overly hopped. It is aggressive, but it works well with the yeast to provide one hell of a belgian IPA. Mouthfeel is fuller than expected, but is not chewy or too heavy... signifigant carbonation helps keep the flavors together and moving pretty well.
Drinkability is high... I am glad I got this one, and while I don't see it in bottles around here I was glad to get to have it on tap. I'll get it again for sure. Prob. one of my favorite Stone beers.
11-16-2009 12:39:09 | More by ShogoKawada
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,500 ratings.