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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,795 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,795
Reviews: 995
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 87
Gots: 294 | 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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Ratings: 2,795 | Reviews: 995
Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I see "IPA" on a new bottle of beer I immediately have certain expectations of the the bottle's contents.
This time was no exception.
Pours as a nice IPA profile- one tick down in the count because in this case the head was short lived even though my glass is always meticulously prepared..

Nose was a harbinger of things to come- not overly strong, but demure with hints of hops and malt.

Flavor at first was disappointing- I read the bottle notes.
But now as my first bottle is nearly drained- this IPA does have a tang, an IPA cloak along with a train of homage to the Belgian style. Perhaps the only enigma is the "Cali". Words are just words.

Of the IPA's I've enjoyed and revered- this one is somewhat lighter than I'd expected-- that was perhaps my initial disappointment. But there's more to an IPA than just hops and more hops and oh yes, alcohol.

This Stone IPA is a balance of hops bitterness and flowery flavor along with the strong flavor and well rounded by malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel this beer produced was a rotund legacy of the beer's initial flavor start commingled with a long lasting wash of it's initial flavor.

Overall this is a marvelous IPA and not so alcoholic that a pint of it welds me to my seat.

Nice -- very nice.. get two bottles.

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

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Mellow Mushroom (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Ruby-tinged golden with short cap of off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass despite the short head.

S: Tartness melds well with the pale malt to give a tangy, sweet aroma. Hops are earthy and moderately citrus.

T: The unique tanginess of this beer is hard to beat. The alcohol does find by the end of the pint, but the pale malt sweetness really does better on tap than in the bottle. The substantial hoppiness is big-time citrus and complements the tart, tanginess really well.

M: Slightly viscous and highly carbonated with medium-full body.

O: A real treat to have on-tap -- superior to the bottle in every way.

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

First I gotta say. I am a BIG fan of Stone especially their Arrogant Bastard stuff. So this might be bit biased.

Poured from a large bottle into my favorite pint glass.

Color is a pale coppery gold and clear. Head was a nice thick golden cream at first, but faded quickly to a thin foamy layer that lasted the entire tasting . Nice lacing on the glass during several pours.

I am a newbie at this but I get a nice pleasant whiff of hops and evergreen(?).

Taste. I love it! I like an IPA and this one is a top notch. Hops, evergreen, Simple but strong.

Mouthfeel is tough one for me. But I can tell you this beer has a pleasant aftertaste that lasted quite a while.

Like I said I am a fan of STONE but this is my first time tasting Cali-Belgie. I can tell you that I think I'll keep a bottle of this around at all times.

This is a very good Friday night beer.

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

From my notes

A: A golden hue, light carbination with a 1/4" head

S: Citrus(lemon mostly), Belgium yeast.

T: Citrus, flowers with a bit of a spicy finish from the yeast.

M: Medium body quite smooth with a nice bubbly carbination.

O: A really easy to drink very good tasting beer. Still get tripped out by the style. When you get the two distinct character of two distinct styles becoming one.

Photo of HugePlume
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the stone brewery.

A- Color reminiscent of a dried corn stalk, yellowish with a hint of orange. Had a decen 1 finger t head, not spectacular though. Good retention. Average lacing.

S- Interesting blend of spicy yeast and floral hops.

T- A winner here, with again the spicy yeast and malt giving way to a crisp bitter finish, with a grassy element present in the background.

M- Very good across the tongue light body, with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O- The first Belgian IPA I have tried, and certainly good enough that I will go back for more of this and others of the breed.

Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is grassy hops, Belgian yeast and some lemons. You can get a lot of Belgian character in the aroma but you can tell the base beer is an IPA. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of Belgian yeast notes as well as some orange citrus and grassy hops. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel. The only thing I dislike about the beer is the carbonation, which is very high and prickly. Still, a nice Belgian IPA.

Photo of sweemzander
3.82/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip. Thanks to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a pale yellow color that produced a decent white head that dissipated down to bubbles. Some lace.

(S)- A dry yeasty profile. Bits of a piney citrus in the far background.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Rather dry and very yeast driven (a lemon and clove thing). Subtle hints of piney citrus.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. The belgian yeast definitely throws its weight around with the IPA aspects taking a backseat. Bitter, but fruity too.

(D)- A good take on a newer style. The belgian yeast takes center stage yet somewhat enhances the IPA characteristics fairly well.

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

Ive been looking forwards to this brew for a while anyways it pours a dark honey,light orange hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a frothy two finger that slowly recedes to leave a slim layer of frothy head and lacing here and there,the smell is straight out belgian with aromas of pepperoni,salami,bready caramel malts and pungent floral hops,it has a nice medium bodied mouthfeel which is well carbonated and makes for easy quaffing and suprisingly on taste its exactly what the label says it is a nice cross of belgium and US with hints of bready belgian malts,piney american hops,hungarian salami and nicely rounded out with a whole pine cone hoppy bitterness and overall its a pleasure to taste a brew like this as fresh as it is cheers.

Photo of tavernjef
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden hay, clearish body with some carbonation streams moderately brimming within. Nice tall crown of crusty, big bubbly whitish foam grows firmly after a vigoruos pour into my Stone Ruination goblet. Lots of thick lacing in droopy strings and sheets is caked across the glass.

Aroma is a pretty decent combo of citrusy hops and Belgian yeast. Tangerine fuzz, lemony spritz, orange spray, and a twist of lime are co-mingling well with a dryish yeastyness that adds some clovish spice and slight medicinal tones to its nose.

Taste is crisp and steady with a good amount of hop flavors in the citrusy realm of bite and bitterness. All handled well with a good balance as the yeast pulls in a light puffy/airy dryness of yeast and mild bubblegum layered low underneath. Spiced mildly with a bit of brightness in citrus with lime, lemon, white grapefruit, and over ripe starfruit. Spiced in yeast with clove, floral pollen things, and some tannin. Overall, the balance is well-rounded and easy on the palate with a mellow tone that build slowly and gracefully into a stronger finish of complexity. Nice!

Feel, as mentioned within the taste, is crisp and steardy, round and a solid medium if not more so. Just a scootch more bubblegummyness and biscuity/doughy malt and this would be sublimely yummy. As is however, is still far more drinkable then one would think. The bomber flows fast and the glass drinks easy with this one.
Stone is finally making waves in Minnesota! Only took, what, like 8 years? But its here, at last!

Photo of RandyV
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The familiar smell of Belgian yeast and bread malt combines with that of floral hops introduces you to a melding of styles that get along but don't necessarily want to spend their lives together. The clove and spicy sweetness of a Belgian dominates the initial flavor of this beer before giving way to the piney hop bitterness that is there at the finish but never dominates in any way. For a hophead like me, the IPA contribution is weak, but noble.

This is not a beer that I would be quick to come back to, but I love Stone brewing, and this is a nice offering in the style.

Photo of bbkd3b
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Crystal-clear golden body with a finger-thick head that refuses to go away. Nice amount of bubbles rising to the top feeds the lacing dripping down the sides. Good looker, this one

S - Grassy hops and tarty scents, no doubt thanks to that strand of yeast. Some grapefruit juice and orange peel give it a nice, zesty character.

T - Nice, citrusy body leads a brigade of earthy tones. Spruce, grass… Much less apparent bitterness than their regular IPA makes for a more balanced flavor. Works together like a well-oiled machine.

M - Medium body with a real crisp carbonation and a slick finish. More refreshing and clean than a lot of IPAs makes this easy-to-drink and thoroughly enjoyable.

O - After a bomber of this, I have absolutely no complaints other than I wish I had more. Seriously, it’s so laidback for its style it almost doesn’t seem like a Stone brew, but it’s just as high-class as any other beer in their repertories. This re-affirms my high esteem for Belgian IPAs.

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

Pours hazy-golden and bubbly capped with two fingers of white foam. Yeast sedimentation presence. Nice retention and lacing. Spicy, juniper-berry and slightly floral nose which is followed by a citrus-pine-spiced, bready yeasty and tangerine-banana taste. Finishes dry, slightly sour and a bit hoppy.

Addition of Belgian yeast adds a unique twist to a typically good Stone IPA style. I'll revisit it.

Photo of tewaris
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. "bomber" poured into a Duvel tulip. The freshness date is either unreadable or absent, but this bottle is most likely fresh.

Hay-golden hued and hazy, this beer looks solid amber in the glass, underneath the huge off white head. The head retention is very good and the lacing is splattered all over the glass. The aroma is of fresh fruit and flowers - the hops of Stone IPA work so well with the esters from the Belgian strain. Truly remarkable.

The taste is very similar, fruity and floral, with light flavorful sweetness from a good malt base. The finish is dry (nice!), and long and bittering; and that's where the Cali and Belgique clash in my opinion. I think that the bitter aftertaste is a little too bitter for this taste and the aroma, and although I don't think this way often, I really would like to see what happens with the bitterness dialed down a few notches.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with good carbonation, although I won't call it crisp. Overall very good, but nowhere in my personal top list.

Scores: Appearance 4.5/5; Aroma 4.5/5; Taste 3.5/5; Mouthfeel 4/5; Overall 4/5

Photo of bishopdc0
3.73/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared a bottle with my wife split into Allagash and New Belgium tulips.

Pours a straw yellow with a big thick sticky head. The lace is frothy and laces very well.

The aroma is spicy hops mixed with a slight pale hops and a yeast bubblegum aroma.

The taste is perhaps a little unexpected due to the brewers. It starts by filling the mouth with carbonation. The taste of hops comes in, slight malt backed. The hops are subtle, for Stone. They create a almost pine spice and a slight yeast at the end. The hops finish with a slight bitter finish.

At first i wasn't sure what to think about this. I thought it wasn't outstanding, good but. As I consumed it the taste enhanced and i grew to like it more.

I must note my wife loved it.

Photo of hardy008
4.45/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark gold with a two finger head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma is very nice. Grapefruit, oranges, Belgian yeast, light pear and bread malt.

The taste is much like the aroma. Grapefruit, oranges, Belgian yeast, bread malt, and pears. Both bitter and sweet. Nicely made.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finishes extremely dry, and there is a strong presence of hop oils. I will definitely buy this again.

Photo of kflorence
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden, copper tinted color with a thin layer of head that dissipates to lacing along the sides of the glass. Carbonation levels look good, perhaps a bit low.

S: Smells interesting. I wouldn't say it's a pleasant aroma, but it isn't off-putting either. Lots of hops, mostly juniper but also a bit of citrus in there. Then there's a more petro-chemical, gasoline and lip balm smell mixed with a bit of spice and some yeast.

T: Taste comes through a lot like the aroma. Lots of hops and that same spiced yeast and malt concoction. I just can't help but feel reminded of lip balm or some kind of refined oil. Again, I don't consider this taste to be detrimental to the beer, but it is certainly something I haven't come across before, and seems a bit odd to me.

M: This has the usual stone mouthfeel. Perfect carbonation, smooth and a little chewy. It's really very easy to drink and quite refreshing but also maintains some level of sophistication.

O: This was an interesting adventure for me. I'm not really a fan of I.P.A.'s but I can definitely appreciate them, and this one is perhaps a bit more "up my alley" than some of the other offerings I've had. As usual, lots of hops, but not an overwhelming amount, and an interesting "Belgian yeast" characteristic which lends the brew a unique characteristic. Solid, but not exceptional.

Photo of Vixie
3.38/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow with a touch of orange. Fair amount of carbonation, and forms a 1 finger off white head.

Not a lot of smell to this one, mainly malt with a touch of floral. I was surprised to detect as much malt as I did.

Malt seems to be the first thing I taste, followed by a bit of citrus, then the hops kick in. Not overly complex, but the flavors are nicely balanced with the exception of the hops, who assert themselves at the end.

Not a bad feel to this one, pretty solid.

First off, I will say that the IPA is probably my least favorite style of beer. That being said, this one is a pretty good beer overall. There is a pronounced hops flavor to this, but not to the point of being overwhelming. The other flavors help balance it out, making this one of the better IPAs I have tried.

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

Pleasant and reasonable complex aroma. Flowery, citrus hops with good sweet, spicy, peppery yeast.
Slightly cloudy, gold, foamy white head with a slightly watery appearance.
Ample hops in the flavor (citrus) with more flavor in the finishing including the ample bitterness. Nice sweetness up front. Mild sourness and tartness that's nicely interesting. Dryness in the finish.
Moderate body and smooth feel.
Nice drink overall. Not one to dive into another, but a worthwhile foray.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark golden, almost amber with a creamy white head that quickly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is sweet caramel malt. Then the medicinal yeasty character takes over with a good bit of bubblegum.

Taste similar to the nose. Caramel malt and light fruit up front - banana, orange and pineapple. Then the medicinal yeaty funk takes over, but not quite as strong as the nose lead me to expect. Finishes with a slight medicinal hop bitterness and a bit of a mineral quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall quite sweet, medicinal, and generally mild. Hops take a back seat to the vague yeasty funk.

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

Poured a big and bright copper/orange with a light white creamy head that quickly left a light foam ring.

The smell is a nice mix of big spicy belgian yeast and citrusy west coast hops, very lemony yet slightly medicinal.

The flavor is very intense with a big blast of fresh green hops along with spicy belgian yeast coming at your tongue in one big blast, it quickly settles down to a nice long yeasty yet bitter finish. Has a nice big sweetness lingering throughout as well.

The mouthfeel is nice and full with a big resiny finish.

This is great, great marriage of two styles that seem like they would clash, yet they compliment each other very well.

Photo of vandemonian
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stone Cali-Belgique is a delicious Belgian IPA. That is all it is.

A: Clear yellow colour and a good 1cm head which lasts.

S:Hoppy with definate notes of Belgian yeast.

T: Hoppy up front with a yeasty middle. It has a smooth finish that wasn't bitter at all.

M: Thin with a little foaminess.

O: A very nice Belgian IPA, but not the most interesting beer in this style at all.

Photo of jsh420
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

enjoy by 05-10-11

pours clear bright goldenorange with a 1/2 finger white head that left some spotted lacing

smells - not strong but fruity funky a little bready

taste is very saison like but has a sour tartness to it - not very spicey and not very ipa not a lot of flavor

mouthfeel is light with good carbonation - very drinkable

overall - very underwhelmed - i might revisit this one later but after this first impression i would not recommend it

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

It is as billed...west coast IPA with a funky Belgian yeastiness....

The aroma is actually quite subdued...some light citrus (lemons)..a little horse blanket as well.

The taste has a strong sharp citrus dimension...lemons...tangerines...with an earthy, musty barnyard finish...plenty of hop bite on the finish.

Not my favorite style but an assertive hoppy well done Belgian IPA

Photo of bsp77
3.61/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Chalice. Enjoy by date of June 14, 2011.

Appearance: Slightly hazy burnt yellow with foamy head and pretty strong lacing.

Smell: Funky barnyard over a citrusy backbone. Smells very floral and almost sickly.

Taste: The fantastic citrusy hop taste of Stone IPA is still there, but strangely subdued and overwhelmed by the Belgian yeast, which is slightly tart, funky and clove-like.

Feel: Medium body, moderate carbonation and very dry.

Drinkability: Doesn't jive as well as I had hoped. Maybe Stone should have done more than simply take their standard IPA and add Belgian yeast. More finesse and thought was needed.

Photo of socon67
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours dark orange. Can see some activity in the glass. A lively beer.

S - Smells like a typical belgian ale with notes of yeast, sweet bread, and citrus.

T - Tastes like a decent belgian ale, but nothing that makes it stand out.

M - A crisp ale, finishes with a little burn.

O - This one isn't a bad beer at all. But with other great choices from Stone I'd go for other belgian ales first.

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Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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