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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,747 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,747
Reviews: 982
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 86
Gots: 273 | FT: 2
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 wedge
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden orange with a fine, creamy head. Bright, sharp, fruity Belgian-esque aromas. Sweet and spicy...lemon rind, pear, flowers, soap, and yeast. Smooth sweet hoppy bitterness blending smoothly into pale malt and peppery Belgian yeast. Orange citrus and mild pine needles, fruity esters, tea, bubblegum, slight medicinal clove notes. Medium bodied, snappy mouthfeel. I quite like this...

Photo of rinhaak
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml poured into a Westvleteren Goblet.

Pours a light gold color with no head. The lack of head (despite a straight pour) was surprising, especially considering the Belgian influence in this beer. Nevertheless, the color of the beer was appealing, and it looked inviting.

The nose was unexciting. It smelled like a stereotypical Belgian tripel: lots of Belgian yeasts and bread. I got no hops in the nose.

The taste was certainly unique, and resembled a sour Belgian tripel with hops. The Belgian yeasts dominate while the hops provide counterpoint. There are flavors of freshly baked bread and strawberries. No finish to speak of: once it's swallowed, it's gone.

I was generally unimpressed with this beer. Although I like many of Stone's other offerings, this seemed to fall quite short. It was too sour and bitter to be overly drinkable, and while I enjoy a hoppy, bitter beer, these hops seemed to give it more of an "off" taste. If you're looking for a Belgian IPA, stick to La Chouffe or Le Freak.

Photo of chilidog
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had thisone first at a tasting, i thought very good. Found it at one local store and bought two bottles.

Pours golden, well carbonated to support a nice white head. Lace, ring like, very well.

Aroma of citric hop. almost sugared grapefruit on the nose.

Taste and mouth, Hop bitterness at first you pick up pink grapefruit, citric tartness balanced by a candy-like sugared sweetness. The citric hop oil coats and lingers till the next anticipated sip.

Drinkable yes in tart applications. The 6.9% keeps it manageable with a meal yet worthy of your beer time effort.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden tan, Nice 1/2 head with plenty of carbination and lacing.

SMell - Hops, yeast, very floral. Oranges, lemon, banana. Very triple-ish.

Taste - Spicy and hoppy. Huge lemon flavor with a ipa hoppy kick, but mixed with belgium yeast, hince the name of this beer. Bitter and sweet at same time. Plenty of floral flavors and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness, bitter on tounge, then palette gets some sweetness. Theres some masked alcohol in there that numbs up tounge so slighty. Leaves a dry finish.

Drinkabilty - A different twist on a ipa, belgium style. A nice combo of two styles. Its low enough in alcohol but really not something id drink daily. A nice change but ill stick with one of the other. A nice treat well done, another great drew form stone.

Photo of ebrauser
2.66/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. No best by date.

Appearance: Pilsner yellow with a thick white head. Lacing is about a 6/10.

Aroma: Belgian yeast w/ hop resins and pine. A little peppery and spicy.

Flavor: Dominant flavor is the belgian spices, similar to a wit, but with a very strong bitter streak coming from the hops. The two flavors are not supported very well by any malt sweetness, and I don't think they are very complementary. Interesting, but I'd say that's the only reason for finishing this bomber.

MF: Drinks a lot like a white, but I think the bitterness (in this context) is off putting

Photo of Brianjames16
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice dark gold with a bunch of carbonation bubbles. Nice one finger white head with think lacing.

S- Spicy and bitter hops with some citrus fruits. Nice pleasing aroma. Some pines and malts also show up.

T - Good bite from the hops balanced with spices and light fruits. Great balanced taste.

M- Good carbonation makes it a crisp refreshing brew. Light/medium body.

D- Great drinkability. Interesting and easy to drink. Go Stone !

Photo of vfgccp
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

- Pardon the abbreviated review, this was sampled at a free Stone tasting. Special thanks to Big Z's in Huntington NY -

A - Light grade honey.

S - Huge bouquet of ripe banana and clove. Smells fantastic.

T - Sweet with outstanding banana and peach flavors. Floral and clove flavors and a touch of brown sugar on the back end.

M - Smooth with a medium-light body.

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

Bomber, poured into some tasting glasses.

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a bone white head. Decent retention, some lacing left behind.

Smell- Lots of hops, citrus with some slight piney resin. Underlying fruity Belgian yeast.

Taste- Lots of citrus hops again as expected. Strong Belgian yeasty notes in the middle of the drink, turns sweet pretty quickly. Not a ton of linger on the finish. It was a fresh bottle, but it was not overtly hoppy and the "Belgian" influence leads to a sort of strange taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with good carbonation.

Overall- Another Belgian IPA, another slight disappointment for myself. I have yet to be impressed with any beer of this style, though this one was one of the better examples I have tried.

Photo of jmfc8237
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft poured a bone white head that was very quick to disperse. Pale orange and straw color that is clear.

Aromas are of the citrus variety representing a nice orange and piney hop aroma with a nice spice background of coriander and pine.

Bitter orange peel and earthy hops are pronounced followed by a surprisingly suble yeast influence and a nice amount of burnt caramel. Overall it's a easy drinker but I have not been overwhelmed by it's flavor. There was a faint chalky taste but I don't attribute that to the beer.

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

A nice light golden pour and some fluffy white head which fades relatively quickly and leaves some nice lacing.

Nose of bright citrus hops, grasses, and Belgian yeast. Taste is very clean up front with a suggestion of sour from the yeast with playful carbonation.

Easy to drink with almost a saison feel to it.

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

From a bomber into a goblet. Golden apple clear with vigorous precipitating carbonation streams. Thin, clingy white head. Nose of hops and spicy coriander with a hint of mustard. Tastes of strong citrus/piney hops and coriander, like a hoppy saison. Sweetish malt with a light bitter finish. Mouth is crisp and watery, on the thin side but quenching, complementary of the beer. Drinkability is very good, pretty smooth and tasty; definitely sessionable.

Photo of colforbin73
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent beer! i suppose take the style description with a grain of salt if you are a purest. it is however called the "CALI-Belgique" mind you.

pours a beautiful clear golden yellow with excellent carbonation and a thin white head of bubbles that trails off pretty quick and leaves no lacing. the flavors are well balanced, with crispy hops dancing on a flavorful malt base that gives good mouth feel. yeasty flavors play a central roll, giving you a little bit of sour in here too.

not easy to find, if you see it and haven't tried one -- pick it up.

Photo of wcintula
2.63/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Not a good representative of the style. Pours a clear golden body with a big white head. The smell is a little hoppy with a sweetness and citrus twang to it. Hops seem subdued in the flavor as the citrus takes over. The middle contains a sour sensation right before a very mild Belgian yeast flavor takes over and finishes on a smooth note. There are better examples out there.

Photo of andrewsporter
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very light, frothy mouthfeel is misleading to the flavor of this beer. Definitely torn between the Belgian styling (whatever that means) and the hoppiness that I bought this beer for. I'm a fan of the Stone IPA, no doubt which is what led me to a bottle of this. From what I understand, that is what provides the malt for the Cali-Belg. No doubt it was enjoyable, very drinkable.

Photo of mdr4669
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A clear golden burgundy, when looking at my fingers through the glass they appear a shade of amber. About a finger of head with little lacing.

Smell: Citrusy, and hoppy, very fresh and springy smell. I wish my laundry smelled this good.

Taste: The hops, barley and yeast in this brew mix together for a fine Grapefruit taste that does not disappoint.

Mouthfeel: Kind of light but creamy at the same time, it's a fine feeling brew, not quite good but fine.

Drinkability: Very nice, I wish Stone would produce this in a sixer as I could go for a few more.

Photo of Bfarr
3.1/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange amber with a foamy/frothy off-white head and good retention. Pine-floral aroma with a yeast backdrop. Floral and pine hop bitterness. Extensive saltiness. Balanced sweetness at forst shifts to bitterness. Light bitter linger. Smooth feel with a bite.

I remember enjoying this much more previously. Perhaps it was mishandled since it was best before 4/22/11. Overwhelmingly saltiness makes for a more basic, strong IPA with only minor yeast qualities. I'm going to have to search for a fresh one on this as it didn't compare to Le Freak.

Photo of brew3crew
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of the stone tasting at jungle jims with Greg Koch

A-golden yellow with a white head
S-overpowered by the belgian yeast strain. Can't get much else off of the brew
T-slight hops but is really dominated by its belgian side. Some grapes
M-medium bodied and smooth
d-drinkable, but not one of the best of the night

Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow here in Greensboro.Poured into a standard pint glass a peach infused medium golden with a thinner white head atop,medicinal and citric aromas mainly.Flavors have a slight medicinal quality and deep fruity esters,a citric pine hop component comes into a lingering finish.Not a bad beer but Iam not a fan of the medicinal yeasty quality it has to it.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Stone.

A: Yellow gold with a two finger creamy white head that lasts for a minute and leaves a little lacing when it recedes.

S: Granny Smith apple, bubble gum, and orange. I get a little coriander in there as well. It gets a little spicier as it warms up, and I get a dash of white pepper and perhaps some clove. Fruity and quite aromatic.

T: Orange flesh, a little grapefruit, Granny Smith apple, pear, and a little coriander. Moderate bitterness with no real malt flavor. Alcohol is hidden. The finish is smooth and fruity. I get a little bubble gum and there's a dash of spicy phenols on the back end.

M: Upper light in body with an upper moderate level of carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, crisp, and sticky.

Overall: As much as I hate the idea of the Belgian IPA (and I really don't like most Belgian IPA's that I try), this is a pretty good beer. It's not one I drink often because there are invariably better beers on the menu, but this is not bad at all.

Photo of larryi86
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a snifter

A- Clear golden color with a hint of copper and a big fluffy white head.

S- Very fruity, getting lighter fruits like apples and grapes, a little sour, Belgian yeast, hint of earthy spices/hops.

T- The sweetness up front, which is over close to the smell, just gets over powered by the bitter piney hop finish, at first. As the beer warms it seems to get more balanced, which I really helps, because after my first sip I didn't think that is had much balance.

M- Crisp, refreshing, smooth, medium body.

D- Once this gets to the right temperature, it become very good and very easy to drink. The taste up really reminds me paler Belgian beers and the finish is something you would expect from Stone. Definitely will pick this up again!

Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22 oz. bomber bottle poured into a Sam Adams pint glass in two parts. Best by date of 3/3/11 (perhaps a little past its prime, but well within the best by date).

Appearance: Golden orange in color with a two finger white fluffy head. Good retention, leaves a nice lacing and sticks all teh way down the glass. CLear, without any visible sediment.

Aroma: The Belgian aspect of this beer definitely stands out in the aroma. Caramel and candied fruit with a touch of lemon. Some nice perfumey and herbal notes in the mix as well.

Taste: Belgian yeast, clove, and fruit are present at first, but are soon over taken by pine and citrus from the hops. They lend a nice bitterness and falvor wihout overpowering the Belgian aspects of the beer. Actually, there is some really nice balance and this is far from the typical agressive Stone brew. Some pilsner and caramel malt lend a nice sweetness to the end as well. Overall, really balanced and delciate. This beer shows off the two styles it combines well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and cirsp. Very quenching.

Drinkability: With the balance of this beer and the ABV not being through the roof, a bomber bottle was the perfect size for me.

Overall, a pleasant surprise for me. I really enjoyed the interplay of the two flavors. Definitely something I will pick up more than once.

Photo of YouSkeete
3.44/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Entirely transparent golden yellow with a slightly orange tint. One of the most transparent beers i've ever seen, in fact. Big bubbly white head with weak retention.

S: BIG candied fruit and floral aroma. Citrus mainly, with some notes of bananas and star fruit. Mildly hoppy with a small yeast aroma.

T: Definitely a large fruit flavor. Oranges, apples, grapefruit, lemon zest and bananas are all in full effect. Fantastic Belgian yeast bite and hop bite; not strong, perfectly balanced. The floral bitterness in the body is a nice touch. Aftertaste is quite reminiscent of apple cider.

M: SWEET. Very sweet. Slightly hoppy and slightly malty. Medium body with medium carbonation.

D: Good. Not my favorite Stone, the mish-mash taste of fruit is overwhelming.

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

22oz bomber (Best by 5/10/11) poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Pours yellow-gold, clear, 1.5 finger white frothy head.

S: Slightly tart banana, apple/pear. A little citrus.

T: The belgian yeast is definitely the focal point at first sip through the middle. Sour light fruits, a little spice, candy sugar, light golden malt. The hop presence takes more of a back seat here, there's a decent amount of pine bitterness with just a little citrus (mainly lemon/orange) that mostly comes near the finish. Floral hop qualities are there as well. Finish is a little bitter with really light sourness.

M: Moderate carbonation, body is just a little bit on the light side and isn't all that smooth.

D: Not much to say here, this is a good brew that goes down fairly easily. Nothing amazing, not really anything unpleasant either. Pretty standard for a Belgian style pale ale.

Photo of Northjames
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle.

This is a gold beer, maybe more in line with a Blonde than an IPA, but I would say it is suitable for both styles.

The smell is outstanding. Citrus, pine, resin and floral notes mix with the Belgian yeasty notes.

The beer goes from Belgian yeasty-tart to an all out hoppiness in the finish. It seems to transition from one element to the next very cleanly.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and not sticky enough for a Belgian, but very suitable for an IPA.

Drinkability is good. Very pleasant and easy to drink.

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

A: Pours a very crisp and clear pale yellow, with a finger of white head that is slow to dissipate.

S: Reminds me a little of Brugges, with that light sour yeastiness and slight hint of candi sugar. There is a hint of spice and a nice light malt character.

T: Light hop flavor, more floral than citrusy, with a pale malt flavor and a nice lightly sour Belgian yeast essence. As it warms a slight spiciness comes to play as well as a little bitterness from the hops that goes well with the sour.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, dry finish.

D: Its okay, but nothing special.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,747 ratings.