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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

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Ratings: 2,731
Reviews: 980
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 83
Gots: 261 | 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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Photo of dickroop
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a growler of this brew at Staples Corner Liquor. It's rarely available in the East (THANKS guys!)

Poured from growler to my pint tumbler, it's golden or light tan, hazy, with enough carbonation to produce a thin foam and extensive lacing. Looks good enough to drink! The smell is yeasty, fruity sweet (maybe apple), Belgian for sure, maybe a little like a danish? No hops to speak of, some phenolic overtones, perhaps a little green pepper. Attractive nose.

The taste is where the hops kick in. A combination of fruity sweetness with an immediate bitterness at the back palate and some peppery notes. There's wonderful mild sourness in the cheeks and that's where you can pick up the bready malt flavors. The finish is bitterness and some grainy malt residual flavors. Overall very complex, starting sweet and fruity and ending with pleasant bitterness. Great combination. As for mouthfeel, there's some warmth from the alcohol, a little astringency, some peppery sweet stickiness, and a little tang to it all as the bitterness kicks in for the finish. Overall, quite wonderful.

This is a fine brew, a complex combination of sweet and bitter that just sings to the mouth and the spirit of beer. Highly delicious and highly drinkable. Get it if you can, hopheads, to expand your appreciation of what uninhibited yeast can do to hoppy bitterness.

Photo of mstyne
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two great tastes that go great together?

Reunited, and it feels so good?

No discernable dating. Bomber from Beverage Mart, NY 66.

Beautiful day-glo cloudy orange. Head lingers, and lingers, and lingers. Great lacing. Scent is a great mix of hops and the spicy/fruity notes you'd expect from a belgian style ale.

Taste, wow. This is a perfect blend of IPA and belgian ale. I have no idea how they did it. The fruit/spice is up front, with the hops kicking in later. Stone, you've done it again. I will definitely be trying this again soon.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a wine glass.

Pours a very hazy yellowish color with some orange tinged and a big foamy 3 finger head with the best lacing. Aroma is big time piney grapefruit with fruity esters coming through. Has a floral component that keeps this fresh and very lemony. Big lemon pone flavors with a fruity belgian ester that is nice. Balanced malts but hop forward with some citrus freshness. Very nice. The mouthfeel is silky smooth although you know it's got great carbonation. Really this is a great food pairing beer. It's got a freshness that plays well with lots of fish and chicken dishes.

Photo of trevorjn06
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark straw color with a fluffy two fingers of foam that recedes very slowly. Leaves a thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is American hops, citrus, floral and light grassy tones. There are also hints of sweet malt/grain and a bit of yeast and spice. It smells largely like an American IPA but for subtle (and pleasant) Belgian yeasty notes.

Taste begins with bright citrus hop flavors accompanied by malty sweetness. This gives way to a bit of hop bitterness, fruit, malt and light yeast flavors. Toward the finish strong citrus notes are carried on increasing bitterness and some mild spice nuances. The finish is bitter, fruity, floral and a bit earthy. I'd say overall the taste of this beer leans towards IPA, but the yeast brings something different for sure.

Mouthfeel is medium/thick with medium carbonation.

This beer is quite good, though not as good as other Belgian/IPAs I've had (... Chouffe) i would drink this again.

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

A: Pours golden with very little white head, bubbly.

S: Hoppy, but very much Belgian after the hops. Smells like a heavy Saison.

T: Hops way out front with some citrus. Funky, earthy taste follows. Dry finish. Distinctly a Belgian taste, but an IPA is in there, popping out to say hello.

MF: Light body with a decent amount of carbonation.

D: I like this beer the more I drink it. Although I would tire of it after two bottles or so.

Photo of LikaThaHops
3.72/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is my first review, and i'm just following what i see mostly done for set up beer review style.


Poured into a pint glass

A- Almost a golden copper, with a lot of bubbles. Looks enticing. Poured maybe a 1 1/2 inch creamy thick off white head, and settled to about a CM head through out
-All the way through the 16 oz. serving, bubbles intact.

S- smell is everything i would want from an IPA. floral and citrus notes poke through very nicely, filled with hops. i'm thirsty!

T- The starting taste is that of flowery-alcohol-hops, finishing VERY nicely though, with no alcohol taste and just the hoppy goodness!

M- Its light, yet viscous. Bubbly very drinkable, as i have just indulged on an entire bomber. it hits my IPA button nicely. very nice

D- I could sit and drink this all day/night long. After a bomber, i'm not bloated, and i still have a very nice taste on my tongue from it. A great brew, all in all. Great job, Stone!

A great IPA!

Photo of kgrober
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this during a Stone Brewing tasting...

Pours a nice golden color with hints of copper, long lasting head with good lacing. Very effervescent and champagne like.

Smell is fragrant with citrus, honey, and a peachy sweetness on the palate. Taste was unique and refreshing.

Excellent drinkability, especially for a hot Summer day. Absolutely made my list to try again.

Photo of begforme4484
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden color with a good amount of frothy white head. Decent lacing too.

Earthy and floral hop scents right away. A sweet doughyness from the malts. The yeast adds a spicy and semi musty scent in there.

Bitter and funky! Grassy and cirtrus hops show up right away and are overpowered by the belgian yeast strain that adds and abrasive funk to it. It's almost like a sour, until the bitterness bites in at the end.

Very crisp, medium bodied.

Photo of alkemy
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very slightly hazy golden straw color with a slight hint of orange. I had a finger of very light tan head after a fairly relaxed pour. The hops smell stood out more when I smelled it in the bottle. Once in the glass, the hops took a backseat to funky banana, caramel, bubblegum, and clove. The hops come across as a fruity mango/pineapple like aroma. There's a hint of funky earthiness in the taste that reminds me of a saison. Pepper notes make there presence known as well. Goes down pretty easy, but there is a grassy bitterness in the finish that hangs on a little too long. This is pretty good, but as far as this style goes, I have a man-crush on Raging Bitch.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium tasting glass.

Appearance - golden orange with a slight haze and lots of cream colored head. Leaves plenty of lace down the sides of the glass.

Smell - peppery, yeasty, very much like a saison, with a generous hop aroma like a west coast IPA.

Taste - earthy funk with a good bitterness from citrusy hops. Astrigent dryness at the end of the sip, more from the hop bitterness than the mashing and fermentation methods.

Mouthfeel - medium body, not as dry as most saisons, a little more filling. Nice carbonic bite and slick creaminess. The hop bitterness begins to dull the tastebuds about half-way through the bottle.

Drinkability - very drinkable, very refreshing. Might make a good session beer, but would likely fatigue the tastebuds after a while.

Photo of frognot
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly murky light orange with a fluffy white head

Smell: Initially hops with a mild mix of floral and doughy aroma

Taste: First the hops jump out but are quickly muted by the yeast kicking in. Pine and fruit flavors are balanced nicely.

Mouthfeel: Lighter and smoother than expected.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. Split the 22 oz bomber but could have easily enjoyed the entire bottle myself.

Photo of tang3nt
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend showed up with a fresh Growler from stone. Poured a yellow amber color with white head. I hadn't had this beer in a while, but the smell took me right back. Strong earthy and floral hop aromas. Taste the same with a bit of spiciness and a good dose of fruit/citrus. Good mouthfeel any very drinkable. The alcohol is very well hidden in this. I enjoy this one over raging bitch anyday. Ill usually buy this whenever I can. Good shit.

Photo of flagmantho
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a mug.

Appearance: light orange hue with plenty of haze and three fingers of foamy white head. Not a bad looking beer at all!

Smell: flat, musty saison-like aroma with hops smelling like cut grass and earth. There is a bitterness to the aroma, which I find interesting. Not bad, but it's not grabbing me.

Taste: very earthy, funky flavor. Dry grass, wet blanket and a little bitterness are all present, along with a bit of citrusy hops. I'm finding that I'm liking this more the more I drink it. I would guess that this beer is not for everyone, but I'm enjoying it.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a nicely-integrated carbonation which yields a pretty creamy mouthfeel. I like it.

Drinkability: pretty tasty and it has some refreshing character. I would have this again.

Photo of necoadam
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a bright golden color with quite a bit of carbonation. Left some nice lacing down the glass afterwards.

Smell was quite complex with citric fruit, yeast, with a slight twang of funkiness. It's quite unique. Grapefruit can be detected in the background.

Taste was similar to the nose. Bready, yeasty, hoppy profile starts with some citrus fruit blended in. A faint malt backbone finishes it off. It almost seems like it'll be too much, but it isn't.

Mouthfeel was medium with good carbonation. Finish was crisp and refreshing.

A++ would buy again.

Photo of Blanco
3.35/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a clear golden color with a good sized white head. Nice strong lacing. At first smell I pick up a ton of hops but after while they become overpowered by the belgian yeast. Once I pull away and go back to it I get a blend of both. It's citrusy and piney, almost like someone poured a tripel into an IPA. The taste is vastly different from the smell. It's unlike anything I've had. At first I'm a little confused then strong grapefruit breaks through and an almost grassy undertone. Mouthfeel is much thinner than I would have expected or wanted. It's also a little flatter than I would have liked as well. Drinkability is decent. This is a different beer and I'm glad I tried it. It's only my second in the style and has me intrigued enough to try others, but I don't know how much I'll be going back to this one.

Photo of claspada
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden-amber, nice Belgian look to it. Tight bubbles make and light white head. Head dissipates disappointingly quickly and there is not much lacing.

Smell is ... Belgian for sure. Kinda sour and sweet, I get a decent amount of citrus from the hops/yeast combo. A little alcohol mixed in there as well.

Taste is disappointing for me. Somewhat bitter, but no real bite. No real fruitiness from the hops, which is a disappointment given the "Cali" in the title. I am not digging what I'm getting from the yeast, was more appealing in the nose than it was on the tongue. Maybe it's as it should be, but to me it tastes a little funky/sour.

Mouthfeel is quite similar to lightly carbonated fruit juice. A disappointment. Drinkability, is low for me but other may enjoy. I've got a little ways to go to finish this bomber.

Overall this is a miss for me. Perhaps freshness was an issue, given the sensitivity of highly hopped beers. Maybe this is a world class example of the style or maybe it just isn't for me.

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

I really enjoyed this beer, thought that the West Coast and Europe went very well together.
A 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy gold color, medium white head, a little clumpy, nice lacing.
Pretty much equal amounts earthy/yeast and floral/citrus in the aroma. They went well together.
The taste mimicked the aroma: funky/earthy with grapefruit and pine. I thought the grapefruit was the more predominant taste.
A well-constructed beer, and a pleasure to drink.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info but this was a fresh batch that the store just received within the past month. It was a hazy golden yellow color with good carb streams. It had a large white head that slowly settled to a constant foam cap and collar. Great sheeting with lots sticking. Really solid appearance.

This is a unique blending. The yeast, spice and bready malt from the belgique side blend in with the citric and pine hops from the cali side. Each is very good in it's own right and when combined they really do work together. So often, these hybrids had good parts but don't work together. That's not the case here. The taste is a really good blend as well. My taste buds keep going from really tasting one aspect to jumping to the other and then jumping back. Sounds odd but it really works and the combined taste is very interesting. Goes down very easy. Mouthfeel is medium to full with lots of carbonation and a pleasing citrusy and yeasty aftertaste.

Overall, a great beer and one of the best Belgian IPA's. Really enjoyed the Stone creativity here. Dangerously drinkable. Highly recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - this will make the hop rotation for sure [R;Y]

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Crystal-clear, golden body with very visible bubbles that rise at a steady rate. The head is huge and fluffy, souffle-like. Lacing is left in puffy lines with some big bubbles. I keep wiping away condensation to gaze into this perfect brew

S- At first, it is too funky with yeast in front and on full assault. However, as you get used to the funk, you find the full aroma to be candy sweet with fruity flavors from the hops.

T- The fruity flavors dominate, but are not afraid to take a background role while the sweet honey and flowers shine. Simply delicious IPA made complex by the yeast funk which highlights all the flavors even though it tastes a bit like chalk on it's own

M- Silky-smooth carbonation helps carry the bitter hops across the tongue. Medium/Heavy body with a syrupy drag

D- Wow. I almost forgot how much I love Stone's creativity. I had no problem drinking the entire 22oz. bottle by itself. Needs no food, shines on it's own.

Photo of rtepiak
3.3/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

an american distinctly. pours clear with a yellow/orange hue and a head of two fingers. american foam. not tight. not much lace either. nose of belgian sugar and pineapple. palate of something along those lines but the sugar has a plastic resin quality with the hops. grit hush quality and apricot. hoppy but muted by a abnormal sweet that doesn't add but disorients the palate. i love this style. i am sympathizing that maybe the bottle was infected. but it was complete average. worst stone i've had.

Photo of birchstick
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - ours a clear yellow with a nice white head

S - smells very sweet (grapefruit & some pine) with a bit of funkiness

T - starts off with some sweet, bready malts that is replaced by a loads of sweet, citrusy hops and some yeasty flavors. Overall, this is very sweet. Very nice flavor profile...I think this beer achieves its goal of being an American IPA with a little bit of Belgian spice and yeast.

M - nice full body with the perfect amount of carbonation

D - another solid IPA by Stone. This was a good idea with even better execution. If I could get Stone on a regular basis, this one would be a constant in my fridge.

Photo of jmz62565
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden/yellow with a giant white foamy head. Large head that leaves great lacing. The smell is strong with citrus,bread yeast,and sweet malt. The taste is very refreshing with a crisp bitter hop flavor along with bread yeast,citrus flavors,and some sweetness,malt? The m/f is light with the plentiful flavors mixing well. This is another great beer from Stone.

Photo of nataku00
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap in a tulip glass at public house in sf. Golden yellow with a finger of head. Decent carbonation clearly visible through the clear beer.

Nose was grapefruit and a little spice.

Taste was grapefruit, with a hint of apricot forward, with good balance of sweetness and bitterness. Light body beer that drinks like a good ipa.

Decent beer, though I was hoping for a little more influence from Belgian yeast.

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

Nice golden color with a creamy head. Good spiderweb lace. Steady flow of carb bubbles coming off the bottom. Smell is an interesting mix of citrus and spice. The pepper comes through strongly. Taste follows the smell. The pepper spice is the most prominent but there somehow remains a citrus backbone. Good full body. Another strong brew from stone. They never dissapoint.

Photo of cdizinno
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured into a tulip from a 22oz. bottle, as pictured, with an "ENJOY BY 08 17 10" stamped toward the bottom right of the main label. OOOPS! I'm a couple weeks late, but hopefully will still enjoy.

A: Clear golden yellow with a nice 1 finger, white head, that dies quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Citrus, spices, and malty-yeast sweetness.

T&M: Light to medium bodied. Peppery spice with some citrus and malty sweetness. Finishes semi-dry with a prominent hop bitterness. Peppery.

Decent brew for a Belgian style IPA. Nothing spectacular, but typical high quality from Stone.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,731 ratings.