Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.
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4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-11-2009 18:46:26 | More by nomomentwasted
3.63/5 rDev -9%
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.
08-11-2009 02:59:52 | More by jlindros
3.88/5 rDev -2.8%
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.
08-10-2009 01:38:36 | More by infestaxion
4.08/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
08-07-2009 01:37:07 | More by IPAcraig
District of Columbia
3.68/5 rDev -7.8%
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
08-06-2009 18:31:25 | More by bruachan
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
D- good, California IPA meets Belgian ale yeast. this is fusion gone right for a change.
08-06-2009 04:22:17 | More by jneiswender
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
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.
08-05-2009 02:36:32 | More by Stinkypuss
3.8/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
08-05-2009 02:32:46 | More by RonfromJersey
3.2/5 rDev -19.8%
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.
08-03-2009 23:26:53 | More by marvin213
4.6/5 rDev +15.3%
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.
08-03-2009 01:53:10 | More by grayburn
4.05/5 rDev +1.5%
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!
08-02-2009 04:58:16 | More by ILikeGoodCider
4.63/5 rDev +16%
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.
08-01-2009 00:42:58 | More by OStrungT
3.25/5 rDev -18.5%
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.
07-31-2009 00:45:27 | More by MisterClean
3.58/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
07-28-2009 16:11:17 | More by NewGeneric
3.83/5 rDev -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...
07-28-2009 03:18:00 | More by Docer
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-24-2009 03:07:00 | More by superdedooperboy
4.22/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
07-24-2009 02:17:17 | More by womencantsail
4.1/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
07-23-2009 01:55:05 | More by HeyItsChili
3.4/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
07-21-2009 23:44:20 | More by david18
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
07-18-2009 23:24:07 | More by paco1029384756
4/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
07-17-2009 00:57:53 | More by JRed
4/5 rDev +0.3%
Pours slightly hazy, yellow-amber. Thick off-white head with some lacing. Aroma and taste are very spicy: cloves and nutmeg. some buttery mouthfeel. Low carbonation creates a watery impression. Bitter hops and sweet caramel on finish.
Some really interesting tastes going on. Almost gave it a 4.5 on taste.
07-15-2009 21:14:56 | More by dhd1491
3.9/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured from 22oz bottle
A- This poured a nice golden clear yellow with a tint of orange. One finger white head which went away rather quickly leaving soapy lacing that slid down the sides of the glass.
S- This smells like a Belgian right off the bat. Everyone says they smelled the hops right away and I was the opposite. Nice bready malts come through as a citrus hop tries to come through. This smells like a fruity Belgian to me.
T- Big Belgian yeasty taste to me. Not a bad thing I was expecting more hops from Stone with this. After the intial Belgian taste I picked up on some cirtus (grapefruit and orange) hop taste. It seemed to be a touch and go with this leaving a more bitter Belgian ending to this. Not bad but not what I was expecting.
M- This is a medium mouthfeel. Good carbonation which Stone is always good for. Leaves a yeasty taste in the mouth as it marches across the palate.
D- I am only good for one of these before I pick up another bottle and try something new. Not a bad beer at all....just not a everyday drinker.
07-15-2009 04:13:54 | More by alleykatking
3.78/5 rDev -5.3%
Pours a hazy yellow color with light orange core, some bubbles cling to the glass early on but dissappear with the head leaving no noticeable carbonation to see. Thumb sized whitish head falls to ring and leaves some lace behind.
Aroma is sweet malty goodness light fruits tangerine, apple with some mellow floral hops. Sticking up to your nose and inhaling deeply some light pine notes and Belgian spice underneath.
Taste is wow more hops in flavor then nose fruity citrus with lingering grapefruit and pine resin notes in finish. Mixed in finish is also lingering spice probably from the yeasts. Earthy flavors and spice mixed with the hops dominate, sweet fruity malt that seemed to dominate nose does not in the taste.
Mouthfeel is medium with good decent carbonation.
Drinkability is good malty fruity nose light hops and flip for taste lots of hops and spice light fruity malt in flavor. More Belgian in the nose defiantly more IPA in the taste.
07-15-2009 00:50:17 | More by mntlover
4.25/5 rDev +6.5%
The beer has a candi sugar nose right off and spicy blegian yeast fermentation esters. Very fruity and surprisingly lacking in hops. (It's Stone after all) The lack of hops isn't a bad thing 'cause there's a lot of spice and malt complexity. I do get a citrus aroma but it is more in line with bitter orange peel than what I get from hops.
Deep golden and very clear. Poured with a nice big white head that ends up as a solid layer of foam that leaves a lot of lacing. But tehre's really no carbonation rising in my glass so it looks a little flat.
Flavor, well lookee here, I found the hops. Nice bitter quality and kind of un-stone. Meaning, there is good bitterness and hop flavor of a standard IPA. But the thing I get most is tons of crystal malt and tons of yeast esters. I get lots of fruit, pears, apples, peaches and cherries and some spice, orange peel again. Then the lingering aftertaste is hoppy.
Nice medium body but the carbonation level is kind of low so it feels a little heavy.
Overall I really like this. Riding the wave of hoppy Belgian beers is a good thing. I will keep buying this one.
07-14-2009 06:02:40 | More by czechsaaz
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
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