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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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2,563 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,563
Reviews: 962
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 182 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Stone Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: gpogo on 07-23-2008)
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Photo of deereless
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

deereless, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of bonk0076
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

bonk0076, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of smanders
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

smanders, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of mountdew1
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

mountdew1, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Slatetank, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of waddsworth
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

waddsworth, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of jjh19
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

jjh19, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

biegaman, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of yelterdow
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

yelterdow, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of cyraxx
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

cyraxx, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

rhoadsrage, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

ShogoKawada, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of NCSUdo
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Clear golden under a medium white head. Good lace and retention.

S: A nice sweet malt hits the nose first, some subtle citrus and pine hops. Surprised at the level of hops considering this is from Stone. Not complaining though, as the aroma is very balanced. Not getting much yeast which I expected.

T: Again, sweet malt is prominent, with a good mix of piney and citrus hop, along with the yeasty character I was expecting. Citrus hop character hangs around with a decent bitter finish. Yeast really kicks off a lot of flavors with every gulp. Earthy, a bit funky, maybe some apple. Very good.

M/D: Medium bodied, a bit velvet like on the tongue, carbonation is pleasing. Drinkability is very good. Excellent beer.

NCSUdo, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange with highlights of tangerine and gold. Thick offwhite frothy head that eventually dissipates to a collar of foam and a pool of oils. Organic root-like frosty laces.

Funky orange, lemon, banana, fruity esters, bubble gum, and herbal notes. Biscuits and honey round out the nose.

Orange peel, sour grapefruit, lemon, funky fruity esters, and resiny herbal notes. slightly toasty biscuits with honey and a hint of vanilla. hop-sticky sour citrus bitterness and aftertaste. Great balance of IPA and Belgian funk.

Silky smooth, med body, mild adequate carbonation, sticky chewiness.

Awesome mix if American/Belgian. The plentiful American hops are a great combo with the funky Belgian yeast. Recommended.

CHILLINDYLAN, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this lovely, refreshing beer poured at Stone Brewery during the IRS vertical tasting.

Appearance was a golden amber/copper with little to no head. Several scattered streams of bubbles propagated from the bottom of the glass.

At first smell, scents of fresh cut grass and flowers burst through, and are accompanied by some spice.

Tasted of spices (possibly cloves?), and citrus that is followed by a modest hop kick. As bitterness fades, it is replaced by a sweet malt aftertaste that co-mingles with some sour/yeasty notes.

Body is more on the low end of medium carbonation, but is mouth-coating nonetheless. Perfect for the style. Not too carbonated that it impairs drinkability, however not too light that it fails to represent the style of a Belgian ale.

Very drinkable; pleasant, crisp and refreshing

TheJollyHop, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Telix
2.5/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bomber into a Sam Adams sensory glass.

A: It pours a weak orange-goldish color with very minimal head. Fairly clear for a Belgian yeast strain, almost translucent, but a slight opaqueness in the thickest part of the glass. Good level of carbonation rising from the nucleation points. Nothing special.

S: Pretty strong nose on this. Spicy hops with Belgian frutiness and a bit of the sour funky banana one would expect, almost a rotten note hiding under there. I like the strength but it's not super enticing.

T: It hits the mouth with this weird light foaminess, almost tasteless at first. Slightly lemony, creamy. After the bitter effervescence clears some very mild breadiness shows up. Ultimately this tastes more like a highly carbonated mineral water with lemon than a beer - it's weak and a big let down. The finish is long and alkaline. Really not good.

M: The high carbonation levels give it good body, it's a nice thickness that outdoes the taste by far. A bit too carbonated, however.

D: I drank my bomber fairly quickly because I kept taking sips to try to describe whatever flavors I could find in this beer. It's really not tasty in the least, and doesn't leave you wanting more.

One of the overall worst beers released by a craft brewery in the past few years. Awful.

Telix, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of TheBierBand
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz Bomber into a pint glass. The beer was hazy and was a light amber in color. The head was off white and left pronounced lace on the glass.

Smell: Hoppy... hops dominate.... but also an apple sweetness.

Taste: mirrors smell.... nice, not your typical IPA.... a bit fruitier.

MF: Smooth and creamy... love it.

Drinkability: I finished the bomber in a heartbeat.... left me craving more... but that's the objective, right?.... Always leave the wanting more... I will seek this out again.

TheBierBand, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of FleeVT
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber into a pint glass

A: Pours a burnt amber with a frothy white head. The head is surprising because all other telltales of carbonation were absent. No hiss when the cap was popped, no stream of bubbles.

S: Nice deep Cali hops that favor that dominating citrus grapefruit and pines. Don't pick up too much of the Belgian yeast, maybe some slight banana esters.

T: Extremely bitter, this is a Stone IPA after all. The hops come through just as they did on the nose, citrus et al.

M: Mild carbonation and a heavier bodied IPA.

D: Not my favorite IPA.

FleeVT, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of pershan
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a clear, honey-amber with a thin, white rocky head into a chalice. The aroma was the unmistakable Belgian yeast profile - banana/clove, with a slight swee/sour apple component as well. The flavor was a bit tart, with more of the banana/clove, and a pretty big hop bite at the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth, with low carbonation and nice lacing all the way down the goblet. A very drinkable Belgian - a bit low on the ABV scale, but a very nicely balanced and clean beer.

pershan, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of birdypowder
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting idea and one I was very intrigued by as an avid fan of California IPA's and Belgian beers. It's like a 2 for 1! However, the end result did not live up to the expectations which admittedly were unlikely to be fair.

Aroma:
Smells of an IPA with big hoppy notes, lots of citrus and a slight pine aroma. But there is some bubblegum and spiciness too, oh wait is this a combination of an IPA and a Belgian beer?

Appearance:
Nice white frothy head comprised of both tiny and large bubbles. Pillow like. Slightly hazy pale orange color. Good beading. Foam sticks around for awhile before retiring to the sides of the glass.

Taste:
The Belgian yeast comes through more in the taste than the flavor. Each sip brings you into an encounter with a malty bubblegum sweet center surrounded by bitterness. Medium bodied with medium to medium high carbonation.

Finish:
Bitterness mixed with slight bubblegum which fortunately doesn't linger too long.

birdypowder, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of MunchkinDrinker
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Mostly clear amber with a good foamy head that settles into lacing the whole way down. Great color.

S - Very very very pleasant. Floral and citrusy. The hops are citrusy and pleasantly bitter (two things that seem rare), and there is a sweet belgian banana twinge through it all. Very few beers smell this nice. This would be the perfect air freshener smell. Lovely.

T/M - Bitterness is earthy and grassy. Juicy, some hints of grapefruit rind. Not as rich as the smell, unfortunately. Tastes like a good standard IPA, but nothing terriffic.

D - It's good and somewhat easy to drink, but not exceptionally so. Moderate alcohol creeps up on you.

MunchkinDrinker, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of natelocc787
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bold beer at such a low abv. Very powerful and chocked full of flavor. Very piney and bitter with malt showing up in the beginning and fading towards the finish. This one is drinkable and tasty although it didn't have the Belgian mouthfeel I'm used to. Still a great ride.

natelocc787, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of digitalbullet
4.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep golden mahogany with a nice medium head. Fair head retention.
Smell: Fruity with a light bubble gum sprinklin'. Smells like a triple. There is a fair amount of citrus hops present.
Taste: This brew is the bomb for me! All the characteristics of a classic triple with a hoppy Stone twist. Bubble gum with a hoppy twang. A fair amount of malt can be tasted and good amount of bread "y" yeast can be tasted as well.
Mouthfeel: Clean and crisp. Excellent carbonation and so smooth on the palate.
Drinkability: So Damn easy to drink! If this brew were easier to obtain in my area I could become more of an alchy. Get it if you can!

digitalbullet, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of sirdrinkwell
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured from a 22oz. bottle, Cali-Belgique is a honey colored light amber, producing a decent amount of white-tan head and some loosely forming lacing.

s: grapefruit, and the signature piny spice hops form the nose.

t: citrus grapefruit and hops translate from the aroma directly onto the palate, with the barley and yeast pretty apparant as well.

m: crisp and dry, well balanced carbonation.

d: not my favorite Stone brew by a long shot, this is nevertheless an interesting creation. though i won't be rushing back to buy another bottle immediately, it's still a quality brew that i wouldn't disparage if presented.

salud!

sirdrinkwell, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Foxtrot
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After trying Houblon Chouffe and enjoying it thoroughly, I thought I would like to see what else this style has to offer, and Stone Cali Belgique coming highly recommended.

Poured a crystal clear straw orange with some foam that slowly disappears into a white ring around the glass.

Beautiful aroma's of citrus, grapefruit, yeast, and bubblegum caress the nose. This is a interesting melding of Belgian and west IPA aroma's.

Oh Man! This certainly is a big flavor and complex beer. Big burst of hops with a good bitterness only to be panned out by the subtle character of the Belgian yeast. Citrus flavors change mid palate into yeasts and bubblegum for the finish with bitterness found throughout the entire session. Went did very well.

The mouthfeel is fantastic. It tastes like it is a much bigger beer than it should be.

Drinkability is good. I really enjoyed this beer, but the bitterness could get a bit boring to others, but not for me.

Foxtrot, Oct 12, 2009
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,563 ratings.