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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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89
very good

2,521 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,521
Reviews: 958
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 74
Gots: 164 | 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 LordAdmNelson
3.65/5  rDev -8.5%

This one pours a moderate gold with a bit of creamy white head. There's a decent amount of lacing associated with it too. Smell's a little weak considering that this is a Stone IPA, but there's some hoppy grapefruit and a bit of yeastiness. You can tell that there's some Belgian influence here, although I'm not sure how much. It tastes very hoppy and bitter with a decent yeasty finish. It doesn't have some of the spice notes that I like in Belgians, and I think that that could be interesting in this brew. It's not bad, however, just a less aromatic, yeasted-up, watered-down version of Ruination IMO. A bit creamy with a slight dry finish. Herbal aftertaste. A good drink, but not my favorite IPA by far.

LordAdmNelson, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of TheFightfan1
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Pours a clear yellow but does leave some haziness. Thick whit heading. Leaves good lacing throughout.

Smell is very hoppy and bitter.A nice grapefruit aroma and bit of sweeter fruits.

Taste again very hoppy and bitter.Slight zestiness with heavily sweet malts. Still a bit yeasty.

mouth is light bodied full carbonation.Very bitter hoppiness left on the tongue that lingeries for a long while.

Drink is good a solid IPA. This is decent but I liked it better out of a keg into my growler.

TheFightfan1, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of beveritt
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%

Presentation: Poured from a brown bomber into a standard pint glass. Wasn't sure if I should use a pint glass or a chalice, but the description makes this sound like an IPA with Belgian characteristics, vice a Belgian with IPA characteristics; if that makes any sense. Picked this up a while ago and have it sitting in my refrigerator. Label is typical Stone silk screen with impossibly long and tedious description on the back.

Appearance: Pours with 2 fingers of light tan head. This settles slowly, dropping down to a thin coating of foam and leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is honey amber and slightly cloudy. Some sediment was roused in the bottle during pouring, but it hasn't made it into my glass yet.

Smell: Slightly piney hop aroma upfront with undertones of sweet peaches and nectarines and a backbone of biscuity malt.

Taste: Piney hop flavor upfront with some psicy, citrus notes. Sweet fruit notes that were in the aroma are not present int he flavor. Medium yet long lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is decent.

Drinkability: An interesting style, but not sure it is worhty of an entirely new category. It seems like an IPA with a little more prevalent malt body. Good, sure. But not ground breaking or mind blowing.

beveritt, Sep 19, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Bright golden color with a long-lasting white head. Spices dominate the nose with a slight citrus aroma. Spices and citrus again on the palate with maybe some lemon rind and/or orange peel. The hopping is definitely noticeable and comes through nicely to stand together with the fruity and spicy flavors. Very well blended overall but losing half a point for perhaps pushing the spice out front a little too much in my opinion. The variety of flavors really reaches every corner of the palate and creates a sensory whirlwind. Great carbonation that's lively and not overpowering. Very drinkable all in all but I would have liked the spices to be a bit more subdued. Nonetheless, this is an excellent beer.

apbarwood, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of BigJim5021
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a nice copper hue with a big white head that leaves a whole lotta lacing.

Big floral hops meet the familiar Belgian yeast aroma that I love so dearly. Neither of the two overpower one another, striking a nice balance.

The flavor -- while slightly heavier on the floral and citrus hops than Belgian yeast byproducts -- is pretty well balanced between the two competing profiles. The finish is a nice combination of slight sweetness and big hops.

Mouthfeel is very crisp and damned dry.

Drinkability is pretty high. While this is in no way my favorite Belgian IPA to date (Houblon Chouffe, I'm looking at you), it's a really tasty brew. If Stone were to offer it in sixers, I would definitely grab one from time to time to spice things up a bit (no pun intended... ok, maybe a little bit).

BigJim5021, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of riored4v
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured into tulip glass. 2 finger, fluffy white head. Holds nearly all the way through at about 1 finger. Clear, dark golden colored body.

Smell is bready, yeasty, fruity and floral. Nice hop aroma as well.

Taste is estery and yeasty. Slightly bready accompanied by a typical belgian-fruitiness. Nice crispness. Good finishing bitterness that lets you know its still and IPA. Bittering is fruity/citrusy and floral.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Great carbonation that is very evident when looking at the glass.

Drinkability is very good. Nice and refreshing with no signs of ABV.

riored4v, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured into a Duvel snifter, this beer is a beautiful deep golden amber body with a nice thick two finger head that sticks solid sheets of lacing.

Aromas are tropical fruit galore along with a caramel malt sweetness and some Belgian clove character.

The taste is sweet up front then solidly IPA. Less Belgian quality and more IPA grapefruit bitterness.

Some heft to the mouthfeel, but misses quite a bit from the Belgians in the lush quality.

I was hoping more warmth would bring out some of the Belgian quality, but it just didn't happen.

Not a bad beer, but certainly not a great Belgian IPA.

rtratzlaff, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of jlb307
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Poured from a bomber into an oversized wine glass.

A: Golden in color with a very thick and fluffy white head. Retention was very good, and thick layers of lacing coating the glass. Left some nice puddles of foam floating on the surface too.

S: Floral and yeasty, clearly Belgian. The faintest note of IPA-like bitterness. I thought I detected an almost bubblegum-like sweetness like you'd expect with a good wheat style. Very pleasant aroma, but almost a little too muddled at times.

T: Sweetly bitter with a very clean finish. Loads of yeast and toasted malt counterbalanced with the citrusy pine notes of the hops. Very nice light alcohol taste.

M: Lighter in body than what I was expecting. Would have preferred something a bit fuller and thicker for something that would have been characteristic of either a Belgian or an IPA.

D: Very easy to drink, and has a little something for everyone. Two almost completely opposite styles that work well together and should be a good starter for someone looking to expand into either IPAs or Tripels.

jlb307, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev -7.8%

This beer pours an amber color with a medium head that hangs around for a while and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has the Belgian spices upfront followed by a citrus hop character on the back end. Interesting. The flavor has the yeast and malts playing backup to the strong citrus hop flavors and lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium and drying. The drinkability is ok, but the hops dominate.

clvand0, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev -1%

22 oz bottle split into several glasses at a recent tasting. Thanks go to Deuane for this one.

Pours a clear gold, topped with a finger of brite-white colored foam. Quite the robust little layer, that leaves some thick patchy lace back. The aroma is floral and spicy, with some heavier accents of deep bready grains and bright smelling citrus behind it giving off a moderate tang. An undercurrent of yeast adds a bit of extra sharpness to the nose. The flavors are there, but this just lacks a certain sizzle in the nose.

The bitterness is spicy and piney, with that same deep toasted grainy character from the aroma. Delicious tropical fruits and bread mix with yeast in the finish, before ending with a lighly spicy and dry feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess to it that then bubbles up near the back. Despite an obvious heft in the body, the alcohol is very nicely hidden here.

A solid Belgian IPA from Stone. The aroma had me concerned at first, but the taste and great feeling body more than made up for it. I'd love to try this on tap to see if that aroma would pull up any.

Kegatron, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of dogfishandi
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%

22oz. bomber at cellar temp poured into an oversized wine glass. pours a pretty clear golden orange color with about 2 fingers of some creamy white head with some really good retention.decent lacing. no sediment at all in the bottle, unusual for a stone, exspecially this being a belgian style.

bubblegum coming in big from the belgian yeast. some citrus and spiciness from the hops. nice balance of hops to yeast in the begining, kinda goes toward the belgian yeast side as it warms.

nice citrus hops present therselves in the taste. some fruity esters, bubblegum, clove, maybe some spiciness from the hops. finishs dry, then kinda heats up a touch with some lingering bitterness.

nice fine carbonation. creamy, soft mouthfeel. very nice in this department. light to medium body. very drinkable, a well made beer for the style. however at the same time, not much different than most other belgian ipas around.

dogfishandi, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%

A-Slightly hazed copper with a thin off-white head that leaves spotty lace.

S-Spicy yeast ntes up front followed by a nice grapefruit citrus pop. A bit of pine and sweet biscuit in the back.

T-Sharp and crisp grapefruit hops dominate well backed by a spicy yeast bite and moderating lightly sweet biscuit malt.

M-Medium-light bodied sharp and crisp with a dry finish.

D-Totally, a well done Belgian IPA. Plenty of flavour and easy to drink with the grapefruit citrus zing I love.

Deuane, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of thekevlarkid
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Off the tap at American Flatbread this beer was a bright copper color and very clear. The head was two fingers of egg-shell white foam that retained nicely and laced well too. The aroma was a little fruity from the Belgian yeast and it had a nice floral hop element as well. Refreshing, floral and balanced; a good bouquet. The flavors were equally well balanced and pleasantly complex displaying an excellent balance of yeast and hops. Spicy, fruity and herbal all at once. The bready malt seemed slightly shy (especially for this brewer) but otherwise it was very well thought out. The finish was just a little bitter, but not unpleasantly so. The mouthfeel was good, the body full and the carbonation medium/high. Quite drinkable especially because the alcohol was well hidden though not quite as good as some of their other offerings.

thekevlarkid, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%

Was lucky enough to have this on-tap last week at La Cave Du Vin. Served to me in a Unibroue tulip glass. This beer draws a clear, medium golden color with a copper,orange glow. Fluffy white head is about 1/2 inch thick when poured and settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with nice spots of lace on the surface. Lots of little bubbles rising to the top of my glass. Aromas of citrus hops, some spices, followed by a malt presence. This beer has a good bitter citrus hop flavor, along with the aforementioned spice and a nice malt backbone rounding it out. Not a very complex beer in some ways, but damn good. Has a nice crisp, sort of oily, full bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Excellent. I would certainly drink this on-tap again.

Eric

neenerzig, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of philbe311
4/5  rDev +0.3%

A - A finger and a half of lush rocky compact head comprised of varying sized bubbles... Moderate retention give way to a delicate veil of lace with a fuller ring of Pale godlen orange color... An ever so slight haze... A little bit of slow paced carbonation rises in the center of the glass... A medium amount of stickiness remains on the sides of the glass along with a slight oily residue...

S - A wonderfully riveting hop aroma... Grapefruit... Pungent citrus... Some minor piney hop characteristics... Belgian yeast... The nose seems to fade greatly during the session... T

T - As expected the hops dominate the palette... Yeast... A subtle spiciness... Cracker... The hops also dominate the the aftertaste...

M - A tad bit of carbonation on the tongue... Delicate and sophisticated... Medium bodied... Slightly puckering... Exceedingly dry...

D - A wonderful Belgian IPA, but one that is a level removed from the best of style... A sipper with style... Enjoyable all the way around... Would gladly welcome in the future and invest my own money in buying additional bottles...

philbe311, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of montageman
4.68/5  rDev +17.3%

Poured into a tulip.

Found one bottle of this gem on a shelf in a local beer shop today. A lucky find indeed. A well made Belgian ale that has impregnated an ultra hoppy Stone IPA to conceive a deliciously complex sweet, bitter nearly perfect beer. Really, this everything I look for in a beer - not sure how readily available this brew is, but if you find a bottle, grab it and gives this bad boy a shot. Highest recommendation.

montageman, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of Patrick999
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%

Well, the famous Cali-Belgique certainly sold out fast @ Abraxas during Stone Weekend.

Pale golden body, OK head, not exactly the eye-popping beauty of a tulip full of Houblon Chouffe though.

Aroma is of massive Stone hoppiness. Interesting to note that while this is Stone IPA with a Belgian yeast, the hops smell different - much more of a green, leafy fresh tobacco aroma, and less pine and grapefruit that you find in regular Stone IPA. I know the hops are not different, but the aromatic expression comes off different, perhaps modified by the different yeast. At any rate, it's outstanding.

I taste the ultra-green tobacco hop, also some pretty fair notes of chewing gum courtesy of the yeast...nice Juicy Fruits flavor. Between that and the awesome hop, you have a winner. Malts are slightly sweet.

Feel-wise, it just doesn't have the pillowy feel of the top shelf Belgians...yeah, I am thinking of Houblon Chouffe again.

At a *relatively* low ABV, this is very drinkable. It would be nice if it was easier to come by down here in South Florida.

Patrick999, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of atsprings
4.35/5  rDev +9%

The Belgian IPA has become one of my favorite styles, but like many other Belgian beers, they're never as good on-tap as they are bottle conditioned. This one, however, on-tap at Flying Saucer, is even better than the bottle. Poured into a tulip glass a crisp pale orange with a decent off-white head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is a nice blend of spice and citrus hops. The taste is a wonderful blend of spices, citrus hops and sweet malts that leaves a nice blend of spice and hops on the tongue. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation and just a touch of sticky alcohol. This is likely one of the best Belgian style beers I've had on-tap.

atsprings, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of cbutova
4.43/5  rDev +11%

Second time around for this one. Pours a golden yellow, slightly orange with a one and a half finger head that leaves light lacing on my pint glass. Head dissipates after a few minutes into a nice creamy coating on the beer, a bit too bubbly though. Smells of hops, piney floral and citrus and a good malt presence in the nose too, the Belgian yeast adds to a good nose in this beer. Tastes of citrus, pine/wood, more hops, some sweetness, belgian yeast and a good malt backbone. Mouthfeel is kind of fizzy for me but is light-medium with a good malt aftertaste coating on the tongue. Drinkability is high here, a fairly light beer, no alcohol taste or other bad tastes, the hops would get tiring if doing a session of this one though, great stuff from Stone once again.

cbutova, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of atremains
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Appearance is a light golden orange with a medium sized head. A crazy amount of carbonation is visible for a little while until it disperses after a minute or two. Smell is hoppy, floral notes, I'm enjoying this a lot. Taste is also hoppy, malty finish. Good amount of floral hops. Mouthfeel is a bit slippery for my liking. Good brew overall.

atremains, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of aristeros
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%

Poured into my trusty Bodum pint glass. Very light amber with an orange tint. Some white head, good Floral and bittering hops in the aroma, some citrus.

Crisp, light bodied with a good mouthfeel, bitter, but gentle by Stone standards. Sort of like Corsendonk meets Stone IPA. Interesting, but I don't think it was a good combination. Dry finish and moderate carbonation make this pretty lively.

Well-crafted. A neat experimental by Stone, but it's not for me.

aristeros, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of nriech
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%

Pale amber, finger head.

Some hops in the aroma, yeasty. Much less than the standard Cali IPA hence the Belgian influence.

Very easy to drink, a little malt, more hops and citrus notes. A little sweet. Good mouthfeel. Not sure if Belgian yeast melds well with a ton-o-hops though. Interesting experiement and would like to try again on draft. Dry finish.

nriech, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Shaw
3.95/5  rDev -1%

What a beautiful beer. It's bright gold in color with a large sticky white head.

The aroma spicy and lightly hoppy.

It has a similar taste of spice and general Belgian beer flavors. Mild levels of hops for a Stone beer, which takes little getting used to. But after wrapping my mind around it I like it. There is still a good hop presence, but it a non-Stone way.

A nice slick body.

Overall this is a very good beer and a neat departure for Stone from their normal hoppy brews.

Shaw, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.2/5  rDev +5.3%

This beer was very good. It reminded me of a slightly more expensive and harder to get version of Bell's Two Hearted. This isn't meant as faint praise - I love Two Hearted, common though it may be.

A golden yellow with a bright white head that quickly fades to a scummy coating. A light but sweet citrus aroma backed by a good framework of maltiness. Flavor is more hop citrus, and delicious. Mouthfeel is pretty light and not at all sticky.

Really good, but I'm not sure it is worth the trouble for those of us here in the Midwest.

BeerBelcher, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%

Cali-Belgique pours a yellowy/orange/peach color. Maybe a little opaque as well. The head is dense and sits nicely atop this pour. A tantalizing display in a glass.

The aroma that juts forth first is the expected clove/banana from the Belgian yeast, but wow is it fresh and intense, much stronger than I am used to. This is very aromatic. Behind all those spicy notes are the hops. The hop profile of the Stone IPA plays second fiddle but is a nice counter punch. Some good citrus smells and some pineyness.

The taste is not just their IPA with some added spicy flavors. Its a little more complicated. Lots of lemon citrus flavors on the tongue are meshed with cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, pineapple, banana and the list goes on...There is also a nice floral hop flavor thats very fresh tasting. So much flavor and a good deal of complexity in such a thirst quenching beer. As this one warms and I get to the bottom of the glass the IPA takes over and the spices fade. Absolutely delicious.

Consider this the product of a one-night stand with Stone IPA somehow ending up with a beautiful Belgian Ale!

indiapaleale, Aug 25, 2009
Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,521 ratings.