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Stone Cali-Belgique - Stone Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
90
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2,654 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 2,654
Reviews: 965
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.78%
Wants: 77
Gots: 214 | 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 OneDropSoup
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber to stemmed tulip: Crystal clear golden-amber with a finger of pillowy white head. Almost no bubbles. Heavy lacing around the collar.

Smells of light pineapple & grapefruit hops with a tinge of sweet, spicy yeast character.

Sweet citrus at first, soon followed by a strong (but not aggressive) grassy, orangey bitterness & rounded out by spicy, slightly earthy/funky notes from the yeast. Bitterness in the aftertaste lays on the tongue, keeping a fruit candy-like sweetness just out of reach.

Just a tinge sharp & active, then rested by a soft carbonation that almost expands in my mouth.

This style is relatively new to me, but I'm loving the interplay of Belgian yeast & American hops. Not my favorite example of the style, but still really enjoyable.

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

From the 2009 bottling*, 22 oz. bomber

Appearance - Light golden with a hint of orange. Starts with a bit more than a half inch head that settles down within 10 minutes to a thin head with a little lacing.

Aroma - Very fresh & intense earthy, sappy, spicy grapefruit hop nose. Magnificent, in fact! Light pale malt in the background. Hard to describe how spectacular the nose of fresh hops is on this baby.

Palate - Big, round, fat, but very dry. Very aromatic, grapefruit & fresh earthy hops from beginning to finish, but not super bitter. Nice pale malt. Powerful flavor - Amazing balance. Carbonation a hint above medium. Hint of Belgian yeast, but very much a nice background note, although it does expand with some air & as it warms. Seems like not many more IBU's than their regular IPA, but this beer has the essence of fresh hops infused throughout like no other beer I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel - Everything in balance. Huge flavor & persistence - fairly dry throughout. Medium body with big flavor.

Drinkability - Exceptional - hard to put the glass down other than to exclaim over the quality of this brew.

95/100 - American IPA types just don't get much better than this.

WOW! Not the first time I've tasted this, but for my palate, this is the Perfect IPA. So much intense hop aroma & flavor, but not overly bitter - not that I mind That, either! If there's a better IPA for my palate, I haven't tasted it yet. If you like this style, you have to get a hold of some!

I give thanks for the Stone brewers - too bad I'm on the other coast!?!

* Note: Haven't (but will) reviewed the 2010 bottling yet, but have tasted & it doesn't approach the '09.

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

I think I held on to this one too long...at least a year. Still a nice experience but I'm sure I lost some of the hoppy profile. Poured a hazy orange color with a nice size off white head with lots of timy bubbles. Head retention was ok and there was thick sheets of lacing.

Smell was pretty blah. I'm sure this suffered with age. Taste was pretty pedestrian. some maltiness, hint of orange and a little hops spiciness at the end.

Mouthfeel was rich and crisp. No hint of alcohol. Drinkability was good as well. Goes down easy, taste is ok. Nice and smooth. I would like to try this fresh and see if there was more spark from the hops.

Photo of hops1337
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a duvel tulip had a Nice orange color with white head and OK lacing. Faint yeast smell in the background of the seriously citrusy hops. Way more hoppy than most Belgian ipas but i like it. The more it warms the more yeasty it gets on the nose and palate. I quite like this brew and would gladly buy it again.

Photo of hustlesworth
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- clear golden amber orangish, nice creamy off white head, excellent lacing.

S- bitter orange and grapefruit with some pale malt in the back.

T- big citrus taste with some pine. Good strong hoppy bitterness throughout. Hints of pineapple and passion fruit with some grassy and herbal notes. Finishes vinous and hoppy.

MF- resinous and sticky with aggressive carbonation. Not as soft and luxurious than great traditional Belgian ales but rather sharp due tothe load of hops. Some powdery yeast feel.

D- interesting and pleasant for a hop head. I expected more Belgian influence. It's so hoppy that I might not have noticed the Belgian yeast.

Photo of PartyBear
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden yellowy colour with a medium foamy off-white head, and a decent level of carbonation. The aroma has a strong acidic yeast verging on cat pee, with lemony citrus, and hint of grain. The taste is instantly recognizable as Belgian yeast, with lots of citric acid, a subtle wheatiness and a bit of soap. The hops are more apparent towards the end, producing a grassy bitterness and more dry summery lemony flavours. Light to medium in the body with a active carbonic feel. An intersting take on the normal Stone IPA. The Belgian yeast strain is very clear in the aromas and flavours, adding a much more acidic edge to the beer.

Photo of zeff80
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, white, bubbly head of crackling foam. It some soapy trails of lace on the glass.

S - I picked up the fruity and yeasty aroma while I was pouring it. When I put my nose to the glass, I picked up some citrus and caramel, as well.

T - It tasted very yeasty and spicy with great pine notes. The fruity flavors were present but not nearly as strong as the aroma.

M - A crisp and very sharp beer with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - This is a very good Belgian IPA. It is very tasty and easy drinking.

Photo of rapidsequence
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, mine says Cali-Belgie, not Belgique.

Appearance: Pours a just slightly hazy yellow-gold. The beer is very bubbly-- almost effervescent. The head is thick at first and composed of tiny bubbles. It bubbles away like a champagne head and leaves a little smear on top. Not getting much lacing that lasts more than a few seconds. Once the head fades, it actually looks a little still and boring.

Smell: Very sweet citrusy hops. Like orange those orange slice candies if they were available in lemon and grapefruit too. The belgian yeast is bready and a little spicy, without being peppery. Also a little bubblegum or cotton candy.

Taste: This is probably the best marriage of IPA and BPA that I've tasted (which is admittedly only a few). The hops are sweet and bitter upfront and stay that way almost until the finish, which is all belgian yeast breadiness and a little, just a little spice. All through the middle the hops and Belgian esters swirl together nicely.

Mouthfeel: There's nothing really bad or overly compelling about the mouthfeel. The carbonation is about right for a Belgian pale, which I think it should be.

Drinkability: I'm really glad they didnt overshoot and make this "imperial" sized. 6.9 percent is just right here. This is an excellent Belgian IPA which mixes the best of both.

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

This one pours a clear medium gold with a one finger creamy head which soon turns into a thin film and leaves moderate lacing.

There's a nice floral and citrus aroma going on, with only a hint of piney hops.

Tastes of sweet malt and hops, nicely balanced together. The hops show up in the beginning, but give way to the maltier aspects until there's almost no hop bitterness to be found in the finish. No sign of the alcohol either.

Mouthfeel was really nice. Thick and slippery smooth, just about perfect for this beer.

All in all this is probably my favorite beer from Stone, and one I'd highly recommend to anyone who happens to come across it.

Photo of patobandito
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a good golden amber color, with a nice foamy head some lacing. So far it looks like an IPA. The smell is a bit hoppy, but the majority of the smell is of the spiciness of the Belgian Yeast. Frankly, I would expect more hops on the nose. The same on the taste. There is a good hop citrus flavor, but it is quickly squashed by the spice of the yeast. Its surprisingly drinkable and very good beer, just a bit disappointed with the diminished hop flavor.

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

Appearance- Crystal clear, bright orange/amber body with a tight, white head. Good retention and excellent lacing.

Smell: Strong oily hop smell, with a stony sourness for the style. Some pineyness.

Taste- lots of hops, especially of the floral variety. Lots of citrus, a hint of pine and some underlying toastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, but sticky body with a nice stickiness.

D: Hops are huge but I felt I could probably finish quite a bit more. Good stuff.

Photo of dudecandle
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Freshly tapped at The Pony, NYC:

A: Cloudy dark yellow body with firm white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Strong fruity, oily hop smell, complemented with the Belgian yeast

T: Hops are over the top and amazing, floral mainly, a bit citric, yeast is nice and spicy, malt is a great complement, as the beer gets something of a toasted bread aspect

M: Big up front, but the carbonation is a little light on the back end

D: Hops are huge but I felt I could probably finish quite a bit more. Given the Belgian style, the yeast gives it a great spice, and the malt is still bold. Great stuff.

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

12oz bottle from Buffalo while reading Schindler's List. Weighty stuff like that deserves something heavier, but I've already had a Stone 12th tonight, so I'll play it safe.

Pours a hazy gold with a bone white head of foam that leaves some attractive lace as it drops to a fine film. Fruity aroma has a lot of tropical fruits mixing in wih pine and spicy, sweet Belgian yeast.

The taste isn't nearly as bitter as I'd expect for a Stone brew, and is actually reasonably subdued. Its quite juicy, full of orange, grapefruit and peach, but without an excessive amount of IBUs. What bitterness there is acts as a complimentary force and certainly proves itself enjoyable. Spicy yeast adds a peppery complexity to a lingering aftertaste. Despite all this, I feel the flavour could do with a little punch to put it at the top level. Medium body and carbonation.

A nice stab at the style by Stone. As I said, not as hoppy as expected from these guys, but good nonetheless.

Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$7.49 for a 22oz bomber. Brewed with Columbus and Centennial, dry hopped with Chinook. Fermented with a Belgian Yeast strain. 6.9% ABV, 77 IBU's.

Pours out to a hazy pretty orange, forming a strong lacy white head with excellent retention and beautiful sheets of bubbly lace. Carbonation is medium. The aroma is great...strongly reminds me of Goose Island Matilda..the same yeast strain for sure with beautiful fruity esters of peaches, pineapple, mango, maybe even strawberries. The very fragrant floral hops contribute to the tropical fruit nose. The mouthfeel is smooth, lightly crisp, with a moderate astringency in the finish and a deceptive medium-light body. The taste opens up with the tropical fruits, which hang around until the middle, then is replaced by some nice (perhaps candi sugar?) sweetness, some pepper and a medium-firm bitterness in the finish which hangs on the tongue through the aftertaste. Basically, think a more bitter version of Matilda, which is modeled after Duvel.

This is a really nice beer. I could do with less bitterness for sure, but even at this degree, it's still quite drinkable.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy apricot a pretty nice white head. The initial whiff is of floral hops, followed by some Belgian yeast characteristics. The taste is quite similar, with the addition of a little bit of sweetness. The mouthfeel is fairly heavy, but very nice. A bit of dryness in the aftertaste. Quite drinkable in small quantities, but not something I'd quaff 22's of too regularly.

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

22oz. bomber: This one poured a hazy, orange tinged golden yellow. There was a small white head onit that left some lacing. Nice aroma. Lots of pine with some citrus hops in the background, but not overpowering. The taste is quite good also. Somewhat bitter, with some pine and a lesser amount of citrus. The malts are nicely balanced here, and there is a bit of a Belgian breadiness to it also. There is pretty much no residual sweetness, though.

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

Pours a hazy pale golden amber color with better than two fingers stiff white head that decomposes in 3d leaving sheets of Belgian lacing in its wake. The smell is aggressive bright hoppy and tropical...lemon zest rich pineapple orange...sweet and fruity. Nicely carbonated, the mouth feel has a creamy medium body that compliments the flavors nicely. Full flavored, the sweet earthy tropical candied fruit characteristics of the nose are mirrored well. One heck of a nice drinker, at 6.8% ABV you could drink these all afternoon. Makes me want to seek out 080808 which I avoided because I thought that i read that it was a tripel.

Photo of cokes
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Misty brass colored with a low, large-pocked dome of ivory. Retention and lacing are sick.
Brightly aromatic of orange rinds, tangerines, clove, pepper, lime oil, dead flowers, and wintergreen. This is backed with shortbread and wet chalkboard.
A plain, bready maltiness is first across the tongue. It sweetens quickly with rock candy and lemon drops, as a coy tartness pops up. A load of cirtic (mostly orange and lime) rinds plays off the yeast driven clove, pepper, wet rocks, and a phantom of vanilla. It's fully floral by the swallow, biting but not overly bitter. There is a softness of dried roses, powdered with sawdust and crushed peppercorns. And it still totes a gentle pucker of tart cirtus.
The body is medium and the carbonation is gentle, if not altogether low given the yeast profile.
It's easy to see how this graduated from experiment to full timer. The drinkability is huge, the hops ring out, and there's enough nuance here to reward frequent revisits.

Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I drank this from a 22oz bomber into a Rochefort chalice.

The beer pours a light golden orange. The head is white, but pretty non-existent.

The aroma is all hops very bitter, not much else. A little sour citrus, lemon.

The taste is sweet to start but sour grapefruit sweet. The end is light bitter, not as bitter as the aroma. There is a light metallic finish.

Feel is ok, drinkability decent.

Photo of thegodfather2701
4.47/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into my Chimay chalice. It pours a hazy orange. I poured it too soft so it didn't have much head, but what head it did have was bright white.

S-Grapefruit, citrus notes such as lemon and orange, candy sugar, and a hint of alcohol. It smells both tart and sweet making it very complex.

T-Much like the nose as it starts out with grapefruit and citrus notes and then some sugary sweetness. It ends with some hoppy dryness. It amazes me how it tastes both like an ipa and a Belgian tripel. It is complex and delicious.

M-Thick and a little syrupy with a nice amount of carbonation.

D-This is very drinkable. I am enjoying every sip and will finish this bomber with tremendous ease.

Overall, I love this beer it is complex and delicious as I previously noted. I have had a Belgian ipa once before and it was very tart and dry which made it difficult to drink, but this beer is smooth and delicious.

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

Poured into a Duvel glass.

Pours a brownish orange,very hazy brew. Has a chunky massive off white head. Head settles nicely to a chunky island. Has very good lace.

Brew has a floral hop aroma. Somewhat sweet floral nose, spicey. Detect some yeast as well, bready scent.

Brew has a very crisp, somewhat sweet flavor. Can taste the hops, has a bit of pepper spice initially. Finishes dry and not bitter. Can taste the floral hops, fruits and spices blended perfectly with brewers yeast. A great tasting brew.

This is a very drinkable brew. The back of the bottle explains it best "identical twin to a Stone IPA that was raised in a Belgium culture". It has the hop IPA character, with the Belgium yeast flare. Very good brew.

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

Pale and hazed dim golden body. Big frothy white head that has great retention. Nose is fruity, estery, yeasty, doughy and spicy. What a nice aroma. Great flavor. This one is done right. The belgian yeast gives the beer some nice fruitiness and doughy yeastiness and a little spice. The hops give the beer a nice quenching and vibrant feel. Citrus with orange and lemon zest. Nice clean bitterness. Medium bodied and agressively carbonated, though not gaseous in the least. This would have to be my favorite Belgian IPA so far. This is outstanding.

Photo of dirtylou
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, finally spotted this one at steve's - university

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip...bright, clear golden-orange body, light beige film. very clean

smell: zesty citrus hops, very bright and clean, fresh belgian yeast. aromatic, pungent, lovely

taste: lovely belgian yeast...clean, crisp citrus hops - grapefruit, tangerine zest. Really enjoy this one - beautiful belgian IPA from stone

mouthfeel: clean, crisp, relatively light with a zingy hop bite

drinkability: good

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

Poured from the bottle a crystal clear orange-gold with two fingers of rich off-white head.

Aroma is a perfume of floral hops, tangerine peel, candy sugar, mint, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is slightly sour with Belgian yeast and spice along with floral hops, and caramel malts. The finish delivers a minty note.

Medium bodied, crisp and a tad dry, with a moderate carbonation.

An easy to drink and even easier to enjoy Cali-Belgian from Stone. I'll definitely have again.

Photo of morebeergood
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Lord Hobo. Served in a bulbous Belgian style glass. Orange colored body, and a beautiful bright shine. Nice white head and good carbonation. Smell was hoppy, but not overpowering. Taste was a palate opener, for sure. Really nice hop profile, but there was a hint of Belgian sugar sweetness right after you swallow that gave this beer a nice finish. Good balance overall. I usually do not order many IPAs when I am out. But the last two Belgian IPAs I have had really changed my mind about this new hybrid style. I like the Belgian twist on the IPA and I feel that it makes this style much more drinkable.

Stone Cali-Belgique from Stone Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 2,654 ratings.